Friday Favorites #3

 
Here we go again. Friday Favorites #2
I would really love to hear your’s each week.
This week:
Product Spotlight: My favorite product this week, I actually made. Chalk Board Paint. I did a detailed tutorial a very very long time ago on my old blog Chosen for chalk paint and not too long ago I did chalkboard paint (there is a difference) but I am not a great recipe follower. I used 1 small bottle of acrylic black paint, about 2 TBS. Cornstarch, and 2 TBS water. I chose not to use the baking soda because I had a good base in my frame already & I made the executive decision not to use it. Looking back, I probably should’ve followed the recipe and I might later on for a top coat, but I think it turned out pretty darn cute: What do you think? 

P.S. Those orange pumpkins were painted white shortly after this picture was taken & they look soooo much better!

Weekly Dose of Sparrow: This week my sweet little babe has been feeling horrible. She’s been such a little trooper though. We’ve been running like chickens with our heads cut off non-stop, until I finally told Caleb I am not doing anything but taking her to her Dr. appointment the rest of the week. He quickly agreed she needed a break and some rest at home to fight off this ridiculous cold. All of that to say that it’s been a challenging week, and I am not glad at all that she’s sick…But because she’s sick, she’s been extra clingy to Momma & I am not complaining about that one bit. I love it when she holds on to me as tight as she can and cuddles. It is the sweetest thing in the whole world!


Joy Comes in the Morning: This week the thing that brought me the most joy was probably getting all my clothes hung in my closet. I know that doesn’t sound like an exciting thing; but I’ve been cleaning it out for almost 2 weeks & that was some serious progress. 

What’s the Word?: Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Matthew 17:20 I haven’t actually read that verse this week in my Bible study, but it has been referenced in enough conversations for me to notice and I saw it on multiple Insta accounts today. So, I thought I ought to share it.

Insta Lovin’: II am loving these farmhouse instagram accounts this week. Since I’ve decided to refresh/redecorate/remodel our house I thought it’d be fun to share the progress, the DIY’s and my reasoning for all of it AND take part in some Insta hashtag feeds. This is how I found this beautiful account.

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Friday Favorites #1

I told y’all the other day that I was changing some things up on the blog. This is one of them. It’s my newest idea for a series, not that I came up with “Friday Favorites” but rather the actual favorites that I’ll be sharing. Before I explain this series let me explain a little bit about why I want to do this one. First, if you were a follower of Chosen the Blog, then you probably remember my Thankful Thursday series. It seemed to last forever, but it was always good to sit down on Thursday (or Wednesday night after choir) and reflect on the week and what I was thankful for. It was a good reminder to me that there is always something to be thankful for.

So, Friday Favorites? That doesn’t really sound the same! I know! But here are the things that I’ll have in each post: 1. My favorite product that I use each week (baby products, clothing, accessories, kitchen gadgets, etc.) 2. One of (because there will be zillions) my favorite things that Sparrow did that week. 3. Something that brought me joy each week…this one will be much like a Thankful Thursday post each week no matter how bad it might seem I can find something to be joyful about. 4. My favorite verse(s) from the week. 5. I know this one seems weird, but I really love Instagram and looking at everyones beautiful pictures. So, I am going to follow one new account each week and then share it with you.

This week:

Product Spotlight: My favorite product that I started using this week is Aveeno Calming Comfort Bath It is the best! It has helped with her sensitive skin and it smells soooooo good! I had been using The Honest Company products, and I do love them, but with her sensitive skin, I had to try the Aveeno and I love it!

Weekly Dose of Sparrow: This week I have two favorite things that kind of go together. I made a DIY Baby Wrap this week because she wiggles her way out of the other two we were given (I think when she gets bigger the other two will work perfectly…but she’s tiny and wiggly right now). I took it to church Wednesday night and to Target yesterday afternoon. I loved carrying her in it! She was just snuggled up right next to me the whole time we were out and about. Yesterday while we were shopping she was just cooing the whole time and I was singing to her. I know there were lots of people in the store, but it was like we were in our own little world. I loved every second of it! She was so sweet!

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Joy Comes in the Morning: This week I think the thing that brought me the most joy was feeding her at night and being up just in awe of how God has blessed us. This is an extremely hard season to go through in terms of physical and emotional changes and hardships.  BUT it is one of true joy. Joy that I can’t even explain in any form or fashion. I just don’t have words for the joy God has given me through Caleb and now Sparrow.

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What’s the Word?:

Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days. Proverbs 19:20

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:2-5

I love these because they are a reminder to not only humble myself and lay down what I consider my “rights” at His feet and allow room for discipline in my life, because I struggle with that. I am kind of a know-it-all sometimes. When I obviously don’t know it all! And then I like the second one because in the midst of discipline and LEARNING more and more about wisdom, He says that He will give it to us who ask without reproach and generously! So…there’s that.

Insta Lovin’: I think the first time I saw this account I liked 50 of their pictures shamelessly and didn’t care that they might think I’m a total creeper…LOOK AT THESE DRESSES! My dad used to travel when we were kids and he always brought us home a surprise. A lot of times it would be the soaps and shampoos from the hotel. As a kid I thought it was awesome! I had no idea that you get those in your hotel room. I thought my dad had some sort of super power that allowed him to know where the store was that sold baby tiny shampoos. Ha! I loved it though. This one time though, he brought home dresses that look sooooooo much like the ones below. My sister and I loved them! I literally thought they were our princess dresses. When my dad referred to God as the king when I was little I asked him if that made us princesses and ever since then, I thought I was a princess…I’m mean I’m not delusional now, but I really thought that as a kid. Looking back those were some good memories twirling around in those dresses on the hardwood floor in the “big room” (our house was an old church so we called what used to be the sanctuary the “big room”) and pretending we were princess. All that to say that I think you should check out their Instagram, if for no other reason than, it’s just adorable.

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This Blog…

I have used my blog for many many…many! reasons. I have used it to teach women about blogging, business (direct sales, etc.), random thoughts, my “Biblical thoughts and insights” pretty much anything you can think of. I still obviously occasionally will post about all of those topics but I have been praying/thinking through exactly what I want to share through this blog. I love that it’s my “piece of the internet” and I can quite literally post anything I want to…but I want to hone in on a more specific thing(s).

Bible Study Thoughts…Women’s Faith Lifestyle…Testimonies…& My Family & Home

I went back and read a post I wrote for Christian Women Bloggers a few years ago and I was kind of amazed at myself. The reason I was blogging       “To prayerfully and purposefully reach a secular & non-secular audience with hopes of telling them about a wonderful Savior and also encourage other believers” That’s what I wrote and somehow after I changed the blog to “our” blog and started sharing more and more about business related things I completely lost focus.

So, moving forward in this blogging adventure…

My goal is to prayerfully and purposefully reach a secular & non-secular audience with hopes of telling them about a wonderful Savior & ALSO encouraging, building up, joining with, and having community with other Christian Women who blog/don’t blog. I also hope  that one day my sweet baby girl (and other future kiddos..Lord willing) will read this and look back at some of the memories and be reminded of how richly God has blessed us (tearing up right now…excuse my emotional postpartum self). I hope that she will not only remember how awesome, wonderful, and loving HE is, but I hope that she will also have this desire to encourage and build up and know the importance of community among believers.

That’s a little bit of a change…I know…but I have this desire for community among Christian women. It’s been a desire that has been on my heart for…well…a really long time. And I obviously love and desire this to be something that speaks to my little one.

By the way…she’s the best thing EVER! Here’s a quick little pic:

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The most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life. Thank you Jesus for this little wonderful masterpiece you gave us!

Her birth story is coming soon…it is taking me forever to write…A LOT happens in those few hours! But I hope that my detailed account will be helpful to other soon to be mommies and encouraging to others.

Pray for me.

I’m changing things up and that’s a little bit scary. But I am so excited…

P.S. I will also be collaborating with other women who have the same desires and I can’t wait for you all to hear what they have to offer!

 

32 Weeks “Bumpdate”

Baby Update:

I haven’t shared in quite a while. So here goes…

I am at 32 weeks this week! AHH!!! That’s still crazy to me that in about 8 weeks I am going to have the sweetest little girl ever and I can’t wait!

We had a Doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago and shocker! I haven’t gained as much weight as I should be. It actually is a lot harder than people think to gain weight when you are pregnant and sick for most of it! I am reminded of it every time someone tells me how cute and little my belly is. They don’t know that they’re a reminder of the worry that goes along with not being able to gain like I should, so I don’t get mad. It’s just hard some days especially when I do feel good and I feel like I am eating for 2…elephants…and nothing happens. But HOPEFULLY this Wednesday after our HOPEFULLY last sonogram we will get a good report of how big she’s getting and how we’re both gaining an appropriate amount of weight. I am praying for that!

If we’re not, I think we will have to go on a much more strict schedule of checking on everything and I’ll probably be worried even more than I am now. Even writing this right now is a reminder and wigs me out and makes me think about it. BUT I keep reminding myself of 1 Peter 5:7 (you might want to check that verse…I could be wrong, but I’m pretty positive that’s right). It says “…casting all your worries on Him, because He cares for you.” I keep preaching that to myself over and over and telling myself that I can cast all my worries on Him because He truly and deeply cares for Caleb, Little Miss Lain, and I.

Other Random Thoughts:

It’s such a huge responsibility being a parent. I am already nervous and already terrified of the hard parts (example when she’s old enough to date….I will have a heart attack probably). I am already praying that she will grow up to know Jesus and have a relationship with Him. It takes faith to a whole new level when you start to think about your children knowing Christ! Seriously! It’s something you don’t really think about until it is in your life and then you can’t not think about the giant responsibility you have to teach them how great our God is and how much Jesus loves them. It’s crazy to think about!

What are some things that were a big deal to you leading up to having your first child (adopted or biological)?

 

Hurry Up Little One

I just can’t stop staring at all her lil sonogram pictures. Last week we got even more pictures and it’s so weird/awesome/cool/creepy/surreal/humbling/wonderful to see her on these sonograms. I seriously don’t know how people did this without getting all these cute pictures before they even get here.

I am getting so excited for her to be here. On our way to the church today to drop Caleb off with the college students he was talking about how we are about to be a family of 3 and I really can’t wait! Today marks 31 weeks and it feels like the next 9 weeks are going to go by so slow, but I know it will be faster than I think…I’m just so ready to meet her.

Hurry up little one I’m ready to meet you & see your face & kiss you & cuddle & go on adventures with you & Daddy & listen to you & Daddy make up funny little ditties about my cooking & learn your little personality & teach you to be uniquely you because that’s how God is forming & molding you right now & share with you about how much more He loves you than Momma & Daddy even could…and that’s like way more than to the moon & back x’s infinity & beyond, I am just so stinkin’ excited to meet you!

This Weekend In Pictures

I was going to attempt to write about everything we did this weekend, but it was a long weekend that started with my picking Caleb up from a trip to Nicaragua and heading straight for Houston. Literally no stopping for him. I honestly was dreading this trip because the whole time I have been pregnant I get car sick…..so fun! Not! I never get car sick either. It’s weird.

Anyway, instead of explaining every detail, I just figured pictures could sum up the fun (I didn’t take them all myself…I stole some off my family’s facebook pages).

Dear Ladies Getting Married:

Dear Lady Getting Married,

When you get married everyone and their dog (in some cases the cat, you know those crazy cat ladies) give you marriage advice. I got every kind of advice you could think of. Biblical and sometimes not. I feel like I heard horror stories and wonderful rainbow stories about how marriage is and can I just be the first to be completely honest with you? It’s both!

I can remember when Caleb and I first got married I panicked a few times and hid in my closet to cry (one time just because he was hitting his fork on his teeth to eat and I thought, “what am I gonna do? This is the rest of my life!” Seriously, now you know how shallow I am. Anyway, I can also remember that it was the “honeymoon phase” and everything was perfect and beautiful and wonderful and you’re so in love you can’t even tell what reality is. I guess most people go through that.

For us, as we go through our marriage, I can be honest and say that we also have days that we annoy the crud out of each other. He can be honest and tell you that himself, too. We have definitely already had our share of ups and downs. Trying to have a baby and the struggle that is, is crazy! I can’t even go into the emotional roller coaster that can be. But all in all we love each other and are thankful the Lord brought us together.

Today I went to breakfast with a girl I grew up with and it was so fun catching up. Then I went to a wedding shower and on my home I was thinking about something my friend I grew up said at breakfast. She kept doting on her husband and I love that! I kept thinking, “yeah, I get it, because if you only knew how awesome Caleb is.” On the way home from the shower I was thinking (almost in la la land) about how much I truly do love him. How the Lord has just flourished this wonderful love for him in me. I can’t even explain it. It’s so crazy to think about how much you love him when you get married and you’re going through that time and you are just head over hills. Then to think when the “honeymoon phase” is over you expect to be “old farts” that live in a house together.

But that’s what I’m here to tell you about, it really isn’t that way! Especially when you allow the Lord to be the center of your marriage. He miraculously changes your heart everyday (and we do not have a perfect marriage just for the record). But everyday even when I’m annoyed or aggravated or whatever, I still love him so much. I thought today how awesome it is that I didn’t think this kind of love was even possible or maybe I didn’t even realize there was such a love. When you get married your in the head-over-hills-so-in-love you still get butterflies stage of love that you think “THIS IS IT!” But it’s not! We haven’t been married forever, just two years, but in those two years my heart has loved more than I knew possible and my brain is blown away that I can love another person like I do and be loved by another person the way that he loves me.

So, to all of you girls getting married I just wanted to give you some real raw advice and try not to be too mushy:

THERE IS NOTHING GOD CAN’T BRING YOU THROUGH AND HE ALONE IS SOVEREIGN OVER ALL THINGS. TRUST HIM IN ALL THINGS!

LOVE YOUR HUSBAND IN ALL THINGS (even when he scraps his teeth to his fork)

RESPECT YOUR HUSBAND. This was something I didn’t really know how to do and I fail daily at, but try my hardest to show respect and tell him how great he is and how great all the things are that he does are, because they are!

BE HONEST WITH EACH OTHER

GIVE YOUR MARRIAGE TO GOD AND ALLOW HIM TO TRANSFORM YOU THROUGH HIS WORD, SO THAT YOU CAN BE A WIFE TO YOUR HUSBAND THAT ENCOURAGES, RESPECTS, BUILDS HIM UP (Be the bride you were created to be).

REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL FAIL AT ALL THESE THINGS ON YOUR OWN AND YOU NEED CHRIST TO DO ANY OF THEM

REMEMBER THAT YOU AREN’T PERFECT! AND YOUR HUSBAND ISN’T EITHER!

FORGIVE YOURSELF AND FORGIVE YOUR HUSBAND ALWAYS!!!!

ALLOW YOURSELF TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER. After realizing that God can and will deepen our love for each other and that He loves us more deeply than we can ever possibly imagine and now knowing an earthly love that is more than anything I have ever known, I can see just a little bit of a glimpse of what it truly means to not even comprehend the Father’s love for us. I also am looking so much more forward to the future of our marriage because I know that God will just continue to move and transform each of us and grow our love for each other and I am excited that for the rest of our lives that we get to fall in love over and over with each other and deeper and deeper. And in doing this understanding just a little bit more and more how much deeper and wider our Father’s love is for us.

REMEMBER THAT MARRIAGE ISN’T ABOUT YOUR HAPPINESS, IT’S ABOUT HOLINESS AND BEING A REPRESENTATION OF THE CHURCH You are iron sharpening iron and you are called to be holy as Christ is holy. You are being used to build each other up and help refine each other through accountability, vulnerability, and truth. You aren’t called to live happily ever after, but holiness brings about a joy and love that you could never experience  in a mediocre “happy ever after life.” I mean, who wants that made up Disney crap anyway? It isn’t real!

 

Pregnancy Tips, Tricks, & Info

As some of you already know if you came here from Instagram; we are having a sweet baby girl! I seriously can’t wait to meet her. I talk to her everyday and she kicks like we’re “actually communicating” but then she kicks all the time so I’m really just pretending we’re talking, ha! It’s so strange having to wait to meet someone that you are already so intimately familiar with, but I am so excited for that day!

Anyway, back to the reason for this post: I can’t wait to share all the awesome tips, tricks, and information I have learned throughout this pregnancy already.

For today’s post I just want to share they easiest and most gotten advice I have heard for morning sickness. When I say most gotten, I truly mean that pretty much every person that asked me about my morning sickness told me this tip. I’m sure you have even heard it already.

Are you ready for it?

Eat a few crackers before you get out of bed.

At first I tried this and it didn’t do anything, I think sometimes you’re just going to have annoying morning sickness (or as I like to call it ALL DAY sickness) but after a while there seems to be point that this tip really does help. Even today I am well into my second trimester and I had to sit up and eat a few crackers before getting out of bed. With this said, it’s not the only morning sickness remedy. I’ll share quite a few more later on, but this seems to be one of the best, easiest, and cheapest remedies that works most of the time. I hope this is helpful! I would love to hear all of your tricks and tips to beating or at least battling morning sickness.

Update on Baby Lain

She still remains nameless, but I really like a name, Caleb just ins’t quite sold on it. So, I keep joking that I’m going to wait until I’m in the middle of labor and say, “You really like the name don’t you?” Ha! I told a friend and her husband last night and he said, “Or he could do like I did and wait until you’re on drugs to say, ‘you really like the name I picked out don’t you?'” Either way, we’ll find the perfect one for her.

We go back to the Dr. next week to find out how tall she is and all the details on her progress and my weight gain. If you don’t already know, I have been pretty sick (hence the top part of this post) and have lost quite a bit of weight and I have been trying really hard to put on some weight to give her some room to move around and ensure that she’s at a healthy weight, so please pray that I will be able to gain a few pounds for her sake. Anyway, she is good and actually was at a healthy weight at our last appointment, but they were just worried about from here on out. So, naturally so am I.

She is a little kicker and a night owl. She literally stayed up kicking, almost non-stop, from 3:30 am to 11 am that next morning the night before last. Last night, I actually got a pretty good night’s sleep, comparatively speaking, but I’m thankful for it!

I will update with more details after our next appointment. I can’t wait to see how big she is!

Sleeping Habits and Baby News!

Hey y’all! So sorry I have been kinda MIA the past two weeks. I have had some serious nausea and migraines during this pregnancy, and looking at a computer screen is hard when my head is exploding on the inside and light makes it 1 billion times worse. Anyway, today I’m feeling okay and I have already missed two weeks, so I didn’t want to miss another one especially with our news we found out!

First, I should tell you a little story about my sleeping habits. They are horrible I toss and turn all night and don’t really sleep as much as I just lay there trying to sleep. But sometimes I do fall asleep for an hour or 3 and it’s great. For me! For my awesome husband, not so much!

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He came home for lunch this week and I was just cooking and talking and showing him pictures of baby things and then I finally stopped and looked at him and asked, “Do you have a black eye? What happened?” To which he replied, ” Yes, I have a black eye, it took you long enough to notice.” Again, I asked what happened and he then tells me that I did it in my sleep. The saddest part is that right before bed I was telling him about the studies I read about married people sleeping better than divorced people. Yeah! I think he disagreed. Anyway it’s yellow, purple, blue, and pink today. I felt so awful but it was also hilarious so I laughed and cried and mostly laughed, but so did he.

In other news in our household, our sweet little one is healthy and growing. We did a blood test that tells us all sorts of health risks and whether or not there are any genetic disorders and praise the Lord, there are none. We have a healthy baby coming!

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Also, on that same test they can now tell the gender of the baby at 10 weeks! Isn’t that crazy! I thought it was. We decided that we didn’t want to know the gender and by we I mean I decided that I didn’t want to know. However, Caleb wanted to and the more we talked about it the more I wanted to know. Then my sister and I went shopping for baby stuff and I broke down. I wanted to know weather or not to buy ballet flats or basketball shoes. So, when the Dr. got the results Caleb surprised me and went to pick up an envelope with the test results in it and we opened it at lunch. And…..we are having a sweet little girl! I am already decorating and starting to get ready for her. I am making a bagillion paper flowers for her room and getting so excited.

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How has your week or past two been going?  I’d love to hear! 

Fri-yay Family Days

I have debated for a while on whether or not to talk much about my family and share our personal random stories about life.

At first, I thought that I probably shouldn’t because I didn’t want to take the focus away from business and entrepreneurship. I also didn’t think our family ramblings helped anyone in any way to grow or improve their businesses. I guess what it all boiled down to was that I felt like it might be too personal for a serious business blog/site.

After all this dumb debating with myself for a few weeks now, I have decided…what the hay! I’m doing it. HELLO! It’s my blog/site I can do what I want, right? And it’s really not that hard to skip over one post a week. So, I decided Fridays will be my family post days and since this is my first one, I wanted to share some news…that’s actually been out for a while, but those of you who don’t know me or follow Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram wouldn’t have heard anyway and I’m still just as excited as the first time we shared it.

God has blessed us with a baby!!! I still, to this day, when I say it out loud or in my head, probably more so in my head because I don’t want to freak anybody out, but I say it like it’s the biggest, most awesome happy news in history. One of these days I’ll share the entire story, but it’s just way too long for right now.

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P.S. I broke down today and bought quite a few baby outfits (gender neutral) because we don’t know if it’s a he or she. I’m trying to do as much neutral as possible.

Well, I hope you’re having a GREAT Friday! I’ll be back on Monday with serious business tips and tools.