My first visit/first hike in Montana was a memorable one. I got to see my cousin @ben_fowlkes, who I haven't seen in over a decade, and I got to meet his wife, @seaswell. Thanks Ben & Sarah for a great day!
Happy Birthday to my hardworking county-clerking, blood-giving, adventure-having, beautiful Mama! I love you so much Mom! You inspire me more than I can say. I hope you have a great birthday and I can't wait to celebrate with you this weekend!! ❤❤❤
I have taken so many pictures on this trip and each picture tells a story so I want to share the story behind this pic. Kristi and I were driving back from Jasper NP and we were having a good heart-to-heart car conversation. She is one of those pivotal friends in my life who has helped me tremendously. We met each other back in 2016 while working in California. She knew me before my brother died and she has been there for me ever since. Only 7 months after Ronnie passed, Kristi lost her father. We have shared an unfortunate bond. As we were driving we were talking about how we miss them and got emotional. Just then one of the prettiest rainbows I've ever seen popped up right above the highway. A beautiful reminder they are with us and looking out for us. 🌈❤💙
Friends help each other out. But how many friends will go extreme lengths for you?...like drive your car over 2,000 miles to bring it to you?? That's exactly what these great friends did for Liz and I. After over 2 weeks of transportation issues and the company not being able to ship my car as planned, Jolea and Clay helped us out tremendously. Thank y'all so much for braving a cross country trip to help your friends in need and deliver my car to us. We love y'all. #crockettmillstothemillatfirsthill#picturestique
Thank you, next! And that's a wrap on St. Louis! This assignment in MisSOURi has honestly been a SOUR one. But at least it ended on a positive note! I'm so happy to be home and enjoying some much needed time off. #funemployment#theadventuresofcarrieandliz
Happy Mother's Day to my unstoppable Mom!!! "She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them." Mom, you mean the world to me and I love you so much! I can't thank you enough for all that you do. I'm so proud that you're my mom. I'm so glad we got to spend the day together today. Love you lots and lots!!!
After Ronnie died, Mom and I started a tradition each year on his birthday to do something to help others in memory of him. Today, in honor of his birthday, we passed out these goodie bags to veterans at the VA hospital. We made these 'bandana knapsacks' and filled them with some of his favorite snacks. Happy Birthday Ronnie. We love you and miss you. 💙💙💙 #ronnieforeverlivesinmyheart
Happy Birthday to my Dad!! He's 57 today and one more year closer to retiring, which he is highly looking forward to. I hope your day is just like this picture...kicked back in the recliner with a fleece blanket and cat in lap (even with the thermostat set to 75 degrees), sudoku book in hand, and the other hand with the remote watching Wheel of Fortune. Love you lots Dad! #poppabranch#happybirthday#bewaretheidesofmarch
Thank you everyone for all of the birthday wishes! In all honesty, I've been dreading this birthday for awhile. I'm 29 years old now and I have been anxious about this number... not because I'm pushing 30, but being 29 is unsettling to me. My brother Ronnie was only 28 when he died. It's difficult that I have passed the age he was at the time of his death. It is an odd feeling to outlive your older sibling. I have often thought, why do I get to continue to live when his life was cut so short? Am I older than my older brother? In my mind he will always be my older brother, but it just feels strange. But because I have such wonderful friends and family I was able to make it through the day much easier than I had anticipated. I actually enjoyed the day and was able to have fun celebrating my birthday. Thank you all so much. This picture is from an old note that Ronnie had written to me on my 24th birthday. He is no longer physically here, but he's still got me. No matter what. 💙💙💙 #ronnieforeverlivesinmyheart
Yesterday was my last shift at Georgetown. Normally on my last shift of a contract I get a giddy, excited feeling and am ready for the next move. But, this time I genuinely felt sad and as I walked out I was choking back tears. I'm so thankful for the amazing people I've worked with and the friendships I've made over these past 10 months. I feel confident in saying that DC has been my favorite assignment. 💙💙💙 #iheartDC#washingtondc#georgetown#supplyroomselfie
I am seriously gonna miss these ladies and the rest of my coworkers. It's inspiring to work alongside such awesome nurses and it's also great to form bonds outside of work. It meant a lot to me that we could all get together before I leave. 3 more shifts to go! #nursesnotnursing#pacupals#washingtondc
Seeing the monuments at midnight, when all the crowds have faded, is truly amazing. I finally felt like I could take in the full magnitude and splendor of it all. There's something peaceful about it. I have one week left in DC and somehow I feel like I'm seeing it in new light and appreciation. I am emotional just thinking about it. I can't put into words how much this city, our nation's capital, has molded me. Memories to last a lifetime... #monumentsatmidnight#washingtondc#nationalmall#dclife