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Based only on this picture of a very happy birthday girl, who just turned 25, you would never guess that for a long time I stopped believing I would ever celebrate a 25th birthday. After a while even I stopped caring if I didn’t. And I actually started to pray that my life would be taken so I didn’t have to be the one to make the decision to stay…or to leave.  Continue reading


From Him. To Him. Through Him.

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Behind every pretty picture is a story. No one, and I mean NO ONE, has a polished life. But it can really feel like that as we scroll through Instagram and Facebook, can’t it? “Why can’t my life, my relationship, my family, my job, my health, my finances be flawless like their’s clearly is” we think. It’s discouraging to see everyone’s highlight reel and feel like we just cannot get it right! So here I am to show you what’s behind my Continue reading

Just Try To Never Grow Up


Summer 2006 and Summer 2016

Last weekend I was rummaging through my childhood boxes in my parent’s garage, and probably for the first time ever, felt fully like an adult. And no, it wasn’t seeing all my old Pound-Puppies, baby books, or various trinkets and do-dads that triggered it. It was reading something I wrote when I was 14. I found a few different papers I had written right after I first got sick. Continue reading

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She didn’t let her past define her, she wouldn’t let those bad things ruin her second chance, and she wouldn’t cry about the time she lost. Instead, she would dance when her song came on, she would get dressed up and make them look twice. She would laugh loud and smile for everyone. She would kiss him if she wanted to, then walk away with a bounce in her step and a swing of her hips. And if he had any good sense at all, he would follow her. 

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Be young.

Be wild.

Be free.

With love,

❤ Mariah