Katelyn and Shelton come into my life in a very special way. Something I could never forget and will hold dear to my heart for years and years to come.
I actually struggled with writing this blog for a few reasons but I decided to push the fears of what others may think and tell the story of how these two came into my life...
Being a stay at home mom and running my own business, I dont have much time to sit and watch TV during the day. But I just had a baby a few months prior and I figured this day I would sit down and relax a few minutes, so I turned on Ellen. This was the first time in awhile that I took the time to sit down and watch her. Something about that day told me to take a break for me, I just felt like I needed a good laugh and Ellen would always make that happen. Here is the clip from the show...
As I am watching this all unfold I immediately knew I needed to find these guys! I jumped off the couch (literally!) and got on the computer and began my search. The video was not yet available and all I had to go on was a first name. It literally was nearly impossible. After hours of searching the video from ellentube finally posted. As soon as I saw the post I wrote in the comments, shared the video, and still searched some more. I was praying someone could help me
After hours of searching one of their friends commented and tagged the two of them in my comment. I was so excited I was like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert! I immediately messaged them but then didn't hear anything from them. I got very nervous with a million things going through in my head... "Does he think I am spam? Does he think I am nuts? Does he think I'm trying to do this for attention and its not truly coming from my heart? Does he think I am only doing this just because he was on Ellen?" All the fears and the worries honestly scared me because it was honestly coming from my heart and something I truly wanted to do for them. But after 24 hours I soon thought I would never hear from them...But on Thanksgiving Day, Shelton messaged me! I was so happy that all my worries were just fears. Shelton and Katelyn gratefully accepted my gift.
After several chats over the phone I was finally able to meet them in person. I learned that Shelton and I actually had meet in the past when the two of us were having laptop issues and had to bring them to Best Buy for Geek Squad to repair our laptops. Neither of us never realized it until our meeting. We also found out that both of our laptops were unable to be fixed and had to get a new one...little did we know, we both ended up getting the same exact laptop! All three of us knew this truly was meant to be after all of these coincidences!
I also soon found out that Katelyn's dad has been sick for a little over two years and was diagnosed with a rare disease called Churg-Strauss syndrome [CSS]. He nearly lost his life and was told he would never walk again, eat real foods, and there wasn't much they could do for him. But no-one was ever going to stop him, not even the Doctors. Katelyn's dad now can finally walk with his walker and is trying to walk on his own. He also can eat normal foods and has gained some of his weight back that he lost while being sick. Katelyn says "He is the strongest person I know! He knew he couldn't give up because he has his family. He is such an inspiration to never give up. I am so proud of him!! He told me several times that he would be there for my wedding and as of today he is improving so much and will most definitely be walking me down the isle."
Washington Oaks Garden State Park
I am so blessed to be a part of not only Shelton and Katelyn's life but now the family as well. I am so grateful the two of them accepted my gift and will be giving them many special memories to cherish for not only the rest of our lives but beyond our lives to pass down from generations to generations.