No Inspiration Here, Just Ordinary.

Last week my summer classes started. I’m on the final stretch of my business degree. I’ll tell you what. Life never goes as we want it to. Does it?

I pictured by now that I’d have my degree in finance. Be working my way up some corporate ladder and making boocoo money.

Certainly didn’t plan on having a kid.

But I can’t complain.

The Lord has been good to me and my adorable illegitimate baby. And I do say, “illegitimate,” as a term of endearment. Sometimes I call her my little Nugget. Or little Stinker. She got so many nicknames.

Anyway, back to God’s goodness. And He is good.

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Love, Lace, and Lock-Ins

I never expected to outgrow the shame and insecurity developed during my tween and teen years. A shame that had latched on to me like an insatiable tick- sucking any ounce of self-assurance that dared to manifest.

The only happy childhood memories I have are of pageants. My mother dressing me up in bows and lace. And memories of her taking me to Church. Especially when she permitted to sleep over at the youth lock-ins.

Soon after that, though, things weren’t so good.

I don’t want to bore you with a tired ol’ tale of growing up in poverty. Residing in a singlewide, being fed on food stamps, playing with donated toys, and wondering why my mother couldn’t do any better than 2 minimum wage jobs.

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YouTube Insights

You learn a lot about yourself when you see what type of videos show up on your YouTube account. For me, it’s mostly BabyFirst TV and Darren Knight (Southern Momma). #motherhood

I’ve learned that I’m a lazy parent who loves crude comedy and Southern stereotypes.

On some real, though…

BabyFirst TV is friggin’ awesome! Both the television and the YouTube channel. They offer programming my daughter finds absolutely mesmerizing. I don’t know what sorcery that is, but it’s super convenient when Momma needs the little Stinker to sit still for awhile.

Speaking of good things to watch, check out this brief video!

You’re welcome. 😉

*Rae

Parent Catchphrases

If my parenting style could be described in one word, that word would be, “no.”

I’m a Christian so there’s a whole box of “no,” right there. I’m also a first time Momma and a single parent so… “nope.”

For the longest my baby girl probably thought my name was, “no.” But I didn’t realize how bad I was until one of my daughter’s first words was, “no.” Smh.

Sometimes I switch it up with tried and true parenting catch phrases:

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But Most of All, Love

Life is rough and we’ve all got some pretty gruesome experiences. Despite the inevitable storms, there are also rainbows. My rainbow comes in the form of a blue-eyed curly-haired bundle of joy.

My darling Nugget.

She wasn’t conceived in the most noble of ways. Nor was she born to the picture perfect family. But she is loved! If nothing else, she is very loved by everyone. Especially me!

That’s kind of a given, though… isn’t it? lol #motherhood

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Momma Vision, That’s How.

cat eyes peering from behind a blade of grass

photo credit: freeimages.com/brad bennie

momma vision
mom¡ma vi¡sion
noun

: an ability that accompanies motherhood, allowing the mother to see every move her child makes, and then some, while appearing completely distracted by something else.


Somewhere along the way, I developed an awesome new power.

I’d be cleaning or studying while my baby played nearby. To her, it looked like I was totally engrossed by my chores. Then when she thought she was about to get into some mischief…

*CAUGHT!*

And my little scallywag would respond with a sheepish grin like, “How did you see me?”

Momma vision, that’s how.

I hear experienced mothers have advanced momma vision which includes the power to see through walls 🙂

*Rae

30/30 Challenge: Day 16

women's devotional bible #3030challenge

In my former post a wonderful commenter mentioned Proverbs 22:6:

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

I loved it so much that I was inspired to do tonight’s study on child-rearing in accordance with the Bible. Needless to say, Proverbs 22:6 is probably my favorite verse. It’s concise and applies in every situation when it comes to raisin’ babies.

I’m aware that I’m not going to be around to look over baby’s shoulder every minute of every day all of her life. Eventually she’s going to have to go out in the world and make her own choices.
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