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In Pursuit of Happiness

June 8, 2010
  1. What is happiness?
  2. How do you get it?

While laying on my favorite raft, in the middle of the lake, at my very own retreat from the real world I came to a realization.  Life is good…  I want it to be great!

KO, Brad, Ben and I packed up our cars and hit the road for a much needed breather on Memorial Day weekend.  We made a stop at Hooters for some wings and the largest Corona I have ever seen and then we were off to the lake. (The Lake of The Ozarks, that is)

The lake house has become Ben and my home away from home the past few summers.  When life gets to be a little too much, when we feel as though we just can not breath, or when we are just plain board we pack the car and get the heck out of Dodge.  There is something about laying on the dock or a raft in the sun that just makes everything okay.  No matter what crazy stage we are in, the lake house just makes life make sense again.

This trip was especially needed for KO and myself.  It turned out to be a nice relaxing weekend that left us sad to leave our oasis in the sun.  For me it could have been a little better since I was pretty sick for most of the weekend but, why let being sick bring you down, right?!

Back to my point here…While relaxing on my raft in the sun Saturday morning, I had a utopia moment…  I was floating there in the middle of the lake, listening to Kari’s perfect compilation of tunes when it hit me.  This feeling, right at this moment, this is happiness!  Laying here, in the sun, with two people that completely get me and always love me no matter what; that is true happiness.

Some say that we always want more.  No matter what we have, we always want more.  Though I do not completely believe this, I do believe that at this point in my life I want more.  I am not satisfied with happy…  I want ridiculously happy.  I want to love my job, I want to love my life; no matter what curve ball life throws at me, I want to be able to pick it up and run with it.  I want this kind of happy, and someday soon I and my husband will be there.  We will have this kind of happy, and that is what keeps me moving through life.  That is what gives me strength to get through the long days.

I have a husband who loves and supports me in everything I do and everything I want to do.  I have a best friend that knows absolutely EVERYTHING about me and loves me, not in-spite of it, but because of it.  She loves the good, the bad, and the ugly.  She has seen me at my best and at my worst and she still says, “count me in on that life!!”

All of this came to me from one song.  Of all songs, it was a rap song.  I may not agree completely with everything the artist says in this song but at that moment, his song just fit…

I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold. I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good… – Kid Cudi –

CoCo, chillin at the lake last summer

Brothers - the best kind of friends

Now this is happiness

Always a little dance in this one

Sunsets are always better at the lake

Husband, puppies, lake, perfection!

Lake Summer 2010

I think we have this same photo at every age since fifteen

There are no words for this photo... 🙂

Come on! It's the lake, who needs grammar??

That’s all for now…
Love, Love,
Lori Mc

It’s Official

May 8, 2010

My husband has his BSN!!

Today was Ben’s graduation day.  Words cannot express how proud I am of him.  It has been a very long five years.  We have both worked so hard to get to this point.  The light at the end of the tunnel is finally here.  The working 40 hours a week, while going to school full time (for both of us) are finally over.

We still have quite a ways to go but we are WAY past half way there.  He has his diploma, he has a FANTASTIC, (way more than we hoped for) job, now all that is left is to pass those boards!!!  We will be leaving Sunday for a much needed week vacation to the lake house and then it is time to HIT the books HARD, one last time.  Well… at least the last time for the next two years.  Then it is off to Graduate school for my hubby, but for now… we hit the road for friends, sun, boating, TONS of food, and fun!!

Ben & CoCo

Congratulations, Uncle Ben!!

Ben & Lori

SIUE Nursing Bar Crawl 2010

Graduation Day

Graduation Day

Random Epiphany

May 8, 2010

“Make some room in your apartment because I may have to move to Chicago with you.”

This is what a friend said to me once when her fiance and she were having a bad few weeks/months.  “If he leaves me”, she said, “he will still be everywhere I look.  We grew up together, we grew into who we are together.”  I never really realized how true to life these statement were…  until she was my friend, no longer…

When I drive down the highway, to the mall which I now live closest to, I can hear our giggling as she repeats, “Those damn refluckers!!!  I hate those damn refluckers.”  When it rains I think of that time that my daddy told us not to put the top down because it was going to rain but we did anyway.  We laughed so hard we almost peed ourselves as we tried desperately to get that convertible top back up while still driving down the road in the rain.

Sometimes as I am just sitting quietly, tapping my fingers, I look at them and laugh as I think to myself, “Hey, they ski!!”  When I see a girl with really bad hair I think, “Humm… Maybe she is going for that I need a brush look!?”  When someone says something really dumb, I think, “With the brain; without the brain??”  Every time “Girls Just Wanna have fun” comes on the radio, or I see a little girl wearing a spoon ring, I tear up.

When I see a Geo Tracker or a firetruck, I think of our adventures with boys.  When I run across an old picture, I cry.  Sometimes when I am just cleaning my closet, I cry.  There is no rational reason behind my thoughts.  They are just there.  There at the corner of State & Elm where our “guy behind the counter” worked.  There when I eat Chinese and think of being completely trashed together and adding “son” to end of everything.  There when I walk through Old Saint Charles with an ice cream cone and no best friend by my side.

Some days I am really mad and others I am just really sad.  Some days I want to call her up and scream and others I just want to tell her how much I miss her.  Some days I write these long pointless letters that will never be sent and some days I just scream at her in the car while I am driving down the road alone.  Losing your best friend is like getting a divorce…

Someone recently said something to me that really struck a cord with me; it was so poignant.  “You never stop loving someone; you just learn to live without them”  The moment he spoke the words I thought of the best friend I once had…

Step Up For Jack

April 21, 2010

This is Jack 

Little Peanut

Jack has an extra chromosome.  This is known as Trisomy 21 or Down Syndrome.  What does this mean for Jack?  On one hand it means that Jack is an extremely happy little boy!  It also means that Jack and his family get to be part of one of the happiest, most loving communities on the planet.  You can read about Jack’s family and his newly found extended family here at his mommy’s blog.

On the other hand it means that Jack will grow up just like any other child.  He will laugh, he will smile, he will roll over, he will crawl, walk, talk, run, play, learn, read, write, sing, dance, swim, play soccer, etc, etc, etc…  It will just take Jack a little longer than most.  Jack will have many difficulties along the way and will have more medical struggles than most.  Other than that, Jack is just like you and me and all the sweet little babies born every day.  Jack is a pretty special little boy.  He has made my life, and the lives of everyone around him a little brighter, and he will continue to spread his love every day. 

Now here is your chance to spread a little love to Jack and children all around the world like Jack… 

Click the link below and support Jack in his walk to spread awareness and love! 

Thank you from Jack, his family, and mine, 

Lori Mc

Photo Blog Updated – Come See What’s New

April 16, 2010

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