Happy Friday ladies! I’m sorry to say that my time with you today will be very brief – as today begins MOVING DAY!! We looked around and thought how in the world did we accumulate so much stuff!?!?! (I’m sure we’re not the only ones who’ve experienced this lol) So today is about purging and moving the little things, while I’ll give orders tomorrow to the men on where to put the big things ;D .
So I titled today’s post “Pay Day” because indeed its Friday and we just got paid! (Thank You Jesus!) I’m not sure how your family’s income works but the way my bank account is setup (lol)… I only get paid once a month! So when I rise and give God the glory for a new day and then immediately pull up my bank account to see the blessings (and to make for sure I indeed received my check & my hub’s) I get all kinds of excited lol. See I know that for that moment (purely that moment) its the most money I’ll see for the month. I enjoy giving God praise when we balance our budget sheet against our income and there’s SUFFICIENT funds to make all the necessary payments for the month! There’s nothing like knowing God’s got your back and will meet your every need! He’s ceases to amazing me each and every day of my life because just when the enemy thinks I’m about to join his pity party God supplies! (can somebody shout HALLELUJAH) So for all my girlfriends that got paid today, I pray that your funds are sufficient enough to meet ALL your needs! And I continue to pray for abundance in your life, as I hope you all are praying in mine!
Have wonderfully blessed weekend and enjoy your PAYDAY!
(here’s a #FBF jam to celebrate the occasion lol)
Ever had that feeling when you are like “Yo, okay I get it, enough is enough already?!?!?” Yeah so that was me the other day. I had a (more like another) moment of weakness. In my thinking there were some things going on around me that I just didn’t understand and completely agree to. These thoughts stirred up other thoughts which in turn became doubts and anxiety and lead to a very difficult conversation with someone I love dearly.
It is so easy, human nature I guess, to blame what we consider as suffering on the enemy, when in actuality we are not suffering ,we are bearing the consequences of our actions. Deep huh, I can’t take credit for that though, my Pastor recently taught on this concept lol. But it really stuck with me and in the midst of all the craziness that was going on in my head the other day, I had to stop rebuke that negative thinking and realize that I’m not suffering per say, I’m dealing with those consequences of poor decisions. So again I say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It’s time to make some changes and move forward.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace (Who imparts all blessing and favor), who has called you to His (own) eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strength and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10 AMP
Well Hallelujah!!! Praise God for being delivered from my self-inflicted suffering and thank you Lord for settling my spirit so that I could think clearly and make plans to rectify the situation. It wasn’t easy having that talk with my husband, but I was able to get through the discussion without it becoming an argument and we both came to a consensus on a solution. Isn’t it a blessing when you look back over your “enough is enough” moment and see how well you handled it when it could have easily gone another way? Again I praise you Lord for clarity of thought and for spiritual maturity because in the past moments such as this would have sent me over the top in worry, frustration and anxiety. Instead my feelings of doubt and anxiety turned into strength not because of my own intuition, but because of my relationship with my Father and sensitivity and leading of His Holy Spirit. I’m still growing ya’ll!!! This is a day by day, shoot some days a minute by minute, journey in this Christian walk. However I thank and praise God for teaching moments just like these that keep me on my toes and continue to accelerate me in my spiritual (and natural) growth.
“(But what of that?) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us!” Romans 8:18 AMP
You know it’s not always easy to blog (for me anyway). I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I’m at a crossroad and majority of my posts are about that…gotta take the good, bad, happy, sad and indifferent. So today is no different lol. I mean I’m a thinker and I think all the time about EVERYTHING! This morning was no different on the drive to work thinking and listening to the radio, it was #NewMusicTuesday and they played a song by Tina Campbell called Destiny. This song right here was right on time. When you’re at a crossroad in life or just need a little reassurance about this thing called LIFE (like I am with my career/job, the emotional struggles of grieving and ready to love and be loved again, relocating to be closer to family/friends but still wanting to go somewhere different), just remember that you have a purpose and no matter what happen on the journey, you’re working towards fulfilling your destiny. It’s not always a smooth paved road along the way, but you always come out better. Just keep pressing…
What gets you over that hump or roadblock? Until next time…
I’ve got a destination
In my view
The road may be bumpy getting there
But I’m pressing through
I will enjoy this journey
No matter come what may
I’ll become better and stronger
And wiser everyday
I’ve got a vision and a purpose
A divine destiny
It may not look like it right now
But faith ain’t what I see
It is the things I hope for
Believing that it will come
And no matter how long it takes
I know GOD’s will shall be done
His will is I prosper
His will is that I win
His will is that I fight on
His will is that I live
He gave me what I needed
When he gave me his son
He gave me hope and a future
He gave me the greatest love
And now that I’ve got Jesus
Helping me along the way
He’s perfecting everything about this ole girl
Making me new in every way
So I’m singing
Hallelujah! I’m not what I used to be
I’m following Jesus everyday
To reach my destiny
I believe I’ll sing it again
Hallelujah! I’m not what I used to be
I’m following Jesus everyday
To reach my destiny
I believe I’ll sing it again
Hallelujah! I’m not what I used to be
I’m following Jesus everyday
To reach my destiny!
As a kid you’re asked that inevitable question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” And as you transition through life and complete high school and/or college, the answer you gave 20yrs ago tends to not be so true in some cases. What I’m getting at here is that, I some times wonder if I would have chosen a different field of study or different type of job had someone really exposed me to what to expect after college. Now I’m 30+ years old and admittedly still not living out my “dream job” yet. I haven’t given up on it by any means, but I’m just saying! For me, as an adult I still struggle with where I’m supposed to be in my career. I tell God “its your will” every time I apply for a job and leave it at that. I want to be a good role model for my children and demonstrate what it means to work and earn money. I want to find my happy place, where my job and income are sufficient, where I love what I do and its FUN, exciting but yet challenging enough for me. I tend to struggle with needing a creative outlet. But as I said early, I’m NOT giving up yet! I’m excited for my future and where it will take my family and I. I’m ready to explore new things, smell some different air, see some different people, and just know that God is pleased with me in my career. I never want to be stagnate in what I’m doing or systematic/repetitive I need the thrill of learning something new. So today, I share publicly that I’m solely allowing God to use me and to move me wherever necessary to fulfill His will and carryout my expectations of my dream job. Ladies thank you so much for listening. Today’s just simply “one of those days” and I felt led to share what’s been pressing on my heart. I pray each of you have a beautifully blessed Friday and weekend! The Girlfriends will be back sharing more of life with you again on Tuesday!
What’s hot other than the rising temperatures of summer? Sizzling bold lipstick, highlight, bronzer and natural enhancement of contour is trending in record heat waves across the world in beauty! Far gone are winter days and high temperatures are encouraging the 5 minute face with your favorite lightweight foundation, a touch of concealer for blemishes and a dash of powder to set. Finishing touches of highlight across the bridge of the nose and high tops of cheekbones, bronzer beautifully blended over the cheekbone and subtle contouring the crease under the cheekbone have created frenzy coast to coast. To complete the look with a vibrant hue of red, pink or purple only intensifies and secures your ratings in compliments and head turns! Don’t be afraid to step into another arena of summer looks! Try it all on and find the final finish that sets your confidence on high! No matter the temperature of your summer look on these hot days, remember to be true to you and to be you LOUDLY!
If your preference is soft and natural or bold and beautiful, the hope is that nothing deters you from expressing your creativity and hotness in your own way!! Many brands encourage this freedom and I invite you to shop with them for your personalized summer finds~ just to name a few: ★ Revlon ★ Cover Girl ★ Smashbox ★ MAC ★ Urban Decay
As the temperatures continue to rise remember to share your smile with the world!
In God’s Image Photography/Makeup Artistry
“I now pronounce you husband and wife” *Deep Breath* *First Kiss as One Flesh* *Sigh of Relief* *WE MADE IT, FINALLY*Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t mind me I’m just reflecting back on thoughts of my wedding day. You see Hubby and I will celebrate 4 years of marital bliss tomorrow!!! Wooooooooooo hoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
I am super excited to hit yet another milestone in our journey as husband and wife. I do not take any year we have spent becoming one for granted because honestly there were moments when I didn’t think we would make it to 4 years, shoot I didn’t think we would have made it to one year of marriage, just being real. Sure we have all seen the fairy tale love stories in movies, TV sitcoms and plays, but let’s be real; every day in reality of marriage is not all glitter and glam. There are days when I sit and think “is this really what I waited all my life for?” LOL! I mean really no one can get under my skin like that man!!! Even in those weak moments of doubt, I will fight anyone that speaks negatively or down about my man. (BUT SERIOUSLY!!!) No our journey has not been easy, there were moments when we were both ready to walk out the door, but looking back I don’t think I would trade it for the world. All the tests and trials that we’ve been through have only made us stronger and allowed us to love and appreciate each other more. The theme for our wedding was “A Forever Love” and I’d like to think we have made that theme of our marriage in totality. I took my vows seriously when I declared before God “to death do us part”. Divorce wasn’t an option then and it’s not an option now. Regardless of what trials are ahead of us, we have to remember that we made it through in the past and with the help of our Lord and Savior we will make it thru again.
So today I want to take a moment to salute the man that prayed for so many years ago and is blessed to now call my husband. I thank you for all that you’ve given to make me happy. I thank you for how you have put yourself on the backburner, and put your family first on many occasions. Thank you for all of the many sacrifices you made, for swallowing your pride and doing what you had to do to make sure that your family has been taken care of. None of it goes unnoticed. I even thank you for working thru the hard moments when my actions or words were too harsh. Thank you for loving me past my hurts, my insecurities, for telling me that I’m beautiful and that you are blessed to have me. Thank you for doubling back that day in the mall almost 7 years ago to, as you say, “just make me smile”. Thank you for continuing to make me smile even today as I write this post.
I love you baby and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you! Happy Anniversary my love!!! Okay I’m done reflecting; now it’s time for some celebrating….
“However, let each man of you (without exception) love his wife as (being in a sense) his very own self; and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband (that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly).” Ephesians 5:33 AMP
Catch up here…With the holidays done, it was back to normal life with one minor adjustment…WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep you read it right. So in the mix of the holidays lies my birthday. Yes I don’t really do much for my birthday, but since it was the BIG 3-0, I wanted to do a really nice sit down dinner at a fancy restaurant. So I started planning and inviting all my friends and their hubby’s. I got together this nice evite and picked out a fancy place and thought I was doing something lol…to my surprise (and it truly was because I know EVERYTHING!!!) there was something else in the mix brewing.
Since in previous conversations I told Robert that I wanted to do something big for my birthday, but I really felt comfy doing something simple something small lol (I mean a girl can dream right lol). Needless to say, he teamed up with #TEAMDOCKERY and it was a wrap! Now I have been to their house, watched their kids while they were on a weekend getaway, spent Thanksgiving there and was totally clueless. I mean I usually know when stuff is going down. I give mad props to everyone for keeping this secret! I would say that the toughest part of their entire shindig was getting me there and they had the right person tasked with that…MY SISTER. So the story behind that was we were planning on working out, so I gets changed and waiting for my sister…and waiting…still waiting…finally I’m like you taking too long I’m not going. Then my mom says she has a headache and in pain can we go get her something from the store […now this should have been clue #1 that something fishy was going on because I’m pretty sure we have everything under the sun in our “medicine” cabinet, but I didn’t check she hurting go get something no if ands or buts…]. So then me and my sister spends 20 minutes in Harris Teeter and I’m ready to go because my momma hurting…then she forgets something and we circle the store. √ed that off the list…now to the line, but we had another detour; so about another 20 minutes pass and I’m done at this point. We finally leaves and then she wants to “go check out the clubhouse for the baby 1st birthday”…who does that at 8-9pm?!?!? After going back and forth for about 5 mins, I pull up there and told her I’m not going because it looks like someone having a Christmas party (I mean it is December). After another 5 minutes of arguing lol I went up towards the door and as I get to it and my sister opens it (I’m looking at her sideways lol) all I see is my mom and Robert!!!!!!!!! Oh I busted out in tears! I’m shocked because I have no clue why he’s here (I just saw him less than 2 weeks before for Thanksgiving) and why is he all dressed up. So after he comes outside to get me to come in (yea he had to come and get me lol) I see all of my luvs…mom, the baby, brother, all my besties, my aunt and a few cousins!!!! I was seriously in awe that this was happening…and did I mention that I have on gym clothes and everyone is all jazzy lol.
So after I speak to everyone I was whisked away and got changed (YES!!!!! They had hooked a sista up). Back to the party I go and I walk into “Scandal” affair. YAY! I’m so excited because that’s my show and I’m the leading lady 🙂 . I mean all of the characters where there even Pap Pope even down to the transitioning sound (sounds like a camera shutter lol) After it’s all said and solved P-A-R-T-T-A-A-Y-Y-Y T-I-M-E. Skrrreeek….things got quiet and people looking, then I see Robert with the microphone. It’s kinda hard to me to focus on what he’s saying because I’m trying to figure out what’s really going on….then he’s on ONE KNEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I busted out crying again lmbo. I was such a crier that night. And I finally said YES! Yea yea yea…it took me a minute or two to get it together and say yes lol. December 6, 2013. Continue reading…
There comes a time when you just know it’s time to GO! When you’ve become complacent and lose purpose in what you intended a situation’s outcome to yield. So in saying that, I’m proud to announce that we’re MOVING! We’re very excited to have a fresh start in a new house with plenty of space to call our own for now. The boys are very anxious and anticipating new customized room décor. We’re giving the 10yr old his very own room, which he’s requested a WWE/Wrestling theme. The 3yr & 7yr boys will share a room, which they have requested a Superhero theme. And as for the hubs, he’s requested that our room has a calm, peaceful, tranquil/spa type of presence. So what I’m thinking is… (LOL) sneaking in some really “girly” elements and creating a spa themed master bathroom. I already know I’m going to get called out by this statement, seeing as how the hubs does read my posts lol. I mean you can’t blame a girl for trying, right? I’m the only QUEEN in this family and when it comes to themed parties & rooms, Christmas lists, etc. – I don’t get to explore ANYTHING GIRL-RELATED! Need I remind you I still haven’t seen Frozen! (but will get the chance to make an Elsa inspired tutu for my god-niece’s birthday in a few weeks, super-excited) You can expect to see me share new house projects in the upcoming weeks/months. I pray I don’t bore you with them but inspire you to create! I’m already thinking of all the season and holiday décor changes and Christmas traditions that we get start in our new house. I have created some prints that I will turn into canvas wall art for the boys’ rooms. Here’s a sneak peek at those!
More to come soon. We thank you in advance for your prayers that the PACKING and MOVING and then UNPACKING process goes very well and very swift for us!
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ~Joshua 24:15
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!
Well ladies Sweet Pea is halfway thru her third week of summer camp! Can you believe it?!?!? So far she loves every aspect of it, although drop off in the mornings can still be a little shaky lol. So remember I told you in I Got the Blues…The Final Chapter that she would be attending a part time preschool. This schedule is working perfectly so far! It gives her a chance to interact with kids her age, expose her to the whole aspect of going to school and gives Nana a much needed break in the mornings. I only wish that this lasted all summer long! Since they did not have as many children sign up as they had hoped, she only attended 2 weeks in June and will attend 2 weeks in July. So it’s somewhat of a teaser for her. 😉
I know you are wondering how day 1 went for Sweet Pea and for Mommy and Nana LOL! I was a little nervous but didn’t want to show so Sweet Pea would be at ease. I told her Nana that she couldn’t come to drop off because I wanted that to be my moment. Well to my surprise she comes around the corner dressed saying she was coming LOL! Sike my boo boo huh! I guess she was getting me back from when I didn’t let her stay with me when we brought Sweet Pea home from the hospital, another story for another day lol Any who Nana already had tears in her eyes before we left the house and I made a pact with myself not to look her in her eyes so the tears I was holding in would not free themselves from my tear ducts! (It wasn’t easy lol) Sweet Pea was all chipper and excited until we walked in the gate of the school and she realized Mommy was not going to stay, insert screams and tears! You don’t know how hard it was for me to let her hand go and walk away! The school director looked at me and reassured me that she was going to be fine and they would see me that afternoon. Before I could calm myself down, I had to calm Nana down who had gotten out of the car looking thru the gate to make sure that Sweet Pea was okay. I had to force her to get back in the car! Hilarious!!
Upon pick up that day, Sweet Pea came around the corner with the biggest smile on her face and greeted Mommy with a huge hug! #InsertMommyTearsHere Whew sighs of relief! We made it thru day one. The director let us (yes Nana got out of the car and came in this time LOL) know that she did excellent and only cried for a minute or so after we left. Since that day her morning tears have ceased a little more each day and she’s now just a little hesitant to walk in. She has learned so much already, some good and some bad (kids pick up bad habits so quickly), but nonetheless she’s learning, growing and developing just the way that she should at this age. It’s time for Mommy to learn to let go and finally accept that Sweet Pea is growing up. Sigh…….
Sweet Pea & Mommy all smiles at the end of Day 1!