Eight years married, nine years together.
Seven different homes
Five different jobs
We've mourned the loss of 6 of our family members just in the last 4 years.
You've finished school.
I've started grad school
We've started over from almost nothing more than once.
We've started a family.
We've said goodbye to more people than most will ever in their lives.
I'm so proud of us. Every challenge has pushed us together. Every loss has left us more grateful.
Wow I am so overwhelmed I don’t even know how to begin this post but I know that I have to.
This has been one of the most amazing days of my life and I’m giving ALL glory to God! Oh and my children and husband!
I woke up this morning knowing today would either make me sooo happy or have me crying my eyes out. Either way, one way or another, I’d soon find out!
I hopped in my car and set out to meet my sister Charmaine and together we would enter the Cancer Centre that 5 yrs ago threatened to end my life. As we walked up to the waiting room to meet with my oncologist (see picture) my heart began to flutter. I didn’t know what he would say, but I knew I would be receiving the results of a mammogram I had recently after finding a few more lumps in my breast.
As the Oncologist sat down and explained how severe my cancer was I could see the mortified look on my sisters face. He explained that when they did my biopsy and removed 30 of the lymph nodes from my armpit, the typical amount to come back cancerous is around 3 and at the time, 25 of mine came back with cancer! He explained, that in all truthfulness, he was shocked I made it! That’s right.. I kicked cancers ASS!! He also went on to say, that if this cancer were to return, they WOULD NOT treat me but only then as a palliative patient. He did explain that my chances of it coming back were slim being in 5 years in the clear but “never say never”, however it would be rare. He then told me I’m at a greater risk to get something like leukaemia and that due to having radiation, that does increase my risk of getting a different cancer.
I’m not worried about that, to be honest because if cancer taught me anything, it’s that whole body wellness isn’t found in the treatments but rather what you continue to put in and on your body during and after. I attribute my continued cancer success to that I eat MOSTLY 75-90% WHOLE FOODS. That I live predominately chemical free and I take NOTHING for granted!
Today and everyday after, I hope to rejoice in Gods glory knowing my salvation came because my work here is not done. I have so much to show and teach others. (You can catch my full story on my YouTube channel )
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Sometimes we are the thieves stealing from ourselves. We steal our own joy & happiness and we often times sell our souls for the wrong thing and most importantly for the wrong people. Then we are left full of regrets. I’m so glad I serve the God of the rewrite. That’s right, one who can and will rewrite my story. If you stole from yourself it’s ok, go back and reclaim it and put a comma where there was a period. #spokenpurposely#Godschild#paidfor#imworthit#secondchances#newchapter#whatsmineismine#restore#amen
It’s okay to start over. It’s okay to have those days where you aren’t perfect. We are only human.
Today I choose to start over, probably for the hundredth time but don’t you ever quit! Look yourself in the mirror and be you. The badass, beautiful, kind YOU! 💗✨ #startingover#secondchances#mentalhealthawareness#dontquit
There is an incredible sense of empowerment in unbecoming all of the things that the world says I am or should be, and becoming the woman God intended for me to be. Every day I am learning new things about myself, life, love, motherhood, spirituality.
I’ve come to realize that the journey of ones self is never ending. You have new realizations, implement new things you’ve learned, and BAM time for a new lesson. Sometimes growing is painful. Sometimes it’s magical. But what I’ve found is that either way, it’s necessary; and it’s worth it.
Trees aren’t planted, seeds are. And sometimes we get tired of growing underground. We think we’re ready to bloom and show the world. But we have to allow the time for the growing underground. To imbed our roots so that they will be able to withstand what we will grow into. I have undergone so much growth in the last year and sometimes it honestly shocks me.
I am thankful for healing. I am thankful for (and believe in) second chances. I believe in grace. I believe that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. God is working within me. Molding me into my purpose. I know He has called me to do something great in this world and that He is preparing the way.
This poor little guy has not a good life so far. We are calling him Finn. He was picked up by an animal control officer with a rope tightly
Tied around his neck that was embedded in his skin. He had a severe flea infestation causing anemia. Kathryn Rutherford fell in love with his little face yesterday so we had to help him. ❤️ he saw the vet today and is scheduled for a dental and neuter on Friday. He slept on Kathryn’s bed last night and she said you could tell he had never been in a bed before. But he settled down and liked it. Finn we are going to find you an amazing home so you will never be mistreated or neglected again. Link in bio to donate 🐶❤️🐶 #adoptfinn#fosterdogs#dogrescue#adoptdontshop#rescuedog#chimix#secondchances#fosteringsaveslives#dogsofinstagram#losangeles#sanfernandovalley#wednesdaymotivation
This #whiskerwednesday is dedicated to a very special girl who got a second chance at life and is now looking for her #fureverhome 💞 Meet Libby! This sweet 6 year old was brought in as a stray with what were thought to be fatal injuries. However after further examination, the team at LPCHS decided they would do all they could to save her and give her another chance. After surgery, Libby went to spend time in an amazing foster home to do some rehabilitation and heal. Thanks to LPCHS and her wonderful foster mom, Libby is back on her feet and more ready than ever to find a gentle, loving home! And after all she's been through, we think she deserves a home with infinite cuddles and love 😸 Libby would love a place where she can purr the day away and finish healing, so if you are interested in giving this girl all the love in the world, stop by the cattery today and say hi! You won't regret it 💗
We would like to give another special thank you to Libby's foster mom for taking her in and helping her to heal. Without you she wouldn't of gotten a second chance to find a wonderful home 💞
Surround yourself with positive amazing people who have your best interests at heart and only want the best for you. ⠀⠀
There’s no room for negativity or drama in my life, life’s too short I have this second chance at life and I sure as hell will be making the most of it, who’s joining me?
La seconda possibilità è qualcosa che quasi sempre c’è ma non è mai troppo pubblicizzata, un po’ come la politica dei resi nei negozi. Se restituisci un oggetto devono ridarti i soldi, è la legge.
Ma nessuno lo sa, nessuno ne è sicuro e quindi ci teniamo ciò che non ci piace anche per sempre e nel peggiore dei casi lo usiamo pure.
Tutti abbiamo una seconda possibilità quando qualcosa va storto, ma o non lo sappiamo o facciamo finta, che è più comodo.
Accettiamo. Va bene, chissene, non importa. Esattamente va bene cosa!? Relazioni in cui siamo ingabbiati? Lavori che ci fanno schifo? Una città che odiamo? Che cos’è che va bene?! Aver a che fare con il customer service della vita non è mai una roba semplice, un po’ come quello delle compagnie telefoniche, ma i contratti si possono rescindere eh!? Eh sì...ed eccola lì la seconda possibilità! Quella scrittina piccola in fondo a destra: SE NON TI PIACE PUOI CAMBIARE.
Ok. Ma quanto costa? Forse niente. Forse tutto. Questo non lo possiamo sapere finché non andiamo a urlare in faccia alla commessa antipatica che vogliamo indietro i soldi. La vita ti mette sempre davanti a più strade e poi qualsiasi cosa scegli la tua mente ti tortura e con un raschietto ti gratta dall’interno senza mostrare nulla fuori. Quando scegliamo quella sbagliata il più delle volte non torniamo indietro. Perché? Eppure possiamo farlo. Io ho praticamente ciccato ogni volta la prima scelta. SEMPRE. A volte pure la seconda e la terza. Ad un certo punto, quando avevo 22 anni, ho deciso che volevo il rimborso per una roba che non solo mi ero tenuto per anni ma che mi aveva anche ridotta a carne tritata, frantumandomi le ossa, l’anima e la psiche. Che sarebbe stata dura lo sapevo. Che i sintomi peggiori li avrei visti solo 8 anni dopo no, non lo sapevo. E che per la prima volta era la scelta giusta? Si questo lo sapevo.
THANKS @bighousebeans for hanging out with us on Sunday! That was awesome!!
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If you haven't checked out their new Brentwood cafe yet, you really need to... Plus, this Saturday at 7pm, our very own @stephenf316 will be performing at their Worship Night!
This face. This face doesn’t know he is going to lose his life in one hour if we cannot find a foster to step up for him ..... This face is a happy Young boy who is not even one year old yet. This face was surrendered by his family for ‘chewing stuff up’ at a very unfortunate time as the shelter is overflowing and has no space to hold owner surrendered animals. This face deserves a second chance. I’m sure everyone reading this has been given a second chance at one point in their lives ... Maybe it’s time to return the favor to the universe and step up for this face. Moose is good with kids & other dogs and walks well on a leash. He appears to be potty trained as well. This face has an hour to live unless YOU email us at Crarsok@gmail.com !!!!!!! HELP !!!!! 🙏🏽😭🐾🙏🏽🐾😭🐾🙏🏽🐾🐾🙏🏽🙏🏽🐾😭🙏🏽😭🐾 #whywerescue#wearetheirvoice#saveme#rescueme#whorescuedwho#imsomeonesbestfriend#help#okc#bekindtoanimals#secondchances @territoryokc
I wish this wasn’t so blurry, but here’s a picture of my new car, and it couldn’t have happened without these two. I am grateful I have parents who are supportive of me and blessed to have them in my corner. Here’s to starting over.. AGAIN! It’s going to be a fun ride❤️ #secondchances#thirdchances#fourthchances#newcar#family
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Pa, it's been a month since you've left us. Pa, it's still painful deep inside of me. Its not that obvious when I go on with my everyday life. But the loneliness and longingness is there.
Pa, I always ask God as to why he did not gave you a chance to recover from your sickness. Pa, the chance of survival was low and I felt that everything was not in our favor. He was able to give Mama the stable/recovery condition, but you were deprived of that chance. Pa, my mind is trying to blame God right now and it seems that I felt helpful about the situation. I felt that God was unfair to us because of that. Pa, help me understand instead of the situation.
Pa, I know you won't be able to read this. But I want the world to know how heavy the impact of your loss to me, Mama, and to everyone who you have touched their lives. You were a great follower of Christ.
We are almost on your 40 days and we are sending you to his kingdom. He will take care of you no matter what. Pa, watch us always and help me to make the right decisions by giving me signs. Pa, please come even just in my dreams before you go with him.
Pa, halong pirmi ug ayaw mi pabay-a! I love you Pang!
UPDATE: Mila was picked up by a loving foster last night, but unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, she has to be brought back to the shelter today. Needless to say, we are all feeling a little heartbroken right now (foster family included) 💔. Mila has gone from a home she’s been in all her life, to being terrified and surrendered to our shelter. We moved her to our office where she waited to be picked up, to a loving foster home, and after less than a day, will be back to our shelter. 😭😭😭. Mila is understandably scared, stressed, and will require patience, and some space while she unwinds. She will be sent home with some medication for early signs of an upper respiratory infection. For this reason, she will need to be quarantined from other pets in the house, and she would prefer to be the only dog (at least until she’s feeling more settled). She needs a calm, quiet, adult only household so that we can assess her temperament in a positive environment and give her the best chance at finding her forever home. #chihuahuasofinstagram_#lendapaw#rgv#secondchances 🐾💔🐾💔🐾💔🐾🐾💔🐾💔🐾
Everyone, meet Mila! She was an owner surrender to our facility and that left her feeling very hurt. At first, Mila is protective of herself but once you get her on that leash and out of her kennel she is as sweet as can be and has quickly become a favorite! If someone could open up their home and their heart to her to remind her that she doesnt have to guard hers! Call us today at 956-686-1141 ext 33 or email us at email@example.com! If you're not already a foster with us, sign up today at pcavonline.com/foster! #fostersaveslives#fallinlovewithfostering#chihuahuasofintstagram#pvacfoster#pvactx