My amazing friend @thornbirdsmeggie made me these for Christmas. A little wooden figurine family with ALL of my children. 😭😭😭 Words cannot express how overwhelmed we’ve been by the support of our friends and family throughout our adoption journey. You guys are incredible. This walk is HARD, but your encouragement makes the tough times feel so much lighter. So thank you for that. And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, would you check out the BODY on the little, wooden version of me 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Babe-o-Rama 😍😂 #adoptionisrad#adoptionjourney
🎄Its the most wonderful time of the year.....because of treats! Lots of treats!! An abundance of treats!!🍦🦴🥓Treats for wearing clothes, treats for sitting still, treats in the mail, treats under the tree!! When the humans are happy, our belly’s are happy! 😁 🎼🎤It’s the most wonderful time to get fattttt!! 🤤🐾🥜🧁🍨🍪 #westelmxaspca @westelm @aspca
If any of you are only on insta, I wanted to put a bug out there that we have found a Christmas Angel cause to help a family that is really down and out this holiday season. There is a great need to fill, so if you haven’t already picked a special place to give this season, you can DM me for more info. Mounting electric bills and vehicle payments won’t keep our fellow men from happiness and cheer if we can help it. Merry Christmas, friends! ❤️💚❤️ #lovewhatyoudo#lovewhatmatters#comfortandjoy#christmasangel#giveback#tistheseason#themostwonderfultimeoftheyear
I feel like I could float after today. We had a very successful shopping trip, and these girls made me feel so adored, and special when i tried on my wedding dress for them. Now THE dress is finally home, and it’s next destination is PARIS, FREAKING FRANCE 💕🙌🏽
Eli just helped me drop off a donation of tees to the Orange County Ronald McDonald House @rmhc // For the last 2 years we’ve based his Halloween costume off of his hair - I’m thinking maybe he should be Ronald McDonald next year 🤡#elienhancesmylife#ronaldmcdonaldhouse
Yes. My marriage has ended.
Yes. God is still good, still with us.
Yes. I am depressed. Grief is turbulent.
Yes. This was necessary.
But... I do believe in resurrection after death...or through it.
After months of prayer, drafting and redrafting, deleting and rewriting, questions and processing, and asking friends + mentors to read and pray over my words...a blog post is up — Grace In Divorce: Death Of All I Knew.
Sometimes, the death of a life made is what’s needed to save the living. Even for Christians.
Hey guys and happy Saturday!! I’ve honestly lost a little of my creativity here on Instagram. I feel like it happens every six months or so and I just need to stop and brainstorm some NEW awesomeness. Does this happen to any of you? I love creating content here, and it an effort to keep it exciting and/or useful info for you all I’m hitting RESET!! I want to get back to the basics of how CBD is helping me and my family and begin some posts again on exactly what CBD is and how it helps our Endocannabinoid system. What do you enjoy seeing on my profile? ✨
This year is different. Its not about flashing lights, plastic decor or anxiety over about the perfect gift.
Its not about society pressure to over indulge in spending, drinking and hallmark moments.
Its about the season changing & gratitude for all we have. Its all about mother nature and making traditions honouring her. Its about connecting with the earth, family, friends and most importantly ourselves. Slow your pace & easy your mind.
💯 the best part of making health and wellness my 🔅full-time🔅 gig? Seeing the ripple effect it has had on others!
How cute are my parents staying active during a mini getaway in the city?! ❤❤ They sent me this pic and said look what we found! My heart burst with pride!
Do you workout while you are on vacay? 🤔 I never used to, I actually would roll my eyes at people that were IN the hotel gym when I walked by - like hello people this is vacation, it's about relaxing!! But my tune and attitude about that has completely changed now! Since I've got my workout library app with me WHEREVA I go, it's a no brainer to stick with a routine that works! And doing it on vacay? I can tell you from experience that it's actually the best idea ever! You can still enjoy and relax but knowing that you've still kept your mind sharp and your body tight, means no more post vacay guilt or bloat! 💯Especially💯 excited for my new routine which will only be 20 minutes of my day starting next month with the rest of my fit fam community!! 🙋♀️🙋♀️🙋♀️I've still got room for 5 more to join me whooohooo!! Honestly after trying out the free workout (they still have it up btw!) I CANNOT WAIT for the program to be released!! I say that now haha but seriously, 20 minutes is all I ever want to do - I've got too much on my plate why waste that time sweating it out right?
I also get bored easily so having a new workout every time will keep me motivated during the 6 weeks - start 2019 with me! Let's do it together!! Happy Weekend friends!!
🎉 You did it! 🎉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We met our goal of holiday sales to giveback $1000 to @helponenow family empowerment program. And it was all because of you! Your purchase matters, has real effects and is changing lives around the globe. Thank you!
There is nothing I love more (except of course if Dylan was able to be here snuggling me tonight) than spreading Dylans story. CHD needs to be talked about. Infant loss is IMPORTANT. Dylan is not just a statistic. Dylan is a human being. Dylan is a child, Dylan is loved. Dylan isn’t a disease, and by talking about my child you’re not going to catch something. Talking to me about my child shouldn’t be uncomfortable, just like I talk about your child with you. Don’t tell me “god has a plan” don’t tell me “everything happens for a reason” don’t tell me “at least you had six weeks with her.” Oh? Is six weeks enough for you and your baby? I’m grateful you don’t understand how loss moms feel, but rather than saying things like that, ask us about our babies. We could talk about them for hours. Sharing Dylans story doesn’t mean I’m okay, but it helps me get through a day. Sharing Dylans photo helps me get out of bed every morning. Someone mentioning Dylan is helpful. Avoiding infant loss, avoiding talking about my child doesn’t help me. Pretending nothing happened only makes it worse. My baby is dead, I already know that. You won’t ever be reminding me of that, it’s on my mind 24/7.
Most causes for CHD are unknown “a mix of genetics and environment”. I once asked if Dylans condition was being researched, if one day they’d be able to tell me “why”? They told me no. They told me that there isn’t funding to research why, that the moms have nothing in common and that there’s nothing to look at. They said “it was probably some chemical somewhere”. So what? Because I washed my floor with bleach my baby died? Because I smelled a farm chemical one too many times my baby died? That’s not good enough for me. Recently, CHD funding went from 4 million to 10 million, and I’m so grateful for that. CHD affects 1 in every 100 babies. Dylans condition affected just 1 in 150,000 (more so one in a million with her exact condition)
CHD is awful. Infant loss is awful. But, my child, my child is beautiful and I will talk about her each and every day. #1in4#1in100#chdawareness#infantloss#infantlossawareness#lovewhatmatters#ectopiacordis#angelmom#missyou#chdsucks#heartmom
Canaan has a LOVE for @chickfila. A love. Don’t pass the sign and not plan on stopping, kind of love. (he loves cookout like this too) He has an infatuation with their cups. Given the option of a regular cup at home, or a Chick-fil-A styrofoam cup, it’s going to be the Chick-fil-A cup, every time. He will wear them out. @lukerileysmith went to get him a few cups for his birthday and told the employees at Chick-fil-A of Seneca about Canaan, his Autism and his love for their restaurant. Not only did he come back with Canaan the cups he went there for, he came back with a signed birthday card and gift card from them. WHAT AN AWESOME PRESENT FOR THE BIRTHDAY BOY! And even more, what an awesome testimony of the hearts of people, especially at @senecacfa. If I didn’t already love them, I do now. 🤗 Thank you @lukerileysmith for sharing Canaan’s story and making him a happy little guy.