I was Nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award!

Thank you so much Gailovesgod for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award! 

Mystery Blogger Award!

What is the “Mystery Blogger Award” ?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

Here are my answers to your questions.

1.What has God used to put a smile on your face today? I got great reviews on my teacher observations today.
2. Do you dance? Umm I teach preschool so yes, everyday!
3. Do you sing out loud to yourself. All the time!
4. Where in the world do you live? Cottonwood, Alabama
5. What color are your eyes? Green!

Here are three things about me…

  1. For the 1st time in my life, I’m taking the entire Summer off! I can’t wait!
  2. I have a sweet Dashound puppy names Tiny.
  3. For me baseball season is the most wonderful time of the year! Go Bears!! 🐻⚾️

Im not great at nominating others but I figured I’d post and if you felt like playing you could reblog your answers.

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Where do you get your blogging inspiration?
  3. Who has been your all time best friend?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  5. What is your greatest accomplishment?

22 Facts about Me!!

A few months ago I started a 30 day challenge of facts about me. I only got to day #9 and then life got in the way. I came across my list today of all the things I wanted to write about and decided why not do a compiled post about the remaining 22 facts? So here ya go fam!

    1. Friendship is extremely important to me. I’m loyal at fault, and sometimes too loyal.
    2. Me and my high school best friends are still close. We may not get to see each other as much as we like, but we all know if we need each other we will be there to the best of our ability.
    3. When I was in high school, I ate, slept, and breathed basketball. I dreamed of playing in the WNBA and making something of myself.
    4. I know for a fact that God didn’t make me to be a proper house wife, yet I try and work on that priority daily. 
    5. My favorite color is yellow!☺️
    6. I teach headstart and have new adventures everyday. (That’s a post all in itself)
    7. I despise makeup, but some days I feel pretty and will put a little on, but it has to be my idea.
    8. I am the opposite of a neat freak, yet I like order and am trying to train my husband and child which is a work in progress.
    9. I love reality T.V.
    10. When I was a little girl I dreamed of marrying a preacher. Who is to say God isn’t done with Tj yet?! 🙌
    11. I write and throw a ball left handed, but do absolutely everything else right handed.
    12. Anyone who knew me growing up knows I was a huge Tom boy ; I hate shoes!
    13. I have had high blood pressure for the last two years, again something I work on daily.
    14. Im not ashamed to say I can be a little on the crazy side so I take Prozac every single day ; if I run out, my husband will beat down the door at the drugstore to get my refill!
    15. I have read through the Bible twice in my life. 
    16. I’m am an average note taker.
    17. I love Jesus and I know I need to do a better job about telling the world about him!
    18. I was voted “Class Clown” my senior year in high school. (That’s why my son is so silly!)
    19. My life and prospective has been completely changed by suicide.
    20. Someone I love recently chose drugs over me, and I’m just now starting to realize I’m better off in spite of my broken heart.
    21. I have a weird obsession with everything Paranormal!
    22. I enjoy giving advice when I can and being a listening ear when I can’t.

    There’s Just Something about that Name 

    Church this morning was on point! I felt like I needed to share what I learned.

    Mark 1:21-28

    There is only one way to be saved. To submit your life to Jesus. To give Jesus the authority of your life. You have given him all rights to your life, it’s no longer your life anymore. 

    In the book of Jonah, he didn’t submit his plans to God’s plans. He did whatever he wanted until everything went wrong. 

    Jesus has authority over Satan and sinners, Satan’s servants. He went into Capernaum and began to teach. There was a man calling Jesus out and mocking him. Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to come out of this man. 

    Jesus is Lord over the scriptures. The people were so astonished at his teachings because he taught out of one of authority and not as a scribe. The scribes would make these man made rules and say everyone had to follow these rules if you want God to love you.

    Being different for Jesus is where we want to be. 

    Jesus + Nothing = Everything

    Religion is the default mode of the human heart. We try to follow a whole bunch of rules to get to Heaven. God’s gift is free. He knows where we are and he will come to is. 

    My life will never be worth the death of the Son of God!

    The guilt for your sin keeps you from God. We need to stop trying to fix ourselves because WE can’t fix ourselves only Jesus can.

    If Jesus is the Lord over me, that means that I have to submit to him. There are sooooo many things in my life that HAS to change.

    Women say it’s unfair that they have to bare children, but Eve should not have eaten of the fruit; Adam being the man of God that he was, then he should have told Eve not to eat it. He should of had the right authority over her. 

    You don’t have to know what you are doing to open your Bible with your spouse. Get on your knees with them! 

    Jesus is Lord over satan’s servants. 

    We all have strong holds in our lives and it’s destroying us! Those things can not exist in the life of someone who is fully submitted to Christ. He will dig them out of your life and fill in the holes with his love and mercy. We fill like it’s too hard to get these things out of our lives, yet we forget that we have a Lord in our hearts that can tell the demons to shut their mouths, and HE can get those strongholds gone!!!

    God don’t stop being good in the dark times. We must proclaim God’s good when things are bad as much or even more when things are bad. 

    Christians are not noticed when they smile at a wedding, they are noticed when they smile at a funeral! 

                            -❤️ God

    An Open Letter to Elijah

    Dear Elijah,

         Twelve years ago today was the happiest day that your father and I have ever had! We had no idea that God would bless us with such a wonderful little human! We are still amazed that he even trusts us with your care. 

    I know some times you don’t feel like we show you enough, but you truly are our most prized accomplishment. As we watch you grow into a fine young man, we realize that you are no longer that little 6 pounds 12 oz baby boy; for that my heart breaks just a little. No matter  how much you grow, we will always be your mommy and daddy.

    You are a young whippersnapper now, and are about to embark on the years that I’ve prayed up since the day you were born. The closer you get to this chapter of your life, the less we see eye to eye. I’m afraid I didn’t pray you up nearly enough. 

    I wish you could see what we see when we look at you. We see someone’s husband and someone’s father. I know it’s hard for you to understand why we give you responsibilities, but one day you will look back on these days and be thankful that we tried to teach you morals and values. 

    It’s up to you to change the world! I have no doubt that with your strong will and sound mind, you will do just that.

    These approaching years will be the most character building years of your life! While kindness can be mistaken for weakness, you have a great opportunity to be a leader, and prove your strength.

    May you always love the Lord with your whole heart! Serve him with gladness and everything you have. Be true to yourself because there will only be one Elijah Thomas Jones! Always allow your uniqueness to shine through. You will never need to change who you are to please someone else.

    Live your own dreams! Figure out what makes you happy and pursue it. Follow a path of your own choosing, not mine, not your dad’s, and not anyone else’s.

    Have fun and laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Don’t worry about things you can’t control, God always has a plan for every situation. 

    Don’t worry about what others think about you, because it’s none of your business. The only person you ever need to worry about pleasing is God. 

    Love yourself and accept who you are unconditionally. The way you treat yourself will show others how to treat you. Know without a doubt that we love you, and will always have your back. 

    Always try to make good choices, but if you do mess up, be a man and take responsibility for your actions. Never run from a mistake. Pick your friends wisely, they will be the ones who will be there even when you don’t ask them to be. 

    Even on the days we can’t see eye to eye, never forget that we adore you! Happy 12th Birthday Elijah!

                           💛 Mom & Dad

    In The Feels

    Tonight I’m all in my feels. For those of you who may or may not know what that means, it just means I’m not feeling like most people are good. 

    That happens to be the title of a new song by Luke Bryan. Look it up, you will be glad you did. 

    I’m not feeling like most people are good because sometimes the ones closest to you, that you have bore every bit of your soul too, often break your heart. 

    Why is that?

    This is why I never feel like I’m enough.

    Why can’t I just enjoy life as it plays out instead of feeling like I always have to be in control of every single aspect of my day, my home, my life ; or nothing gets done right or in a timely manner. 

    I HATE It!

    Can’t people see the things that drive my anxiety crazy? 

    Let me fill you in on a few things that can push me over the edge. 

    People that don’t clean up after themselves. Ugggggg, especially if they know it sends your anxiety disorder through the roof!! Oh, you would like for me to come in and enjoy spending time with you? Well guess what??? If I did, I would not be able to enjoy myself since all I would see or smell would be the pig sty you enjoy rolling around in every single day. The only way it properly gets clean is if I do it myself. Well no more, I’m over it. I’m done.

    I can’t make anyone on this earth do anything they don’t want to or don’t feel like, but guess what? I can show you what it feels like to feel like you are are not appropriated for anything you do . 

    Most days I don’t feel like adulting, but I try to do it and. 

    Most days I don’t feel like being the bad guy, but I know  I must. 

    Tomorrow I’ll probably delete this entire post, but not today, not at this moment. 

    I know that all in all this is all my own fault. I take it and take it and let it all build up and then BAM! I snap and it’s about something so stupid, and everyone is looking at me like I’m a lunatic when I finally stand up for myself. 

    I can’t even pretend anymore.

                 😞🙅🍜🍷🍸🍾 LaBranda

    30 Day Blog Challenge # 9 Meet Levi Garrett Jones

    This is Levi, my 2nd child

    About seven years ago we have a special family friend that gave is a basset hound puppy. We let Eli pick out his name, and his five year old self wanted their names to ryme , so he named him Levi. 

    I can’t tell you how many times we get them mixed up!

    Eli and Levi the Jones brothers!

    This baby has brought so much love and joy to our lives! 

    He has the sweetest personality.

    I really don’t think he knows he is a dog, I’m pretty sure he feels like a people.

    Tj is probably the one that is the most attached to him. He has always wanted a basset hound.

    This was a day when he ran away, and when he finally came back he had rolled in something smelly. Let’s just say he got a good bath that day!

    We sure cannot imagine our lives without him!

    His favorite treat is Oreos. And boy does he know what the package sounds like. 

    He is his daddies baby and his mommies whole world, (other than our human child of course!)

                         💚 LaBranda