Monday, October 31, 2011

30-Day Photo Challenge Day 6

Day 6: A picture of a person you'd like to trade places with for a day

My brother is one of the most inspiring people I know and one of my heroes. Wes is one of "those" people. Ya know who I'm talkin' about? The kind of person you wanna be like 'cause he's so positive and upbeat and outgoing. I would love to trade places with him for a day just to see what it's like to be THAT optimistic. I think I'm a pretty optimistic person a lot of the time, but over the past few years, I haven't been able to STAY an optimist because I don't know how to keep an eternal perspective. But Wes knows how. He's so good at seeing the big picture - even when he's going through a rough time. It takes a lot for him to get down. He's just good at staying determined to win ... to live his life to the fullest ... to get what he wants. And he's so outgoing. He's worked hard to get where he is, but he's always been a social guy, never really worrying about what other people think. How does he do that? Gosh. I want all of these qualities! Man, do I? So if I could trade places with anyone in the world, it'd be Wes. If I could walk around this planet for just 5 minutes with Wes' outlook, I know I would be a changed woman. Needless to say, I think a lot of my little brother ... he inspires me.

30-Day Photo Challenge Day 5

Wow. I am really bad at blogging consistently. Oh, well. Here I go again ... continuing the 30-day photo challenge.

Day 5: A picture of your favorite memory

I love this one! It's making me smile. I don't know if I can really narrow my thoughts down to just one favorite memory ... gosh, that's tough. But I'm not surprised that the only memories that come to mind for "favorite" memories involve Adam Cook. *Big grin* I love that guy! Adam and Uncle Mike and Jen were a huge part of my childhood. If we weren't at their house every Sunday and Wednesday night after church, then they were at our house ... along with a bunch of other families from church. Man, those were the days ... lots of fellowship, lots of laughter, lots of frozen pizza and movies and me and Adam and Wes playing video games in Adam's room. Adam has always been one of my favorite guys ... we grew up together, hung out a lot, and well, he just kind of became my big brother.

Some of my best memories growing up ... and really, in my whole life ... have had him in 'em. This picture was taken at Adam's apartment in Cincinnati. I went with him and his family to help him move to Cincinnati 'cause he was going to radio broadcasting school for a year and a half or so. It was such a great day. I rode between Uncle Mike and Jen in the big, moving truck, and we talked and laughed and probably sang the whole way there. Once we got there, we moved all of Adam's stuff in ... he was so excited. And I remember sitting on Adam's bed bummin' out 'cause he wasn't gonna be around for a long time. When this picture was taken, he had walked into his room to talk to me ... "So whatta ya think, Mike?" ... And I remember I had written him a long, sappy letter telling him how much I was gonna miss him ... and I probably gave him a million Bible verses to read. I was a nut. I tried to slip it under his mouse pad by his computer, so he could find it later and read it once we were gone. But he found it while we were still there, and I was embarrassed. ... After we got him all moved in and helped him set up his place, we all went out to dinner ... at Ponderosa, maybe? Some buffet, I remember. And then Adam headed to his apartment, and we all headed home.

I remember feeling so privileged and special to go with them that day. I simply adored Adam. I still do - can you tell? :) Here I was ... not even apart of his family ... everyone else was ... and I got to go too. And ya know, it's been amazing ever since. I've been close with all those guys - Adam and Jon and Jason and Jarrod, Uncle Mike and Jen ... a lot of their family for a lot of years. I couldn't be more thankful to know the Cooks and the Adamsons. They are such a great family, and I'm, in some ways, apart of their family ... well, at least ... a girl can dream, can't she? :) I love those guys!