She’ll Be Here So Soon! | Little Life Updates

She’ll Be Here So Soon! | Little Life Updates

Hi guys, and happy Tuesday to you! ❤ How’s your week going so far? 🙂 I hope you’re well. I wanted to do a quick post on this lovely afternoon to let you know what’s been going on with me and my family over the weekend. ❤ Hope you enjoy!


As you might know, my mom is pregnant with my last little sibling (once the baby is born, I’ll be the oldest of five kids!), and my mom will actually be full-term tomorrow. It is quite possible that the baby will be born in the next week or so – tonight is even a possibility, haha!

We have been getting things ready here at the house (as I talked about in this post), and the anticipation has slowly gotten stronger. We all can’t wait to meet her, and I am truly looking forward to how Elizabeth (she’s 1 1/2) will respond to there being a baby in the house! I’m sure she’ll love her, but Elizabeth’s responses to things are always so sweet and usually surprising.

Late on Sunday afternoon, my mom was quite certain she was going into labor. The contractions were very close together, so she and my dad went to the hospital while Joshua and I stayed at the house with Samuel and Elizabeth. They were there from five to around midnight, and as the contractions had stopped and labor wasn’t progressing, they came home.

It was a whirlwind of an evening to say the least, haha! It was stressful at times, but as a whole, everything went well with them, and with us as the house, as well.

We have no idea when she will have the baby, but it will definitely be soon. I can almost sense that it’s coming, which may mean that it could be in the next few days, which would be awesome! I know how hard the last trimester is because I know how my mom felt when she was in the last month or two of pregnancy with Samuel and Elizabeth, so I’d love for the baby to go ahead and be born so that we can meet her and my mom will feel better. ❤

It would bless me so much if you could keep me and my family (especially my mom and the baby!) in your thoughts and prayers! I’ll let you guys know as soon as I can when she has been born:)

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a blessed rest of your day. xx

— Maggie

What I’m Reading This Week | January 15th, 2018

What I’m Reading This Week | January 15th, 2018

Hey there, guys! I’m praying that your week has gotten off to a great start. 🙂 ❤ As some of you may have seen in another post, my main personal goal for this year is to simply read more. While I would love to apply this to my part in the blog community, as well (I could always read more blog posts, haha), this semi-resolution is a reminder for myself to read great literature. Whether that’s a work of fiction, a Shakespearean play, or a biography, I’m up to reading whatever I find at the library that interests me, granted that I make time out of my day for it.

In this post series, which may become a bi-weekly or monthly post that I share, I will be going over, put simply, what I have been recently reading! I have taken some lovely pictures of the books I’ve been enjoying, and I wanted to share them with you guys.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these books yourself! ❤ Now, let’s check them out. 🙂


What I’m Reading This Week

Just Finished: Toss The Bouquet

This is a lovely wedding short story collection I found while browsing my favorite library at the beginning of this month. It was by absolute chance that I came across it, as I was pushing Elizabeth around in the stroller so that my mom could browse freely without Elizabeth crying. The title happened to catch my eye as I breezed past it in my task of keeping the stroller moving constantly, haha, so I turned back around and grabbed it, reading the summary as I went.

I don’t like to describe books in full detail, because my joy as a reader has been dampened many times by a too-thorough review or back cover, lol. However, I will say that if you would enjoy reading about weddings, this is the short story collection for you! The first story has great characters, the second one has a great plot, and the third has great characters and a great plot. I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Reading Now: The Virginian by Owen Wister

GUYS. I accidentally found this book while browsing a library I don’t usually go to, and on a whim, without even knowing what it was about except that it looks like a western, I decided to give it a chance. I doubt I have ever been more delighted in a book before!

There have certainly been great novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading in the past, but since I knew not a thing of its plot or characters going into it, everything is a lovely surprise in The Virginian, and man, the humor of the author/narrator is extraordinary. It is so many genres wrapped into one novel, but the running theme is still certainly western.

This book is to me, as one of my favorite librarians calls it, a “lost classic” – why I’ve never heard of this novel, which was written in 1903, is beyond me. It is too good to be lost among other great books!

Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Honorable Mention: Under God
by Michael Tait and Toby Mac

Haha, I call this an ‘honorable mention’ because I’ve read the first multiple chapters, but have yet to really get into it. I have a funny relationship with learning about history, because while I love discovering new information and insight into the ways of the past, I have a harder time getting into the wording and focus than other areas of literature. Still, this one is worth mentioning, and I will make my way through it if it takes me a month, because the focus of this American history book is on how our country was formed on godly principles. It’s unlike any other book I’ve read, and I LOVE it. If this sounds interesting to you, it’s written really well. I’m definitely enjoying it!

Current Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Bookshelf Read Of The Month:
Poirot and Me by David Suchet

One of the side goals I have for this year is to read at least one book that I own once a month. This would help me to make my way through new reads or re-reads I’ve been putting off for the longest time, and would also encourage me to donate books I don’t enjoy anymore, haha! While I wouldn’t consider myself a book collector, there are definitely titles I’ve kept on my shelf longer than others would deem necessary. Still, with this encouragement, I hope to have read every book that I own, because it’s rather pointless to have so many books in my room still unread. xD

As you saw in the picture, Poirot and Me is the book I’ve chosen for January. If I really don’t like it, I’ll pick another book to read, but I’ll give it another shot.


Thank you so much for reading! I enjoyed compiling these books, as reading has become a hobby of mine again over the past month, which is so wonderful. 🙂 If you’ve decided to read more this year, as well, you’ll have to let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments below!

Happy blogging – and reading!

— Maggie

The Shift Of My Focus

The Shift Of My Focus

You don’t pray enough.

You don’t read the Bible enough.

You don’t write about God on your blog enough.

You’re not nice enough.

These are the lies that dull my countenance and sadden my heart.


Throughout each day that I strive to live in accordance with the will of the Lord, I feel condemned. I believe more and more that I am failing the Lord, my family, and myself, for I make mistakes and am certainly not perfect.

I make the most of the time I am given to spend with the Lord and tell others about Him, but it is never enough.

To the accuser, it will never be enough.


There Is Now No Condemnation

It is on my heart this morning to share these thoughts with you because the Lord has opened my eyes to the fact that these statements are not from Him. These are lies, and He is perfectly holy – what I thought were my better judgement and His wrath coming down upon me for my mistakes is just what the opposition wants me to believe.

I know that the Lord convicts me when I do wrong, so that I may return to doing right – but there is no condemnation on His part. For He has forgiven me and shown me mercy long before I even stepped close to that wrongdoing.

“Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1

When I read this verse this morning while studying His Word, tears immediately came to my eyes.

He does not see my mistakes. He sees a hurting soul who must learn the art of forgiveness, and must also learn to see that when I dwell in the state of not showing myself mercy, it is detrimental to everything I stand for and desire to pursue.

This is my spiritual shift of focus: It pleases Him when I draw near to Him. When I desire to do right and do the most that I can in those moments, I know that it brings Him joy. Discarding these lies and looking to His great love for my peace is where I shall be. ❤


My Blog’s Shift Of Focus

When I continued to blog into the new year, I was planning on writing posts similar to what I covered in 2017. I enjoyed them, as lifestyle topics are fun to write … but as I fell into the wonderful routine of writing one post a day in 2018, I saw the focus of what I cover quickly begin to change.

Dreaming of Guatemala, at least for the moment, has transformed into more of a personal blog, rather than Christian lifestyle.

It is easier for me to write about what’s on my heart now, rather than what’s on the blog calendar that I used to plan out for myself.

I’d rather write about how the Lord is working in my life than continue with a blog series I’ve enjoyed doing for a long time.

At first, I worried that suddenly writing so much about one thing would be too much of a shift for my audience. I feared that my readers would want more of a variety. However, not only is my blog a place for me to express myself and the way I am right now … it’s also where I desire to shine His light.

This is my shift of blogging focus: Because He has given me so much to share with you, my readers, this month, I don’t want to hold those posts back for the sake of what you’re used to seeing from Dreaming of Guatemala. This doesn’t mean that I won’t write lifestyle posts anymore … but at the moment, I just can’t stop talking about my Lord and Savior.:) ❤

Thank you soo much for reading! This post ended up being deeper than what I usually share, and that just shows how I’m feeling at the moment. Have a blessed day!

— Maggie