Five favorites Fridays


Every so often I like to share some of my favorite things with you. It could be beauty products, clothing, cleaning or household items, and even children’s products. 

This week there is no theme, nor rhyme or reason to my list. They are simply five things that I love.

1. Clarks wedges


I own a brown pair and a black pair and I LOVE them! They’re so comfy I teach in them. This particular model isn’t sold anymore, so here’s something similar.


Lily’s No Sugar Added chocolate bars. I’m slowly transitioning to 100% on plan with Trim Healthy Mama. THM is sugar free and these chocolate bars offer a way for me to still eat chocolate and stay on plan. 


I love Essie nail polish, and I especially love this color. It’s called “in the cab-Ana” and I’m wearing it in the picture above of my sandals and feet ūüėú


This is so not a picture of me. I love Spanx Undie-tectables. Those things are awesome and perfect for my summer dresses. 

Lastly, I’m loving Burts Bees moisturizing lip shimmer. It’s cheap, it looks good and it works really well. 


I hope you’ve enjoyed this Five Favorites Friday list. Have a great weekend!!


Linking to StonegableWorthing CourtCedar Hill FarmhouseConfessions of a Plate AddictThe Turquoiseaquifer and HomeA Place of My TasteThe Happy Housie, The Blissful Bee, My PinterventuresThe Lady Prefers to SaveThe Kolb Corner, Craving Some Creativity,  Let’s Get Crafty, Diane and Dean DIY,  Starfish CottageBluesky Kitchen,  Potentially Chic,  McCall Manor, and Odds and Evans,  The Quintessential MommyChristine Everyday,  Little Miss DexterousD√©cor To AdorePoofing the PillowsAt Home With JemmaWhite Spray Paint,  and French Country Cottage!

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Weekend Review 

This past weekend, our sweet and beautiful baby girl turned one.

We celebrated with small party of family and friends.

We had¬†a “Very Hungry¬†caterpillar” themed party that almost didn’t happen.

There were lots of snafus but in the end things turned out great and our baby girl had a blast.

Have a great week .

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Week in review Wednesday 

What a busy but wonderful week.

We started our weekend by purchasing a big girl booster seat for our kindergartener.

I decided it was time for a change, so I had my nappy waist length hair cut to my shoulders. It looks and feels so. much. better. Thanks, Crystal!

This little cutie has really been tossing out the smiles lately! 

On Sunday we went to church and this girl looked so grown:


On Monday, I moved out of the classroom I’ve occupied for the last five years.I am excited about my new journey but will truly miss my friends and the community in which I taught. 
I moved my things into my new classroom, which I will begin setting up this week.


I have a busy rest of the week ahead but can’t wait to share all those happenings with you next week! Make it a great one!!
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Sunday Scriptures: Psalm 139:13-14

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Yesterday, in my weekend reading, I shared a devotional from Crosswalk. The devotional was based on Psalm 139:13-16.

The author of the devotional wrote about the dangers of comparing themselves to others. This topic truly hit home for me.

You see, as a blogger, I read a certain amount of blogs each week. I enjoy it, and as long as it isn’t taking the place of my family or my God, I don’t see a problem with it. You also have to be able to be content with that which God has blessed you. And in the golden age of blogging and Pinterest, that can be hard.

There is a certain Christian blogger whom I really admire, but sometimes when I read her blog, that old covetous spirit pops up and discontent starts stirring. I am content with what I have, but the comparison game sometimes makes me feel I’m not as good as some other people in the blogosphere.

It isn’t even just in the blogging community. Sometimes I face this same problem at work, where I worry I’m not as good of a teacher as so and so. Sometimes I worry I’m not as good of a parent or wife as others.

God knew us before he formed us in our mothers’ wombs, and he created each of us with different talents and gifts. If we all had the same talents and gifts, what would make us special or unique? Nothing.

Instead of being in comparison mode, I’m going to do my best to be in celebration mode. To celebrate what talents and blessings God gave me, and how He can use those things for his glory.

What does Psalm 139:13-16 say to you?

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A birthday, a milestone, and a meltdown

Today, my sweet firstborn turns five. FIVE. No longer a toddler or preschooler. Indeed, she’ll be going to school in two months. She is so excited and I am so sad. *tear*

Five years ago, this little miracle came into the world three weeks early.

She was tough and spirited from the beginning, but sweet and loving, too. Those character traits have remained with her.

Looking at all these sweet pictures, I can’t imagine how five years might have passed so quickly.

*sniffle*

*boo hoo*

*cry*

*snort*

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Happy birthday, Sunshine. Mama and Daddy are so proud of you and we can’t wait to see what God has planned for your life. We love you to the moon and back!

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Michael and Angela: a photographic journey

In the fall of 2007, I met this guy.

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While I didn’t want to date anyone at first, and I did my best to run him off, I began to get to know him. The more I got to know him, the more I realized I didn’t want to let him go.

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We started dating and spending a lot of time together. We stayed on the phone most nights well into the morning hours.

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A year later, we got engaged.

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Seven months after that, we got married.

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Our first child was born two years later.

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And our second child was born six years later.

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Happy seventh anniversary to my wonderful husband Michael. The girls and I are so blessed to have you. I can’t wait to see what the next hundred years hold for us.

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A wonderful Easter weekend

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Most of my family lives three hours away in another state. We used to go visit fairly often, but in recent years, we just don’t get up there as often as we once did.

My family and I had intended to go visit the weekend before Easter, but when I became sick with the flu, we had to postpone our trip. Not wanting to wait any longer, we decided to go visit Easter weekend.

One of the neatest things we did was go to church with my grandparents. This is the same church my mother and her siblings grew up in, and the church where my parents got married, so that made it more special. We spent time with my precious grandparents, my great aunt and uncle and my cousin, my aunt and uncle, and my uncle, aunt, and my first cousins. We had a great time, even though it was a short visit. Here are some pictures from Easter weekend:

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My little girls were so beautiful in their monogrammed jumpers.

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The sun’s in our eyes. And it’s obvious I’ve been sick and my color isn’t completely back to normal. But three people I love a whole lot are in it and that’s why I love this picture.

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My precious grandparents. I love them so much.

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My aunt and uncle on Easter Sunday.

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Cousin time! One is missing- he was in his room. And look how grown up my girl is!

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Some super cute Easter baskets for some super sweet girls!

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Ode to the birthday boy

Today is my sweet hubby’s birthday. Because he’s the type of person who’d rather celebrate others, he’ll likely not appreciate my posting this. I can’t help myself.

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This handsome man and I have been together nearly 9 years now. The first time I saw him I couldn’t help but think those were the prettiest blue eyes I’ve ever seen. I hope you don’t mind if I post some of my favorite pictures of him.

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Obviously, there are many things I love about him, but one of the things I love the most is his faith. Michael loves the Lord, and it doesn’t get any better than a man who serves God. He’s also selfless, humble, patient, and he works hard. He loves me and our girls and he takes care of us.

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Almost seven years ago, this handsome man became my handsome husband. A lot has happened in those seven years, but I wouldn’t trade a moment. We have a wonderful life together.

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I love this picture, and I love those hands. Those hands work hard to take care of our family, they hold our girls and…occasionally, they hold me.

My favorite thing that he does is be a father. He is a wonderful father and I love watching him with our girls.

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Happy birthday, Michael. Your girls and I are so very blessed to have you.

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An announcement…and a birth story :)

If you’re wondering where I’ve been lately, and why this blog has been so quiet, I promise I have a good reason. After dealing with several days of false labor, I decided to give myself some time off from the blog to make sure I was as ready for Aubrey as I could possibly be, both at school and at home.

You can probably guess what happened next: this sweet girl arrived on November 6, 2015 at 8:04 p.m., after a long and difficult labor. She was born a little over 3 weeks early, and we initially dealt with an extended hospital stay for jaundice, but everything is OK now.

I worked on Thursday, November 5, and had contractions all day long. I timed them, and while they were fairly consistent, they were still pretty far apart. I didn’t think too much about it, but wondered if maybe we might be going to the hospital that night. In the afternoon, I began to suspect that my water might be leaking. When I was in labor with Emorie, the doctor broke my water, and this was definitely nothing like that. I called my doctor and they suggested I come to the hospital.

I spent a few minutes making sure things were ready in case I was out of school the next day, then headed home to wait for Michael and make arrangements for Emorie. Upon arriving at the hospital Thursday evening, I was monitored and doctors ran tests to check for amniotic fluid. The initial tests came back negative, and I prepared myself to leave. Doctors wanted to run one more test, and it came back positive.

I was admitted, and spent the night in labor and delivery being monitored. My contractions, while still coming, were not necessarily getting stronger or closer together. In the morning, doctors and nurses made the decision to start me on Pitocin. My heart sank- I am a natural childbirth mama and was worried about how much more intense the pain would be.

I labored several hours more on the Pitocin, and when I still was not dilating at a quick pace, I asked my doctor how he felt about stripping membranes. I knew they would typically not do this prior to 37 weeks, but because my water was leaking, I also knew they had to deliver her. My doctor agreed, and then discovered my water had not completely broken. He chose to break it the rest of the way.

Things began to progress rapidly after that. I remember the nurses coming in and telling me I was dilated to a six. Five minutes after that, I had a strong contraction and yelled to the nurses that the baby was coming. She checked me and ran to the phone. My doctor nearly missed Aubrey’s birth, but arrived just in time. After being in labor for nearly 24 hours, Aubrey entered the world in three pushes. She was completely OK, despite some bruising on her head and face, and having to receive phototherapy for jaundice. Her slight prematurity has not had an effect on her, blessedly.

Something funny- Aubrey and her sister Emorie have so many similarities. Emorie was born at 37 weeks, Aubrey at 36 weeks, 5 days. Emorie was 6 pounds 2 ounces, and 19.5 inches long and Aubrey was 6 pounds, 1.4 ounces, and 19 inches long. Both girls had jaundice and had to have phototherapy. Both girls have similar features and were both born with a head full of dark hair. If you want to read Emorie’s birth story, you can find it here on our old blog. 

Emorie adores her little sister and constantly wants to hold her and kiss her.

Our hearts are full. Thank you for all the prayers for our family. 
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