And She’s Off…

Today is finally here! We have been prepping Aliyah for school for weeks. Her bag is packed, her forms are filled out, her physical is done and her first day of school outfit has been waiting for her.  

But wait–I forgot one thing–Me                 

I forgot to prepare ME!!!

You would think after going through this two times before I would be ready. Aliyah being third in line I didn’t think I would feel so sad to watch her set off for school. After all, with my oldest I couldn’t wait to see her at school yet I cried that first day as I sat in my office (lets not even mention the school was literally across the street from my job) and with my second I encouraged her as well to venture out and was so proud when she gave me a side glance and said, “see ya, mommy!”

But this one is different. I want to hug her just a little longer, hold her just one more second. 

Could this be because she will forever in my eyes be the baby

I know she already does not like that status as she has placed herself right up there with her sissies but I can’t help my heart feeling a tug today and all the what ifs flooding in–

  • What if she misses us so much and cries all day long?
  • What if her teachers ignore it?
  • What if she doesn’t fall asleep on her cot? (she’s not used to a cot)
  • What if the other kids are mean to her?
  • What if she’s mean to the other kids? (Heaven forbid)
  • What if she doesn’t eat? 
  • What if she gets injured?
  • What if she has an accident? 

What if, what if, what if?!?
This mommy thing never gets any easier and the worse of it all is having to let them go and with each kid it just seems as though they are ready even faster than the one before! 

Aliyah will be great and well this mommy will do what every other mommy has to do–put on the brave face, give a quick hug and kiss, turn and walk away praying that all will be well with her baby girl and fingers crossed no crying allowed until maybe after getting in the car! 


They Say It Takes A Village

The last six weeks have been a whirlwind in our home. Aliyah, our youngest, turns two in a few days and she will start preschool shortly after her birthday. But until then we had to figure out what to do with her during the day as I had already started a new job back in August. 

Fortunately, our family volunteered to take different shifts to come down to Florida from Virginia to help Dan, the girls and I get through the weeks until Miss Aliyah would turned 2! 

My dad was brave and made the first trip! Grandpa came at a time of where we were now adjusting to mommy going back to work, the older girls back to school and Aliyah missing all of us! What a blessing to have grandpa home, praying us through our adjustment stage and helping us with not only fixing dinners but to fixing odd jobs around the house as well. 

We had two days to turn around our home and welcomed the next set of helpers and those were Dan’s parents. They stayed three weeks and the time flew by way too quickly. Grandpapi and Grandmami helped the girls adjust back to their routines with ease. Aliyah was busy going on walks with them and it seemed like overnight she started to communicate even better. She was turning into a toddler right before my eyes–even though I tried my best to hold on to just one more “baby” stage.With Grandmami and Grandpapi she was ready to conquer the world–starting with the potty! 

Our last set of helpers were my mom and my Aunty Shirley! Staying two weeks with us went by just as fast as they busily prepared every meal, cleaned and took care of Aliyah with such ease. By now Aliyah adjusted to mommy and daddy’s work schedule, to her sisters being away at school and has kept up amazingly with her routine. 

All three girls have been so spoiled in the last six weeks but I would have to include Dan and I as well. Dan took each set  around town sight seeing, we all strolled the beaches at sunset, we watched television shows that we never ever watched and joked around and laughed with each other til the wee hours every night–I’d say we created some fond memories these past 6 six weeks. 

Our family chipped in and helped us tremendously in a time of need without any hesitation. We are so grateful and so blessed to be surrounded by such love. I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a kid and I truly can attest to that–thank you All so much! We couldn’t have gotten through any of this without you.💗

Night Of Joy 2016

Last night my family and I attended, Night of Joy 2016 hosted by Disney at ESPN Worldwide of Sports Complex. This is a venue filled with Christian artists performing songs from their most recents hits to oldies but goodies!  

There were three stages with a lineup of different artists on each but we chose the Champion Stage where Hillsong Young and Free, For King and Country and Newsboys were performing.  I couldn’t even tell you my favorite because they were all amazing! 

For years we have always watched this event on television but this year we were so excited to actually be there as Florida residents enjoying a night filled with awesome music and making new memories as a family! 

A super family-friendly event for all ages

The kids need a break in between the line up of artists? Check out the family-fun area to play carnival type games and ofcourse a meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse and his pals!

​Hillsong Young and Free

​​For King and Country

Eye of the Storm

The last few days have been quite interesting as we buckled down and braced ourselves as Hurricane Hermine was approaching Florida. We watched as folks prepared their homes for the impending storm by rushing to the grocery stores, draining their swimming pools, tying down any objects that can cause damage to their homes, schools and offices being closed.  Ofcourse, we followed suit but this time we were not expecting inches of snow on the ground but lots and lots of rain and high winds! Thankfully all is well and we are safe. 

During this time, I especially was reminded of Ryan Stevenson’s song, “Eye of the Storm.” 

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control, In the middle of the war, You guard my soul, You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn, Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm…

In times of trouble, despair, need–where do you put your trust, your faith, your hope?  

Be encouraged today that whatever storms maybe raging and crashing about you, whether it be in health, finances, relationships, and I know the list can go on and on–You are Never Alone!   Hebrews 13:5-“Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.” Let His love surround you and calm the storms of your life. 💕

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