Category Archives: Love

[in photos]: Journey Forward

I joined the Journey Forward series for the first time last week.
It is a perfect pairing with the vibe of Smile at a Stranger.

The goal of participating in Journey Forward is personal enrichment, self awareness, and moving toward your potential.  It is based on a central word, or theme, on which you focus your energy and attention, and blog about it weekly.

My “word” was an easy choice for me because it is an attitude I wish to impart on life in general: Kindness.
This week’s Journey Forward post is about images, or graphics (i.e.- videos) that embody your chosen word; to share some of your pins from Pinterest that exemplify the significance of your word. 
This is what kindness looks (and sounds) like to me:

1- Sarah Kay– Spoken word artist.  “Hands” Listen- It’s just beautiful.
2- Kindness is an animal instinct.  And an animal NEED.
3- Kindness is priceless, ya know.
4- Video- Amy Krause Rosenthal’s “Thought Bubble”- asks “How Do YOU Want to be Remembered”  “What Have You Filled the World With?”
5- Because making others feel good makes ME feel good.
6- Simplicity.  Kindness is not complicated.
7- Anis Logjani– Spoken word artist.  “Shake the Dust” Another amazing person trying to lift people up with his wonderful gift with words.
8- This is what I see everyday at home with my two boys, and besides a mother’s love for her children, sibling love is one of the purest forms of love (and kindness) there is.
9- Do RIGHT.  Because it’s wayyyy cooler than doing wrong.
10- Parents.  And especially my mom.  From whom I learned what kindness was.
11- What Teachers Make- Taylor Mali.  Powerful stuff, y’all.  
Linking up with a fellow NoVA girl, Chelsea, for Journey Forward!  
Can’t wait until next week!

Constant Liam

He is in the 90th percentile for his height and the 75th percentile for weight; a big boy!!  He’s hoping that will help him make it big time in pro football someday (any team but the Steelers), but he knows that it is just as impressive (and necessary) to be smart, too.

Just a wittle baby
He is the best dancer on this side of the Mississippi, and he has a great instinct for music.  His singing voice is awesome, and even if he doesn’t quite know all the words to a song, he still gives it his all. 
I so admire his enthusiasm and passion.

Gerber Baby
He has very strong muscles… biceps, calves, abs… and he knows how to show them off too. 
 Soon, he’ll be so strong that he’ll be winning wrestling matches against his Daddy on a regular basis, while I sit by and cheer/laugh/peemypants.  He’s funny too (hysterical, actually), and he loves to be the center of attention.

Being goofy with Dad
His head must be holding one of the biggest brains ever to exist.  That’s how smart he is!  And let me tell you a little secret: He’s only going to get smarter….
He can count to 100 and he’s already learning how to read.

Luckiest Momma on Earth
But those are just the basics to this guy.  Oh yes, he is far more dynamic than his muscles and good looks.  His gifts are felt… not seen.
He sees beauty in people and places.

Handsome Boy
He is kind to those who need kindness, as if he can smell their sadness.
He loves to make people feel good… just because.

Angel Face
He remembers to consider how people feel, 
and he has the uncanny ability to put himself in other people’s shoes.  
He shows sympathy, and he has empathy pumping through his veins… innately.

BIG smiles!!!
He KNOWS himself, and what’s even cooler is that he loves himself, 
And this rubs off on those around him. 
I hope he keeps that… there’s no reason to ever let that go.

Loving life!
He’s a dreamer, and he’s not afraid to dream big.  
He knows what fairness is, and not only does he give it freely and equally, 
but he expects it in return… because he knows he deserves it.

He is the BEST brother in the whole world.  
He cherishes his family and friends, and knows what a true relationship looks like.

Holding his baby brother for the first time
He exudes pure joy and patience for and to everyone he knows.
 He’s a lover boy. 
He is pure brilliance.

Loving on Collin
He is my son.
I could not be more proud of him, and I love everything about him.

This is constant Liam
Constant Liam-
I could never have imagined that my son would be my greatest teacher.  
I never thought it was possible to have so much love for one person.
But it is more than possible… it is my reality. 
You have taught me forgiveness, 
honesty, gentleness, 
simplicity, sincerity,
and so much more.
You continue to teach me daily.
  Thank you for unknowingly 
setting such an amazing example for me.
I fully believe you are a living angel, 
and when I look at you, 
when I hold your hand, 
when I hug and kiss you, 
I hope you feel fully loved.
Because my dear, you are.

Stay steady, Constant Liam.  
Happy Birthday!!!
I love you-

Notes from the Universe

“Thoughts become things… choose the good ones!”
Every weekday morning, I wake up to an affirmation in my inbox called “A Note From the Universe.”

These little nuggets of wisdom provide everything from an insightful statement, to a beautiful piece of praise, and they are such an amazing way for me to begin a brand new day.

In case I have misplaced it, they offer me a renewed sense a positivity on which I can base my overall attitude.

Some days, it’s as if The Universe is actually speaking directly to me, telling me exactly what I need to hear.
These notes, simply put, are a breath of fresh, valuable, HAPPY air.
 I think we could all use that, from time to time,
regardless of if you believe it’s The Universe herself speaking to you.
We can all benefit from hearing positive words on a regular basis.
Here are some of my favorite “Notes” that I have received over the last year:

“Laced throughout every day of your life, Meghan, are hidden highways of opportunity, invisible crossroads of time, and golden avenues for personal transformation that if only traveled upon would reveal the extraordinary, the sublime, and the unexpected.  Yet most slip by undetected until there’s first a childlike wonder at the ordinary, the routine, and the expected.  After all, it’s usually a dirt road that leads to a diamond mine.”


  “True life mastery, Meghan, is more a function of knowing what to want, than knowing how to get what you want.  Anyone can get stuff, but it takes an old soul to choose their stuff wisely.” 


“There is perhaps, no greater debilitating belief, Meghan, than thinking there are elements of your reality that you cannot control – be they fate, karma, the influence of other people, your stars, your palm, your loves, your looks, your personality, your intelligence, your sense of humor, or chocolate. You simply decide everything, moment to moment.”

“Most think that perception works a lot like a flashlight in the dark, illuminating whatever it’s aimed at. The truth, however, Meghan, is that instead of revealing what’s there, it creates it.  Focus is everything.”

“It’s true, Meghan, sometimes when you’ve had a difficult day, or met difficult people, been let down, disappointed, or heartbroken, it’s easy to completely forget the most important thing of all… you’re alive.  And you will be really happy again.”

  “Did you know, Meghan, that it’s perfectly OK, even highly ideal, to claim all is well amongst doubt and confusion? To be happy in spite of challenges? To laugh at problems? Dance without a partner? Sing without a rhyme? Talk to inanimate objects?  Go for it!”

“Meghan, don’t let appearances keep you from seeing the obvious: your nature is joy, you were built for success, and money, honey, grows on trees.”

 “What if every wrinkle, scar, or gray hair only made you more beautiful? What if every tear you’ve shed, mistake you’ve made, and challenge you’ve faced, only drew you closer to the light? And what if, Meghan, for every breath you’ve taken, every sentence you’ve spoken, and every path you’ve chosen, your fans in the unseen multiplied?  Well, I’d say it’s about time you found out.”


   “Guidance, attention, help, maybe. Love, always. Criticism, never. What to give others, Meghan.” 

And lastly… my favorite–

“Meghan, sometimes, in hindsight, it may seem that your prior kindnesses were for naught, and that in the end, they were too high a price to pay for the pains you’ve endured.  That is, of course, until you get a little further into the future, when the pendulum has been allowed its full swing, and all the seeds you’ve sown have begun blooming in more gardens than you ever knew existed.  Kindness ALWAYS returns.


 To check out Notes From the Universe, visit Tut’s Adventure Club and sign up to start receiving these beautiful messages. 



A Favorite Song: Such Great Heights

I… am thinking it’s a sign 
that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and 
when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned.
and I… have to speculate 
that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes 
like puzzle pieces from the clay.
and true… it may seem like a stretch, 
but it’s thoughts like this that catch my troubled
head when you’re away 
and when I am missing you to death.
When you… are out there on the road 
for several weeks of shows 
and when you scan the radio, 
I hope this song will guide you home.

They will see us waving from such great heights, 

“come down now,”
they’ll say…
But everything looks perfect from far away,
“come down now,” 
but we’ll stay…

I… tried my best to leave 

this all on your machine 
but the persistent beat it sounded thin upon listening.
and that… frankly will not fly. 
You will hear the shrillest highs 
and lowest lows with the windows down 
when this is guiding you home. 
They will see us waving from such great heights, 
“come down now,”
they’ll say…
But everything looks perfect from far away,
“come down now,” 
but we’ll stay…
Who is YOUR puzzle piece?



Simple Pleasures

~Holding a sip of red wine in my mouth for at least 20 seconds before I swallow it.~
~The way hub makes my coffee every morning, and makes it better than I ever could or would.~
~This picture:~
Babies in glasses.  Can it get more precious?
~Last minute invites to lunch with a friend/
Last minute invites to lunch with hub/
Two days in a row of last minute lunches.  
Heck to the YES!~
~Alone time in my car.  I have a routine I follow, and it is just so very perfect.~
~Watching Liam eat strawberry ice-cream.~
Pure determination
~A new spring/summer purse.  Although I guess this could count as a BIG thing.~
~A mid-day text from hub telling me he’s thinking about me.~
~Exact change.~
~Finding an old memory card FULL of adorable pictures!!~
December 2009 (going on 3 years ago!!)
Mr. Cool
Valentines 2010
Hims was just a wittle wittle baby!!!  Liam- 1-yr.-old
 What are some of the little things that make you happy?



The Oh Shit, I’m Pregnant Show

We had returned from our first vacation together about 2-weeks prior, and we had just moved into our new 2-bedroom apartment.  
It was a Wednesday and we were about to tuck in for the night.  
We had a little “scare” and I took a little “test.”  No biggie, right?

So, the conversation went something like this:

Me: [Walking out of the bathroom, nodding] I’m definitely pregnant
Him: [White as a ghost] Wow!
Me: [Shrugging] Are you ready for this? (I may have been asking myself this…?)
Him: [White as a ghost] Ummmm, as I’ll ever be.
We laid in bed for the next hour staring at each other, alternating between smiles and tears until we fell asleep. 
We called our families the next day.  I didn’t know it was going to be like that.  But we did.  And everyone seemed so happy for us.  “We’re having a baby.”
I remember being kind of numb.  Not that I didn’t want all of this eventually, but it just hit me all at once how much everything was going to change.  
We weren’t even engaged at this point. 
Were we going to get married?
What were we going to do about insurance?  
Were we going to stay in this little apartment?  
Would we be able to make enough money to support our baby?  
What about us?!
He took me on a weekend getaway 10-days later and proposed to me at sunset. 
He had a ring made with a diamond my mother saved for me.  
He promised himself to me, and I promised myself to him.
 That night was one of the most special moments of my entire life.
We I My mom and I planned our wedding in a matter of 3 months!  How’s that for git er dun?
We were married on November 10, 2007 at a bed and breakfast resort in Frederick, MD. 
I was 5-months preggo!  
Now, when I tell Liam about our wedding, I will ALWAYS tell him “You were there!!!”

It wasn’t perfect, but it perfection.  It wasn’t sequential, but it was in our own time and way.  
I LOVE our story, as I said, and I could never have imagined it would become my life.  
Not in a million years.  
How lucky am I?  
How lucky are we all?
Who has found love in the most extraordinary of ways?
I’d love to hear!! 
It’s when you least expect it… isn’t it?  😉 
Up next: And along came Bubba



[in Photos]: Weekandweekend Bliss

Things that made me Oh.So.Hap.Hap.Happy This Week/Weekend!

Sunset LOVE!
Momma’s Boy!

Look at that FACE!!!
Just doing our part
My Nerd Master!
I know, I know.
The yummiest
Another “To Someone, From Someone
Yep… that’s a random heart-shaped balloon floating through the sky on my drive home from work.  Thanks for the LOVE!
Typical Collin
Typical Liam
Sir, I LOVE your truck.  Can I have it?
Green Tea Bath Salt for my Spa Foot-Treatment
hmmmmmm?  they DID cut us off in the mall parking lot….. 😉
Love this hunk of a man
Sunday Dinner- Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with Fresh Spinach.  Compliments of Chef Brenny.
He has my wonky eyebrow!
I hope your weekend was a beautiful as mine!  Here’s to a brand new WEEK!

From Friends to Forever

Yeah, so… the friends phase lasted for about 3 months before I couldn’t take it anymore.  
I was about to go on a vacation with my family for week to the BVI’s.  
Timeout— can we just talk about the BVI’s for just a second?  I would sell all of my belongings and move to an island in a heartbeat if it weren’t for wanting to be near family.  I would sell hand-made jewelery and Bren would be the local banker  😉  The boys would catch fish, and we would all live in a hut and walk around barefoot all the time.  I might dread my hair.  Bren might dread his beard.  

Virgin Island Bliss
Okay…. whoa.  I am getting a leeeeetle carried away. 
Back to the story:
Bren offered to take me to the airport… at 4:30 a.m… to catch an early flight to paradise.  I think it was at that moment that I totally fell in love with him.  I remember thinking “This guy is SUCH a good person,” and wondering what it would be like to have someone so kind and decent by my side.
Let’s just say I had some serious douche-bags in my dating history.

The whole entire week I was in the BVI’s, all I could think about was Bren.  I would be scuba diving and thinking about how I wished he were there with me.  I would be laying in my cabin at night wishing I could talk to him.  This was another HUGE sign that I was falling for this man.  Here I was in paradise, the most beautiful place on Earth, and I wanted to be elsewhere.

More Virgin Island Bliss

When I came home, he and I picked up where we left off… the friend game.

Until one night, like I said, when I got a bit of liquid courage in me and decided I would put myself out there, risk the friendship, take a chance:
I sent him a text saying::
“When I come home, I’m coming downstairs to be with you.  Leave your door unlocked.”
I may have been a little more forward than that, but I’ll tone it down for the purposes of this post.

As he recalls, he immediately jumped up from playing Halo 2, got into the shower, and nervously waited for me to come home for about 3 hours.
I love when he tells it from his end.  It makes me giggle!

Anyway, without going into terrible detail, he and I became a total item that night.
From then on, we were crazy in love.
And the BEST part was (is) that we were (are) still BFF’s. 

Me and my BFF back when I looked like I was 90 pounds, aka- the good ol’ days.

I think that is such an important aspect to having a successful romantic relationship… to be FRIENDS with the person you’re in love with.  I am so thankful we have always had that.

Next Chapter: The Oh Shit, I’m Pregnant Show

coming soon  😉



[in Photos]: Weekend Bliss

 Things that made me Oh.So.Happy this weekend:
“Listen.  Listen.  I’m gonna sing somethin’ to ya.  Yeah.  Yeah.  Be Quiet.  Yeah.”
The name’s Liam and I’ll be here all night, folks.
A Friday night photo sesh with my boys!

Chocolate Layer Birthday Cake for a coworker
This hat. 
Hubs and bro-in-law in their fashionable golfing attire
Although I love asparagus alone, the bacon lured the men to eat their veggies.  And yes, they were in greasity-piggity-heaven.
Cheesy-taters.  drooooool
Crazy in Love…. still  🙂
Look Ma, one sock!
Being lovey dovey with my Bubba
Mid-day naps with the Col-mister
I so wish everyone could and/or does feel as blessed as I do.
Happy Monday, Friends.

A follow up: Kony 2012

This is a follow up to my Kony 2012 post from earlier today

Due to the amount of attention the video has received and consequently brought upon Invisible Children, the organization has released a lengthy and informative statement regarding their mission, their financials, and their approach.  They just released it over their Facebook page about an hour ago.  It can be found here.  

If your mind is open to learning about this and isn’t your opinion isn’t completely solidified; otherwise, it’s probably not even worth it. 
I have read a lot of commentary about this over the last couple of days (dare I say too much).  I was utterly shocked at how cynical and cruel some people were being about Invisible Children and their mission.  I was so compelled by what I saw, heard, and ultimately learned, that I couldn’t imagine anyone feeling any differently.  
But alas, there are a lot of people who are unwilling to “buy into” all the hype, and who aren’t willing to pledge their support for Kony 2012 because it is facilitated by a group called Invisible Children.  There are questions surrounding their legitimacy and many people are skeptical about where their money is going. 
It seems that people will always find something to be skeptical about.  It’s a frame-of-mind.  It’s also a defense mechanism.  
It is my belief that if we are to acknowledge the atrocities of this world, we would then feel compelled and somewhat obligated to re-examine who “we” are as individuals.  For some, this is simply too overwhelming.  It is easier, for some, sometimes, to bury their heads in the sand and come up with excuses. 
Fortunately, there are millions and millions of people who do seem to be ready to throw themselves behind Invisible Children and stand up for an issue of global concern.
I’m all in.
Sign the pledge hereIt’s free.