The first Monday of February it is! The next four Monday’s I will be sharing with you songs from our wedding that we had because well this month is all about LOVE! The First one is “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.
Please enjoy! Let me know if you like the song too!
I can still remember the day that I met him, although I know he doesn’t. It was a day that everyone in kindergarten looks forward to: the day we are assigned to an 8th grade buddy. Getting assigned to an 8th grade buddy when you are in kindergarten is a big deal. We went to a Catholic school and your 8th grade buddy would escort you to church and take part in activities with you during the school year.
Joe was easily the tallest boy in the 8th grade class. He was near the back of the line with a friend of his named Austin. One by one we were paired off with our 8th grade counterparts. Some how that day I was put toward the back of the pack and ended up being the last one assigned to a buddy. It was just my luck that there were two 8th graders left (Joe and Austin) and just one me. I was the only one in my kindergarten class to say that I had two 8th grade buddies that year.
There were a few things that year that stand out to me. Joe and Austin always made me laugh. I have a vivid memory of sitting in church with them and looking over and realizing that Joe was falling asleep in the pew. Austin realized it around the same time and did something to startle Joe out of his impromptu nap causing him to let out a big gasp that was heard by both our teachers which caused me to belly laugh.
Another fond memory I have is gathering leaves during the fall with them for a project. There was a leaf I just couldn’t reach and Joe was nice enough to lean forward and grab it for me. While I can’t remember every interaction, the ones I remember always bring a smile to my face. Once he graduated, it would be quite a long time before those memories would come back.
Fast forward nearly 20 years. I was clicking through Facebook one day and to my surprise Joe’s name came up as someone I might know. I instantly messaged him and asked him if he was the same “Joey” that I knew in kindergarten. He immediately told me that he no longer goes by Joey but he was in fact my 8th grade buddy. From that day on, Joe has always been in my life.
Today, Joe and I share two beautiful children. Our story has not been easy. We continue to battle against consequences of addiction and all the downfalls that come with it. We have gone to war with each other at times and had our moments of feeling like this was the end of our story. But, at the end of the day, I couldn’t imagine having children or being with anyone else. Joe has taken great steps and made amazing sacrifices to keep our family together and we continue to work together every day to give our boys the stable home that is so important for every child. Our boys are incredible. Our oldest is going to be 5 this year and starting his own kindergarten experience. I have to wonder what new adventures will be in store not only for him, but for us in the future.
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Wow, Kristen! You and Joe have known each other for a very long time, its great that Facebook can reconnect you with those that you knew in grade school! Remember, no story is the same and no story is YOUR story. Addiction is hard, but is very rewarding after recovery. Blessings!
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Today my husband and I went on a walk around the St. Louis Arch and while we were there I was on a mission to find some good trees to take photos of for Becca’s Sunday Tree-377 Challenge.
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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!
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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!
1. Make a #lovestory series with other
bloggers for the entire month of
2. Do a book review.
3. Post a blog Monday, Wednesday and
4. Get more blog friends on twitter and
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?
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
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.
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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