Personal Thoughts

Every now and then we all need a reality check. We get caught up in the little stuff and we tend to forget what really matters. We go about our days and wait for the clock to strike 5pm to be off of work. We get used to the mundane and we tend to become desensitized in the saddest form. On occasion we really lose who we are. Most of the time we don’t even realize it has happened. Then, one moment changes everything and takes you back to your center and re-prioritizes your life. That moment for me was Saturday morning.

This past weekend I traveled to Southern California to celebrate my sweet nephews 1st birthday with friends and family. I had been looking forward to this weekend for months, okay since the day he was born and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Shane is at such a fun stage right now, he has the cutest personality and definitely knows what he wants. He will make sure you know what he wants too without even saying a word. It’s all in the hand motions and the grunting sounds he makes when he needs to go touch something. It’s quite comical. My sister put together this adorable Red, White and Blue party because he is OBSESSED with the American flag. We are a very patriotic family so it works out perfectly. We are so proud!

Saturday before the party we were all rushing around to get ready for the guests to arrive and we knew that the little man would freak out and not take a nap as soon as the balloons arrived. So we decided that I would take him for a drive so everyone could finish getting ready and he could sleep and be completely rejuvenated before his party started. Just me and him. He was fast asleep before I even pulled off their street. I drove around for a while and was finally on my way home when IT happened.

I was less than a 1/4 of a mile away from their house when I heard the most horrific sound from outside my sisters truck. I turned my head to see the car that was about 3 feet from my back left tire go slamming into oncoming traffic. I heard the screeching of the tires and saw smoke fill the air, I came to a stop just in time to turn my head again and see a car ROLLING OVER across the opposite lanes and come to a rest against a telephone pole. All I could think about was Shane. I turned around to thankfully see him fast asleep.  The loud, terrifying noises didn’t seem to phase him. I called 911 immediately and told the dispatcher what had happened. I couldn’t see anyone getting out of the car. What felt like minutes later firetrucks and policemen arrived. I called my dad to tell him what had happened and how close it was to me and he rushed down the street to meet me. I barely got the words, “Shane and I are fine but I just witnessed a BAD accident,” out of my mouth before I broke down balling. I was beyond shook up. I was shaking like a leaf and could not compose myself for several moments. Thankfully they got the person out and he seemed to be fine.

For the rest of the day I questioned how Shane and I got so lucky. Had I stayed at one stop light for 3 seconds longer I could have been in the middle of that accident. Had I not left exactly when I did he and I could have been needing to be tended to by paramedics. All I could do was thank God that Shane was okay and that God kept us safe. The party was a great event and my sister did a wonderful job planning it, but the whole time all I could do was feel beyond humbled that we were able to be there.

Talk about a reality check. Most days we go about our business and never stop and think that today may be all we have. We have no idea what will happen tomorrow, an hour from now or 5 seconds from now. Moral of the story, live your life with no regrets. If you have something to say to someone, say it. If you need to tell someone you love them, tell them. If you need to apologize, do it. Don’t wait one more second to do something that you need to do, just do it. I am beyond grateful that Saturday did not turn out differently. This whole experience was a very humbling one.

Side note: I have no idea why the car went into oncoming traffic so unexpectedly but I pray that it was not related to a cell phone. Please Please PLEASE think twice before texting and driving. It can only end badly. Hope you all have a great night and take these words to heart. This whole experience changed me and I know it was for the best.

God bless,

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From my family to yours! There are so many things to be thankful for this year and am blessed you all have been on this journey with me. I appreciate each and every single person who reads this blog and feel humbled to know that you support it. This blog started out as a very small platform and has grown into something I am truly proud of. A huge thanks to my mom for being my photographer, creative eye, advice giver, best friend and of course everything else I throw her way. Here’s a little recap of some major things that happened in 2014…

My nephew Shane was born!!! 

Baby Shane Arrives

(Mitch was taking the photo!)

Baby Shane Is Here

Got to go to a concert and the Hollywood Bowl! 

Hollywood Bowl

Almost died on vacation in Oregon… (no seriously lol)

Oregon Coast Vacation

Swung a golf club for the first time since surgery in 2013!

Cobra Golf Clubs

Got to play with this little guy as much as possible! 

Baby Shane in the Leaves

Most importantly, I got to be present with my family…

Family Photo

I also got a new job! 

But, I didn’t have a photo for that…

Hope you all had a wonderful year like I did. I feel blessed beyond measure. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

God Bless,

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Days like today make me smile…. and cry. Do you ever have those days where you are just going along and having a grand ole time then something pops into your head and makes you want to ball? Don’t take this the wrong way, these tears aren’t bad tears but more tears of happiness and sadness all jumbled into one. Today I was going about my business and enjoying the day when out of no where I wanted to cry. You see someone was eating a salad near me and all it took was them saying what type of dressing they liked and it instantly took me back to my grandma’s kitchen eating a salad she used to make with that dressing and boom, tears in my eyes. Then a sweet young girl came into the store I work at with her grandma to do some back to school shopping and I instantly started missing my shopping trips with my grandma. My grandma could never pass up a good sale. I definitely learned how to save tons of money from my grandma and mom. My grandma was one of my best friends. She passed away from cancer when I was 10, in fact she passed away 10 days before my 11th birthday. She was a classy lady who raised her voice maybe once the whole 10 years I knew her. She loved everyone and loved being the school librarian in her tiny little farm community where she and my grandpa lived. It’s funny how something as simple as salad dressing can bring back all these memories. I kept it together till I got home and then the water works started.  I felt completely pathetic.

I don’t cry. In fact I can count the times I have cried in the last year on one hand. It’s not that I don’t believe in crying it’s that for some reason I just don’t cry. I am not the type of person to let things bother me for more than 24 hours, so crying normally is pointless. I believe crying is an important part of life but for some reason my tear ducts don’t think so. Needless to say today completely caught me off guard. I don’t understand God’s timing or his plan most days but I know he has a purpose for everything. My tears led me and my mom to have a great conversation about my grandma which we hadn’t had in years. My mom reminds me so much of my grandma. She is kind, compassionate, sweet, wise and can’t pass up the chance to tell someone how cheap she got a place mate or something. JUST LIKE MY GRANDMA! I thank God everyday for giving me my mom and for letting her be so much like my grandma.

Most days we tend to forget to be thankful for what we have and WHO we have in our lives. Don’t be that person. Tell everyone in your life that you are grateful for them. I wished I could go back and tell my grandma that, every day I knew her. Had I known cancer would have taken her at such a young age I would have hugged her a little tighter, talked to her on the phone longer and would have begged to spend every moment with her. I know today’s post seems like a novel but take my advice, be grateful for the life you lead. Even when it’s not perfect, accept it and appreciate it. Life is a beautiful ride and never be ashamed for crying over something as simple as salad dressing. Lol.

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