Faith Over Worry

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 

Dress: Pink Blush Maternity || Pink Blush Non- Maternity Option || Similar style here  

During my pregnancy I had a lot of fun dressing the bump. Though at times it was still very challenging. Like the time I tried to buy my pre-pregnancy size workout clothes when I was 8 months pregnant. Yea. Not my best moment. So I am especially thankful for my partnership with Pink Blush during this time. They made me feel like I wasn't only wearing maternity clothes by having non-maternity options in the same styles. That is why Pink Blush will continue to make an appearance on this blog even thought my pregnancy is over. I only wish I had known about them sooner.  

Let me start by saying that I loved being pregnant. I know not everyone feels that way. But I was blessed to have an overall easy pregnancy. Physically easy pregnancy. But mentally, I wore myself out with worry. And it is amazing how much worry can consume you in every stage of carrying a child. 

In the beginning you worry that you won't be able to get pregnant. When it didn't happen as quickly as I expected, I worried. Once you get pregnant, you worry about when you will feel the first kicks. Once you feel those sweet baby feet, you worry about the baby coming too early. Then when you hit the magical 36 weeks, you worry if the baby will be ok once it arrives. And once the baby is here...goodness.. you worry about every little hair and bump on their precious little body.

At some point, during the first several hours of not sleeping because you keep checking to make sure your child is breathing, you accept the fact that you will forever worry about your child. It isn't a feeling that goes away. Instead it is a feeling you have to learn how to control. Only being able to control it by handing it over to Jesus.  

Looking back during this last year I realize what strong role my friend Lauren played in helping me to learn how to trust in Him. While I was a mess of worries, she was full of confidence. And through her confidence she taught me a valuable lesson. Lauren just always knew things were going to be ok. I am sure parts of her worried just like I did, but she didn't let it show. She just had faith. Something I wish I had known how to do before I entered into this special time. Something I was lagging in even though I was praying to God for this child's safety what felt like every hour of every day. I had the prayers but not the faith. 

No matter what you are worrying through you have to remember to pray AND have faith. Through each stage of the process. Whether it is becoming a mom, getting pregnant, adopting a child, or even making a career change, moving to a new city, whatever it is...just keep the faith. 

"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass." - Psalm 37:5

This post was sponsored by Pink Blush. Opinions are my own. All products were selected by me. Thankful for partnerships like these that make a TAD more faith possible.

Baby Cubby

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 

Top: Old - Similar styles Here & Here || Cardigan: Groupdealz - Similar Styles Here & Here || Jeans: Nordstrom 

Let me start by being very honest. Registering is not my thing. At all. I do not enjoy going to stores and selecting things I think I would want other people to buy me. I get overwhelmed by the whole process. If it weren't for Adam, we wouldn't of had anything on our wedding registry 5 years ago. He had to do it all because I just couldn't. 

So when it came time to register for Jane Taylor, I had already planned on Adam being in charge once again. But surprisingly, I found myself getting more involved in the process. While Adam used the "manly" research tools like Consumer Reports, I sought out my blogger friends.  Chronicles of Frivolity became my main go-to on what you need for baby.

I enjoyed using lots of different outlets to find the perfect items for Jane Taylor. But one in particular was Baby Cubby. So I have teamed up with them to bring you some of my must have items from their site when it comes to making a registry.

1) The ComoTomo Bottles - I have had a hard time with breastfeeding so finding a bottle that wasn't going to cause the so-called "nipple" confusion was important. JT takes a bottle a day and these are awesome. I wasn't planning on starting her on a bottle at all this early. But I'm thankful that we have these and mom is able to get a little break. 

2) Uppa Baby Vista - Ok. This stroller is like the Mercedes of strollers. I realize the price is ridiculous. But we love it. We use the bassinet to take her on walks around the neighborhood and she also sleeps in it every night. Worth all the money in my opinion. 

3) Ubbi diaper pail - I loved the design of this when we got it. Now I love that it keeps the smell of those stinky diapers locked up tight. And let me tell you those diapers start stinking sooner than you think. It's easy to use, holds a lot of diapers, and it looks pretty perfect in her little nursery. 

4)Boon Lawn Counter Top Drying Rack - I was so against getting this my whole pregnancy. I just thought it was silly to have a drying spot for all the bottles, breast pumps, etc. We also have a very small kitchen and the less we can have on our countertops the better. But this is a must! I am cleaning feeding supplies all day and the lawn is the perfect spot to dry it all out. Also make sure you get the twig to go with it. 

5) Avent Soothie - I fought against giving her a pacifier for a long time. There are lots of opinions about this. But one night, I finally gave in and I am here to say that I am THANKFUL for a pacifier. We don't give it to her to go to sleep. Just in between feedings so she isn't using mom as a human pacifier. This one is her favorite. Currently. 

6) Hooded Towel - You will want this for those first couple of spongue baths. JT gets so cold when we wash her so this towel at least allows us to keep her head warm as we clean the rest of her. 

Registering for your newborn can feel extremely overwhelming. I love how Baby Cubby has a lot of what you need but not an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to selecting the basics. They are excellent to work with! Great for making a registry and for purchasing gifts for all your mom friends. 

This post was sponsored by Baby Cubby. Opinions are my own. All products were selected by me. Thankful for partnerships like these to make a TAD more faith possible.

Once in a While & White Dresses

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson  

Dress: Nordstrom || Shoes: Target || Similar shoes here and here

 

 

When I think about summer one of the things that always comes to mind is a simple white dress. Even though you can totally wear white all year round, there is just something about a white dress and summer. They just go together. This one from Nordstrom was one of my favorites from this year. Mostly because it is so bump friendly, but I also love how it can easily go from dressed up to dressed down. This one is currently on sale too! I have listed some of my top white dress picks below. A good white dress only comes around every once in a while. 

One of the things I constantly work on in my relationship with Christ is letting Him be in control. I am sure I am not alone in this. I spend my days praying for Him to make certain things work out on my time. As each event unfolds, my prayers will become more dyer to have things work in my direction. Instead of taking the time to listen to what He might be trying to tell me.

We can try to control our plans, but ultimately they are in God’s hands. Something we know yet often have to remind ourselves. I know He attempts to tell me this on a daily basis. And even with those reminders, I still find myself trying to control His plan.

Every once in while, when I go to pray the words “just be still” will come through so clearly. It is as if He is screaming them into my brain. I’ll begin to pray for things to work out a certain way and suddenly God interrupts me with this command. More than ever before I have been hearing those words over and over again.

Realizing I need to trust in His timing has never been so apparent. Mostly because I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little one. But I also know He means it in so many other areas. So for now, I am doing just that. Being still. Trusting in Him to know where the next steps are. To know the exact date when she will arrive. And to know He will lead me through the paths that are presented before me.

More than anything, I pray you will be able to hear what God is saying to you as you pray today. I pray He will clearly give you an idea of what to do next. Because there is nothing more comforting then hearing Him say “I’ve got this, just be still.” 

Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10