Happy Meme Monday: Before You Get Married

There are many qualities we look for in future spouses. The things you look for in a life long partner may be short or long, but our lists may still be somewhat the same. This one in the meme however, I didn’t think of myself. I got to know my husband’s patience level when there came the time to put something together and the need to read the instruction manual became apparent and not a reality. Pfft, who needs a manual anyway?!

How do you test someones patience?

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Nail File Friday’s: Korean Inspired Nail Art

This week I was inspired by the South Korean nail art. It is so easy, they’re all about leaving the nails looking minimalistic which includes the ever so easy, negative space. I always enjoy looking at different trends, especially in the world of nail art. So, today with my great-grandparents in mind I went back to replicate this very fun Korean trend. Enjoy!

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Reblog Wednesday: Awkward Silence — I refuse to give up

Today I want to share a lovely short story by Sakshi – a wonderful blogger over at I Refuse To Give Up. This is her first short story and by all means, she did not disappoint. I don’t want to give too much away, but have you been in love, and have thought, this is a forever. Have you been with someone that you thought, or didn’t ever imagined being separated, breaking up because it was that good. Or made promises to one another that included perhaps growing old?! However, no love nor promises were strong enough to withstand the test of time, and eventually the relationship was reduced to mere memories. Yes, this is that short story.

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Have you been there, where a love couldn’t be because of life’s circumstances, does it still sting, does it take you back to a place and time? Because it did for me. It was a young love, made so many promises to fill the heart only to have it broken as time doesn’t stand still for anyone and life took a turn for the both of us. And like the short story, college was the changing point, and all that happened after has been written in history and today we both have spouses and children.

Love, so easy and complex at times. Do you believe in true love, do you believe in falling in love more than once in a lifetime? I’d love to know.

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Sam and Sasha were college sweethearts, the kind of people who give others relationship goals, the perfect example of friends and lovers. Their story it seemed was straight out of a clichéd romantic novel. But as college got over, life happened. They moved to different parts of the world in quest of their individual dreams, […]

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Happy Meme Monday: The Art Of Multi-tasking With Children

There comes a time in one’s life when they are blessed to become a parent. There is also a time when you must multi-task to be able to get things done – or at least started. And no one knows the art of multi-tasking better than a teacher. Last year in December I had the pleasure of volunteering at my third graders class trip to watch the ballet, The Nutcracker. It was early morning and before the class could even get out the door and onto the buses, the teacher still had to get her morning routine done. And let’s just say, it was both amusing and shocking. But then again I have my very own mini tribe, so to say things surprise me, it would be a bit of a bluff on my behalf. This meme describes that morning  in a nut shell. Thank you teachers for all you do – you are true heroes without the capes!

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Nail File Friday’s: How To Create Tie Dye Nail Art

This week I am bringing you something so fun and vibrant, and so easy to do! And before you find this a bit intimidating to achieve, don’t! With the endless colors you can use, and more – or less, polishes then what I used, the look is amazing. The use of color is so cheerful, use neons, use purples, and pinks, do not be afraid of color, as it can alter the look of your hands, even helping you feel more happy.

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Reblog Wednesday: I Asked God: A Facebook Post From A Friend — Something to Stu Over

This post for ‘Reblog Wednesday’ couldn’t have come at a better time. The thoughts of wanting to feel better physically are reoccurring thoughts, coming in too often throughout my day. And the fact that I can’t change my circumstance or diagnosis is evident in this post and is the perfect reminder of things I conveniently choose to forget. This ‘Reblog Wednesday’ is from a blogger I hold dear and near to my heart, Stuarthis honesty, love for Christ and life, is what I appreciate from reading his work. I couldn’t appreciate him more than I already do.

This post unraveled the truths of my reality. I can either learn to accept my reality or continue to live in the falsehood of reminiscing of what my life once was – life without the prescription medication and physical pain. It’s up to me. If I can only touch ground, ‘come back to Earth,’ as they say, and stop living in the clouds, I’d be able to open my eyes to see my life as it is. And perhaps only then will my sense of purpose fuel my desire to live a more happy and fulfilled life.

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The conversation with God in the post reminded me of my own conversations with God.

I  want to tell God what to fix in my life …

my diagnosis – fix it, reverse it,

my physical pain – take it away,

my old, ‘normal self’ – bring her back,

my finances – increase it,

my brain / head – make it stop spinning,

my son’s autism diagnosis – make it better,

my happiness – give me more of it.

And all the while, I’ve been praying for what I cannot change. He’s saying surrender, trust me, leave it to me as I do all things for a reason – beyond your humble comprehension. The reasons for it, all will be revealed in due time – patience. And love, love is what I need, it’s what I should be praying more for, so that I may accept my diagnosis with love, accept things that I will not be able to change.

The trials and tribulations are only there to get me away from worldly things and closer to Him.

Have a blessed day.

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I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up. I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No.. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary. I asked God to grant me patience. God […]

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Chiari Sister, I See You

Chiari Sister, I See You

As a stay at home mom, I frequently think about other moms that are in my position. It’s no secret that the stay at home parent doesn’t get enough credit. The day to day seems lost in translation to many, except the one living it. And often we need the reassurance, because as mothers – humans, we want to be seen and loved.

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Whether you have Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia or any other illness that physically impairs you from feeling your best, know that you are doing your very best. I often compare myself to the wrong people, to those that don’t have physical pain and not needing to be medicated for pain relief.

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As for the stay at home parent living with chronic pain though, the day to day is different and is a tiny bit more challenging. And for me, the physical pain can cause me to have self-doubt, so today, to my chronic pain brothers and sisters, I want you to know, I hear you and see you.

I want to reassure you that you are enough.

Just in case you haven’t heard it today, you did good!

You did more cleaning than your body could handle. It’s OK, not to do more, your body will thank you later.

Yes, it’s OK, the rest can wait.

You folded the laundry that had been sitting in the basket for over a week – no judgment, you did it!

You cooked a meal with love, and that’s all your family could ask for.

You’re pushing through the pain with every step you take – you’re a warrior!

Don’t be hard on yourself, you’re 1 in 1,000 uniquely designed people and not everyone will understand – and that’s OK!

Push through, shower; push through, brush your hair; push through, push through, push through.

Take a break, a much needed break.

Know that your illness doesn’t define you – you are beautiful, believe it.

You are so loved, and you are just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside.

You are not alone.

Chiari sister – I see you.

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