the smile - atrue love fairytale

The Smile

Smile, though your heart is aching Smile, even though it's breaking When there are clouds in the sky You'll get by... If you smile Through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You'll find that life is still worthwhile If you just smile...Because of his smile, he made my life more beautiful. Gregger had the greatest smile...tooth-bearing, eye-twinkling grin...seriously, his smile just melted my heart. Even in the worst of times (I could be seething mad at him!), he would tug at the corners of his mouth, contorting them to a smug boyish grin, until I could no longer contain my rage...I mellowed from ranting rage to nearly quiet calm.If Gregger smiled at you, he touched your heart. His Read more [...]
Hit the pause button - a true love story fairytale

Hit the Pause Button

I pulled up my TimeHop this morning (a crazy app that turns back the hands of time), and I was slammed with this reminder from 4 years ago... "Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. I think it's time to hit the 'pause' button." Rewind to 2010...kids gone establishing their own lives, Greg building businesses, and me, trying to keep balance between it all. Life should have slowed down, but it just seemed to increase in speed...the more time we had, the less we had.  I believe we were both striving for the same goals, the same "end" but Gregger worked his ass off to get there...he just didn't know how to stop. He had so much passion for his stores, Read more [...]
Little white lies - A True Love Fairytale

Little White Lies

        One of the best lessons I ever learned from my mother-in-law was to tell "little white lies." You're probably asking yourself, "Why in the world would a mother encourage lying, especially to her own son?" I asked myself that same question, only for a nanosecond mind you, when I figured out that it was working in my very best interest. Now I did not make a habit of "lying" but these little fibs, these little truth "stretchers" (as I prefer to think of them) were sometimes for the benefit of myself, my kids, or even Gregger himself. The best of those "little white lies:" 1. "Something new" This old thing..it's been hanging in my closet for at least a year. 2. Read more [...]
Sunday Funday - A True Love Fairytale

Sunday Funday

 I have a love-hate relationship with Sundays...it used to be my favorite day of the week. It was "our" day together. I would sleep in a little bit (lucky to push past the 7 am mark) and awake to an already sweaty Gregger sitting at the kitchen table reading the Sunday paper. The coupon pages had been separated into piles across my kitchen counter...why he believed I was still cutting coupons, I have no idea! Sometimes I would cut them and give them to him just to make him happy. He got so excited with a Crest or Tide coupon...save a buck and he smiled! My coffee cup was neatly set out on a paper towel, spoon by its side, equal packets and my sugar free syrups all ready to pour...who couldn't Read more [...]
For better or worse - A true Love Fairytale

For Better or Worse

Being laid up with a bum foot takes me back to the earliest days of our marriage..I lie here reminiscing of all the "better or worse" moments that Gregger endured due to his vows of "in sickness and health." One month into our wedded bliss when my wisdom teeth when south, he was asking my parents for a 30 day return policy - my dad's response..."She's all yours!" The good news for me (falling fast and hard) was that Greg never saw what hit him...within a year, this 21-year old gem was falling apart. I had my wisdom teeth pulled, multiple sinus surgeries, and had contracted major migraines - lucky me, lucky him. We weathered those rocky roads, but I think (no, I KNOW) there were times he wish Read more [...]
A Silly Love Song - A True Live Fairytale

Just a Silly Love Song

"You'd Think That People Would Have Had Enough Of Silly Love Songs. But I Look Around Me And I See It Isn't So. Some People Wanna Fill The World With Silly Love Songs. And What's Wrong With That? So I remember all the way back to junior high when I would belt out love songs in the privacy of my room. My sister would tell my to "shut up" as I sang "See You in September" over and over again, while pining for one boy or crying over another who had recently broken my heart. Love songs come in all shapes and sizes...there's slow and sensual for falling in love; a little more upbeat when you're in love; and then totally melancholy mellow when heartbreak hits. Whatever your love song, it's Read more [...]
I love you hearts - A True Love Fairytale

I love you Everyday Not Just on Valentine’s Day…

Valentine's Day is approaching..a day of romance, love, flowers, candy and so much more. It's a day to remind us to "love" the one we are with, but Greg and I used to call it the "Hallmark holiday." I was never a big Valentine girl...I don't know if that went back to something in my childhood or what, but the holiday just never meant much to me. Don't get me wrong...I LOVED ROMANCE and I LOVED BEING ROMANCED by Greg, but I certainly didn't need a specific day on the calendar to tell me to say "Hey, it's the day for the LOVE!" We used to laugh about it and say we should have Valentine's Day every day...why should there be a holiday just to remind us to love each other? But...this year is different...WOW! Read more [...]