Guest Blogger Post #27 is by the awesome blogger Cath of Passports and Adventures . Cath was one of my early Snapchat friends. Another Irish living abroad, she and I had the pleasure of meeting when she came to London for a blogger convention. We hit it off instantly and she even joined me on my weekly adventure called Foodie Fieldtrip Friday. So I was delighted when she agreed to participate in the Month of LOVE series and share a very sweet story. It is especially meaningful to me, being that I have a son, and that my favorite book of all time is quoted in the opening line!
Love KNOWS no bounds. I’ll repeat that: LOVE knows NO bounds! By that I mean, all of us can experience it. Young or old, strong or weak, men or women, sick or well, feeling high or at our lowest, it doesn’t matter, ‘cuz love knows no BOUNDS. If you watch commercials around Valentine’s Day they always show this perfectly curated sort of love. Everyone looks pristine and happy, financially secure (of course, so you can buy those diamonds), and healthy. However, often it is when we are none of those “Madison Avenue” creations that we need love the most. Today I am sharing with you two amazing people who have been brave enough to come forward for the Guest Blogger Month of LOVE. For Post #26 I am sharing the love stories of the beautiful Kerry and the lovely Paul. They have both had a rough go in life. They deal with health issues and yet still continue to love. Part of that is because they have been shown love to them. When many in society run to the hills when someone suffers with mental illness or a physical disability, Kerry and Paul have angels in their lives to prove, yes LOVE exists! I will share Kerry’s powerful love story first and let Paul reveal his after. And please, please, read these with a tender heart. Because one day surely we too will need one!
I love Cathi! Or Cathidee as I call her. All my Snapchat friends are referred to by their usernames when I am conversing with Hubby about them. Today’s amazing Guest Blogger #25 Cathi lives in Georgia with her Hubby. She is the mom of four fab kids and grandmother to one. I’ve been so blessed to get to know her and enjoy her kind loving manner. I could listen to her gorgeous accent all day long and her words are always deep and thoughtful, with some humor and sass mixed in for fun! I suggested she submit a love story for the Guest Blogger Month and thankfully she did just that!
Today I am going to do something a little different. Due to the fact that I have received more LOVE stories for this Guest Blogger Month than actual days in February, I will have to post a couple stories on a single day. This happened last year as well, seeing as I had 33 guest bloggers. However, for today, I wanted to incorporate two bloggers together in one for Post #24. Why? Well for several reasons. Both Katie and Adrian are bloggers themselves and have published these stories on their own blogs. As individuals, they are more alike than different, as they are both people of substance living a purpose driven life helping others. They defo get what LOVE in action means. And since my own blog is called Yankee Doodle Paddy, this post today embodies that. The amazing Katie is from my birth home, the good old USA! And the awesome Adrian is from my soul home, the emerald isle of Ireland! Continue reading
Sian is one strong lady, inside and out! I know this because she has participated in my #30daysofgratitude challenge two years in a row. She is honest, to the point and the hardest working person ever! She is the owner of Elite Pilates in Ireland and a total #girlboss. But strong as she is, she has had her share of knocks that would take the wind out of the best of us. What has kept her going? You guessed it, love! I’ll let the awesome Sian, Guest Blogger #23, give you some insight into why LOVE wins! Continue reading
I won a competition! I was so excited and also so surprised. But then again you can’t win a competition unless you enter, right? The competition was being run by a lovely lady I met through Snapchat. I still didn’t know much about her but I loved her username: thesassysurvivr. My prize arrived, yippee, but the best gift has been getting to know the amazing lady named Janelle. Wait until you read Guest Blogger #22’s LOVE story of not only surviving, but of thriving!
It is Day 20 of the Guest Blogger Month of LOVE and I hope you are enjoying these love stories as much as I am. Some of them have made me laugh, some have made me cry. That is when you really know something is about love, when you feel emotion. God given human emotions are a barometer. They take a temperature on life, on our soul, and today’s story is one of those that is felt deeply. Aoife Bermingham contacted me via Snapchat when I invited folks to submit love stories for this guest blogger series. When she shared what the subject of her love story would be, I was already in tears. It is such a touching tribute to the purest kind of LOVE.