A sweet, short reminder that even in this hectic, crazy holiday season, our littles are watching us. Our constant shadows react to our voice, mimic our gestures and absorb our energy - naughty or nice!
Even my older elves still observe my moods, and respond to them.
May they see my kindness, patience & compassion towards others. May they treat others with the same respect and love that their mother strives to give - every day.
Remember your minis are learning from your every move! ♥️
“If we don’t allow others to try, we’re just hypocrites” Elder Renlund
If we truly ask ourselves how much more we expect from people than we can physically do ourselves, what’s the answer?
In this world, I often think how quick people are to judge before taking a step back and trying to understand.
Let seek to understand before we seek to be understood.❤️
With all of the chaos in this life, I am thankful for these two & their love for one another! They are my constant reminder to cherish family, celebrate each other, and always forgive 🥰
went to The Grove yday with my family to watch the dandruff fall from the buildings🤣 #SnowAtTheGrove
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
If you want to know how I do the things I do or how I achieve my goals just ask my Beautiful Daughter! @let.us.be.infinite
❣ Who said ❣- Anyone who has known me since my teennage years will know just how many heartbreaks I've been through - & I don't just mean by boys. So, let's face it. People can just leave. & that is the most terrifying thing I have ever learned. If the only man I ever truly needed left - as unintentional as it was - left before I was done needing him... then it's fair game for anyone else to decide it's not worth it. To decide that I am not worth it. My abandonment issues and trust issues run deep, & it's something I've had to deal with most of my life. But eventually, there comes a time when someone comes along who helps make those things go away. It's taken a lot of work to get where we are, but I couldn't have done it without him. It takes a special kind of man to accept someone elses daughter & consider her his own. I was never a person he had to win over if he wanted to be with my Mother. I was never a package deal. I've never been the step-daughter. I'm the daughter that was born before he had the chance to meet me.
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photo of @daddienotch
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If there is one thread in our story that can be pulled over and over, it is situations that seemed hopeless.
More than once in the process of blending two families, stepping into God’s callings and overcoming the obstacles of life, it all felt very hopeless.
We have learned a valuable lesson in light of what felt hopeless...God works ALL THINGS for the good of those who love him. Out of our faithfulness, he has shown his goodness.
So moving forward, what may seem hopeless to us is a situation where we can have HOPE because even when it does not go the way we feel it should (and it rarely does) the Lord is still working for our good.
He turns hopeless into hope-filled.
Tom’s FIRST TEXT to me! 🥰
😱😱😱 Going through my old photos and stumbled upon this tearjerker! Have no idea why I took a screenshot....no doubt to send it to my bestie to say “LOOK!” 😂 “He looks sweet and he’s handsome (always helpful)”, I thought. A proud, unashamed #fatherdaughter
selfie...he wasn’t trying to hide her or worse....pretend she didn’t exist! Some people actually do this!! .
After the breakup of a long term relationship, I was back on the ‘shelf’ so to speak.... as ‘damaged goods’......An expression that has never been said to my face but I’m sure has been said about me!
Oh, and lest we forget my ‘baggage’....three children from my two previous relationships...Such a strange expression considering they can’t be stowed away or unpacked 🤔 I think ‘tails’ is a much more appropriate metaphor....at least until age 16! .
Now, even at my lowest point I never actually regarded myself as “damaged goods”. I knew that I had arrived at this point because of my conviction that I was worth more than what I was receiving, that love had to be “better than this”. I was strong, grown and most importantly knew exactly what I wanted and definitely did NOT want in a prospective partner....experience taught me this!! .
Tom was such a blessing, “Too good to be true” at some points, I thought. He was loving, strong but gentle, hilarious and care-free. Instantly we were best friends!! From the second week after meeting we were inseparable. I knew he was a keeper when he surprised me Ed Sheeran concert tickets 🎫 because he knew I was a FAN! 🤩 .
He is such a wonderful role model to all the children! I hope Bella and Gigi don’t have to kiss a lot of frogs 🐸 before they meet a prince 👑 like you! If the boys grow up to be even half the man that you are I will be a happy old woman! .
Fast forward 4 years, throw 2 babies into the mix, and I love you more everyday my Tomlinson 😍😍.
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does it again! Starting my Monday off with a delicious cup of coffee!
We went to church services Saturday evening so that I could be here with my Ma and Pa Sunday morning 🌹 These people were, and continue to be, my world. 💛 Happy birthday to my grandmother and Merry Christmas to everyone 🎄🌱🐾🦌🤙🏽
A December sunset in downtown Raleigh 😍 #nofilter
needed when it's God's creation shining. I've been dealing with some minor anxiety this school year, but what's really grounded me and reminded me to be grateful and rest is the sky, the moving clouds, the sunrises when I get up crazy early (for me) to take my stepson to high school, the snow, and the sunsets after a day with my daughter.
It's cliché to turn to nature to be reminded of God's power and goodness and creativity, but it's been a comfort to me.
Every year we venture out into the Drysdale’s Tree Farm field with our “extended” family to help them pick a tree. It’s something we have done for the last 4 Christmases with my step-son’s mom and her husband, and his family. We have a simple, fake tree already up. But it’s the experience that makes the memories.
We start off late, the kids usually play in mud/water/slush before we even get out into the field. Someone spills hot chocolate. A baby falls and gets snow in her boots. Someone gets too tired to walk.
But we laugh. A lot. The kids play in the snow with the adults and giggle until snot comes out of their noses. The baby dances to the festive music being played by the fire. The hunt for THE perfect tree is a beautiful adventure in itself. And yes - at least one person calls out “Oh come on, just pick one already! It’s going to be dead and at the end of the road in a week anyway!” *cough - my husband - cough*
It chaos and imperfect. But I know these days will live on in their hearts forever.
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| | D I S C O V E R | |🔍Who can you become in 12 months? What parts of you can evolve into the best expression of yourself? How can you nurture your personal growth more? What do you need to discover about yourself? How can you be more self-aware?🤷🏽♀️
The best gift you can give is doing the work to become the best you possible. You can only "love others AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF." 💗
☝🏽One focus: Challenge yourself to grOW this year! You'll be amazed at the self you'll meet on the other side!
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SPOTLIGHT: Hayley Hughes, LCSW, earned a BS in Social Work from Brigham Young University in 2008. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Utah with an MS degree in Social Work. Hayley has worked in the mental health field for the past 6 years. Her work history includes Wasatch Mental Health, Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment Center, and most recently LDS Family Services. She specializes in working with expectant parents and adoptive couples. She has a love and passion for adoption, and enjoys the work she does.Hayley lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband and darling kids.
Happy Anniversary! How can it be? We’ve navigated what feels like a lifetime of events in just a short 2 year timespan. Crazy! One day we will look back on these years and know the challenges only strengthened us. Thank you for being my constant force. You push me out of my comfort zone - because you believe in me. We are better together. Love you forever! Happy Anniversary #loveyou #blendedfamily #husbandandwife