It Was Always Said She’d Be There

For as long as I can remember, she and I have known each other.
From using stick on earrings, clip-ons, then up to her piercing her own ears; we always went through transitions with each other. 

I learned her habits, her laugh, her workmanship with food, and many other traits. We taught each other as we grew up. She and I have always had a bond of some sort, a piece of life that glued us together as sisters. 

We’ve had our share of distances and have realized our differences.
She is meat and potatoes, I am fruit and veggies
We both love cheese
She is swedish fish and kool-aid, I am chocolate pretzels and orange juice
We both love salt&vinegar chips
She is heels and hoops, I am barefeet and scarves
We both love tennis shoes
She is hair and nails, I am herbs and medicines

I could go on and on about how opposite we are. There are things that we’ve complimented each other with and things that we share in. We both love being outside in the sun, especially at the beach. I have so many memories laughing and being CRAZY with the camera. We love going on walks and biking. She is always up for a getaway and a little adventure down the road. We love late-night drives with the windows down and having picnics under the stars.

I have loved her like my own sister for as long as I remember. Our downfalls have been rough and hard, but our past sisterhood has helped our future friendship.

These are just some of the stories I have in our novel of friendship; only some of the reasons I chose her as my bridesmaid.

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Flowers, Plaid, and A Frozen Yogurt Bet

Tulip Time

Tulip Time

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Mi Amor's cousin and the doggie!

Mi Amor’s cousin and the doggie!

Always lots of dancers

Always lots of dancers

The ending bow

The ending bow

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WhiteCaps! My first baseball game!

WhiteCaps! My first baseball game!

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Off to Grand Haven

Off to Grand Haven

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I told Cameron to go under (p.s. water was ICE CUBE TEMP)  he said, "What would you give me?" I said, "I'll buy you Frozen Yogurt"  He said, "Okay" Walked out about ten yards, dove under, came back with a smile on his face.

I told Cameron to go under (p.s. water was ICE CUBE TEMP)
he said, “What would you give me?” I said, “I’ll buy you Frozen Yogurt”
He said, “Okay”
Walked out about ten yards, dove under, came back with a smile on his face.

His victory of the frozen yogurt bet.

His victory of the frozen yogurt bet.

Who Knew She’d be my Bridesmaid?

My next bridesmaid is one of my frousins! 

She is a marvelous young woman who loves her friends and stays true to them. She is a quirky and funny young woman, who always makes me laugh when I’m with her. I’ve been blessed to have her in my life. 

She shares in the love of deep thinking. She has honored me by asking my thoughts in various texting conversations and messages over facebook. 

I have loved going on trips with her to Mackinaw Island, Traverse City, and even just drives to each other’s houses.

We have shared sweat and laughter every family reunion over the hot summers. I smile when I think of us jammin’ out on guitar hero, jumping on the air mattresses late at night in the tent, running up the big hill on Columbiaville in the heat of the day, and going on a bear hunt with our cousins and uncle. 

We have memories of taking turns beating levels on super mario bros. while yelling in defeat when we can’t pass the lava and fire to  save the princess.

These are just some of the stories I have in our novel of friendship; only some of the reasons I chose her as my bridesmaid.

Bridesmaid and Frousin

The fourth post in my bridesmaid series is about my cousin and friend; she is my frousin.

Being the youngest cousin on my dad’s side, she has always been special. I have so many memories with her and don’t even know where to begin…

We started out our years of friendship surrounded by animals and the imaginations to turn us into them. Pretending like we were dogs was a tradition over the family reunions every fourth of July. Games were instilled in our genes so we played scrabble, bocci ball, hid from the Alligator Lady (our aunt) and as we got older; rain on the roof, mario kart, and mario party. 

The days were never long enough each time we’ve seen each other. She and I share similar styles, interests, and passions; earthy elements, travel, missions, creativity, scarves and the beach. 

We both see the beauty of simple life, like living out of a suitcase.

We have been on a road-trip that was over the terrains of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. 

We have jumped off our cousin’s boat, pulled all-nighters, knocked-out a gazillion koopa troopers, eaten too many bags of twizzlers, and walked a million foot-steps. 

She loves to love life.  Smiles and laughter are the base beginnings of her insanity and adventurous times. She is looked-up to by a lot of people, especially those closest to her. She has spent many days serving at a summer camp and has always been involved in church. 

I just can’t underestimate the influence she has, even on me. Her passion for Christ is evident when you look at the trail of bread crumbs behind her…more like twizzlers, but you get the picture. 

These are just some of the stories I have in our novel of friendship; only some of the reasons I chose her as my bridesmaid.

A Bridesmaid Tale

Continuing on with my series of posts about my bridesmaids, I sit, thankful for these women in my life. 

God blessed me with her years ago. We were in a choir class together and sang next to each other. We were in a few other classes such as English Lit, karate, and band. 

She has a special talent for sewing and is making her dress. She will be the bridge to all the maidens, as I am letting them choose their own dresses within the color code criteria. 

She’s a fun character who is dating Mi Amor’s brother. We used to call each other ‘girlfriend-in-laws’ and when I got engaged she said, “We’re gonna have to come up with a new name for us!” 

Her gentle and feminine spirit balances her outdoorsy, hunting, and quirky side. 

She loves coffee, art, flowers, and laughing. 

Her studies bring her into the compassionate realm of nursing. I have no doubt in my mind that she’ll be a fabulous one, her sweet soul, and gentle voice will take her far in this career. 
I work in a hospital, and I know how many nurses need to take classes from her–she’s gonna be great and outstanding in her field. She’ll exceed the norm and heal many. 

We have roughed it together for a week without proper showers at Cornerstone’s last week-long metal concert. 
{I was so proud of her}

She has a great voice and sings with her beautiful sisters. 

Man, I could just keep talking about her, she really is an amazing woman. 
Her love for Christ shines and she inspires my walk when I look at her dedication to Him. 

These are just some of the stories I have in our novel of friendship; only some of the reasons I chose her as my bridesmaid.

Eleven-Thousand Words

Mi Amor & I went home for the weekend where we were able to spend time with our families.

Mi Amor & I went home for the weekend where we were able to spend time with our families.

Our one lemon off the lemon tree this year. It worked so hard to produce it over winter...

Our one lemon off the lemon tree this year. It worked so hard to produce it over winter…

We treasured it and made lemon muffins from its delicious insides...

We treasured it and made lemon muffins from its delicious insides…

After all the insanity, I still was able to hang out so much so, that I haven’t had time to blog. Rizo is gone to Scotland now, she left yesterday at 5p.m.

I have worked 20 hours OVERTIME in four weeks which means 180 hours….whew.

Yeah…pictures are a better way to update you.

Mi Amor made falafel! Another marvelous vegetarian dish. Chick Peas, garlic, spices, bread crumbs, one egg, lemon juice and some olive oil.

Mi Amor made falafel! Another marvelous vegetarian dish. Chick Peas, garlic, spices, bread crumbs, one egg, lemon juice and some olive oil.

Fry em up! We also had a bowl of clementines for our appetizer, and then paired up the falafel with a seasoned veggie hot dish that I made. {broccoli, carrots, potatoes, onion, and seasoning} then we had coldstone for dessert. {Thank you mom for the gift card, after this trip we finally used all of it along with a coupon I found in the mail}  Total came to: $0.75 for two GOTTA-HAVE-IT sizes.

Fry em up! We also had a bowl of clementines for our appetizer, and then paired up the falafel with a seasoned veggie hot dish that I made. {broccoli, carrots, potatoes, onion, and seasoning} then we had coldstone for dessert. {Thank you mom for the gift card, after this trip we finally used all of it along with a coupon I found in the mail}
Total came to: $0.75 for two GOTTA-HAVE-IT sizes.

homemade potato salad

homemade potato salad

Reeds Lake

Reeds Lake

Zebra gum

Zebra gum

sorry its not flipped..but the next day, after Mi Amor and I had our picnic down by the lake, Rizo and I hung out.

sorry its not flipped..but the next day, after Mi Amor and I had our picnic down by the lake, Rizo and I hung out.

We went to JimmyJohns because so much of our Grand Rapids friendship is relative to the marvelous place

We went to JimmyJohns because so much of our Grand Rapids friendship is relative to the marvelous place

being gargoyles in our spare time, before watching Julie&Julia and going on a little trip with friends

being gargoyles in our spare time, before watching Julie&Julia and going on a little trip with friends