Catching Up!

Wow ..so it’s been a while since my last entry! A lot has happened! We had a great Thanksgiving with family at our place and an awesome Christmas! Jonah got to experience his first “real” Christmas; since he was super little last year! So that was awesome! He got a few things, but we didn’t really go overboard 🙂 He really didn’t need anything else – since he got so much at his birthday! We snagged a $20 V-Tech Alphabet Train on a FB garage sale page that was practically new ..and he loves it 🙂 He also got a few Elmo things as well ..since we know he’s obsessed with him now. On January 4th, my sister Angelina gave birth to her first baby – a boy named Owen Norman Lawrence! He was 7 lbs 12 ounces and 20 inches long! He’s got a full head of hair – and is just a cutie! She’s been texting me non-stop ..well actually I have ..about baby stuff. They are in the lack-of-sleep (sleep-deprivation) stage ..which is quite on track with how old he is 🙂 I’m planning on going up soon to help her out, and give them some time off. I’ll have to take Mr. Jones, but hopefully Nonni won’t mind watching after him a little so I can help/Bless them!

In other news – WE PAID OFF OUR HOUSE!! I actually cannot believe we did. I mean we were planning it, but it wasn’t going to be THIS soon! Fortunately we were given an inheritance that helped to do it – so now we are TOTALLY DEBT FREE! We have submitted a questionnaire for going on the Dave Ramsey Show in Franklin, TN ..so I’m WICKED EXCITED!! I can’t wait to scream “WE’RE DEBT FREE” on-air ..and meet Dave! I’m a little “star-struck” 😉 LOL!!

Other than that, we’ve been dealing with Jonah teething and a lot of medical issues with Brian. He got an endoscopy the end of last month and they found gastritis so FORTUNATELY (after a bunch of other tests they have done), they are putting him on some antibiotics and a different PPI. We are just READY for this to be over with. It’s a Blessing that it’s nothing too serious – and we are GRATEFUL for that. It’s just getting old.

..and I’m ready for a date 😉

This new year we were given the word – and prophetic word of JOY (for our congregation). I believe there will be joy this coming year ..and there already has been! There is a lot of work that needs to be done in my spirit – and my walk. There are also a lot of transitions coming. I just want to be ready for them – and have a right heart. So I am praying that God would reveal my ugly motives and show me what I need to do to be clean before him & most-importantly ..to draw those that don’t know Him near to Him! ..especially my family!

The fast has started so no FB, Netflix, sweets or bread for me! Need to lose 15 lbs before we start trying for #2; so that is my goal. Getting spiritually, emotionally & physically healthy to take on a JOYOUS 2015!

God Bless you all in this New Year! Until next time ..

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It’s Been A While

Yea, seriously. It has been a while since I last posted on my blog! Whew! Things have been crazy! We celebrated Jonah’s 1st birthday – Dr. Seuss-style back in July, found out my sister Angelina was pregnant (yay!), took an amazing family vacation up north – with baby in-tow (he did great by the way), and have been just prepping for the holidays and busy wedding-time here at the Leighty Abode!

Jonah is now walking – started fully on his own at about 13 months – and he is into EVERYTHING! He loves Elmo, hugging all of his stuffed animals, says “ball” – “book” – “more” – “bottle” (or what we think is bottle) – “boo” (which is boob) – “ahh duuh” (all done) ..and of course “elmo”; which isn’t easily pronounced obviously 🙂

I cannot believe that our son is 1 years old – well now technically 14 months! He is growing soo fast, and he’s so strong! He’s pretty much weaned off of the boob – but I tend to still baby him a little when he’s upset. I’m not the milk-machine (or cow) I used to be, but I am soo excited for his development and also excited that I will do it again in the near-future!

As far as babies go, Brian and I have decided (well, we’ll let God decide technically) that when Jonah is two it would probably be a good time to start trying for another. Right now, I have been on full-aerobic-workout mode and watching my portion sizing! I weighed in this morning at 147, but I am having my lady-time so hopefully I’m less than that 🙂 All-in-all, I am very excited to start getting toned up and in shape – and being healthy! I am hoping the second go-around won’t be as complicated as the first! It’d be nice if the baby just popped out 😉

In other news our business is so Blessed – and more importantly we are Blessed helping those around us! We are involved in Dave Ramsey’s second financial course entitled “The Legacy Journey” at church – leading a small group and are members of the class! It is awesome! We CANNOT wait to start a LEGACY for our children and our children’s children! It’s gonna be awesome! I am just in awe of what God has done in our lives, and is continuing to do!

I have also started a great prayer time! I do it when Jonah goes down for his first nap – and I’ve been reading the Word daily, a daily devotional, praying out of my A Praying Wife book & just laying down the prayers and praises before God. I am trying my best at putting HIM first in my life! I have really amped up my FB with daily scriptures and devotionals, and just trying to not get sucked too much into world!

Even though God is of course my #1, Brian and I have started this obsession with MasterChef. We have now watched both the 5th season (current/past season) as well as the 1st and we’re getting through the 2nd. I love to cook – and even though I don’t feel I could be a “MasterChef”, sometimes I wonder if I actually could 🙂

All I know is that I’ve been having tons of dreams with Chef Gordon Ramsay in them – as well as my usual “serving dreams”; with which I am almost ALWAYS in the weeds! For those of you who have never served it basically just means being “slammed with customers and pretty much not knowing what to do next cause you have so much to do.” To put it plain and simple 🙂

That is pretty much what’s been happening in the household lately! We are starting to gear towards the holidays – and just the other day Brian told me how excited he was for them (especially with little Jonah in tow now). Jonah will be able to respond to the lights on the tree/house, hopefully not pull all of the decorations down, open a couple of presents (because he got WAY too many for his birthday) & it will be SO amazing so start our family traditions this year (and for years to come) when Jonah can understand things a little better ..and of course, with Christ as the center!

Here is a slideshow of some of Jonah’s Dr. Seuss 1st Birthday Party!

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Wow. This is Different. I Like It.

Crucifix inside Church of St. Pierre

Crucifix inside Church of St. Pierre – Chartres, France (November 2012)

So this is my first blog. Well actually – I started one the other day (on private), but I erased what I wrote. It was lame. So I am wicked excited to start a-bloggin’ here on thedailyleighty. I hope all of you peeps on the internets will be interested in reading what I have to say. I’m a very random person – but fun as well. I guess I will start by saying how much I love God. He has been absolutely AMAZING to me and my little family. There is NOTHING that I’d rather want than Him. It was officially 6 years ago (give or take) that I gave my life to the Lord. I grew up going to church, and my mother and father took us all to church – especially on the holidays. But I also feel like as an adult you should make an informed decision yourself (faith-wise) on giving your life to Jesus; if that’s who you believe in. In my case, I did. It wasn’t like I didn’t know who God was. I was familiar with Jesus, God, The Lord’s Prayer, etc. but I never had a RELATIONSHIP with Him. I honestly had NO idea who He was until I met my husband and we started dating. Actually, it probably was before that; when a friend got me listening to the Christian radio station and I started attending a college/career group at Florida Southern. I was so confused. I’m not going to lie – I really was. I had NO idea what “being saved” or “being a Christian” meant. I thought the people that raised their hands were those “weird” people. Welp – now I am one of those weird people. And I LOVE IT!

I remember going to church with Brian for the first time – when I used to visit him up here in Atlanta – and seeing people raise their hands and fall over. I was terrified. I didn’t get it. I think that’s where the problem was. I was so comfortable doing what I had been doing for years – with no actual spiritual growth – that I just was terrified. I was scared. That was my first hurdle. I had to overcome this fear – and embrace God and my Christian faith the way it was supposed to be. Yes, I still make mistakes. But when I think back in my life and how I didn’t have Him there – I think that terrifies me more. I would rather be who I am now and lose friends or family members to what I believe in, than have everything in this world – including having people like me.

Let’s face it – I’m a people-pleaser. I want everyone to like me. I do. And not everyone is going to like me. They just won’t. And that is something that I am still struggling with to this day. If I want to live a life worthy of Jesus, I have to be Jesus ..and Jesus WASN’T a people-pleaser. He was the complete opposite. He wasn’t mean, He was just. He wasn’t rude, He was honest. I want to be like that. It may take a while ..and it already is. But that’s who I want to be like. And that’s who I want my son to look up to – not me. Sure, God has put Brian and I on this earth as parents to raise up our children ..but we are only here to watch His kids. Take care of His children.

I leave you with a quote from a Christian author named Gary Thomas from his series entitled Sacred Parenting:

“Some children follow eagerly. Others will overwhelm us with their resistance. But our ultimate aim, our end goal, is listening to Jesus say, ‘Bring the boy to me’. We can’t make them follow Christ, but we can certainly tell them the truth about Christ and model a life of faith that will serve as an invitation to embrace Christ.” – Gary Thomas

PS: The crucifix with Jesus (above) is one I saw when Brian and I travelled to Paris, France last November (2012). It’s incredible how much you can feel the Holy Spirit in those cathedrals. This one was in Chartres, France. I don’t understand how people don’t believe in God. I just can’t fathom it. I guess all I can do is pray for those who may not know Him or understand who He is ..like I once did.