Like It’s Your Last

Hey guys,

The past few weeks have been weird. Really, really busy and fast moving, but somehow in the midst of it all, things have somewhat found a common ground and slowed down just a wee bit. Typically, something that calms such a rapid flow is something exciting, something big, something to celebrate. But this time, not so much. You see, the common ground this time happens to be death. Not so big, happy, and exciting, huh?

As most of you know, the concept of death is nothing new in my family. As sad or unfortunate as that is, death is very much a reality in our lives. It doesn’t make us okay with it or cold-hearted, but rather more aware of it, the impact it can have, and all that it will indeed do. With that being said, obviously death is something I associate with often, but there were a few specific things that trigged my mind to really ponder on it this time.

Last week, towards the end of the week, three different things took place. On Thursday, a multiple-vehicle crash took place out by Norris, taking the life of a beautiful, young girl and really hitting home for a lot of different people I know. The next day, on Friday, I was eating breakfast with my grandparents and the waitress mentioned the loss of her husband. And finally, the day after that on Saturday, my best friend Kiley’s grandma unexpectedly passed away. Too easily (and I understand why), we forget just how real death in our world is today.

The lady serving us that Friday morning said something that really made me think. She put it into words something I couldn’t have said better myself. She said, “Thank God death here is just temporary and we get to see them again, because I tell ya what, death can really mess a person up”. And she was so right.

First off, death can really mess a person up and let me tell you, it always does. It’s very much a depressing, scary, painful thing. But how great is it, that it’s not the only option we have. That, because this world is not our permanent home, we will see our lost ones again and get to be with them one day, forever again. What a beautiful, beautiful thing.

I’m not writing this here to depress you all or make you sad about the realities of this life today, but rather to remind you all just exactly how precious this life is. As I mentioned earlier, it’s easy for us all to get caught up in the busy flow of our day to day lives and “get used to” tragic concepts, like death, around us. I’m not saying we should walk around on eggshells and constantly worry, but rather treasure and embrace each moment we get. Don’t hold anything back, but instead really live each moment like it could be our last.

I’ll leave you all with a quote I heard on the radio the other day that goes like this, “Live each day like it’s your last…. And one day, you’ll be right.”

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Thanks for reading…

Much love, Davianne

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September 2017

Hi-ya!

September was busy, but here’s a short version of some of the bigger things that took place….

September 1: Northeast vs. Northstar football game @ Seacrest with friends!

September 5: Kiley’s volleyball game at Lincoln Lutheran!

September 23: Husker football game vs. Rutgers with Kiley and then afterwards, we headed to Ellie’s house for a class party!

September 29: A bunch of girls went out to my friend’s Abby house. While there, we ate delicious food her momma made, rode horses, played games and just hung out together. It was so, so much and I’m so blessed to have each of those ladies in my life!

September 30: Vala’s Pumpkin Patch with friends! One of my all-time favorite things to do each year!

Thanks for reading!

Much love, Davianne

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August 2017

Hey, hey!

Wrapping up the summer with all sorts of things taking place in August! Check it all out below…

August 12: lake day out at Branched Oak with friends!

August 14 & 16: back to school!

August 18: senior retreat out at Camp Rivercrest with the class of 2018!

August 19: Kiley’s volleyball scrimmage and then ice cream and hanging with friends afterwards!

August 20: August 20th was a busy day! It started out with Kiley coming up to Omaha with my fam for the Fall Festival Kickoff at our church. After that, we ate lunch at Big Fred’s Pizza , which is always good. Finally, I ended the night going to the Gregory Allen Iskoav concert with Kiley and her parents at the Slowdown, but not without eating at The Old Mattress Factory, first.

August 27: celebrating Emily’s birthday with lunch and family time at the Boden’s!

This month was short & sweet, but I’m beyond ready to really kick our feet in and get knee deep into Fall and all it has to offer! Thanks for reading, Davianne.

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June 2017

Heyo!

The month of June was PACKEEDDD with lots of trips and lots of family time… but I wouldn’t have it any other way. ❤ Scroll down and check it all out below..

June 4-10: was our annual family vacation down to Branson, Mo! Here’s what we did and a few major highlights from our days spent there…

  • Breakfast at Greenfields
  • Conner/ I switching off driving Grandma, Grandpa, and Emily down there and back (no tickets or wrecks wooohooo 😉)
  • Lunch at Pizza Hut on the way there & T-Bell on the way hom
  • Osceola Cheese stop
  • Minitaure Golfing in the dark
  • Lake Day on the boat and jet-skis
  • Ice cream from Dreami Cremes with just the “kids”
  • Fritz’s Adventure Park
  • Watching the sunset go down with Em
  • Billy Bob’s Burgers
  • The Escape Rooms
  • Shopping
  • The countless hours spent at, in, or near the pool
  • “SIX”- the show
  • “The Haygoods”- the show

June 11: Father’s Day 2017! We went to church in the morning, lunch with the fam at Legends in the afternoon, and then took flowers out to dad’s grave that night.

June 17: new phonesss woooo lol

June 29- 2: Shaylee, Alivia and I took a quick trip all by ourselves and drove up to spend some time with our sisters, Kolbi and Randi! Some of our highlights from that trip were…

  • WHITEY’S ICECREAM OF COURSE
  • Watching Kolbi play volleyball
  • Seeing Randi’s new house/ it being built
  • Seeing Randi’s chickens lol
  • Getting cherry cokes from Candy Kitchen
  • Seeing Kolbi’s booth/ shop FINALLY (ps- it is seriously just as cute in person as is it is in pictures!!!!)
  • Going to dinner on the river with Barb and Tim and all the “aunts” 😉 + their husbands
  • Dinner at Barb’s & Tim’s
  • RIDING THE RHINO
  • Shopping & scrapbooking with Kolbi
  • Hanging with Nate & Bayla
  • Checking out/ exploring the mill
  • And just getting to be back with Kolbi and Randi again ❤

Thanks for reading. Much love, Davianne

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professional jet skiers 😉 // also peep the floating heads in the back hahaha

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team work makes the dream work 😉

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okay but we actually almost fell in soooo many times hahahaha

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escape room… fam minus grandpa!

 

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SIX!!

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watching Kolbi play volleyball!

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sleepy kids 🙂

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shopping!

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HEAVEN IN A CUP

 

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May 2017

Hi friends!

Here’s what took place during the month of May…

May 6: Jeffery’s graduation! So, so proud of him and all that he has accomplished and excited to see where his future takes him! ❤ 😊 After his graduation, my momma, Shaylee, Alivia and I grabbed a late lunch at the Mexican restaurant in Seward.

May 12: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill concert! This concert was at the arena and my momma, Shaylee and I all went. It was our second time seeing Tim and first time seeing Faith for Shaylee and I (my momma saw them many many moons ago before they were even close to being this big), and the whole show was unforgettable. Primarily because, FREAKING TIM MCGRAW WALKED DOWN OUR ROW RIGHT FREAKING NEXT TO US AND MY MOTHER TOUCHED HIM AND WE HAD NO IDEA AND IT WAS AWESOME. Okay, I’m done yelling 😉, but for someone like me, who is a country music die hard and goes to concerts constantly, this was something new and pretty flippin’ sweet. Ha 😊

May 13: Sierra’s graduation!

May 14: Mother’s Day 2017! We went to church in Omaha and then came back and went to a late lunch at Legends with the fam, downtown in the Haymarket!

May 20: March of Dimes Walk 2017 for Team Livi Jo! This walk is dedicated to raising awareness for premature babies, and after experience this first-hand, I couldn’t be more proud or grateful to be apart of such an amazing thing! The day was a little cold, but still lots of fun! The walk was in the morning, and then right afterwards, we all went out to lunch at Buffalo Wings & Rings downtown. 🙂

May 24: Def Leppard Concert! It’s always fun to embrace my inner rock side 😉 every now and then and let me tell ya, Def Leppard has definitely still got it!

Lots of fun pictures and a video close-up of Tim below, so make sure to check those out!

Thanks for reading. Much love, Davianne

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TIM MC FREAKING GRAW

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click here to see the amazing close-up video of Tim 🙂

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April 2017

Hey hey,

Here’s what all happened during this month of 2017…

April 2: another Sunday in Omaha for church, a Baby Expo for Liv Jo, and Spaghetti Works for lunch! April 2nd also marked Jo’s 6-month-old birthday (wait whatttt)!!!

April 9: this Sunday was another trip up to Omaha for church and shopping, but this time Sheridan joined us! 😊 also, we loved Spaghetti Works so much, we went back for more!

April 10- 14: was our Spring Break 2017! There wasn’t anything too exciting that took place, but I did get to go out to my grandparents’ house and stay with them for a little bit. While out there, I got to see Jeffery ❤ and then Shaylee and Liv drove out and one morning, we took off early with grandma and grandpa and drove out to North Platte to get my dress! The weather was beautiful that day and really the trip wasn’t too bad of drive at all.

April 16: Easter 2017! We started off the day, bright and early, and had breakfast as a family over at the Boden’s. Then, we came home and got ready for church. We ate lunch at the Garden Café and on our way back from Omaha, we stopped out at the Holy Family Shrine. It has always been something we have wanted to do as a family, and since the weather was perfect, we decided to finally go check it out. That night, I finally got to see Kiley again and hear all about her trip to Mexico.

April  21: Bowling with friends!

April 22: Prom 2017!! Prom this year was at the Sheldon Art Museum, with post-prom at the UNL Rec Center. The night was lots of fun, with lots of pretty pictures, so make sure to check those out below!!

April 23: Saturday night, the night before, I stayed over at Kiley’s and, so this next morning we got up, got ready then hung around for a while. Later that afternoon, we went to lunch and hung out with friends! A wonderful weekend, overall!

April 28: my good friend Ana, threw a sweet, little get together at her house for us… so fun!

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Easter 2017! Jo is so spoileddd

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Holy Family Shrine

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lunch before prom night with my momma

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friend party at ana’s!

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HAHAHA she loves meeee

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these are just a few of my favorite prom pictures… to see them all, click here

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Thanks for reading! Much love, Davianne

** First time on my blog? Well, welcome! Thanks for checking me out, I truly appreciate it! To get to know who I am and what this blog is all about a little bit better, click here. I would love to get to know you and hear all about what this crazy adventure called life has throw atcha! You can reach me at peaceful.simplicity@yahoo.com or via any of my social medias (click here) or just by simply commenting on any of my posts! Thanks again for checking me out, happy reading! :)*

March 2017

Heyo!

March is always a fun month for me because I get to celebrate my birthday, the season of Spring, and my grandparents coming home from Texas, along with many other things! Take a look at what all took place below…

March 2- 4: Girls State Basketball 2017! These 3 days were fun ones, spent watching lots of basketball and spending the days eatin’ and explorin’ with Yaya, Kiley, & Eleanor. ❤

March 9- 11: Boys State Basketball 2017! Although we didn’t go to or watch as many boys games as we did girls, Yaya and I did go to the Parkview Christian vs. Wynot game on March 9th at East. Not only was the game extremely exciting, but never have Yaya and I been at a game with crowds from both sides that loud. Super fun! Friday, I hung out with Yaya and Kiley all day. Then, Saturday morning and early afternoon, my Momma, Shaylee, and I made a quick trip up to Omaha and the Gretna mall to do some shopping. Later that night, I hung out with Yaya and Ki yet again {of course 😉}, haha.

March 17: Spent St. Patrick’s Day 2017 with friends! Minn, Kiley, Yaya and I grabbed some food and took it back to Yaya’s house to eat and hang out there. Ki and I got to spend the night there too. 😊

March 19: was an absolutely beautiful Sunday, and so late in the afternoon, I met my momma and Shay for a quick snack at Yogurtini! So good!

March 26: this day was a busy and exciting Sunday! It started off with Yaya and I getting to meet up and surprise our sweet friend, Serena, who we used to go to school with, but haven’t gotten to see in quite a while now.  It’s was such a surprise, for ourselves even, when her mom reached out to us, and even though our time spent together was only a short while, it was still cherished and enjoyed. 😊 After that, we finally had the McDuffee Family “Christmas”/ Dinner, and got to see and catch up with everyone!

March 29: my family {the 10 of us} and I grabbed dinner at Dano’s Hickory Road BBQ to celebrate my birthday, just a day early! So, so, so thankful for them and all the love and support they show me! ❤ I also got a new set of nails on for my birthday, make sure to check out the picture below!

March 30: MY BIRTHDAY!

March 31: Kiley and I got to go out to dinner and hang out for just a little bit this night, to celebrate my birthday! *So* thankful for her, and our sweet friendship! ❤

Thanks for reading! Much love, Davianne

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boys state basketball 2017!

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