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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pour Your Heart Out: A Glass That's Half-full

If you need more info about Pour Your Heart Out, see THIS post.

But, really, it's anything that YOU consider pouring your heart out.

Be sure to check out some of the links- you will find some amazing stories out there.
Again, just a brief reminder that everyone linking is pouring their hearts out and we should all be respectful in our comments. ;)


We are into the holiday season now. Thankgiving, Christmas, New Year's. It all goes so quickly.

Throw a birthday in there for one of my boys, one of my brothers, my mil, plus a visit from parents and  my sil being due with a baby, and it's a crazy time.

Holidays usually equal family time. And... y'all, mine could be its own reality freak show with all the drama that goes on.

But, I've decided that today, I'm going to look for what I love in my family instead of what drives me crazy. In honor of Thanksgiving, I'm going to be a glass half-full kind of a girl.

I'm thankful that my older brother B has grown into a mature and caring man. He loves his wife and child (and baby on the way) with a passion that I rarely see in anyone. And I'm eternally grateful that he married a woman that I am proud to call my sister.

I'm thankful for my younger brother A, who is now a newlywed. He is the most level-headed person I know...until you tick him off. And when he's mad or *I*  am mad or hurt or upset in anyway, there is no one else that I'd rather have in my corner. He'd take on the world for those he loves. And he married well, too.

I was trying not to step on my sil's train or fall off the steps in my heels and break something, so yeah, it's a little bit of a weird pose, but the only one of my two brothers and me(and obviously my brother's wife) from when we were together for the wedding in October.

I'm thankful that I have brothers whom I can feel close to, even though I no longer live near them. I miss them, but I love that we are all happily married and building our families. And that, despite whatever craziness is around us, us kids stick together.

I'm going to try to remember all this during the craziness of the holidays. And if I can't, well, I'll take that half-full glass and DRINK it. And then pour another.

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Blogger Brittany said...

Oh how the holiday craziness can make us forget all this stuff, but it's great stuff to remember. Here's to hoping you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. :)

November 24, 2010 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This was beautiful Shell!

November 24, 2010 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I think what should be the important thing about family... and mine is full of crazy drama too, is that at the end of the day you all still love each other... sounds like you've got that in the bag with your brothers! (The Girl thought the picture of you was me:))

November 24, 2010 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I'll try, but no promises!!!

Haha...wait, isn't your blog a secret to your real life peeps? Does it make you nervous to post a real picture?

November 24, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful post. I am realizing that I have taken my family (Crazy as they are) for granted the past few years. This Thanksgiving will be the first time in a long time I will be with all of siblings. I'm really looking forward to it. AND-I'm giving your Sweet Potato Casserole a try! <3

November 24, 2010 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

I share the same sentiment about family, Shell..The crazy part stay in the closet, and we just enjoy the moment.


November 24, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Sugar Bear said...

My family is sort of like that, you have to enjoy them when you can and that's not always easy. Great job reflecting on the important parts, Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

November 24, 2010 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

I envy those who have these relationships with their siblings.

It makes the holiday feel so much more like a holiday when we can focus on the positives of a family.

November 24, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

So true.. Families are crazy & hectic, but they're what we were given. You know what they say.. If a glass is half full, it just means there's room for more vodka.

Enjoy this holiday!

November 24, 2010 at 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is wonderful despite all the ups and downs in your family that you and your brothers were able to stay close!!

November 24, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

This is a great reminder to look at the glass half-full, especially when family and holidays are mixed.

But definitely don't be afraid to fill that glass up and drink it down!

Good luck and happy holidays!

November 24, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Di said...

I needed to read that today and be reminded to be thankful.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get a chance to enjoy all the craziness you have coming up!

November 24, 2010 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I might have to drink more than one "half full" glass to get through this thing! Cheers!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

November 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

Cute picture of all of you. Love the dress (and so glad you finally posted one!).

Have a happy Thanksgiving and drink as much as you need to!

November 24, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger BNM said...

aww how sweet. and that last line was too funny!

November 24, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

Very sweet post, Shell! ;0) Focusing on our blessings always makes us feel positive doesn't, it? Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

p.s. Hope you got the email I sent you about Tweetmeme ...

November 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger natalee said...

awwww very sweet!!!! Happy Thanksgiving my friend.... and thank you for being an inspiration....

November 24, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another wonderful post :) this is so sweet! You have so much to be thankful for, we all do.

November 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And then pour another. "

1/2 full?! Why bother? I like to look at life as glass overflowing, especially when it's filled with wine :-P

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Go Mommy said...

It is great that you have such a great relationship with your brothers. My sister and I are like that! Of course we drink a lot when together during the holiday's (it's the only way) and when we are apart for the holiday's, we drink on the phone with each other!

November 24, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Life Without Pink said...

What a beautiful, sweet post!

November 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I have a headache just trying to think about having a "glass half full" attitude toward some of the people that I have to see tomorrow. (All in-laws thankfully.)

Positive: at least I don't have to live with them!

November 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Sounds like you have great brothers. I have three brothers and two sisters, so a crazy big bunch.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Lovely post. :)

Hope you guys have a nice Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

You look so pretty! I never saw pics from the wedding. Love it!

I agree, it is easy to say that we will be thankful for so many things but most important to stop and truly be thankful for those we hold most dear. :>

November 24, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Hutch said...

My rule for the holidays is to always keep the glass (at least) half-full! Have a great time with your family!

November 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Macey said...

What a great post!!! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey said...

It's important to think about the love we have for all those people who drive us nuts during the holidays.

November 24, 2010 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

Sometimes I think families are closer when they're further apart! You all are beautiful!

November 24, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Kir said...

what a gorgeous post Shell, I too miss my siblings a lot too, but when I do see them I love our time together, our shared memories....our connection. :)

Plus you looked SMOKIN ...so pretty!!!

Happy Turkey Day my friend :)

November 24, 2010 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

You look gorgeous! Love your dress! :)

November 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

So great to see such close siblings. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

That's a glass half full kind of attitude that I can relate to!

November 24, 2010 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

I need to take this sentiment with me tomorrow. Or at the very least have some of what you're drinking!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

You're beautiful, I love putting a face to the words!
And yes, this time of year is busy for me too: daughter's birthday, my bday, husband's bday, all within one week of Christmas. I sort of go into this state of complete denial and smile weirdly until it's all over.

November 24, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I Have two brothers too and you are right it is important to make an effort to remember their good points. Especially when they are eating the last piece of pie!

Ya'll are a good looking group. Have a great holiday.

November 24, 2010 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Congratulations to your brother!

You look quite fetching in that photo. And I'm a big fan of the bride's dress.

November 25, 2010 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger AiringMyLaundry said...

Very sweet.

I wish I had siblings. Being an Only Child sucks sometimes.

November 25, 2010 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger Mimi N said...

Hey, it's you, in a full photo! =) LOL I have 2 brothers and 0 sisters. I was the oldest, but missed out on ALL 1st born traits! What the heck?!

I love both my brothers for different reasons, ones that make them unique.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your family during the holidays!


November 25, 2010 at 1:27 AM  
Blogger Goodnight moon said...

Isn't this time of year always so crazy! This is a good "thanksgiving" pour your heart out post!

You looked awesome in your brothers wedding!!!! Loved your dress!

November 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

I try to be half glass full but when I get upset the world better look out!

November 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

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