Love Story- Guest Blog

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HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE TROMBONE PLAYER IN THE SECOND SEAT FROM THE RIGHT

“Do you remember when we met?” he asked me intently, as we thumbed through photos on our phones from our early years of dating.

“Yeah,” I said, not paying too much attention. “It was in marching band in college.”

“No, it wasn’t,” he said.

I sat up from my slumped position in bed, searching him with an inquiring eye.

“Uh, yeah we did,” I answered back in a matter-of-fact tone.

“No, we met in jazz band.”

“Potato, potahto,” I answered back.

After that short exchanged, my husband Jonathan gave a rather detailed description of the day he sat in on jazz band rehearsal at the college where we met. He remembered being nervous as he unpacked his trombone and sat in the second seat from the right. He didn’t want to mess up the trombone part, especially because he was the only trombone player in the room.

“It didn’t help that I was sharing music with a pretty girl,” he said with a smile, concluding his recollection of the memory.

A choir of “awws” followed his lovely recount. I couldn’t believe how much he remembered about that day. All I remember was sitting down in the last seat on the right and sharing music with a really shy guy who was nervous and quiet. It probably didn’t help that the director was asking him to transpose my saxophone music from treble clef to bass clef. He did it anyway.

After coming as a prospect to our college, Methodist University in North Carolina, he joined the marching band, over which I was the drum major. I had a boyfriend at the time, and spent the majority of my free time with my nose in my textbooks or at meetings and events for the clubs I was in or the sorority I was a part of.

But Jonathan slowly became friends with my best friend Tyler. They started hanging around our apartments more and more and, soon enough, we started spending time together as a group. It wasn’t until a few months in to the school year when my then-boyfriend decided he wasn’t that in love with me and asked me to take a break.

It broke my heart, and it happened really early one morning, so early that my best friend who I was sharing an apartment with wasn’t yet awake. My friend Tyler lived off campus, so I called on the only person I thought would help. I called Jonathan.

He quickly made his way down to my apartment and spent the morning drying my tears and cheering me up. By the end of the day, I felt much better. Several weeks later, when my then-boyfriend and I decided to break things off, we were watching a movie together when he leaned in to me and said “Gabbie, I think I like you.”

“I think I like you, too,” I whispered.

We dated for several more years, got engaged, and then got married. We’ve been married for nearly two years now.

The funny thing is, we often get in to arguments about which type of instrument makes the best sound: a trombone or a saxophone. I always commend him for being able to play the trombone, because tooting out the right note is not always easy, since you must slide the trombone slide until you get to the right one.

Playing the trombone may be difficult, and you might have to get the slide just ride to play correctly, but loving him is easy. There’s no guessing. Even when things go wrong, or we argue, or we bicker, I know that the sound of our love is sweet, sometimes silly, but always pure.

And that’s how I fell in love with the trombone player in the second seat from the right.

ABOUT GABRIELLE ISAAC ALLISON

Gabrielle Isaac Allison is a blogger, graphic designer, and marketing assistant from North Carolina. She holds a Mass Communications degree from Methodist University with a concentration in creative writing. Her favorite topics to blog are Christianity, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Mysteries, and more!

Blog: www.TheOpinionatedOne.com

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/gemusiclover

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/gemusiclover

Instagram: www.instagram.com/gemusiclover

Facebook Page: Facebook.com/theopinionatedone

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February Goals, 2019

January was a great month! Spent lots of time with family and enjoyed my birthday! (Post about birthday coming later!)

I stared blogging more in January and learned that I am doing it differently and liking it!

So, I will make goals for February and future months. I heard if you write them out it helps achieve them!

Blogging goals:

1. Make a #lovestory series with other

bloggers for the entire month of

February.

2. Do a book review.

3. Post a blog Monday, Wednesday and

Friday.

4. Get more blog friends on twitter and

Instagram.

Personal goals:

1. Go through all clothing and get rid of

everything that does not fit. Too big.

Too small. Should I do an inventory

and make outfits?

2. Read at least one book this month.

My goal for the year is 10.

3. Drink less soda, more water.

4. Work out for 30 minutes at least 3

times a week, maybe more!

5. Less junk food, more healthy!

Thank you for reading. What are your goals?

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Love Story- Guest Blogger

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Colt Sawyer

I never thought I’d be that girl. I mean, I obviously knew I’d love my child but I always tended to give an -eye roll- to the sappy post moms would write about their children.

Love never came easy to me. I grew up in home where love was shown by being called names and being abused. I put myself in relationships that were similar to my home life. That quickly went south and I  just gave up on “love” completely. I never really trusted anyone. There were never really people that I knew had my back 24/7 and truly deeply loved me.

Life was getting tough for me. I was broke, in legal trouble, lost my drivers license, working 40 plus hours a week to never see a paycheck, I spent what little money I did have on partying and alcohol. Which, does not solve your problems. My depression and anxiety were at an all time high and I barely even loved myself. I didn’t take care of myself and I needed to grow up.

Out of nowhere; I decided to move from the town and I had lived in my whole life. A fresh start is what I thought I needed. Everything was going great and then boom, two pink lines. Now here I was, pregnant by a  guy I had barely even been dating. I was lost. I had no idea what I was going to do. This is not what was intended. I refused to give up though.

My pregnancy was 100% the hardest period of my life. I suffered from very bad pregnancy depression, my relationship was not working out like I wanted it to, my dad went to prison, my youngest sister passed away, and my younger brother attempted suicide and became 100% blind.

All I wanted was to stay calm for my son. They’ll tell you a million times that stress is bad for your baby. That’s exactly what I did. Jessica, 3 years ago would have straight up had a mental breakdown. I’m scared to even think about how I would have handled that time in my life if I wasn’t carrying my son. I was still so sad and angry though. That time of my life is still haze to be honest.

Then August 3rd came and my 8lb 8oz beautiful baby boy was born. The best mistake that had ever happened to me. From that moment, I felt the love I had needed my whole life. It’s so hard to explain but it’s magical.

He’s 18 months old now and our love grows stronger every day. He is momma’s boy. He’s helped me grow so much as a person. I’ve become stronger and more patient. I’ve learned to appreciate the love that people give me and not expect some over exaggerated love. I’ve learned to forgive. I’ve learned to smile.

My son came in a period of my life when I need him most. He’s changed me as a person. He makes me have my act together and strive to be the best I can be. He makes me love myself more than I ever have before. He saved my life.  He made my life complete. He will always be my true love story.

 

A little about me-

I’m Jessica from HeyMamaJess.com. I’m born and raised in East Texas and I’ve always had a passion for writing and trying to make other people life’s easier! I love being a mom, promoting self care, and crafting. You can check out my blog or follow me at instragram.com/heymamajessss

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Jessica’s story spoke to me! I was teary eye by the end and that is how you know you have one amazing story! Thank you for sharing and I hope that you and Colt continue to bond over the years! Boys, are so such momma’s boys, even at age 13. SHHH don’t tell my son I told you.

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Love Story- Guest Blog

In Love With The Challenge

Creative writing has always been something I’ve found beyond fascinating. I can remember listening to the stories from my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Martens, who would without fail read our class a minimum of three chapters from a mystery series she had (to my own knowledge) written herself.

Even though she did this right after lunch, not even ONE student in class would drift off to sleep.

What piqued my interest more than anything was the fact that it was her stories that got me out of bed the following morning, wondering where the story was going to go. I was ready to embrace education head on!  Needless to say she was phenomenal at creating cliffhangers that got her students excited to learn.

Over the last few years, however, I’ve become more interested in the genre of Literary Fiction. These are typically the authors you learn about in high school, but don’t embrace on your own until after college. It’s a method of storytelling that can often be cumbersome and confusing, but very rewarding to those who are up for it.

I feel as though many fiction writers are afraid of complex sentences and technically ambitious syntax, but this is what I’ve grown to embrace. It might not always be this way, but currently, it’s what I love the most.

Even the highest mountains are worth climbing.

About the Author:

Andrew Sorenson is a professional writer/blogger at thetangibletangerine.blogspot.com

He lives in Charlotte, NC and loves to dream big!   

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Please be sure to follow all month long for our #lovestory series! Don’t forget to check out Andrew’s blog and tell us what you think of his love story.

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Do you have a love story

For the month of February I would like to do a guest blog everyday. I want the blog to be some kind of love story. It can be about how you met your soul mate, how you fell in love with your job, how you love your child, how you fell in love with self love any kind of love story that speaks to  you. 
There will be 28 spots, since there are 28 days. I will post every day at 9am CST.
The layout will be a photo, story, another photo, about the author, author’s social media and blog link.
My promise to you is that I will share it on Twitter, Instagram story, and link your blog. Please be sure to follow me on all social media and share your story when yours is posted.
Feel free to share this and tag anyone that has a love story.
Please send me an email if you would like to be one of my guest bloggers. jessicarenfro99@gmail.com

Cold…. Get a Hand Warmer

Do you ever wake up mad or really pissed off?
I get really upset, mad, frustrated when I wake up and know its cold out. 
I hate going outside when it is not at normal temperature. By normal temperature, I mean where I can wear a hoodie, T-shirt or jeans or short. I do not like having to start my car 15 minutes before I leave, so that when I get in the car it is, maybe, warm. 
This morning when I first got in my car it say -4 degrees out! Not only was it cold, but are power went out. Luckily it was not out for very long, but I had about had a panic attack thinking about my husband working from home, our son, and our dog and cat. I was so happy when it came back on, it was like a mood changer! 
Now this sounds like a lot of complaining, but it is how I really feel. 
My husband and I have talked about moving somewhere warm and I am sure we will in the future. 
I received a hand warmer as a gift from my husband a few years ago and it has been a lifesaver during the winter months! I highly recommend getting one! They can be found on amazon. Sometimes when I have on gloves and I’m driving I put it between my legs and it’s kinda like having heated seats.
Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you are staying warm if you are in the colder weather and if you like the colder weather… tell me some of your tricks on how to, too.

#BellLetsTalk Day

Everyone! It is #bellLetstalk day! It’s a mental health campaign to raise awareness. Please if you are suffering now reach out to someone to help.

Some days I could sleep all day,

I don’t get up for work,

I don’t get up to make food,

I don’t get up to shower,

I sleep or cry,

Until I can’t no more.

Feeling alone,

But I know I’m not,

I have family and friends,

But I don’t want to bother them,

Why am I sad,

I have everything I want.

Why am I angry,

I have everything I need.

Why do I care what others say,

They shouldn’t matter, should they.

I am normally a happy person,

But some days I am not.

Just let me sleep and it will be better tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rainbow Colors

This weeks topic is Rainbow Colors! You must have at least 4 colors.

When I first read about 4 colors I knew right away which photos I wanted to use.

Randy, Ethan and I went Chicago last year for a long weekend and saw some amazing street art.

Which one is your favorite?

Don’t forget to check out: Check out Cee’s Foto Challenge.

Thanks for reading and taking time to look at the photos.

Music Monday

Happy Monday! Over the weekend my husband and I watched the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. It is a biography about Freddy Mercury’s life after joining the band Queen. I thought the movie was great. It made me think of my DAD! HAHA! When I was little he used to listen to Queen and other rock bands all the time in the car and even at home. He has a record player and would blare it. He used to work nights when my sister and I were younger and he would come home and put on his big headphone and listen to music. My mom used to come down the stairs and he would be dance and playing air guitar like a mad man! I could only imagine what it looked like. I am sure it was super funny and cute at the same time. 
I will attach youtube videos of some of my favorite songs and what the remind me of. 
Obviously you have to love Bohemian Rhapsody! It reminds me of the movie Wayne’s World. Plus, it is just an all around amazing song. In the movie it was great to see how they worked on this song together.
We will, We will, ROCK YOU!!!!! How can you not say the title without singing it and stomping your feet. This song right here takes me back to hockey games, school music class, and just all around fun!
Somebody to Love is just an all around great song! 

What is your favorite Queen song?
Let’s hear them!
Thanks for reading!
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