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Christmas begins today at our house (1 of 6) and for that I am both thankful and overwhelmed. This time of year is always full of emotions for me. But today... This week, has been extra emotional. I am not practicing good self care... Hardly making it through the days if I'm being honest. Yes each day is full of laughter from the kiddos and this beautiful snow outside, but inside I am feeling overwhelmed, underprepared and anxiety wants to creep back in. Having said that, I am most thankful for Jesus. That may sound cheesy, but I am leaning on Him hard these days, crying on His shoulders and being strengthend by His love. He is truly what gets me through the hard days, and I'd love to talk to you about what that even means if you ever want to chat about your faith. My days are not perfect because I'm a believer. But they sure hold a lot of hope because of it. Anyway, life is hard and God is good. Soon it's bedtime for the girls and I might actually get something cleaned for once this week 😂. Lord help me.
I think I'll start posting more music on my Instagram again. This one is staring my 2 and a half year old, Zoe. If you saw my insta-story today you saw another version of this song. Her top five faves right now are... 1. Rise up 2. Head above water 3. Twinkle twinkle 4. I am not alone 5. ABC's This kid is such a joy in my life. ☺️💕🥰. What other songs should I do Mini covers of here on the gram? Let me know in the comments! Also, my thumb is 95% healthy so I'm gonna go ahead and say I'm good to start booking gigs again. Yay! Hit me up if you'd like to chat about a worship night, house concert, bringing me to your church/community center, music for your wedding... You name it. Let's chat!
Your promise still stands Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness I'm still in Your hands This is my confidence, You never failed me yet. I've seen You move, come move the mountains And I believe, I'll see You do it again You made a way, where there was no way And I believe, I'll see You do it again.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6). We had our first pediatrician appointment for Malakiya this week. There is concern that she is not using her right hand as much as her left, her head size continues to be large, her core strength is lacking and her legs/ankles are very stiff. We are now on the waiting list for an MRI for a brain scan (about a 3 month wait) and have some blood work we need done at the hospital (I guess normal places don't take the tests we need done). I asked 'will she walk? Talk? Will we be having appointments for the next 5 years?' As of now, they can't answer those questions for us. We are hoping the MRI will tell us what we need to know. We are in season of waiting. We are embracing every moment of joy with this girl. And even tho waiting sucks and I want answers now, I know God is in control and has us in His hand. He is good. 'Your praise will ever be on my lips'. 📸 @tessajaynephotography
Zoe says the phrase "I gave Kiya happy!" "Mama I gave you happy!". The first time I heard her I almost corrected her (which I think we too often do without thinking as parents but that's a different post.) But then I thought about it and my heart melted. What happens when someone gives you something? It's a gift. It's often out of love. It brings joy. It's a selfless act. Giving. When Zoe says she gave you happy, I hear her saying "I'm giving you a piece of happiness! Take it! Have some sprinkled joy! Here's a little bit of me that I can give to you!" And my mamas heart explodes with how beautiful life is. I hope I 'give people Happy' when our paths cross. Kids sure make you think about life differently. 📸 @tessajaynephotography
This picture may not mean much to you, but to me it is SO EXCITING. Malakiya is using BOTH hands and extending all her little fingers! She has had trouble using her right side. She rolls over her left, always reaches with her left etc. So when she grabs bigger things, like this bottle, most often her right hand curls up and doesn't work as it should. But lately we have seen her work that right side harder and harder. And look at her here! This kid continues to move forward. Tomorrow we see our physio and OT again, the 30th we see our pediatrician for the first time and so on. Lots of appointments but seeing so much improvement. And sooo many smiles. This kid is a rockstar.
I need to #husbandbrag for a moment. Recently some big decisions have come our way and I am so thankful for Neil's heart. He sees God in the big picture of things and he believes in me and the calling on my life. He encourages me to follow God's whispers and fully supports my decisions. He trusts that God knows what's up, he trusts that we'll figure it out as we go and he doesn't back down from the every day grind. Sure we have rough days, our ups and downs like everyone else, but I am beyond thankful I get to do life with @fries02. It's a good life. Such a good life. 📸 @tessajaynephotography
"Do everything in love" (1 Corinthians 16:14.) This is something I need to remember daily. Whether I am playing with the girls, cleaning the kitchen, making someone (Zoe) have a time out or driving to do errands. It's easy to start complaining about it, even the good things for some reason. But when I switch the narrative to doing these things because we love and are loved, it changes everything. Live to love. #livetolove #soulscripts #love #christianblogger #faithblogger #instablog #godisgood #thankful #positivevibes
"why did you stop doing that thing you loved?" "oh you know... Life got in the way.." No. No I don't know. Your own life got in the way of your dreams and passions? Beautiful one, stand back up and let your life be your REASON, not your excuse. Life is meant to be full of beauty and wonder, joy and happiness! Dont let it slip aways with what ifs and I remember when's. Fill your life with the things you love. ♥ 📸 @lovelyrootsphotography
Flash back to pink hair and pregnant with Zoe! Still one of my favorite pictures of us two.. Sometimes Neil and I look at each other and ask 'what did we even do before kids? How did we spend our time.. Who were we?'. I can't imagine my life any other way.. I am so thankful for my family. Thank you Jesus.
Happy birthday to this snuggle bug! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. Malakiya has 1 tooth (that came in last week!), still loves cuddling with us, is very empathetic, she giggles easily and is a complete joy to be around. You, dear child, are so loved. I am blessed to be your mama. I know that whatever this next year brings, God has us firm in His hand and man oh man does He have some mighty plans for you! YOU ARE SO LOVED! Happy birthday Malakiya! 📸 @tessajaynephotography
In Christ alone my hope is found. He is my light, my strength, my song. When I look through this set of photos im always reminded of hope. He (Jesus) truly is my hope and my strength. I can't do this life without Him and today I'm leaning HARD on His shoulders. Some days are just harder than others. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness. 📸 @lovelyrootsphotography
Going through old photos for Malakiya's first birthday... And I am WRECKED. Guys. Time with our kids is so short. We only have these moments once and then they are gone. We need to use our time wisely.
In a few short days my baby turns ONE. So much can happen in a year. So much can happen in one day. Today I am thankful for my families health. For the giggles I'm blessed with from my girls. I'm thankful for a quiet morning alone (okayy by morning I mean an hour to myself) and that my husband can play with the girls before work. I'm thankful for the city we live in and the roof over our heads. But I am most thankful that Jesus teaches as we grow, that He partners with us in parenthood. That He is faithful. That he loves us and walks before us. Happy Monday! What are you thankful for? 📸 @tessajaynephotography
How is it November already? This month snuck up on me way to fast but I'm ready for it. I've got new goals and dreams, new things to get done. It's gonna be good. At the beginning of October I shared with you the questions I go through at the start of each month. In case you need some inspo, here they are again! 1. What can I do this month to take a step (or 5) closer to my goal? 2. Who can I bless this month and how? 3. Is there a specific thing or person I need to be praying for this month? 4. How will I take time to further my relationship with God this month? 5. When are date nights for Neil and I (if I don't ask this, i know time will too easily slip away! Choose at least 2 nights!!)? Happy November everyone! 📸 @lovelyrootsphotography