Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March Cara Box Reveal {Link Up}

For those of you who don't know what Cara box is, I strongly urge you to go check it out! I have been following a blog called Wifessionals for a while now and my favorite part is how much of a sweet, fun, positive network of bloggers Kaitlyn promotes!! She's the best!The theme this month was related to anything using your initials, so for me anything with an 'L or a B'.

I absolutely LOVED getting to know my March Cara Box blogging friends this month :)

I was paired to send a box to Laura Beth over at Mrs. Laura Beth! Go check out her blog to see what I sent to her as well as to check out her fabulous blog! Her blog is so fun to read! I absolutely loved being paired with Laura- I feel like if we lived in the same state, we would totally be friends and get along swimmingly!! I want to go up north now and visit her :)

My sweet partner, also named Lauren (see her blog at This Life-Lauren), sent me an ADORABLE box full of "L" lovely items! The craziest part was that she was ALSO an SLP in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). I couldn't believe the similarities and thought it was so neat that we got paired together. She provided me great insight into some SLP questions and I also just got to know about her adorable family.

Check the adorable box she sent me with her too-cute explanations:

Lip Gloss- EVERY girl loves some great lip gloss from Sephora :)
Lifesavers- For when I'm drowning in work, wedding plans or a sweet tooth
Lollipop Thank you Cards- For the many thank you notes I will be writing for the wedding
LOL Notepad- Because Lauren & I were "SLP soulmates" and love to be organized with notes

Lavender & Chamomile Lotion- To reduce all the work/wedding stress
Lavender Vanilla Room Spray- No explanation needed. Pure amazing.
Lilac Nail Polish- MY WEDDING COLORS!

AND, one my favorites, L recipes, including Lemon-Garlic Chicken, Lemon cookies, Lemon cream cake, Lettuce wraps, and the one that I am ESPECIALLY dying to dry are the Lasagna Alfredo Roll-Ups. Are you drooling??

I can't wait to continue to participate in more Cara Boxes in the future and make more fabulous blogging friends :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Where There is Great Love...

 "Where there is great love, there are always miracles."  
-Willa Cather

I truly, from the bottom of my heart, believe in this quote. It speaks so fully to me that I want to share with you a touching moment that I recently had. As many of you know, my life has been shaped by the loss of my Mom when I was 11, and the subsequent gaining of a new, wonderful Mom in Becky. 

As lucky as I am to have had 2 wonderful Moms, the coming of your wedding brings forth new emotions of having lost a parent (as I know more than several of you can sadly relate). It brings questions of things such as "What did my Mom think about her wedding? What was she most excited about? What kind of bride was she? What would she be like now as my mother of the bride? What kinds of things would she want for me with my wedding?" 

These questions, while many can speculate, can never be answered by the mouth of the person that I really wish I could hear them from. While I try not dwell on this, it has come to my mind throughout this whole wedding process.

Then, the other day, I received an unexpected card in the mail from a sweet cousin of mine. 

At first, I was immediately confused because I saw a letter addressed to my cousin in my card? In an instant later, I recognized the perfect, meticulous cursive handwriting and a huge lump gathered in my was my Mom's handwriting. 

In it, details of what she wanted for bridesmaids dresses/shoes/accessories as well as how she was coming along with making her wedding dress. My heart skipped a beat seeing a detail about her wedding dress that I suddenly realized is in my mine.

Little similarities in sentences, same trains of thoughts made my eyes well up, realizing that even though she isn't here, we have more in common than I knew before.... realizing that she really is with me in spirit throughout this process, even if I don't always know it. 

My dear cousin provided one of the greatest gifts anyone could, a glimpse of my Mom.

As the quote above states, with great love, there are always miracles. My mom's great love is still with me, even though she isn't here, and that glimpse into her life was a miracle to me.