During this time I also made a decision to become healthier. I began evaluating what I eat and making sure to be active at least 30 minutes a day. I purchased a Fit Bit and having it has helped me to make sure that I remain active throughout the day. It's amazing how much information that little "watch" like band can track. I'm trying not to focus on my weight, but it's so difficult not to. The needle hasn't dropped much since I began, and bounces back up way too easily if you ask me. It would be easy to become discouraged, but I step back and think about the differences in how I feel. That feeling of health and energy is so worth the effort.
DD is my do-er, vs her brother who is happy to stay locked in his room, she is constantly on the go. So, the beginning of August brought the festival pageant. Costumes to make, dance practices, and ideas to make happen. It always seems to arrive way before expected and I'm always doing something up until the day of the actual judging. DD is a true performer. She loves to be on the stage and to make people smile. And, she blew me away this year. Everything she did up on that stage was her best effort and had me in tears at how much she has grown since the beginning of performing and pageants. She's a beautiful, thoughtful girl who shines and takes over a room. An amazing clogger and performer, she always has smiles on our faces. It was no surprise when she was awarded 4th Runner Up - well, maybe a bit of a surprise that she hadn't done better, but everyone has their opinions. :D
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Towards the end of August we had a few weddings, my daughter's dance teacher had a wonderful country themed wedding on her family's farm. My daughter shared photos with us, because we were at Mr. Reuel's cousin/godson's wedding. As godfather he had to participate in the ceremony. The church was absolutely gorgeous and we had a lovely time. I wish both couples many years of happiness. I hope they have the support and strength to make it through all of the ups and downs of life together with their partners.
On September 4, Mr. Reuel and I celebrated our 23rd year of marriage. We are often asked how we stayed together so long. In response we joke that we realized long ago that no one else would ever put up with either of us, so we decided we better stick together. But, seriously, a long marriage happens when you truly love your partner, when they are your best friend, and when you realize that no one is perfect. There will be bad days, days you hate the other person, days you want to scream, but you have to work on the relationship to make it strong enough to withstand those days. A marriage lasts when you realize there is no fairy tale prince and princess, just you and your spouse. A marriage thrives when you realize that you and him, just the way you are, ARE your fairy tale come true.
Late September was bittersweet as we said good-bye to our daughter and moved her in to college. I'm so excited for her and know that she will achieve greatness. She has the ambition and skill, which will take her far in the Culinary world. Just can't wait to see what happens next.