Before you Turn 4 – 7 Lessons You’ve Taught Me.

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I don't have to tell you to smile

It’s hard to believe that on tomorrow you will be turning 4 years old. Words cannot express how proud I am of the person that you are. It brings me such joy to have you in my life every single day. I would love to keep you young and small forever but I realize that I don’t have control over such things.

You have taught me so much in your little life and the best I can do is capture the moments and lessons learned along the way. In this post, I am going to share pictures taken from this year and 7 lessons that you have taught me with your life at 3 years old.

 

Lesson 1: It’s okay To be Myself.

You are one of a kind. I love the way you go with the flow and how you are not afraid to be yourself regardless of who is around. You motto seems to be “Why blend in when you could stand out”. I may be a little bias but I must say you are one cool kid.

Lesson 2: Go ahead and smile.

Life has its challenges but that doesn’t have to keep me from smiling. I can honestly say that you smile every single day. Sure you cry and have your moments but you are one happy person overall. I love being around you and you have taught me to make sure that I find time to smile everyday.

Lesson 3: It’s okay to be silly sometimes.

I have been way too serious way too often in my life. When you came into my world, I discovered a new side to myself. You taught me to lighten up. It is okay to sing down the aisles at the grocery store. It is okay to run in the rain or jump in muddy puddles. While I have been spending time being so serious I have been allowing life to pass me by. You certainly make sure that doesn’t happen and I am grateful for that.

Lesson 4: You have reminded me of my motto “Never Give Up!”

I have always been a strong believer of not quitting what I start. As a mother, there are times where it seems like I am failing. Sometimes I wonder if I am being to hard on you or if I am being to lenient. There are even times when I am not as patient as I should have been. There are also times when I wonder if I am doing a good job. When I feel like this I can just look at you and see the growth. You know all of your ABC’s, you are independent, and you are alive and well. I don’t take fill credit for this but I do allow it to encourage me to keep on trying. Yes, I get some things wrong but if I keep on trying I will eventually succeed just like you do.

Lesson 5: Get up and Get Outdoors.

The first two years of your life I didn’t get out nearly as much as I do now. I was indoors and I wasn’t really feeling upbeat. This past year, we have been getting outside more than before. We run, scream, play, and see new things. We got to go to your first football game (Go Duke!) and we have been to so many different parks with family and friends. It has been a blast! (I have been slowing down quite a bit due to being pregnant with your baby sister but I plan to resume those activities as soon as I can.)

Lesson 6: It’s okay to be tough and girly at the same time.

You have shown me that you don’t have to choose between being girly and loving the outdoors. In a dress or in pants you don’t mind going outside. You love your hair and you love your girly outfits but you can still be found in the sandbox or chasing a neighbors dog. Why choose when you can have the best of both worlds, right?

Lesson 7: It is okay to stop and rest.

At night, I tend to lie awake and worry about things from earlier in the day. Most times everyone is sleeping but your silence reminds me to rest. After a difficult day, I am reminded to rest when you are lying in my arms. I am reminded to rest when you are lying right beside me. No matter what has gone on during the day you make sure to get your rest. True you are only three but it speaks volumes to me, loud and clear.

Message to Abriyannah

Thank you for the lessons. Thank you for being you in my everyday life. As you grow older I truly pray that you don’t change for anyone around you. I love how much you love God and how you remember to pray at bed time. I love how active you are in church. Your faith in God has ignited mine even more than before.

You have taught me so many things in just a short amount of time. I am looking forward to learning even more lessons from you. I want you to know that you are a great daughter and that I love you so much. In a few days, or less,  you will become a big sister and I am certain that you will be a great big sister too. I love you so much and I am looking forward to the next chapters of your life.  Love, Mommy!

 

Thank you for dropping by once again. I will see you all again very soon.

God bless,

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Pregnancy Update: 36 Weeks & 6 Days

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36 Weeks & 6 Days Update

Hello, Everyone!

It has been a while since I have updated you here on my blog. Before I took a hiatus from the weekly updates, I felt that I was complaining and being too negative and I really didn’t like that. I would talk about pains, complications, insomnia… and who wants to hear about that every single week?!

I have been doing very well and so has baby#2. I still have been dealing with all of those same symptoms and/or complications as before, so there is no need to go into that. For the past few weeks, I have been feeling energized and in a nesting mood. However, this week I have been very tired (I hope that doesn’t come across as me complaining).

If you have been out of the loop then please feel free to check out my Instagram page. I have been doing weekly updates on there. 

Tomorrow I will be 37 weeks, and I am so excited! My next doctors appointment is on Monday and I will find out if I have dilated any. **I am not sure but when I look in the mirror it appears to me that baby#2 has dropped some.**

I don’t really have any more than that as far as updates go BUT can you believe that we are still unsure of baby#2’s name?

I know, right?!?

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We have a few that we like but we haven’t come to a concrete decision. So, if you have any ideas for girl names then feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Thanks for returning, and if you are new please feel free to subscribe. I will be on maternity leave soon so that will give me some free time to blog.

See you soon!

36 Weeks Belly Shot update

His servant,

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30 Lessons I’ve Learned In 30 Years | It’s My Birthday!

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30 Lessons I've Learned in 30 years

 30 Lessons I’ve Learned In 30 Years

Today is July 31, 2017, and that means it is my 30th birthday!!! Wow, it has definitely been a journey. There have been highs and there have been lows but there are lessons to learn for both. This post is all about that! Check out the video below where I share 30 lessons that I have learned in 30 years.

Check out the Video below!

30 Lessons Learned

(These are the lessons found in the video. I tend to talk too fast at times, so just in case you missed it, these are my thirty lessons).

  1. Everyone isn’t going to like you.
  2. Be yourself at all time (it’s not worth it to compromise).
  3. If you’re going to go for it then give it your all.
  4. Life is shor. Spend time with loved ones.
  5. Pray about everything because prayer is important.
  6. Face your fears head on.
  7. Embrace myself fully – flaws and all.
  8. Accept people for who they are.
  9. Forgiveness doesn’t mean putting yourself back in the same predicament.
  10. Forgive yourself, get up, and keep going.
  11. Marriage can be hard at times but it is so worth it. I mean you are meshing two separate lives into one. Keep God at the center of your marriage.
  12. Don’t make anything more important than God.
  13. Never be too proud to apologize when I am wrong.
  14. Drink lots of water every day.
  15. Find ways to be active every day.
  16. Have a tight circle of friends that you can trust. Don’t go through life alone.
  17. I am a Christian and I don’t have all of the answers.
  18. Criticism isn’t always bad, take bits and pieces, and adjust.
  19. You can’t make grown folks do anything so don’t waste your energy.
  20. As a parent, it is okay to tell outsiders “I got this but thanks” (as a first-time mom a lot of the time moms who have been there and done that like to strongly suggest how you should or shouldn’t do things).
  21. Keep outsiders outside of your marital issues.
  22. Take pictures, write down your thoughts because it is great to look back on.
  23. Never give up!
  24. It’s okay to step outside of the box and go with the flow some times (I am a planner but I am learning to be spontaneous every now and again).
  25. Never stop learning.
  26. Keep an open mind. There are lessons to learn from any and everyone. Don’t count people out.
  27. Don’t compare your life to others’.
  28. Being kind to people makes a hard day a little easier.
  29. Find a way to laugh each day.
  30. It’s okay to treat yourself every now and again but don’t give in to every urge. Make sure to SAVE $$!

 

A Very Quick Update

30 lessons in 30 years

By the way, I am currently 29 weeks pregnant. I almost have 10 weeks left until baby#2 is due to arrive. What an exciting time in our life! I am still dealing with the mystery complication but I am doing my best to stay positive. To learn what I am talking about click here

 

My Oldest and Me

30 lessons in 30 yearsThis is the last birthday that I will celebrate as a mommy of one. I am so blessed to have this amazing little angel in my life. We are looking forward to seeing this big sister in action. 

 

Thank you for stopping by my channel and for dropping by on my birthday. I am truly blessed to see 30 years and I am looking forward to the many more lessons that lie ahead.

Come back again soon!

His Servant,

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Hello Third Trimester! Looking Back Over My Second Trimester.

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Hello Third Trimester
28 Weeks

I am officially 28 weeks pregnant today, which means that I now enter into my third trimester. I must say that some days felt long and uncomfortable, but I always tried to cherish each day of my pregnancy. Before looking forward to the weeks ahead, I want to fondly look back and document my second trimester.

Looking Back

Symptoms:

A). Hip and Pelvic Pains

Early in my pregnancy, I began to experience pain and discomfort with my hip and pelvic bones. The pain has not gone away but I have found ways to cope each day. I discovered that sitting or standing still intensifies the pain. I learned that once I force myself to get moving it becomes much easier to get around. **If you are dealing with these pains I encourage you to get up and get active when possible.**

B). Insomnia

For many weeks now no matter what time I go to bed I always wake up around midnight. As I lay there exhausted from the day most times, I can not get back to sleep for at least an hour or so. I jokingly tell myself that my body is just preparing for the many months ahead. This may be true seeing that my daughter is very active around that time.

3). Swollen Fingers

Still Rocking My Ring

Last week, I woke to discover that my fingers were a tad bit swollen. This resulted in me not being able to wear my wedding ring. I had to work that day, so I decided to wear my ring on a necklace around my neck. I completely forgot that we currently have to wear the Mission Towel, so that basically covered up my necklace and my ring. This resulted in separate interactions with two different ladies trying to help me out.

Quick Story time:

I am a cashier and I come across some very lovely people. That day, on two separate occasions, I was kindly encouraged to get right with God before my baby is born. I was reminded that we all make mistakes, that babies are a blessing from God, and that He will help me. One lady specifically said, “Yes, being a single parent is hard but with God all things are possible”. 

These ladies were just trying to be encouraging and because of the absence of a ring on my finger, they assumed that I wasn’t married. I kindly revealed the ring that was mistakenly hidden under the Mission Towel around my neck. One lady turned red and let me know that she didn’t mean any harm. The other kind lady literally thanked God and told me that she was just concerned for my soul’s sake. 

I am not sure that I would do the same for a pregnant stranger whose isn’t wearing a ring, but I do appreciate the concern for my soul’s salvation.

I know I tucked my necklace in this pic. As a cashier, I am always moving so my necklace moves. You get the point I think. *not sponsored*

4). Minor Complications

If you have been following my blog or YouTube channel then you know that I had a mystery complication. It truly isn’t something I would like to go back over but if you missed it then you can find the details in the post here. In a later post, I was happy to let you all know that things had improved. Unfortunately, during last weeks appointment, I learned that the same problem has resurfaced. The doctor didn’t seem too concerned this time so I am just going to stay positive. We will see if things have improved at next weeks appointment.

All About Baby #2

I often dream that this baby is a boy although my doctor has shown us that we are having a girl. She is very active and loves to dance when there is music playing. I believe that she recognizes her sister’s and father’s voice because she moves whenever they speak to her. If she and I begin to play together, she will kick harder and harder if I don’t poke back right away (you can say that she loves attention). I feel a strong bond with her like I did with her sister. I am looking forward to seeing her precious face and beginning this new adventure.

My Final Thoughts

This trimester has been a good one. I am grateful that I have been able to enjoy this pregnancy this time around. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy my first pregnancy. The difference this time around is that I am older and have a more mature outlook this time around. I won’t be pregnant forever so I want to enjoy the tumbles, flips, and kicks while I still can.

Goodbye Second Trimester

As I enter into the final stretch of this pregnancy, I face the future with excitement. This is going to be a new adventure and I am all for it. I didn’t originally plan to get pregnant again just yet, but I couldn’t be any happier. I truly believe that God has amazing things in store for my family and for yours as well.

Ever Growing. 28 Weeks

Thank you for stopping by my blog once again. Please make sure to come back again, subscribe if you haven’t already, and until next time

Stay blessed

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A long Overdue Pregnancy Update: 23 Weeks

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Hello, Everyone!

It has been a few weeks so I think an update is in order.

Pregnancy Update 23 Weeks

Today is June 20th, and I am currently 23 weeks pregnant. I have been MIA due to the highs and the lows in my mood swings. (I really didn’t want to get on here being a debbie downer nor did I want to pretend to be upbeat when I wasn’t).

Updates

1. I can feel baby B move and so can my husband and daughter. I haven’t really been petted by anyone else at this point ;).

2. Sometimes you can see her move when she is very active.

3. I have been waking up every night at the same time and then I can’t go back to sleep for hours. At that time, I wake to find that baby B is awake and pretty playful. She will kick and I will poke her and she will repeat. I have concluded that my body is preparing for those sleepless nights that are soon to come.

4. All is well with baby and me healthwise.

5. No specific cravings lately. Most of the time, I find that I am forcing myself to eat because of my lack of an appetite.

6. I am 9 pounds shy of the weight that I was when I gave birth to my oldest. I thought I would feel fat and embarrassed about the weight gain this time around, but I am honestly just enjoying my pregnancy (minus the mood swings).

7. My hip and pelvic bones still ache after being on my feet. I think I am getting used to it.

8. My oldest daughter is very territorial over my stomach. She reminds me all of the time that this is her sister. I can only imagine how she is going to be once her sister gets here.

That’s it for now.

Thank you for stopping by!

Hope to see you again soon.

His servant,

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10 Things I Won’t Be Needing For Baby #2

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10 Things I Won't Be Needing For Baby #2

 

As a child, I used to get things handed down to me from my older sister. At times, I didn’t mind as much because her style was pretty cool. At other times, I couldn’t stand it. As a soon to be mother of two, I understand the reasoning behind it and I too will be passing down a few things. Here are TEN things that I am looking forward to passing down to my newborn.

10 Things I won't be Needing For Baby #2

1. The Crib

It is a huge money saver to not have to purchase another crib. It is in good condition and I am so happy that I didn’t give it away like I planned to a few months back.

2. The Stroller

We still have our first born’s stroller that we hardly ever use. It is definitely one of those things that will be put to much use.

3. The Car Seat

I now see that holding onto the car seat that my oldest outgrew sooner than expected was a great idea. She is a tall kid for her age and for a little over a year now I’ve felt like it was one of those things that were unnecessarily taking up space. In my mind, I wasn’t going to have another child anytime soon so the car seat that she currently uses would be perfect. It adjusts to her height (from a car seat to a toddler seat, and to a booster seat). Now with two children, I will definitely be pulling out the old one once again.

4. The Travel Bed

This is an item that we definitely used from the start. It folds up, doesn’t weigh much, and takes up hardly any space. It’s easy to put together and take apart, when going on a trip you just put it in the car and go on your way.

5. Baby Carrier

This is a great item on those days when I want to get out of the house with baby without the car seat or stroller. If I want to run a quick errand by foot all I have to do is slide on the baby carrier, put baby inside, grab my keys, and go. It is a light weight option to the car seat and the stroller. I will definitely be putting to good use until baby #2 gets too heavy.

6. Diaper Pail + quite a few bags

As a first time mom, I didn’t realize the value of a diaper pail until I woke up in the middle of the night smelling dirty diapers. The next day, I went and purchased one and it made a world of a difference. I am so glad to still have that very pail with quite a few bags to go with it.

7. Baby Tub

The bath tub that I have has an attachment that helps keep the baby from sliding down while they are at the age where they can’t sit up. As they grow, I simply remove the attachment and it gives baby plenty of room. It also came with a little whale that drips water from it in a shower head fashion. My oldest wasn’t a fan of bath time but that little whale soothed her most of the time.

8. Baby Toys

My oldest daughter is such a smart toddler and I believe that it all started with those educational toys. I still have many of them and I will be pulling them out again for this baby as well.

9. Walker

This is a given. A walker is a necessity once this baby’s legs get stronger. I am pleased to still have this item in my possession.

10. High Chair

One of my fondest memories of motherhood was watching my daughter eat in her high chair. Although she would get her baby food all over herself and her high chair, it truly touched my heart to see her attempt to figure out how to feed herself. I am looking forward to witnessing the same with this precious baby.

Those are the top ten things that I am looking forward to passing down to baby #2. I am so happy that I didn’t throw these gems away because they will all be put to use pretty soon.

Thank you for tuning in!

See you soon.

His daughter,

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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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