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Happy Anniversary: The 21st Night of September

September by Earth, Wind & Fire is a great song. Who knew that this song, written and released before I was born, would become the anthem of my love and a theme song for one of my happiest days?
Twelve years ago, on this day, I met the woman who would become the love of my life. We have been together since that day. Tomi & I are like opposite sides of the same coin and we couldn’t be more perfect for one another. Three years ago, I started planning a commitment ceremony for us. During that year, my state pulled their heads out of their ass and made same-sex marriage legal, and our commitment ceremony planning became wedding planning. On this day, two years ago (10yrs after the day we met), I got to marry my best friend. It was an amazing day of celebration shared with our family and friends. I would do it all exactly the same every year if I could. So, in celebration of our anniversary, I will share the lyrics to a great song and pictures from my wedding. Because… LOVE!

September – Earth, Wind & Fire

Do you remember the 21st night of September?

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Love was changing the minds of pretenders

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While chasing the clouds away

Our hearts were ringing

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In the key that our souls were singing.

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As we danced in the night,

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Remember how the stars stole the night away

Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September

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Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya
Ba de ya de ya de ya de ya

My thoughts are with you
Holding hands with your heart to see you

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Only blue talk and love,
Remember how we knew love was here to stay

Now December found the love that we shared in September.
Only blue talk and love,
Remember the true love we share today

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Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September

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Ba de ya, never was a cloudy day

Ba de ya, say do you remember
Ba de ya, dancing in September

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Ba de ya, golden dreams were shinny days

Love bells was ringing
Our souls were singing
Do you remember, never a cloudy day

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Love & Marriage: Happy Anniversary

I meant to write this post a couple of days ago but life happens. Happy 29th anniversary (March 23rd) to my parents; Tom & Judy. What do you say about the most awesome parents ever? Not much but you do post some epic pics of them with some clever or cute blurbs. My dad doesn’t smile in most pics but all of these pics show his “happy face”. Seriously though, they have been an amazing example of what love can be. Through the good, the bad and the in between, they have stood strong…together.

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Back in the day when they were two young hottie’s just kickin’ it.

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All dressed up for some event or another. They’re pretty adorable.

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All dressed up on my wedding day. The shenanigans of that day were epic!

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Just hanging around the house being in love.

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Current-day love birds…

Looking Back: 10 Things I Lived and Learned In My 2014

This was a particularly trying year. I can’t say that it was all bad but there were definitely some very deep valleys to go along with the peaks. I am thankful that I was here for the turmoil and the triumphs. I have learned a lot about myself over the last twelve months; some hard truths have come to the light. Through it all, I am grateful to God for seeing me through another year.
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1. I have lost 50+ lbs. this year. I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I still have quite a way to go in reaching my ultimate goal but I am well on my way. I’ve learned that being prepared will help to stop you from breaking away from your healthy eating routine.
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2. I went to my 20-yr highschool reunion. I can tell you that I was a true gleek. I knew and was friends with lots of people but all of my closest friends were in choir. I learned that nothing makes you feel older than realizing you’ve been out of school for twenty years. Just saying that gave me achy joints.
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3. I got to go to my first Seattle Mariners game. We had great seats that were right on the third base line. Also, it was Felix Hernandez bobblehead night. I learned that baseball fans are some of the happiest people on earth.
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4. We went to New Orleans for our birthday this year. We had an amazing time, ate some of the most delicious food I ever had and my wife got to show me where she grew up. I can’t wait to go back! I learned that you need comfy walking shoes whether they match your outfits or not.
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5. I lost my job. That is a very humbling experience. I learned that you should never get too comfortable. It also taught me that it is alright to feel your feelings but don’t wallow. Regroup and make a plan.
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6. I had corneal transplant surgery. Another very humbling experience. You are very dependent for a few days and that can be difficult. I learned that people can be very helpful…if you allow them to.
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7. Maya Angelou passed away. A woman who touched a nation. I love to read and hers was the first body of work I experienced as a young girl that was by an author that looked like me. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the first book I read by her. My favorite quote also came from her. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
I learned that living your best life, being true to yourself and kind to your fellow man is a beautiful way to live.
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8. We went to see Lalah Hathaway at Dimitrou’s Jazz Alley…for the 2nd time. This time, she was with Ruben Studdard. It was an amazing show.

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9. We celebrated our 1-yr wedding anniversary (11 yrs. together). Tomi is truly the mate that was created for me. Loving her is like food to my soul. I’ve learned that love changes; its work. But there is nothing, no situation, that love can’t conquer. We are strong individually but together, we are unstoppable.

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10. My baby girl got her first place. She also got engaged. I am overwhelmed with emotions over it all. She’s always been/ will be my baby. Now, I see her as a woman and I am not ready.

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All in all, 2014 has been a year of growth. I look forward to 2015 as a year to walk in the power of the lessons I’ve learned. I bid a fond farewell to 2014 and welcome the new year with open arms. Most importantly, I’m choosing to live by choice and make life happen instead of allowing life to happen to me?
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10 Things I Am Loving Right Now

This has been a long and busy month but I made it through with a lot of things to be thankful for.

1.) God – Thank you for bringing me through.

2.) Tomi – We celebrated 11yrs together and 1yr married this month. I appreciate that you always consider me first. You are my rock!
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3.) Family – Everyday, I thank God for my parents, my wife, my children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings. I love you all.

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4,) Ideal Protein – I appreciate the 40lbs I’ve lost.

5.) Adventure – My wife and I are adventurers and I am thankful for all the adventures we have.

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6. Awesomely Luvvie One of the best blogs EVER!

7.) Babies – I have babies coming from three friends and three cousins. I love babies!

8.) Self-Love – I have been working on loving and taking care of myself.

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9.) My Life – It may not be everything that I want right now but it is absolutely everything that I need.

10.) My mom – She is inspirational and amazing and beautiful.

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Happy Anniversary

It’s our anniversary! Eleven years ago, I met the love of my life and we have been together ever since. One year ago today, we stood before our friends and family and vowed to love one another forever.
Tomi makes me so happy. I never knew love could be this good. She is truly my best friend and I thank God for her everyday. She is so selfless when it comes to loving and taking care of me. She is strong yet sensitive and equal parts beautiful and handsome. Our love has been an amazing adventure and I look forward to a couple of forevers with my love.

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10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

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It’s only Monday and it has already been a trying week. Sheesh!
Truth be told, the whole month of March has been pretty hard on me; I really had to dig to find 10 things for this post. I just had to work a little to remember that in spite of it all, I am truly blessed. Something that helped me was recalling a song that we used to sing when I was on the praise team at church (back when I use to go).
The song simply says…
‘As I look back over my life, I can see how Your love has guided me. Even though I’ve done wrong, You never left me alone; You forgave me, and still You kept on blessing’. So, here we go!
1.) God-I know that not everyone believes but I do. My faith helps me through the tough times.

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2.) Work!-I am soooo thankful to be employed; even though my job stresses me out sometimes.

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3.) Family-The one I was born into as well as those I’ve added by choice.
4.) My Parents-I got to spend another birthday (hers) with my mommy and they just celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary.

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5.) Tomi-we had our 6 month wedding anniversary. Still the best day ever!

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6.) Entrepreneurial Endeavors-I have become an ordained minister and am now waiting for my business license. I am going to perform weddings!

7.) Music-I love creating playlists for the different aspects of my life. I appreciate the way music helps you feel your feelings; good bad or indifferent.
8.) Hayley-Shih Tzu cuddles are the best after a long, hard day.

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9.) Positive Self-Image
I appreciate all the positive body imagery I come across on my journey to improve my body.

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10.) Life-It’s crazy, stressful, happy, sad, tumultuous, rewarding and countless other descriptive words. Most importantly, its mine! I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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