Friday, September 19, 2014

{Friday Favorites} - September 19

It's been a long time since I've done Friday Favorites. I decided to try to bring it back. We'll see how it goes. It seems like we don't do much and All of my Friday Favorites may be about Lia, but that's a good thing right?

1. Her smile is contagious. She is starting to smile more and more purposefully now. The other night, she went to bed a little late, so I brought her into our room. She loves laying in our bed...and we don't mind it at all.

2. Little girl is so strong. If you have her laying in your lap or laying down in anyway, she tries to sit up. I decided to try to put her in the Bumbo Chair. She loved it and had that concentrated look on her face the whole time. She lasted about 10 minutes before she got tired.

3. Red Band Society - I am so excited fall shows are back (I've missed my favorites). I watched the pilot to this new one on Fox the other night. I'm hoping the rest of the episodes will be as good as the first! Can't wait. 

4. Fall is in the are here in Minnesota. I love fall scents..The Leaves candle from Bath and Body is my favorite. It's been burning in our house for the last couple of weeks.

5. I had my first fall coffee drink, the other day...No it wasn't a PSL...but a Salted Caramel Mocha....Love it!

Have a great week all!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

He Only....

I had every intention of following Blog-tember this month...and then life happened. 
I don't know what I was thinking...blogging everyday, working, hubby in school, newborn...haha I had high expectations for myself. 

This season of life has been different than any other. I now have a new role...Mommy

While, I love change and I adore and love my daughter, it is a role that has been the hardest one I've experienced. It's hard adjusting to the fact that 24 hours a day some one is dependent on me. I've always prided myself to be an independent woman. It's how I was raised. Then I got married and I had to learn to be co-dependent. Now, being a mommy, I have someone that needs me all day...'s exhausting's challenging's scary's hard's amazing's wonderfully difficult

There are days when I just want to be alone. I want to not have to think about all of the possibilities, the needs, the responsibilies...but at the same time, when I have a rare moment alone, those are all I think about.

I've never thought of myself to be fearful, but so much of her life is out of my control and it scares me. There are so many decisions that I have to make for her and a lot of them are in the gray area. Do we have the room at the right temperature, can we sleep her on her stomach, do we let her cry for a while in her bed, how long is too long, the questions go on and on...

I was reflecting this morning during my quiet time (with little one on my lap) on Psalms 62, verses 6-8.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him. 

He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 

 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us.

It's a piece of scripture that has gotten me through many trials (it's why it's tattooed on my foot).  He is my REFUGE...He is my ROCK...I can not be shaken.

I have so many hopes and dreams for Lia. So many of them are out of my control. Each day I have to lay her down just like I lay down myself at the feet of Jesus.

This song has been very comforting to me this week. Let Jesus be your CORNERSTONE - your foundation.

Friday, September 5, 2014

{Blog-tember} - I'm Passionate About...

I'm passionate about...

...Always saying yes to God
...My marriage
...Living life to the fullest
...Being positive
...Seeing others succeed
...Living a disciplined life
...Quality time with people
...Watching the sunset
...Being around a dinner table with others

Brave Love Blog

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{Blog-tember} - When I grow up

When I was graduating college, I told myself, that I never wanted to say I wish I would have....I wanted to live a full life and always say "yes" to where I felt I was being called. As I reflect on today's prompt, it was hard for me to answer, because I've felt I've done what I've wanted to do.

Upon graduating college, I moved to Florida and started teaching at a Christian School. I had many opportunities there and was able to coach and build lasting relationships. However, 4 years later God laid missions on my heart, specifically the country of Haiti. I went on a trip and I knew that I needed to follow his leading, so I pursued a job opportunity with FLVS (Florida Virtual School). Because I was teaching online, I had the flexibility of traveling back and forth to Haiti every other month and I was able to start training teachers.

After two years, I knew I was being called to do I moved to Haiti. During my time in Haiti, I was able to develop strong relationships, I mentored teenage girls, I worked with mission groups to help build relationships and provide sustainability, I mentored interns, I trained teachers, and I fell in love and got married. Then we got called back to the US.

Now, I am working for Florida Virtual School again, and we had our first child, Lia Marie.

I've lived a full life.....I've done a lot. If I had to answer "When I grow up..." I would say that I would love to train teachers and develop curriculum. I love to learn and I love seeing others learn. But, that's maybe someday...right now, I'm happy where I am.

Brave Love Blog

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

{Blog-tember} Seasons - September Goals

Those of you that have been friends with me for a while know that I love seasons. I love to enjoy what each one has to offer (okay, I struggle with winter). As much as I love summer and hate to see it go, there some equally great things about Fall!! So today, I welcome fall. New home decor is up, the fall scents are in the burners and new fall candles are out, football has started, the mornings are getting cooler, I've been seeing lots of Pinterest outfit pictures of sweaters and boots and back to school pictures have filled my Newsfeed today. I'm excited for what this next season brings. 

I love my job and definitely wouldn't trade it for anything, but seeing all of those back to school pictures, makes me miss the first day of school. I miss the excitement, the buzz in the hallways, the smell of new school supplies (I got to buy my hubby school supplies, so that helps), new outfits, and friends reuniting. 

Another "season" starts for me next week. This week marks the last week of maternity leave. While, I work at home and for now am not taking her to day care, our time together will change. I will have to learn how to find balance again. 

I never done monthly goals before, but felt that with this new change in life, it may be good to set some monthly goals. So....

September Goals

1. Take at least 10 - 15 minutes every day to spend in the word (I know this isn't a lot of time and would love for it to be more). 
2. Exercise 30 minutes - 5 days a week. 
3. Get ready everyday (I know I work from home, but I think this is important). 
4. Go on at least one date night with my hubby without baby girl. 
5. Social media free weekends. 
6. Read one fiction book and one non-fiction book
7. Blog at least 4 times (I would love to get to a couple of times a week, but we will start small). 

And just is a cute picture of little girl...She is getting so big and her smiling more and more....can't wait hear her giggles. 

Brave Love Blog

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{Lia Marie} - Newborn Photos

Originally I had great plans to take Lia's Newborn photos myself...but at about 37 weeks preggo and talking with one of my friends, decided this wasn't a great idea. Per my friends suggestion, I asked Amy of Amy E Photography to take Lia's pictures. She spied on my Pinterest board and came up with some great ideas for shots. 

I'm so happy with the results. Here are some of my favorites. 

And some fun outtakes....

Thanks Amy for the great photos of our little sweet pea, Lia Marie!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Shakeology - A Review

I meet Cyndy about a year ago at a work conference. In addition to working at a school, Cyndy is also a Beachbody Coach. Over the last year, I've been super impressed with Cyndy's dedication to being fit and healthy and also her encouragement to others to also be fit and healthy. 

About 2 weeks before I was ready to give birth, Cyndy asked me if I wanted to try Shakeology for 7 days after I had the baby. I thought it would be a great idea and a great way to boost some post baby weight loss. 

Initially I thought I would replace my breakfast with the shakeology, but to be fair, I don't always eat breakfast, so I choose to replace one of my other meals. I also wanted to use the meal replacement when I had started working out again, so I chose last week. 

I must admit, I was not sure I would like the drink and was worried I would be so sick of it by the end of the week. I was wrong, every shake I tired was delicious.  I was also worried that it would not fill me and that 2 hours later I would be hungry. I was completely wrong... it was actually hard for me to drink the whole shake, it was so filling and I definitely wasn't hungry 2 hours later. 

My two favorite shakes where

1 packet chocolate shake powder
almond milk
peanut butter

1 pack chocolate shake powder
almond milk
frozen strawberries and raspberries 
water results. 
My pre-preggo weight was 136, but my goal weight loss is 130 (or less). 

Along with the shakes, I ran 5 days for 30 minutes and did 5 minutes of abs. 

I saw weightloss of 2 lbs...

As you can see I still have some work to do...but it's coming. 

Thanks Cyndy, for your encouragement and help boosting my post - preggo weight loss. 

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