Life With Baby Siblings | Thoughts + Confessions

Life With Baby Siblings | Thoughts + Confessions

Hello! I hope you’re having a beautiful day 😊💜 Earlier this week, my mom and I were discussing the fact that I never thought I’d have baby siblings at the age I am now. Elizabeth’s (2) and Isabella’s (eight months) presence in my life has completely altered where I spend my time, which has then impacted and changed me in many different ways.

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Whose Language I’m Learning

Whose Language I’m Learning

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday. ❤ It has been quite a while since I wrote a post on my language-learning journey, which means that this is the first time in a long time that the ‘Spanish’ category on my blog has been added to, haha!

In the year and a half that I’ve been seriously teaching myself Central American Spanish through the wonderful app that is Memrise, I have occasionally taken long, unplanned breaks. This has assisted me not only in continuing to love the language, but also in my dedication toward learning it.

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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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The Harvest Is Here

The Harvest Is Here

Hello there! Happy Sunday to you. ❤ I hope you’re doing well! I’ve decided to center today’s post on a single Bible verse, not only because it’s wonderful, but also because it has been a good while since I wrote about His Word, which I love so much!

From now on, I’m planning on sharing verses on Sundays this way when one really stands out to me from the week. If I feel like I can write a post on it (like I am today), I’ll gladly do so!

If you’d like to see the verse I’m sharing in this post, I’m including it below! I hope you enjoy reading. ❤


John 4:35

“Do you not say,
It is still four months until harvest comes?
Look! I tell you,
raise your eyes and observe the fields
and see how they are already white for harvesting.”

Let’s say you’re making preparations for a mission trip you’re going on this summer. It is definitely looking like everything is going smoothly, and the trip itself will be a great success.

But that’s four months from now.

Does that mean you should save all of your creative, loving energy for that trip? It makes more sense to put all your effort into planning, preparing, making sure everything’s ready for the day you leave – right?

Well, I think there’s a beautiful balance to be found between thriving in the present, and being conscious of the future. ❤

You see, if we were to wait until specific opportunities to be kind, to love, to share with others about His grace, the world would be a much darker place.

The time is always right to do what’s right.

We need beautiful individuals to rise up and believe, with their whole heart, that the harvest is always here.


Thank you so much for reading! I’m praying I could inspire you on this lovely Sunday. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below what YOU thought of this post!
I’d love to hear from you. ❤

— Maggie

The Passions I Pursue

The Passions I Pursue

Hey guys! ❤ I hope that you’re having a beautiful week 🙂 There have been many different post ideas on my heart recently, so I’ve been slowly narrowing them down to which ones should be written when. For today, I’d love to share a bit of a more personal post (which I do most of the time anyway, haha), where I’ll be sharing some thoughts I’ve been having when it comes to how and where I spend my time and energy. ❤ I hope you enjoy!

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Over the past year or so, I have been doing a lot of soul-searching. With my eighteenth birthday less than a month away (which I think is crazy!), I’ve been thinking and praying about my future so much that it has consumed me at times.

I’ve attempted to think so far ahead that I’ve eventually stress myself out beyond repair … which is why I’m desiring to come up with better ways to do this.

I have less than one semester left of my senior year, and it is going really well. Staying determined to get that schoolwork done fills my weekday mornings and afternoons, which still leaves many hours that I wish to fill participating in hobbies and activities that matter.

And what about this summer? With my graduation just around the corner, I don’t want to get whirled into a pattern of un-productivity … so I have been organizing my priorities and picking them carefully.

There are few things I love more than a productive day! Whether I help out with taking care of my family, make progress on projects that will take a long time to actually complete, or continue pursuing a hobby that makes me really happy, I love dedicating time to getting things done, in many shapes and forms.

Today, I am praying over the main passions I have had for a very long time – ones that I know I’ll pursue in the years to come. Among them are writing, linguistics, organization, and laughter. (Yes, it’s honestly a hobby of mine! I love making others laugh.) Sometimes, I even wonder if exploration is a passion of mine, too, for my limitless interest in the world around me, both in learning new things and traveling to new places, is something that truly adds to my life.

I don’t know much about what my future holds at the moment … but I did realize something last night. Not only am I close friends with the One Who holds my future, but I’m also blessed to be able to live in and completely focus on the present.

If I was daily consumed by what is to come, it would be impossible for me to flourish here now. ❤

Throughout 2018, it would bless me if you’d like to follow along on my journey into adulthood! I’m taking everything in stride, praying over situations I need answers to, and doing my best to always put my trust in my Heavenly Father, Who holds my life in His loving hands. ❤ Thanks for reading!

What are YOU focusing on this year?

— Maggie

My Thoughts On Missions + My Future

My Thoughts On Missions + My Future

Hey guys ❤ Happy Monday to all of you! Over the last couple of days, I’ve been wanting to write an update-style post on some of the thoughts I’ve been having in reference to missions – specifically, the ones that I will be involved in. I was thinking about adding to my ‘Missions Monday’ series, but I couldn’t get the formatting right (long story lol), so I wanted to write a standalone post, instead.

I’ll be listing some of these thoughts in the order that they come to me, then expounding on them to share with you. I know that this will not only be enjoyable to share with you, but will help me to work and think through some of the things that have been going through my head recently. ❤

If you’d like to follow along, I’d love for you to join me! Let’s get started.


1. Recently, I’ve been reading a book on children mission work. I talked about it with you guys in this post, and since writing that, I’ve further enjoyed reading it. However, its good points and beautiful recounts have stressed the idea in my mind that maybe I need to begin preparing. It might be possible that once I finish this last semester of 12th grade, I’ll get to go on a mission trip … but it’s also extremely possible that I’ll enjoy a full summer off from school for the first time. So, even though I’m all for going where the Lord leads me, whether that’s somewhere in my state, or outside of my country, mission trips isn’t where He has my heart right now. I desire to be open to the opportunities He brings my way, certainly, but also possess the knowledge that even if something looks admirable, it may not be for me at the time I learn about it. Missions will come … but not in this moment.

2. I’d love to know where the Lord is leading me. Sometimes, I desire that more than I’m willing to wait on His timing, and those are the seasons in my life when my heart aches the most. In contrast, when I’ve been able to see that His timing is perfect, even when my skewed vision sees it as being delayed, I am more joyful and at peace than the times when I’ve gotten what I wanted right then and there. Isn’t that crazy? It just shows that when something’s within His will, it is wholly good for our lives!

3. I won’t be going to college this fall. If, by some miracle, I would be able to arrange community college classes or something lol, that’s the only way I’ll be furthering my education after high school this year – in a college setting, that is. However, I’m in love with the idea of studying topics that deeply interest me through the limitless information available in books and on websites, which is most likely what I’ll pursue this summer! I’m very excited about that (:

4. I’m turning 18 this April. Woohoo! haha my family and I don’t have any specific plans yet, but I do know it will involve spending the day with them, eating cake, and hopefully opening my first bank account. ❤ So exciting!

5. I desire to believe that I am currently where He wants me to be. There have been SO many times in my life where I’ve felt like I should be somewhere else. Not in a physical sense – just simply that my overall situation should be different in little (and sometimes bigger) ways. Since I was 15, I’ve wanted a job, but it hasn’t been His will for me to have one yet. I’ve been open for a long time to what His plans are for me in reference to college, but those prayers have not brought about any plans (which I am at peace with). Believing the absolute truth that my life is in His hands, and that in this present moment, as I write this blog post in my room, is just where He has me to be, is something I’d love to trust more often. Waiting on Him is not a silent, lazy form of waiting … just like a very wise pastor said, waiting on God is an active stillness. Even in the quietness, when I feel unproductive and like I should be doing something more … this is what He has for me, and I desire to find beauty in that in every single day.


Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I loved getting to write this to share with you. 🙂 If you have anything you’d like to share with me, I’d be very happy to chat with you in the comments below. Whether it’s about something I wrote about above, or you’d like to share how the Lord has worked in your life during times of active stillness, I’d love to hear from you! I hope you have a beautiful day. ❤

— 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