After 2 Years…

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Water balloons began the celebration with a splash as we raced across the yard, drenched in colorful rubber pieces.

A delicious buffet of home cooked food followed this refreshing amusement.

Then, bets were placed as cardboard “soldiers” were sent flying high in the air after being released from a small firework. Wind carried them off as people shouted in hope that their parachute would land nearest to the chalk marked X.

The sky was suddenly glittering with hundreds of patriotic fireworks that exploded in the night. My face lit up. I was so happy to be home.

This was the first 4th of July that I spent with my family in two years, so it was definitely a special treat to be home. The afternoon was absolutely spectacular, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Thank you so much, Mom & Dad! I love you both so much! 🙂

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Thanksgiving 2017

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“Thanksgiving is a time to give, a time to love, and a time to reflect on the things that matter most in life”

~Danielle Duckery

Sending special Thanksgiving wishes from my family to yours! Happy Thanksgiving 2017! 🙂

Road TWO Thanksgiving

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I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just TWO days away!

I am so thankful to spend all of this free time with my family and visit my grandparents for the week. It is so nice to step away from the everyday craziness and finally get rid of the sleep deprivation that had been haunting me for months. After three hours on the road, Thanksgiving is only TWO days away

We are on the road TWO thanksgiving, are you ready?

Long Weekend

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As much as I love dancing the amount that I do, it always feels great to take a few days off to let my body recover… It feels so good to sleep in, knowing that I have the whole day to sit around and do absolutely nothing. I love uneventful days when they come around, because those kinds of days happen only a few times throughout the year. I am going to head out of state tonight with my family to take advantage of this long Labor Day weekend. We are heading up into the mountains, so I will be SURE to snap a few pictures for all of my photography lovers out there. 😉 As of right now, I need to start packing…

Wishing safe travels for all others who are traveling this weekend!!

My Happy Place

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I need to find my happy place,

where horses run and dolphins race.

Far away, through the sparkling rainbow beam,

external ideas are no longer what they seem.

I need to find my happy place,

where horses run and dolphins race.

Blocking out all realistic things,

and all that surrounds me are cotton candy filled dreams.

~Maysa

Unfortunately, I am headed to the dentist this morning to get FOUR teeth extracted so that I can receive braces in a week… It is never fun to get a tooth extracted, but it’s worse if you are getting four pulled in one day! I just have to keep my eye on the prize and think about how much better my teeth are going to look once this whole process is over.

Wish me luck today everyone!

Independence Day 2017!

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“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right…”

~Peter Marshall

I hope that you all have a safe and blessed day, full of joy and celebration.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!! 🙂

*photo taken of me jumping into the pool, thanks to my friend.

Faith

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“I am blessed and I thank God for every day for everything that happens for me…”

~Lil Wayne

I thank God for the food on my table, the roof over my head this rainy day, the supportive followers on this blog, my health, the beautiful flowers blooming in the garden, my family and friends who continue to encourage me to achieve my  dreams, the gift of faith, happiness, the men and women who give their lives for my freedom, and the ability to learn and receive an education.

I think that it is important to stop for a second to think about all of the blessings that the Lord has given you. If you are anything like me, your days always consist of tight schedules. As a result, you may find yourself going multiple days without praying or thinking about your faith at all! It is a very hard thing to confess, but I really wanted to bring this to your attention. No matter how busy you are and no matter how tight your schedule gets, never put your faith aside… God has blessed you with so much, so don’t ignore Him… He is always there waiting to hear from you…

This is just something to think about as we begin a new week…