came to me
on a day that it poured with rain,
a little bundle so beautiful, so defenseless,
that it took my breath away,
dark grey blue eyes, that looked at me and,
wisely seemed to say,
i am here now, yours alone,
life will never be the same.
little hands that clutched my finger,
and wrenched my heart away
defiant mouth, and pink shell like lips,
always knows what to say,
through difficult times and trials,
my sunshine has spread her light,
been a little friend to me,
loves me day and night,
she sails through life bravely and well,
God's child she surely must be,
if ever I love someone too much
no doubt its only she
by Arti Chopra (paraphrased)
Happy birthday Sophia, our eternal sunshine 🌹☀️❤️
#happybirthday #hbd #happybirthdaygirl #mysunshine #mydarling #myrose #iloveyou #poems #flashbackfriday #sotiny #7yearsold #momofmany #mamaof4 #motheranddaughter #motherofadaughter #mamasgirl #raisingagirl #raisingastonggirl #braveone #raiseawildchild #raisingawildflower #magicalchildhood #childhoodunplugged #candidchildhood #letthembelittle
Fun whirlwind trip with my mama to pick up my number one!! Let the fun begin...giggles from the kitchen and just enjoying the siblings 😍😍#funinthegulch #mamaof4 #blessed
Snoozing the first day of holidays away 💕
It didn't last long because Kye came in and 'patted' her.. I dont know why kids think they should pat babies 😂
Meadow is queen of cat naps in the day anyway 🤨 When we are out, ofcourse she sleeps the whole time.
I'm not sure whether to try her on a dummy.. I'm not against them but the last 2 didn't take them so I never pushed it.
Will one help cat napping?! Or shall I just have a messy house forever while I hold her all the time 😆
Another level of busy at the moment!
It’s 7.30pm I am laying on my bed in silence in the dark, is this normal? 😂 I’m just about hanging in there, we can do this, keep up the good work everyone! ❤️
Love wearing leggings around the house. Feeling more comfortable with my body after having multiple kids. #lovemybody #mamaof4
A little music, a little weights, a little flow. Just me and my mat.✌️#myhappyplace
I think Meadow is a pretty lucky little girl having 3 big brothers to watch over her 💗
I can't believe that school is over for the year...this year has flown by.
I bribed the big boys all week with getting a lunch order today from the canteen.
It turned out it was actually shut... so I had to rush to bakers delight 😂
I felt a little bad that my bribe never happened 😐
Has anyone else ever bribed their kids with something that hasn't happened?! Or is it just me 😏
I'm going to attempt Santa photos tomorrow... I hope I dont have to be in them 🎄
When did you let your barely 4 year old chop with a knife? I’ve always heard, “Trust the learning process.” But man, seriously?! He full blown went to cut his finger off! Yes, there was blood. (No I didn’t get a pic 🤦🏻♀️ #fail
) And after we dealt with it, he had to go back and try again. He found where he made the painful mistake and Mama had to help him repeat it. He made a few changes, I made reminders to be more aware, but two steps back and he was at it again. (So really it’s no different than my 36 year old self). 🤨 Navigating through this mom life is a constant learning process. Sometimes you cut yourself and you gotta try again, even with some pain. It’s hard AF but you got this. 💪🏼 #learningprocess #alwayslearning #trust #lifemistakes #knifeskills #kidscooking #chefsacademy #claremont #claremontvillage #cookingwithmom #mamaof4 #carrclanpartyof6
So many people using social media to share how to be pretty.... I want to be a woman who shares that I want to be..
And all not with my own strength but with God. Because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13
Women that means us too! Never feel less. You’ve got this....because God’s got you. 🙌🏻 💪🏻 #mamaof4 #determined #Godisforus #msi #imperfect #andthatsok
💫⭐️So, my job is to make people beautiful, but I can also make beautiful people💫⭐️ My baby boy 👩👦The youngest 👶 My son☀️, Hudson Woods Emory (aka Hank, Hanky Panky, Hanky Panky Pie, Hud, Huddy, Huddy Buddy, Bud, Bubba,) in his very first school pic. ♥️♥️♥️💙 #preschool #bethlehemlutheranpreschool #marysville #boys #boy #mamaof4 #4yearolds #3bigsisters #backoffgirlshismomiscrazy #realhousewifeofasmalltown #yourmomgoestocollege #family #cutestboyintheworld #beautifulpeople #beautifulboy #thatface #blondehair
blondehairedboy #browneyes #browneyedboy
My sweet little fam. ❤️ feeling so incredibly blessed to have them.
I’m also a little in love with our family winter session so if I’m a little over the top and over post-bear with me.
On a more serious note: I can’t believe how often I get stuck on small little details and forget to see the big picture. My kids have parents who love them unconditionally, they are fed and warm. So why sweat the small stuff? If you haven’t seen former president Bush’s eulogy for his dad, please go watch it. It’s what matters. Not the stuff.
#pnwonderland #winterwonderland #pnwwinter #winterphotoshoot #merrychristmas #mamaof4 #raisinglittles #mysweetbabies #goldenhour
Days 11 & 12:
Day 12 is pictured first. Today was all about getting some work done at home. I wore this #LuLaRoeAna #maxidress
with the always cozy #LuLaRoeMimi #knittedshawl
. I adore this shawl!!! I’m also a big fan of this dress because it keeps me covered but is still so comfy!!
I love that I can make my office at home be right by the tree so that I get to enjoy it as much as possible. .
Day 11 (swipe left) was about getting the kids to the doctor and lots of snuggles. I wore #LuLaRoeJulia
ruched up as a tunic over some holiday leggings. My trusty #LuLaRoeSarah #dustercardigan
is always a stylish and cozy cover-up. .
How’s your challenge going? Remember to tag me in your posts so I can follow along!
The best kind of Christmas present 😍
Yes y’all I’m going to post 192819x about my stomach & body haha because I’ve hated how I felt for some many years!! Now I am finally loving how I look & feel inside YES we should love ourselves no matter what but sometimes we look in the mirror & we don’t so you gotta make a change to get yourself there and I DID! I’m so glad I It Works came into my life because it lit a fire 🔥 in me when nothing else did! 19 pounds down 🙌🏽 & 5 more to go baby 💪🏽 #fitmama #mamaof4 #keepitpushing
💯🔥 #Itworkschangedme #letsdoit
Snagged breakfast and peeped the consignment store next door with the precious @carolinelawlessbosarge
... she totally encouraged me to buy this sparkly dress that was calling my name... now yall thats a forever person right there. True friends encourage each other to buy ALL the sparkly dresses. ✨💫
In the near future I’ll be wearing this with my makeup & hair on point out on a hot date with my man but today its real life in my room with laundry overflowing and grace for days. Life isn’t perfect BUT y’all my dress is sparkling so ill choose to shine too!✌️ Light and Love! #youdoyou
OK - In some of my self reflection I have realized that function 95% of my time in production mode! What every I am doing has to have an end result! I shared a bit of this last week, but I know that I am not the only mom or parent out there that functions this way! Some of us have a hard time putting the list down and seeing past it or letting it go for a moment in time, it truly causes us stress thinking about the LIST!! Some of us have been wired that way and to change all we have been known to do for years can be challenging!
So I invite those of you that can relate to try something that is calming for you - totally non productive, it almost seems weird to write that because that is sooooooo out of my comfort zone and do it for 10 minutes. It will be hard at first but remember we don’t love the stress we currently feel! .
Join me in working on finding something that allows you to bring down the intensity that often surrounds you.
Give me a heck yes 🙋♀️ or a 👍thumbs up ⬇️⬇️⬇️ if you are open to committing for the next 15 days!
Playing with your kids...without distractions is the best thing you can do for your kids! All they need is to know you love them and they see that by your actions. ❤️ We all love our children dearly, but sometimes we need a little reminder to put away the distractions (phone, TV, cleaning, laundry, etc) and just hang out with them!! Check out the book Hands Free Mama for great tips on this and more parenting help. ❤️
#handsfreemama #playwithyourkids #love #mamaof4 #momtips
I said “sorry baby I know he is in your way” as I went to grab him.
She said “mama let him just sit with me, it’s okay” as she pulled him up on her lap... phew y’all!
I learn TONS from my kids on a daily. I love that he wasn’t in her way because she simply DECIDED she would let him have a chance to be a part. She CHOSE not to get frustrated but to take the opportunity. 🤜🏻🤛🏽We all have made choices that may have propelled us to where we are BUT as of today we can make decisions that will get us to where we want to go.🙌
#mamaof4 #perspectacles #milspo #thirdgradehomework
It’s a happy day when my littlest one can finally wear some LuLa!! I can’t even handle that sweet face!! ❤️ (And the photobomber in the background is pretty adorable, too! 😉)
If you’re looking for comfy, fun, stylish clothes for your little ones, come on over to the group! (Just click on the link in my profile ☝🏻 to join and you can check it out.) I’ll be back to share my #Dressember
Tuesday Thoughts 💭
I was reflecting on my academic journey, today. I went to CSUF straight out of high school, at 17 years old, and I got pregnant, within 2 months of being there 🤦🏼♀️. I decided to keep my baby, and my Dad convinced me that by doing so, I ruined my life. It took me 12 years to finish my AA at FJC 😯. I would take a class, get excited, and then remember that success wasn’t an option for me because I had ‘ruined’ my life. Then I would take a semester or a year(s) off, until I could gather enough courage to give it another go. That’s how it went for me. It’s crazy how beliefs and mindsets influence our ability to succeed, and basically stunts our forward motion. It took so much for me to push past my own doubts and fears, but I did it. Now, I’m back at CSUF, and I’ll be ready to apply to the BSN program next winter. I can’t believe that I’ve made it this far.
Overcoming mental hurdles is NOT easy, by any stretch. Word curses settle into the deepest part of our being, and unhealthy mindsets take root.
I’m so grateful for my relationship with Jesus. He’s the one who has gone before me, and fought the battle in my mind for me to break free from. He has sent amazing mentors like CSUF’s head Track & Field coach, John Elders, who has believed in me, and pushed me to continue on. I’m reminded of God’s great promise to me; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And; He who has started a work in me will be faithful to complete it.
My life wasn’t ruined. My future is secure. I GET to go after my hopes and dreams. I’m totes gonna have a BSN, and I am soooooooo grateful to be able to continue my education.
#yourmomgoestocollege #bsnorbust #ican
#csuf #calstatefullerton #university #nevergiveup #neverstop #keepgoing #motivation #tuesday #tuesdaythoughts #mylife #myjourney #theclimb #thejourney #mamaof4 #fullerton #theeverygirl #momming #imkeepingmybaby #mindsets #christfollower
Hi all! I have been getting a bunch of new followers the last few weeks so I thought it was time to introduce myself properly!
I love to hike, bike (mountain biking being my new obsession), exercise (whether it’s a High Fitness or toning class or just getting on the elliptical in the basement because that’s all I could fit in that day), cook and bake.
Being healthy is key for my family and I. We all just feel better when we eat right and get active. Yes, we have our cheat days, but overall we are a very low refined-sugar and mostly non-processed household.
I was formerly a Certified Financial Planner and still keep up my license because you never know when you will have to work again. Plus, I worked hard for that license and probably could never pass that test again😜
I love to share about the amazing supplements that have changed my life this year. I used to sleep until 1 of my kids woke up and still felt sluggish and was tired in the afternoon. My gut was also not healthy. All that has changed and I now have a clean gut and jump out of bed by 6am and am ready to tackle the day! No more tired mama in the afternoon either! All this without coffee or Red Bull, just my all natural, sustained energy giving pink drink and gut cleansing supplements.
I am a stay stay at home mom to 4 kids. 2.5 are in school (kindergarten is half day here)! Is it wrong I am longing for the day when all are in school and I can have “me” time again?✌️ And by that I mean gym and errands by myself! I know I’ll miss having a kid at home though...maybe🤣
Tell me about yourself or ask me any questions!
#mamaof4 #certifiedfinancialplanner #stayathomemom #mtbgirl #biking #cooking #baking #guthealth #naturalsupplements #entreprenurialmom #workfromhome #realfood #healthyfamily #mountainbike #fitness #fitfam #gymmotivation
Hold the freak UP✋
Slow your scroll for 10 seconds!!!
Don't think these at home programs can bring results?? Listen, anything you commit to and put your all into will bring you SOMETHING.....💯
Might as well take the risk on treating your body better 👊 .
Bev just submitted her progress into the BIG challenge where we have the chance to win a CASH prize💲, and I see a nice Christmas gift coming her way if it was up to me💁
Bev➡️"110 pounds, 20" off my waist. This took 1.5 years, I started when I was 55 years old. [Completed a number of our programs] Loved every one! Trust the process & believe in yourself! You can do hard things!!"
The next program we'll be doing is only 20 freaking minutes a day!! To get into our VIP group for January, message me tonight, so we can chat details and get you in in time😘
Bev.....I want to be just like you when I grow up❤️
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This question 🙌
It’s what I’ve been asking myself over and over again during the past month or two.
What kind of life do I want?
✅ I want to stay home every night and most weekends in this little bubble
✅ I want a job that helps me make a difference without sacrificing so much of my own time
✅ I want a more a flexible business - not one I’m tied to constantly
✅ I want more relaxed time with my family. I’m sick of being a highly-strung, cranky mum
That’s the life I want to create. And over the past 2 months I’ve locked myself away and achieved it. 2019 is going to be wonderful
Kindness doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Kindness doesn’t have to be wrapped fancy or perfectly delivered. Kindness just is. Kindness just does. Kindness sees needs. Kindness changes lives.
Today kindness looked like fresh picked satsumas from my neighbors father in laws garden that she left on my front porch. Last night it looked like homemade soup delivered. This weekend it looked like friends allowing me to follow them & hang together so I didn’t have to find parking and do the festivities by myself. Last week it was coffee mailed to me straight from Ethiopia. The week before was gorgeous fresh flowers delivered and a love note from my crush. On a daily, it’s texts, funny memes and phone chats from some top notch people. These are not hard things y’all just intentional actions taken.
... Your story. Your struggle. Your season. Your journey. Your heart. It matters. You matter.❤️ *** I’ve connected with many people who have been facing really hard things. If you are going through something that feels hard to bear... I encourage you to reach out. You are not alone and you have people in your corner who want nothing but the best for you. The holidays are beautiful but can be hard for many. You are not alone & you’ve got a friend, an ear and a safe place to land****
1,321 DAYS since I said YES!! Day 1 to N O W! 🙌
Listen, I have said yes to so many freaking things in the past.... slim fast drinks (2 a day), gluten free diet (not for allergy purposes), cutting out carbs almost completely, cutting out sugars, upping my protein, multiple weight loss shake companies, crazy scary diet pills, super small portions, working out at least 2 hours everyday, skinny wraps, doing pinterest workouts, joining a gym (multiple times), hiring a personal trainer, etc.🤦♀️
Here's the problems with everything I said yes to before - I was looking for a quick fix, something easy, and NOTHING WORKED!!
So.... I said YES to something almost 4 years because I saw someone's life be personally changed by it. (Insert: REAL PERSON + REAL RESULTS... not a stock photo) But I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I knew that what I needed was a lifestyle change. I knew that this was MY ANSWER I'd been waiting for since I started packing on the pounds my senior year. (40 lbs. heavier than I am now.)
I've NEVER looked back. Actually with the continued research I have done, it only solidifies that this is the real deal! I haven't wasted any more money on 'trying' to find a weight loss solution. In fact, weight loss isn't my main focus - TOTAL WELLNESS IS! Losing weight is just a positive side effect of using the right tools: wholesome nutritious foods, daily exercise plans laid out for me to do at home, meal plans that I can customize, supplements with ingredients I can stand behind, support, accountability, motivation to show up everyday...and the list goes on.
I truly find joy in sharing my journey because I have been able to help show other women how they can live a sustainable healthy life too! Put the scale aside - it doesn't measure happiness, confidence, and self-worth which is what I lacked most. I can't wait to jump into the new year and continue to watch even more lives change! I still have a few spots open in my January Bootcamp if you want to join us. You must come willing to show up everyday to better yourself - no shortcuts here. 😘
When you stop thinking about it as a DIET it becomes a lifestyle... When you stop thinking you are just spending money, it is now an investment... So this is me over a year ago, wife, mama of 3, working for Corporate America.
I often hear from individuals how much they don't like their situation, and yet still they stay where they are.
Today, wife, mama of 4 (I will get that body back), working for MYSELF
I shifted my thinking even MORE and now I can be home, raise my baby and work on my terms... Stop making excuses and having pity parties, see yourself in a better place and then put in the WORK, it is all part of the journey!! #bosslady #mamaof4 #girlsrock #entrepreneur #trainer #coach #investor #syndicator #realestateinvestor #podcaster #realliferealequity #entrepreneurlife #healthiswealth #blessed #recovery
At the age of 1 year 8days.. he managed to walk without any1 help.. bravo.. good job my son!!
Mama tengah berkemas tgk dia slow2 jalan from stair to sofa.. then to table.. so cuteee...
Excited pulak.. even my 4th babies but still excited juga..haha
#mamaof4 #mamamarykay #haffazpotrait #1yearold
With four kids we bring chaos... As someone who loves beauty in everything I have had to let a lot of that go. Most of the time my kids clothes are backwards, because they love to dress themselves, my makeup is done in the car.. oops, and you can find me with a coffee in my hand since coffee runs through my veins. This morning we are super late to school because Israel my “Tank” of a boy took a dive off the couch, and I wanted to make sure he was ok before we headed off.! We never know what life will bring us day to day! I do know it is an adventure with these guys and I’m along for the ride... May this holiday season NOT go according to plan! What are your plans? .
#christmas #christmastree #christmaspresents #tistheseason #lovemakesafamily #sisters