On How the Fight of One Little Boy Changed My Life.

Baby Corbin McHenry.

He was a blessing from the start. On April 4th he was born. When I had first found his Facebook page, I was absolutely captivated by this precious little human being, his picture was worth 1,000 words & so much more. As I began reading  the posts, first the few most recent. As my day went on, I couldn’t help but want to learn more about this brave little boy. I went on to his page, (seen here) and scrolled to the very bottom. To his birth. To the very post that started his wonderful journey.

Before Corbin, I have never heard of Trisomy 13, a genetic disorder. But his wonderful mother and father, Kara and Shane McHenry, were absolutely dedicated to support, love, cherish and advocate for Corbin every single second they could. They knew Corbin had been beating odds since day one. On each day, Corbin’s parents & grandparents would update all of his Facebook friends (He now has over 477k of them) of what he had done that day, how he was feeling and his condition. Some days he had lots of tests, and other days he was able to snuggle with Mama McHenry all day. Everyday, they would post a picture (Like this one here) with a picture of Corbin on that day, an inspirational quote, and Corbin’s birth date. I can only hope to one day be able to be as strong for my children as Kara and Shane have always been for Corbin. They had rough days, but his mother has held on to hope like no one I’ve met before. She is absolutely phenomenal.

The strength of Corbin’s family had truly shined through. This is a bigger task as it appears, considering Facebook only shows you a glimpse of their everyday reality. I had followed everyday and often have my family & even my boyfriend asking me to read them the “Corbin update” for that day from my phone. I had never met this little boy, and he had touched my life in a way no one else has.

Corbin has taught me to cherish every. single. second. Love every bit you can, forget the fight you had, don’t think of your struggles, and stresses for a few minutes. Just breath. Go outside, see the sun, and the beautiful blue sky. Take in the view. If it is rainy, look at the raindrops collecting in the puddles, look at some greenery, and see how even rain, that can often seem dark & dreary, gives life to so much of nature, and is so beautiful. Corbin had taught me this, a child I had never met, who lives hundreds of miles away. He has taught me to fight, no matter the odds, no matter the battle I am facing. I will be forever grateful for the lessons this baby & his family had taught me.

On day 135, Corbin had gained his wings, and heaven had gained the most beautiful, wonderful angel that had ever existed. Corbin will forever be watching over his mommy & daddy who had always been so supportive of him during his fight. As much as I feel no words I say can comfort them, I can only hope they are able to read this, and have some comfort in knowing the love, support, and prayers that are being sent their way. Corbin has had so much support, because his mother Kara was brave enough to put herself out there in order to share Corbin’s story. All I can say is thank you to Kara and Shane (and Kara’s mom too) for allowing us to see your beautiful lives, and you truly have forever touched my heart. I will always be praying for your family, just like I have for Corbin. My heart is saddened by your immense loss, and my family & I shed tears of sympathy for what you are going through.

Baby Corbin with his cape. He truly is my hero.

Baby Corbin with his cape. He truly is my hero.

On My Pinterest Addiction!

My addiction to Pinterest is becoming a problem! Haha, I have about 800 pins, which I guess aren’t that much compared to people who have thousands. But I think realistically they don’t actually use thousands of ideas. I hardly have time to do the ones I love!

I have a total of 14 Boards;

  • Our home♥ – This one is one of my favorites. It is realistic ideas for ways to plan out rooms in a specific house me & Robbie already have in mind, if everything works out perfect.
  • Bucketlist!- This one is mostly full of weight loss ideas, tips and tricks. As well as other things I would like to accomplish like dye my hair burgundy & sleep under the stars in the bed of a pick-up truck! (I have a thing for pick-up trucks)
  • Children♥ – Good gosh. I have about 250 pins on this one alone. All things from potty training to lessons to teach them, to games to play & things to create!  Like buy a roll of paper and tape it to the table, then for once there is no coloring in the lines! And they can move seats once they want a fresh start!
  • Creativity is key! – This one is also full of good ideas and fun activities to do (Ideas for gifts, fun decorations & things to do!
  • Clothes & Shoes 🙂 Speaks for itself. I have an obsession.
  • Nails, Makeup & Hair -I have an obsession… Or two.
  • Photography Ideas- I definitely know I will never become a photographer, but I also know what I want when it comes to getting my picture taken.
  • Things for my wall!- A board of “pick me ups” & things to put on my wall to inspire me or just because.
  • Home !- This is pretty similar to everyone else’s “dream home” board. But I like to think realistically. So this is the board of things I would like in my house if we ever decided to re-vamp the place, do a project, or if we had a little money for home improvement left over.
  • Organizing & Storage!- Freakin’ bins! I love them, I don’t know why. I like having things in boxes, bins, pouches, bags, anything I can label that makes a pile of stuff look way more organized, and cuter!
  • Recipes- Unlike most people, me & Robbie actually do dinner dates and try them out! We like cooking together but its boring without the mess & the laughs 🙂
  • Party Ideas!- This includes gift ideas & party ideas for little kids, older people & some ideas for favors and prizes too!
  • Last but not least! The only private board I have. It’s called “I love you to pieces” It has ideas for wedding everything. Rings, dresses, color schemes, bridesmaid dresses, favors, food & more. It’s hidden because I do plan on using these on my special day, and it wouldn’t be very special if other people used a couple of hidden gems! It’s also called I love you to pieces because that is what Robbie & I say to each other! ♥

That’s all of em’!

Feel free to add me on Pinterest!

On My Boyfriend!

I have finished my first year of college & I am starting to figure out what I want out of life. Don’t get me wrong, I like college, its pretty okay. But high school was awesome.

In 9th grade, I was shy, quiet and awkward. Gosh, was I awkward. Even so, I instantly made so many friends. Because I went to a regional high school there were 2 towns, 1 high school and about about 1,200 students. So, all the friends I made were from a different town. That is when I met Robbie. Freshman year Biology! Good gosh, I had little stars in my eyes. We dated freshman year, you know, the little kid dating where you walk next to each other & share a sandwich. Yeah.. “dating”. 6 months later we broke up, I was sad, but little did I know 3 years later, when we actually got to know each other, we would totally fall head over heels in love.

When we first met, he was the “bad-ass” who got in trouble for making dirty jokes, and would do anything to make everyone laugh, even if it was at the teachers expense. Boy, he got in a lot of trouble the first couple years. He went to summer school & everything. Once we started getting close, it was amazing. His grades improved, they drastically improved. From failing a couple classes to high honors, all A’s & all his teachers were sad to see him leave at the end of the trimester. He did still get in trouble, but that is because it is practically his middle name & all his teachers loved him anyway. He has always been brilliant. But he just didn’t care to do the work. Once he had a reason (me) he shot for the stars, he got all A’s, awesome comments from his teachers & he even got an award at graduation for “Most improved from Freshman to Senior year” I think he just needed a little kick in the tush!

I love everything about him. The way he made everyone in the room laugh, it was practically contagious. If I am mad at him to this day he practically makes it him job to make me smile and giggle, even when I am at my I’m-at-the-end-of-my-rope-don’t-push-my-buttons mood. He is so wonderful, and he is so mine. It’s the best feeling in the world to know that I get to have my best friend with me for the rest of my life! So many say we were so young when we started dating, but that doesn’t make a difference. I wouldn’t change one second of our relationship, he’s my rock and without him, I’d be lost!

This picture is us in New Hampshire on our first weekend trip together with my family. It was so much fun, you can see the mountains behind us! We have so many memories together, I can hardly remember life before meeting Robbie. The best part is, he is the perfect blend of spontaneous, thoughtful & romantic. Some of our best moments have been spur-of-the-moment road trips, or just pulling over & exploring. We are great company for each other, with so much love, so many laughs & such blue eyes, how could I not love him!

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