Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pregnancy: Gender Reveal & Update- We Are Having A…

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Gender Reveal: We are having a...

Update

Last week, I shared with you all about a mystery complication that I was having with this pregnancy. I am so happy to inform you all that the doctor says that everything looks good. God is so good and I am truly grateful.

Gender Reveal

Today we got to see our precious little one. Everything looks great! The brain is growing the way that it should, the heartbeat was perfect, two legs, two arms, ten fingers, two feet, everything was the way it should be.

We also found out that we are having a…

We are having a girl!

It’s a girl!

 

We are having another little girl and she too will be due in October! We are so excited and blessed beyond measure. My husband, daughter, and I are so overjoyed to have this amazing blessing on the way.

Just a few more months to go. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a fantastic day!

His servant,

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Mystery Pregnancy Complication: Trying To Stay Positive- Baby #2

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Mystery Pregnancy Complication

Hello, Everyone!

A few weeks ago during my appointment, the doctor discovered something we weren’t expecting. Since then we have been facing a mystery complication.  At this present time, I nor my family know what the cause is but we are trying to stay positive. Please watch the video to understand more about what’s going on.

 

 

On Tuesday, we hopefully will know the cause of this complication. Until then we will remain in prayer and stay as positive as possible. Your prayers are also appreciated as well.

Thank you for checking out my video!

Have a blessed day!

His servant,

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Blogging: Changes Are Coming. It’s Time To Prepare For Them Now.

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Changes Are coming!

Changes Are Coming

As you know by now, my family and I are in the process of growing by one. With this being my second time as a new mom, I have a better idea of what to expect.

For a while, I expect very little sleep. I also expect to have a lot of adjusting to do as I transition from being a mom of one into a mom of two. I don’t want to wait too close to my due date to prepare, so I have already begun preparing in small ways within my home.

Now I want to take some of my preparatory focus and place it here on my blog. I enjoy blogging and I want to continue so I need to make changes that I can realistically maintain on a regular basis.

 

Blog Changes That Are To Take Effect

I have been blogging every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for months now. If you have been a regular viewer then you know that I recently missed a day here and there. The truth is that there isn’t enough time in the day for me to do all that I need to do and keep up with the current blog routine.

With much prayer, I have decided that I will only post once a week. I am not sure which day of the week that will be but I will keep you updated. I will post again on Friday and then my new blogging routine will begin next week.

Another thing that I need to change is my focus on my social media platforms. I have seriously been neglecting them and I need to spend time learning the ends and outs of each. I plan to focus on one or two at a time starting with my Facebook and my Instagram. (If you haven’t liked my Facebook page or haven’t already followed me on Instagram then I strongly encourage you to do so. I would love to keep in touch!)

Last but not least, I plan to make changes to the layout of my blog. I am not a pro by any means so I will learn what I need to do through trial and error.

Thank you for your support!

I truly appreciate all of you that have been dropping by my blog. I am looking forward to keeping in touch with you all through social media. Once I get a routine that I can balance that won’t interfere with motherhood and my daily duties, then I will be able to make more adjustments. Hopefully, I will be able to do more postings within the week. We will see, but don’t worry I am not going anywhere. Things are just changing for the better!

 

Have a blessed day!

His servant,

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BVOD: Let Your Light Shine – May 8, 2017

Let Your Light Shine!

BVOD Let you light shine

What I took away from this verse:

Today I have to work and I can’t say that I am always pleasant with each customer that I come in contact with. As I meet different people I have to deal with different personalities. Some people are upbeat and want to converse with me and others are not so friendly. The truth is that whether they are nice or not I am called to be a light for Christ.

I am pregnant and my hormones are harder to control but still, I am called to be a light for Christ. It is not about tit-for-tat (if you are rude to me then I am rude back to you). I may have the right to be rude back but that would not advance the Kingdom of God.

 

How To Actively Be A Light For Christ In The Work Place

When I find myself trying to converse with an unpleasant person it isn’t always hard to do when it is just one or two, but it does get annoying after the 5th and 6th customer. Around that point, I find it harder to force a smile. In this moment, if I am level headed enough, I remind myself that I need to be a light for Christ. I don’t achieve this with a bunch of religious jargon. I do this by treating the individual the way that I wish to be treated.

I think about the day and how God has moved in my own life and I find that a smile naturally appears. I think about the fact that they were probably in a bad mood when they came through the door. Then I take into consideration that they are probably dealing with God’s knows what in their life and that a little compassion can go a long way. This allows me to stay calm and pleasant. Sometimes after I finish their transaction, that unpleasant person will tell me that they appreciate the kindness that they received.

The Point:

We are all called to be a light for Christ regardless of the way that we are treated by others. It isn’t always easy but if we have the right mindset then it is very possible.

If being a light for Christ is important to you and me then you and I will make it happen.

 

Today’s Prayer

I pray that as you go out into the world today that you point to Christ with your life. It can be difficult to deal with so many different people and so many different personalities. I pray that you stay focused on God’s will. May you not just live for Christ within the four wall of a church building but continue to do so on the outside. Allow God to use you and choose each day to be a light for Christ. Thank you, Father, for you know our hearts. Have you way in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

Thank you for dropping by.

Stay blessed!

His servant,

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Baby # 2: 6 Gender Prediction Test

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6 Gender Prediction Test

6 Gender Prediction Test

In about a week and fours days we will be finding out the gender of baby #2. With that being said, I thought it would be fun to do 6 different gender prediction test. I decided to do this in video form. I hope that you enjoy!

 

 

The overall test results tell me that we are having a boy. We will find out in a week and some days and I promise to share that with you all.

Thank for tuning in!

Come back again soon!

His servant,

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What I Learned While Teaching Her To Ride

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Learning To Ride Her Bike

Disclaimer: Since she doesn’t have a helmet, I didn’t let her ride alone. She wasn’t moving her bike. She was only posing for the picture.

 

I personally believe that God can speak in any moment.  It doesn’t have to be in a church service, although it can be. All you need to do is be willing to listen and open your eyes to what He wants to show you.

Yesterday, while teaching my daughter to ride her bike, I laughed as I received 2 little nuggets from the Lord. I thought it would be helpful to my readers. Here are 2 lessons that I received from the Lord during my daughter’s bike lesson.

2 Lessons That I learned

Lesson 1: Faster isn’t always better.

As I pushed my daughter up and down on the sidewalk at a slow pace, she quickly became bored. Her feet began to rock the pedals back and forward as she loudly protested “faster mommy, faster!” I tried to explain to her that she was still learning and that we would get faster over time. Once I said this I felt and an internal nudge from the Lord.

I understood exactly what the nudge meant. I am guilty of getting bored along the way as I follow God’s leading. Instead of trusting Him, I declare that we go faster. God see’s the end and knows exactly what He is doing and where He is taking me. Faster may add some excitement to the journey but faster isn’t always better.

Lesson 2: Stay On Course.

After riding for some time she decided that the sidewalk wasn’t where the action was at. She saw two other kids playing together and decided that she wanted to ride her bike over where they were. She exclaims, “mommy, let’s go over there!” I remind her that we are staying on the sidewalk because it is the smoothest surface. Of course, her three-year-old mind didn’t understand. All she knew was that there were other kids to play with over across the street. As we continued to move along, I felt another internal nudge and understood it’s purpose.

As I go along this Christian walk there are times when I get frustrated at the fact that I am still on the same path. In my mind, I should be on a new path by now and so I get antsy. I begin to look around myself and see other’s and begin to think that I want to do something else. Their path looks more exciting and I make it up in my mind that that’s what I should be doing. All the while God is telling me to stay the course. I am reminded to stay patient and stay the course.

 

While those two lessons are simple I thought that they were great things to keep in mind. I would like to encourage you to keep an open mind throughout the day and listen for the Lord’s nudging. And share those lessons as you feel led by God to do so. They may be exactly what that person needed to hear. 

Thanks for tuning in!

Stay Blessed!

His servant,

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BVOD: Trust In The Lord Even Now : Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust In The Lord Even Now

BVOD- Proverbs 3-5-6

In my life, I am facing a circumstance that requires me to trust God. The situation is out of my control and that is honestly unsettling. In my own strength, I am helpless but I know that I am not alone. God is with me and He has complete control. I do not know what God is going to do, but I do trust Him.

Life is full of unexpected twist and turns. Some we can maneuver our way through, others leave us fully dependent upon the Lord. This isn’t a bad place to find yourself when you submit to the Lord in all of your ways. God is never grasping at straws when it comes to our lives.

We can trust God!

 

 

My hope is to encourage you if you too are facing a situation that is out of your control. In times like these, it is always helpful to look back. Think back to past situations that were out of your control. Do you remember how you made it through? Do you remember how God was there every step of the way?  Did you feel helpless or did you trust God wholeheartedly?

You may not be able to recall the answer to these questions but you should be able to recall the outcome of the situation. God was faithful!

 

One More thing:

The testimonies of others are nice but not necessary in your time of need.

If you cannot reach anyone by phone or find someone to come and sit with you don’t get lost in despair. Look back and remember the God that has always made a way. The one true God who always shows up on time and satisfies your very need, perfectly. You know God and you know that He is trustworthy.

No matter what you are facing know that you can trust God even now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a blessed day!

His servant,

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Pregnancy and Food: I Have A New Guilty Pleasure

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I Have A Guilty Pleasure

I Have A New Guilty Pleasure

Hello, Everyone!

Like most other pregnant women, I am hungry a lot throughout the day. The problem is that I feel very guilty if I overeat even though people tend to give you a pass when you are pregnant. My goal is to eat the recommended amount of calories per day and no more. In my mind, it may be fun putting on the weight but it definitely is a struggle to lose it after giving birth. I am never starving and since I eat the right amount of calories neither is my baby.

The thing is that I still have cravings and some of them are for things that I cannot eat, ie: tuna… yum! Luckily, I have stumbled upon my new guilty pleasure.

Have You Ever Heard Of A Mukbang?

It is basically when you watch someone else eat. Wikipedia defines it this way, “Mukbang is an online broadcast in which a host eats large quantities of food while interacting with their audience.” I personally don’t enjoy watching someone eat large quantities of food but I do enjoy watching someone eat the thing that I am craving. Most of the time this satisfies my craving and then I don’t desire it as much anymore. It is also a bonus to eat and watch Mukbang’s because it is like have a meal with an old friend.

Do You Think My Guilty Pleasure is Weird?

I thought it was weird at first but then I thought about it again. If you click on those types of videos on Youtube you will notice that there are hundreds of thousands of views on them. This made me realize that I am not the only one who likes these types of videos. It is a win-win in my eyes. They get the views and I get to enjoy watching someone eating tuna without putting myself or my baby at risk.

Do You Like Mukbangs?

If so, let me know why in the comment section below? Does it satisfy your food cravings like it does my own?

Thanks for tuning in!

 

Have a blessed day!

His servant,

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Pregnancy Updates: Comparing This Pregnancy To My Last One

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Pregnancy Comparisons Thus Far

Today is April 26 and tomorrow I will officially be four months pregnant. It has been a while since my last pregnancy update and I want to keep you all in the loop. Here are a few things that I have noticed about this pregnancy compared to my last one:

Comparisons: This Pregnancy to My Last One

1. My Energy Isn’t back Yet

By this point in my last pregnancy, I had my energy back. I was able to get a whole lot more done. This time around, I have energy in spurts. I find myself suddenly drained in the middle of attempting to complete a task. It is pretty early into my second trimester so hopefully, my energy returns soon.

2. My Moods Are A Lot More Upbeat

Last time around, I was very moody. My moods would jump from excitement to gloomy, I had a low tolerance for things; simply put I felt emotionally out of control. This time around, I feel very positive. I am excited and looking forward to being around others. My moods are very much like they normally are. I have times when I am not upbeat, but who doesn’t? To say the least, I am very satisfied with my moods this time around. I hope my husband feels the same way ;).

Look What Four Months Can Do

3. Aches and Pains

As I mentioned in my video update a few weeks ago, I am having aches in my hip and pelvic bones. I did have a similar experience last pregnancy the only difference is that these aches came closer to my due date last time. This time the aches began around 8 or 9 weeks into this pregnancy. I have been staying active and even began doing Zumba which I am enjoying. (Don’t worry! I go at my own pace and take plenty of breaks as needed. My doctor also has encouraged me to exercise and stay active.)

4. I Am Bigger This Time Around

In my video update a few weeks ago, I shared with you how I felt about my baby bump. I was very emotional and I was feeling that I was getting too big too fast. Well, I apologize for being such a negative nancy about that. I have come to my senses and have fallen in love with my baby bump. I don’t know what I was thinking! I am truly so happy to be able to experience this pregnancy journey and I will worry about looking smaller sometime after I give birth.

I've Fallen In Love With The Bump

Those are the four main things that stand out to me so far in this pregnancy. It truly has been a great experience! Only 24 more weeks to go!!!!

 

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Stay blessed my friends!

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Motherhood: Two Simple Things My Daughter Taught Me Last Week

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Two Things My Daughter Taught Me Last Week

As a mom, I really try to make sure that I am teaching my daughter new things (after all, it is true what they say about children being a sponge.) Many times in the midst of me teaching her she ends up teaching me something new. There were two times in particular and I am going to share them with you.

1. It’s Not That Serious

I have to be honest and tell you that I am not the most patient mother, and I am not tooting my horn by any means. If I think about it I am not the most patient person at all. I tend to be serious about meeting deadlines, serious about giving my best to a task, serious about way too much. The other day I was being too pushy about a task and my daughter stopped and asked, “mom, is it that serious?” As she continued doing her task I thought about the answer to her question. Why was I being too pushy? What was the rush? What am I trying to accomplish by acting this way? I realized that it is not that serious. I immediately stopped what we were doing and apologized to her. She was right. I needed that subtle reminder.

2. It’s Okay To Cry 

As an impatient person who strives to do her best, I tend to push myself too the limit. I go and I go until I feel exhausted most of the time. Normally I can push myself further but being pregnant has definitely decreased my energy. When I reach my limit, I tend to become emotional which slows me down even more. And I am not a big fan of crying because of that fact.

Last Thursday, I planned to begin my decluttering project. The idea is to live a more minimalist lifestyle. I want to go through everything that I own before this baby is born and declutter the clutter. When Thursday came, I had an idea of where I wanted my stopping point to be. I was doing a good job but I found that I was reaching my limit before I expected to. This made me frustrated and emotional. As I was sitting there my daughter came up to me and said, “mommy, it is okay to cry”. She was right! I cried and I felt better. It was one of those silly reminders that I needed to hear.

Needless to Say: She Teaches Me A lot!

Those are just two instances where her words were what I needed to here. She truly teaches me a lot! I am blessed to have her and I think she would say the same about me (fingers crossed). lol

Thank you for tuning into today’s post!
See you again on Wednesday.
His servant,

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