<<< Cheers Not Jeers



Oh Happy Wednesday! I'm trying to stay positive as I look out my window and see a fresh layer of snow…really Mother Nature?

This week I'm excited to share with you one of my favorite bloggers who I have been following for quite some time!
Cheers not Jeers Episode 21
And So I Did

Meet Madi from "And So I Did"
Madi has been a blogging friend since the very beginning when I started this space. If she lived anywhere close, I know we would would be the best of friends. But since she lives in Arkansas, we just have to dream. Madi and her new hubby just bought their first house! I'm living vicariously through them as we are no longer house hunting. I get so excited each time Madi has a house post, even if it's not always roses and butterflies. I have loved getting to see Madi's blog grow and she is definitely a loyal blog friend, as I'm sure she would be in real life! Madi is also starting her own adventure in the bakery world. I'm SO excited to support and see what creations she makes!
Now let me stop gushing and let you RUN on over to meet my Madi!


As bloggers, more importantly as women, it is often easy to get caught up in the strains and drains of life. Lets face it, life can just flat out SUCK at times. And I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who doesn't love a sweet compliment or a simple thumbs up thrown their way. As motivation to spur a little female bonding around the "interwebs" I introduce to you this weekly link up "Cheers not Jeers"

This is your chance to build up some of your favorite women and showcase their talent through your blog and spread a little sisterly love.
How it works:
  • Every Wednesday join in the link up by including "Cheers" about your favorite bloggers. These are bloggers who spur your creativity, touch your heart, or keep you sane laughing.
  • Post a small shout out or devoted post to your blogger loves, creating more community between each other, while posting a link to their blog in your post so others many be inspired.
  • After linking up, find a new face, visit a new blog, introduce yourself and send them a "cheer" 
Highly Encouraged:
There are no specific "rules" about following certain individuals in the link up, but just strongly encouraging women to seek out one another and offering praise instead of the negativity we can often see floating around the world wide web. I will personally visit each blog in the link up to see what an awesome impact this is making.

Cheers not Jeers

Meet one of my favorite bloggers!

<<< Need



I need sunshine
I need fresh air and spaces to roam
I need dreams
I need time
I need God
I need family
I need friends
I need fellowship
I need music, as it soothes the soul

I have memories that will last a life time
I have an aching heart from saying goodbye
I have urges and dreams to conquer the world
I have a sun kissed tan that I will hate to see go
I have hopes to be home soon
I have the itch to travel
I have the want to love
I have a heavy heart that feels like something is missing

Each summer when I was young I would go to camp for a week. Each day was packed tight with activities, friends, fellowship, outdoors and late nights. At the end of the week we would be exhausted, thinking we were ready to come home. When we would return home, the house was a little too quiet, our schedules were a little too still. I remember feeling lonely and my heart aching for the friendships I had strengthened over the week as I spent every waking and sleeping hour with these people.
My friend and I could just say "camp feeling" and we both knew what each other was saying.

This past week was exactly what I needed but it left an empty space that is too quiet, too still and without my loved ones. As I know this feeling will pass, I reflect on all of the love that Joe and I have in our lives and I am so thankful. So thankful that it hurts…do you know what I mean? The it hurts, throat closing up trying to prevent tears hurt.
I miss home more than ever, but so thankful for the time we were able to spend with them this week.

Meet one of my favorite bloggers!

<<< Through Sickness and Health



I can honestly say I was in the presence of the most patient woman in the world.
This past weekend while waiting to board the plane Texas bound, I was taken aback by the most selfless woman I have observed. (Let's be real, I was creeping hardcore!)

This woman was in her mid 70's and accompanied by her elderly husband who was brought to the terminal via wheelchair. As I'm diagnosing this man (nurse thing), it's obvious that he suffers from extreme demtnia.
As a bystander, I thought the man's repeated questions were painfully cute, but heart breaking at the same time. His short term memory lasted maybe 4 minutes before he would begin his series of questions over and over again. The man would ask where they were, what they were doing and when he would be leaving?

Never once did the wife lose her patience, or have a harsh tone with her husband.
After each question she would lovingly reply with the same answer as if this was his first time asking what flight they were catching. As a nosy  bystander I now know they were traveling to Seattle by way of Minneapolis. I know that his granddaughter is often his favorite person in his life and he was absolutely over the moon each time he was told he would be seeing her during their travels.

There were moments where you could hear the pain behind the husbands voice when he would realize this wasn't his first series of questions. He would then sit back and say "I'll just sit here and keep quiet". His wife never discouraged him from asking his questions, or talking all together. Instead she recalled the dinner party they had attended the evening prior and spoke of memories from the good 'ol days. She had nothing but grace in her voice.

I tried to put myself in her shoes and I couldn't imagine her daily routine and how it would be to see your strong, intelligent husband almost become infantile.
I know that God would never give me anything I couldn't handle, but I'm thankful for this woman who almost brought me to tears right there in the airport terminal.
You could see other passengers around us feel her endless patience; as they would observe with sympathetic eyes and often offer to help with any needs.

I can only hope that I am that wife for my husband. He deserves nothing less than my grace at all times, because today he is strong, intelligent and has his memory. I don't want to take any of those moments of health for granted. After all I vowed through sickness and health.

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