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The Joys of Winter Break!

Good evening, WordPress family! If you are reading this, I hope this moment in your life finds you relaxed, refreshed, and ready for whatever the new year holds for you. I am currently enjoying Winter Break here in south Alabama. Except it feels more like Spring Break with the unseasonably hot temps we have been having. It was almost 80 degrees on Christmas day, and it doesn’t look like it will be cooling off anymore this week.

I know that this time of the year I generally like to reflect on the that is about to end. This time is no different. At the start of 2021, I lost two special people. Life has never been the same, nor will it ever be, but it has gone on. In addition to the losses, i’ve gained a whole new family of friends. We have all had lots of good times, filled with laughter and even a few tears. I can’t imagine my life without these people in it. Mrs. Pam and all her babies, Adam, Wendy, and Sawyer, Matt Matt, Manny, Jp, Le le and Pae Pae, thank you for loving my family as your own. Thank you for allowing us to be us around you. Thank you for taking such good care of both of my kids. Thank you for helping us learn how to really live our lives instead of wallowing in our pity and pain. Please don’t change and we are so excited to see what all God has in store for all of our people in 2022!

This is how Piper felt about SANTA
Eli and his beautiful girl Shaylee

Things are already starting to change, and new beginnings are already starting to form. I leave with this quote, ” If you learn to change your thinking, everything else will fall into place.” Be blessed WordPress!!

As The World Turns

Good evening WordPress world! You have caught me on a rare Tuesday night. No baseball practice, no school work for me, and Piper went to bed like a sweet sweet princess. So here I sit, having myself some alone time. It allows me to think about the things going on in our world today. Things our children should never have to deal with, and should never have to hear about when they turn on the t.v. or radio. The one pressing on my heart tonight is the Gabby Petito case. Another young soul with her life ahead of her gone too soon.

I’m not super familar with the case, I try not to listen to the news too much because it’s just too depressing these days. The jest of what ive gathered is that she was a victume of domestice violence. Sadly she wasn’t able to break out of her personal hell. I have 3 very close friends that have been in situations like hers. One didn’t make it out either. It haunts me to this day that I could have done more for her than I did. Even if we did live 100s of miles away from each other. Why didn’t I know more about what was going on? Because once the narcassist gets into your brain and heart they brainwash you into beliving that you are worthless.

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Thankfully my other two friends were able to get out alive. One not without spending two and a half years in prions for taking the fall for crimes he commited just because he made her belive that it was all her fault.

America, we have to do better!! Not only do we have to raise our daughters to know without a doubt their daily worth, we also must teach our sons the vaule of a woman. That a woman is not a door mat to be trampled on and that they would not make it in the world without a good woman by their side. If we teach our sons to love and to not be ashamed to show love, then hopefully part of this lost and dying world can be recaputred for the good in us all.

I close in thoughts of there are not promises of tommorow, I am determined to fall more in love with life. Intentionally romanticising the walks I am on, the birds chirpping, the sound of my children’s laughter. The feeling I get when my husband tells me he loves me at random times of the day. All of it and more. I will take a closer look at the little things that make my heart beat faster. Be Blessed!!

As a New School Year Begins

As a new school year begins here in south Alabama, I would like to take time to reflect on my life lately.

My children have been a joy this summer. They have both made me so proud. Eli decided not long into the summer that instead of playing football this year, he would get a job. Actually he got a few jobs. He worked with his dad some at the cabinet shop, he loaded watermelons, did some yardwork and helped out a lot around the house. It was so tough watching him make these mature grown up decisions. My momma heart was feeling some type of way this past week when they had their first game and my boy wasn’t on the field. I tried not to let him sense the selfish sadness I had but somehow he picked up on it. I think he was aggravated that I was upset. I just had to swiftly remind him that yes I was feeling sad but that did not change the fact that I supported his decision not to play. He has a good head on his shoulders and knows what he wants out of life. At 15 he seems to have things figured out more than most adults. I guess it would be different if he wanted to quit to lay on the couch to play video games. Not that there is anything wrong with that, I’m thankful that is not him.

Piper girl is every bit of her 17 months of bliss. I say that in a way in which is positive. She is running around these days, and when I say running I literally mean running. She rarely walks and its amazing and annoying as well as funny all at the same time. She has the personality of a sour patch kid. So so sweet, then sour, then sweet again. She has a mind of her own and her attitude is bramble of spikes. But she is oh so smart! She has already showed interest in going potty and loves wearing pull ups like a big girl. As long as its her idea like is all sunshine and rainbows.

This past week the kids and I have been in the house on account of Piper’s babysitter and her family getting hit mildly by the covid bug. Thankfully they are all on the mend. I will return to work tomorrow and have meetings with my new parents Monday and Tuesday and then my new students will start on Wed. I’m excited as well as anxious because of working in the district I work in, I never know what I am going to get. I hope all my peeps in WordPress land are doing well. I’m going to try and do better about keeping up and being more active. Im still doing a few classes online for my Bachelors so sometimes I don’t want to look at the computer screen again. Yet, every time I come back it’s like I’ve never left. Be Blessed!!

The Year was 2003

I came across this picture last week. I’ve been using it as a bookmark in the current novel I’m reading. The year was 2003. We were fresh out of High School, young wild and free. The man of my dreams had found his way back into my life and I was thrilled. This was before marriage, before kids, before careers, even before we lived together. We didn’t know too much about the things that would get on our nerves about each other. We didnt have car payments, house payments, or any other responsibilities. In those days I didnt think about tomorrow, I always tried to live for the day. Lord what I would do to have that mind set back!! Not to mention that body!! Regardless of what our dreams are made of, Gods plans for us are always perfect. #firstloves #youngins #wouldn’tchangeathing.

It’s Been Eight Long Years!

8 years ago I got the phone call that will change my life forever! You were gone, your life was over and there was nothing 8 years I could do about it. I had absolutely no say so in the matter. I’ve asked myself a million times why couldn’t I help you? Regardless of what anyone says I will never understand why you had to go. I will never believe that you wanted to leave us. I understand now that the details are really none of my business. God has walked with me and reminded me everyday that he never makes mistakes. Some times bad things happen to good people and my job is to have faith and hope might I will see you again one day.

Your legacy will always live on in me. You taught me so much about life and left me with more courage than I ever thought possible. Even though your leaving was the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with, the experience has helped me help other hurting people.

I never got to say goodbye, but one day just a few weeks before it was time for your momma to join you, I went to see her. I sat in a chair beside her bed and she said “Girl get over here in this bed with me.” So I did and we laid there for hours talking. I told her everything I wished I had had the chance to tell you before you left. It was a special day and I will never regret it.

Now you are together and I’m sure you are both tickled pink. I imagine yall fishing but not playing Monopoly bc that always caused a scene! I😄😄

I’ll never forget, I’ll just live with what you taught me. Until we meet again, Rest in peace soul sister! RIP Gina Carol Tipton.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

– Romans 8:38-39.May 17, 2021

The Year Was 2003

I came across this picture last week. I’ve been using it as a bookmark in the current novel I’m reading. The year was 2003. We were fresh out of High School, young wild and free. The man of my dreams had found his way back into my life and I was thrilled. This was before marriage, before kids, before careers, even before we lived together. We didn’t know too much about the things that would get on our nerves about each other. We didnt have car payments, house payments, or any other responsibilities. In those days I didnt think about tomorrow, I always tried to live for the day. Lord what I would do to have that mind set back!! Not to mention that body!! Regardless of what our dreams are made of, Gods plans for us are always perfect. #firstloves #youngins #wouldn’tchangeathing.

LaBranda 💛’s Tj Always and Forever!!

If You Feel Like You are In The Darkness..

I am the type of person that will be scrolling through Facebook or Instagram and see a picture or quote that speaks to my soul. Instead of sharing it right away, I’ll save it for nights light tonight when I want to write but I don’t know what to write about. So here we go, I’m sharing parts of my brain that lead to my soul. Happy Sunday!

Have you ever asked God why you were being put through something?

Just know that in all situations, God has control, lean on Him. Trust in God, for he will always be our Rock. Isaiah 26:4

Darkness affects everybody! There is nothing in the darkness that isn’t in the light. When we are standing snack dab in the middle of the darkness, you have to figure out not HOW to get out of it, but WHAT you will get out of it. The darkness is real people. I claim this time and time again.

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Even during your darkest days, streaks of light will break through the storm clouds – providing hope and comfort. My unfailing love shines upon you always. Look up to Me and see My Face shining down upon you. I never run out of compassions. They are new every morning. – Jesus Today by Sarah Young

Lord I praise you for your goodness and your faithfulness to all of your children. I even praise you for the blackness of disease and death, of desperation and discouragement, of pain and problems, of stress and suffering, because it makes the evidence of your glory more visible in our lives.

Worship will get you through the roughest times in your life, because it shifts your focus from the problem to the problem solver!

Whatever season you are in, God will guide you through. Just as a ship is controlled by a captain, so are you! Allow God to be your captain today. He will weather the storm with you.

My child, you worry too much. I’ve got this, remember? Love, God

I hope everyone has an amazing new week! I’m counting down the days until Spring Break! 5 days to go!!

LOVE, LABRANDA

To All The Teenagers in my Life….

The only thing I miss about 16 year old me is the body that I hated at the time. 38 year old me would like to sit down and have a little chat with 16 year old me. If that could happen these are the words I would say.

  1. Not everyone will like you. It’s okay. Those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter.
  2. Dancing is like sweet medicine that satisfices the soul. Do it at weddings, and events, but remember the best times to do it is anywhere you want to, with the ones you love. I wish I would have danced more.
  3. Build your future, but don’t forget that each today has a meaning.
  4. Your heart is going to break. Next year you will fall in love for the first time. It’s going to hurt like heck. It will knock you down, but when you get up and brush yourself off, you will get up stronger and wiser, more resilient. Keep calm, eventually you end up with that first love and you have two beautiful children together.
  5. Make good friends, but don’t ever beg anyone to be your friend. In the end you will only need those special 3 anyway. Do your part to keep them, they will be well worth the work.
  6. Your value doesn’t change based on the kind of clothes you wear, what kind of house you live in, the kind of car you drive, or if you are single your entire High School career. Know your worth.
  7. Oh Lord, listen to your Momma!! She is always right!
  8. Be more than just a pretty face. Pretty is…well it’s honestly just not the most important thing, no matter what Instagram says.
  9. You will never be perfect. Accept that you are going to mess up from time to time, but always do your best.
  10. Do not compare yourself to others. It is a thief of time and joy.
  11. Be nice to yourself, your words matter.
  12. No matter where you are, or where you go, there is always more to learn, never stop growing.
  13. Nobody is better than you! You are not better than anyone else either. We are all just people that depend on grace. Accept it for yourself and then give it out to others.
  14. If it won’t matter in a month, then don’t worry about it today. Worry is of the devil. It only takes and never adds anything to your life.
  15. Beauty is everywhere. Find it. Choose it. Appreciative it. Dwell in it.
  16. Press on
  17. Spread kindness wherever you go.
  18. You have to learn how to love yourself before you can love anyone else.
  19. Take lots and lots of pictures. Don’t delete the goofy ones, one day they will be your favorites.
  20. Last but not least, you DO NOT need a significant other to be significant. Just live your life and focus on your friendships and finding things that fill your heart with fire.

Survival Recap!

It’s been so long. This life i’m living is passing me by like a run away train. Here is just a brief update…

  • I officially finished my first online class on my journey for my bachelor’s degree.
  • I can not, nor will I say that I passed Lit 101 with flying colors because that was not the case at all.
  • Although I can write circles around any random collage student, I did not find any joy in learning the biographies of 25 different poets and authors, as well as matching them with their writings.
  • I will start Music Appreciation tomorrow and I can only hope it is less involved as the previous class.
  • Since my last post, I have lost a very dear friend. He was an amazing man and he will forever be remembered as Big Mike.
  • It is with these days of sadness that are surrounding my loved ones he left behind, that I become even more convinced that I could be an Empath.
  • I wish I could take all the pain and suffering away from those I love.
  • I truly don’t understand how people that don’t have a relationship with Jesus can get through something like this.
  • On a lighter note Piper turned 1 last weekend.
  • There are only 10 more work days till Spring Break 2021!!!

Be Blessed!! Love, LaBranda

The Best Things in Life are not Things

Good evening to all of my faithful friends in WordPress land! I just wanted to pop on and give a little life update since it’s been an eternity since i’ve been on.

Baseball season is in full swing for Eli and Tj. Eli has been playing on his Junior High and High School baseball team. He has done some amazing things already this season. There was a nice write up about him in the paper. I am going to try and keep all the clippings and start him some sort of scrape book. I’d like to add to it until he graduates in the next three years. I’m oh so proud of all of his accomplishments thus far.

Eli turned 15 on Feb. 16th. It’s so crazy to think about that. I took him to get his driver’s permit and he is taking full advantage of it. Nobody told me how high your insurance went when you added a teenage driver to it!

In addition to attending his games, we have been helping with some area warm up tournaments at the rec park. Yesterday was a super long day that resulted in us not getting home till after midnight. We enjoy spending time with our Ball Park Tribe.

Piper is growing so much! I can’t believe that a week from today she will be a year old. She still isn’t walking but she sure is trying. Im not in any particular hurry to make her do so. lol!

This week is finals week for me. I will be wrapping up my first semester in my UWA online courses. I will be really busy the next few days as I have 2 tests and a paper to write by midnight on Thursday. Im so ready to get literature behind me. I enjoy the writing aspect of it, but now so much all the info ive had to cram into my brain in the last 8 weeks.

I will leave you with some cute updated pics of my pride and joy.