The Inspirational Hat: Motivational Monday

Happy Monday, hope you’re weekend was as amazing as ours was. I had dinner with a great friend on Friday, a home cooked meal with Ryan on Saturday and all day Sunday was spent celebrating Grandparents Day! We started with Starbucks and a play date at Nanni and Grandpa’s and ended the day with dinner and lots of kisses from Papa, G-ma and Kelsey’s favorite cousin, Connor. Cheers to a happy day.

The Friendship Hat: I’ll Never Forget

I have a story about friendship that I’ll never forget. A story that I will always tell friends of mine because it is a story that proves what love, friendship, humility and sisterhood is all about. This image brings me back to that place – which I revisit with such gratitude often – and if you haven’t heard, I wanted to quickly share it with you.

College was financially hard for me. I was living in a sorority house and was helping my parents pay for college by working nights as a server and a cocktail waitress. I was voted the Social Chairman of my sorority which meant I got to plan our monthly socials, or date dashes, as we called them.

My second year was particular tough for me financially – as I was struggling to pay my sorority bill and college tuition. I didn’t purchase books this year, instead I was sharing off of friends because even the $300 book bill was steep. I was 90% sure I was going to have to move home with my parents and transfer to a nearby college.

In this same year, I planned our yearly sorority formal. On the night of our formal, as I was getting ready to board our party bus, I saw our House Mom walking towards me. I knew what she was going to say: She was going to tell me that I couldn’t board the bus because I didn’t pay this semester’s bill.

I was preparing to tell my friends (and my date) that I couldn’t join them at the party. I was going to have to go home, take my hair down, wash off my makeup and make the decision to move back home. To my surprise, she walked up to me and said, “Stephanie, someone has paid your entire bill”. What? I asked her to repeat that. “Someone has paid your entire bill. I am not at liberty to say who it was.” I cried inside. Confused and extremely excited, I boarded the bus.

The next day, I called our accounting department to see if there was some kind of mistake. I asked the man on the end of the line if he could help me by explaining who paid my bill. He said, “An angel has paid your bill”. Huh? He then said, “I have been instructed to say that an angel paid your bill. The person or persons has asked to remain anonymous”

(I don’t know if I thanked God first or called my mom to scream with joy when I confirmed the news. Either way, I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped and I hit the floor in excitement.)

I wanted to share this story with you because it is a story of humility, friendship, love and gratitude. I hope everyone goes through their life and (just as the quote says) does something for someone who cannot repay them. Like caring for the elderly or helping children learn to read, write and say their prayers.

Heck, maybe my angel reads this blog so I can tell her how much her gesture meant to me. And how much I will never forget.

The Mother Hat: Rise and Shine!

My favorite part of the day used to be sunset. I loved the way the golden sun would light up the sky, as it set on another day. Whether I was beach side in St. Lucia or sitting in traffic, I always found this time of the day to be magical.

Since Kelsey was born, this has all changed.
My new favorite part of the day is sunrise. Its’ the time of day when I wake up in anticipation. The first thing I do is run down the hall into my daughter’s room. I open her nursery door slowly and peek in. Is she awake yet? 9 times out of 10, she is standing up, leaning over crib – as if she is expecting me. I love this time of day. I silently thank God for blessing me with another day with our miracle. Words can’t describe the amount of love she brings to our family, our house, my life and my soul. She is the best thing that has happened to us.
Kelsey, my angel – daddy and I love you so much. Your face in the morning lights up the sky. Every morning, I know God is smiling down on you. Rise and shine, baby. .