July was a hot one for sure! This month, we had the honor to be at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. What an awesome venue, for sure!! With beer brewed right there, it was a perfect evening to come out and have drinks!
We had several wonderful businesses and vendors. Mary Ann Becker was there with Thrive: The THRIVE 8 Week Experience is 3 premium made core products formulated to compound & circulate through your body for 12- 24 hrs. www.mabecker.le-vel.com.
Mina Charepoo was there with a HUGE selection of Lula Roe. She was full of knowledge and smiles! email@example.com.
Jamie Matney joined us with her awesome lipstick, Lipsense, which is waterproof and kiss proof!! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colleen was shocking us all night with a wide variety of women's safety items via Pro Damsel. email@example.com.
Stacy Luter also joined us with a wide variety of skin care from Rodan and Fields. (314) 704-6297.
Round out a fantastic group of women, Amanda Bluestein joined us from the Maplewood Beauty Bar and was giving people beautiful curls with the Beachwaver only found locally in her salon. www.maplewoodbeautybar.com/. You name it, this lady can do it. From fantastic cuts, to color, and extensions and spray tans!
We had a rocking good time! Hope to see you all there next month, August 10 at Crafted. Crafted was also featured on Spike Tv's Bar Rescue!
Wednesday was a day unlike any other day I have ever experienced. I figure, maybe if I write about it, the sick feeling will ease and I will be able to take a full breath again.
I shattered. Completely and totally, I went to a dark place, so dark that I cannot even recall some of the moments. My son is surgically attached to his bike. He's four, almost five and doesn't need training wheels. He's the epitome of pure joy when riding his bike. He's allowed to ride his bike two houses down and back, as long as someone is outside with him.
Wednesday riding was like any other. He was riding, I called him home from our yard, he was two houses down. I cut around the side of the house to meet him...except he never came. I ran through the yards to find him, he was gone. I jumped in my car and drove to find him, same result, he was gone. I ran to the garage where he ALWAYS parks his bike, nothing. I tore through the house...nothing. He was gone. In the 8 seconds I walked to meet him, POOF, he was gone. It was then, no more than 8 minutes after I had last seen him that I called 911.
Frantically, I keep running around the block. One of the neighbors came out, saw my distress, got a description and jumped in his truck. I don't even know his name. I just know in that moment, he was there. A lady stopped as I was screaming, yes screaming at the 911 operator (not my proudest moment) and took over the phone call. The call went out, the sirens sounded, the officers came. I am not sure how many, 5 or more. They slowly started cruising the blocks, looking for the little boy on the orange bike in the red shirt and green shirt (he's started to dress himself and I am loathe to argue). Everyone was coming up empty. I had to call my husband, a phone call I never thought I would make. His response was "Oh god, oh god, oh god..." I couldn't handle it and the phone was taken by the kind woman who was helping look after my little girl.
Somewhere, I had missed something. How does your child go missing in 8 seconds, POOF, vanished? How did my son just disappear? Who had him? Would I see him again? Were they just going to find a bike? Would they find a body? Who had him? Why? Why? Why? Why? I watch the news, I know the statistics. Now I know the fear, the pain, the loss. I know what it feels like to have your whole world ripped apart and shredded. To have your mind broken, to fall to the ground because all of sudden you can't stand, you can't breath and the tears just keep falling. I know that all first hand, because I was there, because he was lost, he was gone, my big beautiful eyed baby boy, gone.
In a frantic rush, I started pounding on the neighbor's doors. Both teenage boys from the houses next to us rushed out to join the search. As I was crossing the lawn, I heard a shout, a white truck pulling up to the house, someone said something about inside. On bare and slightly bloodied feet, I ran inside and there he was, my beautiful boy.
He followed a truck and rode further than he was allowed and cruised. Somehow, he kept missing the officers out looking for him until the Chief of Police followed him home as he parked his bike in the garage, came in the back door, like normal, because he had no idea.
This is a happy ending, not a lot of those out there. I am forever grateful to everyone who was there, who was out looking, who check in on me, who stopped to help for a stranger, for a bright eyed boy. I cannot tell you the course of emotions I experienced that day. Thank you to all of you who stopped to help, who came by for a hug, to check on us, who got into their cars and looked, who answered the frantic call, who let me yell at them, THANK YOU.
1. I was born in Illinois, but consider myself a native to North Carolina, after spending most of my school years there! Go DUKE!!!
2. It's odd that I have this particular job because I have an extreme anxiety disorder...I get anxious around crowds and loud noise.
3. I still have the same dog that I had when I was 19. She's old, but in pretty good shape.
4. If I could, I would live on a beach somewhere and never, ever, ever leave.
5. 11 years ago, when I started working for the school district I still work in, I drove past a house and thought to myself, I will live there one day. I have been living in THAT house for almost 8 years.
6. I am not scared of worms, but refuse to bait my own hooks if I ever go fishing. Why? My brother made me bait a hook when I was little, that same night I had a nightmare that worms were chasing me trying to put me on their hooks!
7. When I hear a song that I like, it becomes my go to work song and I listen to it on repeat, for MONTHS!
8. My favorite color is....PURPLE!! I can't wear it because a. I look terrible in purple and b. because it's just not a color I would wear.
9. I wear only 4 colors 98% of the time. Black, white, gray, and navy. That's it.
10. My son is named after both of his grandad's...Dennis and David= Davis (Liam Davis); my daughter is named after both grandma's K. Ann and D. Ann= Anne (Mia Anne). I am just creative that way! ;)
11. The day before my 22nd birthday party, me and a huge group of friends went out together (my best friend flew in from NC), my parents and some of my friends parents were out a bar, doing bar things, when I saw a guy and told my mom he was going to be my boyfriend- I literally only knew his name. I have been married to him for 9 years.
12. I only have two places that I wish to travel- Ireland and Scotland. That's it. Maybe someone should email Ellen for me! ;) I love her!
13. 13 is my favorite number besides 21 and 22. Those are the only numbers I would wear while I was playing sports.
Hey, girl, hey!