Late Fall Vibes | Thoughtful Friday

Late Fall Vibes | Thoughtful Friday

Hey guys ❤ I hope you’ve all had a beautiful day! Rarely do I post this late in the day, haha, but I’ve been thinking, and I knew it would be nice to have a place to share my thoughts.

How have you guys been on this fine Friday? Happy December 1st, by the way! I’m so happy it’s this time of year again. I love Christmas shopping, holiday music and cheer, and just the overall mood of the month. It’s going to be amazing!

Before I can fully move on to the month ahead, however, I have some things I’d like to share. Nothing bad or eventful has occurred; I’d just appreciate being able to write about what’s been on my heart.

I hope you like the pictures I’ve included! They were all taken over this past week. We’ve been spending more time outside recently not just because of the great weather, but also because Elizabeth has been old enough to begin exploring the outdoors. ❤

Thoughtful Friday |
My Current Thoughts

First, I’m learning to balance blogging with the rest of my life. For a long time, I have been incapable of giving the correct amount of time to blogging. I love writing posts, but I need to figure out the best times to do so. Deciding what to write and when to post them is something I’m still experimenting with. I enjoy blog reading, but it would make me much happier if I had certain times I did it. Reading a lot at once instead of a post here and there would help me divide my time between blogs.

(To the bloggers whose blogs I haven’t commented on in so long – I am truly sorry! I haven’t forgotten about you; I’ll be back in your notifications soon.)

Two, my family and I have been adjusting to my mom being on bed rest. Life is pretty normal again, but our mom is taking it easy as much as she can, so I’m helping out with more housework and some babysitting of Elizabeth. There have been emotional highs and lows for us recently (especially me), but we’re all slowly working together, and life is becoming happier again.

Third, I am so excited for the new year. Does anyone else have any amazing ideas in mind for 2018? I can’t wait to pursue my hobbies and interests more, hopefully get my first job, and meet my new baby sister! And there’s no telling where my blogging ventures will take me! ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you all have a beautiful month. ❤ Please let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU looking forward to in December?

Life Update + Your Favorite Inspirational Verses / Quotes?

Life Update + Your Favorite Inspirational Verses / Quotes?

Hi guys, I hope that you’re all having a beautiful evening (: ❤

My family and I just left from visiting my mom at the hospital a short while ago. We really enjoyed getting to see her, and I’m happy to say that she’s feeling well. She’s definitely not going into labor (woohoo!), but she’ll be staying there tomorrow as well so the doctors can keep an eye on her. If all goes well, which it certainly looks like it will, she’ll get to come home on Sunday. ❤

The rest of my family are doing well, too. I’m actually not feeling too great, as this has been a big stress on me emotionally, and I’ve also been “playing mommy” (as my parents put it, haha) for Samuel and Elizabeth these last few days. Taking care of them, cleaning up around the house, and worrying about how my mom’s doing has definitely been tough on me.

I know that the Lord has been with us through it all, and that He will continue to be. Although, I think it’s crazy how hard it is to understand what it’s like to trust in the Lord when life is stressful when compared to when life is going well. I continue to pray and trust in Him, but boy, it is WAY different than when life’s easy! This is where faith grows, guys ❤ You really don’t know what faith is until all you can do is trust in Him. When everything in your life depends on His will … it’s crazy watching yourself begin to trust in Him more and more. Amidst the chaos, it is an absolutely beautiful thing. ❤

Now, I’d like to ask all of you guys to comment something for me! As the title of this post suggests …

I would love for you to comment Bible verses and inspirational quotes that mean a lot to you.

I’d appreciate reading those; I need all the inspiration I can get. 🙂 Feel free to comment as many as you’d like.

I hope that you all have a beautiful night! God bless you!

— Maggie

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Accepting Changes of Plan

Cultivating A Joyful Life | Accepting Changes of Plan

I love planning road trips. Having something to look forward to, getting everything packed and ready, then setting out with my family to have a nice adventure away from home together – it’s always so much fun.

However, with there being so many people to account for and get ready to leave the house, and the wide array of things that must be put in backpacks and coolers and bags, and with all the decisions that have to be made on where we’re going and how long we’ll stay … there is sometimes more tension than joy.

My response to the difficulties in these situations is impatience and irritation. Being ready before everyone else makes me anxious to go.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

What’s the best way to respond when things don’t go exactly as we plan – or exactly how we’d like for them to go?

Hi guys! I hope that you’re all having a great day. 🙂 ❤ Today’s post, as you can see, is an addition to Cultivating A Joyful Life! Just like with the other topics I have covered in this series, this is something that I truly need to work on, and I actually am in my life at the time of writing this post. ❤

Falling into bad habits is unfortunately easy, and struggling to accept when situations go a different way than we desire for them to is a definite problem of mine. However, because I have been able to acknowledge this, I am now walking down the path to healing, making so much progress along the way. ❤

Before we go on, I would like to share with you how this topic relates to a very similar one in the garden of our hearts.

I am not much of a gardener – funny, as I write this series pretty weekly, haha; I prefer to cultivate spiritual gardens, rather than real ones. Anyway, I am most certain that there are occasions in a gardener’s life when a plant does not grow, or it dies, or it’s attacked by bugs, which would all be unpleasant surprises. However, there can also be happy surprises. Maybe the plant bounces back, or does much better than the gardener thought it would; all sorts of things won’t go as “planned” in a garden! And the same is true in the garden of our hearts.

There are many things that we have control over (to a point). This provides us with security and peace of mind. But what happens when something turns out differently, or slightly worse? Chaos may ensue. It definitely depends on the person, specific situation, and other details involved.

Today, I have shared with you some helpful tips that I’ve come up with to help you guys, as well as myself, to take everything in stride – to be able to accept changes of plan. ❤ I hope that you enjoy!


Accepting Changes of Plan –
My 5 Tips for Greater Peace

Before we get into this, I would like for you to first, if you will, imagine a recurring situation you’ve encountered before – one that always tries your patience. Whatever this might be for you (for me, it’s road trip preparations), I’d like you to keep this in mind while you read my little tips below. Applying them to this area of trouble in the future could help you so much! I know that it will for me.

When a situation comes up that you weren’t expecting …

1 ~ See the positivity in it.

There are so many beautiful surprises that come about because of altered plans! Just because something isn’t happening exactly as you thought it would, doesn’t mean that it won’t be a greater situation for you in the long run.

Dare to see what awesome future situations might come about because of the little differences.

2 ~ Exhibit patience.

On many different occasions in my life, I have been the first one ready when we’re going on a family road trip. It has been difficult for me to exhibit patience over a situation when I feel like others (or I know) are lagging behind.

Whether we leave later than planned because someone didn’t realize how late it was, something took longer than they realized, or an emergency came up, etc, the intent isn’t at all to make me upset. Life happens, and some people are simply more time-conscious than others.

Patience is such an important attribute to possess, and it’s something I’m always working at strengthening.

3 ~ Be understanding.

Like I mentioned above, it’s easy to start judging or placing blame when plans are changed. However, something important to keep in mind is that nobody is perfect, and we all need a bit of understanding sometimes.

The funny thing is, I was the last one to be ready for the last trip we went on – meaning that I was running around the house while everyone waited for me in the car. I hadn’t realized how long it would take me to do my makeup and finish packing my bag, so there I was – in the same situation members of my family have been in before.

I deeply appreciated that they didn’t get upset at me (much like I have at them in the past…). That is something I want to remember; we’ve all been there, and we all deserve a bit of understanding.

4 ~ Look at the situation differently.

When something doesn’t go as I hoped it would in my life, one of the things that really helps me is to look at what’s happening in a different light. Just because you leave the house later than you meant to, or you get stuck in traffic, or stuck in a long checkout line at the store – there are often good, unforeseen reasons for things going differently than we think.

Even if nothing is obvious at first, look for the positivity in your current situation.

5 ~ Do the best you can to make things better.

On the occasions that I have been ready to leave the house first, I’ll usually pace around and mentally will (lol) everyone else to also get ready. This is not all that useful, as I could have spent that time helping someone get ready.

Even when something appears out of our control, there are still ways we can make things better for everyone – if even in the smallest of ways. So, in my recurring situations, I could help someone pack their bag, or package up all the snacks (which is my usual job for these trips, lol), or help with my baby sister, etc.

It may be that in your situation, you can’t actually do anything to help out. If that’s the case, you may be able to be emotional support. It’s definitely something to keep in mind, so that you and anyone else involved can be at peace. ❤


Thank you so much for reading! I know that the tips I’ve listed above will be a huge help to me in the future. Definitely let me know in the comments below:

How do YOU cope with changes of plan?

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