Hello everyone, sorry for the momentary absence. It’s been quite the month. I hope you all had a great start to your summer, and a fantastic 4th of July! Truth be told, it is my favorite holiday of the year (and not only because Abe proposed on that day 😉 ).

Warning: Long post ahead. BUT there are some pretty pictures, I promise!

Because of my time away from you all, which was not intentional whatsoever. I thought you all deserved to know what was going on, so I thought I would reflect on the first start of the summer, what do you say?

So, I will be honest,I feel like a lot of bloggers these days only post and want you to see the fun and good days that they have. And that is great! I am guilty of posting those such things as well. But I wanted to be real with everyone here. The last post I had, I was “living it up” on the island of St. John with my family. Yes: it is GORGEOUS, and yes it is amazing to be with family and learn your way around the island and share it with you all–but this is the real story.

I have had 3 ER visits, and multiple trips to different doctors in search of someone with the knowledge and expertise to help me figure out what has been going on with my health in the last few months. Since the beginning of April, my health suddenly turned for the worst. I’ve been tested for pretty much everything that has to do with my stomach: Crohn’s, Celiac Disease, IBS, food intolerances, gall bladder function, liver function; and guess what? Every test comes back negative and that I’m healthy as a string bean.

I ventured to the island not only to help my family with their business, but to also relieve some stress and attempt to feel a little more normal than I had in the last 2 months. As hard as I tried (and I mean I have tried every diet and lifestyle change, and every OTC medication I can get my hands on), I ended up getting worse to the point where I had to leave and go back home to good ole’ Ohio.

So I returned, and I have still been dealing with whatever is making me feel so sick everyday. Because I had quit my job due to these same health reasons, it’s been hard for us-but we are pulling through. I still am not able to even work a job, or even leave my home much because I’m in pain and sick everyday. I’m hoping we will figure this out, and if any of my readers suffer from any type of chronic illness, I am praying for you. I never realized how much it takes out of you to even complete the simplest tasks.

Unlike many bloggers I’m sure you follow (I follow them too!), I am not working, and I am not making any sort of income. But, Abe and I are persevering, and I will make it my mission to do everything I can for my family. I didn’t go through grad school for nothing!

Because I have the time, I want to be able to post more life, style, and fashion posts with you all! I can’t wait for us to get back on our feet, and put more into this blog, because each of you readers deserve the best that I have to offer.

However, I did want to share some of the last few pictures I had from my stay in St. John. I still can’t get over the beauty of the islands-definitely beats the flat lands of Ohio…am I right?

One of the last things we did, was visited some other family that had flown in to visit at the St. John Inn. I just love all the colorful buildings on the island, and how vibrant everything is–including the wildlife. This was some much needed relaxing time with my family and friends. We enjoyed some pool time, as well as laying out under the sun (and shade for this red head) on the hammocks on deck.

I was surprised at how quiet the Inn was. We enjoyed time in the pool by ourselves, and it was appreciated as you can probably tell from those smiles on the faces of my sister and I.

Cactus! So cool!

As I have mentioned before, I am a lover of all things flowers. With the amount of them on the island, I had more than enough pictures from this trip to keep me happy for a while. 🙂 How many of you love flowers, too?

This view never gets old…even when it is threatening to rain.

This year, is the Centennial celebration of St. John being a part of the U.S. for 100 years. Carnival took place the first week of July, and many tourists and those who live on the island celebrated this with lots of music, partying and fun.

 

P.S….if you’d like any United States Virgin Island merchandise, you can contact Island Fancy, here.

A few days before I made my trek back to the states, we headed to the Annaberg trail and beach. I think I was more blown away that the beaches get more gorgeous the more I see each one.

The waters were so clear, it blew my mind guys. This girl being from around Lake Erie—nothing is every this clear! We stopped for a couple pictures, and then we were on our way through the trails to end up at our destination at the top of the Annaberg Trail: the old plantation.

And again, I get caught taking pictures. Thanks, sis for this one!

I seriously can’t believe how blue and clear this beach was. I would definitely recommend visiting if you are on the island of St. John.

And of course, this red head found her shade. 🙂

Photo truth: There were DOZENS of bees and dragonflies in this structure. We quickly took a picture, jumped, and ran. Oh the things we do for social media. haha.

Sis in her natural habitat, of posing.

I hope y’all have a great week! I’m going to follow up with a few more posts, and some more Oliver love– I mean who can say no to such a cute pup? Definitely not me.

Questions for you: 

How do you deal with sickness? 

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done this summer? 

If you had to choose one: Vacation or Staycation?