It may be hot out here in Arizona, but summer has only just begun and many great things have been happening the past couple months. Here are just a few:
Picture taken by Daniel Rae.
At the end of May, two good friends from home visited Dan & I  and we had a blast exploring, hiking, eating, drinking, seeing a live comedy show, and catching up. We had such a great time with the both of them and others. Thanks Dan I. & Jared! 
Photo from my mom of the new family <3
We flew to PA for a 'long" weekend in the beginning of June. It went by so fast, but it was totally worth it. I always wish for more time! When we were there, we witnessed the movement of my soon-to-be niece in my sister's tummy, but we missed her arrival by two weeks!  My newest niece, Lanaea Sue, joined us in this beautiful world just last Saturday. Everything went so smoothly for them all. I just wish I could be there in Pennsylvania to hold her. I can't wait to visit again and meet this gorgeous little baby face-to-face for the very first time!
So, this past Sunday, I had my heart set on finally donating my hair. I was so blessed to have found an amazing hairstylist that happened to have an opening for me that very evening. Although I was nervous about the drastic change, it was a fun experience, and it feels good to have a gift for someone else who will love it even more than I did. As a friend of mine says, "Some little girl is going to love her princess hair."  I sure hope so, Irene! Thank you for cheering me on all the way, friends, family, and my great boyfriend! And thank you, Alex/Moonbeam, for the awesome new style! I love it, and that was the most fun I've ever had at a hair salon. I'm looking forward to shipping the braids out this weekend. About 14-15 inches. <3
Alex aka Moonbeam (Her profile pic from Facebook)
I just have to do an extra shout out to Alex! Friends: Are you in the Chandler/Phoenix area and looking to get your hair cut/styled? Seriously - Contact Alex for your next hair appointment. She rocks! Plus she's affordable and talented. It's important to be able to trust your hairstylist, and she really took the time to make sure we had a fitting look for my face shape. Even if it's not super close to where you live in this area, it's definitely worth the drive to feel comfortable and get great results! Check it out: 

 Thank you again, Moonbeam!

"Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness." ~Harold Kushner 

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