Enjoyed @buschgardensva Christmas Towne with these kiddos a couple of weeks ago! 🎄
The weather wasn’t the best, but we spent time together and made lasting memories. It’s those things that money can’t buy, but that mean the most to this momma’s heart. ❤️
I want to share a little story: .
Growing up, I watched my mom work 2 jobs to still barely make ends meet... She did the best she could, but because of her working so much (& the fact that she had 4 kids, 3 of which were BOYS) + 2 dachshunds who then had 2 separate liters of puppies... our house was NOT a place I would EVER invite people over to...
Our furniture was all mis-matched hand-me-downs (many with fabric covers that covered the tears or stains on them), our carpets were covered in dog feces & urine from all of the un-trained puppies running around, our cups were the plastic cups that came with our kids meals from the very rare dinner out, our plates were the cheapest paper plates mom could find, and our silverware was often times the "to-go" packets from mom's waitressing job & if not, it was bent up, old, mis-matched silverware. <--- and that leads me to my "little" moment --- that to ME, was a BIG moment that reminded me how far we have come! ❤
Yesterday a shipment from Pottery Barn came and it was one that was really sentimental for me --- it was a box of GORGEOUS, ALL-MATCHING SILVERWARE -- not a 4 piece set, but a 12 person set so that no matter HOW MANY PEOPLE we have over --- there will be NO mis-matching or bent forks! Hahaha! YAYYYYYY!!!
I've been re-decorating our home over the past few months... It's a home that is just 3 miles from the one a grew up in --- but THIS HOME is not only PAID IN FULL, but it is a home that I am PROUD to invite the people I love over to! It's not a mansion --- I could afford MORE if I wanted to --- but it's everything WE, as a party of just THREE, felt we needed right now and allows me the ability to give back as freely as I feel called to do, including being able to help my brother buy his first home and soon, help my other brother to get his first place on his own! ❤ .
I am thankful for the little things. The SMALL successes that may seem insignificant to others --- but that represent so much more to me! ❤ I will never forget how far we have come and how much God has blessed us. ❤ Thanks for being a part of this journey with me! #littlethings#meanthemost#blessed#overcomer#GODisGOOD
One of my very favorite things, is waking up at 5:45...cuddling my snoring pup, rolling into workout gear...sweating before the 🌥 is up-- taking time to curl my hair, getting to enjoy a cup of coffee, and really eat my breakfast [instead of scarfing down a protein bar in the car]. Days where I have extra time in the AM, are days that are going to be great!! Amazing day at work with @pilatesstreet and a gorgeous sun appeared today that I have missed so greatly!☀️ take time for yourself, and really breathe. Really drink. Really eat. And really be present. 🌚🙏🏼 #thelittlethings#meanthemost