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FALLING in Love

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I particularly love it for many reasons; the crisp weather, cool colors, halloween, my hearing being restored after losing it, and I met my husband.

Today, I’m reminancing the day I fell in love with Justin, my husband. I had signed up for online dating a year before, using both Match and eHarmony. I met a handful of unusual men. None of them were right for me. Mostly, not mature enough or had the wrong intentions.

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October 2010

The Park Bench

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Tea Party Bridal Shower

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Last weekend I was invited to my friend, Abby’s bridal shower. We’ve been friends since middle school. We met in sixth grade homeroom. I was struggling to make new friends and too shy to speak with anyone. I passed her a note and asked if she was interested in getting to know one another. Since then, she attended all of my birthday parties and I’ve also worshiped with her at her church a few times in the past. She moved to Iowa after high school graduation and we lost touch for a little while, but recently rekindled our friendship.

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Faithbox Subscription Review

I’ve been very interested in receiving a monthly religious subscription box, but my main concern was, which one? There are tons of companies out there that offer this type of package. Before I began my research, I set a budget and asked myself, what do I want to receive? Did I want books, novelty items, (coffee mugs, jewelry, writing materials) or, reading material and devotionals? I set my spending limit at thirty dollars. I knew I wanted products that would challenge me and help me grow in faith. Novelties are fun, but after a while, what do you do with all of it? I already have too many knick knacks I don’t need.

What is Faithbox?

I discovered Faithbox while browsing Hello Subscription’s list of religious and spiritual subscription services.

Faithbox is a monthly subscription service that inspires daily Christian living by helping you grow in your faith, impact your community, and discover meaningful products from companies that do good. This package includes, a daily devotional booklet, to maintain strong faith throughout the month and photo prints with corresponding scripture. Faithbox carefully chooses products from spiritual companies and organizations who respect Gods word. Each box purchased provides three meals to hungry children. Enjoy your Faithbox and support a worthy cause!

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Throw Back Thursday Journal

Is it real, Am I really twenty-six years old today? I was in high school when I first started consistently writing in a private journal. Sometimes, I wrote two times a day. I stayed awake past 1AM, listening to my computer keyboard tapping along with my thoughts, while everyone in the house was soundly sleeping. I had desires to begin a blog, but my teenage self esteem kept me from pursuing it.

I was at a writers block for my birthday post, and then, I thought of it. I have my grandma to thank, for stepping up the ladder, into her unbearably hot attic, to retrieve my bright green spiral notebook that reads, Life, Hope, and The Long Journey Ahead. These words were taken from one of my favorite novels, A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks. I paged through entry after entry and finally decided on the perfect post for today. Maybe you’ll find yourself smiling as much as I did.

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Women & Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Living with cystic fibrosis my whole life hasn’t been an easy road traveled, that’s for sure. Today, I’m here to share a whole other set of issues I struggle with on a daily basis, as a woman living with CF. These are my honest and sincere feelings. This post was definitely challenging and even uncomfortable to write at certain points, but if I can help at least one woman, then its all worth it.

Career & Making a Living

I missed a lot of school, due to being sick for several years; I barely made it to my high school graduation. After such a stressful year, trying to pass several tests, the last thing on my mind was applying for college, which raised an important question; did I really want to go to college? What if I made it through college and couldn’t maintain a job afterwards. I never know when I’m going to have a bad day. My stomach issues could flare up; my blood sugar could be too high or low or I could be just plain tired, which seems to be happening a lot lately. I have a consultation scheduled next month with the sleep study clinic. Just another appointment added to my calendar full of them.

If I attended college, how on earth would I pay back my student loans? Did I want to risk being far into debt, with no way to pay it back? My short answer was, no. I decided college wasn’t the best choice for me. I qualify for disability checks, but it’s barely enough to pay less than half the rent, food and necessities. Not to mention, a cell phone bill that I can’t live without!

Office jobs are best for those living with CF. You get to sit in a nice air conditioned space, you can take your medications and do breathing treatments right at your desk.

I’m thankful for my creative talents that have allowed me make a few bucks over the past few years. I’ve sold several pieces of jewelry and during the holidays, sets of Christmas cards. I enjoy creating projects for others, but I’m always pondering, Is this good enough to sell?

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Celebrating 10 Years with my New Kidney

Today is yet another big milestone in this wonderful blessed life of mine. I’m celebrating ten years of living with my transplanted kidney from my very own mother. My kidney function began slowly declining shortly before my lung transplant in two thousand seven. Doctor’s told me, it was likely I would need a kidney transplant, sometime after receiving lungs. What they didn’t know, is just how soon after I actually needed a kidney. Due to the high doses of anti-rejection medication, following my lung transplant, my kidney function quickly declined drastically and I needed dialysis right almost right away. I went to Cincinnati Children’s hospital for dialysis three times a week for three hours. A short time later, my mom went through several tests and imaging procedures. She was a perfect match! On July second two thousand seven, my life was saved for the second time. Only this time, instead of a stranger, it was my mom! After all the pain and suffering I endured for 5 years, which, seemed like a lifetime to me, I was finally free of visiting the hospital numerous times a week.

I was ecstatic when I walked into my kidney transplant clinic, for my recent appointment and saw this new bulletin board on the wall:

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