Thursday, August 29, 2013


Here I am at 27! When I was in high school, I was convinced I would have been married to my high school sweetheart, have had one baby and another on the way, own a big house on a lake and also have a phenomenal career. In my naivete, I believed I would always be healthy, strong and know exactly what I wanted in life.

Then, life happened. There were twists and turns only God could have predicted. There were high points that surpassed my dreams and low points that I wouldn't have believed without living them.

Yes, there is much more that I still do not know, but here is what I have learned thus far.

1. The energy you put out in this World will come back to you in fold, so if you are kind to yourself and to others, you will surely find kindness heading your way.
2. Never be afraid to question, but have your limit. If something is good/feels good, allow it to be.
3. Water is a body and minds best friend so drink up!
4. Do not take yourself so seriously - laughter heals most wounds.
5.  Life is fleeting, so enjoy and respect the present.

Never in my wildest dreams, did I think I would have the friends that I do. Thank you for showing me what true beauty is and accepting me, beauty marks and scars included. I was blessed to be born into a family that taught me the true meaning of love and humility - those lessons are the foundation of who I am, and without you, I would not be me. Lastly, without meeting John, I would not have believed love reached as far and wide as it does. Thank you for showing me the importance of standing up for myself and how to accept love for what it is. Above all else, thank you for showing me how amazing this life can be.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Heather and Donny's Wedding

(The Beautiful Couple!)

(John with the puppies Sunday - Nap time! )

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We were extremely busy - but for a good cause. John and I had the pleasure of being a part of our good friend's wedding (Heather and Donny). John was in the wedding party and I was busy taking pictures:) They are both such amazing people and it was our privilege to be a part of their day. 
Our Sunday was extremely lazy and I think we are still recovering! Hopefully we will be in good shape by my birthday...
Tonight is a night of rest and catching up on my reading after I get my tooth fixed. My Mom just told me about a documentary called Buck, and it looks really good, so I will put that on my list to watch tonight as well!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Background Music

"You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music." - Annie Proulx

Friday, August 16, 2013

Enjoy your weekend!

Enjoy your weekend and take time to have some dessert... I don't know about you, but I could go for this recipe - popcorn and M&M's :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Weekend Wedding Highlights

Hello There! I have been exhausted from all my travels lately, and haven't been able to find a calm enough moment to write - But as I have found one, I will share with you a bit about the weekend.

The weekend started with a visit to my Opa's house. Here is Gretchen, our family dog. It is hard to believe she is nine years old already. It's even harder to believe I've been in Chicago for eight of her nine years! She is a rock in our family and has been the favorite child since the day she was carried in our door. My mother always wanted a third, so it was fitting that my father bought her and we took her before he past - a parting gift to my mother if you will. 

As I left Cleveland and entered into New York State, I could not stop staring out the window (was not the one driving, so don't worry!). What a beautiful World we live in... if only humans reflected more of the peaceful nature and less of the natural disasters.

What a Bride! Cam is always gorgeous, but she was a serious beauty on her wedding day. The wedding was outside on the top of a ski hill, and the weather was as perfect a day as ever. 

Night crept in and the party ended shortly after. I can honestly say it was a night to remember - a night to live for. Celebrating the love and commitment of two people you deeply care about is probably one of the most important celebrations still around (and should be around for anyone and everyone). I was happy to be a part of it, to share my loving energy with them, and to be surrounded for an entire weekend by feelings of pour good and happily ever after.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cam's Wedding Day

Tomorrow, I will be flying to Cleveland to partake in my high school besties wedding. You cannot be by these two without feeling their love and smiling - they are meant to walk this earth together, and I feel honored to be a part of their very special day. Will update with pictures soon:) 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Lemon S'mores

Lately, I have been craving lemony things. There are not too many desserts (in my humble opinion) that can rival a lemon bar..  at least I thought that before I found a recipe on Cooking Classy for Lemon Smore's - My mind was blown! You don't just have to have a s'more with chocolate and marshmallows - you can do pretty much anything in-between two graham crackers... Why didn't I think of this before? After all, s'more's happen to be my ultimate favorite dessert in the World. I will be making these soon, and cannot wait to try out fruit and nut butters as well! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy Friday

Happy Friday! Here is a little quote to take with you this weekend:

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
- Dalai Lama


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