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"And Julia? What do you do?" The dreaded question. I wish it was replaced with "and what do you enjoy doing with your time?", "And what are some of your hobbies?". But it's not, people ask what your job is like it defines everything you are. For YEARS I've hesitantly said whatever my job was with a tag line of "and I sing and play guitar a bit..." More recently my answer has become "I'm a stay at home mom!" To which the reply is often some form of "oh that's so great, but don't you get tired of the kids? Are you planning on going back to work?" 🙄. • • This week, in the beginnings of my year of joy (my word for the year; joy) I've decided to reprogram my answer. Because being a musician or an artist or a mentor or a blogger, a YouTuber, a creator of ANYTHING... is real. And we shouldn't be ashamed or scared or afraid of being laughed at just because we are following our creative dreams. And the truth is, I get paid to do music. And I'm proud of that. And I hope young girls and boys can look up to people in their communities and see being creative as a real, possible, paying dream. Hi, I'm Julia. I'm a musician in western Canada. A song writer, a worship leader, a Wedding Singer and a performer. I am a stay at home mom who loves her two little girls. I'm an encourager, a wanna be writer and a loving, joy filled, happy wife and so much more. I am a musician. And that's nothing to be quiet about. Because I love my life and I'm exactly where I dreamt of being when I was a kid. And that's a cool feeling. So hey. What do you love doing with your time? I'd love to know, leave me a comment 👇 ! 📸 @lovelyrootsphotography
Look who's standing by the tub all by herself 😍! She can't get up there by herself, can't yet get to a sitting position by herself from laying down, but she Is getting stronger and more determined! She LOVES to stand and watch her big sister play in the tub. We are still waiting to hear from a neurologist But are accepting no news as good news right now and embracing the movement as it comes. Oh what joy it is to watch these two grow and learn. #yearofjoy
A perk of it being so cold (feels like -52°c here today) is that I won't leave my house, meaning I will spend 0 money 🤷. Gotta find those positives people! 🤣 #debtfreecommunity I've been so sick this week I haven't left the house anyway, so this pic is from before Christmas, when it wasn't a death sentence to walk outside. What do you do with your littles on super cold days?
Malakiya waved goodbye today! THIS IS A HUGE DEAL. Sometimes it's easy to get discouraged when I see others her age walking, climbing and playing differently than she does. It's easy to let fear sneak in and grab hold of my heart. Fear that she'll need brain surgery and/or never have a 'normal' life. And while that IS a possibility, the FACTS are that no matter what kind of life she leads, she will be oh so loved, she will be celebrated, she will hit milestones, she will excel in different areas of life, she will have talents and gifts, she will and does bring joy, the list goes on and on. But on days like today, when she does something beautiful and new like waving, my heart is so full it could burst! I am thankful for the milestones this one hits, whatever speed she gets there. Good job Kiya! Mamas proud. And you are oh so loved. 🥰
Bring back summer! The heart of winter is getting to me and today's teaser of spring is not enough. Tomorrow it could be -32°C (-25°F) and IM NOT OKAY WITH THAT. Seriously. How do you kick the winter blues in your life? Please give me your tips 👇!
If you follow my insta stories you already know what this is. But I have to express my excitement. BABYSTEP ONE IS DONE. Neil and I have embarked on a #debtfreejourney and are committed to getting out of this rut we are in. Step one was saving $1000 for the emergency fund, next step...pay of our debt. 😂 Easier said than done I know, but it's happening. Just wait and see. We have created our budget for next month and I'm sure we have forgotten something but we'll figure it out as we go, we are not aiming for perfection, just progress. Lots of lots of progress. Goodbye debt ✌️
MALAKIYA UPDATE Today we met with our pediatrician to talk further and get results. All of Malakiya's bloodwork and urine has come back and is all good, meaning no follow ups needed for either of those (YAY). Her MRI results have come back and are mostly clear. No mass , no tumor or spots, every thing seems to be working correctly in the brain (YAY). However they did find excess fluid at the front of her Brain. I guess up to 12 months of age this can be normal, but because Kiya is 14 months she wasn't sure. It could be that because of her delays, the fluid has been delayed in leaving. She is sending MRI results to a radiologist to be triple checked, and sending us onto a neurologist for a closer look. This will be a 3-4 month wait at least. There we will be told if the fluid is something to be worried about or not. Kiyas left leg was slow to respond today as well, so there was mention of the nerves in the spine and taking a closer look via another test in the future, something we will keep an eye on. For now, we wait and go back to our pediatrician in 2 months. Kiyas joints are very stiff. Her ankles, arms etc. So her leg may just not have been able to relax today to respond correctly. She'll take another look at our next appointment. We are so thankful for the daily victories we see in Kiya and the growth and milestones she has hit. Thank you Lord for our littlest human.
Zoe's been singing "Jesus, Jesus! You make the darkness tremble. Jesus, Jesus! You silence fear' on repeat the last few days. And I have to be honest. It's blessing my socks off. Any worship songs you are loving right now? Let me know👇!
This girl. • Not one tear today. Not when I woke her up 2 hours earlier than normal and couldn't let her eat or drink anything. Not when we strapped her into the cold car to go to the hospital. No tears as a stranger took us to a strange room or when those strangers took her away from us. I watched as they walked down the hall with my baby girl, her wide eyes looking at the man holding her, a smile on her face. They told us no tears as they put her to sleep. I thought for sure she'd wake up sad and grumpy, but nope. We got smiles, giggles even as we held her close. They took the iv out, gave her a bandaid and checked her vitals. No tears. She came home without a peep, eating and drinking great, and took an extra long nap. She didn't even cry as I walked out of her room for nap time..she was ready for it. • This is peace in a 14 month old that passes all understanding. We experienced Gods peace today in the most beautiful way. Thank you for praying with us. My heart is overflowing with thankfulness.
Have I told you I got a Job? Because I did! • You can now find me at @connectchurchyxe every Sunday! We've made the transition to make that our home church, and I am now part of the music team permanently. Well, as long as they'll have me 😊. • Tonight we had our staff Christmas party and it just brought me so much joy to see all the people God has placed into this church. Connect is like nothing we've ever been a part of before and I am PUMPED to see what God has in store for us there. • To make a long story short, 5 or 6 years ago when Connect was starting, I was at their first meeting. I've sung once a month here and there over the years and have had meetings before about joining the team. But we FINALLY feel like this is the time and season to move forward, so here we go! I am so thankful. • When I am asked what I want to do with my life, my answers have been the same for years. Be in ministry, lead people in worship, do more music, encourage women, speak boldly. • Which brings me to this... I am also working on a side hustle I hope to launch soon-ish (whatever that means) and could use your prayer! I am slowly fitting the pieces together that God is giving me, slowly understanding the vision and working towards getting it all figured out. If you'd like to be part of my prayer squad please let me know, I'd love to add your name to my list of peeps. • As always, thanks for being a part of this journey. Remember that you are loved, your dreams have purpose and you can do this! 2019 is gonna rock 🎸🎶 (see what I did there? 😂)!! • 📸 @lovelyrootsphotography
I'm starting a cool journal based on a project my cousin @mollybroomer began. This is my 100x30 notebook (check my Instagram stories for a look inside). I have 3 lists of 100 things I want to check off before I hit 30 years old. 100 books, 100 moments and 100 lists to make (I looooove making lists😂). So for the next 34 months, I will be working hard to accomplish these things! I am so excited but need some help. I'd love it if you dropped book recommendations or moment ideas below! Or heck, if you can think of a cool list I should make let me know that too haha! I think I'll probably post some of progress as I go but not every check mark made. Once I finish a number on my list I'll be writing a blurb about it (or the actual list) on the pages following in the journal (again, check out my insta stories to make sense of this). Want to do it with me? Create your own 100x30 list! Or 100x40! 100 by any age you choose. Set a goal and let's work together. I'm really hoping this will get me away from the screen a little more and living life on purpose! I'm pumped. Here we go!
A beautiful friend reminded me today that there are different paths that can lead to the same destination. Just because everyone else takes path A to get there doesn't mean you have to. Be creative, be adventurous and most importantly be yourself. Not a duplicate. We are 3 days into this new year and I can already feel my soul stirring in ways I've only dreamt of. I'm still narrowing down my word for the year, but I'm almost certain it will come this week as I dig in a little deeper to the passions on my heart. So here I sit. In the peaceful space of my newly arranged living room, waiting and praying. Full of hope and expectancy. It's gonna be a good year guys.