In the Waiting & SheIn

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 

Dress: SheIn || Boots: Target || Suggested Earrings: Kendra Scott || Suggested Handbag: BP

One of my go-to places to shop lately has been SheIn. It is an online shop with seriously low prices. I'm talking SUPER low. For example, this velvet dress was a total of $20. That is a price you can't beat. What I have learned when shopping at SheIn, is you need to read the reviews. They help a lot in determining the quality of the fabric and how it might actually fit. I also like that the prices allow you to play around with different styles without having to make a huge financial commitment. 

Velvet is one of those styles you might be scared to embrace. So picking up a piece from SheIn would be a great way to see how you really feel about the style. Me, on the other hand, can't wait for the weather to velvet ready. I think it is such a fun detail to add to a look. 

Wearing velvet at just the right time isn't the only kind of waiting I have been doing these days. The week my daughter was born I had been having different levels of contractions for days. Some were mild, others would be a little more intense. With each increase in strength of contraction my hope of potentially getting to meet my girl that day would also rise. So after about two days of this and the contractions coming to a stop, my patience was starting to wear on me. 

That Sunday we went to church and a card with the verse "Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord." (Psalm 27:14) was laying there on my seat. Which of course lead to a powerful message on the importance of trusting the process of His plan. It was one of those moments where I looked up and said "ok I get it Lord." As if He had finally gotten through to me that I wasn't in control. 

Later that night my daughter made her arrival into the world. So the waiting process wasn't what I expected at all. In fact, I remembered thinking that if He was trying to teach me to wait, I didn't really have to wait that long. So what was I going to be waiting for? Or was God just trying to teach me a quick lesson? 

It would be in the coming weeks where the joy and stress of a newborn can cause you to feel completely overwhelmed with emotions. Don't get me wrong, being a mother is the greatest gift in the world. But those first couple weeks of trying to figure out how to adjust to this new world is a waiting process. Not to mention you are waiting to just feel like yourself again. The baby blues are a real thing, y'all. 

I think when I heard the message on waiting it wasn't about waiting for her arrival, it was about waiting to realize that I was going to be able to be a good mother. It was about getting through those first couple weeks where you a smiling through the tears because you are so tired and so incredibly grateful all at the same time.

The part I thought I was waiting on was really just the first step into a whole new waiting game. A game where I would find myself wishing for her to reach the next phase, while praying for time to slow down. Realizing somewhere between feedings and the diaper changing that I needed to live in the now and trust God with the steps towards the future. I had to find the courage to hand over that control to Him. 

What are you waiting on today? Is it a new job, a new house, a new relationship, the next step in a relationship, or maybe just for the weekend? While you wait for that next moment I hope you will see the beautiful steps God is taking in your life. Use the strength He provides in you to just wait. It's hard. But it's worth it. 

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14


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

A Year Ago & Pink Blush

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

Top: Pink Blush Maternity || Non-Maternity Option at Pink Blush || Jeans: Nordstrom || Shoes: Nordstrom || Similar styles here & here || Watch: Nixon (similar style) 

I am all about the embroidery trend that has embraced the fashion world lately. So it was very exciting to receive this little sleeveless number from Pink Blush Maternity that allowed me to join in on the fun. This trend makes a simple look have a little more flare. And I love it.

A year ago, I had never heard of Pink Blush. It wasn’t on my go-to list of places to shop. Now it is a website I visit often and will continue to do so after I lose the bump. I love how a little change in style can open up a whole new world of shopping. And who doesn’t love finding new places to shop. 

A year ago, I was coming home from a weekend at She Speaks. A conference designed for women who want to share their story with Christ through writing or speaking. I remember leaving on such a high, like most do when you spend 72 hours in praise music and His word. Seriously. Who doesn’t feel the spirit working in you when you have spent the weekend hearing from women like Shauna Neiquist, Lysa TerKeurst, Nicki Koziarz and Cindy Bultema. Only to top it off with a message from Steven Furtick at Elevation Church. It was a weekend full learning from people that I had looked up to and adored over the past couple of years.

But the second my plane landed in Nashville that Sunday afternoon, I didn’t return to my home. Instead, I realized I had made it in enough time to make the evening service at my church. So I went straight there. Straight to my place of comfort. To the place where I was first encouraged to take the steps towards my dream.

You would think that after days of hearing His message, I wouldn’t even consider ending the weekend once again at church. I would have enough Jesus in me to last for the months to come. But something told me to go and be there. Return to the place where it had all began. Return home.

Now, a year later, my home has changed in more ways than I ever imagined. The people who I used to look forward to seeing each Sunday have moved on to new places. I’ve gotten used to hearing different voices lead our church. Adam and I have adjusted where we sit each Sunday. And we even have a new senior pastor. A change I never expected to see at this home. Yet, here it is.

But even though God has completely stripped all the parts that provided so much comfort for me at my church, it is still where I want to be. Where I feel encouraged. Where I can go to recharge my soul. Yes, everything has changed. But it is still home. A home where I will still learn new promises of His love. A home where I can still find peace. A home where my heart still leaps with joy to attend every Sunday morning. Because home is always going to be where Jesus is. And I am thankful that even through all the tears, heartbreak, and change this past year brought – He is still good and Crosspoint is still home. 

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