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Mal  Believer. Wife. Mom. Disney. Homeschool. Open adoption. Holistic health + fitness. Funding Love Co-Founder. 1/4 of an inch too short to be Ariel.

Autodidactic /adj/ : having the qualities of an autodidact; self-learner.
I tend to get frustrated with people who don’t try things or do things because they say, “Well, I just don’t know how to do that.” Well do you WANT to know? Do you NEED to know? So learn it!
I’ve learned how to fix our washing machine, build our nonprofit’s website, and cut my whole family’s hair (my kids have never had a “real” haircut, save Jack and Mason both got haircuts on Main Street in Magic Kingdom once) from YouTube videos.
I’m can generally pick up on things pretty quickly, I’m good with my hands, and I have a creative eye. I enjoy learning new things and I think that quality has served me well over the years.
The knowledge is out there, folks, and in this day and age, it’s so easy to obtain. So go try something new today! Succeed or fail (and I’ve experienced both), I bet you’ll be glad you did.
#septemberwordchallenge #autodidact #selfstarter #selftaught #selflearner #try #justdoit #googleit

I am the poster child for “you cry, you buy”. I ugly cry in movies that other people don’t shed a tear over, I still have boxed up Barbies because my Nanny gave them to me before she passed, and I worry that my favorite American Girl dolls feel lonely and abandoned in the top of my closet (yes, like toys in Toy Story). Got a family heirloom with a history and a story? I’ll treasure and care for it forever.
Got a video of soldiers coming home from deployment or a family surprising their kids with a Disney vacation? I’ll cry about it.
I think tears and mushiness are just my spiritual gift. If you ever need someone to get sentimental with you, I’m your girl.
#septemberwordchallenge #sentimental #mushy #youcryyoubuy #imacrier #sappy

I think (actually, I know) a lot of people look at mine and @timelrod1985’s life and think we’ve got it made and “aren’t they just so lucky” and “oh, that must be nice.” And I want to give credit where credit is due, God has been very good to us. But at the same time, our life just feels like eleven years of living by the principal of Reaping and Sowing.
We WORKED to be debt free. We PLANNED for a future of frequent vacations. We INVESTED in our marriage every day and have been plugged in to married small groups from year one. We’ve SOUGHT OUT wisdom in parenting our pack full of kids, and continually FOLLOW THROUGH on how we’ve agreed to raise them.
Sure, we’ve had unexpected blessings along the way, but there has been so much proactive intentionality going on behind the scenes that people just don’t see.
Listen. No one is going to be a greater advocate of your happiness and success than YOU. And no one is going to do a better job at keeping you from happiness and success than YOU. If you’re waiting on your dream life to drop in your lap, good luck, you’re gonna need it.
Identify your dreams, make a plan to get there, and stay committed to it; even through all the failures and missteps.
Are we exactly where we thought we would be ten years ago? No way! But it’s way better than what we even planned for.
You reap what you sow, folks. (And fortunately/unfortunately you reap what those really close to you sow, too, so be aware of your relationships.) Our life is no different. We don’t have a secret sauce. We’re just proactive.
And anyone can be proactive.
#septemberwordchallenge #proactive #soapbox #dreambig #work #plan #invest #wisdom #followthrough #yougotthis #youreapwhatyousow

I have a sister that is exactly thirteen and a half years younger than me, to the day. Same parents, no siblings in between. (People always ask that.) She was my real-life baby doll from the moment she was born. I loved her to pieces. We all did. And to this day, there is NOTHING she could do that would break the bond I have with her.
She is so beautiful, incredibly talented, and my love for her is 100% unconditional. No matter where she goes or what she does, she will always have a big sister that loves and supports her.
Shine bright, @hannnahhgrace. I believe in you.
#septemberwordchallenge #unconditional #sisters #bigsister #specialbond #loveher #nomatterwhat

I am COMMITTED... loving him, choosing him, standing by him; even when I don’t feel like it, even when he doesn’t deserve it. And he does the same for me.
Happy 11th Anniversary to my best friend. Life with you is pure magic, @timelrod1985.
#septemberwordchallenge #committed #anniversary #happyanni #marriage #marriedlife #disneycouple #truelove #wife #husband #bestfriends

My husband would probably say a little too imaginative, but he gets to see me at my worst and my best.
Peter Pan has always been my absolute favorite, and Neverland has always been my dream home.
I heard someone say that people are either born young, or born old, and they stay that way their whole life. If that’s the truth, me and my imagination are never gonna grow up.
#septemberwordchallenge #imaginative #imagination #imagine #nevergrowup #peterpan #disney #disneymom #disneyland #instadisney #disneyparks #disneyinsta

I love the movie Coco. It makes me ugly cry every time. It also makes me thankful for my own family.
I love my family, and I have a very large extended family. None of us are perfect, (in fact, some of us may be un poco loco) but I have always felt loved and accepted by them, no matter what. We may not get to see each other often, but we know that through thick and thin we would be there for each other.
We are blood. We are familia. We are Ohana. And ohana means no one gets left behind or forgotten.
#septemberwordchallenge #accepted #love #family #familia #coco #disney #disneyland #pixarpier

I will never forget sitting in 7th grade science class, in my bell-bottomed jeans and a heavy layer of my mother’s Mary Kay foundation, (and probably a minimum of 5 butterfly clips in my hair, as well, but hey, it was the 90’s), when the boy sitting next to me (yes, I remember his face and his name) smeared pencil lead on my forehead and called me Pizza Face.
I was SO embarrassed. I had to ask to go to the bathroom to wash it off, which left my face without my security blanket of makeup, and my pimples inflamed because I had to really scrub to get the lead off my skin.
That day has definitely lived in me forever.
I’ve struggled with acne ever since puberty hit. It’s never really gone away. And for years I thought I would never be pretty as long as I had blemishes on my face. I knew “pretty” comes from the inside-out, but my confidence still took a plummet every time a new painful breakout took hold.
I’m still not perfect in this department. I still see every flaw and scar left on my face. But I’m getting so much better at the way I talk to myself, the way I see myself.
Audrey Hepburn once said, “Happy girls are the prettiest.” And I choose happy. I choose confident. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I choose pretty.
#septemberwordchallenge #pretty #acne #raw #real #beauty #happygirlsaretheprettiest

I may not have brandished a sword nor fired a pistol, but I’ve chosen courage in the face of failure and rejection. Stepping out in faith to begin an adoption process we knew we couldn’t afford, starting a nonprofit that I felt unequipped to lead; I’ve done many things that I’ve felt called to do while trembling in my size 7 cowboy boots.
But in the words of Davey at the brink of Newsies’ union disbandment, “Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when we face our fear.” Let’s arise and seize the day! Let’s be kind and have COURAGE.
#septemberwordchallenge #courageous #courage #newsies #disney #disneyland #cocowall #instadisney #disneyland #disneymom

I am a firm believer that happiness is something we choose, not something that happens to us. If we put our happiness in the hands of others, we may never get there. It’s your mindset and how you view your life that makes all the difference.
Choose happy. Let’s fill the world with sunshine.
#septemberwordchallenge #happy #choosehappy #disney #disneymom #disneyland #carsland #halloween #happiness #momlife #motherhood #instadisney

I’ve never been one of those girls that was friends with a pack full of boys. I’m a girl’s girl through and through. Let’s hold hands and be best friends. We can braid each other’s hair and sing into our hair brushes. Is it pink? Yes, please. Glittery?! Even better!
I may be able to play pirates and Indians with my boys, but underneath, I bleed Barbie. 💖💕💝 #septemberwordchallenge #girly #girlygirl #yuppygirl #indoorgirl #barbiegirl #friends #besties #sparkle #glitter #pink #pretty #mom #momlife #girlmom #disneymom #disney #disneyworld #epcot #spaceshipearth #bubblegumwall

You read that right. I AM coffee. And I was already a coffee lover prior to having four kids.
I have a shirt that says, “I drink coffee like a Gilmore Girl.” It’s not wrong.
Where are my fellow coffee lovers?? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #septemberwordchallenge #coffee #yesicalledmyselfaninanimateobject #so #bringmesomecoffee #motherhood #momlife #coffeedrinker #disneyland #disneymom #coffeemom

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