Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ This is a post idea that’s been on my mind for the past few days, and I’m thankful to be able to share it today.

Recently, I have been thinking about how I’ve been blogging this past month or so – from the basic schedule I had laid out for myself, to the topics that have been being covered in my posts. I came across something while analyzing my blogging habits that piqued my attention.

I have been taking the responses of others on my posts too personally.

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My Focuses For The Summer

My Focuses For The Summer

Hi there! Happy Friday to you! ❤ I hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂 As the days have grown warmer here in Georgia, I have gradually began thinking more and more about how I’d like to spend the summer months. Living in the South means that our summer lasts usually from early May to late September, haha, so you can imagine why I absolutely love October!

Since I usually tend to spend the most time indoors in our hotter months (the humidity kills me lol), I am coming up with ways to spend this time wisely. Sitting around and blogging the whole summer away is tempting, but would definitely not be the smartest way to spend my time, haha! Because of this, I have come up with a list of several, productive things I want to do over the following months.

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The Privilege I’ve Been Given

The Privilege I’ve Been Given

Hey there! ❤ I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend 🙂 With summer having just officially arrived, I can’t help but think about all of the fun possibilities this new season holds for me and my family! I’m hoping that maybe, just maybe, we’ll have the chance for all of us to go on a fun vacation together. ❤ However, we have to take into consideration the youngest ones, who find it hard to stay in their car seats for too long. (In fact, I’m not the biggest fan of long car rides either. haha!) Even if we don’t take an official “vacation” of sorts, I’m certain that we’ll have fun going out on at least one day trip. 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you’re planning to do this summer! Intro aside, I’m happy to introduce you to today’s post. I hope that you enjoy!

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‘First’ – A Short Story

‘First’ – A Short Story

This is part two of ‘Doors Away.’ ❤ Enjoy!

“I didn’t know this place existed!” She stepped up onto the concrete, angling herself as close as she could to the sparkling water.

“That’s understandable,” he said, and she noticed when he grinned slightly. “You just moved here.”

She turned toward him again and graced him with a upbeat smirk. “Eh bien,” she said softly, using her favorite French phrase. “That’s probably obvious, isn’t it?”

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Coffee Chat | He Is Faithful

Coffee Chat | He Is Faithful

Note: I wrote this post the day after I had my first ever surgery. I was thinking about how the Lord had brought me through all of it, which overflowed into the writing of this post. ❤ If you’d like, you can read about my recovery here!

Hey there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday. ❤ This past week, I have been recovering from my first ever surgery. While that has been a lot to adjust to, I’ve also been extremely mindful of the fact that the Lord is the One Who has brought me here. That’s what I’d like to talk about today. Are you ready? Let’s both grab a beautiful cup of coffee and sit down for a lovely chat. ❤

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Living Free Of The Past

Living Free Of The Past

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Monday to you 🙂 The topic of today’s post is something that has been on my heart these past few weeks. It has come to my attention in nearly every argument I’ve found myself involved in. The sad part is, it is because of this thing that many of the quarrels even began.

I have been harboring un-forgiveness in my heart.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

When I’m faced with a negative situation, the first thing my brain does is recall all of the other times something similar has happened. In the blink of an eye, I have easily remembered the people involved, the problem and resolution, and the way past conversations went. I remember angry expressions and uncaring remarks, and a split second later, I have responded to a new situation with past hurt.

It doesn’t even matter that all of those old memories have been resolved. I’m not currently still upset about those things – yet I obviously remember them vividly! This faultless memory of mine can’t really be controlled, but with awareness and practice, I can learn to control my responses to them.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is the 8th chapter of Romans. It has everything I could ever want to read about, all wrapped into one forty-verse section. It speaks of salvation through Christ, the power of living through the Holy Spirit, how He enables us to thrive in this life, and how nothing will ever separate us from the Lord’s love. It doesn’t matter what I’m going through in life, Romans 8 always has a verse that holds great meaning for me. Today, it was the 12th verse.

“So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh.”

Whatever I may face, He is stronger still. No matter what my mind comes up with, He is stronger still. My inability to forgive is relentlessly, but He is stronger still!

I hope that this post could provide some encouragement to you for today. ❤ Whatever this day may hold for you, I pray that you will actively become more aware of how you’re viewing life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”2 Corinthians 5:17

Do we treat each situation as its own, or do we pair it with past pain? We may have to go through things to conquer the way we feel about situations, but it is well worth the journey.

Here’s to healing. ❤

— Maggie

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!

My dad updated my laptop! (See featured image.) This means that he just recently purchased a much better one for me to replace the Chromebook I had been using. While I did enjoy using it and the performance was phenomenal, there were security concerns as well as frustrating hardware limitations that definitely called for a replacement. This means that I am now writing my blog posts on a gorgeous new laptop, which I’m already growing to love … new flaws, and all! xD (My dad had to lead me through clean-ups and security scans to get it going smoothly.)

My family and I are in the process of moving. The house we’re currently at has been our home since the summer of 2015, and after three years of residing here, we are itching to get a move-on! For various reasons I really needn’t go into, I am thoroughly stoked that we’ll be living somewhere else very soon. Once the Lord provides a house for us, we’ll be on our way.

giving her tummy-time in my room.

Isabella is doing well. I haven’t talked about her much recently, but she is still a thriving little two-month-old whom I absolutely adore to pieces. Once she was out of the awkward newborn stage (I’m sorry, but every baby goes through it haha), I really started to get into capturing her beauty – although the hair-falling-out phase isn’t the prettiest, either. Oh, well – I still love you, girl!

I am finally going to get back into reading. Yup, you read that right! After months of thinking ‘I need to start reading more,’ I’m finally taking the plunge – and just in time! I visited the library again after taking a long break from browsing their shelves, and I found some awesome reads I can’t wait to delve into. There’s some fiction and some nonfiction, as well. I’ll be sure to share what I read once I’ve reached their endings!

The weather here in Georgia is fantastic right now. Aside from the pollen making my sensitivity act up from time to time, the warm weather and beautiful scenery we’ve recently been getting to experience has been so wonderful! From going horseback riding to letting the youngest ones enjoy visiting playgrounds, this has been a positive experience for all of us. (Now, if only we could find a way to get those wasps and carpenter bees away from our back door … )

Surgery is in my near future. My, this is a strange way to introduce the topic haha, but guys, I am in much discomfort! My wisdom teeth really do need to be taken out, even though I’d rather not have surgery. However, with the knowledge that they’re weakening my jaw and jumbling my teeth even closer together is a huge encouragement to go through with the surgery, haha! Plus, I know the Lord is always with me ❤ I would never be able to face any medical office without His constant presence and love 🙂

I have some new post series ideas. One could follow along on our moving journey, and I think that would be fun because then I could update you guys as things happen! The other series would be inspiration from my own life, where I open up about common misconceptions, myths, and the pros and cons to different things about me. Do you think that would be interesting? For example, I could write about being homeschooled my entire childhood and teenage years, the reality of having long thick hair (because I think there are a lot of things people don’t realize about it lol), and so on.

Thank you so much for reading! I really hope you’re having a beautiful day 🙂 I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

What have YOU been up to lately?

Happy Thursday to you!

— Maggie