Becoming a Big Sister For the Fourth Time

FeaturedBecoming a Big Sister For the Fourth Time

On Friday afternoon, I found out something that I’d really like to share with you guys!

My mom is going to have another baby. ❤

I wanted to write a post about this, not only to let you guys know, but also because … well … I have mixed feelings on it.

I wish I could say that I'm excited, and joyful, and really happy about this beautiful news … but because of some deep-rooted fears that I have, I feel way more worried than I do happy.

Here's why.

I'm scared that my mom will have to go through a lot of pain. When she had my little sister Elizabeth last summer, Elizabeth was born via c-section. It took my mom weeks to heal from that, and that time was hard on our whole family, especially me, as we did our best to take care of her and comfort her when she was hurting so much.

I'm scared that others will think we're weird. When people see big families, they tend to put them in a certain category, and that makes me feel so awkward.

I'm scared that others will think I'm a teen mom. I'm not usually the only one caring for Elizabeth when we're out and about, but when I do, people have gotten the wrong impression before. I love having younger siblings – especially babies! – but because I'm afraid of others' opinions, that has taken away my joy.

I'm looking forward to this baby. I can't wait to meet him or her … but that excitement is drowned out for the time being by the worries that are filling my heart.

It will take time to heal from how that hospital stay last June drained me. I'll have to write a post on that sometime soon. And it will take me time to learn that others' opinions aren't what matter. One day, I'll feel better about this, and over the next weeks and months, I will get to the point where I will eagerly anticipate the arrival of my new little sibling.

But for now … I am thinking things through. I am praying. I am giving myself room to heal.

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Throughout my mom's pregnancy, I will be writing more posts about how I'm feeling, how her pregnancy with Elizabeth went, and other life updates. I would deeply appreciate all of your encouragement, support, and prayers.

Thank you so much for reading. ❤

— Maggie

50 Summer Bucket List Ideas!

50 Summer Bucket List Ideas!

Hello everyone!! Today, I bring to you a very quick post that I wrote up a few weeks ago when planning out different summer-y blog posts to share on my blog. 🙂

I don’t know about you, but looking at bucket list idea suggestions and possibilities is always SO motivating and inspiring! Upon looking back at the list that I compiled below of 50 great summer bucket list ideas, I really want to go out and start doing some of them!

Have you done any of the things I mentioned yet? Are you planning to? And what about past summers? Let’s chat in the comments below!

I hope that everyone’s having a great day! Without any further ado, I bring to you my list. xxx


Summer Bucket List

1. See a fireworks show.

2. Have your own fireworks show!

3. Go for 24 hours without electronics.

4. Go on a road trip.

5. Visit a beach.

6. Get as much sunshine as possible.

7. Go camping.

8. Have a campfire.

9. Make s’mores!

10. Make lemonade.

11. Go out for ice cream.

12. Read a book you’ve been meaning to get around to.

13. Learn how to cook/bake something new.

14. Go berry picking.

15. Visit a fair or amusement park.

16. Have a BBQ.

17. Host a movie marathon.

18. See a Major League Baseball game.

19. Visit a new city.

20. Have a water balloon / water gun fight.

21. Watch the sunset.

22. Visit an aquarium.

23. Go swimming!

24. Dedicate an evening to stargazing.

25. Try a new restaurant.

26. Go to a farmer’s market.

27. Take a day-trip.

28. Have a picnic.

29. Go on a hike.

30. Go fishing.

31. Play beach volleyball.

32. Go paintballing.

33. Build a sand castle.

34. Make a homemade pizza.

35. Go to a concert.

36. Run a 5k.

37. Go bowling.

38. Sing loudly with the car windows down.

39. Visit a museum.

40. Explore somewhere new in your city.

41. Go for a walk.

42. Host a game night.

43. Ride in a boat.

44. Go mini-golfing.

45. Have a Cool Whip fight!

46. Start a Grateful Journal.

47. Make homemade popsicles.

48. Tie dye a shirt.

49. Cut the grass.

50. Have a backyard movie night!

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Those are all great ways to ensure that we all have a boredom-free, fun-filled summer!!! I hope that you enjoyed this post. Let me know which ideas were your favorites!!

Happy Tuesday, guys!

— Maggie

Meeting Elizabeth! | One Year Ago Today

Meeting Elizabeth! | One Year Ago Today

Grinning at my dad as he let me through the security doors, I walked as quickly as I could by his side without seeming conspicuous. I had been waiting for months for the encounter that was soon to follow, and it was hard for me to believe that the hour had finally come.

Moments before, I’d been pacing back and forth just outside those closed doors, which were the only thing keeping me from running to my mom – and to her.

As the oldest sibling, I was partly convinced that I should have been the first one to be permitted back there to visit. However, in the four years since my youngest brother, Samuel, was born, I had come to accept the rule of “youngest goes first” – even in the case of that eventful day.

I leaned up against the nearest cold white wall and tried not to explode from the hammering anticipation.

The hours I had earlier spent in the waiting room, just passing the time with my brothers, was nothing compared to the eternity I spent standing outside those security doors. I quickly grew tired of the bare walls, and my eyes were drawn to the only thing of interest in sight: the red, square sign that warned visitors and employees of the automatic doors directly in front of me.

I sighed and wished time would stop being so unpredictable and relentless.

By the time my brother returned to me through those doors, I wanted to leap past him and take my turn visiting. But I had to wait for our dad to let me back there. I took in my brother’s beaming face and, after a moment, drilled him on all he knew about our new sibling. He told me everything his dazed mind came up with, yet his vague details still disappointed me.

I’d have to see her for myself.

Very shortly after that, an employee pushing a cleaning cart opened the security doors, and in the split second that I registered that my dad was walking toward me, I grinned and sprinted to his side. Slowing my pace so that we could walk there together, he led me to the area where my mother and baby sister were temporarily staying.

Is this a dream? Is this really happening? What will she look like? The walk there was short, but my mind raced for miles.

One year ago today, at about 11:15 AM, I rounded the corner of the makeshift rooms they had set up in that dim room and gasped softly, a warm smile drawing up my lips. As I approached the hospital bed, I drank in the sight of a proud mother – my mother – and a sweet baby girl – my new little sister, Elizabeth Marie. ❤

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Hello everyone! Happy Monday to all of you:) I hope that y’all enjoyed my telling of last year’s beautiful event! As you probably already drew from the story itself, today (June 26th, 2017) is my little sister Elizabeth’s first birthday!!! 😀 ❤ I thought that this would be a fun way to celebrate; reliving the minutes before and the moment when I met her. There are few things in life that have brought me more joy!

I can’t believe that she’s only been in my life for three hundred and sixty-five days. It feels like she’s been here for soooo much longer than that! (Although, wording it like that as opposed to one year sounds longer than I thought it did haha) Imagining life without her is extremely hard to do now; if I didn’t have her happy face to see in the morning, her joyful squeaks and squeals to hear echo across the house, or any of her other little characteristics that she blesses my life with, I don’t know what I’d do.

She makes me happy when no one and nothing else can. Few things make me smile more than when she walks up to me, grinning up at me with adoration on her sweet little face, and patting my leg with her cute little hands. I can’t accurately put into words what a blessing she is to me.

And now, with the knowledge that she will soon be a big sister herself (which is the cutest thing ever!), that means that I’ll get to have her and another little munchkin to care for, and that excites me immensely. ❤

I hope that you all have a beautiful day! I’m going to spend the day with my family – especially the precious sister I’ve wanted to know my whole life – Elizabeth Marie.

— Maggie

Spotlight Saturday ~ Lee from Golden Pink Journal

Spotlight Saturday ~ Lee from Golden Pink Journal

Hello everyone! Welcome back to my weekly Spotlight Saturday series. 🙂

For today’s post, I got to interview a very sweet blogger – it was such a blessing to do this with you, girl! I’m looking forward to getting to share it with you guys today. 🙂 I hope all of you enjoy! Oh, and for any new bloggers reading this: Lee has some awesome tips to share with you near the end of this post! So stick around if you’re interested in reading her stellar blogging advice. xxx

My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.

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Spotlight Saturday #8

Hi everybody! Thank you so much for coming by this week’s Spotlight Saturday. Today, I would like to introduce to you a lovely blogger that I first met a couple of months ago. I love seeing new posts from her pop up in my Reader – and new videos in my feed on YouTube, as well! Please welcome Lee from Golden Pink Journal!

Before I answer Maggie’s amazing questions (I just know they will be) I want to thank her for thinking of me for this interview. I’ve seen a few of the other bloggers she’s interviewed and this this is just such a brilliant, selfless idea. I love series like these, they keep the community connected and growing! I hope all who is reading enjoys, maybe we can talk and become blog friends? 💗☺

Aww you’re so sweet, Lee! I’m glad you enjoy this series; it has been such a fun experience getting to know so many bloggers even more. 🙂 I hope that the readers will consider coming by your blog after they read the interview. My first question for you is, what are your hobbies and current interests?

Definitely agree!

Hmm my hobbies and current interests… I’d have to say reading and writing obviously lol but also doing DIY projects, listening to music and writing my own lyrics or covers, and creating YouTube videos. I could probably think of so many more hobbies but those are the main ones. Most of my hobbies involve creating something. I’ve even created online virtual items like clothing, and a variety of textures (hair, floor, wallpaper) for online gaming. I recently became interested in caring for small animals since I’ve always been an animal lover. Especially kittens, I’m even thinking of fostering one day! I have a strong interest in anything involving nature, and also astrology to name a few.

Those all sound so great!! I love being creative, too. 🙂 Awww fostering is so awesome! I never have myself, but I would love to one day. My next question is, why did you decide to start blogging?

You should check out Kitten Lady on YouTube☺ She’s my inspiration.

Before I started blogging I had already thought about it before. It was one of those things I wanted to get into as a writer, I just didn’t have the motivation or confidence to take initiative. At two different occasions, speaking with two different friends, we discussed some of my poetry and stories I had written during the time. I told them that I wanted to write stories on Facebook again, or get into something else and they both suggested I start blogging. I guess that was the motivation I needed because I made my blog shortly afterwards. I’m still working on the confidence part but I know that when I’m ready to share my blog with my friends and family I will have support from them at least.💕

That’s great, Lee! I’m so glad that you joined the WordPress community:) It wouldn’t be the same without you! 💕 My next question is, what are your top three favorite posts that you’ve written? Why are they your favorites?

Aww thanks Maggie that’s so sweet of you💗

This question was a bit hard because I had a lot of favorites to choose from. I decided to go with some of my most recent favorites.

Short Story Saturday: Izabelle’s Edition

I wrote a short story from my cats perspective of her life here with me. Izabelle is the sweetest cat I’ve ever met and I love taking pictures of here which can be seen in the story. It’s like she’s vlogging about her life almost lol. It’s so adorable which is why I’m choosing this one.

Fun Friday #8 Late Night Crafts

As you know, one of my series I do is Fun Friday, one afriday I posted a few quick and easy DIY projects. I made pen/pencil holders out of candle jars similar to mason jar projects and some really cute bookmarks. The bookmarks were so fun to make and I’ll have to make more! Crafting is one of my favorite hobbies so any DIY project I share will be a favorite of mine.

This Told Me the Story of My Life

Okay, this last one… I know a lot of people aren’t really into astrology, numerology, things like that but I’m one of those people that is very into it. Everything I read or calculate is usually accurate for me and even other people that I know. In this post I shared my life path number, life expression and a few others, while showing how to calculate your own. I talk about what numerology is and what it all means. I was amazed at how accurate my numbers related to my life. I’d really love if anyone else in the community could check it out to calculate your own and see if anything is spot on for you. Maybe even share your results, I’m curious.

You’re welcome! Aww those are all such great posts:) haha I loooove that Izabelle one, especially – seeing all those pictures of your sweet kitty was so much fun! Next, I’d like to know: what are three tips that you have for new bloggers who have just started out?

There will be lots more! Izabelle says you all haven’t seen the last of her☺

New tips for bloggers, that’s a great topic and very important so if there’s any new bloggers tuning in, pay attention here:

I’d say the first tip is to know what you’re going to be blogging about, have some type of general idea. I feel like if you’re serious about blogging don’t just start because it sounds cool, you should go into it knowing why and what so you don’t end up lost about what to write, or looking at everyone else’s posts to get ideas. This brings me to my next two tips…

Be consistent with posting and engaging, and make your blog your own. Many will look past your blog and won’t give you any feedback if you don’t upload often or you aren’t engaging with them. Your blog will get lost within the others, that’s just how it is. What you put in is what you get out.

Make your blog your own so that it’s different from all the rest. What makes your blog unique? What makes your voice unique? Go with that and build from that because if you’re trying to be like everyone else you’re not going to go very far and blogging just won’t be as fun, for you or your readers.

Aw yay! That’s awesome. ❤ Girl, those are all such great tips!!!! It is very important to know what one wants their blog to be like, and being an active part of the blogging community, as well as coming out with original content weekly, is the best way to stand out in the beautiful world of blogging. ☺ I have really enjoyed getting to interview you today, Lee! Do you have anything else you’d like to say before we go?

Thanks for having me! It was so fun being interviewed, I really enjoyed this experience. Its been the highlight of my weekend☺

Also thank you to everyone reading, I hope you could get to know me a little more and maybe learn something. Give Maggie a like and lots of love for this wonderful series💖

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Thank you all so much for reading! It would make both of us very happy if you could visit her blog for yourself. She is so kind and inspiring, writes about a variety of things, and would love to talk to you in the comments sections of her posts!

Have a great Saturday, everyone!

— Maggie