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Here’s to Another Year

I don’t normally do annual posts for my birthday, but this year threw a little curve ball. Just one week ago, instead of standing with my beautiful friend as she married the man of her dreams, I was in the ICU. And it was scary. Medical issues are not a new venture for me, but it’s not something I deal with on a regular basis anymore. My hematologist even bid me farewell just 2 months ago after seeing a hematologist regularly for 20 years.

I’ll spare you all the fun details, but a fever literally came out of nowhere (at the rehearsal dinner of course) and because I don’t have a spleen, my body cannot handle that. This has happened before, about 5 years ago, but I did not end up in the ICU last time. I made a pretty quick recovery, at least from ICU to going home, but just like last time, there was no real diagnosis. Not exactly an easy thing to deal with.

I write all this for the super cheesy but sometimes necessary reminder to not take anything for granted. When I was in need, I had the most amazing people by my side. From my parents who have been through it all for years to two incredible people who could have easily squirmed away. I received an outpouring of love, prayers, well wishes, flowers and coloring books from friends and coworkers. I am a very lucky woman and I am glad I can relax on my birthday (just slightly against my will/ability) and appreciate those who make my life incredible.

Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes this week and birthday wishes today!! Here’s to another year of health, fun, and adventures at 31!

 

 


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Family Roadtrip

I realize I’m biased, but I have now firmly decided that I have the best family. How many people can take a 12-hour family road trip, spend a week with even more family with no wi-fi and very slow/limited data service, drive the same 12 hours back, and still be on good terms and speaking to each other at the end? Well, my family can!

My mom worked in education, so growing up we were able to take a trip every summer. And every summer we headed. from Atlanta, out in the minivan driving to wherever we were going for 1.5 – 2 weeks. No matter how far, we drove. The longest trip was either Texas or South Dakota. Obviously we stopped along the way but that is a long time to spend in the car. I don’t remember hating it, though. So when my sister-in-law decided we needed to take a trip to Illinois to see my dad’s family (how many sisters-in-law suggest that?!), there was no question. I’ve done that trip at least 20 times in my 29 years of life. Never have I done it, however, with 5 adults and a 15-month-old. Apart from them just being realllly long days in the car, the drive days weren’t bad (plus, going up, I had the back bench in the van to myself). I might even venture to say it was fun. I really am lucky to have such a great family.

So how do you keep a 15-month-old entertained for 12+ hours, you ask? That is a GREAT question and luckily my sister-in-law asked people and Googled well. But really it all depends on the kid. My nephew usually sleeps a lot during their car trips, but I guess it was too exciting to have so many of us in the car and at his entertainment beck and call. So he didn’t sleep much. But he/we read his books, listened to/sang “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”, played with Scout, played with a couple electronic toys, listened to/sang “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”, played on the iPad, read books, and oh, did I mention that we listened to/sang “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”. He really was great and I’m semi-joking about the music…kids songs aren’t all that bad and it makes them so happy! But do be prepared to take more breaks than you would without a child.

Anyway, apart from the drive days, we got to see all of my dad’s family. And what do you do for a week with no wi-fi and slow/limited data service, you ask? Another great question. We played Farkle, went to the park, ate, played corn hole, played Ticket to Ride, ate, went to Wal-Mart, visited dad’s old stomping grounds/neighboring towns, ate, watched Wimbledon, oh, and played more games and ate. It’s honestly pretty nice to have limited social media/web access and just hang out.

I’d say it was a very successful trip, and one that not every family can stand to do. And although it did not take much “planning” per say….I’m totally counting this as #21 on my 30 before 30 list – I helped with plans and games and entertainment, which totally counts.


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Who my mom is

So remember that time I wrote about me? Well, I would have never survived – literally – without my MOM. Words will never be enough to thank her for all the time she spent driving, sitting, calling doctors, calling insurance, paying bills, researching online, drying tears, rubbing my back, taking care of me, and listening. She never gave up, never stopped smiling (even today), and always looked on the bright side. And apart from that she’s the sweetest, most giving, most beautiful woman I know.

So in honor of this weekend, celebrating mothers, I could and would never ask for a better one. I’m not sure I can ever do anything to show her how much she means to me, but I hope I can tell her enough to give her a good idea. LOVE YOU, MOM!

 


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#77. Cards

I’m struggling to cross off a few more things from my 101 list. But #77 was an important one to me – sending a card or note to someone every week for at least 6 weeks. Although it is necessary, I do get tired of the digital age. Plus, personally, I get excited to receive unexpected mail – so I figure other people are too (unless I’m just that nerdy).

So I wanted to be intentional about sending some notes to people. Now if you received one of these, don’t think you were just something on a list – they were all personally though-out. And I really enjoyed sending them and spending time thinking about touching base with people. My plan is to continue, especially with something as simple as a birthday card. That’ll make someone’s day!!

Here’s to the olden days of paper and pen! 🙂

greeting-cards


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#74. Pottery

I either forgot this was on my 101 list or just forgot to post about it! Oops! For my mom’s birthday back in January, we and her friend went to That Pottery Place. It was a weeknight and we had the place to ourselves! The girl working was very helpful and endured our many questions and some perfectionist tendencies.  Although I was proud of myself as I am nearly as perfectionist as I used to be when these pottery places first were popular. I chose to paint a square plate and mom chose a little heart dish to paint for Valentine’s decor.

We finished painting right as the owner told us they were closing and went back a few days later to pick up our fired pottery. Mom’s heart dish looked awesome and I really liked my plate! Now, to just to have a place to host something so I can use it for entertaining. 🙂

Mom and Lynda painting away

Mom and Lynda painting away

 

Mommy and me :)

Mommy and me 🙂

 

Final products!

Final products!

 

 

 

 


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Today marks my quarter life – though luckily not so much a crisis. I want to thank some people who have meant so much to me in the first part of my life.

My friends. Some oldies but goodies:

Natalie

Tess

Meghan

 

And last but most CERTAINLY not least:

My brother, Scott

My parents

THANKS!!!!

Lots of love to you all!!!