Organizing My Priorities For 2018

Organizing My Priorities For 2018

Hey guys ❤ I hope that this Tuesday has gotten off to a beautiful start for you!

I am extremely happy to report that yesterday evening, my dad brought my mom and Isabella home! I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to have them here now – it made me so sad to not be able to see them. I’m so thankful they didn’t have to stay at the hospital any longer!

Health Update: My mom and Isabella are both doing very well. My mom’s recovering beautifully from the surgery, and we can also all tell that Isabella is happy to be home. ❤ She’s such a sweet baby!!!

Today’s post is going to be about, as you can see from the title, organizing my priorities for this year. While I do love taking things one day at a time, I would also love to have a basic, structured idea of where I should be spending my time. I know that would be a huge help to me!

This is going to be a thinking out loud type of post, so if you’re interested in following along to see how I’m planning to spend the last semester of my senior year, I’d like to invite you to come along! 🙂 ❤ I hope you enjoy.


My Priorities, Organized

This Year:

  1. Take care of my family.
  2. Finish high school.
  3. Make healthy choices.
  4. Save money.
  5. Continue to blog.
  6. Make important decisions.
  7. Continue my education.

This Month:

  1. Stay well.
  2. Read more of the Bible.
  3. Interact more with my siblings.
  4. Bake/Cook more.
  5. Redecorate my room.
  6. Listen to new music.
  7. Participate in a blog challenge.

This Week:

  1. Help my mom with housework.
  2. Make meal plan and grocery shop.
  3. Work on my schoolwork.
  4. Buy a frame for my new wall print.
  5. Shop for new room decor.
  6. Keep up with blogging.
  7. Read Hank and Jim.

I would do a list for today, as well,
but I’m honestly not doing much today, haha! ❤

So there you have it! These are the three awesome lists that I plan to refer back to throughout this week, month, and year, too. My family is my #1 priority right now, and then comes my schooling, my entrance into adulthood (haha), and then everything else. I am so thankful for and blessed by all that the Lord has given me, and I don’t want to take any of it for granted for one second. ❤

Thank you so much for reading!

“This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118:24

— Maggie

Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 3

Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 3

Hey guys ❤ I hope that your new week has gotten off to a beautiful start! This is day three of my mom and Isabella’s stay at the hospital, and I am truly praying they’ll be able to come home today.

This past weekend was the craziest one we’ve had in a while, haha, and I understand why – there’s been SO much going on! As a whole, we’ve been working together and coordinating who should visit them and when (yesterday, it only worked for our dad to go), but there have definitely been our fair share of hectic moments, too. I’m asking the Lord to help us maintain peace, which can be hard in different situations that have occurred. However, I know that He is with us, and that He is delivering us through all this. ❤ ❤

Related Post: Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 1

Health Update: My dad is leaving the house right now to go be with my mom and Isabella. My mom needs a blood patch, so my dad needs to be there to stay with Isabella while she has that done. All prayers would be greatly appreciated!

In the spirit of Motivational Mondays, I’ve been browsing Pinterest for inspiration lately, and I found some really great quotes. They’ve been helpful to read when things get stressful, and I’d love to share them with you!

If you need a bit of inspiration like I do for this week (I’m sure we all do!), check out the ten quotes I’ve compiled below. ❤

Also, in case you haven’t seen yesterday’s post, you can meet my baby sister Isabella here! Enjoy these quotes!


Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 3

It is well.

These three, simple words put together do a beautiful job of reminding me that things will get better. The Lord is still here. Even when I get lost in the moment, things soon become normal once again. It is well with my soul.

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

I love this optimistic quote!! Choosing to look on the bright side of things means that our stress-filled thoughts will begin to diminish – and fall behind us. Seeing and believing that things really will get better is the only way we will begin to heal.

Surround yourself with people who see your value and remind you of it.

There are few things more encouraging to me than when I get to talk to and be around my family who loves me. Having their encouragement and inspiration is one of of the only ways I’m able to leave stressful times behind. Talking things through and having their support, as well as knowing they still care for me even when I’m struggling to love myself, is an important aspect of my life I don’t ever desire to take for granted. ❤ Choose your company wisely.

Related Post: Quotes That Inspire Me, Pt. 2

The best is yet to come.

Good things are on their way! Life can be deceptive sometimes, in that it looks like things, people, and situations are at a fixed state of being, but things never end there. Things will get better.

Live more, worry less.

I absolutely love this one! Worrying can feel so productive sometimes, because we’re usually thinking of ways the situation will happen and how we will deal with it when it comes. Well, what if we were to live in the moment instead, and expect the best, then just deal with things as they come? Mentally preparing and ruining the present moment is not worth it in the end. This leads me to my next quote …

Nothing ever happens the way you imagine it will.

Back in 2016 when my little sister Elizabeth was born, as well as this past Friday when Isabella was born, their birth stories did not in any way go the way I projected them to. The more I live through experiences like this, the more I realize that I’m never able to fathom what my future will consist of! Leaving everything in the Lord’s hands really is an essential 🙂 Things end up being better, a bit worse, or sometimes simply different than we think they will go … but in the end, I can always see Him at work. Trusting Him and having faith is so important.

Faith it ’till you make it – then spread the faith.

Going through tough situations is hard in the moment, I am well aware of this. But what happens when we’re able to see what the Lord brought us through? We’re able to tell others about how we know He helped us! That is an extremely important testimony in the lives of all Christians.

God has a great plan for your life. Trust Him.

This is something I believe with my whole heart … but it’s also something I appreciate being reminded of time and time again. ❤

Happy are they who take life day by day, complain very little, and are thankful for the little things in life.

I would love to fit this description, haha! While I know that I try to most days, I want to put those three things into practice every day, and not get so worked up about small problems. I make them worse when I don’t respond right. I know that the Lord is helping me with this, and I am continually giving it to Him.

Be patient. Be gentle. Be humble. Be loving. – from Ephesians 4:2,3

These are things that all of us can work on! Cultivating these qualities is one of the things I am working on and praying over at this time in my life. ❤


Thank you sooo much for reading! I hope that you’re all doing well. Thank you for all of the comments you shared yesterday ❤ I appreciate your prayers and support! Let me know in the comments below:

Which quote was YOUR favorite?

Happy Monday!

— Maggie

Today’s To Do – Mommy #2 Edition

Today’s To Do – Mommy #2 Edition

Hey guys! Haha yes, I’m sharing a bonus post today already. 🙂 If you’d like to meet my new baby sister, make sure you visit this post! ❤

Because I am the eldest sibling, and since I already help out around the house and things with the family on a regular basis, most of the responsibilities my mom usually has are mine for the next few days. She and Isabella are at the hospital currently (I’m praying they’ll be able to be discharged no later than tomorrow!), so there are lots of things to do to prepare for their arrival.

We have six (soon to be seven) people living here, so messes accumulate quickly – especially the ones created by Elizabeth! It has been her favorite thing to do recently to dump large toy containers and play with everything inside, which makes huge messes in the living room, haha. While there isn’t much to be done about her playful hurricanes in the main room of the house, I can keep up with the state of the bedrooms, kitchen, and office. Those rooms, as well as other things, are on my to do list at the moment!

If you’d like to see what I’m planning to get done today, as well as over the next couple of days, you can check out the list below. ❤ Thanks for reading!


Today’s To Do – Mommy #2 Edition

  • Make the meal plan. I usually do this with my mom most weeks, anyway, but not usually by myself! This morning, I’ve been looking at what we have at the house to make dinners with, and at the moment, I can come up with three meals. From there, I need to think of a few more, then I can get some stuff from the store later.
  • Clean my room. It irks me when it gets messy occasionally, haha, and because we washed, dried, and folded three loads of laundry yesterday, I have a lot of shirts and pajamas to put away! And since I’ve been sleeping in my mom’s room to be with Elizabeth, my mom’s bedding is folded on my bed, so the room looks even more messy. xD Oh, well. When I get a moment later, I’m going to clean it up real nice!
  • Put together a shopping list. This is the companion to the meal plan, as I’m putting all the things I need to get for lunches and dinners on it! Since it’s possible Isabella and my mom will be able to come home today, I’m going to run to the store later this afternoon, but actually go grocery shopping tomorrow. 🙂
  • Vacuum the bedrooms and clean the kitchen. This is important to me because not only do I love a clean house, but my mom does, too! And it would be lovely for her to return home from the hospital to a tidy house. ❤
  • Play some games with Samuel. As I write this post, Joshua and Samuel are playing a game together, which is awesome, but it’s been a few days since I did something with Samuel. There doesn’t end up being much time left to do something with him because of the different responsibilities I have, but I still really want to find the time to do a game or activity with him.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I can’t wait to get started and continue with these things. It will be so nice to have my mom back home, and with Isabella, as well! 😀 I’d love it if you could please pray that they will be able to come safely home today or tomorrow. That would be a blessing to all of us. xxx

God bless!

— Maggie

Meet My Baby Sister!

Meet My Baby Sister!

Hey there, guys! Happy Sunday to all of you. ❤ I cannot tell you how crazy of a day yesterday was! It was the day we’ve all been anticipating for the last several months, and even though it didn’t in any way go the way I thought it would (life always has a way of surprising and delighting me, haha!), it was still wonderful just the way it was.

It was yesterday afternoon that we all got to go over to the hospital and meet our youngest sibling, and this morning, I’m truly wondering if everything that happened was a dream. I woke up and couldn’t wrap my head around the little person I met yesterday!

I would have definitely preferred to go earlier in the day to see them, haha, but the reason we couldn’t was because she and my mom had not yet been transferred to a real room. They were still being closely watched after my mom’s c-section, especially with the pre-eclampsia stuff (which did not affect either of them, praise the Lord!). However, at exactly 2 PM, they were moved to a room where visitors could visit freely, and that was when Joshua (14), Samuel (6), and I got to meet …

Isabella!

Yes, that is my sweet youngest sister’s name! It was the first one we loved when brainstorming names for her, and in the process of trying other names out, it was ultimately the one we returned to.

SHE REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF SAMUEL AND ELIZABETH AS A NEWBORN

Just like everyone says when they see us, we all look alike, haha! ❤

Health Update: My mom is doing extremely well physically after having the surgery. We could not have prayed or asked for a better beginning to her recovery! I know that the Lord’s hand is in this, and I am so grateful, because she felt really rough after the c-section with my baby sister (Elizabeth) in June 2016. Isabella is happy and healthy and really likes sleeping, haha. It gives me such peace to know that they’re both doing well. ❤

Here’s another picture, this one of me, Isabella, and Samuel:

I know that we all love her very much, but I can’t tell you just how much Samuel does! While we were at the hospital, he couldn’t stop cooing over her, and it’s so sweet seeing how much he already cares for her. She and Elizabeth are going to be 100% doted on their whole lives, haha! ❤

This last picture is the one that will go down in history as the first selfie I ever took with my smallest sibling:

GUYS! I love her so much ❤ ❤ ❤

Happy Sunday to you!
Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers 🙂

— Maggie

My Baby Sister’s Coming!

My Baby Sister’s Coming!

Hey guys! I hope that you’re having a beautiful day / evening!! I have absolutely wonderful news to share with you. 🙂

As you might have read in this post, my mom and dad went to the hospital yesterday morning because my mom was not feeling well, and she needed to be checked by her midwife to see what was going on. They returned home around lunchtime a few hours later since she wasn’t going into labor, and the painful contractions stopped. However, she hasn’t felt better physically since then.

We knew something was going on today not only because of how she was feeling (even how her vision was doing), but also when she went to a follow-up appointment at her doctor this afternoon. Her symptoms, as well as the tests the doctors had done, were starting to point to pre-eclampsia. That is a pregnancy disorder than can be dangerous for woman and baby this late in the pregnancy.

My mom already had a cesarean-section scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday (her due date, the 31st). However, her doctor wants to deliver my baby sister as soon as possibly – namely, tonight.

I am a whole mixture of excitement and anxiousness, guys, haha!!! ❤

I would deeply appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers for my family right now! I desire that the c-section to goes well, my parents (and baby sister! *squeals*) have a safe night at the hospital while us kids stay at home, and honestly that this would go as well as it possibly can. It’s a lot to take in at the moment, but I know that the Lord is watching over us and keeping us.

It is so important for me to take a moment in times of great rush to pray, and maybe even read my Bible, as well. I’ve already done that a bit this evening, and it helped calm me down immensely. There is nothing like His peace. ❤

O give thanks to the God of heaven,
for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
– Psalm 136:26

I’m happy to be able to let you guys know what’s going on at the moment in our family, and I am planning on introducing her to you guys in the next few days!

Just a few minutes ago, my mom let me know that she and my dad arrived at the hospital. If you’re interested in receiving updates, let me know in a comment below and I’ll respond back to you as things happen!

I hope you’re all doing well! Thank you so much for reading!

— Maggie

Thoughtful Thursday | Little Life Updates

Thoughtful Thursday | Little Life Updates

Hey guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. ❤ Man, it has been quite a week for me and my family so far! I doubt our lives will be able to fully return to our normal until this baby is born.

Today, I am sharing with you an update-style post. So, if you’re interested in reading about what’s been going on with us, let’s settle in for a life chat! ❤ Let me know in the comments below what you’ve been up to. 🙂 xx Now, let’s get into this.


First of all, for any new readers: my mom is pregnant with my last little sibling. I’m the eldest of four kids currently, soon to be five! My mom is due on February 1st, although it is truly looking like she’ll have my second little sister sooner than that. As I write this post (it’s nearly 9 AM where I am), my mom and dad are at the hospital because my mom wasn’t feeling well all night. She had a massive headache along with painful contractions on and off. While she has not gone into labor yet, these are definite potential signs of pre-labor, so I’m praying for her and hoping everything goes well. I’ll do a quick update post to let you know when/if she comes home, or if the baby’s born! ❤ ❤

Something else that’s been going on recently is that beginning Monday afternoon, I began feeling slightly ill. I guessed early on that I’d gotten the mild cold my brother had over the weekend. While I never like being sick, what he had was barely causing him any discomfort at all, so I wasn’t really worried about it. On Tuesday, I woke up with a slightly scratchy throat and stuffy nose, and then on Wednesday (yesterday), I felt tired throughout the day. I’m very thankful it wasn’t worse! While I’m still feeling a bit off today, I’m just praying that I’ll be well enough to hold my baby sister once she’s born and not have to stay back because I’m sneezing, haha! ❤

I know that the Lord is caring for us, even when it feels like situations are out of control. That’s true sometimes – there will always be things I can’t do anything about, but He certainly can, and has! I’ve found over the years that it’s harder for me to watch one of my family members go through something hard than it is for me to personally go through the same thing. Knowing they’re hurting and I can’t do much to help has been something I’ve had to trust the Lord with, so I will pray that I’ll be able to have greater trust in Him concerning the health of my family.

On Tuesday, I was very sad to not be able to post something on my blog, haha, because for the first three weeks of this year, I was able to share a post every day! While I enjoyed doing that, I’m not wanting to write something just to keep a streak going, even though I do love a good streak. lol I’m still aiming to post consistently, but daily isn’t possible sometimes, so I’ll write and share when I have something, but not just so I can post. It is tempting some days, though.

One of the highlights of this week so far is my new mini obsession with online shopping. I’ve had fun looking at Etsy, especially, because my parents got me a gift card for Christmas and I have yet to spend it, haha! At first, I was looking at different room decor, because I’d love to update the art and posters I have on my wall, but I couldn’t find anything. (Except for printables, which I’d rather not do since I don’t have quality paper to print them on!) When I found that there’s a side to Etsy with endless ideas for desk decor and organization, I instantly knew that’s what I’d be using the gift card for, haha! Once I decide on what color scheme to go with, I’ll be making some purchases. There may be a desk tour coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that!


Thank you so much for joining me on my blog today! ❤ Those are all the little life updates I have for you right now, but I’ll be sure to let you know what’s going on with my mom. I may do a short post later, or at some point tomorrow, depending on what’s going on. For now, please keep her, the baby, and the rest of our family in your prayers. We can’t wait to meet this baby girl! 🙂

— Maggie

In The Palm Of His Hand

In The Palm Of His Hand

In the palm of His hand … and cradled in His peace. ❤

Can you even imagine how insignificant our troubles are in the grand scheme of things?

When compared to what has been and what will soon come … our lives are composed of beautiful memories that were, are, and will soon be.

And yet, our current troubles consume us.

The affliction we are facing is often all that we can see.

The troubling possibilities of all that could go wrong make up our surroundings, evenly dispersed on every side, quenching our hope and dimming our faith.

It is times like these that feel so dark to us.

We long for the comfort of our past and the reassurance of our future.

Where is the present in that mental equation?

Jesus Christ is the same
yesterday, today, and forever.
– Hebrews 13:8

The Lord cares for us more than we are able to comprehend. His will is at work in our past, He lovingly watches over us now, and our future is in the palm of His hand.

My family and I eagerly await the arrival of my baby sibling, I am quietly seeking His guidance for my future, and it is my great desire that you, the one reading this, know just how much He cares for you. ❤

Seek the Lord and His strength;
seek His presence continually!
– 1 Chronicles 16:11

Happy Monday to you!

— Maggie

 

Willing To Listen

Willing To Listen

Hey there, guys! Happy Sunday to all of you 🙂 ❤ I was inspired to write this post because I would like to further share what has been on my heart lately. Just like I wrote about here (and here, too!), I have been having a good many thoughts on what my future holds, which includes where the Lord will lead me in the coming years of my life.

I used to see my future as being something that’s in my control. That is, I thought my future depended on how much I put into it.

Because I love being productive and knowing for certain I’m getting things done, it has bothered me for the longest time that that which lies ahead in my life is completely unknown to me, concealed in a dense fog.

I would think that to be within His will, I needed to have a good idea of what lay ahead.

If the Lord would only let me get a peek inside, I’d basically think to myself, then I’d know how to prepare, be ready, and enjoy it when it gets here.

It was hard for me to accept that His timing was not my own, because waiting on Him to work things out in my life seemed like a waste of time. Why would it be His will for me to sit and do nothing for days, weeks, even years while He worked behind the scenes?

These thoughts (and the solution He has given me) are what inspired the title of this post.

“He knows when we are willing to hear His answers.” – Dr. Charles Stanley

This quote absolutely blew me away.

He knows exactly when the moment has come to reveal to me the plans He has for me – not a moment sooner, nor a moment later.

I understand that waiting is hardly, if ever, easy. I have wanted countless things before it was my time to have them … however, with each and every situation where I felt impatient was helping me to learn that there is so much more to faith than simply waiting to make our move until God speaks.

Faith is about trusting Him while the clock is ticking away.

Faith is proof of the fact that we know His timing is completely perfect.

Faith shows that we know He has a great plan that is not hindered by calendar days.

Faith grows in these hard conditions, watered by His grace.

True faith is utterly convinced that He knows us so much better than we do.

When we trust in Him, He is absolutely faithful to manifest the plans He has for us in our lives. He will not forget about us … and He knows just when we are ready to hear about the things He has for us.

“However, as it is written, what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love Him-” – 1 Corinthians 2:9

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14

— Maggie