Good at Heart?


Sometimes as I go through times of difficulty it causes me to wonder whether people are truly good at heart or whether good behavior comes from a selfish need to get a "thank you" or a pat on the back for good deeds. I really want and strive to believe that deep down people are innately good, kind, and genuine. However, these qualities are very different from being self-less, honest, and moral. I think finding true selflessness in someone is one of the rarest qualities, but to me is one that people should covet and strive the most to be. Recently I have experienced several disheartening things from people close to me, close to my family, and people in my family have experience some difficulties as well... i.e. my family members and some of my closest friends.

For me personally, realizing a person I trusted and thought was a friend actually isn't trust worthy, genuine or selfless in the least. Instead I found her to be selfish, backstabbing, and ultimately she was only looking out for herself. I guess sometimes its good to learn the things early on. You know before you've invested too much in the friendship to recover your losses later. I would compare my reaction to betrayal of any kind to Kristen's description here. Overall, I'm done with you...you no longer exist to me. If I pass you on the street don't bother to say 'Hi' because one of 2 things will happen depending on who you are 1.) I will ignore completely and you will for sure be embarrassed because I will make it super awkward or 2.) I will ninja chop you in the throat if you have done something completely unthinkable. I'm still up in the air on my course of action for our first encounter post break-up of friendship for this particular instance...

For my family... struggling with issues work work to marriage. My brother's wife was gone, came back, and is now gone again. With all of her comings and goings, my brother would likely still tell you today that he loves her and wants her to be happy. Rather selfless, rather genuine, very kind and good. My mom has had a streak of bad luck that just continues to follow her. Stresses of work, of kids (although grown), projects, of planning, of life happening. To me, my mom is one of the absolute most honest, true, and selfless people in the world. She's good and moral and ethical and always always tries to do the right thing. Its because of her that I want to always believe that people, even those molded, bittered, and engrossed in things negative, start out in life with goodness in their heart. I think life circumstances occur and may change or make someone become less good, less moral, and more out for their own rewards in life, but they still have buried inside them the ability to think about someone else ahead of themselves. Ultimately the person has to make that choice for themselves, because after all God gave each of us free will.

For my friends... A very close gal pal of mine has been struggling for the last month + with her fiance calling off their wedding. Not only the end of a 5 year relationship, but of her dreams of the life she wanted to have together, with him. If you knew this friend you would love her. Shes gorgeous from the inside of her heart to the lovely blonde hair on her head. A man will meet her in the very near future, I'm sure, and sweep her completely off her feet and give her a love like she had never known or dreamed of having. I'm positive of this. After all this happening to her she has said to me that even though she is hurt, she still cares deeply for this man who hurt her. Sounds pretty good at heart to me, sounds pretty selfless to me. Its friends like her who help make me believe that people are good at heart.

Perhaps then its love that makes people good to their core. Not necessarily love for another specifically, but maybe a love for life, a love for humanity, a love for things unseen, unknown... unrequited. Possibly a love unrequited is the answer to it all. Never a need for reciprocation, but instead, it just exists to create good in us all.

Well enough of my ponderings for today, Happy Thursday!!


Wedding Weekend, Updates, and A Special Dedication!

Hi Ladies,

Hope you all are off to a fantastic Monday morning! I am struggling today after our Wedding Weekend in Rochester, NY for the Liberti/LeFrois nuptials. It was super fantastic... to say the least. So for your enjoyment...a recap in words, but more importantly, photo evidence memories of a wonderful time and amazing party.

We arrived Thursday and went to a Fish Boil. I am absolutely shocked that I have never attend one of these before. I mean we are in the south and it definitely has southern flare written all over it! Not to mention 10 pounds of melted butter, which would've made Paula Dean very proud. Good Work Mr Liberti!

Friday... was a nice little personal day for me! YAY! Nails with the lovely Bride and her friends, shopping, and getting Bean the most awesome Halloween costume very (separate post to follow on that one) Michael and the boys played at Oak Hill, likely misbehaving, and most likely being over-beveraged...which was a general theme for the entire weekend. Over beveraging = Misbehavior. The rehearsal dinner was gorgeous good friends, good food, and a secret round of bowling ensued!

My soon to be Groomy and I

Erica and TR

Erica and I

 Groomsman gift time!

 I was unaware this bowling tournament was going to occur, thus the purple argyle socks under my boots. Good news is people thought I knew about the bowling and planned my lovely socks... Go me.

The Dayton Boys

The Bride! 

 The Grooms Parents...Phyllis and Richie!

 More Dayton boys added to the mix

 The Groom realizing his 12:00 night before the wedding curfew had been breached!

You Go Weber!

Saturday night...time for the wedding and reception! Absolutely amazing! Jennifer was beautiful and of course Johnny looked great in his monkey suit! We will all remember the 3 J's... Jennifer, John, and Jesus! :)

 The Bride...Hello Gorgeous.

 Break it down!

 All Awesome Roasts Speeches... :)

 Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

 Dayton Boy Band...

 Poker Face haha

 More Poker Face :)

 Johnny decided he needed to hand out some flower arrangements to the crowd of dancers.

 Other Arrangements Johnny clearly saw and needed to make them into hats.

 And then sing.
 Get a room!

 You guys too!

 Awe! Trying to steal the Bride!

 In closing I would like to take a moment and dedicate this blog to 2 of my most loyal followers...
one Tom Monahan and one Andrew Weber. (enjoy photo below) 
Boys, without your following I would clearly be lost and so would all of your roommates and Dayton friends, who depend on you both to provide the latest "Pieces of the Peddicords" news to them. Thanks Boys! Kisses.


Pink Tie Gala is finally here!!

Hi Gals,

So this weekend is Pink Tie Gala and I couldn't be more relieved and excited that its finally here! Of course I will be posting some most fabulous pics after the event so you can check everything out! The purpose of this post is more to say a HUGE and overwhelming THANK YOU to all of my lovely friends who helped me get items together for our auctions! We ended up with around $15,000 in  raffle and silent auctions items to sell for the Susan G Komen Foundation plus some awesome things in the Live Auction as well.

I can not thank all of my friends enough for getting these items donated for the event! My mom is a 2 time breast cancer survivor and as I mentioned before here is the recipient of the Celebration of Life Award this year. So clearly this a a very near and dear to my heart event/weekend! I am so very lucky and grateful to have friends who were willing to help make this event full of awesome prizes! THANK YOU LADIES and Michael so so much!! To get more info or to buy tickets for those in the Lexington area check out the website here and photos from last year here! Stay Tuned for Photos and event highlights next week!!! Happy Friday!!

Cheers Ladies!