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These are the things that count. I am so thrilled to support Smile Train and my friend Kristen with yummie jeans at this meaningful event. Smile Train is awesome and to be a part of Kristen’s journey with them as an ambassador--throwing this amazing evening--fills the soul. To make such a huge difference for someone else by doing so little is something we all can embrace. I am so proud of Kristen and honored to be a part of Smile Train. Please visit their website. Smile Train changes lives--completely.
In addition to the pairs we all decorated, proceeds from the evening were for Smile Train. It was a great turnout and a beautiful event. Jon and I were so touched by Kristen’s speech. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100% free cleft repair surgery in their own communities. It’s really an amazing charity. To help raise more awareness and funds, right now on yummielife.com every pair of jeans sold until 7/25 will mean $10 to Smile Train, and we are also giving you $10 off your order for giving back. So #ShopForACause and find your new favorite pair!
This great cause also has brought about the mending of some fences. I was really happy to talk to Dorinda at the event. To this day, I am not sure when I became condescending or judgmental, and I’ve never been condensing to her. So it was with caution that I accepted Dorinda’s apology, and that’s what you see written all over my face. No airs. There’s really nothing I can do about Dorinda’s attitude towards me, because it seems to be in constant flux and just a rollercoaster of emotions. Even apologies are a place to be criticized. Upon further reflection, I’ve concluded that Dorinda is actually playing the judge, the preacher, and the jury, and so she’s taught me to proceed with caution. We had a wonderful new friendship for months, and it was real. I hope we can find our way back.
I'm also glad Luann and I made up for the second time. I didn't have any idea she was harboring anger or resentment, but she is, and there's a song in it for us all! Stay tuned for more on that one…
I had never been to a psychic before, and Carole made me take it very seriously. I thought it was so nice of her to ask Dorinda to come along, too. It was a good way for us to bond again.
The beauty of life is that you never know what to expect. Enduring pain is something as humans we need to learn to embrace. Dorinda and Carole clearly understand this, and this was my favorite part. This psychic visit was really wild, and to update you all on Jax, we did take a less invasive route, but it wasn't successful, and we do need to move forward on reconstruction of both of Jax’s ear drums. This whole experience has helped to remind me that everyone has their things to go through in life. Barriers to break through.
You haven’t gotten to see much of my personal life this season but a peek...We celebrated a landmark for our family with Jax turning 10, and Josh and Kristen pulled out all the stops. I wish you could have gotten to see Jax’s whole birthday party with his little sis Ella and the gang--it was very special and lots of fun. And those Taekman kids?! Well, yum! Eboost me up!
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