Once again, time just keeps ticking away! I haven’t forgotten about my blog, I’ve just been busy attending to my wifely and motherly duties. Also, I’ve been working on planning the next steps of my education. I graduated last May and received my bachelors degree in American Studies. That, however, was not my original major of choice. I actually started out as a Bio major, the. Nursing, then American studies. I really wanted to become a nurse, but that’s not the direction that God wanted me to take. After praying for a clear direction, I felt that teaching was the only other career I could see myself in. i just decided to take a shorter route by graduating with any degree that could help me eventually get to teaching. Anyway, long story short, I took the Praxis exam last week, and I’m waiting on my results. I took the first part of it, which is a basic skills test in English, reading, writing, and math. I need to pass the first part in order to move on to the second part, which will be on my focus area. So, that’s my plan, for now. If this teaching thing doesn’t work out for some reason, then I have no idea what I’m going to do. It would really sadden me, but at the same time, I know that once Sam and I start having more children, I’d like to be a stay at home mom. I’m really enjoying this time that I have with Ava, watching her grow and I’d like to have that with out other children. So, I’m really praying and inclining myself to listen to what God is calling me to do for my career.

Ava is 3 months!

My little princess is 3 months today! I cannot believe how much she’s grown in such a short time and how she’s reaching milestones. She just brings so much joy to our hearts. In honor of her 3 month birthday, I want to share a letter that I wrote to her when she was 1 month.

My dearest Ava,

Words cannot begin to express just how much I love you. Though we’ve only known each other for a month, I already love you enough for a hundred lifetimes! Every day is a new adventure with you as I learn what each sound is and when you start to get hungry, are about to cry, or you just want to be held. I’m not going to lie, it has been a struggle at times to be patient in learning you and learning how to be a better mom every day. Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing a good job, but I’m quickly reminded that through struggles I grow and we grow together. It is a learning experience, that I would never trade! Not to mention how amazing daddy is at being such a great support and constantly reminding me that I am doing a great job. Also, how amazing God is and how faithful and gracious he has been. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for blessing us with you and bc you’re a healthy, beautiful and sweet baby girl. You have already made such an impact in our lives and I can’t wait to see you grow and impact others. My prayer for you is that you will be a leader and a light to those around you. I know that God already has great plans for you and I can’t wait to see you flourish into an amazing woman of God! I want you to know that no matter what, I will always be here for you, I will always love you, I will listen to you and encourage you. My arms will always be open for hugs, and my heart for sharing. But for now, as you continue to grow and develop your personality and reach your milestones, I will take each moment in because I don’t want to miss a beat! I love you to the moon and back my sweet Ava Berlyn!

With all my love,
Mommy ❤️

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Results

It’s been two weeks since my last post! I’ve been busy, you know, being a wife and first time mom. I’m loving every single minute of it. Ava fills my heart with so much joy and it’s crazy how much I love her. On top of being a wife and a mom, I’ve been working on losing weight. Sam and I started a weight loss competition back in January and it’s going to be over by the end of this month. I had this idea in my head of what I would look like today, and it’s totally not living up to that image. Weight loss has not been easy, but I haven’t given up, nor will I give up! Before beginning the competition, I had already lost 15 pounds without even trying, but I figured it’s because I breastfeed. Today, I’m about 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, however, I still plan on losing at least 10 more pounds after that, if not 15. Exercising and eating or trying to eat right, is how we’re working on getting fit and skinny. We’ve had a few setbacks when it comes to the food, because there are so many delicious restaurants around here. Sam and I are motivated and keep pushing each other because we want to win the competition. But, even if we don’t win, at least we’re doing something worthwhile, pushing for a healthier lifestyle, with no more excuses. Also, my goal at the end of the competition is to fit into my pants! I’ve still been wearing my maternity jeans and I’m tired of them! I will definitely update my progress, I’m excited to be even more fit than I’ve ever been.

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I choose results!