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Wedding Sneak Peek

Friday, October 10, 2014



  
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GETHEALTHY83 10/22/2014 11:54AM

  congrats on the engagement and OMG I LOVE those choose and the color of that dress!!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/15/2014 6:09PM

    Leah, You are beautiful, Your wedding is going to be just awesome just like you & Mr T emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 10/15/2014 6:01PM

    Wow, oh, wow! Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/11/2014 2:58PM

    Love the dress & shoes You are so beautiful can't wait to see your Wedding Photos, enjoy all the happy preparations to your wedding the day goes by so fast just enjoy the little things, for they mean so much once your actually married for years I've been married 43 years and can still remember little moments from that special day.

Take care & be well

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 10/11/2014 12:53PM

    You red-hot mama, you! WOO Hoo! You are going to be making Mr. T squirm, too! The color is fabulous - I love red! And the shoes are to DIE for.

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TORTISE110 10/11/2014 6:01AM

    GORGEOUS

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JUNEAU2010 10/10/2014 9:46PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DAWNESS0404 10/10/2014 8:30PM

    Love the shoes!

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JENNY888 10/10/2014 8:06PM

    Love, love, love the shoes and dress. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

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WILLOW49 10/10/2014 7:22PM

    What beautiful shoes, and I love the color of the dress! My son's wedding is in 2 weeks! Think I'm ready!

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LINDAK25 10/10/2014 6:25PM

    Love the shoes. I take it the dress alterations went well! Looks fabulous--what little we can see.

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MOM-MOM8 10/10/2014 5:49PM

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/10/2014 5:46PM

    Beautiful! I can't wait to see the whole outfit!

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REGILIEH 10/10/2014 4:22PM

    Shoes are beautiful! I LOVE the color of your dress, beautiful! I bet the kids are really getting excited for the wedding!

Just think, you will soon be writing about your DH!

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SLIMLEAF 10/10/2014 4:05PM

    Oh, wow! What shoes! Beautiful!

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JMARIES51 10/10/2014 3:32PM

    How exciting.

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Wedding Fever

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Things are starting to get REAL over here, y'all!

Came home today to find that our custom wedding bands that we ordered off of Etsy arrived!

They came in these adorable little handmade boxes!



Sorry...that's all you get.

Oh, come on! Do you really think I'm going to let the entire filthy, creepy internet population look inside my box? *snickers* I think not. (Side note, though...if you really care enough and wanna see the rings...I'll send you a pic via SparkMail!)

Tomorrow, I go to pick up my RED wedding dress and silver shoes at the dress shop. The dress was out for 4 weeks being altered and I'm hoping it actually looks good this time when I try it on. The last time I went...I almost cried because it looked NOTHING like the one I'd tried on off the rack. Same style, different color. I almost had a minor panic attack...but then the most lovely man swept into my dressing room, grabbed all the fabric around my boobs and pulled it TIGHT at the shoulder and pinned it. Then he spent several minutes painstakenly pinning the hem, which was way too long. I was AMAZED. Just those two tiny changes made such a huge difference!!! I am a believer in dress alterations now, people! I used to think they were a rip-off...just the dress shop looking to take more money. Oh no no no. They make ALL the difference!

Which reminds me...back when my Groom and I first got together, I created a "Love" board on Pinterest and he came across this pin:



He said to me, "I saw that pin about the tailored suit. I am going to lose a bunch of weight and I am going to have a much better body and I'm going to marry you. And, when that day comes...I will have a tailored suit." He's amazing. Now, almost two full years later...he has lost something like 50 lbs. You guys, I never really thought he was even overweight! But he looks wonderful and he's in perfect health now! And, by god, he's gonna get that tailored suit so he can watch me squirm at the altar! Rawr!

77 days...but, you know, who's counting??? Lol.

  
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CINDHOLM 10/10/2014 1:14PM

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PATTISTAMPS 10/10/2014 1:04PM

    OK, goosebumps and teary eyes... I am as excited for your wedding as I am for the one I am going to in 2 weeks! Yes, I would love you to spark mail me with the pics of the rings!

When I got married, I couldn't find a dress. I picked a dressmaker out of the phone book, and when I went to interview him, he was not in a great neighborhood. But I loved the stuff he showed me. So he made my dress for a fraction of the cost of buying one, and there was some really beautiful lace I had seen in an advertisement in a wedding magazine, and he got that for me (which was half the price of the dress!) it was not a "wedding dress" - Both of us had been married before, but it was stunning and I felt beautiful in it!

And what I wish for you, is that you feel as beautiful as you ever have in your life! And more!

You are so lucky to have found each other again! And even more, you both feel that way! (at least once a week, my dh & I still tell each other how lucky we are!)



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LINDAK25 10/10/2014 11:11AM

    Love the ring boxes!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/10/2014 9:55AM

    My Sweet friend, You are so precious, your little boxes say there is something very special in that box, I'd love to see a wedding photo of Your hands intertwined showing the world Your wedding rings once you are Mr. & Mrs. I've seen photos like that before and they are always so precious, one had a poem about hands with it. Just food for thought, like your not thinking enough about wedding plans.

I am so proud of how far you both have come in your love story. So can't wait to see wedding photos of you & Mr. T in that suit of his on your Wedding day You both will be beautiful, You both are beautiful, you will have a wonderful life because You've got Love sweet love. emoticon

Enjoy each moment leading up to your big day, this is the day you've waited for all your life to marry the man of your dreams, he's really real & so are you. emoticon

Take care & be well

Prayers & Many Blessings Always Debby

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SLIMLEAF 10/10/2014 9:39AM

    Great to read your happy blog.

I'd love to see your wedding rings if you wouldn't mind Spark Mailing a photo to me.

Best wishes

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NHEMBERGER 10/10/2014 9:32AM

    So happy for you! December will be here in no time!
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ISLAMOM 10/10/2014 8:20AM

    awesome!! so happy for you!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/10/2014 12:28AM

    Love your excitement! The best of luck to you on all the little details!

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/9/2014 11:26PM

    I'm glad you are so excited about your dress (and the wedding)!!

Love the saying on the second poster... Sooo true!

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MM11113 10/9/2014 10:53PM

    exciting times!

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Glutton For Punishment

Friday, October 03, 2014

Apparently, I *am* a glutton for punishment, but not in the really fun and kinky way. Sorry to disappoint you.

I guess I've more or less come to terms with the fact that I'm going to be getting married in December at this current weight and I'm going to look like I do right now (sigh)...except with fancy hair, custom jewelry and professional make-up. (SIDE NOTE: OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG - MY WEDDING IS IN 12 WEEKS YOU GUYS!!!! OMG!!!!)

Ahem, anyway. I have decided it's time for me to get off my lazy ass and resume my love/hate affair with running. Here's the thing: I actually hate the running part. Because it's painful and difficult and it sucks and every second feels like an eternity, like it's never going to end.

But I love it because then it DOES end...when you least expect it (aye, when you are FINALLY starting to settle in and get used to it, it's over). And then....wait for it...the endorphins flood the body and IT'S AMAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!!!! I've said it before...it's better than an orgasm...only because it LASTS ALL DAY! (But don't worry, sweetheart...my little hobby could never replace canoodling with you! Haha.)

So I've been checking out races to get a general schedule in my brain....cuz there's all sorts of prep required...like running a lot. I decided to lazily sidle my way back into this and make my first race the Bloomington Bagel Company Turkey Trots 5k on Thanksgiving Day. Not only is this race in my hometown, but it's FREE. And it's run by one of the most inspiring ladies I've had the pleasure to know....Ms. Suzanne Aquila, who is an Ironman athlete (and, incidentally, about to kick some major ass at Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii for something like the 6th or 7th time just ONE WEEK FROM NOW!!!!)

Lest you envision a grand return to the sport for me...let me assure you, it will be no such thing. It is 8 weeks away, people. Lol. This is what I expect from this race...my two year old worn out running shoes (which I've been walking in for two years - BIG NO NO) and probably about 2.5 miles of walking and .6 miles of running. But, hey...I'm still going to feel like they are playing "We Are The Champions" the moment I cross that finish line. LOL.

Break for WEDDING in December....then 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Honeymoon Cruise (not-so-humble brag) in late January. Seriously..do you think I'm going to be in training mode on a cruise ship??? Um, NO.

Upon my return to real life, I will actually start getting back into shape (first with walking, then gradually returning to running). The YMCA will be my best friend. All so I can prepare for the following races in the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2015:

March 14th - Pi(e) Run Bloomington
This one is actually 3.14 miles on 3/14. Their motto is "go with us the extra 0.04 miles!" AND YOU GET PIE AT THE END!!!!

March 28th - IU Habitat for Humanity 5k

April 11th - American Red Cross Superhero 5k

May 16th - Color Run Indianapolis
We will hopefully (assuming we win like $1,000,000 in the lottery to pay for all the registrations) be running this one as a family of 7. My kids have been begging to do a Color Run with me for two years. I might have to sell my body for money to afford it...but, doggone it...my precious cherubs need to have this experience!!!!

September 5th - Bloomingfoods 5k Breakaway
This is on a Kid Weekend and I will either force my children to do this with me...or make the hubs wait at the Finish Line...with five rambunctious, bored, no doubt HUNGRY kids. On second thought, I'm sensing a disturbance in the Force...I'm getting the vibe that he will probably wanna make this a family race too! Haha.

September 26th - Fort4Fitness 10k
The Grand Finale and my FAVORITE race of all time. It only makes sense that, for the last race of the season, I would double my efforts and complete 6.2 miles.

Why 5k? Why not half marathon? Well, if you've ever READ my blogs (back in my heyday when I was a veritable Spark celeb), you will know that fatass Leah is prone to injuries. And if I train too hard, too fast...I get injured. And I'm just tired of being heartbroken because I've planned on running races but I am not able to because I overtrained and hurt myself before the races actually take place.

So I'm going REALLY slowly this time. And, in the end, what does it matter? If I finish the above races, do you know that that will mean? That will mean I raced exactly 24.84 more miles than I did last year. And ran a HECK of a lot more than that in training.

That...that might make some sort of difference in this here body. Eyes on the prize, y'all. I predict a much slimmer body for my uber-romantic One Year Anniversary Trip. Gotta have goals, eh?

  
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JUNEAU2010 10/5/2014 1:58PM

    Enjoy your special day! You will be (and already are) gorgeous. Enjoy that honeymoon, too!

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KIPPER15 10/4/2014 4:06PM

    LOVE the Color Run. I was not able to run/walk it this year, so I sent my niece in my place. There will be a big pack of us running next year! Can't wait for wedding pics! emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 10/4/2014 2:15PM

    I LOVE YOUR BACKGROUND! AND SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOURS! WEDDING SOON!!! AWESOME!!!!

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JENNY888 10/3/2014 8:17PM

    Love your attitude. All of the smaller races can add up to a marathon and you will not be injured. Can't wait to see the wedding pics.

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KAREN42BOYS 10/3/2014 7:54PM

    Sounds like a plan. When I've taken a break from running, I find it usually takes a month for my body to discover it likes running.

Any chance you can get new running shoes before race day? That would make for a happier and safer journey for you.



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JMARIES51 10/3/2014 5:16PM

    Slow and easy wins the race. Maybe not the race - race, but definitely the life race. It is all about the journey, Leah. Enjoy, enjoy. BTW, what I have found from starting and stopping running is that it is much easier to get back into stride. It is like the things you learn, like the breathing, the taking it slower, etc, you don't have to learn those over again. emoticon

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LINDAK25 10/3/2014 4:45PM

    Let the Wedding countdown begin! What a great way to start the new year.

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/3/2014 4:20PM

    Loving that line-up of races! You are going to have so much fun and feel such a huge sense of accomplishment when you get through them all!

Keep us posted on the wedding prep and planning! Super excited for you!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/3/2014 4:18PM

    Leah, take your family of 7 hiking. Great family activity, great memories, great workout.

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PATTISTAMPS 10/3/2014 3:32PM

    OMG - The PI(E) RUN!!! I want to run that! LOL... That is too funny! I will have to tell my brother - he is a runner. And he might be willing to do that one, just because!

You will lose some weight when you start training. Maybe not as much as you want, but enough to make you feel good! You know how that is... 10 pounds down and you start to strut, which makes everyone think you have lost even more than that. it's true.

And I do not gain weight on cruises... and I EAT and I DRINK. But I walk a LOT, and it seems to work for me. No matter where your room is you will have a long walk to either the pool or the dining room or the casino or wherever you want to be. It's the law. emoticon Is this your first cruise? What line are you going on? I love love love to cruise.

Ok, I'll shut up now....

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UMBILICAL 10/3/2014 3:18PM

  Me too

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MJRVIC2000 10/3/2014 3:13PM

    Your talent is Godís gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God! Vic.

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Saturday Night

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Night. Heaven.



Some weekends, we explore the entire city and sip wine and watch live music and stay out late. Then, other weekends, we sleep the day away and drink coffee at home and have silent reading time. Both types of weekend are the best. Because we love each other so much, it doesn't matter WHAT we do. Because whatever we do...it always involves a lot of holding and laughing and kissing and smiling.

We have both come from misery to joy, from settling for less than we deserve to truly living with the passion and love that we never knew actually existed.

He treats me like a queen...loves on me, tells me I'm beautiful, reminds me I've always been his dream girl and respects my independence the way no man ever has. I contantly remind him of how thankful I am for his kind, gentle ways, his brilliant mind and his selfless desire to care for me and our children.

You'd think two years would dull our affection...that the "honeymoon" would be over and "reality" would set in. Oh, Jesus...reality HAS set in. Ugh. But we have been pleasantly surprised to find that the more of a bit*ch reality is...the tighter we cleave to one another.

He is not a perfect man. And God knows I am not a perfect woman. But, having both lived lives that we desperately wanted to escape...we will never take each other for granted. He is the single best thing that's ever happened to me...twice. And I have never been happier in my life.

They say the best revenge is a life well lived. My life is amazing.

  
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MSTWOMOONS002 10/2/2014 3:16PM

    My happiness for you overflows, stay happy & in love you'll show everyone what love can do. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 9/28/2014 1:42PM

    Wonderful, finding a soul mate in life is incredible and precious.

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PATTISTAMPS 9/28/2014 1:38PM

    I am so happy to read this! I wish you only the best, and happiness, for sure! I am with you on the same path. My first marriage was so miserable. Not 24/7, but mostly. My DH for the last 26 years is a kind, gentle and generous man, and I love him so much - and it is returned totally! I am glad you are able to give your kids - all of them - an example of love and the give and take that a partnership entails. You know that will help them in their lives, too!

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MSTWOMOONS002 9/28/2014 1:22PM

    Good to hear from you, I'm so happy that you & Mr. T are still so happy in love and doing well with life, children, ex's. Life is in change yours is changing for the better each day you two are together. Hope the kids are well, miss hearing what they are all doing in school & sports.

Take care & be well Your in my daily thoughts & prayers. emoticon

Prayers & Many Blessings Always Debby

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JUNEAU2010 9/28/2014 11:43AM

    Fantastic! I hope it never ends!

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ISLAMOM 9/28/2014 3:19AM

    so glad you've found happiness! enjoy one another!

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JMARIES51 9/27/2014 10:57PM

    Wonderful contentment with passion. Who said you can't have it all? You go girl!

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Blessings All Around!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The past month has been, hands down, THE most stressful of my entire life. We moved (which was wonderful, but it's also one of the most stressful things a person can go through) and RIGHT after that, this happened:



The whole one car situation has been a friggin nightmare that only ended yesterday when I FINALLY replaced my Rav4 (more on that in a bit). But, even in the stress of the crash (everyone was totally fine BTW), we were blessed. The accident was the other driver's fault. Their insurance claimed all liability. My car was totaled and, get this...the insurance company cut me a check for $2800 MORE than I originally paid for my car almost two years ago!!!!

So, my ridiculously intelligent man scoured the ads and was able to find us a 2004 Dodge Durango - fully loaded with Infinity Sound System, Sunroof, DVD Player, brand new tires, a tow package (we hope to buy a boat at some point) and the best part - it's 7-passenger! No more freaking annoying fights over who gets to/has to ride in which car with who. Thank the Lord in heaven!!!! It's a sanity saver!!!! And it's GORGEOUS!







And YET ANOTHER blessing...Mr. T FINALLY found a job in Bloomington! There's a brand new pre-Prohibition craft cocktail and small plate bar opening. It sounds really cool - they have a very small local fresh farm ingredients menu and it will be the first place in our city to have wine on tap! It is set in a little plaza with a fountain that is supposed to feel like an Italian piazza. It's VERY high end and they don't expect a student to set foot in that place. Looking at the prices on the wine list, I can see that! Lol.











He happened to hear about it, contact the manager, interview and get hired on the spot...all in one day! He is now the Head Bartender...with the very real possibility of transitioning to Bar Manager once they get fully moving. (They aren't open yet...a couple more weeks.)

Mr. T has done plenty of gigs on the side in years past (not really anything since we've been together). It's never been full-time or anything, though. He just really loves mixology and fresh craft cocktails. He makes his own liquors, creates his own drinks and seriously nerds out about the history of this stuff. The ironic part is...he hardly ever drinks!! And, if he does, it's never much. I've never once seen him drunk. Hmmmm.

So, why would a man leave a cushy, full-time job at a law firm for a bartenders gig? And why would his wife LET him? [It's a fair question...and one that was, indeed, answered (negatively, go figure) in his past awful marriage]. The answer is passion. For a man that works so fu&%ing hard to care for our family...who drives 1.5 hours each way EVERY SINGLE DAY to earn a living and, let's be honest, essentially care for TWO families...I saw the gleam in his eye and heard the excitement in his voice and I could not look this man that I love in the eyes and be so cruel as to say, "No way. You can't do it." I will not crush my man's dreams. It's not my style. Instead, I said, "This is PERFECT for you, baby!!!! Go for it!!!" Plus, it helps that I also hold a degree and work a full-time job like a grown-up. So if this falls flat, we will still be fine financially. Why WOULDN'T I let him follow his heart on this?

To be fair, it is great logistically. Great hours - basically 2nd shift & closed on Sunday (none of the closing at 4am crap that you get with on-campus bars - it has regular restaurant hours), full-time work (none of the cutting hours and waiting for weekly schedules like at other food service places) and opportunities for advancement. And...it's here! AT HOME!!! I am SO THRILLED to be able to see him in the morning and have him here!!! And, who knows how many lunch break quickies will occur? Lol. TMI?

He has been transitioning and working half days in Indy and half days in Bloomington. That goes on for one more week. Then he's all in! He had his first two days and I'm not kidding, he came home GIDDY...he LOVES his job, his co-workers, his bosses and the entire place. He fits right in and it's the perfect job! I have never seen a man SO happy!!!

Plus...I get to see him in a uniform of dark slim fit jeans, a light blue shirt rolled to the elbows, black suspenders and a bowtie. Rawr. Hot.

Blessings all around!!!!

  
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KIPPER15 8/28/2014 11:40AM

    When my husband told me he wanted to quit his job and I said yes, he was shocked. But it was a good move all around and we are a lot happier now! He has a new job, that his boss came and sought him out for, and he loves it. Happy husband, happy wife, happy times (wink, wink). emoticon

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Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS NEWS all the way around!

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ISLAMOM 8/10/2014 11:18AM

    Glad you are able to see the "good" in everything that happens. That's life! We all have our ups and downs, but it's what we do with them!!

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KRYSTALLA 8/9/2014 5:13PM

    Sorry you had to go through such a hard time. Glad everyone was okay, after the accident. Congrats on the new home and on his new job, it sounds like such a great fit for you both.

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LINDAK25 8/9/2014 1:51PM

    Wow, that really was a stressful month! Glad everyone involved in the accident is okay. Congratulations to Mr. T for finding a great job. It's wonderful to be able to follow your dream.

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MSTWOMOONS002 8/9/2014 12:26PM

    Prayers are answered, glad no one was hurt in the accident, glad about the new vehicle & insurance. Truly many blessings surround you.

You are a beautiful wise woman to stand by you man and allow him to be happy following his heart to his "dream job" when you go to work everyday and it doesn't feel like work you know your following your bliss, you were so right in setting such a good example.

Your home will be so happy for all these blessings bestowed upon you.

Take care & be well follow your heart & bliss and amazing things will happen.

Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/9/2014 11:35AM

    So thankful for your blessings!!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/9/2014 10:37AM

    I am just grinning after reading this! AMEN! What kind of person squashes the dreams of the person they love??? It isn't like he isn't going to work - bartending is hard work! But to be happy to go to work every day, and to cut your commute at the same time... well, who wouldn't want that for their love? BTW, I did something similar for my DH 23 years ago, and do not regret one minute! He hated his work, made great money, but besides hating it, they were pressuring him to move to HQ in Boston. He wanted to finish his degree. He did. Then we moved to FL, and he got his MBA. Honestly, he has not "worked" since then... he has managed his stock portfolio so that there has been money to pay the bills every month - and our home will be paid off in 4 months, we have no car payments, nothing except what we spend in that month on our cards. He is 70 now, and we are pretty sure we won't have to eat dog food as we get older. And he is happy - which makes me happy.

Love your new wheels! Woo Hoo!!! Enjoy!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/9/2014 10:37AM

    I am just grinning after reading this! AMEN! What kind of person squashes the dreams of the person they love??? It isn't like he isn't going to work - bartending is hard work! But to be happy to go to work every day, and to cut your commute at the same time... well, who wouldn't want that for their love? BTW, I did something similar for my DH 23 years ago, and do not regret one minute! He hated his work, made great money, but besides hating it, they were pressuring him to move to HQ in Boston. He wanted to finish his degree. He did. Then we moved to FL, and he got his MBA. Honestly, he has not "worked" since then... he has managed his stock portfolio so that there has been money to pay the bills every month - and our home will be paid off in 4 months, we have no car payments, nothing except what we spend in that month on our cards. He is 70 now, and we are pretty sure we won't have to eat dog food as we get older. And he is happy - which makes me happy.

Love your new wheels! Woo Hoo!!! Enjoy!

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BOILHAM 8/9/2014 10:36AM

  Cloud with a silver lining. Suspenders are cool, I wear them. :) emoticon

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ALICE_TENNIS 8/9/2014 9:22AM

    Wow -- glad that so much stressed turned into opportunities for blessing! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 8/9/2014 9:20AM

    Glad everything turned out ok with the accident. The wine bar looks beautiful, I would totally check it out if I lived in that area.
best of luck on everything. Passion and loving what you do in life is such a huge part of fulfillment so I hope this works out perfectly for all of you!

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MOM-MOM8 8/9/2014 9:06AM

    So much going on! Your accident sure was a God sighting. So happy that all is working out well for you and your family!! emoticon

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