• Family

    A Letter to My Terminally Ill Dad – I Love You

    It’s been a long few months. My father has been in and out of hospitals and rehabs since early 2017. We finally learned why a few months ago. He has cirrhosis of the liver. It has now progressed to the “terminal” stage. I immediately offered to be tested to be a live liver transplant donor for him, but he was denied the chance to even be a recipient because of his heart history. 7 heart attacks, 28 stents and an open heart surgery to be exact. He often joked to make light of a scary situation every time he had to have a heart cath done that he was trying…

  • Healthy Living

    The Most Powerful Story of Forgiveness

    This is the most powerful story of forgiveness I’ve ever read. Eva Mozes Kor is a Holocaust survivor. She tells her personal story in the video I’ve shared below of how she & her family were shipped to the Auschwitz Camp in 1944. When they discovered she and her sister Miriam were twins, they were immediately pulled away from their family and never saw them again. This was the moment I broke down listening to her. I couldn’t even imagine my little girl being pulled away from me and never seeing her again. Eva goes on to tell her story of how her sister and her were then used in…

  • Healthy Living

    Our Family’s EPIC Start to Fitness! #LightUpYourLife

    Five months has now passed since I had Elsie (slow down baby girl!) and it’s time that I start holding myself accountable for my health. I hate running.. it gives me shin splints and I usually can’t get more than ten feet before I’m stopping to try and breath, but.. I aspire to become a runner and one day work up to a marathon! I know that with determination and hard work I WILL run a marathon! One of my favorite Disney quotes is currently my running mantra – In order to achieve my goal of becoming a runner, I needed to find two things: a way to hold myself…

  • Travel

    12 Sweet Facts I Learned about Sprinkles Cupcakes! #SprinklesMoment #SprinklesTampa

    As part of our Passport to Purity Weekend, I surprised my niece with a trip to Sprinkles Cupcakes! I have only tasted Sprinkles Cupcakes once in my life when my parents surprised me with a half dozen cupcakes on their way back from a vacation (that was 7 years ago). Although visiting each of the 50 states is on our Family Travel Bucket List, I never dreamed I would be able to experience Sprinkles again so soon, until now… because they’ve opened a store in Tampa and Disney Springs (Orlando)! In fact, they even have Cupcake ATM’s at both sites to make your cupcake cravings deliverable 24/7! “Candace Nelson is…

  • Family,  Motherhood

    Dear Baby, We Can’t Wait to Meet You!

    Our Little Bundle of Joy, We’ve finally hit the 32 week mark and as we start to get your nursery together and prep for your Baby Shower coming up this weekend – the reality that I am your Mommy is hitting me hard. I feel so many emotions – happy, blessed, nervous and a bitĀ terrified. Being pregnant with you has been one of the absolute best experiences of my life. As I sit here and try to pen to you exactly how I’m feeling, I hear the song “How Great is Our God” come on the radio and I’m overwhelmed with joy. No, I’m not having a pregnant emotional breakdown,…

  • Family,  Marriage

    First Came Love, then Came Marriage…

      Yes, you are reading this correctly.. we are expecting! These past nine weeks have been so surreal and creating this announcement to share with you was the first time I have said or even written the word… “Mommy” – WOW! I have always dreamed of becoming a Mommy someday and with some of my past health issues – never thought that would happen. But never let your faith waver, because God is so good! I silently prayed that if God wanted me to become a mother that He would help me overcome any obstacles standing in that path – and He did! This has been the most fabulous, emotional,…

  • Disney,  Travel

    Fulton’s Crab House in Disney Springs #Orlando #FoodieReview

    I finally had the chance to meet up with some local bloggers earlier this month. I follow them online and we’ve chatted in our Blogger group(s), but it was nice to finally put a face with a voice! So, shout out and THANK YOU to Meghan from Meghan on the Move for hosting this wonderful event for the Central Florida Lady Bloggers – I had a blast! We met up at Fulton’s Crab House in Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs). Have you been here before? I admittedly haven’t been to Downtown Disney in forever, but its a place I added to our “Family Bucket List” aka places I…