Just look at her ~ isn't she beautiful? My entire life I have admired the natural beauty my cousin Susan carries with her. It is an inherent outpouring of her equally-stunning spirit.
As an adolescent, when my family visited the Idaho farmland area where my parents were raised, Susan and her family often provided a place for us to stay. This included not only food and lodging but also rides on the tractors, on the horses, the opportunity to help herd and milk cows. I even learned how to drive a motorcycle at the age of 14 while staying with Susan!
Years later, when I was living and going to college in Idaho, I watched as Susan and her husband worked toward adopting children. This was quite an inspiration to me later in my life when I learned I was only able to bear one child. Altho' it was not in my personal life's cards to adopt, the inspiring strength and fortitude exhibited in their endeavors toward this end remained then ~ and remains now ~ in my mind and my heart.
Susan continues to inspire. She is the "woman's entrepreneur," boldly tackling business ventures, overcoming obstacles, and reaching goals which are both temporal and spiritual in nature. When I think of Susan, I am consistently inspired to reach for things I may otherwise have thought unattainable.
Dear cousin Susan ~ I admire you, I appreciate you, I honor you. You are my hero and I am oh-so-grateful to be related to you!
Funny how the world sees "real women. . ."
Evidenced by all the Real Housewives of. . . shows which seem to be overtaking our televisions, it appears that the world believes we should all be wealthy, pampered, enviable, catty, curvaceous, gorgeous, and more. While we may be gorgeous, most of us are not rich or spoiled or even catty. We are ~ simply put ~ real.
The idea for this blog came after watching a few of those real housewives shows and realizing just how skewed the views of everyday life can be through the eyes of these women. Particularly to those of us in the trenches, working day-in-day-out to take care of ourselves, our children, our parents, our spouses/partners. Those of us who are out there earning a living, who may be dealing with catastrophic events or troubled children or medical issues or partner concerns.
This is a call to all women everywhere who live everyday lives and who want to simply do their best as they love all, laugh often, and live fully. Let us unite with our whole heart and soul, with humanity and grace, with vigor and hope. We are women and we are thankful to be so!