with love, xoxo
The Best Pie Ever
Once Luke and I got married, we both developed a really bad habit pretty early on. One that we indulged in just about every night: dessert. When you're newly married and don't want to spend a ton of money on things you don't really need, sometimes the best thing to do is to go pantry/freezer diving. We were sitting around the house one night, and I was feeling the familiar craving; I needed some sugar. We both did. So, I started making a mental list in my head of all the things we had in the fridge, pantry, and freezer (I like to be inventive when I can). The most hopeful ingredient that we had was a leftover refrigerated pie crust from when I had made a pumpkin pie a few days before. I didn't have much to fill it with laying around, but I did have a bag of frozen peaches in the freezer.
An Embarrassing Story
Let me just start this funny short story off by saying, I'm really awkward. Like, way worse than even Princess Anna of Arendelle (from Frozen) awkward. I'm also really clumsy. Horribly clumsy, even. My dad used to call me Grace as a kid, simply for the blatant fact that I was so ungraceful. That's the truth. I'm quite familiar with tripping, and falling, and running into people, but one day, I had to go and be clumsy in Disney World. Yeah, I had to go and mess up the happiest place on the whole earth.
The Moment I Knew I Was in Love
The moment I knew I was in love? That's hard. You see, I have so many little moments like that... and all together, like a puzzle, they somehow fit into this beautiful, messy, sappy sort of a story. It started so many years ago, and hasn't really stopped yet. Someone asked me, when was the moment I fell in love? But I suppose in order to answer that question, I'd have to start from the beginning until the puzzle is complete.
How does one even begin to unravel their feelings about their favorite book, to lay them all out on the table in order to be individually dissected, and thought about? This is tricky business. The Tigers Curse novel is by far my favorite story yet, and I'm quite the book snob. I have been since I was four.
To the girl who was afraid of being alone, don't worry, you won't be. To the girl who was feeling left out, don't let your heart ache so much over it, soon you'll find your place. You will be loved so, so well. To the girl who cried over boys who didn't want her, your time in the sun will come. You will BECOME the sun, the moon and the stars too, to someone who has always seen through your invisibility cape. To the girl who felt too skinny, and years later, too fat, you will grow and change into exactly who you are meant to be. You have always been just the right size. Hold your head up. To the girl who danced through the woods in her backyard, and made dozens of flower crowns to grace her head, you are still in my soul. You are perhaps the biggest part of me. Your beauty, and imagination, are still treasured at my very core. You will never leave me, and i will always grasp onto your simple innocence with both of my hands. To the girl who was haunted by her dreams, don't be afraid! Soon someone will boldly come running to chase them away, holding you far too close for the fear to creep in any longer. To the girl who left her home, who moved away, change is okay! Change is beautiful! It was a gift given to you. Through all of the chaos, you found your voice. your confidence. You learned to dance to the beat of your own drum, and you do it well! People will begin to follow your lead. You will learn to fly alone, to wear what you want, and to stand up for what you believe in, even when people make you feel really dumb for doing it. To the girl who was bullied, the sting of betrayal won't last forever. Yeah, you'll still think about her. You'll wonder what things could have been like, if everything was different, but don't let it consume you. The person you called, when you were crying alone in the bathroom at the bowling alley, they'll stick with you for life. The hurt will fade over time. To the girl who faced the biggest decision of her life, you made the right choice. Thank you.