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  • Baby Drama, Mom Life

    Dear Children of Mine

    Dear Son and Daughter,

    The world is a messed up place. It may seem that anywhere you go or any TV station you turn on only shows hate, vulgarity, or terror. It’s difficult to enter into this society without it seemingly trying to demoralize you… trying to rob all the good in you. And although that may be discouraging, remember you are a light to this world. You can make a change. You can be the good amidst evil. Remain faithful to your morals, relationships, and good works.

    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

    For each of you, I knew the moment I saw your heartbeat on the ultrasound monitor at just 6 weeks, that you were something special. I knew since then that you were going to live a life of significance. Please don’t feel the need to compare yourself to others. You are wonderfully made.

    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. – Psalms 139:14

    Life is by all means not easy. The enemy will try to wear you down and times may come where you do not feel good enough. You may feel drained, burnt out, or left with no passion. We are all put through many seasons in life. Remember, God allows things to happen – good and bad – and you will grow from both. Don’t absorb the hurt and pain because that will consume you, but keep chasing the desires of your heart. God knows everything you have been through, everything you’re going through now, and everything you face ahead.

    …be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me? – Hebrews 13:5-6

    Children, remember you are never alone. Aside from your family who loved you even before you were born remember that God is with you always. What I’ve learned countless times is that when you seek Him, His presence is with you no matter what you’ve done, no matter what lies you’ve been told. He is with you… always.

    What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31

    There are many wolves disguising as sheep in the world. It’s unfortunate but sometimes you will find out the hard way. Please understand that because someone labels themselves as something, or because they go places, or do certain things, that it doesn’t define who they really are. I’ve been to plenty of “churches” and I’ve been friends with many “Christians” (who put on a good act) long enough to learn that the truth is always revealed... sooner or later. Focus on the good and God will do the rest.

    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. – Matthew 7:15

    Please understand that God hates sin but continues to always love the sinner. Remember that sin is sin. There is no sin greater than the other. Please understand that you will sin as everyone does but what matters is how we learn from it and that we repent from it. What matters is that we don’t place others below or above us because of it.

    Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?-Romans 2:4

    Sometimes people will be upright nasty. They will try to belittle you. They may treat you like you’re nothing. They may throw you around as if you are trash. But please remember you are not what they make you out to be. Your first instinct will be to lash back, but love your enemy, as hard as it may be. Pray they find peace in their lives to where they don’t have to take out their own hurt on others.

    You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.-Matthew 5:43-44

    You are meant to be here. God knew you before you existed. He knows your past and future. He knew when you would take your first breath and he knows when you will take your last. He hears your laughs and he hears your cries. When you think you want something and you don’t receive it, understand that maybe it’s because you will eventually get something that is so much better for you. God is paving your path. There will be bumps in the road, but He is there at each one.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11

    I love you, dear children of mine,

    Your mama.

  • Baby Drama, Mom Life

    A Twenty-Some Mom and Wife

    Many people my age right now have an endless amount of energy and free time on their hands. Many people my age probably look at me like I’m some sort of crazy.

    Things change when you get married young, and even more so when you have children young. You don’t live at a dorm in college and you don’t stay out all night at the bars. You have new worries and you have new prioritiesproviding for your children and family.

    I received a lot of smart remarks when I got married at 19. Some people assume when you marry young you marry for certain things, or that you were just too crazy in love to see the reality of things. But to be honest even though I was only 19 years young I felt like I was 25 with what I knew I wanted in life. It wasn’t questionable, it was certain. Maybe it baffled people because you don’t see that often. But here we are 4 years and going strong.

    When I  had my son I was very fearful that this tiny human now depended it’s life on me. I never imagined myself having kids this young. As a 23 year old I haven’t experienced much in life yet but I did experience the best thing to ever happen in my life..having children. Because of that I get to love my babies a little bit longer.

    After having a baby your friends might not connect with you like how they once did. And yes, at times it will be difficult and sometimes in those rough moments you’ll miss those carefree days… but then you look at your baby’s sweet face and remember that they are the best thing to ever happen to you.

    If you would have told me at age 17 I would be married 4 years, have a 1 year old son and pregnant with my second child at age 23 I probably would have laughed in disbelief. I’m glad God guided me through this life the way he did. I’m blessed to be a young wife and mother. It changed me for the better, it made me stronger. Motherhood made me realize whats important in life. It has motivated me to do more good in my life, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Dress by: Pinkblush

     

  • Mom Life

    Another Season!

    Fall is near. Tomorrow, this Friday, September 22nd we say goodbye to Summer and Welcome in Fall! What are the obvious signs of the Seasons changing?  You got weather changing from hot and humid to cold and crisp, and the green leaves on trees turn bright red, orange and yellow then eventually fall off. We rush through Summer so we can experience the sweet beginning bliss of Fall. The Beautiful colors, the pumpkin spice everything, the decorations, the cozy and cute clothing..but fall is only roughly 3 months. We seem to rush through each season so we can either enjoy the next or get out of the current one.

    In life we experience our own seasons. We have bad days, weeks, and even years. Can you remember your last bad day, week, or year? Didn’t you just want it to end? What could this bad time possibly bring you? What we don’t realize in the moment, is that bad seasons only prepare us and make us stronger. When doors close, new ones open. When people walk out, new ones walk in. We finally open our eyes to what truly matters.

    It’s easy to compare each other’s lives. Whether it’s the person’s house, love life, their degree, their job, their body, etc. But in that quick moment of comparing we never really stop to think that each and every person is going through their own season. We try and rush through our season of life so we can be in their season of life.

    Having Isaiah really gave me a perspective on time. I always quickly stop myself from wanting to rush even a day away because let’s be real, time is precious. When I was going through a rough patch last year I found myself wanting it to just end – wanting to fast forward to the day I finally felt better. But being able to cope, and bring myself out of that made me stronger for the next rough season I may face.

    “Our lives are a journey. As we move forward, we will not only figuratively experience the geography of life: the exhilaration of high mountains, the tranquility of calm meadows, the isolation of treacherous canyons, but we will also experience the seasons of life: the hope of spring, the abundance of summer, the harvest of autumn, and yes, the darkness and depression of winter.”
    ― Seth Adam Smith

    I think we all intend on making every moment count with our family and friends, but life gets in the way of that. Time slips out of our hands as we always wish for the next best thing. What I’ve learned is that I need to push past that poisonous mindset, and instead channel dissatisfaction into action. I won’t let time slip away, and I won’t wish another day away.

     

     

  • Mom Life

    Baby #2 is a GIRL!

    That day when the ultrasound tech said:

    It’s a girl! She is all girl!

    I couldn’t believe it because all this time I was sure baby #2 was a boy! Then again I was wrong about Isaiah being a boy. My husband and I had a sense of relief because we wanted a girl and a boy and then be done with babies! We are so done after this too! Pregnancy has never been fun for me, lol. I think I had like two weeks of me feeling great last pregnancy and that was it.

    I went into Carters a day after finding out baby #2 was a girl and I went CRAZY! I originally had this huge pile of girl clothes in a basket but then realized if I brought all this home my husband would kill me. So I chose only a few items, I’m sure I’ll be back for more. But man, shopping for girls is way more fun and a lot easier then with boys!

    Thank you Jesus for blessing us with our babies!

  • Mom Life

    Sunflowers of Motherhood

    I went to a sunflower field this past week and the beauty of that flower got me thinking. When you look up the meaning behind the Sunflower you get many definitions. I thought that it all perfectly symbolized motherhood as well.

    Loyalty “is a strong feeling of support or allegiance.” This represents the sunflower because of “the strong bonds between two people, as represented by the strong and upright stem”. From the very moment our baby is conceived we become it’s mother. You have your body providing the needs for their body while they grow and get ready to make their appearance into this world. Once they arrive we are loyal to their needs 24/7.

    Longevity “is long existence or service.” This represents the sunflower, “since most varieties stand in full bloom for months on end during the hottest days of summer”. Us mothers dedicate our lives to our babies, from day one to the end of time. We continue being their mother even in the most troubling moments of our lives.

    Nourishing “is care for and encourage the growth or development of”. This represents the sunflower since the sunflower produces an abundance of edible seeds. Our babies depend on us for food, love, safety, and so much more. They depend on us to nurture them, and it is our job to do so.

    Adoration  “is respect, reverence, strong admiration or devotion in a certain person, place, or thing.” Motherhood is exactly that. I don’t think I went a day without admiring my son. I devote myself to him each day just like my mother does for me.

    At this time last year I was 39 weeks pregnant with my first child. I was 22 years old. I was so excited and yet absolutely terrified. My life was about to completely change. My life would never be the same again. At times I would get numb just thinking about how my new life would be.

    I became a mother a week later and all that selfish fear went away. That moment I heard my baby cry for the first time I became loyalty. I became longevity. I became nourishing. I became Adoration. As all us mothers do.

    In the beginning sometimes I felt like it was all too much, especially dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety but even though motherhood is tough at times just remember we never lose those amazing traits. Becoming a mother teaches you far more than you can imagine.

    Here I am a year later – 23 years old – with my new and improved life. I have a one year old son, Isaiah and I’m pregnant with his sister, Annabelle Faith. I’m ready to be “loyalty”, “longevity”, “nourishing”, and “adoration” times two.

    Motherhood is a beautiful thing just as Sunflowers are.

     

    Sweater worn in picture: from PinkBlush