My Health And Fitness Journey: A June 2018 Update

My Health And Fitness Journey: A June 2018 Update

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great day. ❤ It has been just over two months since I wrote an update post on my health and fitness journey. While I had considered writing one in May, not much had changed for me throughout April, so I decided to wait until there was a bit more to update on, lol. I will be sharing with you how last month went for me, as well as what I’m planning to do in the month of June! Going over what my health and fitness progress was like in May will be helpful to evaluate, and sharing my goals for June will make me accountable and motivated. ❤

I hope that this can inspire you on your very own journey! 🙂 Thank you for wanting to check out how my journey toward better health is going!

If you’re interested, you can read the introduction to this series here.

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Preparing For Wisdom Teeth Surgery | My Thoughts

Preparing For Wisdom Teeth Surgery | My Thoughts

I have had this surgery now and am recovering beautifully! Come read my update post here.

Hey guys ❤ I hope you’re doing well 🙂 I don’t usually aim to share two posts in one day, but that’s just how today has gone. The one I posted earlier is about how I’ve been thinking about my responses to my family lately. While talking to my mom a few moments ago, she was encouraging me to write a post on how I’m feeling about the surgery tomorrow … so that’s what I’m doing right now.

I’m more worried now than I was when I found out that the surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. I figured this would happen, and it makes sense, but I wish my anxiety hadn’t grown. I’ve been reading the Bible and listening to uplifting songs these past couple of days, and that has definitely given me peace, but my fears have been giving me trouble.

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New Laptop + We’re Moving! | Little Life Updates

New Laptop + We’re Moving! | Little Life Updates

Hey there! Happy Thursday to you ❤ We are already approaching the weekend again, haha, so I hope you have some activities and/or events you’re looking forward to! 😉 For today’s post, I am happy to share with you some little life updates. Some of them are actually pretty big lol, but I just love the title! The rest of them actually are little. please don’t take offense I hope you enjoy!

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My Thoughts On Life Recently

My Thoughts On Life Recently

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Saturday to you!

To begin this post, I want to first share the fact that my silence absence these past few days was not planned. I had different ideas I was wanting to write and share the latter part of this week, but none of those posts got written. That usually happens when my days end up being more full than I had anticipated, which results in very little time to brainstorm ideas then sit down at the laptop and work on them.

I don’t mind when I don’t have posts to share (although posting daily would be fun!), but it does end up being more frustrating when I thought I was going to.

While thinking about possibly writing something to share today, I realized that some of the things that are going on in my life right now, as well as things that are soon to happen, have been consuming many of my thoughts and filling a good amount of my time. Being able to talk through them with you here would really help me, and your prayers over some of these issues would be much appreciated!

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage (I’ve chosen a caramel frappé for this occasion), and let’s sit down for a chat.


The seasons of stress in my life are finally coming to an end. It wasn’t until a discussion I had yesterday with my mom that I realized how anxiety-ridden these past few years have been for me. Since I was about fourteen years of age, I’ve gone through some really hard things, where the elapsed time between each one was often non-existent.

Severe injuries, difficult pregnancies (not my own, lol), toxic relationships, heartbreaking experiences with church – I can recall many things that stressed me out in my later teenage years.

Some of these situations I’ve mentioned made it hard for me to approach the Lord. There are days when all I want is to be in His loving arms, but I don’t have the ability to even form a prayer. Then there were other situations that made me go running to Him, where I was able to express everything I was feeling. Through it all, though, I’m thankful for both types of trials, because no matter what my response was to each one, I know now that He was always there with me.

Following the birth of Isabella, my youngest sister, I have seen a definite difference in how I feel about everyday life. It’s almost as if I’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel – a point I didn’t even realize I was running toward. While I don’t think it took me four years to get here, I do think this marks the end of my deep-rooted concern for my mom when she was pregnant. The complications that came from her pregnancies with Elizabeth and Isabella truly did stress me out, as I wanted my mom and my little siblings to be in good health. Now that we’re all here and she’s done having babies, I honestly feel like I can breathe again. I had not noticed just how tense I was about it all until now!

I have various doctor appointments coming up. One is to go to a dermatologist (I have so many eczema-related skin conditions), another to the eye doctor, and a well check-up two weeks from now. The biggest one is for a consultation this upcoming Tuesday so that I can hopefully get my wisdom teeth out this month. I’m praying that it all goes well! I don’t have any concerns about the surgery or recovery itself, but I’ve actually never had an IV before, so that’s the main thing I’ve been praying about. May I be able to go through with it, and may the person who does it do it right! Your prayers would be much appreciated. ❤

I’ve been spending more time with Joshua. He’s my fourteen-year-old brother, and he and I have been able to go places together once I finally got more comfortable with driving! So far, we’ve picked up dinner a few times for the family, went to one of our favorite thrift stores once, and earlier this week, we took our bikes and went riding on some trails. We definitely had a great day, and I’m looking forward to other outings like this! We don’t get to do enough together otherwise, so I’m thankful that we have this. ❤

I’m considering doing a blogging challenge in May. The one I did last year with a few blogging friends was a huge success! It taught me a lot more about how I want to blog, and having a post to share every day really got me connected with the blogging community. I’ll share an official invitation post closer to the end of the month if I do decide to do it, but I’d love to know right now: Would you be interested in doing one with me? 🙂 I’d enjoy reading what you guys would write about for the prompts, and I’d be sure to link to your blogs when I do my posts, as well!


That’s what I have today for an update post – I hope that you enjoyed reading. ❤ I really enjoyed talking about these different things! Let me know in the comments below how you’ve been doing lately.

Have a blessed weekend!

— Maggie

Growing Up So Fast

Growing Up So Fast

Hi there! ❤ I hope you’re having a beautiful week. 🙂 Today’s post is dedicated to the sweetest toddler sister I know! I don’t end up talking about her much on my blog, but oh my gosh, she adds so much light and happiness to my life. I’m talking about my adorable little sister Elizabeth, who will be turning two this coming June.

A few days ago while we were all outside, Elizabeth saw that I was photographing the only color our front yard possesses (which are these gorgeous pink bushes, haha), and decided to come join me in admiring their beauty. I had to stop myself from focusing too much on the flowers and instead took some pictures of the little sister I’ve been hoping to have since I was a young child.

On Halloween of 2015, I found out that my mom would be having another baby, and that following February, me and my family found out it was a girl! Before that, I had been sadly convincing myself that I was destined to have only brothers, because I couldn’t see myself being a teenager with siblings that much younger. However, the Lord had a different plan!

Throughout the lives of His children, the Lord draws us close through times of waiting. Teaching us the art of patience and letting our trust rest in Him is something that takes a lifetime! However, it is 100% worth it to look back and see His hand at work in my life, and even though it made me so sad to spend my childhood without a sister, I am more than joyful to have two little girly blessings in my life now.

Back in June of 2017, when I found out my mom was pregnant with her last baby, I had the most mixed response. My mom had just gone through a miscarriage a few months prior, in that March and April, and I feared that we would go through a similar loss that summer. I started out by strongly fearing things would go wrong, and I desperately wanted there to be no issue with her health. Because of this, I made the knowledge of her pregnancy sour for myself, and I deeply regret that now. However, I believe that I am not doomed to live with this self-condemnation.

With the Lord’s help, I am healing from how I felt that summer … and it is getting increasingly better as I fall more in love with Isabella, who turned two months old two days ago. ❤ It has been a struggle for me, for sure, but I know that His plan will prevail even in this. There’s no way I couldn’t love little Isabella now, although I will say that the pregnancy complications shook up our family more than once.

Knowing that the Lord was with us and by our side through it all makes the memories much easier to bear.


I am absolutely loving watching Elizabeth grow up. Times flies by most days, to the point where it feels like just yesterday she was learning to walk … however, that was nearly a year ago! She loves exploring outside, and she is the silliest toddler – the hilarious faces and sounds she makes cracks me up every time. As long as she’s not too mobile, she’s my favorite model for photoshoots – hence the pretty pictures I got of her a few days ago! She is slowly starting to say more and more words (from ‘woof woof’ for dog and ‘shoes’ when she wants to go outside), but for the most part, she has her own language still, lol. Watching her dance along to the shows she likes watching is always fun, and I am truly enjoying being home to watch her and Isabella grow up.

Thank you so much for reading! As you can tell by this post, I absolutely adore my sisters – I am very thankful the Lord blessed us with one another.

Let me know in the comments below why you love your sisters or your closest friends (who can be just as close as sisters!)! ❤

Have a blessed day!

— Maggie

Her First Week Home

Her First Week Home

Hi there ❤ I hope you’re doing well! The last couple of posts I’ve shared here on Dreaming of Guatemala have been centered on my family and what we’ve been up to, since we have just welcomed the littlest member of our family home! Sweet Isabella is absolutely loved by all of us, and I am truly looking forward to watching her grow up with the rest of my little siblings.

I haven’t mentioned the age differences between the five of us in many places on my blog, so I thought I’d do it again right here: I’m 17 (turning eighteen in April!), Joshua is 14, Samuel is 6, Elizabeth is nineteen months (turning 2 in June!), and Isabella is one week old.

Sometimes, the age gaps cause problems because we’re all at varying stages developmentally, haha, but as a whole, I absolutely love it! Being the leader of the clan is so much fun:)

As you can see by the title, little Isabella has been home for a week now! We love getting to spend time holding her and squealing over her adorable facial expressions. ❤

 

it’s so cute when she’s awake and glances around the room, haha.

During her first week home, we got different things done.

  • I drove Isabella, my mom, and Samuel to a quick doctor’s appointment early in the week so the doctor could make sure Isabella’s jaundice wasn’t getting worse (thankfully, it isn’t!). After that, I bought some pretty room decor from Target. (I’ll be sharing a desk tour as an upcoming post soon!)
  • I went grocery shopping at Walmart by myself mid-week! It was my first time driving somewhere by myself, and while I was anxious about that, everything went really well.
  • My mom had a postpartum appointment at her doctor on Friday, so I drove her and Isabella there. It was a short appointment, and it went really well, too. We stopped by a few thrift stores on the way home and got some toys for Samuel and Elizabeth. 🙂
  • I’ve been taking Elizabeth outside more recently because she really enjoys getting to explore the yard. As long as it isn’t really cold or rainy, I do it as much as I can.
love how this pic turned out!
  • I’ve been blog-reading on and off, and I just finished responding to comments today. I want to get a better schedule in place so I can keep up with the blogs I enjoy reading! ❤
  • Yesterday morning, my dad took us kids to Trader Joe’s (we hadn’t been in months!) while my mom stayed home with Isabella. (Car rides aren’t comfortable for her enough yet.) We got Smashburger for lunch (it was our first time going there, SO good!), and later in the afternoon, we also went to a park together, but the wind was too cold, so we couldn’t stay long.
  • I did redo my whole desk!! I can’t wait to share it here 🙂

That sums up our week! I hope you enjoyed reading. ❤ I’d love to stay active in the blogging community, but just know that if I suddenly disappear for a few days, it’s because I’m obsessing over how much I love this little one.

Happy Sunday!
Have a beautiful week 🙂

— 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