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I have the best big sister (just saying…)

My big sissy turns the big 3-0 today. (And she’s probably going to kill me because I’m shouting it from the rooftops!) I won’t get into how weird it is to have your sister turn 30, even though it is, because this post isn’t about me. It’s about her.

My sister is an amazing woman. She is a successful and talented kitchen and bath designer who is the only reason my house even looks somewhat put together. She is rebekah lindsey frye sisters love big sis crazy silly stephanie hughes stolen colon crohn's disease ulcerative colitis inflammatory bowel disease ibd ostomy bloga lot of fun to be around (especially when there’s wine involved) and always makes me laugh. Somehow, our pictures always end up looking like this…
Plus, she always looks like she just stepped out of a fashion magazine, even if we’re just running around town doing errands.

But more than all of that, she is one of the strongest and kindest women I know.

Beka is one of those women who has it all together. She’s got the job, the house and the shoes to go with it. I admire her so much and on more than one occasion have wished I could switch places with her. But I know that life is not always easy for her. I know that she still struggles with all of the things the rest of us struggle
with and that sometimes, things are decisively not in order. But somehow, she is always able to handle herself with such style and grace rebekah lindsey frye sisters love big sis crazy silly stephanie hughes stolen colon crohn's disease ulcerative colitis inflammatory bowel disease ibd ostomy blog

that you would never know what mountain she’s just climbed (in 5″ stilettos, no less). And she will never complain. She will never let on.

If I were to narrow down the list of people who I know would always be there for me, and would be there first, Beka would be at the top of the list. And she has been there for me. Through my sickness and surgeries, she’s always been right there beside me, helping me along, never asking for anything in return. She is always one of the first people I call whenever I have exciting news or whenever I need advice or just need someone to talk to.

I feel so blessed to have had her to look up to throughout my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better big sister to be able to talk to about guys and fashion and just learn about life. She has been a fabulous role model to have and I strive to be able to handle myself with her surety and grace. I hope I grow up to be just like her…

Love you, sissy! Here’s to your best decade, yet!

It’s THIS guy’s birthday!

jarrod stephanie hughes stolen colon crohn's disease ulcerative colitis inflammatory bowel disease ibd ostomy blog birthday husband loveIt’s my guy’s birthday today, so I wanted to take a moment to give him the spotlight.

Jarrod has been put through a lot in our relationship and dealt with things that no one should have to deal with. And he did it all so willingly. He knew exactly what he was getting into and he didn’t blink. That’s what makes him so amazing. That’s what makes me fall in love with him over and over again. That and his blue eyes. They’re pretty amazing, too.

I love you, babe. Happy Birthday!



Today is my birthday. I had a lovely day of running errands and cleaning the house, but did find some free time for Starbucks, Anthropologie and Jane Austin.

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I love birthdays. They are a great opportunity to celebrate people. Holidays are all about celebrating an event or another person. Birthdays are simply a time to remember why this person, in particular, is important in your life.

But it’s a different story when it’s your birthday. It is wonderful to hear from friends from all different parts of your life. Ones you talk to every day. Others you haven’t heard from in years. But they all took the time to think of you today and to send you a greeting. However, birthdays are also a reminder that time doesn’t slow down. In fact, it continues to go by faster and faster.

I am now another year older. It makes me stop and think about where I am and where I hope to be. Ten years ago, I would not have imagined myself to be where I am. First of all, I was of a completely different mindset then and thought I would end up in China, but that’s another story for another day. Regardless of that, I always would have imagined that I would have kids by this age. My mom was this age when she had my older sister, so I figured I would be on a similar timeline. But now that I’m here, I can’t really imagine being a mom at this moment. I definitely want kids some day and look forward to being a parent, but today’s not that day.

I feel that there are so many things that I want to accomplish first. And even here, in my mid-to-late-twenties, I’m feeling like I’m running out of time. There are many things in my life that I am so thankful for and know I’m in the exact right place, but there are other things that make me wonder how I got here. The problem arises, however, when I realize that I don’t know how to change it. I can write down a list of goals and steps, but that doesn’t ensure my getting to where I want to be.

I stand here, ready to make the next step… but I don’t know what step that is. I feel a little lost and overwhelmed. I try to take one day at a time, but I want to make sure they are leading somewhere. Now that I’m not so consumed with my day-to-day health, I want to make sure that I am living a purposeful life. I think that’s my main goal for the coming year. To live each day on purpose. I know that’s a somewhat cliché thing to say, but I really mean it. I want to continue moving forward in a manner that’s moving towards something. Whether we’re 27 or 72, we never know how much time we have left. I want to take advantage of each day I’m given.