The Sunshine Blogger Award #4!

The Sunshine Blogger Award #4!

Hey there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday ❤ It has been quite a while since I wrote an award/tag post, so that’s what I’ve decided to post today! 🙂 Even though I haven’t written about every tag someone has included me in, please know that I am thankful for each and every nomination! It means so much to me that other bloggers have thought of me. ❤

Today, I’m writing about The Sunshine Blogger Award once again, since Brad from Total Bradness nominated me for it back in March! You can read his answers to the award here 🙂 Definitely go check out his awesome blog!


The Sunshine Blogger Award

Questions + My Answers:

  1. What inspired you to start blogging? Back in 2010, I joined a website for homeschoolers called HomeschoolBlogger! It doesn’t exist now, but because I was making friends on there, I ended up making a few of my own blogs. I had always enjoyed journaling before that, and I had no idea I’d end up loving online writing just as much, if not more!
  2. How long have you been blogging? Since I was 10! It has been an on-and-off hobby since then, but I’ve always loved it. 🙂
  3. What do you want to do with your life? Continually pursue what the Lord has for me! Whether I’m at home, across the country, or halfway across the world, I desire to be wherever He has me. Doing His work and telling others of His love is my greatest passion. ❤
  4. Have you ever met a blogging friend face to face? Yes! Back in 2014, my family and I drove up to Ohio and I got to meet a blogging friend I’d known for years. We’re not in contact anymore, but it was awesome to get to meet her.
  5. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I love getting to write about whatever’s on my heart, and it also makes me happy to interact with other bloggers with similar hobbies. I love being creative with post-writing and blog design, and it’s definitely one of my favorite hobbies!
  6. What are some of your hobbies? Blogging, organizing my room, listening to music, being with my family, going new places, photography, and trying new recipes, to name a few!
  7. What do you want people to take away from your blog? My love for the Lord. That is the singular, main thing I hope everyone can see in me. ❤

Nominations:

Kelsey

Sydney

Starling

Oxria

Rebekah

You girls add so much light to my Reader! ❤

My Questions:

  1. What do you love most about your parents?
  2. Tell us about one of your funniest memories!
  3. What’s your favorite dance song?
  4. Are you proud of what you’re doing with your heart and time right now?
  5. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
  6. Which famous person would you like to be BFFs with?
  7. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Thank you so much for reading! Wishing you a beautiful day 🙂 Let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see more tag/award posts from me, because I can definitely share more!

— Maggie

Recovering From Dental Surgery | An Update

Recovering From Dental Surgery | An Update

Hi there! Happy Wednesday to you! ❤ Yesterday morning, I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed, and it went so well! I wanted to share a little update post to thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and for sharing your experiences, as well as to let you know how I’m doing today! 🙂

This was the first major surgery I’ve ever had. The other minor ones were to remove a few stubborn baby teeth back in 2013, as well as something I had done for one of my toenails the following year. It was strange to have been put under yesterday, and even stranger to be recovering from surgery today!

However, since I’ve been taking it very easy, keeping up with pain medication, and following post-surgery instructions, I’m doing very well. There weren’t any complications to the surgery, and we ended up leaving the office just over an hour after we’d arrived!

I mentioned a few days ago that having an IV done for the first time was what was giving me the most anxiety, but it went very well. After that, I really wasn’t scared anymore. ❤ The knowledge that the Lord was (and is!) with me the whole time is what truly calmed my heart.

I took the featured image just a moment ago, right before starting the draft for this post. That’s the best smile I can manage comfortably right now, haha! But believe me, I am extremely happy 🙂

My favorite picture from yesterday was the selfie I took with Isabella shortly before we left to go to the oral surgeon office. She was smiling at our mom and oh my gosh, her happiness absolutely melts my heart.

My diet has been consising of water, fruit juice, yogurt, and apple sauce, lol. I’ll be having a bowl of chicken soup for lunch very shortly, because I really enjoyed it last night!

I hope you’re having a beautiful day! Thank you so much for reading!

— Maggie

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.

I honestly don’t like writing a post that isn’t uplifting or inspiring even to me, but it’s where I am right now. If I suppress these feelings, I’ll only make it worse for myself. I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll mention it again – when I’m going through something, I find it extremely hard to express the darker side of my emotions. I’ll share how I’m feeling when I’m doing better afterward, or the hope in the midst of the storm, but I have to consciously make myself write about the actual feelings I’m experiencing.

I’m thinking about: the IV, pre-op, how I’ll feel after the surgery, what I’ll be able to eat over the next few weeks, if the medication will ease my pain, what might possibly go wrong.

I’ve never had an IV before, and I wish I’d never have to. I don’t hate getting vaccines or novocain shots, but my hands, wrists and arms are so sensitive, and I fear having any discomfort in those areas. However, I know that the oral surgeon who will be doing it and the nurses that work there are very used to doing wisdom teeth surgery – meaning they’re used to helping people my age to go through with it.

A year or two ago, when I was first looking into getting braces (I have crowding and an overbite), the dentists and orthodontists I talked to said I would need my wisdom teeth out at some point, preferably before getting braces. My wisdom teeth were headed straight for the rest of my teeth instead of growing in the right direction, and it has only been since late March of this year that this movement started affecting me.

My jaw is very tight in the mornings. I cry out any time I yawn. The last few mornings at breakfast, I’ve had to slowly feed myself spoonfuls of cereal because my mouth won’t comfortably open wide enough. Various times, I’ve been unable to clench my teeth without severe pain on the right side of my jaw. It has definitely become an issue, which is why it’s easier for me to face this upcoming surgery.

I am experiencing many mixed emotions, because while I’d rather it not be tomorrow, I also want to get it over with. In fact, I’m certain that worrying about what is to come will be MUCH worse than everything that will happen!

I keep reminding myself that the Lord is already there. He knows how I’ll feel tomorrow morning, the thoughts that will be running through my head in the waiting room, how well pre-op will go, and how groggy I’ll feel once the surgery is over. He knows that I’ll have a soft diet for a while, that I’ll be glad I went ahead and went through with it, and that I will be extremely thankful to know that He was by my side through it all. It’s hard for me to focus on that with all of these frightening images racing through my head, but I know and trust that He is greater than all of that.

Following my mom’s suggestion (which I’m thankful for!), I’m planning on documenting how tomorrow goes. It will be a testimony to me for the future, and I’m planning to write a post all about how beautifully it went – because I know the horrific thoughts that keep coming to me are nothing but my crazy mind.

My worst fears over anything I’ve ever faced HAVE NEVER COME TRUE.

I seem to forget that truth, no matter how many times a situation turns out much better than I could ever hope for!

So, over the next nineteen hours or so, I’ll keep giving myself little pep talks and handing all of my fears to my Lord and Savior. It’s not easy – it’s an act of surrender that never ends. But it is well worth the effort, for the peace that comes with that is unlike anything else I’ve ever known. ❤

This is quite possibly the first post I’ve ever written and posted that did not have intense revising. Looking back over the post now, I can see how far I’ve come from how I was feeling even a while ago! I expect these anxieties to come in waves though, lol, so I’ll just keep holding on to faith and peace. It blesses me to see that even right here, the Lord is helping me 🙂

So, aside from the IV, I’ve been stressing about my diet over the next few days/upcoming week haha, so I’d love to know:

If you’ve had oral surgery, what was comfortable for YOU to eat while recovering?

Some of my ideas are: chicken noodle soup, yogurt, fruit juice, apple sauce, soft tacos, turkey sandwiches, soft cereal, etc.

Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below ❤

— Maggie