Isn’t it funny how the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence?

(Well, I think it’s funny anyway…  My husband Nate, on the other hand, is quite particular about our yard and does not find it funny — in the least — that our neighbor’s grass is greener than ours).

Anyway, we somehow always seem to think “When I grow up…” or “Once things settle down…” or even “Next year I’ll…” as though maybe then we’ll have the energy, motivation, or ability to hurdle that fence keeping us away from pure happiness.

We live for the next big thing, often convincing ourselves that tomorrow will have less cares and worries than today.  Tomorrow we will experience the world.  Tomorrow we will have the answers (or at least more of them) and then we’ll have time to ‘smell the roses’.  To do the things we’ve always wanted.  To make our dreams come true.

Hey, I’ll admit it.  I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone.

But I guess you could say that I had a bit of a wake-up call, when my husband Nate was seriously injured during the summer of 2012. He was brutally attacked, and stabbed, in the line of duty; and doctors told me that he might not live. Also, if he did survive, there was an extremely high chance that he would never walk, eat, breathe, or speak again.
Although it took months of recovery, my husband not only lived but recovered fully, other than a numb left leg. It was our very own miracle!

Every day since then has been beautiful.  I learned that each day is a gift from God.  That He has everything in His hands, and He will always carry me through.  So worrying about ‘what might be’ when He knows ‘what will be’ is fruitless and a complete waste of energy.

I also learned that life is good. It’s not perfect, but it is good.  Each and every single day should be lived to the fullest, because it’s precious and filled with amazing experiences and people.

I learned that every moment should be faced with a sense of wonder and that every blessing God gives me should be cherished.  It’s not about what may come to be, whether it’s good or bad.  It’s about what I have now and what I can do to make the most of it.

I don’t need to let myself get exhausted over trying to make things happen, when I could be experiencing the life I’ve been given.

Today I should laugh and dare to be silly.

To see the beauty around me and embrace the unknown.  To love the people in my life  and do what makes me happy.

We don’t need to live for the day we have more of whatever it is we think we need more of.  Today counts.  It matters!

And so, with the help of this blog, I am going to embrace each and every single day!

Join me on my New England adventures with my bestest friend — and sister — Sarah…

… and with my handsome hubby Nate.

I’m going to Just Live It… and I hope you’ll come along for the ride!  :)



17 thoughts on “About

  1. Hiii Nicole! wow, I’m so glad that you found me and I found you! I love your writing and your zest for life and for the Lord. Keep it up, girlie! Your story is truly inspiring and a breath of fresh air 😀

  2. I love your blog! I just found it recently through your sisters blog 🙂 I love your viewpoint on life.. it really is precious and we have to enjoy each and every day!

  3. Hi Nicole! I just found your blog and I want to say that I admire your outlook on life so much! Sometimes it can be so hard to remain positive, but we have to keep fighting and remember that everybody has their own crosses to bear! I also love your photos – I’m Irish and I take it you’ve been here! Looks like you had fun!

  4. I came here trying to find you because you left a comment on my blog but you were a no-reply blogger which means I couldn’t email you back directly! (If you want to change that I can send you a link someone sent me once)!
    I’m actually really, really glad that I had to track you down because I loved reading your about me! You have such a great, positive outlook and I can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  5. Hola, Nicole! I just stumbled across your page while exploring the many blogs of WordPress. I’ve only read a few posts so far, but I must say you have an incredible story and a gift for writing. I look forward to your future posts!

    1. Thank you SO much, Angie!! I’m so excited that you stopped by to say ‘hello’. 🙂 It’s so wonderful to ‘meet’ you, and thank you for the wonderful compliments!

  6. Wow.I really admire the way you exude positivity and your zest for life ❤ I myself am a huge believer in living life to the fullest and seeing the brighter side of everything we come across. And I have become a huge fan of you and your blog after reading your about me 🙂 Hope to see you more in WordPress and know each other ❤ Cheers and Warmest wishes , Minaxi 🙂

  7. I love your outfits, super cute. Anyway, do you mind if I use one of your pictures for a Spanish assignment? We’re supposed to find someone and talk about their clothes in Spanish, and I thought your bright clothes would be fun to talk about.

    1. Hello! 🙂 Thank you for following and stopping in to say ‘hi’!! (I won’t be blogging much this month, as I’m taking the month of May to unplug and regroup a bit). 🙂 BUT I’ll ‘see’ you, come June! Have an awesome day!!!

      1. In the meanwhile I’ll read your older posts then! 🙂 Thanks you too! 🙂

  8. Hi, Nicole! I’ve read your blog for about a year now but today I went back to read some of your older posts from when Brady had just been born. I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how encouraging all those posts were. Being a new mom is rough sometimes and your honesty and openness were just what I needed to hear! We’re at week 6 and (as you know) that means we’re still getting the hang of it!
    Thanks so much for your positive, yet honest, spin on what being a newbie mom is like!

    1. Oh, wow, thank you so much for this comment. It really made my day!
      Being a new mom really is tough… It’s exhausting, and beautiful, and overwhelming, and precious, and emotional. It means a lot to me that you were encouraged by some of the things I wrote about. I’m a huge believer in moms sticking together and lifting each other up. So it means a lot that I was – in some small way – able to do that for you.
      You’ve got this!! (Try to enjoy every moment… as much as possible. 😉 And know that it DOES get easier). 🙂
      Sending lots of love!!

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