The Longest Hiatus Ever 

When I started this blog I really didn’t have a specific direction that I was going to take it. I wasn’t sure if I could even successfully keep up with a blog, and I guess I was right.

It’s been years since I’ve posted, however I thought about my blog every day and all the things I could’ve posted about. So now, let’s rewind the last 2 years <<<

At the end of 2015, my Mr. & I bought a house! We had been renting a house prior to that for almost two years. Owning your own home is like nothing else. It makes being an adult more real ha!

But 2016 was one of THE most special years of my life. My Mr. & I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary AND became parents to the most handsome son ever {a biased opinion, I know}! In November of  2015, we finally decided to take the steps to see fertility doctors because we weren’t conceiving and I had been off BC since 2009. When everything checked out with me, all we needed to do was get the Mr. checked. Well that became a difficult task since he had to continue to travel for work out of state. Things weren’t looking good for us at that point, but we stayed hopeful and continued to have faith that God would bless us when the time was right.

Our faith helped us get through a difficult time with the loss of my Mr.’s stepdad in March. And in late April, I found out I was 3+ weeks pregnant! I was lucky that my pregnancy wasn’t hard at all. From the 1st trimester all the way to my delivery-everything went well with no complications. We were blessed with a health baby boy on December 13, 2016 and our lives were changed forever! Elias has brought nothing but pure joy & love to our family’s life.

It’s now the middle of 2017, I’m on summer break and enjoying every minute of being home with my SONshine (my mom was watching him when I returned to work from maternity leave). I don’t have the luxury of being a SAHM, so I will be back to teaching next month. I will now be a 2nd grade teacher and teammates with one of my closest friends! We are so excited to be back together again. I have also decided to take a {HUGE} risk and become a Lipsense Distributor with Senegence. More on this topic later.

For now, these have been the biggest & most memorable {milestone} changes that have taken place in my life in the past 2 years. My goal for 2017 is to continue to work on my blog, grow my business, explore new opportunities & live in each moment with my family!

Wish me luck!

With Blessings & Love,

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The Secret is Dedication 

 

On this day 9 years ago my Mr. and I received the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony! We said our vows standing up at the alter in front of our family and friends, and most importantly God. 
We have been surrounded our entire lives by our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. that have shown us by example what it looks like, and sounds like, and what it means to have a lasting marriage. We have learned by watching our family that a marriage takes DEDICATION. In my opinion, that’s the “secret” behind a lasting and healthy marriage. I wouldn’t say a “good” marriage, because every marriage will go through its share of peaks and valleys.

Dedication to keep my vows, dedication to keep my commitment, dedication to keep growing, dedication to have patience when needed, dedication to have trust, dedication to communicate openly and honestly, dedication to support each other in all that we do, dedication to stay the best of friends, dedication to work at loving one another unconditionally, and dedication to keep God at the forefront of our marriage; that’s what has kept our marriage going for 9 years.

Just like anything else in life, it takes hard work to keep a lasting & happy marriage. Nothing worth having/doing comes easy. I am beyond grateful that I have a husband who is willing to work hard and stay dedicated to US, our marriage, our journey in life, our ups and our downs. Both people {in any relationship} share an equal part at balancing the load it takes to make it all worth it!

These past 9 years have been nothing but amazing, and as each day goes by I love my Mr. more and more. I can’t wait to see what God has already planned for us in this life!

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My Birthday & Anniversary Month! 

 My wish list 😉

July is my favorite month of the year! As you can tell by the title of my post…it’s my birthday AND anniversary month! This year my Mr. & I will be celebrating 9 years of marital bliss. We are still very much in love and our friendship continues to grow stronger as each day passes.  

A fun fact about me; I don’t like odd numbers unless it’s the numbers 5 or 7. I think of the number 5 as an even number, because you can count by 5’s like you do with even numbers. I know, weird and so very teacher-like. What can I say, I’m a 1st grade teacher 😊.  The number 7 we all know is “lucky.” 🍀 

Anyhow, my reason for telling you that fun fact is because this year I will be turning 35. I know a woman should never tell their age, but I’m not ashamed of my age. In fact, I am grateful for how many years God has blessed me with to live on His earthly home. Too many people don’t get the chance to live this long and I give thanks for each day I get to wake up and create more memories with my family & friends. Every day is a gift! 

Speaking of gifts, my Mr. asks me on every special occasion we celebrate, what I want. My wish list varies each year/occasion. This year, I’d love to receive any of the above pictured goodies!  

Oakley Sunglasses Kate Spade watch | Akoya Pearl Necklace | Kate Spade Tote | Vince Camuto Bella perfume |  Gold MacBook 

Opening My Eyes, my mind, my heart 

I’ve always been aware of my surroundings. I’ve always had an open mind and have always tried “putting myself in the other persons shoes.” But to be honest, I haven’t always had an open heart to the world-my world-our world.

We are the generation that is responsible for ensuring the next generation and therefore the future generations after them, will have a world to live in that is filled with God’s beauty, God’s wonder, God’s grace, and the humanity that God instilled in all of us.

I know I won’t change over night, and neither will you. But I do know that with each passing day I can take just one more small step in the direction of;

Love. Respect. Kindness. Compassion. Humanity. Selflessness. 

This man is so inspiring & I invite you to watch this video along with all his others! Click on his name below:

Prince Ea

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Post-It Tuesday

I apologize for not having a photo for today’s Post-It Tuesday, but I left the following quotes of inspiration on the desk of a fellow teacher and one on a random car in the parking lot:

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” –Marriane Williamson

“You may not be able to change the world, but you can change someone’s world!” –my thoughts

Think about how one small post-it note can completely change the mood of someone else’s day and join me next week for Post-It Tuesday!  I’d love to hear what you wrote and where you randomly/anonymously left it 🙂

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Photo Friday – Recap of NY

I’m finally back home to the sunny skies and warm weather of Arizona!

My New York trip/mini vacation was fun and adventurous. My younger sisters enjoyed themselves, but they were definitely worn out by day 2 of walking around NYC haha. Since it was my second time around, I knew what to expect and I wasn’t  suffering as much as they were. Poor things. But, they survived and in the end were glad they got to see and experience “The Big Apple.”

I won’t flood you with the hundreds of photos I took while we went from Albany, to New Jersey, to NYC. Instead, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorites. These were all taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5, because I forgot the battery charger to my Nikon 😦

Anyway, hope you enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

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Sitting on the dock of a frozen lake in Cliffton Park.

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The Jersey shore

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Lady Liberty

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9/11 Memorial

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Times Square where love is on 😉

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We ended the trip in Saratoga drinking ginger beer at the cutest cafe!

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Blessings + Love

New York City – Photo Friday

I’m in NYC!

I’m spending the weekend here in the city with my Mr. & two of my sisters. It’s their first time ever visiting and experiencing the city, so they’re super excited and I’m stoked to be back! I know it may sound a little crazy leaving the warm sunny weather of AZ to come to the cold and possibly rainy weather here in NY, but it’s all worth it to spend QT with my Mr. and celebrate my youngest sister’s 24th birthday here.

So, while I’m being a complete tourist and trying to snap away- here’s the 1st photo of our visit for Photo Friday. I’m totally bummed out that I forgot my camera charger at home, which means the only photos I’ll be taking this weekend will be on my Samsung Galaxy S5. I hope they turn out okay *fingers crossed*

Have a lovely weekend!

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The view from our hotel: The Empire State Building

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Blessings + Love