"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." Roald Dahl

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My Mom

You know that one person who can always make you smile?  The one who knows exactly what you are feeling before you do...the person who hears the hitch in your voice even before you know you are going to cry and the one who hears the smile in your news from the moment you start talking?  That's my mom.  She knows me inside and out.  Sometimes, so well that it makes me mad - but she knows me.  She knows me and my sisters and the rest of my family like this because that's who she is.  She is selfless, caring, and supportive.  She helps whenever she can and makes sure that everything will always be alright.  It's just who she is and you better believe it - a hug from her can make everything alright....So that's where I'm headed this weekend.  I'm going to Chicago to get a hug from my mom, and I will get to see the rest of my amazing family, as well!

 Over the past few months the distance from Chicago to North Carolina has seemed insanely too far and I am ready to close the distance.  I want to get that hug from my mom, sit and talk with my sisters for hours (like only sisters can do), and conquer all of the world's problems with my dad, because, man, the world is in need of our help right now.  I'm so ready to be with the people who know me, who get me, and who always make me feel at home.  

I'm so excited I will get to be there to help support, care for, and repay some of their wonderfulness this weekend. 

Happy Mother's Day to my mom, the strongest woman I know.    

Happy Mother's Day to my grandma, the amazing woman who raised the strongest woman I know.

Happy Mother's Day to my sister, the best new mama I have ever met.  She has handled this whole mother-hood thing with grace, patience, and so much love.  I am so impressed and so proud.  What a lucky guy Ben is.  :)

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday Favorites

1. FAMILY!  I get to see them in just a few hours!!  Prayers that everything goes well today.

2. Getting to hang out with friends and serving a great cause!  The past two weekends I have had some really good nights with some really great friends.  Last weekend was the fundraiser at the aquatic center.  I got to see some friends that I haven't seen in a really long time and it was so fun!   This past weekend I went to see Lyle Lovett at an outdoor concert and once again, it was for a great cause.  We had VIP passes and took part in the silent auction to help raise money for yet another, great cause.  I love fundraisers!!  Lyle Lovett was pretty good and the bands that opened were really great.

3.  Prom.  In high school it was so fun.  As a teacher, it's not quite the same type of excitement, but there is something so nice about seeing your students all dressed up and ready to impress.  I also love my new friends that I've found at work.


4.  The south.  I love that I have a pair of cowboy boots that I actually wear.  Often.  They are pretty awesome and when I wear them I feel like I can conquer the world.

5.  Raleigh.  This view is one of my favorites and it's even better at night.  I went to dinner at Gravvy with two of my friends this week and got this lovely view on the way in.