Sometimes love doesn't hit the target

Johnny & Autumn
Children: Skylar and Avery

Sometimes love doesn't hit the target

Autumn Wolfsteade
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Oct 16 2015, 08:03 PM #1

It felt like it had been a while since Autumn and Devin had the opportunity to spend time together. Life had been hectic for the both of them which made it hard to catch up but also provided a lot of things to catch up on! And so Autumn had invited Devin over for a session of yoga and gossip, a routine that she hoped to get back to now that things had begun to stabilize somewhat. It was odd, the road that their respective marriages had taken. Both had been divorced, been with someone else (unhappily, even) only to find themselves back in the arms of their former respective spouses. These last years had been a rollercoaster ride of emotions, to say the least.

And now Autumn was happy to be returning to the normal. Johnny was back home, though currently he was at the comic shop, taking care of business there for a bit, leaving Autumn to have some neighborly bonding time! With the kids playing together with a decent bit of noise (too little usually meant someone was up to no good, and too much usually meant fighting), Autumn spread her yoga mat onto the carpeted floor in front of her television, stepping onto it while flipping on the usual instructional video. While she usually didn’t use them, it was easier to do it this way when she wanted the chance to chit chat as well!

“I haven’t thought about planning a wedding in years.” Autumn sighed to Devin, doing a few preliminary stretching as a warm up, taking a deep breath, exhaling as she settled into a position that their digital instructor was demonstrating. “It’s sort of surreal. Johnny’s home, Shane’s back...” She wasn’t sure exactly what to say about it all! Autumn wasn’t entirely in the know of the Moran’s situation. Perhaps there would be a joint wedding in Evergreen! “What do you think of a backyard wedding?” She knew Devin liked them, of course, since the woman had one herself but it was more of a ‘what do you think of one for me?’ type questions. “It would be a lot of work but I think I could rustle up a little help.”

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Devin Moran
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Nov 9 2015, 04:49 AM #2

Funny how Autumn and Devin were going through similar things and yet were on two different paths. Maybe Devin should have gone to Autumn earlier but between kids and life in general it was hard to find time. Now she was just trying to get through every day as it came through. In fact she wasn’t exactly sure what she would be doing. So when Autumn phoned out about a yoga date for them and a play date for the kids, Devin figured getting some sort of center back in her life would be good. Maybe it would clear her head. Plus seeing Connor and Caitie playing with the Wolfsteades always put her in a good mood. And maybe, just maybe, some of Autumn’s good luck would rub off on her.

Finishing the redoing of Caitie’s ponytail so she could go back to playing with the boys, which meant her mainly following them around, Devin pushed herself up from one of Autumn’s living room chairs to grab her yoga mat and place it near Autumn’s but with enough space so they wouldn’t get into each other’s way. “At least now there’s pinterest and online planners to organize with,” Devin offered as she got center on her mat and followed both Autumn and the instructor. She wasn’t the best at yoga but she did try. Usually Devin had to do the modified poses. Devin nodded as Autumn suggested it was surreal that Johnny was home and then faltered a bit on her stance at Shane’s name.

Autumn and Johnny’s situation was completely different. They were getting married where as Shane and her were still figuring out how to not make any room they both were in awkward. “If it’s just a few people a backyard wedding can be easy. I may still have some of the stuff and numbers for… from the vow renewal.” She was happy for Autumn and wanted her best friend to get that happily ever after she deserved. “And you always have me to help. Keeping busy would be a blessing right now. But if you did a backyard wedding there would have to be a lot of pink,” she joked.
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Autumn Wolfsteade
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Nov 12 2015, 09:19 PM #3

Autumn was feeling a little rusty with yoga, having tor run the business and take care of two kids didn't leave a lot of time for exercise but it was sort of like riding a bike. Everything was coming back to her as she settled into familiar poses, fighting gravity when it came to the balance centric poses. h, she would be feeling this tomorrow. But it was nice to have the company of her friend getting back to the familiar routine of life in Evergreen that didn't include self imposed seclusion. It had been a rough year and often times Autumn hadn't felt the desire to socialize, not when there was a comfortable bed to curl up in and try to catch up on the sleep she always seemed to feel a few hours short on.

"Thankfully! I really don't want to have to hire someone. It's just a little thing." It wasn't like Autumn wanted anything crazy, just pretty flowers in mason jars and burlap with pastels. Something quaint and friendly. Autumn wasn't under the misunderstanding that her and Devin's situations were completely similar. Her troubles with Johnny had come to an end, they had worked through it, realized that being separated wasn't what they wanted and how much they loved each other. Their bumpy road was coming to a close whereas Devin and Shane's problems were just coming to a head.

She had no doubts that it was difficult to overcome the fact that Shane had abandoned his family, he'd left heartache and sorrow in his wake. One didn't just welcome someone back with open arms after that.

"Are you volunteering to be my wedding planning lackey?" Autumn teased Devin, sinking into child's pose and relishing the stretch of the pose against her back, tucking her head against her forearms comfortably. "I was thinking teals with pink accents maybe? But i was sort of hoping you'd play a different role?" She peeked over to the woman beside her. "If it wouldn't be too much trouble I was hoping you'd be my maid of honor?"

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Devin Moran
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Jan 4 2016, 04:32 AM #4

While Autumn seemed to be getting into the groove of their yoga session, Devin was still at level beginner. The break in their routine didn’t help and the exhaustion wasn’t much better. Still she could feel muscles and limbs wobble and sometimes have to take a break from even some of the easier poses. Devin was out of shape that much was true. Maybe this was the year she had to focus on herself not in a negative light. No longer would she give herself a reason not to do something, she had to start giving herself permission to do something instead. Getting back into shape needed to be at the top of that list… along with maybe figuring out things in her marriage.

Devin tried to nod to Autumn’s statement but found that made herself off balance and she had to catch herself quickly with a small laugh. “Well I have been told I’m quite good with a hot glue gun,” she joked. In fact at her vow renewal Devin had done most of the decorations and the same went for the kids’ birthday parties. How hard could it be doing it for someone else? At the least she could be a second set of hands and it would give her something happy to focus on. Maybe Johnny and Autumn were proof that sometimes the bad could turn into good. Or maybe she was just being that eternal optimist again.

Still it was hard not to look at Autumn’s situation for some sort of hope in her own. But it wasn’t about her and it wasn’t about her life. This was about Autumn and celebrating that good things still existed. Guess it wasn’t time to throw all those fairytales away just yet.

“Where else would I be?” Devin responded as she matched Autumns pose and wondered if she’d be able to get up when this was all over. “That would be lovely! Maybe a little mint green too… definitely have to have roses.” Already Devin was designing a mood board in her head of how Autumns wedding would look. Accents of gold and of course pink… maybe some of those little succulent plants as center pieces that way people could take them home. Then Autumn looked over to her and Devin sat up at her question. “Of course!” Devin stated and leaned over to give her best friend a hug. “Well… on one condition that you help find me a date… Oh! And I also offer up Caitie for any flower girl needs and Connor as a dog watcher.”
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