For all the things my hands have held the best by far is you

Welcome to the World Sweet Kennedy

On May 1st, 2019, ( my regularly scheduled post day) my sweet Grand Niece( is that a thing?) was born. Welcome to the world Kennedy Lewis. My eldest niece and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world. I planned on writing just about Kennedy and about the birth, but then we got home from the hospital so late and well, a lot of life has been happening my way regarding my own family and here it is, Mother’s day weekend. So there you have it, a mother’s day post.

I know that every mother and father when asked can remember the day that they brought a new life into this world. My niece Adriana and her husband Josh, newlyweds themselves eagerly awaited the life of their sweet girl to be born on that day. I’ve never seen someone so ready to be a mommy than Adriana. She didn’t even seem a bit nervous or scared, only ready to welcome Kennedy into life. Almost our entire family plus some of her closest friends and her mother – in – law crammed into her delivery room. It was typical us, a room filled with jokes, food, coffee, flowers, kids all over the floor, and anticipation.

Adriana’s labor had to be induced, due to some risks, and she was in labor for quite some time. We were in and out of the room, and at one point while in the waiting room, I had an opportunity to chat with Josh. I asked him, are you nervous? Are you scared? and he replied, ” a little” so wanting to relive those eager feelings, I asked, what are you most nervous or anxious about? To which he replied, “I’m nervous about the unknown.” I actually was a bit taken back by his oh so perfect response. I was expecting silly answers I guess, What’s she gonna look like, will I be a good dad, Will I know how to carry her, will her mom be ok? So, I really got to thinking about the unknown.

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Unknown. How could have he know that the unknown is the scary stuff? Most first time parents have all the information they need. It comes from that book, what to expect something? Or these days doesn’t the internet tell you everything you need to know. If you are a first-time parent, don’t go searching, please.. I was only kidding. It really got me thinking over the course of this last week as I mentioned going through quite a bit with my own family.

If you’ve been following my journey, you might know we experienced some things within our home last year and I’m not ready to fully disclose, but it’s been rigorously trialing and filled with peaks and valleys. The hope that we have is found in our faith, and God’s promises. Plus, I mean, C’mon, I am raising two teenagers at once!

“My brethren, count it all joy, when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. ”

James 1:2-3 NKJV The Holy Bible

This past week, and I suppose Motherhood period has been filled with fear of the unknown, but we press on. We move forward, we forward march in full faith, with patience, trust, and HOPE. Then when we walk into the unknown, not with fear but that faith, we are usually surprised moments of joy, strength, knowledge, laughter, pain, healing, LOVE, moments of beauty, tenderness, silliness, arguments, compromise, brokenness, comfort, bonding, trust, companionship, friendships, relationship, togetherness, and this list could go on forever. Moments that had I chose not to walk into the unknown I could have never known, moments that the what to expect books weren’t ever capable of describing. Moments of bliss, heart bursting delight, that I could have never ever fathomed. So, Josh, I get it, the unknown is scary the unknown is unknown until we get there, and what we discover is that life hands us what we need when we need it. Life hands us more than we can handle bringing the need for God, family, and friends and support, and we never dreamed of the precious moments that have been tossed our way.

Adriana and Josh, now that Kennedy is almost two weeks old, I am confident that you both have experienced feelings you never knew existed. I am overjoyed for you both, I love seeing you light up with your precious baby, and Kennedy is a beautiful addition to our beautiful family and to the world. Protect her, love her, hold her tight, and do not be afraid. Make Jesus the head of your household and hold onto God’s word and promises, they are true and you mustn’t lose sight of your faith. Adriana, welcome to motherhood, the most sacred club I know.

To my children, I love you all so much and am blessed to be your momma. To my mother, Thank you, mommy, thank you for raising me the best you could, and thank you for all of the love you poured into and continue to pour into me, to my sister Anita, Congratulations on your new Grandbaby. Elijah and Kennedy are blessings from God, your family is incredible and a true testimony of God’s faith in you. To Daniella, you are an incredible mother to Lijah, we are so blessed to have you in our lives. To all of my extended family in-laws, friends, and mothers out there. Happy Mother’s day to you. I pray that this post finds you with Joy, love, and laughter. I pray that your hearts are light because I know for so many mothers day can be hard. My heart is with you all.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. ” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV Holy Bible

Kennedy, welcome to our crazy little tribe, I cannot wait to love on you and watch you radiate our lives. We love you.

Thank you for taking the time to read my mother’s day post, please drop a comment and show some love! Until next time – Stay up and Stay in Faith!

Here we go 2019!

Welcome back to the blog! I’m super excited to be back on the grind and writing again. So yes, here we are a new year, and if you’re like me, things are just now settling into their own. The Goals are not only in place but now actually in motion.

The holidays were totally great but can feel like a cluster of events with one event onto the next.

Many new opportunities and happenings have arrived for me, so as always I’m taking you along with me.

My goal for this page is to create fun new content in different areas of interests. Starting afresh with the new year, and all the new adventures that are coming with it.

I am back in school, taking a few classes and this is my second semester back in college. College is different for this 40-year-old mother of 3. Last semester was pretty good, I only took 2 classes to get back into the swing of things. This semester I am taking 3 classes and hope to take extras over summer and winter breaks to speed up a bit. As a more mature student, things are a little different, and my memory is not as photographic as it used to be, making it a little different for me, and I do find I have to work a little harder at remembering info for tests, and classwork. I think at this point in life, once I apply it more it seems to soak in best. Last semester I squeaked out with 2 A’s and I am working on that same 4.0 GPA this semester. It’s fun for the most part, and most days keeps me thinking and keeps me sharp. I am addicted to learning so school has overall been very good for me and has kept me on my toes.

And she loves it!

GOALS GOALS GOALS!

So, I did set some goals for the year, but they were mostly a continuation of the direction I wanted to take my life. Obviously, I have goals that I want to achieve and wrote them down, but I think I focused more on what I wanted from myself mentally, spiritually, financially, physically and am hoisting myself into that direction. I decided to nurture myself to just be BETTER than I had been. Better is my word for the year and Better than I was is what I am aiming for.

With that being said, here’s what I am currently focused on. I am still leading a weekly calendar planning group. We are called Coffee, Calendars, and Conversation. So in our group and my philosophy currently is embedding the habits or activities i am focused on right now, and nothing else. So I write these things down weekly and everything else that comes my way is on the back burner or getting turned down. It is all about focus right now. For example my focuses are :

Spirituality, Work, My weekly Planning Group ( which is my organizational time), Health and Fitness, Family ( includes date night, kiddo time and activities), I am focused on 1 personal social activity a week to keep me from reclusiveness, school which i already mentioned, My Blog ( my goal is to blog weekly) and this deserves my time and attention because I love it!, and my side hustle for extra money which is my One Hope Wine Tasting Business.

I figure this is plenty for me to focus on, build some great time-based habits, a schedule, and then we can add more or take away as needed. I will also revisit this structure quarterly for tweaking.

I just started a new job as well, which I’m very happy with and looking to stay put right now through school God willing. Like i mentioned new things, i had been praying for are now in motion.

So that’s it in a nutshell for the New Year in motion. It may seem like a lot or not a lot, but for me it works right now, and at the end of the day, you have to find and do what works best for you. In my group we had a vision board creating session and if you peek below here is mine. It motivates, makes me want to do better in all things, and just all around makes me happy. I highly suggest you creating one to keep in your dreams and vision in sight. Well, that’s all for now and i will be writing more and of course dive into lot’s of life weekly with you. I appreciate any feedback insight or comments below! Thank you and God Bless your day!

Continually Crystal