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sometimes we need a reminder

Hi friends, how are you? I am still adjusting after a very busy exam week and action-packed weekend, but I wanted to say hello and share some photos. I had a special, emotional weekend honoring my twin sister Kimberly at her bridal shower.
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When a special event like this is over, I often like to sit back and reflect on the day as a whole. As I did this, it really got me thinking that sometimes we all need a reminder…
A reminder that life is short.
A reminder that our health is our wealth.
A reminder that today is a gift.
A reminder to say ‘I love you’ when we feel it.
A reminder that family is life’s greatest blessing.
A reminder to love with all that we have.

This past weekend served as my reminder for many of these things.The bridal shower itself was absolutely magical. The setting, the ambiance, the flowers, décor, the food, the people, it was perfect.
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In the weeks leading up to the shower, I had been so busy planning, crafting, and bogging myself down with details that I wasn’t entirely focused on the meaning of the event itself; I hadn’t been focusing on the fact that we would only be throwing a shower like this for her once, that it would be over so quickly, and that in two short months she becomes a wife. Then, last week, my grandfather’s health significantly deteriorated, and it really put everything into perspective. It didn’t matter if the cake and decorations were perfect,  or if it rained on the day of the shower, that wasn’t important. We just want our Boppa to be at her wedding with our Nana, together. 

As I sat next to Kimberly and looked around, I was reminded about how blessed we were to be there. Blessed that 30 amazing women came to celebrate my sister, including our Nana, siblings, aunts, cousins, friends, future family, and more.
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Blessed that she is joining such a beautiful family, inside and out.
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Blessed that she chose me to be by her side on her special day.
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I was also reminded about how much we missed the people who couldn’t be there that day; 
We missed our Grammie.
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We missed our Mem.
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We missed our Grandfathers.
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Kimmie and Grandpa
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Kimmie and Boppa

We missed our long-distance friends and family. But I was also reminded of how excited they would have been for her, and that their presence is still among us.  

I needed these reminders that day, because they helped me to be at peace and refocus on the joy, excitement, and love surrounding my sister at this special time in her life. Life is so short, goes by too fast, and it often proves to be difficult to simply slow down.  Sometimes I think we all need a reminder to do this, to soak in the moments and appreciate each day and what it brings.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Kimmie’s bridal shower so special, I love you all!
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Please pray for our dear Boppa. We went to see him after the shower  and he was all smiles. He has been released from the hospital and is now resting at home. Thank you for your prayers xoxo
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Now and then

In the last few weeks amongst unpacking, working, schooling, exercising, and trying to settle back into as much of a ‘normal routine’ as possible, I’ve had a lot of reminders of how different my life is now compared to then; then being the past— whether it’s a month ago, a year ago, ten years ago, just the past.  These reminders have stemmed from old pictures I’ve found, familiar faces I’ve seen in public, and comforting voices I’ve recognized on the phone. All of these reminders got me to thinking…sheesh my life has changed.

From being a fully employed city-girl one year, to an international exchange student the next, and now currently a full-time student/ rural-America girl in the present, I’ve sure had my fair share of change. But I guess change is what makes life exciting, right? I tend to think so.  I haven’t had a single second to be bored this past year, and while I truly don’t regret a second of it, I have to admit, after all of the excitement of moving to Australia and the mixed emotions of both sadness/joy over moving home, it does feel peaceful to be in one-place, unpacked, and at home for awhile. So when I got to thinking about just how different my life is now from then, I had to get it out on paper (or in this case, on the blog).

Now…Occupation
Year: 2nd half of 2013
Age: 27
Occupation: Student  + ice-cream shop/mini-golf/ bbq manager (Loving it btw!)
State & Country: Maine, USA

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Then
Year:1st half 2013
Age: 26
Occupation: student/barista/gelato scooper
State & country: QLD, Australia
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Now: Favorite Exercise
Running (check out the sheep behind me! #maineliving)
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Then:
Basketball
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Can you guess which one is me?  Winking smile

Now: Favorite Pizza
Veggie with cauliflower crust,  who would have thought?!
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Then:
Deep-dish cheese from UNO’s please 
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Now: Favorite Accessory:
Chunky necklaces
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Then:
Visor sunglasses (#soembarrassing)
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Now: Favorite ice-cream
Red Raspberry Chip with sprinkles (or anything with sprinkles!)
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Then:
Mint Chocolate Chip
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Now: Favorite Breakfast
Oats, oats, oats!  (And Greek yogurt with fruit)
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Then:
Cereal combo
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Now: Best Friend
My twin sister
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Then:
My twin sister
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Guess some things never change <3

You tell me, what’s a fun fact about you, now versus “then”?