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Showing posts from April, 2016

The Wecker Five - On Our Sibling Tattoo and It's Greater Meaning

My best friends are my siblings. As we get older, I am more aware that our relationship is rare. So many people have so much distance in their family and have a different experience of what siblings are to each other.  For me, every time we get together, it is coming home.  Should my parents ever leave their physical house entirely, those people will still feel like home (although the house they live in is magical and I should write about that for the world to hear).    I cry every time I leave my family, and I cannot help myself.  They make me feel like me.  Isn’t nostalgia an amazing force?! It's more than that though right?  It is a spiritual connection in a way.  We are tied to our family in such a unique compilation of emotions.  Putting it to words almost feels wrong, like there is no way to describe the force that exists between family.  Our parents love us more than I can comprehend and brought us up in church with Christian schooling, ballet, drama, and athl

Matthew Robert Simone - My Best Friends Miracle

My dear friend Heather wrote the following words on her blog, and I could not help but share her incredible story (She included more pictures of her new bundle of joy on her blog, so make sure to check those out!).  To say I am blessed to call this beautiful woman a best friend would not be to give her enough credit.  She continually impresses me and I am so proud to know her.   Heather Simone, I love you and your family and am so glad you have found so much joy with them.  You are an amazing person and someone who protects those that you love fiercely.  Your boys (that includes you too Rob!) are in good hands.  I only hope to be half the mom that you are one day. For Heathers Blog, Click this Link .   (Make sure to look back over her first born son's incredible story as well)   This girl has lot's to share with the world! Present Day- "You may want to consider a therapeutic abortion." Back in August, those words were spoken to me and as I sit

Food I Ate Friday - Vegan Brownies

Y'all, I know what you are thinking.  Vegan Brownies?   Come on Ryan. Hear me out! These babies were easy, healthy and honestly tasted like a fudgey brownie! What's could be wrong with that?! There is a chance I will always have a batch of these in my fridge moving forward.  I'm TRYING to move towards a healthier mindset, although I crave French fries daily, but recipes like this are just the ticket to make me feel like I'm not missing much. Try it, and please let me know your thoughts.  Two thumbs up over here!  Ingredients 2½ cups loosely packed pitted dates 1 1/2 cups walnuts 6 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 2 tsp water 1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder ¼ cup pure maple syrup (or raw agave) 2 tbsp vegetable or melted coconut oil 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract Instructions Combine the dates, walnuts, 6 tbsp cocoa, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, water, and salt in a food processor. Proce

The Celebration Continues - Temecula Memory Makin'

I am so far behind!  I need to rapid fire some blogs at you to catch up, but the first of many is of the day following our Big Birthday (and birthday party), we headed out on a trip to nearby wine country, Temecula, which is about an hour away from our home.   Bill’s Parents, often referred to as “Rogers 1.0” by us (they call us “Rogers 2.0”), gifted us an overnight in Temecula for Christmas to take place sometime in 2016, and we decided it would be really fun to piggy back and do it birthday weekend!  We started out our adventure at Stone Brewing where they give you a beer float for your birthday.  The location is gorgeous and was the perfect place to start off the day.  Excellent food, wonderful service and of course world renowned beer.  It honestly never disappoints. After such a strong start, we headed to wine country, and wow what a perfect day we had!  The weather was perfect, the wine was flowing, and we just had the best time.  Bill’s parents are so easy t