8 Years

Today is 8 years since Brad and I have been a couple. A lot has happened in 8 years, much of it happened even before we got married.

Here are 10 things that are better with a partner:

  1. Carrying luggage through an airport
  2. Picking out gifts for family
  3. Going on vacation
  4. Handling loss
  5. Bathing a cat
  6. Shopping for a car
  7. Cooking dinner
  8. Returning items to a store
  9. Getting things out of tall cabinets
  10. Dancing

You can read the story about how we became a couple here.

Guest Blog: How Social Media Opens Jennifer’s World

My former classmate Jennifer asked if I would let her share a guest blog post. It’s nice to get a peek into the mind of another social media enthusiast and coffee lover. Without further ado, meet Jennifer.

JenniferI’m Jennifer: amateur writer, Facebook junkie, comic enthusiast, and never without something to read in arm’s reach. I drink way too much coffee. I’m engaged to the best man I’ve had the luck of meeting, Josh, and am headed back to school for a degree in Organization Communication and Public Relations. We’re shacked up in a little bungalow in Canton with our four cats. 

There’s no question that technology has expanded our horizons far beyond what they were even five years ago. Our access to news and information is unprecedented and vast, and I use the internet for these reasons as much as the next person. For me, however, the most valuable resource that technology has to offer is the myriad of ways I can explore my world through social media. After all, I’ve always been able to find information on, for example, the lifespan of a fruit fly.

I just had to work a little harder to get it. I’ve always had TV news networks, they were just not quite as current as the information I can get now. What is different is my ability to connect.

See, I have fairly severe social anxiety. At its best, it’s a little inconvenient but I can work past it pretty easily. At its worst, it’s debilitating and the mere thought of going out to meet a friend for coffee or picking up a phone can give me a full-blown panic attack. With the evolution of social media and the way it’s increasingly entwined with nearly everyone and everything out there my options for being involved and interacting with the world around me have broadened significantly.

The most used apps on my phone? Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. Tumblr. Continue reading

Isn’t that How Marriage Works?

I talk about my husband saving my life and people say, “You’re fortunate to have a husband who loves you so much.”

I blog about my husband having a birthday and people say, “He’s a lucky guy to have a wife like you.”

I discuss the trials my diabetes puts my husband through and people say, “It’s wonderful that you have a husband who cares about your health.”

I share about my husband’s Lasik surgery and people say, “You’re such a good wife for taking care of him.”

and on, and on, and on…

My question is this:

Isn’t that how marriage works? Continue reading

Three Years

Today is Brad’s and my third wedding anniversary.

Three years.

A lot can happen in three years. A lot.

Since the day those young kids, who actually looked like their passport photos, made vows to each other a lot of things have changed… but not the vows.

2011

Part of our vows was a promise to grow together. In the past three years we’ve both grown, on our own and with each other. Continue reading

Love Notes

Today is Valentine’s Day. In general, it’s a day of heart, flowers, cards and candies.

This year, there has been much more emphasis on other forms of love, beyond romantic love. Which is wonderful!

Brad knows I love coffee too!

I’m blessed with a wonderful husband who is incredibly caring and thoughtful and I love him more each day. I’m also blessed to have so much more love around me with an ever-growing family by DNA and by marriage, wonderful friends, caring coworkers and fabulous readers. I was so encouraged by the comments on a couple of recent posts that came from my heart and I wasn’t sure anyone would connect with. Thank you all!

So here’s a Friday Five that’s all about Love:

  1. Romantic Love, even if it isn’t all romance. There are so many posts about Brad and how great of a husband he is, but I’m looking back at this one today: The Ones Who Love Us.
  2. Love of Family. I have a large family, I write about them here and there, yesterday’s post however resonated with many in my family, if you missed it, please read: My Mom is Getting Married.
  3. Love Remembered. Love doesn’t end when you lose someone. The lessons that my father taught me and the love that my grandmother shared are a part of me and how I live my life.
  4. Friend Love. Sometimes I wonder if I could have gotten through a lot of things without my friends. Friends like Natalie make life much sweeter.
  5. Loving Strangers. Doing good, helping others, savings lives. There’s still time to Spare a Rose and share some love.

Are you willing to share a little love with me? It’ll take a few minutes, but could you vote for my favorite refashion (Tea Party dress) for a best DIY blog post award? While you’re there, check out some other great bloggers and vote for them too (you have to vote for each category to submit the form). Click the button below to go vote.

What kinds of love are you celebrating today?