*adopting Paddington

On Saturday my husband and I went to see the new Paddington Bear movie. I don’t recall reading the books when I was little, but I knew who Paddington was. He is definitely iconic.


I wanted to see the movie because it looked very cute, as well as relive our London adventure!

The movie had a lot of deeper meanings, but my favorite was how adopting a pet can bring your family together! The mother in the story wasn’t afraid to walk up to Paddington and ask him where he was staying. She of course had to convince the husband to let them take him home for the night. A bear, or any animal of course is a curious creature, like any of our pets, Paddington made a huge mess shortly after entering their home. Of course he didn’t do it on purpose, but it made the father angry. The next morning the mother was supposed to take him to the authorities, but of course couldn’t because she interested in Paddington’s history. Paddington quickly turns into a hero, even for their teenage daughter. The mother could see the family was starting to change, and the father was starting to enjoy the adventure. After a bad guy gets Paddington into trouble, with the father extremely angry, Paddington runs away! The family then has to join together to find the one who could keep them together!

This story of course reminded my husband and I about adopting Bruce Wayne (our dog). He was such a hassle the first few days, he cried at night and explored into places he shouldn’t have. Over the years he still is a trouble maker, getting himself hurt, eating chocolate, chewing on clothes. But again, it is just his nature. Bruce Wayne has made so many of our friends and family smile and laugh. When you get home from a hard day at work and see his excitement, you can’t help but smile. The love of a pet brings families together. That’s what Paddington did for his adopted family! Please give your family the joy of having a pet! They can make your life so much more rewarding!


“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ~ Karen Davison


*married to my best friend

My husband and I go way back…

In junior high I remember Daniel having a crush on one of my best friends, she was completely creeped out by him. I was interested in a lot of boys at that age, so I don’t remember him giving me his school picture with his phone number at a school dance. During high school summer gym (probably June 2004), he told me to my face that I was ugly (he recalls he was just joking). That same summer he brought a sign dvd of the Batman Animated series to talk about it during speech class! What a dork!


(pictured above our 2005 junior pictures)

Our Junior year, I thought I try to be a little smarter and take AP US History. Daniel sat right behind me and Drew Storen set next to me. Of course I was more interested in Drew! I only lasted to the first report card in that class before switching to regular US History. A month later I heard Daniel was having a party during our fall break that a few of my friends were going to. I really wanted to go to a party! Come to find out, Daniel wasn’t all geek, he knew how to throw a party! It was so fun that I came back the next night for another party! German exchange students were in town so the party got a little bigger and pretty crowded in the basement! Daniel and his two best friends went up stairs. My best friend, Amanda (who was interested in Tyler, Daniel’s best friend) and I followed. We were all hanging out in the guest bedroom, that Daniel had turned into a green screen room. A little later after we were all joking around, Tony (Daniel’s friend) dared him to kiss me! Daniel marched over and planted a juicy kiss (don’t worry, I still give him a hard time about it). Our first picture was taken moments later:


It was definitely not the best picture of my life! He walked me to my car that night and kissed me on the forehead, which made me feel special!

What I haven’t told you yet, is that he was obsessed with Batman! He had a room at his dad’s house wall to wall covered in Batman collectables! It was insane collection for a 17 year old (pictures here)! He has also attended several Comic Con International conventions, in San Diego (even before it was popular)!

Our first year and a half of dating was a roller coaster! We fought all the time, he had commitment issues, so we also broke up all the time. It wasn’t until we graduated high school that we were rid of our teenage drama. Daniel spent his first year of college at Chapman University, in Orange, California. Being 2,000 miles away really tests a relationship. During his second year he decided to transfer to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Daniel proposed in July of 2009 on Huntington Beach on our way to Comic Con. His mom was able to take photos as it was happening. We lived together in Muncie from fall 2010 to June 2011, so Daniel could finish his last year at Ball State.


We were married in our hometown on June 11, 2011 at my parent’s church. I didn’t want it to be a fancy affair on a limited budget so we went with a summer fun theme. Our reception had fun finger food, pop corn, cotton candy, candy bar, and a photo booth! Check out our Wedding Day Montage video!

Daniel is definitely my forever love. He has been my partner in crime for over 9 years. I cannot imagine my life without him; he is my best friend, travel companion, partner and protector! I’m so blessed to have him beside me in this crazy life! He is the best adventure I’ve decided to take!


“We all are a little weird and, life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” ~ Dr. Seuss