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Love Is What It’s All About

My word for 2018 is LOVE. I want to love myself, love my neighbor, love my friends, and love my enemies.

I don’t know how I’m going to accomplish this. But here’s what I know so far:

I’m working on self-care. I’m discovering my favorite new things, and relearning old favorites. Reading a great book. Sweating so hard at the gym I can’t think about anything else. Catching up with a friend. Drinking all the coffee. Learning to be more like Jesus through his biblical teachings. Stepping outside my comfort zone into new challenges. Practicing loving myself, because I often don’t think I’m worthy (although it’s been much better lately, I have work to do.)

I’m searching for ways to be kind to my neighbors, not just the people in my neighborhood, you know the people that you meet when you’re walking down the street (shout out to Sesame Street). I’m talking about all humans being my neighbor. I know I have biases and prejudices, but I’m learning to see and understand the world from others’ points of view. And it’s hard. And sometimes I don’t want to do it. But like Glendon Doyle Wambach says, “We can do hard things.” And I’m stepping up.

I’m telling family and close friends, everyone in my world whom I love, that I love them. I don’t care if they find it awkward or weird, I want them to know they are loved. And I love them. We don’t tell the people who are most significantly in our lives how much they mean to us, and I’m stopping this failure to communicate now. If I say these words to you, I mean it. No need to say it back (although it feels wonderful to be told I am loved).

Finally, I’m trying to figure out how to love my enemies. The people who simply don’t care about me and my clan. The ones whose thought processes are entirely foreign to my own. How did Jesus love those who persecuted and hated him? Clearly, it’s because he’s of God, as his son. But humans are made in God’s image so we can love our enemies, too. Right? Someone tell me the secret of how to do this. I can’t figure it out. But I’m going to try.

There’s too much hate and nastiness in the world right now, so I’m going to focus on my love. I cannot control other people, I can only control myself. And I hope that’s enough.

Tia Vanesa Is Our Favorite

Shortly after my parents’ visit, one of our best friends (& Henry’s Godmother) came to see us. She brought Henry his birthday present: a NASA astronaut suit from the Air and Space Museum. It definitely solidifies his coolness status as the coolest one in our family. 

Vanesa may be the only person I know who was stoked to be a soccer mom for the day; she even wore her official soccer mom outfit (I told her that next time she needs a visor.) After the game, she bravely painted outside with the Hen. What started out with painting on paper quickly morphed into painting each other’s faces and arms. Luckily for her, I only buy ultra washable paint so it came off very easily. I don’t know who had more fun (it was me, watching them and relishing the fact that I didn’t have to be painted!) 

We took a picnic to the beach to watch the sunset later that day, and followed it up with Amish-made ice cream. We loved having her visit our crazy, and can’t wait for her to come back again soon (or else we will invade her D.C. apartment – all four of us!)

What’s Better Than a Baby Shower?

A whole weekend relaxing and hanging out with friends from college (Go Gators!) In lieu of a second shower or sprinkle, I opted for a relaxation weekend away in Orlando since we are planning on reusing most of Henry’s baby gear for baby boy number two. There’s just something about being around old friends who know you so well you can pick up right where you left off without skipping a beat. That’s how these ladies are to me, and it’s simply lovely.
Official plans for the weekend included a pedicure (with a mini massage), dinner at the Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and a trip to Harry Potter at Universal (since I hadn’t visited the Diagon Alley part yet, a travesty, I know). Those were the only priorities, anything else that happened was bonus donuts. So I was so happy to see Tina Fey’s new movie, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” because I so rarely go to the movies anymore and it’s one of my favorite things. I enjoyed the movie, and I think the ladies enjoyed getting food and drinks at AMC Disney Springs’ Dine-In Theaters.

Now back to my favorite part of the weekend – visiting Harry Potter! I love the books (and movies) so much that I try to re-read the series each year. So when Lisa volunteered her free employee tickets to whoever wanted to use them that weekend, I said yes (even though I was allowed to go on one total ride at both parks; don’t go to Universal if you’re pregnant and have to pay for your tickets (or if you don’t like fast rides).) it was so much fun geeking out in London, Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley, and Hogsmeade. I loved the design details, and the way it all came together to make it feel like I was in the HP universe. The Hogwarts Express ride was really cool, even if it wasn’t a train with real windows to the outside (you get to watch a fun movie instead). Next time, I’ll have to take the Gringott’s ride, so I’ll have to get back someday. It is totally worth it to go, especially if you’re a fan.


all the butterbeer types
headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix
                We relaxed, chatted, caught up on our lives, and had fun! I love my family, and my friends who have become family. I’m so lucky to have awesome people in my life, who will love this little guy just like they love me, Keith, and Henry.