Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Last First!

Happy Fourth of July! I wonder if I am the loony one, but I am a little bummed this morning as this will be the last "First" holiday for our pumpkin. We are rolling into birthday season yo!

So, while most are boating, swimming and celebrating our independence-I am using this free day to solidify our first birthday party plan. I am enjoying planning this smallish, family only event like one would plan a wedding. But I don't care! It is a great day to celebrate, and I can not wait!

Enjoy your day! This is outfit one of three from our little Firecracker.




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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Longboat Key Club Kicks Off The Start Of Summer

Steve and I have recently come back from a great staycation! It was just a short jaunt to the other coast and it was exactly what we needed to relax! 

Over the next few blogs I am going to tell you a little bit about my time in Longboat Key and Sarasota, but I wanted to start with my fabulous accommodations at the Longboat Key Club. 

This was an amazing resort, and I have some great things to tell you about our experience but I will first let them speak for themselves, they have some great specials!!! 



The Toes in the Sand gets you on the beach in style with beach umbrella included and $75 per day beach Food & Beverages credit.



The Florida Resident rate is a great discount for Florida residents and is available year-round – we love our Florida visitors!  Get away to the beach – just a short drive away!  Best beach vacation ever!


Also, check out the The Tranquility Tea amenity, which guests can purchase for their arrival – it sets the tone for a great weekend wellness retreat or just a nice touch to a spa getaway. ($60).












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Thursday, June 1, 2017

National Donut Day with Krispy Kreme Donuts



Krispy Kreme Doughnuts CelebrateS
National Doughnut Day with free doughnut on june 2

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts celebrates National Doughnut Day the best way – your way. On Friday, June 2, customers may select one free doughnut from the entire menu – any doughnut, all day long at the following shop locations throughout Central Florida:

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 Hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 Hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 Hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
(192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

Guests select from dozens of Krispy Kreme varieties such as the classic, mouthwatering Original Glazed® doughnut or specialty flavors like the Chocolate Iced Kreme™ Filled Doughnut or Strawberry Iced Doughnut. Visit Krispy Kreme’s Facebook and Twitter pages for interactive fun to choose your favorite doughnut on #NationalDoughnutDay.

The History of National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day is much more than a sweet promotion, the celebration honors a rich history of community partnership. Held annually on the first Friday of June, Doughnut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Doughnut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States when the troops returned home from war.



The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help raise funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “Doughnut Lassies.” The doughnut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves doughnuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

“National Doughnut Day has become a true American tradition, but many don’t realize the historical significance of the day. The partnership with The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme brings greater visibility to the importance of the day and the idea of helping those who may have fallen on hard times,” said Major Ted Morris, Orlando Area Commander. “With Krispy Kreme’s generous offer of a free doughnut, we hope everyone will extend that generosity by giving back to support their local community.”

Below are a few additional facts about the history of National Doughnut Day and the Salvation Army:

Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.


With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.


Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army’s 3,500 officers, 63,000 employees and 3.3 million volunteers.


Share your favorite moments from National Doughnut Day using #KrispyKreme and #DoingTheMostGood.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

About Florida Family Foods LLC – Krispy Kreme Central Florida
With more than three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Florida Family Foods is a second-generation, family-owned business successfully operating Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida to include Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Winter Park, Millenia and Kissimmee. Florida Family Foods earned national recognition for the brand’s “most innovative local relationship marketing program” in 2014 and continues to partner with numerous non-profit organizations and community-based programs annually.



The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.


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The Future Arrives One Day At A Time


This is one of my favorite sayings and it is always a good reminder!

Today is June! Remember how we hated June last year? Remember how the darkest and dreariest, could barely get out of bed days of my life was two Junes ago! But this June!!!!! It is full of every dreams are made of! Sunshine! Unicorns! The start of summer! The way things were meant to be!

June 1st also symbolizes a big day in the philanthropic piece of my life. Today, I am no longer THE Past President of the Junior League of Daytona Beach, I humbly join a bunch of amazing women and become A Past President of the Junior League of Daytona Beach.

Today, on June 1st also symbolizes the first day where I hang up my pearls and white gloves (as If!) and become a sustainer (it is our term for alumni, if you will) in my League. As my husband put it, sooo no more meetings? Ha! Yes, something like that!

Being a Junior League member is an amazing (and a little surprising) life changing experience. In these past nine years, I have learned so much about disrupting convention (our theme this year) and how it really does start with a woman. (our theme two years ago). I have learned that it means so much to make a difference. I have also been mindful that not having a charitable component in your life, makes a very sad life indeed!

That is the personal part. The professional aspects have been equally as rewarding! I used to be able to speak to 1000 Spring Breakers back when we were kind of a big deal (#OK) but put me in a room of 20 people, I would rather die. Now! Sad for you! I can talk to anyone about anything in any capacity!

I have also had the opportunity to become a true leader in my community. To make decisions that are best for a non profit organization is so ridiculously rewarding I can't even begin to explain. Being a Junior League member has given me the courage to speak up, to lead, to be an entrepreneur. It goes on and on.

And the friendships? From the girl who would purse her lips and say, I don't need any new friends I grew up here...the ladies I have met within the Junior League have changed my life.

Okay! This is starting to get sappy. The best part of it all is I am the super lucky chicken that also handles ALL the social media for the ENTIRE organization (The Association of Junior Leagues International). For me, it is bittersweet to take a pause on my local platform but I am as blessed as can be to see what happens on a daily basis with this amazing international organization.

Please make a difference somewhere. If not the Junior League, just spend it somewhere using your skills to help others. It will change your life. It does mine.



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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hammock Beach Resort‎ Women's Golf Day


One of my favorite stories I like to tell about my husband and I when we were dating is the time I heard him say..."Man, I would like to get into tennis again". So, like any newly dating idiot would do I ran down to my local tennis spot and took six weeks of lessons. Six Weeks. In January. Because for our first Valentine's Day, by golly I had the perfect gift...a new racket, some balls and me, Maria Sharapova, Jr.!

Racket was the operative word.

Our first tennis outing was over as quickly as it started. I am sure divorces happen on many a tennis court. It ended up with me crying and at some point I remember Steve saying HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY FOR THESE LESSONS, GO GET YOUR MONEY BACK!

Now, it's a pretty funny story to tell, but onwards!

I am gonna go golfing on Women's Golf Day at Hammock Beach Resort! This should be so much fun with my girlfriends. Even though my golf experience ranges from putting together golf tournaments to sitting in the cart drinking bloodys while reading you articles out of Mademoiselle...this time I am gonna play and succeed and prosper!

Women's Golf Day is a one day international event that encourages women to engage in the sport of golf. Whether it's their first time or they are a pro, this event is meant to bring women together in a fun, non-intimidating environment. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Raises Hand!!!

Join Hammock Beach June 6th  for a four-hour Women’s Golf Day experience. Begin with a lesson with our pros and end with a complimentary cocktail reception at our Conservatory Clubhouse. Everyone is invited, from beginner golfer, to those playing for fun!

*4-6pm Meet at the Conservatory – Golf pros will lead attendees in a lesson.

*6-7pm Put your skills to the test with a 3-hole round on the course.

*7-8pm Cocktail reception on the Clubhouse Terrace with light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Price is $15 for Day guests and complimentary for Members & Overnight resort guests. Clubs will be provided, and attire is golf casual.

Reservations are required by Friday, June 2nd. Please call the Conservatory Clubhouse to make your reservation at 386.246.6710.

For more information visit:
http://bit.ly/2oESaRD


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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Good Morning!!
Happy Mother's Day!!


I want to go out today just so someone will say that to me!

I feel in some ways I have been waiting for this day my entire life! I am hoping that whatever stage your life is in, you have a wonderful Sunday. I read somewhere  that “You are very likely an important person in a young person’s life. We are all parents in one way or another.” That is very resonating, isn’t it?!

Not to bring out the tiny violin, or cello (because I am relishing Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Morairity this week), but Mother's Day for almost two decades has meant nothing to me but bitter aggravation, and then recently anguish. I have become so far removed from considering this a day of celebration that it wasn't until late this week where I realized that I had to start thinking about aunt and nana gifts from Steve's mom and my sister from Lillian!

But, today has such an utter sense of do-over, renewal,  first day of the rest of your life taste that I feel like a kid on the morning of Christmas!!! I know that the first Mother's Day is a little self serving but I look forward to the years that come where this day and Father's Day can be a time to celebrate our sheer family joy.

I am happy to report that my husband must of had every woman that even looked his way in the last couple of weeks express to him how divinely important a first Mother's Day is to not screw up.  I see roses and he has been to the jeweler. Two explicit things that the old Darlynn rolled her eyes at...but this misting tears of joy, grinning fool that lays in bed before you writing this? Bring it!!! Ring the bell, darling! Bring the champagne!!

Allegedly this is a day of relax and rest but what makes me happy is to entertain! We are hosting brunch for my sister and mother in law. I couldn't be happier!

Thank you for allowing me to use this blog, along with my travel and my love of wine ...an opportunity to let you know how really good my life is today. I am living proof of good things happen to those who wait.

Xx



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Saturday, May 6, 2017

It's Derby Day!

This may come as a surprise to you but I LOVE THE KENTUCKY DERBY! I love everything about it and I hope to see it in person one day! We usually go to the dog track to place our bets, although I am starting to enjoy the ease of Twin Spires! Last year, I finished out my last couple of weeks as President of the Junior League and we had an amazing Derby party! I was fortunate enough to buy a hat from Arturo Rios who has designed hats and costume for many famous people including Lady Gaga during her stint on American Horror Story. Look how my friends and I rocked the day!

As much as a fan as I am of the Derby, the outfits and the betting! I am so excited that the Kentucky Derby also means that 14 Hands releases exclusive wines for the Kentucky Derby!






14 Hands Winery continued their partnership with the “Run for the Roses,”™ for the fifth year running. Along with their 3rd vintage of the Limited Release Kentucky Derby® Red Blend (which is delicious), they also released a brand new wine, the 14 Hands 2016 Rosé, which I will be drinking while watching the race this weekend.

14 Hands Winery selections are offered nationwide.

14 Hands 2016 Rose

The 2016 Rosé freshens up the already impressive varietal line-up from 14 Hands Winery. This beautifully, light pink Syrah-based Rosé opens with delicate aromas of rose petals and rhubarb. Refreshing flavors of melon and strawberries are followed closely by a kick of citrus in the finish.

FLAVOR PROFILE
“This Syrah-based Rosé opens with delicate aromas of rose petals and rhubarb. Refreshing flavors of melon and strawberries are followed closely by a kick of citrus in the finish.” Keith Kenison, Winemaker

RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS
Perfect by the glass or with light salads like a classic Niçoise, grilled tuna, paella and salty cheeses.





Kentucky Derby Red Blend

This Limited Release Red Blend was crafted to commemorate 14 Hands Winery proud sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby®, the legendary Thoroughbred race that dates back to 1875. Serve this wine at your Kentucky Derby viewing party paired with party favorites like pulled pork sliders and beef tenderloin skewers.

FLAVOR PROFILE
“This opulent red blend showcases juicy Washington fruit character with aromas of blackberries and plums with subtle hints of chocolate and pepper. Flavors of dark berries and cocoa, supported by plush tannins, give way to a long-lasting, persistent finish.” Keith Kenison, Winemaker

RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Cherries, Deviled Eggs with Bacon, Italian Cured Meats and Cheese, Country Ham and Biscuits




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Friday, April 21, 2017

Go Green this Earth Day with Eco-Friendly Wines


Earth Day is THIS Saturday! While we always do our best effort recycling and being kind to the Earth, more importantly-Did you know you could be environmentally conscious while enjoying a glass of wine?

As the largest certified organic vineyard in Washington State, takes every effort to help their fans reduce their carbon footprint by offering wine that’s environmentally-friendly, yet delicious.

Whether it’s in their vineyard, the winery, or in their packaging, Snoqualmie wines are made using sustainable and organic practices and are designed to showcase the best winemaking techniques and vineyard selections.

·        Vineyard – In their vineyards they use weather stations and soil moisture-measuring probes to monitor water use and eliminate wasted water.

·        Winery – They have a recycling program that includes paper, glass, cork, and aluminum waste that reduces our solid waste by more than 8%. Additionally, by using eco-friendly energy options in the winery, they have reduced our electricity usage by 30% in the last five years.

·        Packaging – They are the total package now!  They use ECO glass bottles that are among the lightest in the industry, their printed materials are on 100% post-consumer waste material stock, and our corks and labels are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Lastly, they use more eco-friendly capsules.

The Latest From Snoqualmie – Bright, balanced, and bursting with lush varietal flavors, these wines pair well with a variety of food and offer high-quality, high-value accompaniment to casual spring and summer picnics, barbecues, and other celebratory gatherings.


Whites:
Snoqualmie 2015 ECO Chardonnay Columbia Valley (organic)
Snoqualmie 2015 Chardonnay Columbia Valley
Snoqualmie 2015 Winemaker's Select Riesling Columbia Valley

Reds:
Snoqualmie 2015 ECO Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (organic)
Snoqualmie 2014 Syrah Columbia Valley


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Country Music Star Tyler Farr To Perform Pre-Race Concert For 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

VIP Ticket Packages Available!!

Country music star Tyler Farr will entertain race fans with a pre-race concert prior to the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday, July 1.

The concert will mark Farr’s second performance at the world’s only motorsports stadium – the first coming in last year’s inaugural Country 500, a three-day music festival over Memorial Day weekend.

“Tyler Farr is a great addition to our race-day festivities,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “We’re excited to have him perform prior to Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 and celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with our fans as we continue our proud tradition of honoring this great country and our military.”

Farr’s first album, Redneck Crazy, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Album chart and in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart. The album included two No. 1 hits – the title track and “Whiskey In My Water.” The classically-trained singer is also known for his singles, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar,” off his sophomore album Suffer In Peace, and “Our Town,” which was released last fall. This summer, Farr will open for Brantley Gilbert during The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour.

A limited quantity of VIP ticket packages are available for race fans to receive special access to the pre-race concert that will be staged along pit road. VIP Pit packages start at $130 and include:

ν A reserved ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola
ν Pre-Race/UNOH Fanzone access
ν Admission to the VIP viewing area in front of the stage for the pre-race concert

Fans that have already purchased a Coke Zero 400 race ticket can upgrade their experience to the VIP Pit package for $75.

Tickets for the June 29-July 1 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news.

CONTACT:                                                                                                          
Andrew Booth, DIS Public Relations
386.681.6714
abooth@daytonainternationalspeedway.com  


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Thursday, April 6, 2017

OMGhirardelli! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Introduces Two New Doughnuts Made with Ghirardelli Chocolate



Krispy Kreme’s ‘Mint Chocolate’ and ‘Sea Salt Caramel’ featuring Ghirardelli available for a limited time

Two of the world’s most decadent treat creators – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Ghirardelli – are combining the indulgence of premium Ghirardelli chocolate with the deliciously satisfying taste of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The result is the ultimate OMG moment – “OMGhirardelli,” that is.

Krispy Kreme’s new Mint Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel doughnuts inspired by Ghirardelli’s popular chocolate squares are available for a limited time only at all Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida:

Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 hours
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

“Uniting premium chocolate enthusiasts and our beloved doughnut fans, these doughnuts offer an OMG-worthy reward any time of day. Whether you’re celebrating life’s everyday moments or in search of a delightful afternoon indulgence,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. Designed to deliver a treat experience unlike any other, these limited-time doughnuts mean Krispy Kreme guests no longer have to choose between sweet or salty, chocolate or pastry.



For the savory-sweet eater, Krispy Kreme’s new Sea Salt Caramel Doughnut Made with Ghirardelli offers a crave-worthy flavor experience inspired by Ghirardelli Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Squares. The doughnut is filled with salted caramel filling, dipped in decadent chocolate icing, drizzled with both the chocolate and caramel icings and topped with a blend of amber sugar, salt sprinkle, and Ghirardelli mini chocolate chips. Both the caramel filling and chocolate icing are made with premium Ghirardelli ingredients.

A cooler combination, Krispy Kreme’s Mint Chocolate Doughnut Made with Ghirardelli features a doughnut filled with White Mint Kreme™ filling inspired by Ghirardelli Chocolate Mint Squares, dipped in chocolate icing, decorated with green colored icing and topped with Ghirardelli mini chocolate chips dusted in powdered sugar. Again, the chocolate icing is made with premium Ghirardelli ingredients.

Go to www.krispykreme.com/ghirardelli to find a participating Krispy Kreme shop near you. Share your OMGhirardelli moments using #OhSoFancy and #KrispyKreme.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed® doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

About Florida Family Foods LLC – Krispy Kreme Central Florida
With more than three decades of expertise as an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, Florida Family Foods is a second-generation, family-owned business successfully operating Krispy Kreme shops throughout Central Florida to include Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Winter Park, Millenia and Kissimmee. Florida Family Foods earned national recognition for the brand’s “most innovative local relationship marketing program” in 2014 and continues to partner with numerous non-profit organizations and community-based programs annually. Stay social with your local Krispy Kreme shop on these channels:

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Perception of Time

I belong to this wonderful service called Morning Pics. It is probably one of the favorite parts of my day. Lately, it has made me think of what is important right now and what will matter when this day comes back around in pictures.

May 2015


July 2015
March 2017
The first two pictures came up recently and it gave me pause because in the first one 659 days ago was taken on our anniversary, right before I took a call from my adoption lawyer to deliver the biggest red flag news of our adoption we had been involved with for the past six months. Ruined my night. The adoption that never happened or the extortion heard round the world...whichever spin you would like to choose came exactly one month later.

A couple days later, I received my next memory, from 581 ago. Adoption failure in full effect, working on a pair of sisters that were homeless (which were pulled out from under us at the very last moment, of course) I was at my very lowest. I was terrified of the public, terrified of that "face" people would give me and taking my introvertness to a new level. I was in a very dark dark place. But, when a member of your tribe calls, you go and you help. It was appropriately pouring rain, I did what any brave girl would do: drank six beers, did what she needed me to do and had mini panic attacks that I would run into one of my NASCAR friends who were waiting to hear my good news and see pictures of well, nothing. I hauled booty the moment I could and was certain I would never feel better again.

There is a happy ending,

I took the last picture on Saturday of my sweet girl. It just gives me (and I hope you) the reminder that things do work out for a reason, none of those things were meant to be and the journey was worth it. The journey is always worth it. No matter if you are adopting a baby, struggling with your current job, hating your boyfriend or are in a happy go lucky place...the process to get there is in your hands and time is the key of perception. If you ask yourself, what is this gonna matter in ten days, ten months, ten years...the answer will set you free. See I just went all Oprah on you and you didn't even notice.

Till next time xo


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