I was trying to pick a saying that would be written on the kicks of my stairs going up to the girls rooms a few years ago (in fact I think this was before Meritt was even born)... and it took me a long time. I wanted a saying that would inspire them as they walked up and down through childhood years, teenage years, and beyond. I didn't want a quote that summed them up now, or then, or in between, but one that would grow with them. Then, I came upon this quote. I thought it was perfect. It now runs down our stairs in the center of our home, and without knowing it, I think I stumbled upon a quote that almost perfectly sums up what I wish for them. To live without fear of what others might think. To stand up for her own beliefs not others. To live a life of true & pure happiness. To love with her whole heart even though it will inevitably be broken, as all hearts are. But, even after heart break to not give up on love, not settle for what she doesn't want, but to hold out for everything she does.
The day before Meritt's official B-day we decided to take a "fun day".... and fun it was!!! We took the girls to this awesome indoor bounce place, and we bounced, jumped, slid, and had tons of fun! Can't wait to go back. I'm not sure who had more fun Bella and Meritt or Matt and I!
I'm Mandy. Mama, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Lover of God... Each day is a journey. Life is an adventure. At this point in my life, I try to go one day at a time, enjoying the moment I'm in, because today is a gift that will be gone tomorrow. I hope this can be a place to share the joy that can be found in everyday simpleness, watching kids grow, enjoying those you love, and this crazy little thing called life!