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Another quick glimpse into our lives... . On social media, we tend to show more of the special/rare moments, the cute pics, and the good stories - but not so much the day to day. And that’s ok. Well, let’s deviate from the majority for a hot second... . So this is about as close to our norm as you will see. It’s Sunday. Haven’t seen her in three days. Tired from a long week and working into the weekend. Want to zone out and watch football. She’s hungry. She missed me. She wants to play. She doesn’t want to watch football. She doesn’t care that I’m tired. . So we compromise. It’s life, especially in a single parent household. Game is on in the background. Get to lay down. Ordered in food. She picked the game. She’s got her iPad on. And we bond! That’s it. Hours at a time! That is my main life with her. Take out. Board games. And laughs. I ❤️ it. . What’s your most common, day to day moment?

Love this Wednesday group. They certainly enjoy the challenge of learning the art of tai chi. #taichi   #taichichuan   #yangstyle   #standingmeditation   #learning   #enjoylife   #lovewhatmatters   #lovewhatyoudo  

It's that time of year again and I ask the same question every year! Determined not to buy for the sake of buying! So what do you guys put in a stocking for a teenage boy that they really appreciate? Would love to know! Mine loves anything tech related, cool socks, chocolate or anything from @urbanoutfitters Would love to know what stocking fillers do the job for your teens. 🎅🏻 🎅🏻 🎅🏻 #n5   #highbury   #islington   #highburyandislington   #lifeinthecity   #stockingfillers   #stockingfillerideas   #teenboys   #hanukkah   #hannukahgift   #teenageboys   #christmasgiftideas   #londonbloggers   #lifeblog   #lifeblogger   #londonmum   #londonmums   #mummybloggeruk   #mumlife   #mumofboys   #lovemyboy💙   #socialmediaguru   #nowaste   #northlondon   #lifehackers   #onlywhatyouneed   #whatmatters   #lovewhatmatters   #seasonsgreetings   #happyhanukkah  

So the presentation didn’t start that well ... and then the penny dropped , no trends just #loveyourself   #lovewhatyoudo   #lovewhatmatters   #lovewhereyouwork   #love   loveyourbody simple really ✊ ontheboards in 2020 hidden in the countryside amongst the 🌳🌳🌳 trees a lovley space , a home for over 60 smiling people #inspiredspaces  

Its that time of the year peeps! We are collecting presents, clothing, toiletries and more this festive season for those in need. We have teamed up with Hokisa, a local home for HIV positive children who's families are unable to care for them. We want to make their children's Christmas super special this year!!!! ❤ 🎅🎅🎅🌲🌲🌲💮💮💮🎁🎁🎁⚽️

"Vas-y doucement avec elle. Elle vient de vivre le plus grand changement physique et émotionnel de sa vie. Son corps a des blessures qui ont besoin de guérir que vous ne pouvez pas voir. Sous son pantalon extensible, elle porte probablement une couche. Elle ne reconnaît même pas son propre corps. Ça a l'air complètement différent et ça le sera probablement pour le reste de sa vie. Ses contractions n'ont pas cessé. Elle respire encore à travers eux sans que tu t'en rendes compte. Ne vous plaignez jamais du temps qu'il lui faut pour allaiter le bébé. Ses mamelons sont à vifs et ses seins sont douloureux comme elle ne l'aurait jamais cru possible. Elle et son bébé sont encore en train de trouver un rythme à chaque tétée. Elle est fatiguée. Tellement fatiguée. Elle est frustrée. Elle ne peut pas se lever et passer sa journée comme avant. Quand elle le fait, son corps la punit. Ne lui demandez pas de tenir son bébé. Si elle veut que vous tenez son bébé, elle vous l'offrira. Elle et son bébé sont PROFONDEMENT attachés et si elle remet ce bébé à contrecœur, son cœur et ses bras lui font si profondément mal à chaque seconde qu'il leur manque. Elle a probablement pleuré des larmes en secret au moins deux fois par jour, que ce soit à cause de douleurs physiques, d'un sentiment d'accablement ou tout simplement d'épuisement. Doucement avec cette nouvelle maman. Laissez-la rester dans sa petite bulle remplie d'ocytocine aussi longtemps qu'il le faut. Et aimez-la de toutes les façons possibles. Chaque jour à partir de maintenant, elle mourra pour elle-même pour ce bébé. C'est son heure d'être un peu égoïste." LoveWhatMatters Crédits : Ruth Gerber and Bundle And Bliss Photography, traduction Bien Vivre Sa Grossesse . Qui se reconnaît ? . @boobzfr_ #futuremaman   #jeunemaman   #postpartum   #allaiter   #allaitementexclusif   #quatriemetrimestre   #viedemaman   #grossesse   #accouchement  

Our weekend Christmasing! We explored other holiday traditions by making a Yule Log, got our Christmas tree and went to a Christmas parade. This is our first Christmas in approximately 10 years for my husband and I that we are able to celebrate without lymedisease being front and center in our lives. We've been done with treatment and without symptoms for 6 months, so we are celebrating this along with all the usual festivities! We have more energy to enjoy life now that we aren't dealing with a chronic illness. What a gift. . . . #lymewarrior   #lyme   #lymediseaseawareness   #lymedontkillmyvibe   #lymesurvivor   #perseverance   #dontgiveup   #christmas   #christmas2019   #yulelog   #sunnydaysareahead   #findyourjoy   #findjoy   #familytime   #family   #pnwfamily   #pnwlife   #pnw   #pnwgirl   #pnwguy   #lovewhatmatters   #keepgoing   #lifeisagift   #familyfun   #familyadventure   #lovemyfamily  

A new blog post is up! Bubbles, blankets, and siblings. These two have so much fun together and Ila is so good at teaching Liam. Liam has been doing so well since his surgery in September and is a new kid with a lot of energy. Along with eating a little more he is learning signs and catching on quick. You can see him signing "more" towards the end of the video. One of his cutest looks is when he puts his hands under his chin. . . . . . #adoptionjourney   #downsyndromeboy   #downsyndrome   #cardiackid   #t21   #downsyndromeawareness   #theluckyfew   #nothingdownaboutit   #specialangelsadoption   #lovewhatmatters   #enjoythesimplethings   #heartswoven   #downsiblings  

Posting at 10pm because I learned a gut-wrenching thing about my adult self last weekend: I have grown up to be a woman who is AWFUL at receiving compliments. What’s worse - I get even more uncomfortable when others around me can hear those compliments being said to me. 🌸 I started asking myself - why is that? Why do I get so nervous and start pit-sweating? Why do I redirect the conversation back to their good qualities instead? Why do I start looking around, hoping no one just heard Susie tell me that I inspired her? 🌸 I retraced that fear it back to its roots. Back to when I was 12, when girls were mad that I got the lead role in the Christmas play again, and that the director should’ve given someone else a chance to be the star of the show. Back to when I was 18, when girls were mad that I won Prom Queen after just winning Homecoming Queen, and that people should’ve voted for someone else to have a chance in wearing a crown. Back to when I was 22, when girls were mad that my photo on the news station Christmas card was larger than the other “seasoned” reporters, and that the design team should’ve made my picture the smallest instead. Back to when any honor or accolade or compliment was bestowed, someone else would make it known that “hey, she’s had enough attention, let’s move on and quit talking about her.” 🌸 So, I started to learn to deflect and redirect any compliment into a conversation that highlighted the complimenter instead of me. And oh, how I had no idea how disappointing that could be for the one who was just trying to be kind. 🌸 I heard a quote that changed how I’ll receive compliments FOREVER: “A compliment is like a tiny gift that someone bought especially for you. Deflecting their compliment is the same as rejecting their love for you.” 😭😭😭 - cue the conviction. 🌸 Here I was, for years, SO WORRIED that when others would compliment me, it would make someone else feel awful about themselves. No more. I see it differently now. And I’ll receive it differently now. 🌸 I challenge you: don’t drop-kick someone’s compliment. Receive it. Thank them. Accept it with overwhelming joy, just like you’d accept your favorite Christmas gift this year.

❄️Cosmetology Educator Memories ❄️ These both popped up on my memories from teaching cosmetology ❄️❄️❄️ Snow angles with my team and a sweet love note from one of my students after graduating. #cosmetologyschool   #cosmetologyinstructor   #lovewhatmatters   #hairstylist   #hair  

Are your days as jam-packed as mine are between lessons/school (like for us ski lessons currently) and naps? Oye, I always feel like I’m stressing out to get the kids home in time to make a balanced lunch before nap time but always cut into actual nap time doing so. @cvspharmacy has come up with some solutions for the busiest of busy people with healthier, gluten-free, allergen-free, plant-based on-the-go meals and snacks. ad - Our favorites of their new snack and meal options are @dukemeats beef jerky, @thegoodbeansnacks, @just waters and so many more great options. The kids eat on their way home in the car and I can just put them right to bed without the “I’m still hungry!” stall method :P Win for parenting! - Head to your local CVS to learn more about their food offerings – you’ll be surprised at what you can find! #FindYourHealthy   #DiscoverCVS   #ad  

Throw all the paint you can on it! 🖌️

I printed lots of pictures for our big meeting for J tomorrow. I probably went overboard, but how can I not? I want to show the people that have an influence in the decision making for his life how happy and loved he is. We have a big meeting tomorrow morning for him and his siblings and I am not going to lie, I am nervous. I need to go into this meeting being factual and not emotional, which is really hard when I am so emotionally tied to him. There are so many sides to this story happening here, and there are people who don’t even know J that are making big decisions about his life. It’s terrifying. I am trusting in the fact that God’s hand is in this, and that He is the one guiding the decisions. Please be praying for us tomorrow. Please pray that God gives me the words I need to advocate for J, always keeping his best intentions at the forefront. Please pray that the people listening have clear minds and the correct words needed to influence the decision making. ❤️❤️ . . . #thehappynow   #mymamahood   #liveauthentic   #documentlife   #love   #instagood   #mumsofinstagram   #momsofinstagram   #motherhoodsimplified   #joyfulmamas   #lovewhatmatters   #ifosterbecause   #fosterlove   #fosterswell   #foster   #fostercareis   #thisisfostercare   #calledtofoster   #thisisfostercare   #fosterhome   #fostertoadopt   #fosterchild   #fosterbaby   #fostermom   #fostermama   #family   #singlefostermom   #singlemom   #love   #fostercare   #adoption  

$100 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY because it's the most wonderful time of the year! ad One of my favorite things to make in the month of December is a big batch of Grandma McCoy's delicious hot cocoa (recipe in my stories, it's THE BEST!) We love to package up jars and jars of the stuff for neighbor gifts and of course, the kids love sipping on it every chance they get. One of our favorite December traditions is to gather around a big pot of hot chocolate for a simple night of 'Cocoa and Caroling' and this year I found all the holiday goods from @JCPenney. Whether you're bundling up for a sleigh ride out or cuddled up at home in Christmas cozies, JCPenney has everything you need to create magical memories of your own this holiday season. AllAtJCP I'm so excited to be giving away a $100 JCPenney gift card to one lucky winner. To enter to win: 1. Like and save this post. 2. Follow @mccoyandco 3. Tell me YOUR favorite holiday treat to make (or eat!) each year. Bonus: Tag friends in separate comments for additional entries. Giveaway ends on 12/12 and winner will be announced in my stories. This giveaway is not sponsored by JCPenney.

It has been a while since I got out for a runch. It was sunny, a bit cool but calm. It was fun! . Run Forrest, RUN! . . . . . . #runningmotivation   #happy   #healing   #workouts   #views   #active   #runner   #outside   #healthy   #outdoor   #fitness   #ultratraining   #lovewhatmatters   #love   #selfcare   #running   #getout   #getoutside   #over40fitness   #health   #allsznrunner   #happyness   #liveyourlife   #crosstraining   #beautifulcolorado   #arvadacolorado   #ultra   #smile   #don_cafetero  

transformationtuesday this is a different and more difficult transformation to share.. I try to be pretty open with my past life of abuse and often tell my close friends stories about it (talking helps) It always ends with them saying WOW, you need to share this with the world! You need to write a book! The encouraging words and the thought of helping others see that they too can leave that life behind.. or better yet.. avoid it altogether is what motivates me to share! I just want to help others.. __ I have yet to go into detail online before.. so when @lovewhatmatters ask me to share my story with them.. I knew it was time. This definitely is not easy but will be worth it if I help even just one person. You can click @lovewhatmatters and go to their link to find my story. #lovewhatmatters   #domesticviolenceawareness  

A little hike Before the meeting about putting the Christmas food and gift Baskets together for the Foster kids elderly and homeless people #holidays   #christmas   #fosterkids   #lovewhatmatters   #rainyday   #givingback   #Charity   #2019   #happiness   #waterfalls   #picoftheday   #workout   #newgoals💪  

Everyone loves a good comeback story... I can't wait for mine. 😏

“Wrapping presents with kids is the easiest thing I’ve done!” Said no one ever 🤣But to see their joy in crafting each crumpled up piece of wrapping paper and 100 pieces of tape and know that they’re putting together the gift for someone else with so much excitement is a major win in my book! It’s like cooking with kids or anything that involves a mess, so much work, but oh so worth it. One of the most important character traits I want them to develop is generosity and this plays a small role in that. We took part of our nap time to wrap the 2 year old brother’s and their baby cousin’s gifts and enjoy our @gogosqueez snack (yes, mama included!) and the art they created in doing it was a wonderful BeTime activity on this day 🙌 gogosqueezpartner How do you promote generosity in your kiddos? . . . . . #5boys   #christmasgifts   #christmasstockings   #christmasgiftideas   #pregnantbelly   #hyggehome   #ourfamily   #ourcandidlife   #largefamily   #raisingboys   #raisingthefuture   #wearefamily   #bigfamily   #bigfamilylife   #lovewhatmatters   #5kids   #honestmotherhood   #mommylifestyle   #motherhoodinspired   #momhacks   #momtruth   #mytinymoments   #documentingmotherhood   #parenthood_moments   #morningslikethese   #thingsiwanttoremember   #christmasoutfit  

Thinking back to Friday when I met the awesome @barbaracorcoran at a hair salon! We were sitting diagonally across from each other and she gave me compliment 💁‍♀️ I gave her smile card No. 600 and explained that the cards encourage connection among friends and strangers alike. She took it and commented that it’s a really nice thing to do! . Later we sat next to each other to get our hair washed and chatted a bit more. She was very pleasant.... and it probably helped that I respected her relaxation time, and didn’t pitch her on anything. Even though I could’ve mentioned @seefood.menu or @fiscalhappiness , sometimes it’s better to just genuinely be kind and empathetic :) . . #goingforsmiles   #kindnesscounts   #randomactsofkindness   #positivethinking   #happy   #happiness   #motivationalquotes   #positivequotes   #positivenergy   #bekind   #bethechange   #uplift   #makepositivitylouder   #inspiration   #instaquotes   #lovewhatmatters   #striveforgreatness   #love   #lawofattraction   #powerofpositivity   #thegoodquote   #TurnUpTheBrightness   #thegoodquote   #newyorkcity   #pictures_of_newyork   #what_i_saw_in_nyc   #unlimitednewyork   newyork @btwfoundation @kindkonrad @kindologist @todayshow @goodmorningamerica

“Growing up, I always heard, ‘it’s the quiet ones you have to look out for,’ when it comes to people stalking you or committing gruesome crimes. While I’m sure this isn’t always the case, it was the case for me. My mom always told me to be nice to everyone, even if other people are being mean, so that’s what I did. I felt bad no one ever talked to him, so I made an effort to be nice to him. ‘I see you,’ he’d text me. We rode the same bus. The stop was in front of my house, so he knew where I lived." -- Woman recalls 3 stalking encounters that still leave her in fear, ‘I constantly look for the closest object I could use to hit them if they were to attack me’ Full story in our bio link and on LoveWhatMatters.com ❤️⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #Stalking   #Stalker   #Stalked   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #ShowLove   #GiveLove   #Giving   #BeKind   #SmallActs   #AlwaysLove   #LoveAlways   #ChooseLove   #SpreadLove   LoveMore ❤️ ⁠

Completed Food Science Buddha Bowl* - Black Rice 🍚 - Cucumber 🥒 - Avocado 🥑 - Mango 🥭 - Red Bell Pepper 🌶 - Lime Juice 🍋 - Salt 🧂 *I’m too lazy to come up with a creative name. #rd2be   #dinner   #dinnerideas   #food   #foodphotography   #foodie   #foodismedicine   #blackrice   #fruit   #fruits   #vegetables   #veganrecipes   #vegan   #vegetarianfood   #eatwell   #eatwellbewell   #guthealth   #gutbrainconnection   #lovewhatmatters   #foodscience   #texaswomansuniversity   #glutenfree   #wholefoods   #buddhabowl  

Cold mornings, cozy nights, warm tea, good books, soft pillows. Pretty much sums up all of the things I love most. 💗 #lovewhatmatters   #itsthelittlethings  

‘He can’t save you.’ I was 5, lying on the floor with the covers pulled tight, my father holding a gun to my mother’s head.’: Woman overcomes abusive childhood, relationship, ‘I’m fighting to break the cycle’ - "I found out Jonathan was colorblind when he was 9 years old. I never quite understood the extent it affected him. Today, in his science class, he received color-correcting glasses from his teacher for the first time ever. ‘Mom, look at that flashing OPEN sign! I had no idea! Do you see how bright red and blue the letters are?! I could look at this all day!’ I was blown away." Read full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #LoveAlwaysWins   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #FindYourJoy   #LoveIt   #ShowLove   #GiveLove   #Giving   #Bodybuilding   #SmallActs   #BeLove   #WeAreLove   #AlwaysLove   #Trauma   #ChooseLove   #SpreadLove   #LoveMore   #DomesticViolence   Abuse⁠ ⁠ Credit: @tamtamarshall

Paris the city of LOVE! #parisfrance   #eiffeltower   #lovewhatmatters   #parisfrance🇫🇷   #cityphotography   #amore   #picoftheday   travelphotography with @rachels_bright_life #thisisparis  

Ad I have a lot of people I need to buy gifts for this holiday season, but I’m quickly checking items off my to-do list here at @BJsWholesale where they have something for everyone! I posted in my stories asking for help on what to get. Should I get my mom the black or white vest? Head to my stories to vote and comment below who you are shopping for this year for a chance to win a $25 gift card to BJ’s! U.S. residents only. #BJsSmartSaver  

Today we had our three year review. It’s hard to believe that three years ago we started this journey. 12 kids and countless phone calls for children we will never meet. So many nights spent hunched over cribs or curled up in a rocking chair, trying to comfort a baby I barely knew. Hours spent holding parents hands, sharing in joyful moments and holding each other through painful ones. Thousands of sloppy toddler kisses and chubby fingers reaching for my hand. So many incredible days full of love and laughter. So many hard lessons learned. I’m a completely different person than I was three years ago. And I have a feeling I’ll be a completely different person three years from now. I’m so thankful that I get to learn from and alongside these kids and their families. And I’m so thankful I get to know them, even if just for a little bit. I probably sound like a broken record, but I need people to know: this foster care thing...it isn’t easy...but it is so dang worth it.

‘Having sex with you is like a chore,’ he said to my face. ‘I saw the messages. You can’t lie to me about it. I even took a picture.’: Young woman escapes gaslighting abusive ex, ‘I got my light back. I have nothing to hide’ -- “It was like fate he left his phone there or else I never would’ve found out he cheated on me with his ‘lesbian’ best friend. She was younger than me, blonde like me, had the ‘spark’ of energy I used to have. She was shiny, new, full of life. As I laid there contemplating what to do, the first thought that ran through my head was, ‘He’s going to be mad I went through his phone,’ not, ‘I need to leave him. Now.’ I later learned he was still contacting her. I was done.” Powerful full story in our bio link and on LoveWhatMatters.com ❤️⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #AbuseSurvivor   #DomesticAbuse   #Survivor   #Gaslighting   #DomesticAbuse   #Overcome   #Inspiring   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #ShowLove   #GiveLove   #Giving   #BeKind   #SmallActs   #AlwaysLove   #LoveAlways   #ChooseLove   #SpreadLove   LoveMore ❤️ Credit: @kadie_holmes

‘It’s a call I’ll never ever forget. The voice. The solemnness. Her biological mom wanted her back. Never to be held by us again.’: Mom reflects on her tumultuous journey into Motherhood - “The phone rang. All I heard was, 'He’s yours.' Even as I type this, I get goosebumps all over again just hearing those two simple words. I don’t remember what else was said after that. Less than 18 hours later, we were on a flight to Florida to meet our sweet son.” Full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #Marriage   #Pregnancy   #AdoptionJourney   #Children   #Infertility   #BioMom   #BiologicalParents   #Daughter   #Struggle   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #ShowLove   #Giving   #BeKind   #SmallActs   #AlwaysLove   #ChooseLove   #MomLife   Motherhood ❤️ Credit: @skye_schutte⁠

I went into town solo for groceries and only had to field 1 inappropriate comment ... that’s a record. He stopped in front of me to grab something off the shelf, turned around and said, “sorry, I’ll be out of your way in a minute.” I responded how I always respond to a comment like that, “no worries, you’re fine.” He grinned and said, “how do you know I’m fine, you’ve never seen me naked.” as he unashamedly evaluated my figure. Now ... if I were quicker on my feet I would have said something like, “Really? That’s what you deem appropriate small talk with a stranger?” But I’m not quick on my feet and I still have this underlying fear of men so I gave a half hearted laugh, lowered my head and waited for him to leave ... and I hate it. I HATE this is how my body responds. Flushed cheeks and frozen fear. I hate that this is the best I can muster when faced with immature ignorance. I hate that this is the world we are raising daughters in. But I’m here for it. For years I hid behind XL men’s clothes, sagging off of my young frame. It was how I coped, it was how I repealed attention. I won’t hide anymore. I won’t be rude because some interrupt kind eyes and a gentle voice with flirting. I won’t stop living. I won’t stop sharing. Because I have hope that our voices will continue to unite until there is no fear in being a woman.

I have always loved this Floral shadow box pendant and couldn’t be happier to be sending it to it’s forever home ❤️🎉 handmade with brass and copper. To say thank you for all the likes, shares and follows, I’m having a 48 hour flash sale, offering a 10% discount on all items valued at $65 or higher. The Christmas order deadline for U.S. buyers is December 12th and for Europe is December 16th. Shipping is still free! #lovewhatyoudo   #lovewhatmatters   #instagood   #photooftheday   #shopsmall   #smallbusiness   #handmade   #handmadejewelry   #silversmith   #brassjewelry   #copperjewelry   #floralnecklace   #pendant   #flowerpendant   #flowernecklace  

‘But mama, we want to go sledding with you.’ Both girls looked at me with pleading eyes. I knew I had to go. I paused.': Mom struggles to drop everything for her kids during holidays - "I looked around, boxes still unpacked, dishes to be done, dinner not yet cooked, and snow-day mess abounding, but this time instead of my mental checklist on repeat, I heard something different. That small voice that gently whispered, ‘How much longer will they want to do this with you?’" Full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com ⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #LoveAlwaysWins   #ChristmasSweater   #SelfWorth   #Kindness   #Hope   #SnowDay   #FindYourJoy   #Holidays   #ChristmasTime   #Christmas   #Sledding   #ChristmasTraditions   #Judgement   #Mom   #Cancer   #Grief   #Friendship   #Outfits   #ChristmasTree   #Stress   #Anxiety   #ChooseLove   #Motherhood   MomLife ⁠ Credit: @niro_feliciano

Absolutely loving the confidence I am gaining. Please let me help you LOVE YOU!! #feelingmyself   #whatswrongwithbeingconfident   #monathasgivenmehope   #lovewhatmatters   #truehappiness   #monat   #fallinlovewithyourself  

Question what adds value to your life 💖. Only then can you be more intentional and make better decisions 🌟🙌🏻. • • • #lessbutbetter   lovewhatmatters 💕 #positivepeople   theonesthatmatter ✨ #createyourownmagic  

Yes you are, sweet babe. 😘⁣ ⁣⁣ Thankful for this beautiful weather today so I could go on a walk with my best girl. ☀️ Did my heart and soul some good!! And I think it did hers too! ♥️ #aliyahjoylove  

‘You alright, mama? It’s a beautiful day!’ He was right. We were about to meet our angel baby.’: Mom welcomes rainbow baby on exact same day she birthed stillborn year prior, ‘the most special sign I’ve ever received’ -- “I chose to birth Gigi. On induction day, my son ran in with the biggest smile on his face, jumping in our bed for cuddles. I held him tight, tears running down my face. ‘Ty, I am about to birth her.’ He looked right into my eyes. ‘Juss, I am so proud of you.’ We returned home just in time to tuck my son into bed. I shared a special story with him that night. ‘Your baby sister is safe in the stars. We are lucky to have our very own angel watching over us, forever.’” Powerful full story in our bio link and on LoveWhatMatters.com ❤️⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #RainbowBaby   #PregnancyLoss   #ChildLoss   #AngelBaby   #BereavedParents   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #BeKind   #SmallActs   #LoveAlways   #ChooseLove   #SpreadLove   #MomLife   Motherhood ❤️ Credit: @justinezappa

"Vas-y doucement avec elle. Elle vient de vivre le plus grand changement physique et émotionnel de sa vie. Son corps a des blessures qui ont besoin de guérir que vous ne pouvez pas voir. Sous son pantalon extensible, elle porte probablement une couche. Elle ne reconnaît même pas son propre corps. Ça a l'air complètement différent et ça le sera probablement pour le reste de sa vie. Ses contractions n'ont pas cessé. Elle respire encore à travers eux sans que tu t'en rendes compte. Ne vous plaignez jamais du temps qu'il lui faut pour allaiter le bébé. Ses mamelons sont à vifs et ses seins sont douloureux comme elle ne l'aurait jamais cru possible. Elle et son bébé sont encore en train de trouver un rythme à chaque tétée. Elle est fatiguée. Tellement fatiguée. Elle est frustrée. Elle ne peut pas se lever et passer sa journée comme avant. Quand elle le fait, son corps la punit. Ne lui demandez pas de tenir son bébé. Si elle veut que vous tenez son bébé, elle vous l'offrira. Elle et son bébé sont PROFONDEMENT attachés et si elle remet ce bébé à contrecœur, son cœur et ses bras lui font si profondément mal à chaque seconde qu'il leur manque. Elle a probablement pleuré des larmes en secret au moins deux fois par jour, que ce soit à cause de douleurs physiques, d'un sentiment d'accablement ou tout simplement d'épuisement. Doucement avec cette nouvelle maman. Laissez-la rester dans sa petite bulle remplie d'ocytocine aussi longtemps qu'il le faut. Et aimez-la de toutes les façons possibles. Chaque jour à partir de maintenant, elle mourra pour elle-même pour ce bébé. C'est son heure d'être un peu égoïste." LoveWhatMatters Crédits : Ruth Gerber and Bundle And Bliss Photography, traduction Bien Vivre Sa Grossesse . Qui se reconnaît ? . @bienvivresagrossesse #futuremaman   #jeunemaman   #postpartum   #allaiter   #allaitementexclusif   #quatriemetrimestre   #viedemaman   #grossesse   #accouchement  

No dovetails or fancy joinery here. Just a super strong clean looking drawer. I probably use walnut and brass too much but can you really blame me? • • • • • • • • • • • • #dovetail   #joinery   #furniture   #furnituredesign   #interiordesign   #design   #handmade   #strong   #madeinutah   #walnut   #goodwoodcustomfurniture   #customfurniture   #lovewhatmatters  

"Vas-y doucement avec elle. Elle vient de vivre le plus grand changement physique et émotionnel de sa vie. Son corps a des blessures qui ont besoin de guérir que vous ne pouvez pas voir. Sous son pantalon extensible, elle porte probablement une couche. Elle ne reconnaît même pas son propre corps. Ça a l'air complètement différent et ça le sera probablement pour le reste de sa vie. Ses contractions n'ont pas cessé. Elle respire encore à travers eux sans que tu t'en rendes compte. Ne vous plaignez jamais du temps qu'il lui faut pour allaiter le bébé. Ses mamelons sont à vifs et ses seins sont douloureux comme elle ne l'aurait jamais cru possible. Elle et son bébé sont encore en train de trouver un rythme à chaque tétée. Elle est fatiguée. Tellement fatiguée. Elle est frustrée. Elle ne peut pas se lever et passer sa journée comme avant. Quand elle le fait, son corps la punit. Ne lui demandez pas de tenir son bébé. Si elle veut que vous tenez son bébé, elle vous l'offrira. Elle et son bébé sont PROFONDEMENT attachés et si elle remet ce bébé à contrecœur, son cœur et ses bras lui font si profondément mal à chaque seconde qu'il leur manque. Elle a probablement pleuré des larmes en secret au moins deux fois par jour, que ce soit à cause de douleurs physiques, d'un sentiment d'accablement ou tout simplement d'épuisement. Doucement avec cette nouvelle maman. Laissez-la rester dans sa petite bulle remplie d'ocytocine aussi longtemps qu'il le faut. Et aimez-la de toutes les façons possibles. Chaque jour à partir de maintenant, elle mourra pour elle-même pour ce bébé. C'est son heure d'être un peu égoïste." LoveWhatMatters Crédits : Ruth Gerber and Bundle And Bliss Photography, traduction Bien Vivre Sa Grossesse #grossesse   #allaitement   #bb4   #maviedemaman   #mumlife   #mamande4girls   #lamourmaternel  

‘I turned in my 2 weeks’ notice. I didn’t have any job prospects. I just knew if I stayed, that place would’ve sucked the life out of me.’: Woman abandons dream job after upper management creates ‘living hell’ environment - ⁠ "The job I was so happy to go to every morning suddenly caused me such bad anxiety I could not even get out of bed in the morning. I started seeing a therapist. Life at work was a living hell. I cried as I pack up my desk. My supervisor didn’t even say two words to me. NEWS FLASH: People don’t leave jobs, they leave toxic work environments."Full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Family   #Love   #Proud   #LoveWins   #LoveAlwaysWins   #BelieveInLove   #Friends   #Help   #CherishEveryMoment   #Husband   #IQuit   #Quitter   #School   #Boss   #BadBoss   #LivingHell   #ShowLove   #Judgement   #Louisvuitton   #Graduation   #toxicworkplace   #School   #Job   #Depression   #MentalHealthAwareness   #Career   #ToxicPeople   #Motherhood   MomLife ⁠

‘Do you mind if we pray together?’ He voted for Trump, I voted for Hilary. He grabbed my hands. Tears started to flow.’: Woman loses son to ‘senseless murder,’ shares co-worker’s act of kindness despite differences - "I was having a tough time yesterday missing my son. He was senselessly murdered this summer during college. I usually hide it behind a smile, but on this day, I just couldn’t. Zach and I work together at the Ford truck plant. 'What's wrong?' he asked. Like many, he said 'sorry.' We went back to work. Minutes later, he came back. Tears started to flow. Who knew 2 people with so little in common could share something so big and beautiful?" Read full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #LoveAlwaysWins   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #FindYourJoy   #LoveIt   #ShowLove   #GiveLove   #Giving   #BeKind   #SmallActs   #BeLove   #WeAreLove   #AlwaysLove   #LoveAlways   #ChooseLove   #Ford   #LoveMore   #Hilary   #Trump  

You will not even have faith in safe circumstances once your mind is panicked. - Seneca • • Ahhh ain’t that true 👆... sometime you fail, and that’s okay. • • #weightlifting   #motivation   #fit   #fitfam   #asethetic   #bodytransformation   #workout   #fitnessmotivation   #fitspo   #coach   #training   #trainingmotivation   #crossfit   #lifetimefitness   #muscle   #power   #gymmotivation   #strong   #lovewhatmatters   #instafit   #peterpan   #fueledbyoreos   #weights   #lifting  

‘Toddlers, huh?’ ‘You’ll miss these days.’ I smile back. They mean well.': Mom of autistic son explains 'this isn't a tantrum, this is stimming' - "‘She will be good for him,’ she motioned towards my newborn. What? I live in a new city, knowing hardly anyone other than my husband, and now I suddenly have an autistic son and newborn daughter? I looked at my sweet Finley, his precious little face, and cried because of how I thought the world would see him." Full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #Autism   #AutismAwareness   #Kroger   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #FindYourJoy   #LoveIt   #ShowLove   #GiveLove   #Giving   #BeKind   #NonVerbalAutism   #SmallActs   #AlwaysLove   #ChooseLove   #SpreadLove   #LoveMore   #MomLife   Motherhood ❤️

When you make promises to your kids, keep them. If offered a reward for good behavior or an appointment, follow through. Imagine this kiddo's look of surprise when she mentioned in the bath that we'd forgotten to get her pink donut after her doctors appointment, and I suggested that after her bath, we make a girls' trip in our pajamas to the closest Dunkin Donuts. It took less than half an hour round trip, and she only took two bites out of each donut before she was done with them. But to her, it was everything. The cashier at Dunkin found her personality endearing, and didn't charge us for the donuts (I left the total in the tip jar anyway). It's the little things that they remember. It's the trust and relationship you build with them, and giving them the same respect you would another adult or expect for yourself. I saw this meme once that made a similar comparison of adults commuting to work and one man bringing up the beauty of the mountains, and another telling him, "just be quiet and drink your coffee, Steve." We all deserve respect and to be heard. And what better time to teach socialization skills, manners, and thoughtful responses or questions to conversations? #momthoughts   #parenting   #parentgoals   #socialskills   #promisespromises   #donuts   #pajamasinpublic   #girlsnight   #pinkdonutsequalhappiness   #payitforward   #spendtimewithfamily   #blendedfamilies   #lovethelittlethings   #lovewhatmatters  

‘That’s my brother,’ he stood next to me crying. He never left him. His skin was white as a sheet.': Mom 'so shaken' after son's stroke scare, 'No moment is promised' - "It was a normal day. We headed to Wegmans. While I was pushing the cart, Finn was lagging a little. ‘What’s wrong?’ He responded, ‘I can’t keep up, carry me.’ One of his sides went limp and his face was leaning on the cart. I went to pick him up and he collapsed on the floor. I started screaming for help and a Wegmans employee yelled to call 911. They wanted to make sure he didn’t have a stroke."Full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #FindYourJoy   #LoveIt   #ShowLove   #GiveLove   #Wegmans   #BeKind   #SmallActs   #AlwaysLove   #ChooseLove   #Stroke   #CatScan   #GroceryStore   #Kindness   #SpreadLove   #LoveMore   #MomLife   Motherhood ❤️ Credit: @prayersforfinn

Guess what? I’M AN ADOPTIVE MAMA!!! I feel like I’m in the coolest club in the entire world. So how does it feel now that it’s official? That’s the question I get asked the most. I usually don’t have time to say exactly how it feels but if I did I would start with this. It feels like joy that’s wrapped up in grief. Love that’s wrapped up in heartache. It feels like unexpected crying when your pediatrician’s office calls your son by his new name for the first time. It feels like pride when someone at the grocery store asks if you are their mother and you finally get to say yes without explaining anything. It feels like relief when you lay your head down at night knowing that across the hall from you, your baby is home. So how does it really feel after adoption day? It feels like everything and nothing changed at the exact same time♥️

“Once we got to the hotel, the kids immediately wanted to go swimming. While they were playing, I took a picture of my baby watching them. I posted it with the caption, ‘watching the siblings swim!,’ as well as a location tag of Breckenridge, Colorado. Within 30 minutes, I received a comment that honestly blew me away. ‘Your kids played hooky from school today? Wow. Mother of the year.’ What? I was laughing out loud in the hotel." -- Mom responds to ‘rude’ person who called her out for taking kids skiing, ‘School can teach a lot of things. But it can’t teach adventure.’ Full story in our bio link and on LoveWhatMatters.com ❤️⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #Hooky   #PlayingHooky   #SkippingSchool   #MomGuilt   #MomShaming   #Rude   #Skiing   #Breckenridge   #SkiTrip   #FamilyTime   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #BeKind   #SmallActs   #LoveAlways   #ChooseLove   #SpreadLove   #MomLife   Motherhood ❤️ Credit: @triedandtruemama⁠

Capture you sweet moments in this Sweet Shimmer A5 journal cover. Available @angelic_enchantments and @invictus_leather

Might've been in my feels 👀.... . . . . . . . . #meghantrainor   #marvingaye   #singerslife   #coversongs   #blackgirlrock   #dancewithme   #lovewhatmatters   #sings  

What better way to celebrate the Christmascountdown than with 15 days of inspirationalquotes ---------------------------------------------------- Let's start with a little Oprahwisdom for your Tuesday! Did you know research has shown a link between happiness and health? Studies have even found that happiness may improve your immune system...a good reason to focus on happiness along with your whole foods based nutrition this coldandfluseason! The holidays are such a wonderful time of year, but can come with plenty of stress. Remember when you feel yourself being pulled down, happiness can be ours if we choose it! ❤ . . . . . . . . . #positive_vibes   #healthyandhappy   #holidayhealthtips   #holidayhealthyeating   #mealprep   #healthyfood   #healthyfoodie   #everydaygourmet   #convenientlynourished   #healthymeals   #wholefooddiet   #comfortfood   #90daychallenge   #healthyjourney   #feelgoodfood   #seasonoflove   #seasonofgiving   #christmasseason   #holidayvibes   #lovewhatmatters   #happinessquotes   #happinessis   #choosehappy   #choosehappiness  

We are loving our breezy butterfly watching days around here. This beauty is the Zebra butterfly 🦓🦋 They are an abundant native of South Florida and love our passionflower vine. I keep looking to see little zebra caterpillars 🐛❤️🤗 nothing yet but yes they are as cute as they sound! The passionflower vine is a host plant for three native butterflies, has stunning flowers, many medicinal uses and produces delicious tropical fruit. Plant one if you can ✨🌱🙏 it’s the plant that keeps giving! #barefootinthebay   #themoreyouknow   #themoreyougrow   #passionflower   #zebrabutterfly   #permaculture   #permaculturegarden   #subtropical   #subtropicalgarden   #zone10   #zone10b   #urbanfarming   #cutlerbay   #soflo   #foodforest   #growyourown   #growyourownfood   #homegrown   #foodnotlawns   #savethebutterlies   #butterflyplant   #savethebees   #savethepollinators   #wildlifegarden   #wildlifegardening   #lovewhatmatters   #protectwhatyoulove   #protectwhatmatters   #friendsoftheearth   #betterthanwefoundit  

'What's it like raising a child in a split home? It's something no one ever wants in life. It's a whirlwind of emotions, no matter how long you're away from your child.': Bonus mom pens emotional, candid thoughts on splitting custody - "It’s giving them a kiss goodbye while they cling to your leg and tell you they love you. It’s ‘babying’ and ‘spoiling’ them because you have to cram their life into half the time. It’s listening to them breathe, thinking of how quickly they’re growing, and how every time they come back, they’re that much older. It will make or break you."Full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com ⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #LoveAlwaysWins   #Cancer   #BonusMom   #StepMom   #Marriage   #Divorce   #SelfWorth   #Kindness   #Hope   #FindYourJoy   #Holidays   #Christmas   #ChristmasTraditions   #Judgement   #Mom   #Cancer   #Grief   #Friendship   #Outfits   ChristmasTree Anxiety #ChooseLove   #Motherhood   MomLife ⁠ Credit: @shay_edwards1_⁠ ⁠ ⁠

‘I went into this photo shoot hoping to capture Jack and his wife. Her health was rapidly declining. A true love story never ends, right?’: Community rallies to send hundreds of letters to widowed farmer - "One week after the shoot, his wife Reva was in hospice care. I asked others to join me in sending Jack letters and words of encouragement to bring joy to his grieving heart. In my heart, I hoped for 100 cards. I never in a million years would've imagined the outpouring of love for this precious man! YOU GUYS, Jack has received 435 letters!" Read full story in our bio, and on LoveWhatMatters.com⁠ ⁠ #LoveWhatMatters   #Beautiful   #Family   #Love   #InstaLove   #LoveWins   #LoveAlwaysWins   #BelieveInLove   #CherishEveryMoment   #LoveEachOther   #Kindness   #Hope   #Joy   #Compassion   #FindYourJoy   #LoveIt   #ShowLove   #GiveLove   #Giving   #BeKind   #SmallActs   #BeLove   #WeAreLove   #AlwaysLove   #LoveAlways   #Loss   #SpreadLove   #Farming   #Grief   #Widow  

Bride is no more a shy girl who is waiting in the wedding... wawweddings she is bold she is beautiful and all set to welcome her better half #couplegoals   #themeentry   #lovewhatmatters   #weddingplanners   #Weddingdestinations   international weddings #Themedecor   #Artist   #Wedmegood   #weddingphotography   #weddingsutra   #sparklite  

🎉We broke ground🎉 They came a long way this week! Stomped around the land and climbed in all the 'excabators' and now daydreaming of the day we get the keysss🤩 #clarksunderconstruction  

2009 vs. 2019 decadechallenge & my heart is so full, in awe of the human body and so grateful for so much these last 10 years. Basketball growing up was my outlet, the way I dealt with all of the bullying and mean comments people made. I wasn’t a runner, the length of the court was enough running for me. But the sport (still my favorite today 🏀) taught me self discipline, hard work, to never give up and to dream big. High school and college basketball changed me and gave me so much. My senior year of college I ran my first marathon, still wearing and hiding under my wig but that race changed my life and began the greatest journey of my life. I couldn’t be more thankful and it feels surreal to call myself a 39-time marathon runner, 2x ultra marathon runner with a big year and so much more to look forward to. Running and the running community have been so supportive. I learned to love, accept and embrace my Alopecia and bald head through it and I am so thankful!! I never thought my life would be the way it is today but answering the calling to your life and working hard love anything is possible! I’ve changed so much in all the best ways. But am still just as competitive as ever 😉 Keep showing up! 🏀🏃🏼‍♀️❤️ • #womenrunning   #rocknsquad   #athlete   #womeninsport   #inspiringwomenrunners   #bibchat   #oisellevolée   #alopecia   #runner   #marathon   #marathontraining   #beauty   #stjudeheroes   #lovewhatmatters   #whstrong   #transformationtuesday   #womensrunningcommunity   #dailyrunbuddy  

The things said about this photo: Queen. Stunning. Goddess. Birth Warrior. Majestic. 💕 Forever enamored. #birthwarrior   #waterbirth   #homebirth   #thebump   #inspirepregnancy   #blackmomsblog   #blackmomskillingit   #blackmomsdaily   #encaulbirths   #birthbecomesher   #lovewhatmatters