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What’s love really all about…

I was a late bloomer.  My hormones didn’t kick in the same time as every one else’s.  When girls and boys were “dating”, I was at home baking brownies and playing cards with my family.  I was okay with that.  It all seemed very dramatic and complicated.  I didn’t even have my first kiss until I was almost seventeen.  And that innocent peck stirred up a whole myriad of confusion.  Don’t get me wrong.  I had crushes.  Boys I thought were cute that gave me butterflies in my stomach.  I even went as far to tell my best guy friend’s mother in third grade that I was going to marry her son.  But instead I married my high school sweetheart.  He was the one that changed everything.  I went from being shy and backward to just the opposite.  I aggressively pursued him.  It was like I knew he was just the right one and I couldn’t let him get away.  Of course, everyone thought we were crazy; way too young to be getting married.  We didn’t wait long to start our family.  We have two beautiful daughters, now thirteen  and ten.  We’ve been married fifteen years.  Wow.  Fifteen years.  I think back to when I was fifteen, just two years older than my eldest daughter, and it feels like an eternity. 

Being married is wonderfully worthwhile, but it doesn’t mean it’s always easy breezy.  I think you have to love yourself, love your spouse, and love your marriage and the life you build together.  Things change as time passes.  It is inevitable.  I look at myself in the mirror sometimes and find it hard to recognize the person I see.  My features are softer and my figure curvier, but I consider myself one of the lucky ones for having a husband who has grown with me and appreciates me exactly the way I am.  He laughs as I examine the gray starting to show in my hair because he is salt and pepper too.  We’ve shared sleepless nights worrying together, so we’ve earned them like a badge of honor.  The intricate roadmap on my stomach from pregnancy is never seen as anything other than the miracle of creating our family.  We accept each other’s imperfections and try not to sweat the small stuff.  We embrace our differences and try to laugh together as much as possible because it’s not all about flowers and romance.  It’s about not forgetting to pick up something from the store on your way home, taking turns rocking your sick child, and taking out the trash without being told five hundred times.  Living the fairy tale doesn’t mean that every day realities disappear.  It’s a precarious balance.   

I’ve been sentimental the last few weeks.  I’m so blessed to have found the right life partner.  My wish would be that everyone has an opportunity to find a special someone to walk through this journey that we call life.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Aside

For anyone interested in reading my book, for a limited time the Kindle version is on discount for 99 cents.  It would be a great time to check it out!!  Especially if you have it on your book shelf to read.  Download it now and read it when you have a chance.

http://www.amazon.com/Wings-Hope-B-Pethtel-ebook/dp/B00D4GD8EW/ref=sr_1_3_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1388333051&sr=8-3&keywords=wings+of+hope

A great opportunity…

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Another chance…

There are still a few days left to enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of my book, Wings of Hope, on goodreads.com

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/56561-wings-of-hope

Good luck!!

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Enter to win…

I’m having another giveaway for my book, Wings of Hope.  You can enter for a chance to win at goodreads.com.

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/56561-wings-of-hope

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Long time, no see…

I had a person I used to work with, but haven’t heard from in over a year, contact me to let me know they had purchased my book.  It was surreal.  And scary.  Sharing is the hardest part.  No wonder your parents try to teach you the importance of sharing at an early age.  This has definitely been a chance for me to grow. 

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Priority Express…

I mailed paperback copies of my book to the winners of the contest that was held on goodreads.com.  New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Canada were their destinations.  All that keeps running through my head is the fact that they could receive them any day.  They could open them up and start reading them any minute.  It’s haunting and leaves me feeling a little bit scared. 

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Kids…

My daughters are growing up so fast.  I look at them and wonder where the time has gone.  A woman goes through a lot to bring a child into the world, both emotionally and physically.  For almost ten months your body is home; it protects and nourishes the little bundle in preparation for birth into this unstable world.  While in the uterus, you protect them.  They are safe.  You know they have everything they could possibly need. 

Once they are born it’s a different matter entirely.  They depend on you for everything.  It’s tough to adjust to the demands of parenthood. Nothing can ever prepare you. But there is no job more worthwhile.  And before you know it they’re not babies anymore.  All you have are memories and photographs.

My oldest daughter will be thirteen next month. When she would wake up in the mornings and see the sun shining she would say ‘It’s summertime, time to get up, it’s summertime.’ When night time came, she would get serious and say ‘We have to go to bed now, it’s wintertime.’

My youngest is nine…she would ask for a tennis shoe when she had a runny nose.

My husband and I still use these catch phrases.  Our girls don’t necessarily remember saying these things, which makes our job that much more important…to remind them!

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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