An Overthrown Defeat.

Yesterday was a wonderful day for me. It was the first day of a new nutrition plan, It started off with an amazing brainstorming session that set the pace for my whole day, I got to hang out with my best friend, I had zero anxiety in a situation where I used to get so overwhelmed…and I got to get in a killer shoulder workout with my incredible husband.

Such an incredible husband…

I’ve known this man for almost 7 years now…I’ve watched him struggle through and overcome so many terrible things, but one thing that remained to get him down for all these years was not being able to exercise like he used to…you know, the traditional USMC way.

You see, my love was injured while serving our country in the Marine Corps …he nearly lost his arm, and lost the majority of its function. In those 7 years he has BLOWN me away 1,000 times with the things he can do with that damn arm. It’s almost scary, to be honest. He can operate equipment, mechanic on a truck, ride his motorcycle..or anything else he puts his mind to…but he couldn’t do a push-up.

It broke my heart to see him feeling defeated…

So, about 4 months ago when I started weightlifting…I’d drag him down to work out with me. He would get in a great workout with his left arm, and then would reciprocate that workout with just 2 pounds on the other side, but it was something. He kept working, and kept pushing through…I watched him get stronger and that made me feel great but last night….

Last night I stood in our shop gym and was so overwhelmed with emotion and pride as I watched him do not only 1…but FIVE push ups for the first time since that injury.

To you that may seem like nothing, but to a man who has been defeated by his own body a thousand times, I think it’s pretty amazing.

I just want to say;

You’re a bad ass, baby…and you inspire me every day. I’m so freaking proud of you. You make me believe that there truly are no limits, and that I can achieve absolutely anything I put my mind to. You’re my hero. I’m so glad to be your partner in life.

I love you to the moon.

xoxo

OkieGirl

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He Does.

For women like me, who were raised to be tough willed and bull headed…sometimes it’s really hard to let yourself be vulnerable, to let yourself feel.

For YEARS I have hid my feelings deep inside, dealing with my demons on my own….unwilling to let anyone see me as anything but tough and happy.

I’m over that shit.

It took quite a while for my wonderful husband to break down my walls and show me that being a “girl” in front of him was okay. I still try not to cry in front of him, but if I do…he knows just what to do to comfort me. I still try and hide being upset, but he sees right through it, and usually does something weird to make me laugh.

There aren’t a lot of people in this world that can comfort you by simply being by your side…but he does.

There aren’t a lot of people who try and understand your pain instead of just putting it off…but he does.

There certainly aren’t a lot of men who listen to their wives ramble about their girly drama…but he does.

There aren’t a lot of men who step back and take the time to teach their wives whatever it is they want to learn…but he does.

He never mocks all my questions and is always teaching me new things and building me up.

He has never once told me I couldn’t do something, and always encourages me to try.

He believes in me when I don’t.

He is my best friend and my partner for life.

You really are my other half, babe…and I’d be so lost in this world without you.

Love never fails.

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xoxo

OkieGirl

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Be Thankful.

I am sure there are plenty of posts floating around telling you to be thankful this holiday season.

I say, screw that.

Be thankful all the time!

I read something the other day that hit me pretty hard;

 “If you woke up this morning with only the things you thanked God for last night, what would you have.”

That morning I would have had nothing.

That’s not good, Kristen.

I guess in the face of something like that you can either be like, “ooh, I suck, blah..blah” or you can change.

I chose to change.

Each day I acknowledge what I’m thankful for. I remind my husband and family what they mean to me. I thank God for the strength he gave me to endure the day and all of the blessing he has brought into my life. I pat myself on the back and thank my body for carrying me through the day. I take a good look around at all the STUFF I have and remember that I am one blessed lady.

It’s not about things or money – it’s about the quality of your LIFE.

Be thankful for what you have, and be thankful for what you don’t have.

Work to achieve your goals and pray for strength when you are faced with struggles.

Life is a gift in itself, don’t waste it.

Place no trust in tomorrow.

xoxo

-OkieGirl