Thursday, July 4, 2013

We want to wish you a Happy July 4th!

Happy Fourth of July Friends! I am so grateful for the freedom I have and for our soldiers and police officers who fight every day and risking their own lives to defend our freedom! I often feel as though they're not recognized or appreciated enough. So major shout out to you Ladies and Gentlemen. I thank each and every one of you for your service!

I'm so glad to be free! & to live in a country that's free. I'm blessed that I live in a country to where I can open up my bible at a star bucks  without the fear of authorities seeing me and dragging me off to jail.. A thought like that hasn't even crossed my mind while opening my bible at a star bucks. And I'm so blessed I don't have to live like that. But my heart yearns for those who are murdered and prosecuted to this day just because they just own a bible.

I'm glad we have the freedom  to make a difference in the world we live in. I'm glad we have the opportunity to speak up and fight for the innocent. Though I am often thinking of ways to make my voice louder and more effective. I really don't plan on leaving this earth until every abortion clinic is closed and burned to the ground.

And most importantly friends, I'm so extremely blessed for my Freedom in Christ. This is a freedom to really rejoice and shout about. For if I didn't carry this freedom no other freedom would matter. I would be nothing. I am free from my past, present and future. I'm free from what ever comes my way.. Being free in Jesus just makes this life  worth living. Yay Jesus!!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mommy Five Link up #4

I am so excited today to be answering this question.. I feel as though this question will be a great help to all mama's who are still carrying their precious babies! Like my dear friend Sarah who won't be carrying her precious daughter in the inside  for much longer but instead will be holding her in her arms! :) So excited for you girl!! <3  This will also most likely be our last link up for a little while due to my sweet friend delivering her Sweetpea any day now!!!!

Okay.. This is cray cray! When Sarah & I were talking about our questions for this week we both thought of the same question and that is "What are five pieces of advice for birth/labor? Twins separated at birth maybe?? :) I've always wanted a twin hehe! Anyways...

five pieces of advice for birth/labor:

1. Be prepared. I highly recommend for you to do your research! Read books, blogs, whatever you can get! Luckily for me my friend Heather  Was a few months ahead in her pregnancy so all I had to do pretty much was follow her blog posts and I some how always found out what I needed to know like what to pack in your bag. 

2. Don't get stressed out  if when things don't go your way. It's true! One thing about pregnancy/motherhood is that everything is unpredictable. You never know what's gonna happen.. I certainly wasn't expecting to be almost 3 weeks late, being induced or even having Evelynne in a hospital. But what I do know is that everything that happened worked out for the good! It was actually a good thing I was at the hospital because I ripped REALLY bad so I would of had to go to the hospital anyways lol. God is awesome!

3. Epidurals. Should or shouldn't you?
The choice is totally up to you. Don't feel bad or even think you are a bad mom for taking it. That would be a lie from the liar darling. I personally don't see the epidural as a "right" or "wrong" decision. It's just a decision that's totally up to you. :)

Rest  as much as possible. As hard as it may be. Because when the time comes to push that's when it really gets physically draining.

5. Let the husband.
Let the husband do everything for you. Whatever you need or want to be done. Make sure he doesn't feel helpless in this situation. And when it's all over and the baby is born and in your arms. Let him go home and get some sleep because lets face it those hospital chairs aren't comfy king sized beds.

Do you have any advice on Labor/delivery you'd like to share? If you're pregnant you are still more than welcome to link up with us with any research you find helpful :) We'd love to hear from you! Much love!!!
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Day at Panera Bread I'll never EVER forget.


Who would have ever thought that working on a Saturday would have been one of the best experiences ever? I never thought that until I worked one shift on a windy October day in 2011. Who would have ever thought that a work day would have ended up being one of the best days of my life? Not this girl! Until that day happened. This wasn't just any work day. It was the day I meant one of my favorite singer, actress, book author, mentor. You name it! I met her. And this is the story of how it came about.

 It was around 12ish. I know this because we were in the middle of a lunch rush. I honestly have no idea how many lattes and smoothies I made that day.. Though I didn't mind because I loved putting my artistic talents to my lattes. I took a lot of pride in them.. And then it happened as I was making a certain lady a decaf  latte. I looked up and I was certain the woman staring at me was Rebecca ST James...

Of course I didn't want to be awkward and just blurt out "REBECCA ST JAMES! I love you your the coolest!!"  Just to find out that it's not her at all.. So I came up with this clever idea to get her to say something because I can recognize her awesome Australian accent a mile away. So I asked if she had ordered a decaf latte.And she replied  "Yes."   It was her!! But still I didn't want to be too hasty. She could have been  very a well a Rebecca St James look alike who happened to have an accent.. Or one of those citizens who often dress and get surgery to look like their admirer.. Who knows? So, I told her she looked very familiar. And she said "Well, I'm a singer if that helps." Rebecca St James????" I said very excitedly and she replied with a yes! I couldn't even tell you how excited I was to just be making her coffee. Meeting her and getting to talk with her was such a humbling experience. She even stood next to the Cafe just so she could talk to me. Little old me. It was awesome! We talked about ministry, and how music is a big part of our lives, we talked about Panera bread and how we both love their famous Cinnamon Crunch bagels. It was great! Unfortunately she had to leave because she had a concert that night but before she left she gave me a personally signed book that she just came out with called "What is he thinking?" And ladies, it's one of my favs! I would definitely recommend to ladies of all ages. Married, relationship, or single. This lady carries a lot of   wisdom with her.  And I was so very blessed, humbled and privileged to have been able to meet her at a Panera Bread that day!

And no, unfortunately I wasn't able to get any pictures of us. =(  For one I didn't have my camera on me and two I was working, and three she was in sweats and a tee shirt and even though I'm positive she  wouldn't have minded I wanted to be thoughtful... Though I really wish I had that picture! lol.

By the way in case you have no idea who I'm talking about Rebecca ST James  is my mentor. Is is like super swag people!) I honestly thought everyone knew who she was.. Until I told my friend later that evening who I was so excited to have met and she replied. "Heather, I have no idea who she is!" It kinda makes me sad in a way because I feel as though every woman in the world should be looking up to this woman.. But instead they're looking and admiring women who well, aren't really admiring material....

Have you met a celebrity, singer (etc) that is your mentor?? Or just someone you adore? I'd love to hear about it! MUCH LOVE!! XOXOXO

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Purity & Forgiveness

Happy July 1st!!! I feel like this year is going by so fast.  I'm doing something a bit differently today friends. I'm going to be sharing a vlog with you! This is my very first time making a spiritual vlog so I was a bit nervous but making encouraging blogs are something that Jesus has been really putting upon my heart to do. It's definitely not something I like to do because well, they're  awkward and sometimes I just don't know what to say or share. A bit out of my comfort zone you know?  But God has given me the words to speak just as He has given me the courage to turn my video camera on & share. I've heard these things get easier and easier with every vlog so until than I can be fearless. I know these vlogs Jesus has encouraged me to do will bless someone including myself to be more of a public speaker. Anyways... Now that I have poured my heart out to you about vlogging.

This vlog title is called "Purity & Forgiveness"
About forgetting  what God has already forgotten which is such a hard thing to do sometimes isn't it? We often feel like God remembers the bad things more than the good. But my friend it's the total opposite. The God we serve is The God of love and when Jesus died on the cross for you all of your sins were forgiven & forgotten right there. Right at the moment Our Sweet Beloved whispered "It is finished".  Our Past. Our Present. Our Future. There is nothing that you can do to separate His love from you.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

Today friends, right this moment. I deeply encourage you to forget what God has already forgotten.. To trust and accept the fact that you ARE forgiven, loved and treasured indescribably. He takes great delight in you girl! Much love XOXO

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Also, don't forget to come back Wednesday for our Mommy 5 Link up! We will be discussing our top five pieces of advice for birth/labor.. :)