Greatness is Within

27-year-old Deontay Wilder is a currently undefeated heavyweight boxer, and is the only American to win a medal for boxing in the Summer Olympics. But before he ever discovered boxing, his baby girl Naeiya was born with severe spina bifida, and was never expected to walk. He abandoned dreams of becoming a professional athlete, working several jobs in order to pay for the surgeries and medical care she needed. With his success as a boxer, he can now afford to give her the best care possible, and she is walking on her own.

I love hearing stories of sacrificial love and that result in such powerful triumph. I hope this beautiful film serves as an inspiring start to your week! xo

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Dating

William And Audrey

The other night when the Mr and I were out to dinner, we started talking about some of the quirks we’ve observed about each other, that maybe we didn’t know about ourselves.

He told me something I was completely unaware of. Apparently, when I’m in a large group in friendly conversation and am trying to make a point among a lot of competing voices, I raise my voice suddenly (and my eyebrows). Since I am mostly a soft-spoken person, this often catches him off-guard, and when he demonstrated his reaction (a funny expression of shock) it made me laugh out loud.

I love those moments when you get a glimpse beyond the everyday familiarity and see each other in a new way. It brings back a little of the new-ness and the mystery from when we were dating and getting to know each other.

Other questions we’ve asked each other on dates: What were you like when you were little? Where did you go on “dates” in high school? What was your favorite music in college?

I’d love more date night question ideas! Do you have any?

(Also, another list of funny questions to ask your date.)

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Anniversary Getaway

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Last weekend, the Mr and I were gifted a one-night stay here, to celebrate our four-year anniversary. Here are a few pics of our mini getaway just a short drive from home, if you’d like to see!

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The weather could not have been more perfect. We sat by the pool for hours and read books (his + mine).

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Rancho-Valencia-fireside

We enjoyed a lovely dinner and cocktails, and cozied up by the fireplace every chance we got.

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The next morning, fresh orange juice was delivered with a morning paper (isn’t that such a great idea?). We ordered room service for breakfast, and enjoyed coffee by the fire.

It was such a lovely time of reminiscing about all our sweet memories of falling in love, traveling, figuring each other out, and just enjoying life together. It was hard to come back from such a beautiful and brief trip, but we both came home so relaxed and recharged.

Thanks for taking a peek! xo

Simple Pleasures

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Ever since the Mr got home from training, we’ve really been enjoying a few simple pleasures together. Even though we would never choose separation, it does have a way of making the smaller and seemingly mundane bits of life that much sweeter when we are together. Coffee together in the mornings, a quiet dinner at the table, an evening walk with our two pups Rambo (whose giant head is pictured above) and Remi.

I’ve felt compelled to savor these moments, to write them down, to cherish them.

Are there small moments with your significant other you’ve been savoring lately?

Sound Check: A Case of You

James Blake is one of those rare artists whose voice and melodies are so hypnotizing and stir something in your heart. His cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” is just devastatingly beautiful. You’d never know this brilliant kid is only 24 years old!

The Mr. is heading out of town for a month of training on Monday, so we’ll be spending lots of good QT together this weekend (with a fire and dinner out). Have a great weekend! xo

For the Love of 30

For the love of 30

On Sunday, the Mr. finally caught up with me.

He turned 30, six months after I did. Thank goodness, because every year, he loves reminding me that I am older than him for those six months.

I’m not a particularly crafty person, but one of the little ways I showed him the love was to make a pseudo-scrapbook, showing 30 (of many, many) things I adore about him.

30 things I love about you

I love your style

Asleep on the couch

You are fun

Since I plan on spending the next 50+ birthdays with this guy, I’m always looking for new and creative ideas to love on him every year… any suggestions? I’d love to hear some!