happy father's day to my favorite one ❤
happy mother's day to you and yours ❤
HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY HEATHER ANN! 💜 This world wasn't ready for two spit-fire little Morris girls, but here we are anyway. I've always believed in God, but it's so much easier to when he sends you to earth with an actual angel. You are the strongest, most humble, caring, genuine, down-to-earth, encouraging, loving soul on this planet. We have physically held each other up in sorrow and in our joys. You are a supporter, a lifeline, a soulmate of sorts, the most incredible sister, and above all else - friend. Our hardships were always made easier simply by your presence, and successes always made possible by your unwavering support. I've always believed anything was possible with you by my side. I'm forever grateful for you, little sister 😉 Happy birthday to you!! I wish you nothing but the best this year, and every one after that. Let's go get some grown-up drinks, with a root beer on the side of course 😂💜💜 (Sorry to drag you into this war on terrible pictures, Andrea. Please forgive me 😂)
What may look to most as a not-yet-reborn tree or a simple landscape, looks to Heather like something worth capturing. She brought her camera along with her most of today, and whatever she gave a second thought to she chose to shoot. After dinner, as the sun was setting through the trees, I asked if she would like to go outside. Little did she know, I was taking pictures of my own (on my lame Samsung, which I give full permission to make fun of). I was born first. That's probably obvious once you get to know us - I can definitely be the more bossy sister, the short-tempered one, simultaneously more lazy. Whereas Heather is more go-with-the-flow. Don't dwell on anything for too long. Always keep going forward. She is definitely more on-top of things - I made it to school on time every day because we carpooled. The moral of this novel is, she inspires me. Every day, in the most mundane of ways, she provides a new light or angle to something. She sees the positive. She is the yin to my yang (or yang to my yin, whichever's which). The moon shining light in complete darkness. She is my best friend, biggest supporter, and confidant. I appreciate and respect her perspective and hard work. I hope you are all lucky enough to know your own version of a Heather, if you aren't already acquainted with mine.. 💜
"most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." -abraham lincoln
The Gift this is something I have decided needed to be altered in my life. I have been moping around, feeling like a failure and putting myself down over uncontrollable things - one of which is other people's views/feelings toward me. I cannot control whether they like me or my energy, which I'm not surprised people haven't lately, nor how they treat me. that is truly their own decision. however, it is something I can control my own reaction to. I can thank them for the time I got to spend with them, and allow us both to move on. I can accept that some people are just going to disappear without a trace, and give you no explanation as to why (though I absolutely despise it). I can realize that my associates degree neither helps nor hurts my job search. my car is bound to have problems that demand money be spent. my relationships with others may become rocky and long-distance. but I can also realize that every previously stated situation will either be made better or worse based on my reaction to it. so, starting today, I vow to pay closer attention to how I react to people and situations. I vow to give into my own life everything I have been expecting it to hand me - to work hard towards my dreams, work on my relationships, strengthen my faith, and believe in myself. I believe you reap what you sow, so you better sow something good.
there's almost something beautiful about the juxtaposition of snow and water. especially considering they're the same chemical in different states of matter. the "tropic" versus the "arctic", "warm" versus "cold", "yin" to the "yang" of waters many facets. the strength, grace, power, and beauty of nature is something I work to appreciate daily. to think that your natural way of living could be swept away by an unnaturally natural event - a tornado, hurricane, lightning, ice build-up - is quite a concept. the juxtoposition of Michigan's weather has always been awe-inspiring to me. that a single solitary place, such as Grand Haven State Park, remains to exist in all 4 seasons of the earth, and each one Michigan throws in between them. there's something to learn from nature's juxtaposition; how it is possible to live as one element, but be flexible enough to work in multiple states. it is not always easy to be viewed as both the soft water and the sharp ice, but I hope you and I both come to appreciate the rigid and rounded edges that surround us. we're not all one state of matter. so be gentle, and be rough. be kind to everyone, and firm in your choices. don't ever allow yourself to be belittled. humans are 70% water, after all. we can alter our state's to fit any natural element the world dare provoke us with.
Wishing #team23 so much luck today at Districts! I'm sorry I couldn't be there, but I know you'll give it everything you've got tonight. You've learned, worked on, and altered these rounds over the last 3 months with ~minimal~ complaints. As a coach I could not be more proud of you girls. Whether or not you move onto Regionals next week, you are all winners to me. To the seniors - Aly, Brooke, Coco, Kaylah, Lanie, Taylor, and Jill - you are the freshmen I cheered my senior year with. You were incredible then; you all stepped up to the varsity level and proved your place on the team. You have improved even more since then. It will be bittersweet to see you go, but the future holds so many incredible opportunities for you all. I'm so proud of this team. Make them remember your grace, strength, and commitment. Make them remember your name. I'm with you all in spirit. Good luck Broncos 💚
"don't let yesterday use up too much of today" -will rogers
"I don't want to have you to fill the empty parts of me I want to be full on my own I want to be so complete I could light a whole city and then I want to have you cause the two of us combined could set it on fire -rupi kaur"
Great Aunt Mabel passed away December 24th. Today she would have been 103. Instead, she celebrated Christmas and her first heavenly birthday with her entire family this year, and I could not be happier for them all. She and Great Aunt Elaine were special to me, because, aside from my mom and her siblings, they were connections to my Grandpa Otterbein that I always had to cherish. I am thinking of your family always, but especially today on your birthday, which I'm sure they wished they could celebrate with you. May you fly high with your family today and always. Give grandpa a hug from us all. Rest in peace, sweet Aunt Mabel. All my love.. 💜 (Picture 2 shows Great Aunt Mabel and my Grandma Otterbein doing their best with their limited hearing to talk and catch up at a family reunion last year.)
Grief comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. It can come in waves, or sits, stagnant, festering there, never growing bigger nor receding. In some cases, grief doesn't exist for many years. But one day, out of the blue, it comes. And it stays, almost as long as it should have already existed in our hearts. I was 9 when you died, and looking back I realize I didn't have the capacity to understand such a staggering loss in my tiny body. I remember dad asked me if I was fine as your casket was being carried to the hearse, and I believe I shook my head yes. 9 year old me was fine. She was full of optimism and imagination, and she had no idea that death was a permanent goodbye. Years later I finally mourned for you, properly, the way an educated adult does over such a thing. I cried for you, and I spoke to you, and I prayed that you were at peace. 11 years you've been gone from this earth. Somehow it feels just like yesterday and an entire eternity at the same time. Until we meet again.. I love you, grandpa.
bc I miss this road trip & @embaustert & am thankful for them both.
my favorite time of year 🍃🍁
"the future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams." - eleanor roosevelt
happy fall y'all 📷: @_heathermo_
these woods were my sanctuary as a kid. it is terribly overgrown now - trees have fallen and the creek has lowered. these woods do not resemble the one I ran through and explored all those years ago. the imaginary worlds that were created, however, and the overwhelming peace in all nature's quiet still remains. I hope everyone has a person, place, or thing in their lives to veil the hardships and pain life often throws our way. and if yours has gone too, I hope you're willing to find a new one soon.