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“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”


I sat down this evening with no intentions to write a blog, but here I am.

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged, I just haven’t had much to blog about. I mean sure, there are a few things going on but not enough forth a whole blog post — or I just plain forgot.

I would like to state one thing, and I’m going to make this clear as day. If you don’t like what I post here, then don’t read it. Plain and simple. Don’t like a photo I post? Cool. I don’t expect everyone to like everything I post. The wonderful thing about the internet, is you don’t HAVE to read anything on it.

Moving on, there has been so much anger, hate and frustration going around. 2016 has been a rough year for some, and I can tell you there was a short period of time in 2015 where I struggled.

Teaching preschool really has helped me see that many of us adults have it all mixed up. Mitchell and I have run into people in our lives that are so full of anger and hate that they’ve lost sight of what is important.

Religious or not, you should agree that we need to be kind to one another. Stop holding grudges and going out of our way to make people feel little, or worthless.

I brought up religion because there are a few things that have helped me over the past few months. One of them being personal experience, I have been on the receiving end of some awful things. Another thing that has helped are bible verses I learned as a kid.

Leviticus chapter 19, verses 17 and 18:

You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur in sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people but you should love they neighbor as thy self.

Hear me out before you quit reading. I’m not trying to force religion or my beliefs down your throat, but I do think this is incredibly powerful. Don’t hate someone. You know that saying “Forgive but don’t forget.” That is something I think more people need to follow. We all sin, we all make mistakes, we all have flaws. It’s what we learn from them that is important. Just remember that guy that rudely cut you off in traffic, is someone’s brother, son, father, friend. Just like you are.

Often now days people let their anger and hate consume them. Something happens, and it morphs into this nasty beast inside of them and next thing you know they’re spreading their anger, upset and frustrations around them.

I will from here on out not let other’s actions and behavior alter who I am. At least that is what I am working to achieve. I still have some great hurt and upset buried down inside me thanks to others, but my first step is to be able to walk away from all of that.

 

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“A life lived in love will never be dull.”


It’s that time of year again! Mitchell and I will be celebrating our 7th anniversary this month…which means for a short while it’ll be acceptable for me to express just how much I love him in one of those sickly adorable, and annoying posts. So here goes.

Last year, I posted about our adventures and how far we’ve come. I’ve included a link in case you’re interested.

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Mitchell and I met almost 8 years ago, May 2008. It wasn’t until November 2008 that we started talking. He reached out to me first, and because I didn’t know him really well I was really hesitant. The friend I lived with at the time talked me into hanging out with him when he asked.

Obviously, if when he first asked, I knew where we’d end up I wouldn’t have hesitated. If I had truly known who he was I would have been thrilled that he even considered talking to me.

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Mitchell is just the sweetest and most loving person I’ve ever met. I am in awe each and every day at the capacity he loves others. He has taught me so much, and I am so incredibly lucky to have met him. Mitchell, has such a large heart, and I think even all our friends would tell you just how loving and kind he is. Over the years I’ve watched his relationship with my family (specifically my nieces and nephews) grow. Watching him with them, I know that he considers them his family too. He is such a wonderful influence on all 5 of my nieces and nephews, which is just another extension of how loving he is. He came into a family with a bunch of kiddos that were EXTREMELY energetic and he saw the relationship I had with each and every one of them.

I remember the first time he met them, he just kept telling me how awesome he thought it was that I was so close to all of them. That I would play board games, and throw water balloons and have nerf wars with them. I knew then, that once he had adjusted to having them in his life, he’d make an awesome addition to their lives.

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He’s so amazingly kind, and is always there to lift me up when I’m down. No, I don’t mean in the same cliche’ way everyone else does, I mean truly through and through. When I come home from a long exhausting day, or an emotionally draining day he’s always there to listen and talk to me.

He has this ability to make me smile no matter what is going on. When my stepdad died, he was there and sat up with me all night playing video games. When I fell asleep (on my then, twin sized blow up mattress… what can I say, I was poor…) He curled up on the floor next to me and held my hand.

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He has dreams and goals. Not just the typical boring ones, he has some beautifully creative hopes and goals for his life, and mine too! He’s conquering the fear that we all have, you know, the fear of not succeeding at something, and doing all that he can to complete those goals.

He is constantly thinking and working out new ways to get to where he hopes to be in 5 or 10 years…all while learning new things and coming up with new ideas for activities for him and I to do together, or even ideas for me to do while I’m at work!

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He’s so creative and an amazing artist. He doesn’t always believe me when I say that, but it is true. Sometimes he’s shy about his artwork, but to me, that is far better than rubbing it in everyone’s faces. Especially this day in age, everyone is trying to “make it big” via the internet or instagram. Mitchell is humble and though I know he knows deep down that he has a beautiful artistic eye, he’s humble about it.

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He loves me. I love him. That’s all we need in this crazy world. I know that every morning when I wake up, he’s there for me, and I certainly hope that he knows that I’ll always be there for him. 7 years. 7 short, yet long, fun but hectic years. 7 beautiful years together. Somehow I managed to snag the guy that is the most perfect addition to my life. I love everything about him, and I love how he so willingly puts up with my flaws.

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Every day I wake up with a smile on my face knowing that I get to experience life with him by my side.

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The great pinterest challenge 2014


This year my goal is to try every recipe I have/will pin. I started 2 nights ago with a one dish chicken dinner. This week I’ll have made 6 meals off of pinterest. My goal is to stick with mostly/only crockpot dinners. Wish me luck! I plan to post about each of them, so keep a lookout for those!

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Small town talent


Some of you may or may not know that when I was 14 my mom, stepdad and I re-located from the Portland area to a small rural town in Washington. A town so small, that it didn’t even have it’s own high school… we had to go to the neighbor town, Duvall, for school.

CHS was one of those schools where everyone knows everyone, at least in your own grade. I may not have hung out with everyone, but I knew them, & most of them knew me… everyone grew up together, so a new face was a big deal.

As any high school we had kids with many talents… but one stood out, no matter who you were. Austin Jenckes. He was known for his guitar skills and amazing vocals. Even when his family had a tragic event when we were 16…. he wasn’t known as the guy who had something bad happen in his family, he was simply known for his beautiful talent.

I only hung out with Austin once or twice, we had plenty of friends in common, but nothing actually in common other than we graduated the same year. After high school, and after I moved out of the valley (contrary to Blake Shelton’s beliefs, not mountains haha.) After I had moved on from my high school life, I still kept tabs on Austin’s music… He relocated in early 2012 to Nashville, I think I attended only one or two of his shows after high school… but he was making a name for himself, and achieving his dreams. In mid 2010 (maybe 2009?), my best friend, Thomas, came home from college and was telling us about this show he wanted to go to… this guy he had a communications class with this awesome and talented musician. It was about 10 minutes into our conversation when it hit that he was talking about Austin Jenckes. Small world… He took EverSoLightly to the show that night, I stayed home sick.

A few months later I heard through the grapevine (probably twitter or instagram) that Austin had a kickstarter. I backed it, hoping to help him get enough funds to record a new album. Of course, the funding was reached and he was able to record his album.

I’ll admit, that was the last I had heard about it until the album was released. I received the download information, saved it (I was at work.) I’ve watched friends from high school post photo after photo from his shows, but never made it back to one.

A week ago I received an email from the kickstarter campaign, Austin announcing that he was going to be on the tv show The Voice. How exciting! I tuned in Monday night & made sure my mom knew to tune in. (Side story, he performed at our graduation & she of course thought he was ridiculously talented. He managed to make most of the people in the room tear up.) We watched Monday night’s episode but he wasn’t on. So, Tuesday night I tuned in (and my mom did too.) We watched… the news had already been spoiled by excited folks on the internet, I knew what was going to happen but we watched anyway. About 9:20 they showed Austin. His story touched the hearts of those that knew him & people hearing it for the first time. I had friends texting me constantly telling me how touching his story was, and how they were tearing up. Then he performed. It was a song he had performed many times for many people… not a new, not his own original song…but it felt like it. He did such a fantastic job. Ceelo Green & Blake Shelton both pushed the button to have their chairs turn. He chose Blake’s team. Though we were not the best of pals in high school, I fully plan on supporting him as long as he has a music career.

I urge you to tune into the Voice each week and watch Austin’s progress with me! Lets show him the support he deserves!

Here, is a link to my Spotify playlist… filled with only Austin’s music.

Here is a link to his Facebook, Twitter. You can download his music as well as his cover of Simple Man on iTunes!

(If you have the time, click some of the links in this post, you’ll see what I’m talking about.)

 

 

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I will never let you bring me down.


 

Some days I let the little things get under my skin. I let the words you say, the actions you choose, the comments you make under your breath, the way you look at me change my thought process. Those are the days when I truly learn more about myself.

Go ahead, keep up the comments. Continue trying to bring me down. Tell me I’m not good enough. You’re just helping me build myself to being an even better person.

I will NOT give you the control over my attitude.
You will NOT steal my happiness.

You can judge me
You can try and hurt me
You can be bitter
You can be nasty

I will treat you with the respect I deserve.
I will not let your poison into my heart.
I will not let you control who I am.

“Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE OF YOU, with HIS NEIGHBOR for we are members of one another.

Be angry and yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
and do not give the devil an opportunity,

Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands something that is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for education according to the need of the moment that it may give grace tho those who hear.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away form you along with all malice.

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4.25-32

 

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Weight loss, it’s not easy!


 

My last visit to the Dr. She mentioned I was “overweight” for my hight and body size. Now for anyone who reads my blog on a semi-regular basis, will probably know, it’s no secret I’m short. VERY short. 4’11”. So when I tell you I’m overweight, most people laugh at me and say “No, there is NO way thats true.” I want you to sit back and think about you, your height, and the “healthy” weight for your structure. Now take that, and downsize it to someone who is short. My petite frame can only handle so much. TMI part for any males, or females who don’t like to talk about personal stuff, I’m warning you all now :).

At my heaviest I’ve ever weighed, was 122lbs. But 122lbs on a petite 4’11 frame is hard on my knees, and other joints. My back kills me. “But where does she keep all that weight?” of course I have a little bit of a tummy, but most of my weight is in my chest.

In 4 years I went from a 32b, to a 34DD bra size. I am not even kidding you in the slightest. I wish I were. So what now? I’m working my little booty. Trying to lose the weight, though supposedly, your chest area is one of those that it’s rare to lose weight from…but I’m not going to give up just because of some small fact. I started running daily with Baby Sarah (She loves to sit in the stroller while I jog, somehow I lucked out there, because Drew haaaated it! Now that it’s summer I’ve started some other work out routines and have been eating healthier…or at least trying. Lets face it though, I’m still pretty lucky, 25 years old and can pretty much eat whatever I want, as long as I’m active my weight doesn’t fluctuate that much. Of course I’m not as lucky as @EverSoLightly or his younger sister, they’re Hollywood’s perfect weight, but I can’t really complain :D.

So, this is sorta an update, also a “hey guess what I’m going to be healthier!” post.  Are you trying to be healthier too? let me know! We can work together at reaching our personal goals!

 

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Goodbyes REALLY stink!


 

Look at that face. That precious beautiful flawless innocent face. How can you NOT fall in love with her simply from this photo?

Today I had to say goodbye to her and her mamma for two weeks. Last Friday I had to say goodbye to her two brothers and dad on Friday. I’m grateful I had two days just me and Little Miss, but I’m going to miss them SOOO MUCH!!

I’m sad because I know in the two weeks she’s gone she’ll grow 10 feet and it’ll seem like she’s aged 10 years! I bought her two Disney Princess Placemats for her birthday, AND a customized Sing Along with Elmo CD. (Her birthday isn’t for another couple of weeks, but I cannot believe she’s almost 2!!!)