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30 Days of Thanks: Day 30

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Today I am thankful for my body. For eyes that see so much beauty in the world – but also see hurt and suffering. Because then I can something about it. For a nose that can smell warm, baked apples with cinnamon from a mile away. For my mouth that can taste wonders, speak very big things, and can stay shut at the most worthy of moments. For my legs that carry me to where I need to go, be it running, walking, biking or sitting. For my feet, for they can run marathons, climb mountains, and play footsie with my husband. For my hands that can hold on to the most important things. For my arms that can wrap around my loves. For a stomach that fancies chocolate, cheese, bread, and cereal most. For the muscles I work so hard to maintain and build, which are my strength when they need to be. For my heart that pumps the blood I need to every inch of my body, and holds so many people, places, and secrets.

There has never been a time in my life that I have been more aware of my body and the wonders it can do. Right now it is growing another human being. My son. Providing him with nourishment to grow, protection from the outside world, warmth to keep him smiling, and a sense of safety I hope I can always give to him. There have been times when I have been frustrated with the changes in my body in these last 9 months, but mostly, I’m just so thankful for everything my body does.

I know not everyone is as lucky as I am. Some people cannot see. Some people cannot walk. Some people cannot grow a child. So today, on our final of the 30 Days of Thanks, I am ever grateful for my body.

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 18

Sandwiches. Today, I am simply thankful for sandwiches. Delicious, wonderful, perfect sandwiches.

xoxo, Mallory

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 12

Today I’m thankful for the little, teeny feet that keep kicking me in the ribs. The strength behind those kicks means my little boy is growing strong enough for this big world… and that means I’ll get to meet him soon.

Baby kicks. Love them.

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Weekend

Have a wonderful weekend my loves. I’ll be spending mine enjoying this beautiful “fall” weather.

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Weekend!

Here’s to weekends full of beauty. Seek it out, find it, and swim in it.

xoxo, Mallory

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Miss Michigan

It’s no secret that I’m extra emotional right now. The waterworks can start at any moment for any reason. I’m extra sentimental. Everything makes me smile. The hormones are running rampant.

But after this weekend, holy cow I miss Michigan. Jonathan and I have always made it our job to create a home wherever we are. Home has been wherever we’re together. It’s been lots of houses, lots of cities. Therefore, we don’t usually get particularly homesick for our home state. In fact, we’ve never really totally considered Michigan to be our home state after leaving. We’ve toyed with the idea of retiring in so many places, Michigan just didn’t feel like home anymore.

I’m not sure if it’s this Mississippi weather that just doesn’t cool down, or if it’s the lack of cider mills and snow, or if it’s just that we’ve only been here six weeks. I really just have a feeling that it’s our family. We both are really missing family right now, especially with this little babe coming. We want him to grow up knowing just how loved he is, but not just by us – by everyone. We want him to grow up knowing his grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family, and everyone who loves him. And a lot of those people are in Michigan.

For the first time ever, we are really, really considering retiring in Michigan. We miss the weather. The four seasons, and everything that comes with them. Lakes and corn in the summer, cider mills and changing leaves in the fall, so much snow in the winter, and the sun peeking through the clouds in the spring. We miss the people. Being able to pop over for dinner and a fire. Meeting up with cousins on the weekend. Being outdoors with the ones we love. We miss the culture and the diversity.

We miss Michigan, and are counting down the time until our next visit.

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Weekend

Here’s to hoping your weekend is as relaxing as this guys.

xoxo, Mallory

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Isaac

The flooding about 2 blocks from our house.

We survived our first hurricane. Hurricane Isaac. A category 1 hurricane when he made contact with Louisiana about 90 miles west of here. And one thing I’ve learned, you want to be on the west side of the hurricane. Not the east.

This being our first hurricane, we weren’t sure what to expect. We were ready to evacuate if the mandatory order came through. We had plans to go to Shreveport, LA. Then when those weren’t looking good, we were going to either shoot straight up to Meridian, MS or over to Fort Walton Beach, FL. We had a bag packed with all our valuable papers – and clothes – and we had one foot out the door. Even when the mandatory evacuation notice didn’t come, we were ready to leave at a moments notice.

We were also ready to stay. We had about $200 worth of groceries we could eat for years to come, even without power. We had our air conditioning set to 62 in case the power did go out. We had a bath tub filled with water, cardboard on the windows, and a boat, complete with paddle.

We literally did not know if we were going to stay or go until the last moment – when we decided to stay. And let me tell you this. It wasn’t too bad. For us. In some areas, this storm was worse that Katrina. We were watching people being rescued one county over. We were seeing flooding on the main stretch of highway here – less than two miles away. The weather channel, which was on constantly throughout the storm, was showing images of the rain and wind we were hearing right outside our house.

But we stayed dry. Aside from a small leak in one of our air vents, we were safe and dry inside our house. There was quite a bit of flooding on base, but thankfully, nothing too damaging, and I don’t believe any homes experienced flooding. The storm surge pushed more than 10 feet of water up our back bay shores, which encroached on the houses there – but luckily, even with his stalling over top us, Isaac didn’t cause too much damage to us. Or really any, for that matter.

The beaches need clean up and some people were not as fortunate as we were, but we made it through our first hurricane. I’m sure it won’t be the last.

xoxo, Mallory

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