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Life and Then Some

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So much life has happened in the last month. So much so, I will be breaking it up into a few posts because I took alot of pictures, and you know I like to share pictures. What started as a trip to see my friends, going to a dear friend’s wedding, going to San Franscisco and Monterey Bay Aquarium, ended up with all of those things happening, but also my grandpa passing away.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was nominated by Charity, a gal I have been fortunate to know for quite a few years online now and have her books on my shelf. very-inspiring-blogger-award1

The Rules

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank your nominator because they’re awesome
  • List 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other blogs for their awesomeness
  • Post the rules so people know them

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I am not a fan of the myers briggs personality thing. I know a few friends who it has really helped them in their lives and they love it, but it’s never been something I’ve been crazy about.
  2. Two of my characters in Worlds Collide: A Fairy Tale I originally created when I was six. They have undergone many, many changes, but the names have stayed the same even if the spelling hasn’t!
  3. I can never have too many pairs of earrings.
  4. While I’ve been able to travel quite a bit internationally, I’ve visited woefully few states here in the US.
  5. I have no food allergies.
  6. In elementary school I bred and raised mice and sold them for store credit at the local pet store. When they would get out my mom was so good at catching them she could catch two at once, one in each hand going the opposite directions.
  7. My favorite animal is the manatee.

My Nominees:

If you want to do this one, go for it, and no pressure to those I’ve listed here. I’m unofficially nominating the midget, Griffin Asher,  Amber, Laura, and Bonnie.

Movies! Catching up!

This post needs to start with the puppy.

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Drool monsters are not amused at busy schedules that don’t leave as much time for them.

Back to the catching up. In the last few months I had the opportunity to write a few movie reviews for 412teens/GQkidz. Which basically translates into I had a legitimate excuse to go out and see the movies I wanted to see as soon as they came out. Here are my reviews:

Maleficent

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Fault in Our Stars

I’m writing this post on Saturday, and I have plans to see Guardians of the Galaxy Sunday, and I am very curious as to what I’ll think as I’ve heard mixed reviews.

To go back to my blogging roots, I’m going to give a nutshell of this summer in pictures. Going to make this long and just be done with the catching up.

First and foremost was the wedding.

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I was honored to the maid of honor in my friend’s wedding. See those flowers? The bride made all of them. And many, many of the decorations.

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I am so blessed for Rose’s friendship, she has been one of the greatest blessings of the last five years.

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Shortly before the wedding, I went over to see my dear old friend who recently moved only 5 hours away! That is the closest we have lived to each other in 10 years. I was too busy talking to take more than like three pictures.

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And then there was a mad dash, last minute trip to CA, in which I was only there for about 24 hours before driving back up north. Just enough time for a quick Coffee Bean.

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And a visit to the potato museum as we drove back north. Because, why not?

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Going to bookstores with the little cousins. (Who will all be taller then me by next year, I just know. Except the new one! Because he’s only a couple months old.)

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Glacier Park with Laura! Who was out to visit for almost a whole week!!

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We drove the Going to the Sun Road. It was amazing, spectacular.

As summer winds down, I’m sure there will be some more little adventures. But even if not, I will call summer 2014 a success.

Encouraging one another

Yesterday I read this post. I had two immediate thoughts, one was that I end up reading alot of blog posts that I am not the target audience. Two, was that what they were writing about is a great reminder for all us.

“The woman whose husband is gone for an overnight business trip has no idea what it’s like for the woman whose husband is gone for a week at a time.  The woman whose husband is gone for a week at a time has no idea what it’s like for the woman whose husband is gone for 5 weeks at a time (our longest separation so far).  The woman whose husband is gone for 5 weeks has no idea what it’s like for the woman whose husband is gone for a year.  But no one should roll their eyes at the person who has gone through “less” than what you have.  It all comes down to “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” – Bonnie (Emphasis mine)

I would add to Bonnie’s post that the woman who was married young has no idea what it is like to be an older single and not know if there will ever be a husband to miss. I admit and confess, that once when I heard a friend comment how awful it was that her husband was gone overnight, my heart, instead of wanting to be an encouragement to my friend, instantly jumped to ‘well, at least you have someone to miss.’

We all have different lives and trials and burdens. And they are completely incomparable.  Even if I could make a chart of where I fit in my friend’s lives of who had it the hardest or easiest, exactly what would that accomplish? Certainly not help me to be an encouragement and lift up that friend in her (or his) time of need. It would most certainly not help with a problem of pride!

Regardless of where you are in life, you can always find someone who has it more difficult, and someone who has it easier. Instead of putting other people’s struggles on a value scale, focus on how you can be the best friend you can be to that person in their time of need. And in your time of need? Don’t worry that it’s ‘not big enough’ as a friend’s, if that person cares for you, they will care for you even if your need is perceived as ‘small’. Because it’s you who they find important.