Happy Mini Hill Series Vol IV.

Why hello Wednesday.  You came by so fast, why can’t you do that every week?  Well I do this thing every Wednesday called Mini Hill Series.  Instead of saying hump day I like to say Mini Hill, it’s so clever I know haha.  Anyway, what is getting me through this lovely week? 

1.       Work-yes I said it work.  It has been so busy and hectic that the days go by so much faster.
2.       Reflections-no not through a mirror.  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much my life has changed for the better.  I started looking back on all of the negative things that have happened to me and I remember telling myself why does all of this happen to me?  That’s why I am a true believer of “everything happens for a reason.”

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 3.       My mommy-I don’t know what I would do without this woman!  Every day that I come home from work (if you don’t know already I still live with my parents) we sit together drinking our coffee while she works and I blog.  We share our frustrations and positive moments of the day and it’s nice to be able to have someone to tell everything to.  A year ago a lot of things happened and I separated myself from a group of “friends” that were bringing me down and just toxic to my life.  They aren’t necessarily bad human beings, but not the right people to have in my life.  Ever since, I have completely changed my whole life and for the better!!!  My mom was by my side the whole time rootin’ me on.  To this day her and my dad are the best support system, and I have found a new group of friends that share the same interests and morals I do.  Oh and by the way I have NO problem admitting that I live at home.  Yes I’m almost 26, but I love my family more than being able to live on my own.

4.       Laughter & Happiness-What’s a life without laughter and happiness?  I’ve been doing a lot of this lately just to keep the spirits up.  Don’t get me wrong I can be enraged and be the absolute worst person to have someone stand in their way (only if it’s needed) but as I get older and I reflect on the past I realize that life is just beginning for me.  This is a happy time for me to shine.
5.       The movie Hachi-I know I wrote about this movie yesterday.  Its movies like this that just shows that true love exists.  I’m not talking about love between a couple or partnership I just mean love in general.  There is a special bond that we have with each and every person (or in this case animal) in our lives.  My dog is my Hachi and I love her to pieces.  And yes, I held her very tight last night too up until she decided to start licking my face in the middle of the night to wake up haha.

 

Anyway, what is getting everyone else through the week?  I wrote a pretty important (at least to me) post about this last week, you can read it here.

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Hachiko

First of all I watched the saddest yet heart warming movie yesterday, it’s called Hachi.  Now I know I’m a little late because this movie came out a few years ago, but it was so so so good.  I’m a big animal lover (in case you haven’t noticed) and I don’t know how life would be without the fur babies in mine.  I think the saddest part for me is that Hachi is based on a true story about a dog named Hachiko.  He is actually so famous that they built a monument for this precious dog.  

 
Hachiko was an Akita Inu (which if I ever get one I will name it Hachi) who in real life (I think 1934)claimed a professor as his master.  For those of you who don’t know anything about animals at least for dogs they like to chose their master.  This is pretty much their companion for life.  It’s some kind of connection that they have with the human being.  Well Hachiko used to greet his master at the train station every day, like clock work.  Until one day his master was no longer on this earth.  For nine years after that event until the day he died he went to that train station every single day hoping his master would come back to him.  The built a monument for Hachiko in Japan.
 
Let me tell you how much I cried like a baby.  I held my dog so tight last night in bed, and she loved it.  My dog is my Hachi.  She came into my life at the perfect time and we have a bond.  When I saw her at that shelter in Texas I looked at her and said that’s the one.  I originally came into the shelter looking for a male and preferably a smaller dog and I saw her and instantly new that she was my best friend.  My parents call me all the time and ask if I’m on my way home because she’s already waiting at the door.  Lilly and I have a bond that will forever be something that only we share together.  She may be just a dog but she’s my best friend.  This is why as horrible as this sounds I hope she goes before I do because I have a feeling she will be like Hachiko, waiting every day for me.
 
Anyway, onto my outfit.
 
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It was a little chilly this morning.  The top is Ralph Lauren and the skirt is Marc Jacobs.  The skirt was one of the ones I spotted thrifting.  The shoes are also new, bought that at Macy’s and they are Ralph Lauren.  
 
 
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Oh the little things.

Every once in a while I like to do something nice.  Whether it be for a family member, friend, or a stranger I like to do something nice.  I don’t plan it, it just sort of happens.  Spur of the moment.  I feel like it’s more memorable when it’s spur of the moment.  “Remember that time when we randomly did…”

 

Well today I was getting gas and the sweet boy who was pumping my gas (yes, it’s true in NJ we get our gas pumped for us although I’m not a fan) was so just adorable.  Most young kids nowadays hate their jobs (I mean pumping gas is a pretty tough job I don’t care what anyone says) and they are so ungrateful for that little job they have and you can tell they have NO customer service experience whatsoever.  This young boy was so happy and cheerful, you don’t see that very often.  He even tried making conversation with me and it was just so sweet.  Well I decided to give him a tip.  Now I don’t do this every time I go to the gas station, but this young boy which remains nameless deserved it.  I told him “here this is for you, I’m sorry it’s not much.”  He looked at me through my window with this huge smile on his face and said “this is more than I’ve ever gotten, this never happens!”  I simply told him he just brightened up my day with just being nice and not to let the world change that.

 

So since I told you my story (I had to tell someone other than my mom) onto my outfit!  It’s very simple, nothing too crazy.

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The two tops (tank top and shirt) are both Ralph Lauren.  The pants are from mama’s closet and shoes are Nine West.

 

So does anyone have a story they want to share???  Whether you were nice or someone else was nice to you?

 

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The Devi Collection and Singer Sewing Machines

I must say today was a very productive Sunday Funday.  First of all my friend and I took some beautiful shots that will be seen on my blog within the next week.  However, I did get one amazing picture with my phone of an old Singer Sewing Machine.  We went unexpectedly antiquing and found some cool finds.  My favorite was this Singer.  I am going back to buy it, I have to.

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P.S.  Don’t mind the garbage in the picture.  My friend took better pictures with her camera which I will upload sometime this week.

The second part of this post is about this amazing line of scarves that I just so happened to stumble upon (ok someone told me about it).  They are 100% Silk Scarves that are hand made!!!  It is amazing, so I started messaging the owner through their Facebook page which you can find here.  As I got to talking with them I asked if I could feature them in my blog because I really need to share this creativity.  Well the following are a few pictures that they allowed me to post on my blog.

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The Devi Collection also has an Etsy Shop which can be found if you click this.  I asked the owner to give me a little intro to share with everyone and this is what she told me:

 

“A true labor of love, these scarves are each individually designed and handmade by me using the ancient Turkish art of water marbling, or Ebru. Water marbling is the process whereby paints are floated atop a gel-like solution and then dragged with various tools to create the beautiful designs you see here. The paint design is then transferred to the silk by dipping the scarf into the solution, resulting in a unique design that can never be recreated. My scarves are like snowflakes; each is unique and no one is the same. They are designed and crafted like a piece of art and are made using silk chiffon and habotai fabrics. Radiate beauty and let your inner light shine brightly for all to see when wearing these divine scarves”

 

So pretty much I think all of you should go check out their Facebook page.  You should also share it and like it, please.  Also don’t forget about their Etsy Shop.

 

For those of you in the NJ area, specifically Scotch Plains, there is this store called The Last Firefly.  They sell some of The Devi Collection scarves.  If you click here you will be directed to their Facebook Page and if you click here you will be directed to their actual store site.  I really hope all of you will take a look at these works of art!!!

 

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Shopping!

I really need to stop shopping!  I shop way too much, I think I have a problem.  Actually I bargain shop so I don’t think it’s as bad.  Anyway, I bought two pairs of shoes, shorts, and a dress.  I’d say they were all for a very good deal, gotta love sales and coupons!! 

 

Anyway, here is a picture of the one tile in Nordstrom.  Ok, so my real name is Monika but some people call me Madison.  It’s actually funny how I got the name.  An old friend met me for the first time and kept calling me Madison and introduced me as Madison.  I went along with it but after I said “you know my name isn’t Madison right?”  He then got all embarrassed and when I told him my real name he said he’s going to call me Madison because I look more like one.  It was fine by me because I actually always loved the name Madison for a girl.  So when I saw this tile I had to take a picture and share this silly little story with everyone.

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To go shopping I noticed I tend to wear the same Burberry wedges all the time.  Probably because they are as comfortable as flip flops but without the beachy look that doesn’t really go with all outfits.  The capris are pima cotton (oh my gosh I can’t stop touching them, they are THAT soft).  The purple top is Ralph Lauren and I love it because it’s so versatile.  Oh and the necklace is silver, real silver, my Grandpa found it when we went on a walk in Poland.  It’s funny how you can find such beautiful things.

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Anywhoo, short post today I’m a little sleepy.  Plus it’s food coma time!

 

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Well, why not belt it?

Ok, well this dress used to be a skirt.  Now I use it as a dress only thing is I belt it.  It’s so comfortable and casual and I just love everything all together.  Anyway, tonight has been a very long exhausting night so I think I will just leave all of you with pictures of one of my favorite outfits and call it a night.

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Happy Mini Hill of the Week Vol. III

What’s getting me through this week are the inspirational people that I would like to write about.

So I’ve decided to take the time and say a few words about people who are inspiring to me.  Whether I’ve known them my whole life, only for a little bit, or never met them but admire them, this is my chance to talk about them.  There are four portions to this.  I will talk about my parents, two of my friends, and a fellow blogger.  This is something to read when you have time because the stories of each of them are very important to me and I think that other people should be aware and be thankful for what they have after reading these stories.  Anywhoo, here goes nothing…

Parents

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First person (well people in this case) I will be speaking about are of course my parents.  They are a major inspiration to me.  I would honestly put my whole family down but my parents mostly.  They came to the USA with no money well my mom had $10 and my dad had $5 because he bought a Swedish guy a beer on the boat on the way over haha.  I couldn’t be any more proud of what they have become and how they have raised both my brother and me.  My dad started working at a gas station just to be able to pay the bills and my mom worked in a factory even while she was pregnant with me.  We lived in what is now considered the ghetto (it wasn’t this bad when we lived there back in the day).  They sacrificed so much for us kids.  They wouldn’t even take a summer vacation to be able to give us more.  Now after 28 years my dad works for a company that does computer graphics for major companies and I must say he’s pretty good.  You know all of those Lancome ads for the past bazillion years?  Yea, that’s my dad’s work.  My mom owns her own business with the help of my dad when he’s home.   My mom used to be a designer back in Poland and then continued when she came here but with my clothes.  I was the best dressed baby ever.  I had pencil skirts at the age of 3!

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Then my brother was born and everything changed haha.  Not really we just needed a bigger home.  Once my brother and I got older they were able to send my brother to a fancy shmancy private school (I REFUSED to go so I went to public school).  They bought me one car then later traded it in for another and were able to pay for part of my college and part of my brother’s.  They truly amaze me and I hope one day I can be as great as them.  They came from a country (Poland) that was in such devastation at the time and they literally watched their country be ripped apart.  They came to America for the American Dream.  Even though the typical American Dream is harder to obtain nowadays with the economy I think my parents achieved a lot.  I love them both dearly and don’t know what I would do without them.

Now they are in their 50’s and I’d say they definitely have some spunk haha.  My dad is still working and my mom has her own retail business.  Of course now that they are getting a little older they like to reminisce their younger years and have drilled it into my brother’s and my head that we have to remember what we came from.  I don’t mind because I like the way their faces bright up when they remember being my age once, it’s a little sparkle in their eyes that just puts a smile on my face.  We have strong parents who took a risk, a very big risk for a better life.  I am proud to say that I am their daughter.  I will forever be proud of that and proud of them.  My mom is my best friend and my dad is my hero.  I love you mommy and daddy.  As Dziadek would say Sto Lat i jedna zima!

Allie

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The second person I would like to talk about is my friend Allie.  I have known her since she was I believe 12/13 (wow time flies because she’s 23 now).  When I first met her it was through her older brother.  I went over their house and she was hooked up to this machine that looked like a giant nebulizer.  Well, Allie has Cystic Fibrosis.  She is a true inspiration.  She’s younger than me and dealing with this while growing up and trying to live a normal healthy life.  This is her story in her own words:

“Cystic fibrosis is a chronic-on-terminal recessive genetic disorder that mainly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines. It is characterized by abnormal transportation of chloride and sodium across the CFTR gene, which results in the inability to break down mucus in the body, which in turn leads to thick, sticky secretions. This mucus then “clogs” the internal organs, which most commonly leads to frequent respiratory infections, which can lead to pneumonia. If left untreated or treated ineffectively due to drug sensitivities or a bacterial infection that is insusceptible to antibiotics, the infection can then become fatal. The majority of deaths related to cystic fibrosis are those who succumb to severe respiratory infections.

To help prevent reoccurring infections, CF patients have to do chest physiotherapy, or CPT for short. This is when you literally have someone beat the mucus out of you. It’s not as barbaric as it sounds, but that is exactly what it is. There are different positions to assume and spots for a person to “beat,” the areas being the upper and lower back of the ribcage, both sides, and front part of the patient’s chest above the pectoral muscles. This is the traditional form of therapy and can take anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour depending on how thoroughly it’s done. However, technology has made it possible for this therapy to be a little more convenient for the average person: you no longer need another person to “beat” you – they have created an inflatable vest that is hooked up to a machine through air hoses which causes a fast, air-pressurized percussion in all areas of the patient’s chest at once, which shakes the mucus loose and makes it easier to expel. This new technique only takes 30 minutes to complete and is considered more thorough compared to traditional therapy.

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To go along with CPT, the patient also does inhaled medications, steroids and antibiotics through a nebulizer. Each person is different in what they need, but the average is anywhere from 3 to 5 inhaled medications with each therapy. These help open up the bronchial tubes so the other medication and therapy is more affective. Usually each sitting of CPT and nebulizers combined takes about 45 minutes to an hour. To top it all off, people with cystic fibrosis have to do these treatments twice a day or more, depending on their health.

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Not only does the mucus cause infections if left untreated, but it prevents vital organs from functioning properly. It causes scarring in the lungs, which gets progressively worse with age, causing the affected’s lung capacity to lessen over time, making it more and more difficult to breathe on their own. Some patients are healthier than others, and there are different levels of severity, but it is not uncommon for a person with CF to rely on an oxygen supply as they get older.

It also affects the entire digestive system: that sticky mucus blocks ducts in the digestive organs that are necessary to transport specific enzymes throughout the body to aid in the breakdown of food and the absorption of nutrients. This is why most people with cystic fibrosis are very thin, anemic, and just overall deficient in almost every vitamin; in other words, malnourished. Their bodies can’t absorb everything they need to stay healthy like average Joe’s body does. To help keep nutrition up, CF patients are given a supplementary pancreatic enzyme to make up for the lack of naturally-occurring enzymes in their bodies, which needs to be taken with food. And not once a day, either. It’s every. Time. They. Eat. Anything. These enzymes are usually taken alongside high doses of vitamins and supplements, which are usually only taken once or twice daily, to ensure the absorption of all the nutrients their bodies can get.

Because of the lack of dietary health, a CF patient’s diet is usually very high-calorie, high-fat, and high-protein. Most CF patients are conditioned since a young age to never put the fork down, because that’s how quickly they can lose weight. So, for a Cystic, they average between 3-5 meals per day, plus whatever they snack on in between. Now, figure about 5 enzyme pills per meal, and about 3 for snacks, give-or-take, plus vitamins and other assorted pills needed for CFRD (cystic fibrosis related diabetes), and other digestive issues. Plus add the therapy sessions on top of that, that’s a lot of medications to squeeze into one day!

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My name is Allison Wrobleski, and I have cystic fibrosis. I was diagnosed at 2 months old, in February of 1990, and was labeled as a “failure to thrive” because I was so ill. After I pulled through my first few months, I was given an average life expectancy of 35 years or less. I am now 23-years old, have a lung capacity of 50% (which is about in the middle to lower-half as far as lung functions go), and have been through many trials and tribulations in my short 23 years. I have spent at least half of my life in a hospital bed, two weeks at a clip, sometimes extending to a month. I like to jokingly consider the hospital my second home and my vacation destination, and I know my local hospital and most hospital procedure and protocol like the back of my hand!

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As many times as I have been close to not coming out or pulling-through because of medical complications due to my CF, and although I am generally healthy now, my health has definitely declined. In 2007-2008 I had lung functions at 75%, and now I’m down to 50%. My daily therapies average between 2 to 3 hours, and I take an average of 35 pills a day. It’s a lot of maintenance and hard-work, and some days I want to do anything else but take care of myself, but I know that is not an option. Not only do I have to stay strong for myself so I can live the fullest life possible, but I have to stay strong for those in my life who love and support me. Without help from my family and friends and loved ones, I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I am thankful for every moment I get to spend healthy and feeling well.”

Dan

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The third inspirational person I would like to talk about is a friend of mine who lost his battle to cancer on January 5, 2013.  His name is Dan.  It is so hard for me to write this.  I still can’t believe it and there are times where I go to search on my phone or Facebook for contacts and his name shows up in the list of people.  Then it just brings back memories, sometimes I cry and others I laugh and smile.

I remember getting a text and I thought oh yea I was supposed to text him today I forgot and then I read the text.  It was from his parents saying that Dan had passed away and I literally stopped everything I was doing.

Dan truly was one of a kind.  We actually had a project, I can’t remember what is was exactly but I know we had to build a country and we named our country a bad word in Polish, haha.  We joked about that for the longest time because no one except for the both of us knew what it meant.  Well after college we lost touch.  Last summer/fall we started messaging each other through Facebook.  He told me that he would absolutely love to hang out but if I’m sick he can’t.  So at the time I didn’t think anything of it and I actually was sick so I said well my birthday is coming up and you’re invited.  He kept saying I will try my hardest to make it and I kept on thinking well why won’t he come if I’m giving him such an advance notice?  I kept on getting sick because my immune system is the worst and my lungs were not happy with me last fall.  So I started to think maybe he just doesn’t want to hang out or something.  When I finally asked him why he can’t see me because I’m sick all the time, that’s when he sent the worst text I’ve ever gotten…”I have cancer.  I would have rather told you in person.”

My birthday rolled around and I asked him if he would like to join and he said he was going to try his best but he might have to show up with his backpack.  I asked him why this was such a big deal (I thought he actually meant a backpack) and he said it’s for his treatment.  I couldn’t believe that he was actually willing to come out for my birthday.  I told him to stay home and rest and we could hang out at a later time.  We actually hung out the next day because he was having a good day.  We drove around and since his car took diesel we almost ran out.  It took us FOREVER to find a gas station on the highway that had diesel for something other than trucks.  I remember we just drove and talked and caught up and made plans to go to AC one day and gamble all of our money away haha.  He made the greatest jokes and he was the same Dan I remembered in college.  We made plans to hang out again.

Every time we tried to hang out one of us was busy or Dan wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t want to make him do anything when he was tired.

We FINALLY got a chance to hang out in December.  I landed my big girl job and we had a mini celebration at a local diner.  I was having a pretty rough day because of some things that were going on and I started complaining and whining like a little baby.  He kept telling me life is so beautiful and not to worry about all of the little things because the next day none of it would matter.  Then he pushed the plate of chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream maple syrup and strawberries my way and said eat this you’ll feel better.  I insisted on staying grumpy that day and then we talked about my cigarette habit.  He was trying to get me to throw out the pack I had in my purse and I actually got a little mad and he took off his hat, took my hand and put it on his head and said “I don’t want you to end up like this so please quit.”  After that I wanted to cry.  I told him I would after that pack because it was a fresh pack, plus I still had another one I bought along with it and kept making excuses.  That was the last time I saw Dan.

We tried to hang out after that but then I got sick and actually passed out.  My parents were afraid that it was because of the condition I have so I had to stay home as much as possible.  Anyway needless to say Dan sent me some weird texts really late and I told him I can’t talk because I possibly had a seizure so I need my sleep.  Two days later I read that text from his parents.  I will never forget Dan.

The reason I find him so inspirational is because you would never know that he was fighting for his life every day.  He had the greatest outlook on life.  I remember when I didn’t know about the cancer and I would complain about the dumbest things he would always cheer me up and now that I look back on it I call myself an idiot for it and I actually feel terrible, every time I do I can hear him saying something funny and then saying oh stop or something.  He brightened up my life.  This past year has been the toughest year and he was an answer to my prayers.  An angel on earth was sent to me to let me know everything was going to be ok.  It’s been very hard for me to write about him and I cried the whole time I was typing this.

Since January I decided to start living life more like Dan did.  Not necessarily living as if every day were my last but just enjoying everything in life.  Enjoying all the good things and not sweating about the bad things.  Taking in the sunsets, stopping to smell the roses, feeling the warm wind blow on me while I’m driving with all the windows open.  I was a little cold hearted and numb when we first re-connected because of all of the things that happened to me but now I feel alive again.  I quit smoking when he passed away and I must say it’s amazing because I can finally breathe again.  Now when people fret the little things I tell them about Dan and how strong and positive he was.  He has made such an impact on my life.  In that short amount of time that we spoke before he passed he taught me so much.  He was such an amazing person and I am so blessed to have ever even talked to him.  Earth might have lost a warrior but heaven gained an angel.  I actually started to do some good with my life thanks to Dan.  I volunteer now and try to do as many good things as I can.  I know Dan is watching over me and rootin’ me on for quitting smoking and for changing my life completely.  I will never meet anyone like Dan and his memory lives on and I thank god everyday for letting me have such an inspirational person in my life.  Even in death he is an inspiration.  Dan, may you rest in peace, I’ll see you when it’s my time, and I miss you kiddo.

Katie

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The last (but definitely not least) person I want to talk about actually ties into Dan’s story as well.  Her name is Katie.  Her blog is www.katiedidwhat.com .  She is one of my favorite bloggers and is just so gosh darn adorable!  You can tell she really likes writing in her blog and really enjoys life.  When I first started reading Katie’s blog I saw a post with a picture of her at a cemetery.  It was her mom’s birthday and she had gone to say Happy Birthday.  So after that I started reading literally her whole blog and found out, we have something in common, we lost a loved one to cancer.  We are the same age and she is married and boy did she make a beautiful bride if you look at some of her wedding pictures.  I decided to write to Katie.  I wanted her to know how inspiring she is to her readers.  When you read her daily posts she just seems like someone you would want to be friends with and someone who can have a positive impact on your life.  Then when you read about her mom, it’s just amazing that she has so much strength to carry on.  I’m sure she has her good and bad days (we all have those where something will remind us of someone who passed away and bam instant tears).  Even with this loss she is so positive and bubbly.  From her writing it also seems that she has a very loving husband and that she actually is in love and loves with her whole heart.  I think that can also inspire readers that there is a fairy tale ending for everyone.  Ladies, there still are nice guys out there Katie can give us hope haha!

When I wrote to Katie I actually got very emotional.  I told her how inspiring she is to me and how she is so strong.  I told her about Dan.  When Katie wrote back she sent me the sweetest email.  I was actually surprised she even responded because I’m sure she gets lots of emails in one day.

I am also promising that whenever Katie makes it to the East Coast I want to take her out to dinner and meet her.  I’ve only “known” her through blogging and she really seems like a good friend to have by your side.

I want all of you to think about something after reading this.  Who inspires you?  Why do they inspire you?  Are there people who would kill to have your life?

That last question is what I think is most important.  It reminds us that we should truly be thankful for what we have and enjoy every minute.  Just remember there are probably people out there who have it worse than you do.  Is what you’re upset about really worth it?

In loving memory of Dan 9/28/1985-1/5/2013