Friday, December 30, 2016

Eva Kor

Eva Mozes Kor was just ten years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele. Subjected to sadistic medical experiments, she was forced to fight daily for her and her twin's survival. In this incredible true story written for young adults, readers learn of a child's endurance and survival in the face of truly extraordinary evil.

The book also includes an epilogue on Eva's recovery from this experience and her remarkable decision to publicly forgive the Nazis. Through her museum and her lectures, she has dedicated her life to giving testimony on the Holocaust, providing a message of hope for people who have suffered, and working for causes of human rights and peace.
Hear me out.... I am not sure what word fits what I am trying to say but I have always been "intrigued" or "interested" or felt a "tug" towards the Holocaust. And what I mean is it blows my mind that something like this happened, like "how could this be true" and I need to find out all that I can. I like educating myself, I have read countless memoirs and historical fictions based on the Holocaust. Something about it touches my soul and I constantly look for more to read. And when you are talking about the death of 6 million humans none of what I am saying can truly express this in the correct fashion. I realize that. 
Last week I received the greatest gift, the memoir of Eva Korr pictured below back in Auschwitz.
 This picture below is a very famous picture from the day the death camp was liberated and those 2 little girls are Eva and Miriam. What they went thru and what they witnessed was beyond what one could comprehend especially for 10 year old little girls. Her story is told with love, truth, perseverance and forgiveness. And the rippled effect this had on their lives is something not all books cover and what I loved about hers.
Today Eva runs CANDLES a Holocuast museum and gives speeches on the atrocities that happened at Auschwitz. How I found about Eva is that she is a supporter and member of Because I Said I Would and gives speeches on behalf of this wonderful organization. You see she made a promise all those years ago to survive, because if she didn't survive her twin would also be killed. A 10 year old little girl having to make promises like that is mind blowing. 
 At our December monthly meeting Alex Sheen the founder of Because I Said I Would brought an autographed copy of her book to give away after telling her story and her promise... And I GOT IT. It was more than meant to be,  I read this in one sitting and I can't get this story, this life out of my head. I have spent much time staring at this autograph thinking about where the hand that wrote this came from, what it has been thru and I can barely comprehend it. It's.... well, there are no words.
 I would highly recommend this book to educate yourself or further educate yourself and read up on Eva Kor. You can visit her foundations site by clicking HERE
She gives tours of Auschwitz, which I would so love to do. Could you imagine walking the camp with a survivor? Hearing the stories in the place it happened by someone who witnessed it and experienced it? One day maybe.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Hey guys! I will be out of pocket for a few days.... Right about now I am having all 5 (oh ya, you heard that right 5) of my gloriuos wisdom teeth extracted! I am so scared and I know that is stupid but it is who I am, so just keep in me your thoughts today and tomorrow!
Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dear 2016,

I am gonna join this meme today.....
Me in the beginning of 2016
 Me today at the end of 2016
But for real, this morning I got out my trusty spiral notebook and looked back at this time last year to see what my goals were for 2016, I love walks down memory lane. But what started out as a hopeful year heck my word of the year was HOPE (you can see that post HERE) didn't end up being all roses and sunshine. I did have Hope all year I held it in my hand and in my heart. I had other goals some I did: Decorate the 1/2 bath, organize the mud room and become a realtor. But all the other goals were overshadowed by Trying to Conceive. I mean how could it not. 
This year was the year of THIS................
You can read this post HERE
This was our 3rd year of Infertility and this year culminated with 7 failed IUI's and 2 failed IVF's. And the year ended with the news that we will not have a biological child of our own. I do want to say that looking back and seeing this picture above sadness is not the first thing that comes to mind but BRAVE. I literally cannot believe everything I had to do these past few years, I am very proud of myself. Proud of myself for doing it, getting thru and sharing my story which helped a few people along the way. And now as I have talked about before Matt and I have to work on closing the door to this and 2016. 

Second was the loss of our boy Oscar this year in March. I still cannot believe it is real and I think about him EVERY SINGLE DAY. The grief of loosing Oscar was the worst pain I have ever been thru. (HERE is one of the posts on Oscar) I literally cannot even make it thru writing these words because I miss him so much and the pain is so deep. Oscar Savage was one of the lights and loves of my life. 
 This year was full of disappointment and sadly disappointment in people that I am still working thru but it also brought out the best in some people who were absolutely there of me/us all year and I thank them so very much. Now here we have the last week of 2016 and tomorrow I am having all 5 (yes 5) of my wisdom teeth cut out and I am SO SCARED. I know this is routine and everyone does this for the most part but that doesn't make it easier for me. Typical 2016, ending with a crap-tastic bang.
 You know I am not gonna lie I am in a funk and I am having a hard time looking forward to 2017. How do you change your thinking when for 3 year the #1 goals was to get pregnant. I am scared because I have 2 elderly animals and I cant go thru that again, I am just scared. But quoting my husband here "You'll survive" ya, I will. Goodbye 2016 you are written across my heart forever for so many reasons.

Monday, December 26, 2016

My Best of 2016

I think a lot of people besides me had a rough 2016 but I think it is important that we look back on the good of year as well. So that is what I did and of course it was such a wonderful walk down this years memory lane. I am excited to share with you all today and of course I probably missed things but for me these were the highlights! (In NO order)

* Concerts GALORE!
My #1 concert this year and a top 5 of ALL time was AC/DC which was one of the BEST gifts Matt has ever given me! No joke this night was epic!
We also got to see Styx and Boston with Matt's family, Foreigner with my parents, Hall and Oats at Red Rocks, Journey, The Doobie Brothers and each concert was so much fun! I was a lucky girl this Summer as far as live music goes!

* My Baby Sisters wedding!
This picture below captures such a fun night with my family and I will literally always cherish this one!
 The day went off beautifully just like my sister was and being able to help out and put her at ease for her big day meant the world to me!
* Our 2 Trips over the Summer and Fall thanks to Farmers Insurance!
Boston and the East Coast has been a dream of mine so to get to spend time there was so much fun!
 And the fact that Farmers Insurance shut down the stadium before the game, made everything FREE to us and we got to watch batting practice..... I mean that was a dream come true!
 And my husband qualifying for Farmers Insurance Championship which means he is in the Top 1% of the company, so proud and happy for him and us!
 Getting to then spend a week in Savannah and Charleston was the best week and we both agree that we enjoyed this week better than Boston (how is that possible). Getting to stay at The Zero George in Charleston which is one of the best hotels in the world, I was so spoiled!
* Realtor
Finishing up Real Estate school and passing my exams to become a licensed Realtor, I am proud of myself! I am excited to see what happens in the New Year. 
 * Elway Austin Savage
Of course this blessing has been SO MUCH WORK but adding a new member to the family is a big step and I know he will fit in eventually! (lol)
And we may be biased as we are with all our fur-children but Elway happens to be the cutest pup around!
* Family
Having Matt's family here in June for the Boston concert and a Rockies game, then my parents for a Broncos game is always so fun! Sharing our state with our family is always a highlight!
Memories are fun even when they only happened this year! I hope next year is full of the EXACT same!!!!!!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

And To All A Good Night

I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas! I hope that you are spending today with loved ones, great food, fun presents and hopefully some relaxation time!
Matt and I have plans to do some cookie decorating today and then tonight we are seeing Passengers in the eat in movie theater!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Easy E

I can't believe that Elway Austin has been with us for about 6 weeks and what I also can't believe is that Elway has literally doubled in size! I mean he is still a very small fry but now he is a slightly larger fry!
 Elway is super bossy, has no fear, pees on everything, loves running, loves eating and loves his Mommy and Daddy! In fact this week I took Elway to visit Daddy at the office and he settled right in! He loves chasing his sister Bella and my boy Abner still completely ignores him. BUT the heavens opened for a Christmas miracle, Ralph decided this week that he no longer wants to murder Elway and they run...... chase each other.... lick each other and play like crazy. Yes, Ralph still gets annoyed and the play has to be supervised but good gosh I thought it would NEVER happen.

Things are still crazy, my life is running non-stop and he is a TON of work and boy OH boy can he scream! LOL!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry & Bright

If you didn't get a Christmas card from us... no, we didn't forget you we just didn't do them. Well I did make them but this year I only got 12 to put on my families Christmas presents! But I did want to share with you all the card, it turned out so lovely! Last year we featured our boy Oscar on front and this year it was all about our little old man Abner!
 Of course we couldn't leave out the rest of our fur-children and I left the bottom half blank so I would write personal messages!
 Thanks to my Dad for taking both the pictures on the front and this one on the back!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to yours.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Because I Said I Would.

For a few years now Matt (my husband) has gotten the pleasure of hearing Alex Sheen the Founder of Because I Said I Would. speak at Farmers Events. He always came home excited to share his story with me, so when I saw that Alex was starting a Denver Chapter.... it was a no-brainer for Matt and I. What I love is that most non-profit service groups are just for women but this is for anyone. Matt and I get to serve our community together while better ourselves and our relationship. Here is more..........

Because I said I would is an international social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Our Denver chapter seeks to end suffering establish peace and build happiness through local volunteer projects. As we help build a stronger community, our members also look to improve as individuals through our personal promises and thought-provoking learning opportunities.

Because I said I would Denver is a force for good in our community. Our members hold a meeting each month to plan unified charitable promises, act as an accountability support group for individual promises and to learn new and interesting ways to get better with commitment. After planning our unified charitable promises, we execute these projects in a separate gathering every month or every two months.


Accountability Support for Members

1. Work together as a support group to help members meet their commitments and keep their individual promises.

Unified Charitable Promises in Denver

2. Make and keep unified promises as a team to help people and causes in their local communities.

Thought-Provoking Content and Learning Topics

3. Improve and refine the practice of keeping promises by learning about how promises and humanity are affected by history, psychology, philosophy and culture. We will also learn practical methods that make us better at keeping promises.
This week Matt and I volunteered with Because I Said I Would and packaged Welcome Boxes for Refugee families new to the US and Denver! Best of all, later this week Matt and I will get the pleasure of delivering 2 boxes to 2 families right before Christmas!
Last month I volunteered by cooking and serving a meal to this wonderful Denver organization that helps children thru the grieving process. 

If you are in Denver and you are looking for ways to give back in the New Year, please join! You can click HERE to learn more about joining! Here is the group at the November meeting with the founder Alex.....

Alex does Ted Talks, does motivational speaking world wide and has a wonderful heart. I also love seeing other people's promises and they can be as small as wanting to work out more to a huge gut wrenching story like this one.....

If you have questions or want to come with me shoot me an email our December meeting is tonight!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Best of 2017, Movies!

I thought today I would share with you all the BEST Movies I loved in 2016 in all categories! No these are not gonna win Oscars (well 1 might) but these movies made me happy and I could watch them a million times!

My Favorite comedy was Bad Moms! Hysterical and under all the smut was a movie with a wonderful message and heart, love your children. I LOVED this movie so very much and so did my Mom!
 My favorite scary movie was The Conjuring 2, this scared me to my core because I believe in this story. This was so well done and it left an impression on me long after I watched it!
 My favorite action was Civil War hands down and Team Captain ALL the way!!!!
 My favorite movie that makes you think is Arrival, this is SO much more than an Alien movie. It's in theaters now... GO see it!!!!
 My favorite love story/sappy movie is Me Before You! I LOVED seeing this book come to life and I fell in love with the story and the character all over again!
What was your favorite movie this year???????

Best of the Year

Ranking books is like ranking my dogs, for real..... I can't do it! But what I can do is show you my TOP 7 books of the year and they are all so very different! I didn't review all of them on my blog but that doesn't mean I loved them any less, I will link up my blog reviews for those that I have!
In NO particular order................

Best Books of 2016
* Lily and the Octopus touched me deeply for obvious reasons and you can read all about it HERE
 * Pretty Girls is a thriller that does contain a twist I did NOT see coming. And ya, this contains some pretty dark stuff but sometimes those make for the best books!
 * Last year Book 1 from Sarah J Mass made my best books of the year and this year book #2 did not disappoint and in fact it was much much better! I can't tell you how much I LOVE this book!!!!!
 * Bird Box is a book like nothing I have ever read, You MUST read this book! To see my review click HERE
 * A Few years ago I fell in love with the Kitchen House and much to my surprise a sequel came out this year and I loved it just as much! These books are tales of slaves, their masters and how life was back then. Please pick these books up and read!
 * Ruta can do no wrong and her books will entertain you and educate you on issues from History! Click HERE to read my review!
* LOVE best describes how I feel about this book, Thank you Target for picking this for your Book Club! Click HERE to read my review!

Do you have a book you just LOVED this year??? I look forward to all the books I want to read next year in 2017!!!!!!!!!


Related Posts with Thumbnails


Okie a la Mode
<div class="grab-button" margin: 0 auto;"><a href="" rel="nofollow"><img src="" alt="Okie a la Mode"></div>

My Bookshelf


#BabyMakingDays #givingtuesday #hitchthehendersons #IVF #RHOBH 1every15 1in8 2014 2015 2016 2017 33 41 4th a' la mode abner about me ad Africa alcatraz animals anniversary anthropologie asian authors awards baby babymakingdays barsilinga baseball beach beauty because I said I would becky bedroom Bella best of the year Big Sis/Little Sis bikes birchbox birthdays blog award blog challenge blog sale blogs boards book club books boston botox breck broadmoor broncos cali car casa savage castle rock causes Challenge changetheworld charity Charleston Christian Christmas clearblue closet sale colorado colorado springs columbus comiccon community outreach concerts contest cooking country chic couponing crafty current events Curtis dance date night day trip debates DECASO decor Denver deotx deployment design dinner for one dinning room district office DIY doctors dogs dolphins drinks DSWT earl Elephant elway engaged estes park faith Fall fall fashion fall food famil Family Farmers fashion fathers day fblogger Fenway fertility friday fertility planit Five for Friday food football Friday Funny friends FSBO Fun funny furkids gameday garage Sale gentle barn Georgetown getaway getting to know me gift ideas gifts girls trip Give Aways give back glee goals God God Daughters goodies granddad grief grilled Guest Posts guests Halloween haunted health hello fresh history holiday holidays hollywood home home decor house house hunting hubby husband incubus infertility inspirational instagram interior design invisible children it works IUI IVF IVF2 iworry jeans jewelry JH job Junior League KD Kendall kitchen kol kony LA labor day Life Life Church lions lip sense love maine makeup Marine Marissa marriage matt meal plans meatless medium meds memories mexico Migraines military MLB mom monday moore mothers day mountain home move movies musical my 2 cents NBA new home New Year noah office Ohio okc okie oklahoma old pics ootd Oprah organize oscar oscars OU outfits outlander paranormal party patio peru pet photo shoot pinterest planner playoffs plus size politics pond prayer quiz real estate reality TV realtyONE Recipes red rocks relocation resolutions restore Reviews rockies Rosine sale salem San Diego san fran savage savagesellscolorado Savannah Scentsy Seattle SECOR secret secrets shopping silly sizzlin style skin snow sponsored sports spring staging stapleton staycation Stella and Dot strength style boards styled stylin summer summer slim down surlatable SYTYCD tailgate taji tattoo tbt Thankful Thursdays thanksgiving the cove thoughts throwback thunder tobi today show topper club tornado tour trailers TTC tutorial TV twilight tybee island update Vacation valentines day vegan vest visit volunteer wayfair wedding weekend weight loss weirdness What I'm Loving whatsfordinner willow house wine wineshopathome winter work working it workwear WW zoo
Designed by Munchkin Land Designs • Copyright 2014 • All Rights Reserved