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Bridget – Girl Gang Member

Considerate, good-natured and humble. It’s hard to even remember when we met exactly because I don’t like to remember time when she wasn’t a part of my life. I suppose it has been close to 14 years. Maybe? Seems like forever. I met her husband when Grayson was a baby and a few years later our families ended up living in the same neighborhood. We have shared ridiculousness through our dress up parties, lots of food at numerous home gatherings, and more wine and beer than anyone cares to admit. Together we have experienced the highest highs and lowest lows and supported each other through them. Bridg and I can be quite opposite and yet oh so the same. We definitely balance out our personalities.

This is not only how I see her but how she truly is . . . Considerate– showing regard for another’s feelings, circumstances, etc. I can’t tell you how many times I have quite literally leaned on her shoulders and cried. She genuinely cares for other people and she listens. While she is always considerate of my feelings she is not afraid to tell me the other side. I am thankful to have a friend who can be honest with me even if it may not be what I want to hear. That is hard to come by. THANKFUL!  Good-natured – having or showing a pleasant, kindly disposition. Even though Bridget’s personality is more on the introverted side she never comes off as snobby or stuck up. She has a warm smile on her face and makes others feel comfortable. She doesn’t believe in rocking the boat. She is my calm in a lot of storms. Humble – not proud or arrogant. This one jumps out like a flashing, strobe light. Bridget is the definition of this! She doesn’t care about the material things in life. She doesn’t feel like she is better than anyone, yet she knows her self-worth. Bridget is the sugar to my spice! So, for today here is the good . . . I am BLESSED to call her my friend, my sister and to have her be part of my inner circle – my Girl Gang. I love you, Bridg! Much Peace and Love Y’all! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Thawed Out Blackberry

Well today is the first day of school for both my girls and I feel like a thawed out blackberry – the fruit not the phone. Hopefully you can picture what a blackberry looks like. It is dark and bumpy, lumpy. This would represent my sadness and not feeling like my life is “smooth” sailing right now. Who am I kidding? I haven’t felt smooth sailing, easy street in – well – ever! The thawed out part you may be wondering? I feel like I have been a little piece of frozen fruit sitting in the freezer. I can see out of the Ziploc bag but can’t really move unless someone squishes the bag around and makes me move. I have been on frozen mode for a few weeks now just trying to survive and “get things done”. Grayson has been home all summer bored out of her mind and because she is non-verbal and non-mobile it is hard to know what she wants to do or what I can do to make her happy. I have been shopping and planning to send Kloie off to school and spending what precious time I can with her. And then there is this – Look for the good . . . ! Not an easy task to work much less get a brand new business rolling when I can’t seem to properly function. It isn’t easy to write when your brain is frozen.

So I rolled Grayson out of the pimped out minivan this morning at school and said “Happy First Day of Senior Plus One!” If you are keeping up with the blog you will know what I mean. She gets to go to school until she is 21. Then I get back in, close the door, and text my KloBo. I told her I NEED a pic of her first day of her Junior year. Again, previous blogpost about her being THREE HOURS AWAY at Governor’s School. So I’m not with her to take my own pic. Lots of sad faces here people!

But for now as promised here is the good . . . instead of being sad Grayson won’t ever graduate like “normal” I am happy she has such a great school that keeps her engaged and she is allowed to still go there. Instead of being sad that my KloBo is three hours away from me at age 16 I am super proud of her intelligence, maturity, and unique free spirit. And now that I am thawed out I am able to get back to writing about and sharing our story and to hopefully help others Look for the good . . .

P.S. I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to those who have hosted LFTG parties for me! You have been part of the Almighty, Ziploc Squishing Movement to keep me going. Also, THANK YOU to those who are hosting coming up LFTG parties. Keep in mind if you want to host one I have a special gift for you! Just message me.