Chattanooga, Tennessee | Travel Series 2

Chattanooga, Tennessee | Travel Series 2

Hey guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 I’m so excited about sharing this post today, because I have written another travel post to share with you guys!

I think it’s absolutely hilarious that the only two travel posts I’ve done so far both have the prefix ‘Chatt.’ What are the odds?? xD

Related Post: The Chattahoochee River | Travel Series 1

As you can see by the title, I’ll be talking about my visit to Chattanooga, TN with my family last month! I can’t wait to get into this. We’ve been a few times in the past, and this fun city never fails to make me happy. I love getting to experience all that Chattanooga has to offer (which is so much!), and it is very picturesque, which is a great bonus. Let’s get into this!

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A Bit About The City

Chattanooga is the fourth-largest city in Tennessee, and its official nickname is ‘Scenic City’ because of its reputation for outdoor activities. It is also full of history, intriguing building designs, and various attractions!

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About My Experience

The day before my little brother’s 6th birthday, my family and I drove up to Chattanooga to celebrate with him. He wanted to visit the Creative Discovery Museum, which we went to a couple years ago and he really enjoyed it. Aside from a few traffic delays (it took us longer to get up there than we would have thought), he was so excited the whole way there!

When we got there, I took a group selfie before we split up. My mom planned to go with Samuel to the museum while the rest of us explored Chattanooga, and I wanted a picture of us before we parted. 🙂

Can you see little Elizabeth in the background? Haha she was exploring the grass!

I had fun taking a few pictures of her while she paid me no mind.

Once we were sure we had everything we needed to go exploring (and even then, we forgot one thing haha), Samuel and my mom headed for the museum, and my dad, Joshua, and I walked in the direction of the sidewalk leading into town, with me pushing Elizabeth in the stroller.

Like I mentioned previously, we have been to Chattanooga a few times before, so we pretty well know what it’s normally like. That’s why we were curious when we began noticing all of the bikers and runners in the area. My dad asked a guy we passed if there was some kind of convention going on, or something, and he told us that a half-Iron Man was being held in Chattanooga that weekend (we were there on a Thursday). I thought that was pretty cool, as we had no idea all those people were training for a triathlon!

Before long, I noticed something else: many of the bikers and runners were not from the United States. We passed a group of people talking excitedly in Italian, met a couple from Columbia, and encountered a few people from Chile. Those people we were seeing were from all around the world! That excited me further, as I have met very few people that aren’t American thus far in my life. I enjoyed figuring out what languages different people were speaking, and which flags belonged to which country. (I’m a geography nerd.)

We passed by a Mellow Mushroom restaurant as we wandered the streets, and the delicious aroma of pizza filled the air. I was tempted to go inside, even though I’d just had my lunch (lol), but I took a picture of this flower outside the building, instead.

We continued walking for a bit and stopped when we came to the Ben&Jerry’s ice cream shop. I had noticed it on prior visits, but we didn’t have the time to go then, so I’m glad we got to that time. My dad treated me and my brother to waffle cones, and Elizabeth got to try some of our ice cream, as well. The flavors I chose were strawberry and strawberry cheesecake. It was SO good!

the cow painting approves!

Shortly after we finished up at Ben&Jerry’s, a parade began on the street just outside the shop. All the people from around the world were marching south, proudly waving their countries’ flags high in the air! I took a few pictures and happily watched the whole parade. The best picture I got was of two Guatemalan representatives (I think they were missionaries) carrying Guatemala’s bandera. ❤

We didn’t have much else we were planning to do after that, so when Joshua asked my dad if he’d pay for him (Joshua, haha) to rock climb at this really cool indoor climbing place on the same block as B&J’s, he agreed. We all went inside and, after signing up and signing like ten a few wavers (that took maybe twenty minutes, it was crazy), Joshua got on his climbing shoes, went through the instruction course, and finally started climbing.

My favorite part of the whole place were the outside climbing walls.

The icy blue color makes it look like they’re made of ice!

While Joshua climbed on the higher levels and my dad watched, I sat with Elizabeth at the base of the wall pictured above. To go up to where they were, we would have had to have carried the baby stroller up another flight of stairs, lol, so I was fine to watch from a distance.

On the sidewalk below, a man got out his saxophone and began playing some awesome tunes that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to. I didn’t want it to end. He didn’t seem to oppose having his picture taken, so I took one to remember him by.

Before long, Joshua came down to where Elizabeth and I were and agreed to carry the stroller up to where he was climbing so I could see. Once we were up there, I had fun watching him and taking artistic pictures (two of which I’ve shared below).

He totally looks like Spiderman in the above shot, haha!

When I pulled my gaze away from the walls that loomed above me, I was blown away by the wonderful view of the city right behind me, from that high point above the streets.

I was kind of nervous to be up so high, but the view was worth it.

And that was my afternoon in Chattanooga, Tennessee! Thank you so much for reading:) I had fun writing this! Let me know in the comments below:

Where have YOU recently explored
in your city/state?

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Little Accomplishments – September 22nd, 2017

Little Accomplishments – September 22nd, 2017

What have you accomplished this week?

Welcome to this week’s Little Accomplishments!

Hello there, guys! Happy first day of fall! How have you been? Hope you’re all having a beautiful week. 💜

I have been working on lots of things outside of the blogging world lately, which explains why I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do. Going from posting almost daily to about once a week was a big shift, and also unintentional, as a matter of fact. However, I have been having such a good time doing other activities (including working on upcoming blog posts!) that I haven’t missed it too much, which is awesome, because at times, all I’ve wanted to do is blog, haha! (Many of us know how that feels.)

I have been doing my best to still comment on blogs most days, which has been enjoyable because I love reading what you guys write about. I know that I have missed some posts, and I’m sorry about that – over the next week, you’ll probably see me popping up in your notifications!

This Little Accomplishments was a last-minute post idea last night; I put it all together and had it ready for the morning, so it only includes the accomplishments that stand out to me most from the previous week.

Let’s celebrate all of life’s joys – no matter how small!

Last week, I…

  • started writing in a journal again. (I have been wanting to do this for well over a year, which is why this made me so happy! I went to TJMaxx a few weekends ago and fell in love with the journal I shared in the picture below. It represents me so well, and I’m enjoying recording my thoughts in it.)

  • found new nonfic books to enjoy reading. (Because I have been browsing my local libraries’ selection of books for years, I have pretty well figured out which sections I enjoy the most, and have fun returning to those kinds of books from time to time … however, I have found recently that different self-help books [specifically on perfectionism, psychology, happiness, and inspiration], which is a category I’ve never browsed before, has turned out to be quite a joy to read! I’m planning on sharing my reviews of some of these books in the near future. Pictured below are a few that I found at the library recently and can’t wait to delve into!)

  • began watching more ASMR videos. (Starting in 2013, I loved watching ASMR [relaxing] videos, but in the years since then, my interest in viewing them has diminished, then peaked, then fallen back down again, in a very uneven pattern. lol However, I now have three different people that regularly upload new videos, and they make me so happy to watch, so that has been what I do most evenings recently! If you guys are interested in watching some of these relaxing videos, I highly recommend GentleWhispering, Tingting ASMR, and Scottish Murmurs ASMR. xx )
  • fell in love [again] with Rend Collective’s music. (The music I listen to on a regular basis is always changing, and for some reason, I stopped listening to this awesome Irish Christian band’s music for a while. When I added their album to my account on Amazon Music a few weeks ago, they’ve been on repeat ever since. More Than Conquerors is one of my all-time favorite songs, and my newest favorite of theirs is Boldly I Approach! My phone’s current lockscreen is proof of my rekindled love for Rend Collective’s music, as the words on it are from their song Burn Like A Star! I made the lockscreen myself, by the way.)

Comment what YOU’VE done this week down below – last Saturday through today!

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3 Things You Might Not Know About Me

3 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Hi guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend! Today, I’m here to talk about some things that have been on my heart recently, and they all happen to be topics I never bring up in the blogging world. That’s not to say I’ve been hiding them, because there are SO many things that we experience and feel, and it would be near impossible to write about them all! So, I’m here to be a bit vulnerable with you today, and I would love to connect with others who are going through something similar to what I’m experiencing right now! I’ll be here to support you (:

If you haven’t already scrolled down to see what the three things are (I know you totally did, lol), I’ll share them with you now!

1. I am extremely introverted and suffer from social anxiety.

Online, this personality trait doesn’t in any way shine through. I love reaching out to new bloggers all the time, and I enjoy having conversations with others via comments and/or email. To all the people who know me in real life, however, I am a different person. I’m beginning to think that maybe my blogger self (or the real life me, either way) is the other’s alter ego, they are such polar opposites! I struggle to have basic conversations with new people, I consistently go out of my way to avoid interaction with others when I’m out and about (i.e. choosing self-checkout instead of the regular register), and I especially feel awkward about striking up conversation with anyone outside of my family.

This is not because I’m lacking in social skills.

I’ve been bullied.

Since I was ten years old, I have been [periodically] dealing with cyberbullying, exclusion from church groups, and just your average bullying, too. People don’t like me, guys. lol But that’s not true about everyone! The nice people that I do meet, I struggle to get along with because I’m blaming myself for other people hating me without cause. lol I live a sad life, y’all.

But there’s hope!!

I am not staying in any social situation that’s bad for me. Family, friends, church … online, real life – if it affects me negatively, I leave it.

I am learning to see the abuse I have endured for what it is; a problem of the accuser, not my own. It’s not my fault; I am simply the target of their anger and depression.

The past is behind me. I desire to slowly get more comfortable reaching out to others in real life, in the smallest of ways, and letting whatever might come at me slide right off me.

I found a few books at the library yesterday that will help me with this!! If I enjoy reading them, you will most likely see a post or two on them in the future.

Now, on to my second point.

2. I have a sensory processing disorder.

Since childhood, I was known to respond to physical and audible stimuli more intensely than most. Loud sounds were very bothersome. I hated getting hurt. I was extremely ticklish and didn’t like being touched. I also found strong smells/odors very offensive and overwhelming. On the positive side, I was able to hear conversations that were being had in the house rooms away from where I was. I had a very good ear for the tones of voices and, over the years, have developed a strong ability to accurately impersonate many different people.

The traits that I mentioned above have carried over into my life as a young adult, as well. When it comes to how I react to being touched, hearing loud noises, and smelling something strong, as well, everything feels more intense to me than others. It is very bothersome, and as I am only just beginning to understand this about myself, it is quite hard to take in. Truthfully,

The fact that ‘disorder’ is in the official term was upsetting to me.

When I think of disorders, I don’t picture something like this. I see a disorder as something different from everyone else, and I don’t want to be different; I want to fit in. I suddenly felt like I was not like everyone else … but that isn’t the case at all.

I was beginning to let this shape the view I have of myself, instead of letting it be the answer to my problems.

When I realized that, I was instantly able to overcome that anxiety! I am so thankful that the Lord led me through this, because it got off to a rather rocky start. ❤

I found a book at the library on this subject, as well. (If you couldn’t already tell, this enlightening library visit is what prompted this post, haha!) I really hope that it helps me – I’m sure I’ll get at least a little something out of it! – and if I do, I’ll share my findings with you guys.

On to my third point. This is the most apparent one, as it has shown itself in little ways during my time of blogging!

3. I am a perfectionist.

Is this one a shocker?? Probably not, haha!! The May blogging challenge is proof of this – not the challenge itself, but keeping up with my normal post schedule most of those days, too! My mom pointed that fact out to me when I was later trying to figure out why I was so stressed throughout May, LOL.

But my perfectionism is not, and I repeat, not isolated to my blogging life.

If I’m going to play a game, or make a craft, or bake a cake, etc, the finished product has to be perfect, or I absolutely despise it and get upset at myself for failing my own unattainable goals. *sighs* The cycle is endless.

Instead of learning from past mistakes, I get upset at myself for what I just did!

I know that there are many other perfectionists out there, and that there are all forms and levels of it. The one thing I do know is that mine hinders my happiness in many ways, and that there are steps I can take at overcoming it – or, at the very least, toning it down.

If you guessed that I found a few book on perfectionism at the library, then you’re absolutely right, haha! I’m very excited about this one, actually – not because it’s more exciting than the other books I found, as they all look great, but I had no idea there were books like this out there! I can’t wait to read it!

Here’s the list of the books I found, if you’re interested in checking them out yourself:

  • Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD
  • The Happy Introvert by Elizabeth Wagele
  • The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide by Ted Zeff, PhD
  • The Everything Guide to Coping with Perfectionism by Ellen Bowers, PhD

Thank you sooo much for reading today’s post! It gave me such joy to write all about this, and I would love to talk to you in the comments below. x

Little Sibling Gender Reveal + Other Life Updates

Little Sibling Gender Reveal + Other Life Updates

Hi there, guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day. ❤

It has only been four days since I posted, but it really feels like it longer. That’s for a few reasons, the main one being that so much has been going on in my life recently! I haven’t been busy, exactly; just preoccupied, if that makes sense. lol I will explain more down below! If you’re curious about the title, or you want to take a peek into what I’ve been doing recently, this is the post for you! 😀 Let’s get into this.

Life Updates

First, we found out the gender of my baby sibling! Three months ago (I cannot believe it’s been that long!), I wrote a post telling you guys that my mom is pregnant with her last baby, which will be my last little sibling, too. Last Thursday, me and my whole family went to my mom’s doctor appointment for the ultrasound that would reveal the sweet child’s gender. Are you curious? Well …

IT’S A GIRL!

The Lord has blessed me with not one sister, but two!!! ❤ ❤ Gone are the days when I was convinced that I would be the only girl in the family. There are going to be three (four, including our mom) now!!! I can’t accurately express to you guys how happy I am. I would have been happy if it was a boy, too – I promise! – but this … man! I can hardly believe it! :’)

Two (and this is a major shift in focus, I’m sorry), Hurricane Irma hit our area, but we are doing well. On Monday, she swept across Georgia, and we were among the many to get hit. This was the first time in history that Atlanta was under a tropical storm warning, guys!! There was a lot of rain (it was almost constant from Monday morning through to early Tuesday morning), and a whole BUNCH of wind (I’m surprised we didn’t have any trees fall over!). We didn’t lose power, which I’m so thankful for! But we did lose our internet Monday afternoon, and it finally started working again Tuesday evening. Haha! It was sad, but we made it through. Also, throughout Irma’s time in our area, I kept looking and going outside to get a real good experience of my first tropical storm. I had never seen that much wind before!

Third, I have been spending a lot of time working on blog posts for this fall. That’s the main reason I have been more aloof in the blogging world than I meant to be; I was (and still am) spending lots of time on my dashboard! I have a lot in store to share with you guys, so stay tuned for this fall. ❤ I can’t wait for October!

Fourth, my little brother turned 6 last Thursday! He’s the sweetest little guy ever, and we had such a fun time celebrating his birthday with him. ❤

I hope that you are all having a fantastic week! Let me know down below what you guys have been up to! ❤ I’ll see y’all soon!

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Spotlight Saturday – Maha from Be-you-tiful

Spotlight Saturday – Maha from Be-you-tiful

Hi there, everyone! Happy Saturday to all of you(: ❤ How has your week been going? Mine has been pretty full; I’ve been doing lots of behind-the-scenes work, and I’m also enjoying spending time with my family while I’m off from school! We took off this week to celebrate Samuel’s birthday, which I’ll be writing about soon:) But for today, I have a very lovely interview to share with you! I had so much fun writing it, and I know that you guys will love reading it, too. ❤ I hope you enjoy!


Spotlight Saturday #15

Hey everyone! Thank you for coming by this week’s spotlight(: For this Saturday, I had the wonderful chance to interview a very sweet blogger whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for most of the time I’ve had this blog! She writes all about fashion, her travels, and other inspiration … please welcome Maha from Be-you-tiful!

Hello everyone! Hope all of you are having an amazing day! So honored to be featured on your Spotlight Saturday series and be interviewed by a wonderful blogger like you! This is such a great idea and thank you very much for this opportunity! Can’t wait to get started 🙂

I’m excited for this, too! Alright, so the first thing I’d like to know is, what is your blog Be-you-tiful all about? What gave you the idea for it, and what are you wanting to accomplish by writing posts on it?

I named my blog Be-you-tiful because I’m a girl who believes in always being yourself which is where I got the idea from. I always follow this principle throughout my life and the quote “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

I always try every year to become a better version of myself. I’m an avid learner and a creative thinker and I’m always on the run to coming out of my comfort zone, and learning new things in life as much as I can. My goal in life right now is to accomplish my dreams, leverage my skills and showcase all my talents as much as possible.

For the past few years, I’ve been discovering myself and who I really am and have realized that I have so many hidden talents that I wasn’t even aware of! I’ve been working on many hobbies such as nature photography, drawing, dancing, nail art, poetry and hopefully more in the future haha 🙂

By writing posts, I would really like to connect with everyone and create many innovative ideas/tips to portray to the world and inspire many people out there!

That is so beautiful, girl!! I love your yearly motto; it’s fantastic! Inspirational blogs/bloggers are honestly my favorite, because not only do they encourage everyone they meet, but they’re also constantly motivating themselves to do the best they can. ❤ Pursuing our passions is something I find so beautiful; I’m happy that you’re doing that with yours! The next thing I’d like to ask you is, what are three favorite posts of yours and why do you like them?

Aw, thank you so much Maggie! That really means a lot to me and am glad I can be an inspiration to every out there!

Well, I would say that my 3 fave posts would be the India & Spain Trip Part 2: Madrid post. I believe many of you enjoyed that post and I actually loved writing about it since Madrid is such a beautiful place which brought back some memories. I was glad I was able to share my pics and experience with you all! Ahh, there so many that I love haha!

I enjoy doing my OOTD posts especially the pink dress for my birthday because everything worked out perfectly and was able to match my purse and accessories with my dress so well!

Last but not least, a third one would be my nature photography: summer flowers! This was one of my fave because I’m so glad I got the chance to come across these amazing flowers and be able to take quick photo of them! These flowers are just so beautiful which made me really happy and gave me positive vibes. 

You’re welcome!! xx ooh those posts are fantastic! Good choices! I enjoyed all of those(: My next question for you is: can you share a few blogging tips you’ve learned with us? What are some lessons you’ve learned, and maybe something new bloggers should know?

Thanks girl! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

Some blogging tips would be to just write about topics that interest you or that you have a passion for since that would really reflect in your posts. Blogging is such a great way to brush up your skills especially writing which would definitely help in the future. Be genuine and honest and really try to express your thoughts since a lot of bloggers can all relate to each other.

Engage and be encouraging to one another because one small act of kindness can really impact someone and make their lives much brighter!

Write posts that would inspire other bloggers and that everyone can learn from. Everyone is unique and has their own style of writing. Instead of competing and comparing yourselves with others, compete with yourselves to grow as an individual. Blogging is not about how much followers you have or how many likes you got on your post (even thought it def feels great lol)

Prove to everyone out there that you are one of a kind and utilize all the strengths and improve on the weaknesses to be a better version of yourself each day! Most importantly, just always be yourself and love yourself which will definitely make you and your blog beautiful 🙂

Use your blogging skills to learn new topics out there, explore who you really are, work hard to achieve your goals, and be an inspiration to everyone!

Aww that is all fantastic advice!! ❤ You’re such a huge inspiration to bloggers – especially me! So, I’d like to know: when you’re not blogging, what can one find you usually doing? For example, what are things you do most (if not every) day?

Aw thanks girl, it really means a lot to me!

I love listening to music whether its Pop, Hip Pop, or even Bollywood. Love dancing to rhythm of the music and enjoying myself, especially in times of stress. I enjoy watching tv shows, shopping on weekends, spending time with family (movie night) and just working on my hobbies, as you know like drawing, photography, DIY nail art, etc. I love reading but haven’t gotten the time to read a good novel due to the hectic schedule of grad school.

I love music, as well! All of your hobbies/daily activities sound awesome(: I’ve really enjoyed getting to interview you, Maha! Thank you for doing this with me. Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers before we go?

Thank you very much girl for this wonderful opportunity! I also had a great time participating in this lovely interview and so grateful for being part of your Spotlight Series! Def a nice experience 🙂 Thank you to all the people who took the time to read this and if you would like to know more about me, feel free to stop by my blog, take a look at my About Me section, and explore my posts if you’re interested 🙂 Thanks once again Maggie and love you all ❤


This interview was so much fun to write! Special thanks to Maha for doing it for me (: She was fantastic! I highly recommend that you guys go follow Be-you-tiful. It is one of my all-time favorite blogs! And let us know in the comments below:

Are YOU following Be-you-tiful?

See you guys next week!

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Eight Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Eight Months of Dreaming of Guatemala

Hey guys! I hope that you’re having a gorgeous day!! x So, as another month has rolled around, I knew that it would be a blessing to me to write another Dreaming of Guatemala (the place and my blog) update! Looking back at how far I’ve come with both of these passions makes me so happy. Are you ready to follow along? Let’s go!

At one month, I could still hardly believe that this Guatemala thing was happening. It is quite possibly the biggest life change I’ve ever experienced, and the passion I felt (and still do) stunned me. Fast forward to four months, and I still felt like I was literally dreaming, continually in awe of how the Lord was working in my life, and I struggled to wrap my head around even a bit of it. The last update I did was at the six month mark, and that was then that I began feeling the reality of it. I’m still stoked about everything Guatemala, and I still want to go – most definitely! – but at the beginning of July, I found myself analyzing the possible realities of that situation, and it made me stress a bit.

Now, let’s jump back to the present. I have known of this specific plan for my life for eight months now. That’s two hundred and forty-eight days, to be exact! I have also had my blog for that long, minus about a week. But it’s not really in the details.

With each day that has passed, I have slowly been accepting it. This dream has been on my mind, in my heart, and lacing my prayers. The uncertainties are most certainly there, but no matter how terrifying of a scenario I come up with, nothing phases me. Whenever I ponder worst-case scenarios in any situation, I freak myself out, but with Guatemala, not one has. Tarantulas? Nah. Earthquakes? It’s fine. ACTIVE VOLCANOES? Why should that bother me? 😂

I am in no way saying I’m okay with any of the three frightening things mentioned above. That’s not the point. While I don’t want to find myself facing a huge spider, experiencing a bad earthquake, or watching one of their volcanoes erupt, I have an unexplainable peace that I will cross all those bridges when I get there.

There’s a verse in Matthew where Jesus says “sufficient for each day is its own trouble.” He has bound my heart with the spiritual ability to instantly combat any fear I may have with Guatemala. My awful little scenarios instantly die in His light. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced before.

When I was first seeing Guatemala show up everywhere in my life, from books to blog posts to items in stores, I became excited every time. Each one is a beautiful reminder of my future, and seeing the Lord so plainly at work in my life and with my surroundings makes me giddy. However, the more it has happened, the more used to it I’ve become, to the point where loving this country isn’t just part of my life; it’s part of me. ❤

I look forward to every event leading up to visiting Guatemala. I long for the day I first step foot in that country. It brings me greater joy than I can explain to know this small glimpse into the future God has for me.

All of my main actions this year have reflected that purpose.

I started this blog to record my progress and entertain myself (and you guys!) while I wait. I began learning Spanish like never before because of my passion to know that language fully. I’m looking into getting a job as soon as I can to save money, and I’m not going to college yet and will most likely take individual classes, instead.

My view of life is different because of this calling. It is absolutely beautiful!

Now, I’d like to touch on my blogging journey a bit, as well. While I have been blogging on and off since 2010, I have never connected with this many bloggers before. This community is absolutely amazing! I know I’ve said that before, but it’s worth saying again. The last eight months of my life have been extremely blessed because of this experience; I’ve made new friends, posted consistently for the first time ever, and my post writing skills have gotten so much better. I’d like to thank you personally, whether you just found my blog, or you’ve been following along for months. I appreciate each and every individual comment, and getting to have a place where I can inspire others is a wonderful blessing!

Visit the ‘His Child‘ category on my blog for more spiritual inspiration.

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