Thursday, February 21, 2013

Changing the World

I consider myself very lucky and blessed that I did not endure a traumatic childhood, but I know people who did. And I am aware that there are millions of men and women in the world who still struggle with the messages and abuse they received in their past, as well as innumerable children living painful lives at this very moment. I may not have experienced circumstances like the ones described in this poem and video, but I do recognize the importance of spreading awareness throughout society and providing support and encouragement to those battling this horrible challenge. This message is far too powerful and important not to share.

“My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life, but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways.
I wrote 'To This Day', a spoken word poem, to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.
Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying."

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blessed Valentine

My hubby surprised me with the sweetest gifts this Valentine's Day! Instead of a traditional bouquet of flowers, which I always love, he upped the ante by giving me a live, potted orchid! I've been drooling over live orchids for years, but I've never gotten one, because we already have a fake orchid plant in our house. But Brad thought I'd like one for my desk at work. He was right!

And to top it off, he also gave me heart-shaped fruit snacks! (Confession: I may eat Chester's body weight in fruit snacks a day. No judging.) My favorite treats full of extra love! Now this is a guy who knows his way to my heart.
I'm a regular ol' girl, so I thoroughly enjoy receiving some flowers and chocolates for Valentine's Day. But these gifts mean even more, because they're unique to me. He knows me and what I'd like, and he gifted me items accordingly. Only my hubs would know to get me these specific presents, not just some random Joe Shmoe from the street. It's nice to feel special. And known. And loved. What a blessed wife I am. ♥

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Pup Grows Up

I can't believe it, but Chester is 7 years old. He's like a grown man, now!

He's been a part of our family for such a long time. Our lives definitely would not be the same without our fluffy pooch.

Happy Birthday, Chester! We love you so much!
*Photos Courtesy of Kristen Hicks
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