I love being a mom. There have been times I’ve worried I won’t know who I am after they grow up, but I’m beginning to realize we all just keep changing and growing and that there’s always space for us to find new ways of being light and love to each other. My kids don’t need me to spoon feed them anymore, but when I fill the dang cookie jar with Oreos their lives make so much more sense to them. I don’t expect them to run to me when I walk through the door these days, but I want them to tell me thank you when I pick them up after football practice or ballet class or band sectionals. The truth is that I know who I am in part because I fight to be known by them as a strong and kind and loving and funny parent. And I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Mi esposo amante de los tattoos como yo tenía que ser @edu.coach.b2 pero este es muy demasiado especial para él y les voy a chismear porque me enorgullece ... son las flores que tenía mi suegrita en 🏠, cuando pasó a mucho mejor vida y (tengo fe de eso) estás rosas no dejan de florecer, eran las únicas que seguían con vida, porque ella obvio sigue viviendo aquí con nosotros, ya saben nuestros cuerpos son prestaditos lo que vale el es alma y el ❤️.
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"It's a Hard Love"
This pretty much sums up running for me. It's something I enjoy but I always find difficult.
Today was the most difficult of them all. At mile 10, my feet started hurting so bad that I contemplated running barefoot. By mile 13, the pain was so bad that I was finding it to be very difficult to convince myself to keep going. Then, as in past races, "Hard Love" by NeedtoBreathe started playing. If you have never listened to this song, you must (it has gotten me through many challenges)! Once I heard it start playing, it reminded me of why I was there and why I was putting myself through it. I love it!
So along with everyone who has supported, encouraged, and inspired me, and my mom @donna.p.grogan for getting me here and cheering me on, I would like to thank @needtobreathe for producing such an amazing song and to whatever forces were at work to have my ipod play it at such a crucial moment!
Today I completed my first HALF MARATHON!
Violet Ugly, the second standalone in the Granite Harbor Series, releases Oct 23rd and is on sale for 0.99 cents right now. Go pre-order your copy now before the price goes up to $3.99.
Sixteen years ago, Merit Young left Granite Harbor, Maine, for California in search of a future that didn’t involve Ryan Taylor. He’d left her in pieces on her bedroom floor, delivering a blow she couldn’t have expected.
But, now, at the request of her brother, Eli, she must return and confront the demons of her past - Ryan included. After the loss they both suffered, she isn’t prepared to face him - especially considering he’s the only one who’s always been able to see right through her.
Ryan has lived his entire adult life in survival mode.
Growing up with an abusive father has taught him to keep women at arm’s length, and that’s never been a problem. Until Merit - the only woman he’s ever loved -strides through his front door. He’s not sure how long she’s staying, but he knows it’ll be long enough to destroy what’s left of his heart.
To overcome their dark past, they’ll have to shed light on a reality that will most likely tear them apart.
Merit has been hiding a heartbreaking decision from Ryan, and he’s been keeping lies of his own.
Can two tortured souls heal after a lifetime of pain? Or will the hideous secrets of the past bury them both?
Note to readers: Each book can be read as a stand alone.
You know how relationships can be...
and everything in between?
I've had my fair share of relationships...ehem... serial monogamist right here🙋🏻♀️
With this guy, it's different.
Before I met him, I spent 3 solid years learning how to love myself.
I did the work.
I felt pretty good about who I was and what I wanted.
Then I met Matt.💁🏼♂️ I could write an entire book about our 3+ year relationship. 🙄It was tumultuous to say the least.
But here's why it works: •He made me look at myself in a deeper, VERY uncomfortable way. (I didn't like it one bit!) •He challenged me to love someone THROUGH the hard stuff. (I didn't like hard stuff...who does?) •He provided me with a type of love that I didn't know existed. ~And even when my mind was telling me to leave because things were hard and unstable, I choose to look 👀 at it differently.~
Instead of thinking, "This is really hard. It would be easier if I were on my own." I CHOSE to think, "This is really hard. What can I learn from this?"
And, I also chose to love BOTH of us through it all.
Because life without him would be awfully boring.🤣😉
He's the clouds🌫 to my rainbows🌈. It makes perfect sense.
♡Tell me about your relationship.
How do you choose to think when it's hard?
Do you love each other through it?
We don’t just love to perform, we also love to watch others perform and these humans are some of the very best in Seattle!!! Your plans this Saturday should absolutely involve seeing the Stripped Screws put on this depraved experience of hard love.
Many of the AMC members will be in attendance. If you see us there, some say hi!