Sunday, November 30, 2014

Vlogmas Returns

Today is the last day of November and also the night before the beginning of Vlogmas!  In case you aren't familiar, Vlogmas is a fun tradition on YouTube where many creators post vlogs every day in December.  I first started in 2012:
We had so much fun in 2012 during Vlogmas.  The most exciting part was Thomas' first steps!  
Most vloggers do Vlogmas from December 1st to 24th or 25th, but I like to round out the entire month to include Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.  That's what I also did in 2013:
Last year's Vlogmas was filled with trips to Vancouver as well as hosting a NYE party and ringing in the new year with our loving friends.  It's fun to vlog every day and December is an exciting month to document.  Tomorrow we start Vlogmas 2014!  The first video will be posted on December 2nd and then every day after that until January 1st.  
Until then, feel free to peruse the last two seasons of Vlogmas a la Mare right here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wise Word Wednesday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throw Back Thursday

I just had to share this with you.  My aunt found an old letter that I wrote her in high school.  In it was this poem.  She wasn't sure if I wrote it, but I have looked for it online and can't find it anywhere.  So, I am thinking this is an original Mare from the late '90s.
It’s Time
the sun may wake you,
but the day kicks you,
out of bed.
right onto the tracks of that moving train
called life.
question is though, are you going to drive
or just go along for the ride?
it’s your day.
every day.
wake up & smell it. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wise Word Wednesday

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Favourite Fall Things Tag

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mare's Music Monday

Hello and Happy Monday!  I had no idea this amazing song was coming together but I can't wait to get home and buy it on iTunes.  There are countless talented UK stars in this video, singing the classic song Do They Know It's Christmas?  This version is donating money to the Ebola crisis and within the first five minutes more than one million pounds was raised. 
oxox Mare

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wise Word Wednesday

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thank You

 I wish my words could convey how deeply touched I have been by so many of  you over the past few days.  When I decided to speak about Thomas and Our Story, my intention was to help the OSNS Child Development Centre and to show our family's appreciation for their tireless work.  Never did I ever think that I would benefit as well.  And I have, over and over again.  The hundreds of messages I received have moved me to tears countless times.  Your messages of support, love and understanding have been overwhelming.  I actually had to step away a few times to really acknowledge to myself what was happening.  What is happening.  I have been flooded on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and in person by your backing.  Thank you for enveloping our family with such a deep love.  The struggles we face are very similar to the things many of you are going through and the stories you have shared with me privately have been extremely touching.  Parenthood and all the nuances that come with it can make for a lonely place at times.  I no longer feel alone.  Instead, I feel lifted up with light and hope and strength.  
Many of you have thanked me for being brave enough to speak out.  
I thank you.
If you would like to help the OSNS Child Development Centre, the telethon is this Sunday: 
Details here

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Our Story

You may think because you see photos and videos of me online and hear me on the radio that I am an open book. 

I am not. 

I've been grappling with sharing a part of my life with you for years.  

Yes, years.

I always knew there would be the right time to talk publicly about this aspect of our lives and our family and today the opportunity presented itself. 

Here's the audio of what I opened up about:

 As I use my platform and position for a positive, please take a moment to look at the OSNS Child Development Centre.  They are a huge help for us, Thomas and hundreds of families. 

Their telethon is this weekend.  Here is a link for their Facebook pages:

You can stream the telethon online Sunday:

Thank you. 
There is only love. 
oxox Mare
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