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You guys!! Hello!
I feel like I have to reintroduce myself it’s been so long since I’ve written in this space I love so much. I’m thankful that you guys are still reading, you’re still saying “Hello!” when you see me and/or the girls out and about! Your support and prayers mean the whole entire world to me!

2017 has been pretty good to me so far…. I have a lot to share with you…. plenty of my heart to pour out, but we have a bit of catching up to do first! lol.

My last post was in November, and since then….

#themayestwinsturnedtwo

birthdaygirls1 birthdaygirls2(Yes.. these are photos from my Cannon. That are still in my Cannon. #momlife) birthdaygirls3 birthdaygirls4 birthdaygirls5These girls are the highlight of my life!

These little people are straight up hilarious. They have each other’s backs in ways that surprise me on a regular! One is a prankster like I’ve never seen before. They are obsessed with Frozen, playing outside, and ice cream! They love bows and dresses… they will immediately go to the mirror after I finish combing their hair and dressing them to see how they look! Our words are coming faster and faster, they communicate pretty well although I will likely get them started with Early Childhood Intervention soon because they should be talking more than they are – mainly putting words together to make phrases! But, aside from that… they are amazing! They love school, love taking their Plexus Family Chewable vitamins, and have the healthiest appetites!

After the girls turned 2 in December, I made 34 in January!birthday
So far this year has been one of growth and isn’t that what we all want? My prayer has been for abundance. I believe that everything I’ve been praying for, both the needs and the wants, will be supplied in abundance! ….and, I absolutely see the Lord bringing things together. While some of that coming together doesn’t feel very good, I know that all he’s working out within me will prepare me for the good that he promised he wouldn’t withhold!

February came and went pretty quickly, and the girls and I had our GALentine’s Day celebration!vday1vday2 I love the idea and comfort of traditions, so I began a little Date Night with the girls Valentine’s Day Eve! We went to our favorite (kid friendly) restaurant (Chiptole!) and went for cupcakes at Small Cakes! My sister in law and her two girls were there, too, so it was a legit girls night! They had so. much. fun!!We all did, but I especially love how much the girls laughed, ate, and played.

edgeYes! I’m still in love with Plexus! Still sharing, still taking, still feeling amazing because of these products! I literally don’t know what I did without them. Oh yea. exhaustion, sugar cravings, bloating, big baby belly, irregularly. In addition to all of that, the personal growth in unreal. Painful at times, but so good! Also, building & strengthening authentic relationships with some of the most amazing women! The Lord blessed me so good with this gig!

mayestrioOther than that……. We’re just hanging out and having a great time together! The girls are so incredibly funny, sweet, naughty, protective, supportive, kind, sneaky, and pure joy!!! The word ‘naughty’ seems so hoity toity, but not only do I not know how to spell hoity toity but I have no other way to describe the girls (one in particular) just gets into every everything! So inquisitive, so bright, so techy, and loves to figure out how things work! whew…. duoA picture of two of the best things I’ve ever done.
As close to perfection as it gets.

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glimpses of the good

I’ve been pretty quiet about life…real life… for a couple of reasons… one being that I don’t have much extra time to write. Which sucks but it’s the truth. I literally squeeze my ThriveMoms posts in at the very last second and I realized that I never sit on my couch – ever. So, needless to say there’s not much down time. Second, vulnerable is not as easy for me to come back from. and, it’s time consuming. And, I’m busy. So…….. while I crave depth here, and in my TM blogs, and in my relationships, safety is first. Safety in just being  vulnerable and in the grace needed to come back from that space when it’s not as cut and dry as we’d all like for it to be.

Life is insane and intense.
But, I am so grateful for the joy and happiness in the blurry.

I read a meme today along the lines of “don’t ask me what I’m doing tomorrow, I barely know what’s going on right now.” and that pretty much sums up my life right now. And, another mama totally “me, too, sister’d” that sentiment as we were just talking about life stuff. So, if you’re a super planner that used to organize by the week, but now about 12 hours (or minutes) in advance, join us. You’re in good company. :) And, it’s fun over here, so you’re welcome!

I’m listening to Lauren Daigle’s station Pandora (if you don’t know her, get to know her. She’s amazing. & you’re welcome… again!) and a few songs played back to back that just drove the faithfulness of God and how he is with you in everything that you go through all the way home. Such beautiful songs that nearly brought me to tears.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you pretty much already know that I puke and gush Logan + Rhyann on a daily. Those girls are my people and my everything; two super cute, little near two giant yet tiny tornadoes who make my world go round.  So, when these songs were playing, all I could think of is how well things are going and how good God has constantly shown himself to be. Highlight of October: rank promoting in Plexus!

Single parenting is hard, y’all. And, I know I make it look easy because you tell me so. Y’all are so impressed by how I do it, but I literally would not be functioning if it weren’t for the Lord. That sounds so overly spiritual and churchy but it’s so true. I have no idea how I do it day in and day out back to back. And, y’all need to know that. Your comments, emails, and face to face compliments & encouraging words fill my tank and encourage me in so many ways. But, I need y’all to know that it gets crazy at that house and we sing and dance it out in the car because the fun keeps us happy and smiling. It’s more out of intentional necessity than spontaneous fun. lol. Thankfully I get at least one day break during the week and the standard every other weekend which is such a major blessing. Yes, I have a schedule and very little wiggle room most days so I try to stick to it…. and, I’m balancing being a mom and being Alaina pretty well which I’m incredibly proud of because I don’t naturally balance well. And, when I say I’m ‘balancing’, I really mean that ignoring the laundry that’s piled on my couch right now and choosing to spend with my friends…. If I couldn’t allow myself to break and be, I’d be stressed and frustrated, impatient, and unhappy.

This year has been so good to me….
it’s been a successful year in many ways.
A year of growth and accomplishment.
A glimpse into what’s to come……

and, it’s so good.twintasticFind these tees here!

To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
– Isaiah 61:3

Such truth.

There’s so much I’ve prayed for that has happened and that is on it’s way…. I’ve prayed for glimpses that let me know that all of the work and junk will be worth, prayed about earning more money, prayed about maturing and receiving wisdom, prayed about people I needed & needed me coming into my life, about strengthening relationships, prayed about writing/speaking opportunities……. and, this has been the year of yes. The year of redemption. The year of glimpses into a future that is bright, and full, and praiseworthy, and joyous. Not only for myself but for those around me.

So grateful.

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…. hey October!

Whew!! It’s October, y’all, and I’m sorry but that’s insane. The summer is GONE (although the heat has stayed) and it’s all downhill from here. A fun downhil, but we’re literally walking up towards the porch getting ready to knock on 2017’s door. Nuts. 

That also means I’m weeks away from having two two year olds. Which is equally as nuts as the year coming to an end!
… and, because these sweet girls turned 22 months today, we stopped to get ice cream after school!They’ve had maybe a spoon of Haagen Dazs before but they’ve never really had ice cream like this before!! So it was pretty exciting!  We shared a small cup of Birthday Cake with sprinkles & they loved it!! No major messes or anything! Praise hands!
They have grown up so much since starting school over the summer and their maturation has been a major blessing to me! They’re a little behind on their speech (being a preemie + a multiple wasn’t in their favor in this area!) but over the past week or so the words & little phrases have been flowing! It’s so surprising and so sweet to hear their little voices repeating & communicating. Since we’re friends here & this is a safe space…….. I was so upset and disappointed about them not talking sooner. (On the flip side, they absolutely dance like no one is watching!) But! I’m learning so well that everything is a process. Just because it doesn’t happen today, doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen. There are just a few things that need to happen first! When we’re patient and grateful for what is, it can be a lot easier to endure the wait! 
Today, I was chatting with a co-worker about motherhood, our children’s personalities & raising them according to their bent, relationships, & just mama stuff right? We talked about the importance of building relationships inside your home. Intentionally creating space to learn about & enjoy each other, to laugh & experience life together…… y’all, just because you live in a house with someone doesn’t mean you have a relationship with them. That has to be fostered and it’s our job as parents to equip our kiddos with the skills necessary to function productively and well in life. One of those skills sets is relating welL to others. My girls only have each other, it’s not written in stone that they’ll be besties after they’re no longer forced to see each other or talk to each other daily. It’s my job to teach them to be the type of person another would enjoy. Not everyone, just most. Be kind, patient, enduring, forgiving, loyal… how to be a friend. How to celebrate others, support others, and others. All that …. and more is taught to our kiddos by how we treat them, how we teach them to treat others, & how we teach them be treated annnnnd how they see us being treated. So many variables. But, it’s worth it! Convo was goood for this mama heart! 
Oh! All that to mention how I’m going to be intentional about doing something weekly with my girls that’s out of the norm. A couple of weeks ago, we went to the park on a weekday. (Gasp!) first, I thought it would be the worst experience in all of my motherhood-ing & 2nd I had isht to do. Literally it was a sacrifice for me but they had so much fun, we spent quality time & it broke up the monotony of the week. No one got lost, stolen, or injured so I’d say it was a win. 
Same thing for ice cream today… everything was smooth sailing so I’m grateful for that. A lot of times Im very conservative about where I take the girls solo & how I take them (stroller or no stroller) because as you can imagine, things can get real hectic real fast. But these were two good experiences that reminded that we can do this thing together & still have so much fun! 

Anywho…….. YES! Things are so good right now! So incredibly grateful for what is & actually quite expectant about what’s to come. I’ve got some good vibes that some amazing things are going to happen here pretty soon………… don’t know what it is but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be one of the sweetest gifts from the Lord ever.  Lol
I hope y’all are having a great week!!!! Miss this space dearly and so grateful for you for continuing to read and email and share your encouragement & testimonies! Means the whole entire world!!

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