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Preggo #4: 31 Weeks

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Hello everyone.  What a wild week it's been.  It was the second week of virtual learning.  It is definitely different, but it hasn't been that bad at all.  The kids' teachers are all very engaging and I enjoy the work modules that have been presented.  I'm really enjoying.

                                   


Jeremiah Turns One!

Hi everyone!  Our baby J. turned 1 year old on Tuesday.  We didn't do a huge birthday party since COVID is still very, very real, but we did have a nice quiet family celebration and he was more than happy with it.

He still has those amazing bright eyes.


With COVID still spiking and quarantine still the word of the day, we did a very small and intimate dinner at home.  Nothing fancy, no major themes.  Just us--S., Bug, Honeybee, A, J and I.  We ate pizza and then pulled out a simple birthday cake while singing happy birthday.  You know, in hindsight, it was perfect.

Hello August!

Wow!  Is it really August?  Already?  Wow!  Well, hello August.  I am hopeful that this month offers us a lot of love, joy, peace, and fellowship.  We know the COVID is not over and we have had more than enough of the heartbreak that has accompanied it.  But we are very thankful to see another month!


Birthday Recap: 40 is Fabulous

Hi everyone!

I am still smiling and am so humbled by the outpouring of love and support I received on my birthday yesterday.  Truthfully, with COVID still running rampant, I was fine with take out dinner and a movie on Netflix.  I wasn't expecting anything big and I was perfectly fine with it.  The day had already started so beautifully.

Black woman holds "Happy" and "B-Day" balloons
A fabulous 40th birthday...even in COVID-19

The Announcement

                                       
Yes!  It's true!  S. and I are expecting child number 5!  Do you know how LONG I've wanted to tell you guys!  This is awesome and amazing and nothing short of miraculous.  Please know that this comes as a complete shock for us as this child has been conceived naturally without any medical intervention, and against all odds according to the doctors.  Everything looks good and healthy.  The heart rate is strong.  The baby is growing like it is supposed to and we are so excited.

Weekend Recap “The Not-so-Drive Through Adventure”


Hi everyone. I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was, for the first time in a long time, pretty active. Last week I saw an advertisement for one of the local farms in our area for a drive through baby animal review complete with kettle corn, lemonade, and strawberry slushees. You know I couldn’t say no to that, so I purchased tickets for the kids and I and come Saturday morning, loaded up the car.

4 Things You Can Do To Help Grandbabies Stay Connected To Their Grandparents During COVID Season




My mother hasn't seen her grandbabies since Christmas.  Oh my is she itching to hold and love on them, but with COVID-19,  it isn't possible right now.  Add that she is a nurse for a geriatric facility in New Jersey and it's safe to say it will be a while before she actually gets the privilege.

It's definitely a different world for grandparents right now, but thankfully we live in a time where we can spend time with our loved ones without actually spending time with them.

Here are 4 things to make the connection a little easier.

Hello May!


Hi everyone!  It’s May!  It’s definitely a different one than in years passed with all of the craziness of COVID going around.  We are still sheltering in place at home with occasional escapes for required meetings and doctor appointments.  It’s certainly been interesting.

Weekend Recap: A Blessed Easter...even in quarantine...

He has Risen!

Weekend Recap: Meeting Elsa and Performing in Plays

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!  I woke up this morning with a nasty little cold that I can thank baby J. for so generously sharing with me.  It's a beautiful 60 degrees outside and is supposed to climb to 71.  I, however, am inside shivering and wrapped in a coat and blanket.  -_- I hate being sick. Fortunately, the yuckies didn't make their debut this weekend which was great because it was an awesome weekend!


Happy birthday, Honeybee!!

This amazing, energetic, bundle of love and grace is turning 6 today! I can’t thank God enough for choosing Theo and I to be her parents. I love her so much and I can hardly wait to see the doors Christ opens for you! I love you so much, baby girl, my honeybee, my GiGi! Happy birthday, baby! 😘🎉🎁🎂

#birthdaygirl #februarybaby #happybirthday #myfirstdaughter #snowbaby

What’s Up Wednesday

Oh my goodness! It’s the last Wednesday of the month! I’m sorry, but that FLEW! March is pretty much here. I’m so ready for Spring. Today I’m linking up with @Shaeffer Told Me To and Mix and Match Mama for What’s Up Wednesday. It’s only my second one and I’m so excited to join the party. So, here we go!

Tuesday Truth: Angry and Hurt Moms Cause Angry And Hurt Kids


A few days ago I had a terrible mommy moment.  I was tired, exhausted, and frustrated.  I was attempting to get out the house on time for a certain event and the children were not cooperating.  One had "forgotten" how to put on her shoes.  Another refused to leave without her lovie.  The littlest screamed from being placed in a carseat when he clearly wanted to lie on the floor for a while.  We were late.  I was so overwhelmed.  When little voices gave way to whining, I lost it and launched into a raised voice tirade (no curse words) that ended in a very hurtful dismissal.  The effect was instantaneous.  There was no more whining.  There was no sound at all.  Just a quivering lip, watery eyes, and a slow walk to the car.  I felt like crap.

Weekend Recap: 38 Can't Wait

Hi everyone!  This weekend was pretty great, if I do say so myself.  It was a weekend full of celebration and I definitely can't wait to share.

Children Have Love Languages, Too

I've read Dr. Gary Chapman's book, The Five Love Languages, several times in my adult life.  I have taken the quiz more times than I can count to make sure things haven't shifted or that I still convey and receive love in the same manner.  I even recognize when I get frustrated that it is partly due to my love language not being spoken.  When you apply the techniques and observe the information submitted, it really does make sense.  Which is why I can't believe it took me so long to actively pay attention to the fact that my children have their own love languages too. (Especially since there is a book by the same author discussing this at length).

Oh, in case you aren't familiar with Love Languages, there are five ways that people show, communicate, give, and receive love.  They are Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, and Acts of Service.


Photo credit: Pinterest find.  

What's Up Wednesday?

Hi! Oh my goodness, I am SO excited. I mean it. I’ve wanted to link up with @Shaeaffer Told Me To and Mix and Match Mama for ever on What’s Up Wednesday…and something always seemed to come up. But here I am today and ready to rock! Prayers to the Mix and Match Mama family. I know all too well about best laid plans. God has you and your family, but we’ll be praying your strength and health still. So, let’s get started!

2019 In Review

Oh my goodness! Today is the LAST day of 2019! What an amazing year it has been. God really has blessed us immensely this year. Good health. New additions. Family love. I am so thankful for all He has done and all that He is! As the clock strikes midnight tonight, I plan to thank Him over and over again for all that He is and for keeping our family.

It’s time for our yearly review and I am really looking forward to sharing it with you. I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite memories with links to those posts. I’ll also be sharing my top 17 most viewed posts of 2019.

Finally, I’ll share my round up for my favorite movies, books, and Bible plans of the year. Thank you for making this year so amazing. May you and your family be richly blessed in the 2020 year.

Gratitude

Hello!  November has finally arrived.  We are finally in a month of pure gratitude.  I'm so thankful for this month and all that we get to experience in it.  The kids are completing their soccer season, which means we will have family time without having to run around to multiple locations.  I'm planning a huge Mommy/Son weekend with Bug.  It's also time to prep for new adventures.  I can't wait to share.


Friday Favorites: My Favorite Back-to-school Busy Night Meals

Hello everyone!

This week I got to see the familiar postings of little people returning to and starting their first day of school.  It is always such a joy to see parents posting and to see how proud they are of the same.  We've been in school two weeks now and are getting used to the school pace of classes, homework, practices, and rehearsals.  It was easy to forget just how busy our week can be as a family.  That's why I am sharing some of my favorite meals for busy nights.  I've collected these from various bloggers, pinners, and experiments across the board.  The ones listed are my go-to meals when we're running low on time, but need something filling for fuel.

I'm linking with Momfessionals for Friday Favorites to share the love!  Hope you like enjoy!



Home with Baby J

Hello everyone!  It's been a little over two weeks and things are progressing pretty well.  Baby J. has had his two week appointment and is now 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long.  He's growing well and is a calm and chill baby, which is appreciated after his fast entry into the world.  He is a breast fed and formula fed baby as it became apparent early that I was not producing enough.  (I don't want to hear the "you are enough" comments.  I know what my son needs and when he stopped screaming after receiving formula (after being on my breast for thirty minutes), I knew he needed additional.