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Thomas and I have some pretty exciting news to share and I wanted to do it “face to face” vs through words on the page! I thought a video would be more fun!!!

So, check it out! Click <<<< HERE >>> to watch the video!

Here’s a bit of written info on what I mentioned:
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As always, thank you for loving on us! For caring and supporting us!!!

…. here’s to much more exciting news to come!


… written on the heart

Whatever it is you feed your mind, will dictate your thoughts………


February was slated to be quite the exciting month…. if not for one reason, definitely another. We waited to hear if we were going to be the parents of a sweet one due at the beginning of March (she happened to make her debut on the 26th!) and if we weren’t to adopt her, we would join our agency and attend orientation on the 27th & 28th.

But, as it happened, none of those events happened.
We experienced our first failed adoption and due to discrepencies between ourselves and our agency on discipline, we were not able to attend this month’s meetings. We have to complete online trainings on alternate forms of discipline (aside from spanking) in order to attend orientation next month.

Calamity. Castrophe. Cataclysm.


And, it’s okay. Now,at least.

It wasn’t okay for a few hours. There were tears and frustration concealed and managed.

Very abrasive, destructive, and negative thoughts were combatted with quietly whispered truth.
“My grace is sufficient”
“I am with you”
“I am God”

Over and over and over again.

Then reading Psalms 36 that night was amazing…. and, immediately brought to mind Third Day’s song, Your Love, Oh Lord, whose lyrics are taken directly from the scripture, comforted and encouraged me.
****** I’m huge on Contemporary Christian music and I’m always sideeyed but I love it because the lyrics are scripture. Can’t beat that! It’s true, honest, and even the most upbeat & pump your fist songs are filled with a peacefulness! I mean, how could it not be?! ******

(photo by Christin McQueen)

My youngest neice (above and below, 3yrs old) called and said “let’s say a pray” and literally made me repeat everything she said. She thanked God for mouths to eat, teeth to chomp like alligators, and noses to smell flowers, for the dentists who clean our teeth…. she thanked God for animals and who knows what else. It was beyond adorable and sweet. It reminded me that even though nothing is perfect… there is so much to be grateful for. (Even mouses… no, mices.. wait, mice!)

ari dinner

Her older sister (8 yrs old) left me messages saying that we could have her and asking if we could go get her (she lives in Georgia) and bring her down to live with us. lol. Totally cute. And, I can’t wait until they come down for the summer! One full month of auntie/neice loving is never enough but certainly makes for an entertaining summer!

aliya graduationaliya cheer

Our time will soon come…..

In the meantime, we will continue to use our time wisely and prepare so that when our time makes its debut, we will be ready.

While I do that, this curly mane of mine will continue to grow in beauty and length! lol. I am really, REALLY loving my hair, watching it grow, and learning how to manipulate and maintain it!  I don’t regret chopping my hair off four months ago (read about it here!) and I’ve enjoyed the journey we’ve been on!

He is the solid rock on which I stand….. His grace is sufficient, and He is with me. All things will pass away. Our plans will be ruined, we will experience disappointment, sadness, and grief. But at the end of the day, His mercies, grace, and presence will sustain us.

…. here’s to writing His word on our hearts, tying them to our hands, and binding them on our foreheads. This way, we cannot get away from and will constantly be reminded of His goodness and faithfulness.


… i love my hair!

I am absolutely loving my hair! It’s short, it’s curly, it’s nothing that anyone would think I would do!

And, it’s already grown on me.

I’m having the BEST time figuring out what works for my curls and what doesn’t and luckily I think I hit the jackpot with new products already!

After my hair was cut yesterday, my friend let me sample (and, take home!!!) a few of her favorite products and luckily they work really well for me! I visited CVS today and picked up a couple companion products that I feel in love with on the first use!
****** insert happy dance!!!!! ******

So, I can absolutely say, that this point in my natural state, that Curls Unleashed works great for my hair!!! All, the other “stuff” I had at home (oils, cremes, etc) will be tossed in the trash! They gunked up & weighed down my relaxed hair so I’m pretty sure they won’t be curl-friendly!

Even though all of these products “define”curls – they all do something a little differently to spruce your curls up a bit! I used the defining creme right after I washed with a little Tree Oil….. Today, after I realized that my little twist out wasn’t gonna work, I wet my hair a little and added bit more creme and oil this morning. After a few hours, my hair looked really, really dry. So, stopped at the store and picked up the curl refresher and shine & define mousse to see how it would work. Got home about 2ish wet my hair a little, little bit… added a generous amount of mousse and topped it off with the curl refiner. As of 6:30p,  my hair is still as moist LOOKING and curls are just as defined as they were when I first applied the product. My hair is still soft, there’s no residue or greasy feeling on my hands if I play in it annnnnnnnnd, it smells nice!!! lol

I’m sold.

My little hair cocktail is perfect…. Of course, water, Eco Styler Gel, and a little oil will still be used I’m sure but these will be staples under my cabinet until my curls say otherwise!!!

…. here’s to Curls Unleashed!!! Not only are these products packaged super cute but they work, as well!!!! YAY!!!!!
…. here’s to one less stressor connected with transitioning! Thank you, K for all your help!! You’re the best!

Signed a very inexperienced,yet excited, and lucky little ‘fro!








….. here’s to hoping we hit the nail on the head the
first try, on the first day!