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cherry on top AWARD

Thanks to my nestie friend Lori, I received this ubber cute award!  It's been a while since the blog awards have gone around but I'm pumped to have been given this!  Thank you!

In order to accept and receive this blog, I have to answer 1 question (piece of cake, right) then forward it onto fellow bloggers... So here goes:

1. If you had a chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?

This is a loaded question, if I do say so myself!  Although I strive to be very honest through everything in this blog, our journey and our life.  There are still some pieces and parts that are missing.  Some things that I don't think to share or some things that I just want to keep private.

With that said, the one thing that I would go back and change would be the first few years of our marriage.  We had a rocky start.  We were young.  We were still figuring out what our life's goals were on a personal level and not as a couple.  We were hard on each other.  We hurt one another (emotionally).  We lost trust in one another.  It was painful, hurtful and harmful to our relationship.

Over time, we realized that how we were living wasn't healthy.  We both took a step back to reassure ourselves that this is what we wanted to do and it was.  We decided to love and care for on another and grow together in our relationship.  We didn't want to do it alone and we wanted each other by our sides every step of the way.  It took us a little while to realize how good we had it and that our lives really did thrive when we were together, working together.

We had a great relationship and wouldn't trade it for the world.  I love my husband with everything that I have and we know that we are very lucky to have each other.

A friend said the other day, about her relationship with her husband. "We have reasons we should be divorced" but that it's because of those things that our relationship is what it is today.  After hearing that from someone I would never expect to hear that from, I realized that not everyone is perfect.  And what they might consider as "reasons to be divorced" could be totally different than your "reasons to be divorced".  If you don't learn and grow from those "reasons" you'll never be in a healthy relationship.

You can think what you'd like and assume what you may, but know that if we didn't have those "reasons" as apart of our past, we wouldn't be as strong and trusting in our relationship as we are today.  Even those it was a tough time in our relationship, I know that I'm thankful for those "reasons" and know that if we can get through that time, that we can get through anything, together.

I love my husband and I always will.  He's my best friend, my rock, my source of entertainment and my joy.  He's the reason I get to smile everyday and the reason I feel so proud of my life and who he is in my life.

2. The second thing you have to do is pick 6 people to receive this award.  You then have to inform those people on their blog about the award.

a. M at Salutations.  She just got married and (if I do say so myself) planned a beautiful wedding.  Watch as she unfolds that day on her blog and all of the details that went into their wedding day.  Also, she's new to blogging so if nothing else, go and show her some love!

b. Pieces of Me. This is a new local blog that I found and she takes beautiful pictures of her family.  Go see!

c. Wrestling Kitties. Along with many of the other Toledo girls/bloggers, she's one that is part of my constant support group and one heck of a commenter!  Thank you and all of the others for always showing their support along our journey.

d. Stef at Sassy Times. Head over and check out her beautiful girls!  And all the other pictures she has of her family and home.  She's such a nice blogger friend that I hope to someday meet!

e. Mandy at This Girl's Life. Mandy has a knack for unique outfits, decorating and she's crafty too!  Such a great blog!

f. Natalie at One Pork Chop.  One word for her, HILARIOUS.  Not only is she a great writer but her daughter is cute and hysterical!  Go there and check out Anna's dance moves.  You'll be jealous, I'm sure of it!

3. The third and final thing is, thank the person who gave you this award.

Lori, thank you for this award.  It was such a surprise and made my week!  Plus, it allowed me to talk about a new topic that I hadn't really talked about before.  I look forward to the next time we get to see each other, which reminds me!  We need to get with Amber and crank up another happy hour!  Or will I see you this week at my house?  Either way, I think another night with a balloon making guy and margs in LONG over due!  Anyway, thank you thank you thank you!


M said…
Thanks!! This is exciting, check in soon for my acceptance post
Pam said…
Thank you so so much for the shout out. Its a honor. I will post about it tomorrow.

Thank you so much for opening up to all of us and heres wishing you a long happy marriage.
Mandy said…
Thanks so much for the award!
SassyTimes said…
Thanks Jill! I look forward to meeting you some day too!
AW, Thank you!!! So very sweet :) I adore you and your attitude and love reading your blog!

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