Monday, July 8, 2013

Sunshine.

Morning clouds from our backyard. ⛅

So I was hoping that today you guys could tell me something good in the comments. Share some happy news, something really beautiful going on in your life, maybe a wonderful story or an awesome little moment from your weekend.

Would you mind?

xoxo

111 comments:

  1. My six-month-old slept 10 solid hours last night for the first time! After six months of no continuous sleeping (between him and his two big sisters) I feel like today is the best Monday in the history of Mondays :)

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  2. I woke up Saturday morning with absolutely zero plans (which never happens). I got to sleep in, eventually got some freelance work done and then headed out to spend the day lounging at the pool bbq-ing, sipping lemon berry shandy and spending time with my sisters. It was totally refreshing and a perfect weekend day!

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  3. I spoke to my sister and her partner over the weekend. It seems like a small thing but they live in Australia and both work full time and I live in Florida so I don't get to talk to them very much. We spent an hour giggling and chatting, it was lovely.
    Planning trips away and visits from our beloved's is keeping us busy.

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  4. I was on the subway coming home the other day when a man carrying bongos got on and sat down. We have a lot of people coming on the train on a daily basis asking for money (and since you never know what they will use it for/we are technically forbidden by law to give to panhandlers on the subway/you just can't help everyone/some of them are dangerous) it's in our best interest to just tune them out -- I have to admit it's easy to be get a bit jaded in my hometown.

    But this man was so vibrant when he took out his folding chair and sat down, telling everyone to get ready to smile and dance, that I had to look his way.

    He proceeded to play Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, laughing and swaying to the beat the entire time, with such a huge smile on his face, that it actually made me teary eyed. Because it was just one of those moments where you realize how nice the world really is -- that there are people who bring bongos on the subway and sing Bob Marley songs to complete strangers, telling them to dance and smile and know that everything will be alright. And in that moment it really felt like it would be. :)

    You're in my thoughts sweet lady!

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  5. 1. i made mint chocolate chip cupcakes this weekend and they're amazing

    2. i'm having lunch with a new friend this week and i'm really excited about it. :)

    3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDa0z0gEvI4 this video should make you smile!!

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  6. This starts out sad but gets better, I swear!
    I recently had 2 deaths in my family (my uncle & aunt committed suicide about a month ago), so suffice it to say, it's been a really hard time for my family and I. I got married in March, and while my husband and I have been together for 5 and a half years total, there's still a bit of a learning curve being a newlywed, and an intense family tragedy doesn't exactly lighten the load. BUT - I actually feel closer to my husband than I ever have. He has been 1000% there for me during this incredibly difficult time. In a bizarre coincidence, we brought a 3-month-old puppy home the day my relatives died, adding to our fur family which already included a 4-year-old dog, and my husband stayed home in California to take care of them so I could go to Oregon for over a week to be with my family. He let me cry when I needed to cry, talk on and on and on when I needed to talk, and acted goofy when I needed to laugh. I have felt completely supported by him and even though there has been a lot of sadness in my heart lately, this fact makes me very happy. Lean on those you love during difficult times!

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  7. on friday, after being a fan for 17 years, i met hanson! it was a teenage dream come true. and as i was texting friends, freaking about that, i had a text through saying that one of my best friends had gone into labour! it was a truly great day x

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  8. Even after a long weekend, my husband and I are each taking tomorrow off work for my birthday! We're celebrating by sleeping in, going out for brunch, strolling around downtown, and having friends over for a potluck dinner. And I am SO excited!

    Also - it's sunny out here in Asheville, NC for the first time in days!!

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  9. Oh, Danielle! Such a good idea.
    I am having dinner with my college best friend this evening. We always laugh until it hurts, so I am looking forward to it!

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  10. I just started horse riding again after a 7 year break because school got too busy and my horse fell asleep in my hands today! I'm also graduating college next week!

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  11. I was told by one car shop that my car needed $650 to fix an electrical problem with my lights. I took it to a car shop I trust more and it ended up being a $3 fix! So, of course, after my $3 fix I went shopping because I felt suddenly RICH.

    I hope real and metaphorical sunshine finds you during this time. As always, thanks for your beautiful blog!

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  12. My little boy (15 mos) just started taking his first steps and it's making my heart soar and break at the same time. I'm so excited for all the new adventures he'll get to go on with his new mobility!

    Also, if you need a smile, this is my go-to day brightener:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IytNBm8WA1c

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  13. My baby is eight months old today, so I'm going to spend the whole day making goo-goo faces at her. She is such a great baby, so cute and clever and my older daughter is so amazing I feel like I'm pretty much the luckiest person in the world.

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  14. I had time to make two loafs of fresh buttermilk, honey oat bread this morning. my house smelled heavenly!

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  15. Didn't get a sunburn this weekend... big win for the pale girls!

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  16. We took our newly 3 year old boy, Charlie, to see fireworks this weekend and the commentary was hilarous. "That was the best one ever!" "So cool!" "No, THAT one was the best one ever!" Those memories of hilarousness from my lil guy will cheer me up when Im blue for years to come!

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  17. i'm pregnant! for the first time, after a year of trying...first appt. tomorrow, i'm SO excited

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  18. After experiencing secondary infertility for over 7 years, I am 11 weeks pregnant with our second child.

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  19. What a nice request, I can't wait to come back at the end of the day to browse your comments!

    My weekend was a dream. Three of my closest friends and our two dogs traveled up to Boonville, CA where we stayed in a simple cottage on top of a golden hill with huge views of the Anderson Valley. We watched the dogs run around and have the time of their lives while we read, played hearts, drank Rosè and made food covered in fresh rosemary we snagged from the garden. At night the stars were incredible, and I stared at the milky way for what felt like an eternity from the hammock under the oak tree.

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  20. There is sunshine...in the UK! It is amazing, so much better than a summer full of rain that we usually get. Yeyyyy, sunshine!!!!

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  21. my best friend has been living in China for 2 years and she's coming back to visit in 5 days!
    keep your chin up, beautiful.

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  22. Its currently pouring down rain right now and I've got Iron and Wine playing through the house while the dogs lazily sleep on the living room floor and I sip on an afternoon cup of coffee. Its these moments that I love, couldn't be any happier on this monday afternoon. Life is good.

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  23. Saw fireworks over the ocean for the first time this weekend and came home to an awesome swap box in the mail.
    [It gets better. I promise.]

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  24. This year has been tough. I keep wanting to make a banner that says, "2013 can suck it!" But then...

    We're tight on money, and expecting a (surprise!) baby, and we haven't had to buy a thing. Not a thing.

    I'm taking extra classes at night so that I can be as close to finishing my grad degree as possible before the baby comes. They are easy. This is totally unexpected, and a complete blessing.

    My work didn't offer any disability pay during maternity leave, and suddenly changed their policy two weeks ago. That's a little extra money in the bank.

    My brother had disappeared at Christmas, and people from church are still coming by with bags of groceries and toys for his wife and kids. Even now, so many months later.

    A girl that I babysat when I was in the 8th grade just graduated from high school. She is amazing, and smart, and kind, and seeing her take this big next step blows my mind grapes. To grape juice.

    I had forgotten how good the last few episodes of Arrested Development's season 3 are. So. Good.

    Grilled pizza. Holy crap sticks. Pretty fast once you have the dough, and makes you feel like a grill master when you see the melty cheese and grill marks on the bottom of the crust.

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  25. I was able to have breakfast with my awesome sister! I don't see her very often because she works the night shift as a nurse. It was so good to catch up with her before she had to head back to bed and prepare for another shift!

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  26. Yesterday we blew up our little backyard pool and my two year old daughter had a blast "swimming" in it. She kept giggling and laughing and saying "me float, daddy float" . I keep thinking about it and smiling like a fool today.

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  27. Visiting two cities with my husband that neither of us have been to before! Made it to Seattle last night and heading to Portland tomorrow - it's just beautiful! Been having a slew of great ladies nights lately too - has really heightened my appreciation for the lady babes in my life and this stage/where I am in life.

    :) I think you're wonderful and count you among my lady babe friends, Dani <3

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  28. Yesterday (as we were moving our piglets in the scorching heat) it really sunk in that my husband and I really chased our dream of farming and made it happen! We have our dream farm, our dream farmhouse, and a have managed to accumulate a shocking number of animals in the past 5 months of living here. (29 chickens, 17 ducks, 4 turkeys, 2 piglets, 2 barn cats, and 1 three week old calf, to be exact.) It's so incredibly rewarding to want something so bad, to throw caution to the wind and just go for it, and in the end get to where you want to be! This weekend our son (just a few months older than Henry) taught our calf to drink from a big bowl of water. I just feel so lucky, so grateful that we get to give him this life and that we get to live it alongside him.

    And this picture, I'm certain, is medicine for the soul:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SJtvpb8rkCw/UdOA8Ym1VQI/AAAAAAAAkdI/b3-FHoIPqEg/s800/IMG_6318.jpg

    xo

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  29. My husband and I shared a low key weekend with our baby girl. The first time we didn't have any projects to do, or family/friend commitments. It's always nice to just be a little family and have time to ourselves on the weekends.
    I also didn't the dreaded weigh in and am down 35lbs since January! yay me.

    xo
    -Ali
    whenlifegivesyoumellins.blogspot.com

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  30. Oh- it's lovely to hear any not of pretty news after a hard goodbye like yours. U just wrote my 3bt ( 3 beautiful things) on my blog- how about trying to find the pretty- like the clouds over your garden.

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  31. My boyfriend is leaving on his first tour with his band tomorrow! It is the absolute coolest thing ever, to watch him live out his dream.

    Also, I just discovered that New Girl is on Netflix. Woo!

    Love your blog, Danielle. Just want you to know that I am sending tons of prayers/postive thoughts and vibes your way! :)

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  32. I got engaged on June 16th and my fiancé and I took our engagement pictures yesterday and booked our flights to get married in a castle in Puerto Rico this November. I am over the moon excited.

    xoxo

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  33. I spent 4th of July weekend at the lake with my absolute favorite people. We spent three glorious days being sandy and sweaty, drinking cheap beer, staying up late, watching shooting stars and fireworks, swearing, eating, and trying new things. (pics here if you're interested http://spangledparaphernalia.tumblr.com/post/54853110186/i-love-the-4th-of-july-my-friends-and-their)

    I hope you're able to find a little sunshine after this season of loss in your life. <3

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  34. For the first time in months {probably even close to years}, I'm excited about getting back to designing, creating and expressing myself! It feels good to finally have woken up.

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  35. I got to hang out with little kids all morning :)

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  36. My husband went on a business trip to Las Vegas and won some dollar bills at the Craps table. He came home and bought ME a new bike ~ the exact one that I have been drooling over for months. What a guy, huh??

    Sweet girl, you are in my thoughts....

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  37. I woke up in the WORST mood ever (why? WHO KNOWS)but my awesome husband *gently* pushed me to go for a hike with him. We finished the hike, I came home and made him breakfast and me a delicious juice with my new juicer. It was awesome. :)

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  38. My best friend moved to North Carolina in January and I've seen her once since. Her mom is going to visit her in August and might be paying me to house/pet sit in the form of round trip airfare down there!
    And I'm going to start babysitting the kiddos that live down the street tomorrow -- a pretty good time filler (and cash maker!) for someone looking for work.

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  39. I moved to New York in January, and am just now getting around to some of the "touristy" and fun things now that life has settled down a bit. Last weekend I went to Coney Island for the first time- it was amazing. I got so many good pictures at the beach and at the amusement park! (I rode the famous "Cyclone" roller coaster with a new friend) This weekend I also ate an amazing citrus and lime paleta that melted all down my hand as I tried to keep up with the sun, watched absolutely gorgeous fireworks over the Hudson on the 4th (amidst the happy shouts of the kids all around me), ate the most delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream cone that I've ever eaten in my life that I serendipitously got at a random food truck, and slept in.

    So sorry to hear about your recent losses, lady. The best piece of advice that I've ever gotten amidst tragedy is to allow yourself to grieve. You are human. It's okay to have feelings and to actually FEEL them. And once you've taken some time to process, remember that your friends and family will always be there to help pick you up because they love you and would do anything for you.

    I'm just a regular follower of your blog, but I'm sure I can speak for many when I say that we are here for you!

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  40. A blog post full of good news and positivity! I love that so many of your readers have so many great things to share today!

    My husband is off for the week. Today we ran errands together and tended to our garden together and tomorrow we're waking up super early to go fishing off of a pier. I can't wait to spend the day at the beach fishing next to him.

    Anytime you get down, look at that little boy of yours. He has such a beautiful smile. I'm sure he'll help his mama feel a lot better. :)

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  41. i got to spent a good amount of time on the deck in the sun with a fun new book yesterday, today i woke up with the sun tickling my nose, tomorrow i'll see three of my little friends and on wendsday i'll go to see a play at the theater with my sister - the jungle book played by kids from 3 to 18. can't wait.
    sending lots of happy thoughts your way. xo.

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  42. My happy moment is pretty simple. But I had a chocolate chip cookie today at lunch and it pretty much made my whole monday better. There's nothing as good as a warm and gooey cookie. Mmm.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your granny's passing. I hope that you can find comfort in the small day to day moments that make this life so precious. Enjoy them, as I'm sure are all too aware that our time here is fleeting. Hugs to you and your sweet family. XXX

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  43. My sister in law is 2 cm dilated and we're waiting on Baby Gavin any day now. :) That's exciting for us excited auntie and uncle!! :)

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  44. A few years ago, my ex-fiance and I broke up. (5 1/2 years later, I can say this is actually very good news, not sad news at all). We had been living together and had a dog together, and through the messiness of that breakup and trying to figure out how to handle shared dog custody, we finally settled on her (the dog) living with him full-time. That was very hard, but once in awhile, I get the urge to see her, and that happened this weekend. So I got 48 hours of devoted puppy time and lots of puppy cuddles. It made my heart full :)

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  45. When I woke up this morning, for no particular reason at all, I was so happy that I could physically feel it in my chest. I kept a bit for myself and sent the rest into the universe for anyone who needed it...I hope that it finds its way to you. :)

    In the mean time, a cool pregnancy story from my mother about the mother/baby connection that happens during pregnancy.

    When my brother was about two years old, he and my mom were in the car and as she pulled into the driveway of our 5-acre property/home, he asked her, "Where is the lake that used to be here?" She told him that there had never been a lake on the property but he was insistent that there had been. Finally she said to him, "Let's go outside and you can show me where the lake was." He agreed and outside they went. He led her to the back of the property and stood near the old barn that had been there for 100 years (seriously, this was an old farm house...100 years). He was confused briefly, then began to explain to her that when the lake was there, the barn hadn't been. Then he started to walk the permitter of where he remembered the lake to have been. As he walked, he'd point to old apple trees and 100 year old pine trees and say, that those too, had not been there. Finally he made his way around and back to her. At which point she realized that he had just walked the permitter of a lake that had never been there but that she had dreamed of putting in when she was pregnant with him. She had walked the proposed perimeter for weeks, she had drawn plans, gotten quotes to remove the barn and the trees. It was her entire focus. After my brother was born, it was obvious that the lake wasn't going to happen and she got rid of the plans and hadn't spoken of it since. He would've only been about 3 weeks old at the time. She'd shown him the lake in her dreams and he remembered.

    Hope our old family story rested your mind for a bit, it's always been one of our favorites. :)

    Big hugs xxx,
    -Katie

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  46. I am at home. The house is quiet. My 19 year old is at work. My 21 year old is at Army training. My husband is at work. And I can read blogs and draw and be in the moment. To raise your children and look back with good memories and then to look forward to a new career. It's beautiful. It's the small every day moments that are the best.

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  47. My sister is 27 weeks pregnant and on the 23rd we get to have a 4d ultrasound; I can not wait to see that sweet little baby!

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  48. I've had a very tough year with a big break up - but the sun is shining and I've spent my day at the beach and it was so hot (in England!) that I could even go for a swim in the sea.

    Life is good and I'm trying to be happy about the little things.

    Lots of love

    Maria

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  49. I don't have anything happy to share but reading these other comments has given me back a little bit of hope that things in my life will get better. Maybe not today but eventually. I'll always suffer from mental illness, and I can deal with it for the most part, but sometimes I need a reminder not to give up. So I guess my positive is that you posted this on your blog and I found it when I needed it most.

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  50. I'm just about one week pregnancy-wise behind you. I have a son who just turned one, my kids will be about 14 months apart! It's so exciting and scary at the same time. I'm not sure how we're going to deal until our little girl (we're calling her Lucy) is here! My little bit of sunshine every day is seeing my son's face as he discovers new things. I can't wait to experience all of it again and so soon. I am so lucky to be pregnant again and so soon. I wish you all the best as the end of your pregnancy nears! Can't wait to see what your little guy looks like, your Henry sure is gorgeous. :) ----Shelby

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  51. My father has been fighting an aggressive form of brain cancer for the past 5 years. His latest MRI scan shows his new chemo is working and making the tumor shrink! Not only that, but after over a year of trying to conceive, my husband and I are now 4 months pregnant and will (fingers crossed) be able to give my father his first grandchild that he's been waiting soo patiently for. We find out sex on Wednesday and you bet we're bringing my dad with us to find out! :)

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  52. I'm expecting baby No. 2, also. I started following your blog before I knew you were expecting your second little one. My little family and I live in a nice place but far away from our extended family. It is so nice to be able to come have someone like you sharing your pregnancy excitement, anxieties, and tips and concerns. Thanks for being my pregnancy friend!

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  53. This weekend I finished taking 10 credits of summer classes! I celebrated by going to the bookstore and splurging on some books! And I'm already half way through Divergent- thanks to your suggestion! Sending you and your family my love and best thoughts!

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  54. My family and I took a little trip out to 'Sandy Beach' and did a little exploring, in fact I just blogged about it! Also, I was reminded of how wonderful and supportive my friends are after having my first jaw surgery consultation. After freaking out about the prospect of spending 6+ months in braces during my college years, they reminded me that doing something for myself is nothing to be embarrassed over. I'm so lucky to have them.

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  55. This morning, one of my dear friends (I have known her for 15 years, since the 8th grade!) had her first baby boy! He is the 5th baby in our little group of high school friends, and we are all so excited for her! We were all so sad that we live scattered around the country, but SO excited about his arrival and being able to see pictures and hear all about it! So thankful for technology and for new life today! His name is Wyatt and he is a precious little thing!!!

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  56. Hello sweet friend. I am so sorry for all this sadness lately. You have been on my mind a lot this week and I just wanted to stop in and tell you how much I have loved getting to know you over the years. I hope one day we actually get to met in real life. I love your outlook and positive spirit. Coming to read your blog posts is always such a breath of fresh air. It's always something I look forward to. I know Henry and Rowan would be the best little buddies if they got to hang out. I can only imagine how wonderful your Grandma was because I see just how wonderful you are. I am sure you made her very, very proud. Sending lots of love!!

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  57. We've got 3 boys...ages 7, 13, & 15. We are constantly running...in 3 different directions. This long weekend we actually had some down time. We had our 2nd annual Chili Competition with friends, watched fireworks, & saw a movie - Monsters University (great movie, but probably not for Henry just yet). We went out to dinner and went to Sprinkles (the cupcakes) new Ice Cream store. Yum! We also had a BBQ and swam with friends. Jam packed, fun filled weekend!

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  58. My husband and I have been talking about having kids. I haven't been this excited in awhile. To see how he interacts with our friends babies makes my heart melt and I can't wait til the day I can see him hold one of our little ones.

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  59. I just got back from my bachelorette party in Windsor, Ontario! Me and my girls went out to dinner, giggled in our hotel room, and went out dancing! Then we met up with my fiance and his groomsmen for brunch on Sunday morning before heading back home to the States. Only a few more days of work this week and then I'm getting married!

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  60. Today my husband, my 5 month old, and I are spending our second anniversary in Flagstaff, the place that we started our married life together. All day I've been walking through random little places like the grocery store and decorating shops and remembering my first days as a new wife trying to make my little apartment a home. It's been so sweet to spend time reminiscing about such a happy time in our lives.

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  61. It's winter down in NZ, it's cold, the kids are rather sick, I've hardly slept! But this (an oldy but a goody), this is good for everyone and I think you will appreciate the name: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OBlgSz8sSM Life is infinitely beautiful. Love xox

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  62. I'm going to be an Aunt, my brother and his husband are having a baby with their best friends Karen and her wife Jo. We're so very very excited, I'm quilting and sewing and planning all sorts of stuff. I haven't been fortunate enough to have one of my own so this little darling is getting all the love (and the shoes and bags and jewels and everything). Take care of you and your family, the pain is real because we loved them. xx

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  63. Something beautiful going on in my life? I finally set an appointment for my first session on my new 3/4-sleeve! I used the promise of new tattoo as a weight loss reward and now I'm getting it, so that means I achieved my goal of losing 30 lbs. I am incredibly proud of myself, which has not been something that I have felt in a very long time.

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  64. Dani, I so enjoy your blog, your writing style, and the way you are able to put your emotions down on "paper." All this loss at one time must be beyond painful. Sometimes I sit around and stress about silly things and it's hard to get a grasp on the good things in life. And then I feel like an asshole because people everywhere have REAL problems. In general, my life is pretty good and we're going to Rome in a few weeks, which is super exciting :). Wishing you better days ahead . xoxo

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  65. My grandpa died back in December. He always made homemade ice cream for the fourth of July. It was our special family tradition. I was missing him something terrible when it dawned on me Thursday that he wouldn't be churning that old bucket. Then, my in-laws surprised me with my very own ice cream maker. It was such a great moment reliving all of those sweet memories and knowing that they will live on. Even if it is just in ice cream. Sending sweet thoughts your way in this incredibly painful time.

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  66. we found a little baby bird in our yard this weekend and cared for ir for a day - tomorrow if you look at my blog you can see a little video of him trying to fly!!

    xx
    trisha
    veranellies.blogspot.com

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  67. I'm off to the UK tomorrow with my little one for an adventure. And to see my husband for the first time in almost two weeks! There is NOTHING my son can do on a plane that will put me off!

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  68. I recently had ACL surgery and today I got to use the leg press at physical therapy. It sounds dumb, but it was a really exciting little victory.

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  69. On Friday I treated my husband to sushi. Usually he paid but this time I made sure I paid. It was fun treating him and he can pick anything he wants!!

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  70. I asked my 3 year old son to do something for me the other day, and he replied, 'Aye, aye, captain!'

    Gee, last week was rough all around by the sounds. May the force be with you all. I hope there is joy for you in these last weeks of your pregnancy.

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  71. After 4 years of apartment living, we are purchasing our first home! I am so excited to finally have a home that I can paint and decorate and make mine! :)

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  72. I was a cynic, but still had a thread of hope. I listed very specific qualities I wanted in a man, and told God, "Here you go. If you can give me this man, then I'll commit my life to him." I was single for 6 years. Two years ago I met my now husband. Within weeks we both knew we wanted to marry the other. It was so certain, I was scared sh*tless. I'm not perfect, but this guy sees the imperfection and loves me unconditionally. Do you know there are people that only hope for that kind of love? That is special. We just got married on June 22nd.

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  73. I am so in love with my husband. We are young newlyweds (10.19.12) but we've been together just under seven years. He is the light of my life, a wonderful man and an extraordinary scholar. Our life is beautiful.

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  74. I passed my RN-nursing board exam on the first try last Wednesday! It is the only thing I have studied more than a couple days on, but the work paid off. I am a nurse!
    (Everyone else seems like a lot "bigger" things, but thought I would chime in.)

    I can't say I know how you feel about losing someone important to you, but I know through reading your blog that you seem to be a good holder of memories and living in the moment so I hope all of those memories you have will be a blessing and comfort to you during the time of loss.

    Best wishes to your week.

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  75. The first year of my marriage was really rough. Adjusting to my husbands mild Aspergers and accompanying symptoms left me in a depression that took us months to recover from. I felt robbed of the newlywed/totally head over heels in love/always glowing phase. I thought, "Well, this is just my life and I'm never going to experience the kind of love and excitement other people feel in marriage."

    But we stuck it out, we waded through the bad parts, we tried our best to always stay on the same team. We never gave up.

    And happily, the last couple months have been incredible. I'm so happy, we're so happy and everyday I feel the way I should have in the hours/days/weeks/months after my wedding day. We've got the glow- and we earned it.

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  76. Dear Danielle
    I see sunshine in town where there isn't always sunshine. I absorb it as much as I can because it is the most wonderful thing that mother nature can offer. I know that we see the same sun and I want you to know that I am extending my joy, prayers and thoughts to you and your family. You inspired me to be me. To get tattooes when I didn't think I could ever be brave enough to wear them. For that you must be proud for you have made a positive influence in at least one person's life. My personal life has been wrought with darkness but as I get older I have seen light in my life. I can't imagine the despair that you in right now but I feel that you are a very kind, generous, and thoughtful woman. Things will only go up from here especially with the new baby. Good luck girl :)

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  77. My boyfriend and I are both college students pinching pennies but we managed to fit in a long weekend in Orange County this past weekend for some relaxation time before school starts back up again next month and we move into our apartment. The sun, the sand and the time together was something we really have been needing. And my best friend who happened to be in town (who I haven't seen in two years) was able to get together with us for a great dinner. We talked, ate, swam and was up all night talking. It was a great time.

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  78. Guess what!
    I got married 3 weeks ago and now we're back in our life routines we've decided to look for a baby after seeing the doctor in September. We're quite excited :D

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  79. well...later this week, i'm moving across the country! which is both exciting (adventures, here i come!) and scary (are we going to get along, east coast?)

    also, i just won a game of scrabble. which NEVER happens!

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  80. I spent the weekend introducing the Other Half to my hometown and family that he hasn't yet met.

    We were having a Saturday afternoon naptime (we never have the time usually) and he turned to me and said "Do you think they like me?" and I could reply with absolute conviction "Baby they love you almost as much as I love you"

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  81. So sorry to hear about yor sad week!

    Like you - I am expecting a baby boy this August (my first), and it gives me a lot of joy to speak with my husband about things in the future, dream about what the little guy would love to do etc.

    A great thing that happened last week was my friends who surprised me with a belated "bachelorette party". I got married last August without telling anyone, so they haven't had the chance to throw one for me. It was very low key, since I am very pregnant :-) but it made me feel so loved that they insisted on doing

    Best thoughts

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  82. i want to share with you an ode i wrote recently. it exists because ii kept having the thought, "how do you repay kindness?" i couldn't fully answer the question; partly because kindness can never be adequately repaid, and partly because the things that are so beautiful and transient cannot be quantified, either.

    ...

    this is an ode to kindness: the fleeting kind that makes your heart swell into buoyancy above all things frivolous as if floating on a greater sea of...something indescribable.

    no words for this, no need for words. still, i try.

    we breathe these kinds of moments in: the softest sweetest way a father holds his daughter's hand and listens to her intently (i saw it, felt it, understood); the brightest souls that come through work that have the kindest eyes (their presence is like food), a chance occurrence of a kindred being in the grocery store, the wanting to connect... and i am comforted at their way of being; i feel their existence as dependent—intertwined—with mine. i can't explain.

    it goes, it goes, continues on. some kind of river. on it goes.

    the bike mechanic who, hands dirty, put new tires on my bike (which now makes my daily ride feel so smooth and full of gold) explained he'd tightened my breaks for no charge, had tuned it up a bit, all the while giving me a look of stoic concern as he told me this...as if it was his duty to bless my bike with extra tender care.

    we take care of each other in the smallest gestures; we perceive as observers so many a thing that is warrant to go unnoticed, but more often than not they are felt so fleetingly, sadly— and so deeply (wondrous!)— on a level we can't quite comprehend. less about us, i say, and our little humanly moments, and more about the energy that wants to move through us, through and through; whatever drives the cosmic laws of earth.

    i revel in it.

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  83. My boyfriend just came back from a week long business trip and we spent a gorgeous weekend together with his family, celebrating his cousin's birthday, barbequeing outside and drinking home-made ice-tea. The weather is gorgeous for a change, it's been very rainy recently and it's so nice to be able to relax outside in the sun or go for a nice bike-ride.

    On the 13th my boyfriend and I are going to see the Chinese State Circus perform. I've nver been and am really looking forward to it!

    I also just sold my first blog template in my Etsy Store and I'm over the moon. :D It's early days, but I have such big hopes for this little store... I'm struggling financially, trying to get my life sorted out as a new-born freelancer and little things like this give me so much hope.

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  84. My little Lucy bear wakes up every morning with a smile on her little puppy face and so much cheer to go around the world that I feel like she should be everyone's mascot! She can really truly cheer anyone up! She's sending lots of snuggly puppy kisses your way! xo

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  85. my boyfriend is finally finalizing his divorce (after four years) and randomly asked me if I prefer white gold or gold gold...!!! Can't help but get a little excited

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  86. my beau and I bought a couch! it may not seem like much, but we've been saving for months and this is our first piece of nice furniture that we've purchased as a couple. love is in the air!

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  87. I saw a whale when I went to work this morning ... it was beautiful :)
    (I work for a research department studying dolphins )

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  88. The highlight of my weekend was lying in bed listening to The 59 Sound on vinyl and sharing the moment with my boyfriend and our cats. I work two jobs as a domestic and sexual assault advocate and a part-time restaurant hostess, and he works 50 hours a week as a restaurant manager so we typically only see each other in passing as one is getting up or going to bed so it was really nice to be able to just take a moment and enjoy being together.

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  89. If you ask Maile what color a grey item is, she says, "Elephant!"

    Simple, but the cutest ever.

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  90. last night I went to a fitness dance class (the official name is "Swag Fitness" so clearly, it was awesome) for the first time, and had the best experience! I've never done anything like that before, but now I'm hooked. There's nothing quite like getting incredibly sweaty and dancing awkwardly with a roomful of strangers (and a few coworkers).

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  91. My husband is a wildland firefighter, knew some of the guys, and worked side by side with them during the Doce Fire. He is also quite close with guys from Blue Ridge. So it is hitting us hard as well, but just in a different way. I could not imagine adding the loss of a family member right now.

    The highlight of this past week was helping to coordinate a benefit concert up here in Flagstaff on Friday. We were able to raise about $40,000 for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation to be given to the families. While $40,000 split 19 ways is not much and well never replace the loss, it was heartwarming seeing so many people that have no idea who those guys were, or who their families are, open their hearts and give so selflessly. Just witnessing the event unfold lifted some of the fog that had been mucking around since we got the news Sunday afternoon. I am still blown away.

    Other positives: my tomato plants finally blossoming, throwing a baby shower for a friend next week, having my husband home for dinner every night this past week, and us deciding it was time to start growing our family.

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  92. A simple click: http://ardzaudzandendz.blogspot.com/2013/07/she-arrived.html
    That ought to make you smile, Dani! =)

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  93. I was offered a new job yesterday, which I accepted! And for the first time ever, I'll be sad to be leaving my old job (instead of THANK GOD I'M GETTING OUT!!!) which is really nice.

    Deepest condolences for all of the loss out y'all's way these last few weeks...

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  94. My boyfriend and I just got engaged this past month. He's now FIANCE! My family is very happy to have him officially be part of our family and we are figuring out when to get my nieces and nephews to start calling him "Tio". My brother passed away unexpectedly in March 2011 and so its sad to think about having a big event at my parents house (our wedding) when the last one was his wake. The hardest part I found when dealing with loss is that time goes on. All I wanted to do was just stop time for even a moment and try to process what had happened and what I had lost but time goes on and we learn to accept the pain and live life from then on. I hope you have some peace and some tranquility during this really hard time to try to accept the pain and reflect on their lives because life goes on...

    loved ones pass away, babies are born, you reach life moments (graduation), you get married and start it all over again.

    The one guarantee we get in life is that one day it will end and all we can do is to try and make it as beautiful as we can from start to finish.

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  95. 2013 has not been very nice to my little family...until recently! We bought our first new-to-us car that isn't already 10 years old (haha!), he got a new job, and we found out our dog's tumor has shrunken over 50% after radiation treatments (she has a rare form of cancer). Things are finally starting to look up for us, I think. :)

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  96. I'm sending many warm thoughts you way Danielle - what a terribly sad week for you and your family.

    My own little sunshine is that I've just moved from Sydney, Australia to Austin, TX. Some stuff is hard and frustrating as I find my feet, but every day is a day that I can make new discoveries. Because I don't have work yet either (we moved for my husband's job), I have so much time to really make my day what I want it. It's a big change and very special - and to make it better, I get to do it all with a lovely guy at my side :)

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  97. After three years of training and more ups and downs than I ever imagined, next week I qualify as a nurse. I have read your blog throughout and it always gives me a little lift :) Much love to you and yours x

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  98. I read your blog weekly and had to chip in my two cents! There's no such thing as too many good vibes.
    I got married two weeks ago to my boyfriend of six years. I could not be more thrilled! The joy of a strong relationship is so transforming and amazing that I could not be more thankful. Even when it's cloudy outside, knowing I am coming home to someone like that makes everything brighter. This person, now my husband, also helps through the dark days that the chaos of life can bring.
    I also enjoy coming home to my kitty who loves to see me just as much :)

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  99. Oh, Danielle, I have been thinking about you and all the bad news you've been receiving. I hope you are feeling full of love and sunshine with all these happy comments!

    The best part of my day was hearing my amazing boss recount her recent famiy trip to Italy--and surprising me with a beautiful Italian made change purse! It made me smile to know she thought of little, ol' me while walking all over Europe!

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  100. I had the best first kiss of my life. Such a nice and unexpected surprise.

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  101. There has been so much rain here, and the river near my house overflowed (no houses were affected).. so we took our dogs out to play in the shallow water. They had so much fun!
    Now I am making banana bread for my love (it's his favourite)

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  102. So it's been about a year since my husband and I separated and our divorce has just recently been finalized. Sounds depressing, right? Well the happy part is that I'm in a new relationship and it's amazing. It's been so different than my previous relationship and I can only describe it as wonderful. We've known each other for a long time, and also known we wanted more, but didn't make it "official" until just recently. It's been great.

    Christen
    http://christenlouise.blogspot.com

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  103. Oh Danielle! I'm sorry you've been through some difficult time. [[ HUGS ]]

    I lost a dear aunt last year (actually almost a year to date). She was someone that helped me become who I am. There's so much of her within myself, and I would not be the same person if it wasn't for her. She also was my ultimate "cheerleader". You know those few people that you just know support you and root for you always and ever? Her passing left me and my family with a such a tremendous void that will take so long to heal (if ever).

    On the positive side, I just came back from a dream vacation in Barbados, and I'm slowly sharing my photos here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shelikescherries/sets/72157634548991109/

    Experiencing a vacation like this one reminds me how beautiful life can be and how many wonderful adventures are waiting for us just outside our door! I'm always amazed and humbled by how wonderful this world can be, and how lucky we are to be able to appreciate and be alive here and now. We need to live life to the fullest, and I firmly believe that by doing that we honor those that can't do it anymore.

    xoxo,
    Viviana

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  104. For my 28th birthday this year (July 3rd), I asked my friends and family to perform a random act of kindness instead of buying me a gift. For the last week, I have been so happy to get TONS of text messages and Facebook comments from them letting me know what special ways they've made a difference. Tonight, 7 of my girl friends took me out to dinner at The Melting Pot to celebrate in a town about 1.5 hours from my home. We didn't know anyone there. When it was time to pay, someone randomly paid for our meal- all 8 of us! It was such an incredible moment! :)

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  105. PS- I hope that you are finding some sunshine through your hard times!

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  106. ha I had a paragraph written about our new baby, but then she kicked the laptop and somehow it all got erased.

    basically wanted to say we had our daughter, Sadie, and she is wonderful. I think of you and how you must be experiencing a weird juggling of joy and sorrow right now, but how much joy you will feel when you see Henry loving on Charlie next month. Our two sons looooove their little sister, even if they don't want to hold her or kiss her (ha! it's kind of hilarious to me). It is crazy how our hearts grow to love another child so much.

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  107. Theresa from Long IslandJuly 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I just signed up my sweet daughter Summer Joe for preschool! We took the tour & she was lit up with excitement... I just knew it was the place for her to go... where she would make friends, learn, play & learn some more. :)

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  108. This weekend I got my wedding dress and my guy and I started our wedding registry. I also got my wedding invitations yesterday.
    None of that really compares to spending Monday with my Grandma and having her tell me that I have such a wonderful life and that my Grandpa would have been proud. My Grandpa passed away five years ago, and I miss him everyday. But hearing that really made me happy.

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  109. My father passed away in January. In February, I found out I was pregnant, we'd been trying for almost a year. When my dad got sick I was hoping I would get pregnant right away so he would make it to meet the next baby. Maybe letting go of him and the stress his last few months caused allowed my body to do what it needed. We just found out that we are having another boy, everything looks great and I feel wonderful. I know my Dad is looking out for us, and I can't wait to meet this new little man coming into my life. Giving all of my family a ray of joy after an extremely difficult loss.

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  110. Getting ready for my daughter's first birthday. So excited, would scream it out so the whole world know. Im so proud that i can't describe. Happy, and full of life!

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  111. My six year old makes me everyday happy.

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