We’re Baaaaaaack!

Hello, everyone! Wow, we disappeared for a while there, didn’t we? So, I’m not going to be able to catch you all up on six months of our lives because that would be overwhelming (and probably a bit boring). I will do a quick catch up on the last couple of months through video and pictures, though. Enjoy!!

So, those videos were primarily from the month of May. Now, we move on to June!

There's been hiking, of course.

There’s been hiking, of course.

 

Puzzles

First, there was a 1000 piece puzzle, which the kids finished in a day. Then, there was a 2000 piece puzzle which sat on my table for literally weeks. Never again. Never.

School continues through the summer and Brinkley and Taye are both teaching their siblings. It's pretty awesome.

School continues through the summer and Brinkley and Taye are both teaching their siblings. It’s pretty awesome.

2nd annual trip to the Denver Chalk Art Festival

2nd annual trip to the Denver Chalk Art Festival

We enjoyed some awesome music at the Taste of Fort Collins.

We enjoyed some awesome music at the Taste of Fort Collins.

 

Jaten enjoying challenging her political views at the bookstore and some cute high school boys playing jazz downtown Denver.

Jaten enjoying challenging her political views at the bookstore and some cute high school boys playing jazz downtown Denver.

We got refrigerator magnets. They make things interesting.

We got refrigerator magnets. They make things interesting.

 

There's been some relaxing at the park and swimming in lakes.

There’s been some relaxing at the park and swimming in lakes.

I've been trying to embrace my natural curl and have committed to NO curling iron or straightening. It's rough. Also, this ass parked next to me at Target.

I’ve been trying to embrace my natural curl and have committed to NO curling iron or straightening. It’s rough. Also, this ass parked next to me at Target.

 

We dressed up to go to Wicked. So much fun!

We dressed up to go to Wicked. So much fun!

 

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Wicked was amazing!!

Wicked was amazing!!

 

The kids have been enjoying long boarding lately. Taye crashed. No bueno.

The kids have been enjoying long boarding lately. Taye crashed. No bueno.

 

Of course, you can’t expect me to get through this post without talking about the same sex marriage vote, right? Of course, I’m thrilled!!! We’re all thrilled! It’s about time. And, let’s see…it’s been a week and the world has not ended yet. As a matter of fact, nothing seems to have changed. Oh, except for the same sex couples who are now enjoying the benefit of a legal marital union. The world has changed for them.

Reactions to this issue have not been surprising. Amidst all the cries of “religious differences and political opinions,” however, I am focusing on the real people behind the issue. For example, the emotions of a young person growing up gay, knowing they are different, believing they are flawed, being taught that they are flawed. And the emotions of this young person as they mature into adulthood and know without a doubt that they cannot love a person of the opposite sex romantically. Now, they must choose between all that they have been taught, all that they have internalized about what it means to be homosexual, and who they are inside, at their very core, in order to find happiness and fulfillment. They must learn to embrace who they are to rid themselves of shame, anxiety and depression.

And the emotions of a young girl, certain of who she is because she has a family who has allowed her to be who she is, but still fighting society’s perception of what it means to be homosexual. Still fighting friends and extended family members who have known her since birth and who claim to love her for exactly who she is and yet still fight against same sex marriage. Still fight against her right to be exactly who she is and to enjoy the fulfillment in life that they have every opportunity to enjoy.

Here’s the truth, whether you want to hear it or not. Everyone should be able to live and find joy in who they are, at their very core. This ruling by the Supreme Court gives legitimacy to same sex unions and shows that we, as a society, are becoming more accepting. This is huge. Of course, not everyone has changed their minds. Please, if you are one of those still lagging behind (Yes, you’re lagging. It’s happening and you’re not changing it.), think long and hard. Love is truly love. It is not hurting you. Admit it to yourself. Open your mind. Let love in. Truly accepting and loving someone actually does include not only wanting, but fighting for their rights. Fighting for their right to live a shame free, joyful, happy life. Get on board with us. It’s a happy place full of rainbows!

LoveWins

 

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4 Comments

  1. Aaron Mishou
    Jul 5, 2015

    Love this! Glad you’re back. I love that you had a party to celebrate the ruling. You’re absolutely right, one has to fight against the injustices in the world, or they will continue. Love demands it, goodness demands it. Your daughter is lucky to have you. We also have several kids that are outside the narrow definition of “normal” in this little town. My oldest is out, but one of our other kids is still struggling with the idea of social fallout. Hopefully this ruling will help to make it a non issue in the future. No matter what, our kids have us at their backs fighting for them and loving them, and that’s what gives them the inner strength to be true to themselves. I read your blog and I’m overwhelmed with love for a family I don’t even know. I love your family’s joy for life, and I see so many similarities between our families that it touches me. So cheesy, I know, but there it is. I love who we have become– from two girls navigating junior high, to pretty awesome grownups with equally awesome families! Who knew it would go by so fast?!

    • Toni
      Jul 6, 2015

      Oh, Aaron!! Thank you so much for your comment. Made me tear up a little. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and feelings. I appreciate it so much. “Love demands it. Goodness demands it.” Yes!! I can’t stop. I won’t stop. I’m with you. I cannot wait for all of this to be a non-issue. Can’t wait. Love who you love. Be who you are. I am so glad there are families like mine and yours fighting and also simply enjoying life. There’s so much in life to be appreciated and there’s so much joy! I would love to meet your family someday Aaron. It sounds like we would have a wonderful time together. “Pretty awesome grownups with equally awesome families.” Thank you!!! I love that! What an awesome compliment. Truly, the days of junior high school don’t seem THAT far away. How did this happen so fast?

    • Jamie
      Jul 16, 2015

      I feel a little like a stalker but Aaron’s comment, “I read your blog and I’m overwhelmed with love for a family I don’t even know.”, made me feel better about it! <3 to you all.

      • Toni
        Jul 16, 2015

        Thank you so much, Jamie! You are so not a stalker. It warms my heart to know that my family touches others. Love right back to you and yours!

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