Some days are easier than others. . Which — by definition and basic logic (and you all know that logic runs my life) — means that some days are harder than others. . In an effort to comfort, we tend to talk about loss and grief and mourning like it’s some sort of formula. Like somehow you can just multiply a person’s age by how long they were in your life, take that up to the power of how amazing they were, divide it by how they died or how much they’d been suffering and suddenly we’d have the solution to our grief, our required amount of mourning before we feel again all laid out for us in one, all-encompassing number that we could punch into a timer and let it tick-tock down. . As a numbers girl, someone who likes her to-do lists and formulas, trust me... if there was a way to calculate away the pain, I’d have found it. It would either be my math or someone else’s but I’d know it and I’d share it here. . Yes, I absolutely believe that having a tribe in my corner, tons of exercise options just a click away, and healthy, easy food at my fingertips has really helped over the last few years. Our family has lost some incredible souls in the last few years especially and I’ve had to put that to the test. . But I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth if I said that those things always fix it completely. . I don’t know what it is about today but it’s one of the harder ones. I’m missing their love, laugh, and smiles. I’m thinking about what I’d give just to have been able to whisper “I love you” in Hope’s ear just once like I do every night with Alexander. . And I’m sharing this all to say, to remind you, that just because we all tend to make sure we look so happy and upbeat as you scroll your newsfeed, we all feel sad too and that’s ok. There is no day that you’ll magically no longer miss your lives no longer with us and never let someone tell you that you should be “moving on” or “over it” by now. Sure, your health is exercise and intention food choices but it’s also letting your heart and soul feel whatever it needs to feel and letting that make you better, stronger, and more grateful. Take care of your whole self because you’re too amazing to not be whole.
Sara is a busy wife, momma of 2 with another job outside the home.... and now she’s part of our team! I’m so proud of her for getting out there right away and helping others! That’s what we’re about!! Welcome, girl!!
The only thing better than cooking for my family is when I get them to love something we weren’t sure they’d like. . Normally Ethan avoids bell peppers but I figured I’d give this a shot anyway, not say anything, and see what he did. . This is a favorite Hungarian 🇭🇺 dish of mine and it’s so easy to make and load up with veggies! Bell pepper or Hungarian pepper strips, sliced onions, diced tomatoes, sausage, paprika, a lil salt if you want and done! . Not only did Ethan eat a nice big serving, he told me it was really good... and it must have been because we didn’t have any leftovers for my lunches this week!! 😂
Not bad ups for: . - initially thinking “no way in hell” . - workout 1 . - 8.5 months postpartum . - very nearly needing surgery to repair damage from delivery of our 10.5 lb newborn . - first program after 4 months of postpartum physical therapy . I had so many reasons to say I couldn’t do this move last night. I used many of them to avoid the first few reps. Then I figured I’d give it a shot and can I just tell you? Seeing what I could do.... feeling what I could do... I felt like I could take on the world!!!!
This past weekend, I found myself on the sidelines and that was allll on me. . We went over to my cousin’s to spend the day together, playing in the pool, and just really having a great time all around. . But I was the only one not in a swimsuit. I didn’t even bring it with me. Since I’m still nursing Alexander, I bought a nursing suit for the summer but I really don’t feel good in it. Not confident. Not fit. Just not good. . Fortunately, my cousin’s wife (I usually just call her my cousin because we’re so close and she’s so important to me!), knocked a little sense into me and all but forced me into one of her suits. . I’m so so glad she did. Had she not, I’d have missed out on playing in the pool with Alexander, Ethan, my goddaughter, and my cousins’ two little boys. I’d have spent it wishing I was in the pool instead on the side. . Today, I kept all of that in mind as my girl, Christine (@christinebromen) and I started our 100 day workout commitment. I’m going to finish these 100 workouts (and my 5th marathon) before Alexander’s birthday and any day that I hesitate or want to throw in the towel, I’m going to look at these two pictures and remember that my family deserves to have a happy, healthy, confident me who doesn’t shy away from jumping in on the fun. 💕
I cannot believe what this girl has done in her first 48 hours on our team!!! Without even yet diving into all of the training I’ve got ready for her, she’s changing lives one person at a time. It’s always best when you get to connect with someone who’s been down that road before, isn’t it? I have no doubt that the more she shares her story, the more of an impact she’ll make. She’s a super busy momma and wife with a demanding job so I’m super grateful she’s doing the work to make time for those inspired by her! Welcome and congrats, Angela!!!
I neeeed to recreate this salad 🥗... starting with the salmon 🐟!! @twistedrooster — what’s your secret??? Note to self: add more salads to the rotation!
Family night at Ford Field! I’m always so proud of what an awesome, helpful, and understanding big brother @ethan.fordz is! 😊 🥰
In honor of his birthday, I give you one of the videos I haven’t yet shared (along with some of my favorite photos)... @cford48 teaching our son something soooooo important: the Chewbacca call. You’re gonna want sound on for this. Happy Birthday to my rock, my love, my wings, my support, my everything. Our family is so blessed by your strength, our boys are so blessed by your example, and our marriage is blessed by your faith and resilience. I love you, Curt!!!! 💕