a toast to 10,000

happy monday, friends. i hope you had a lovely weekend. mine was extra spectacular; spent at home with my family celebrating my baby brothers high school graduation! stay tuned for the recap tomorrow!

last week i hit a BIG blogger milestone here at the story of my recent life; i hit 10,000 total view posts! blogging is something i started doing back in january of 2010 with my blog; tales of a girl (emma) on tumblr. i moved over to wordpress in may of 2011 and started this blog under the name of; faith, hope & sass from an uptown girl. in september of 2013 i got a new look and a new name, since i didn’t live in uptown anymore; the story of my recent life. i learned at Go Blog Social in April that a lot of bloggers get well over 10,000 views a month (hot damn); and i initially felt a little down on myself. i’ve been blogging here for 3 years and just now hitting this milestone. i’ve come to learn blog envy is a real thing. but just like anything, i can’t compare myself or my blog to others. i love my blog. it’s my release; my story; my voice.

thank you to everyone who has ever read my blog. whether just one time or a hundred times. i appreciate it so much. nothing makes my day more than someone telling me that they enjoyed my blog today. as a tribute to the past 10,000 views i am sharing my “top 10” top viewed and my personal favorite blog posts of the past 3 years. i hope you enjoy these throwbacks; and here’s to the next 10,000!

there's no place like home // toast to 10,000

this is only the beginning // toast to 10,000

why iRun // toast to 10,000

the story of our wedding // toast to 10,000

give a dog your heart & you'll get one in return // toast to 10,000

take me back to NYC // toast to 10,000

it all started with french toast // toast to 10,000

peace i give to you, my peace i leave with you // toast to 10,000

congratulations, class of 2007 // toast to 10,000

apples & brie appetizer // toast to 10,000

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how to make a best friend // a short story

this is the story of a girl two best friends.

step 1: learn about each other because of significant others and proceed to Facebook stalk each other

step 2: take a 10 day road trip from MN to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and California together – this will be the first time you meet

step 3: celebrate a 21st birthday in las vegas

step 4: consume beverages, of the alcoholic nature.

step 5: dance. a lot.

step 6: become the 2 best friends that anyone could have.

simple right? yes. what follows will be years filled with activities such as binge watching prison break; trips to Florida; date nights; learning life’s valuable lessons such as do not put wine in the freezer and forget about it; laughing, lots of laughing; helping one another move; help plan weddings and celebrate at the wedding accordingly; phone dates that celebrate the happy things and support the other with the not so happy things; stalking potential boyfriends on Facebook; drinking wine, lots of wine; have play dates with our puppies; and so many other things that haven’t even happened yet.

i was lucky enough to stumble upon these steps when finding my best friend that anyone could have just about 4 years ago exactly. and today on her birthday i wish her nothing but the absolute best life has to offer; i am so thankful for our friendship and i can’t wait for all of the memories yet to be made. happy birthday lover pants!

ps. today is also her 2nd wedding anniversary with her hubster. YAY!!! i wish them both the best anniversary ever, because they are pretty much my favorite couple ever; except for [B] and i, we’re pretty awesome. please note michael that these are, and will always be separate holidays.

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happy birthday to our angel in heaven [haley ellen turns 21]

“death comes unexpectedly.”

today we celebrate my baby sister, Haley Ellen’s, 21st birthday. 21 years ago she was born asleep and left us before we got the chance to meet her. i was three years old at the time, and none of it really made any sense to me. mommy was supposed to have a baby, but then we never got to take a baby home. when i was old enough to understand, my parents explained; and i looked through all the pictures we had. i would think of her from time to time growing up, but as i’ve grown older there is an indescribable bond i feel with my baby sister. i’ve grown a more emotional attachment to her and i feel her around quite often. when i graduated college, when i was having a bad day, when spencer graduated college, when i got engaged, when carter went to prom. i know she was there.

it’s a funny thing, how you can miss someone so much that you never got to meet. and how today thinking of the fun we’d have toasting to her 21st birthday fills my eyes with tears. there are a lot of things about life we’ll never truly understand. how a baby so beautiful can be taken from a family ready to love her forever. i have faith that God needed that lovely little angel back with him. and if we had gotten to keep her, i might not have my (not so) little brother. things have a way of working themselves out exactly they way they are supposed to, which is more often than not the way we planned. i love and miss her so very much but know that she’s watching over me and my family; hanging out with her cousin Dana Patrice, Nana, Grandpa Marlo and Grandpa Paul and our neighbor Lorriane; and smiling over us every day. we love you sweet Haley Ellen, we will carry your memory on forever and we wish you the happiest of birthdays – mom and i will have a glass of wine and cheers to you, our little angel in the sky. you’ll always be our hope, you’ll always be our first light, you’re always gonna be our little girl. we only wish for one more day <3

if you’ve ever watched Pollyanna i would imagine you recognize that line from Reverend Paul Ford’s sermon. and if you haven’t watched it, i highly recommend. it is a lovely story of a young girl who teaches a whole town about seeing the brighter side of everything.my momma was watching that movie the night she felt that something was not right; and i watch it every year and remember her.

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