HAPPY 5YEAR ANNIVERSARY OYENS🖤👨👩👧👦 they’ve been putting up with Gabe and I ever since we forced our way into their lives😂 LOVE YOU 11/30/2013 #forbetterorforworse#familyphoto
1 1124 hours ago
My goal with my body is to not be a stick and be under weight and be what society wants which is basically someone who looks like they never eat, which breaks my heart that’s how society looks at girls that they need to be that way. My goal is to create a healthy body for myself. Muscle. Confidence. I’m perfectly okay with myself having a little fat rn, because in time I know that will turn into muscle. Working hard everyday. Even the days I’m tired and don’t want to leave my bed I do anyways and I go to the gym. It takes time to see a difference. Everything takes time. Nothing is just handed to you. If it was, there would be no challenges; and I love challenges.
Had a little fun today at the gym when cooling down. ——————
4 1624 hours ago
This guy didn't know what he was getting into when he asked me to marry him (or maybe he did and I'm just blessed). I'm a lot to handle. I'm needy & overly affectionate (my love language is Physical Touch), I am kind of like a sloth and toddler mixed - I love naps (I'm in bed no later than 10pm) and I carry snacks with me so I don't get hangry 💁🏼♀️
But he chose me and he continues to choose me every single day and because of that I'm the luckiest girl in the world. I can't wait to be Mrs Creech in 250 days 😍
Thanks for loving me on my best & worst days. Thanks for putting up with my early Christmas decorating! Thanks for thinking I'm beautiful even with no makeup on & a messy bun. You're my best friend and I'm so glad you're mine 🤗
Saying goodbye is hard but it’s worse not knowing when the next hello is. So lets make your remaining months full of love and happiness. Mamimiss kita BATA! Kahit na may naging hindi tau naging pagkakaintindihan nandito pdin ako bilang ate mo gagabay sau. So happy for you! #forbetterorforworse 👭😢😞💔 #advancebridalshower👰
It is amazing to know what hard work can do. If you set your mind to it and give yourself a goal everyday you do something for it your close to achieving it. A year ago today I can tell you I hated my body, I hated my looks, I hated everything about myself. I also looked at myself as someone who was weak physically and emotionally. Slowly after I decided to get a gym membership I committed myself to going. Wasn’t all of it. I changed my style of doing things such as my food diet, activities, everything. Over the summer after something and having my best friend who’s like a brother to me knock sense into me I had realize I had more to strive for. I went to the gym EVERYDAY even after work or before work so sometimes at 5am or 5pm! I changed my diet more to healthier (with a couple cheat moment don’t we all). Everyday and even when I didn’t have a membership for about 2 months I took the time to still go running and do push ups and sit ups at home and using a tree branch to do pull ups on! So here I am today, back to the gym everyday again, getting ready for army and everything else. I’m proud of how far I’ve come to make a change in my body and myself emotionally. I’m stronger and I am growing confident everyday. I wear a necklace around my neck that has “I am strong because I’ve been weak” and I wear it everyday. It reminds me I have more to go through and that I can get through anything. I know I’m strong and I’ll get stronger each day. Even though most of it is all on my side how it’s on me to make these choices I can’t help but thank my brother basically Myles downs and my sister basically @k.san.2001 . Both I consider family to me. 7 years with them and more to come. All of us have enlisted into marines, navy or army. These two are dear in my heart. Even though we all annoy eachother I love them. They are both my people. Couldn’t be where I am now without them. Can’t wait for the future. Proud where I am and with my goals.
We can really have fun anywhere. 😜 Sometimes that means travelling across the globe to an exciting destination, visiting a restaurant or going to a nice event. Sometimes it also means... mundane or unexpected things... like taking the subway, time spent at home, going for a walk and getting caught in the rain, a power outage ... Make the best of the time you have with that you have! ❤️ When you make the intention to connect & enjoy what ever task... or place... or season at hand - you can have fun almost anywhere!
#tbt... WOW! This was almost 5 years ago, it was my fiancées birthday dinner. We had only been engaged for a short time. It seems so long ago but it was just 5 years ago... We’s married now!!(In my Tennessee country boy voice😆) We are still in love, we are still doing our best to put God first, we are plus 2 now so we don’t get out as much as we did when we were courting but we still spend endless amounts of time talking, sharing, raising our little ones and loving 🥰 each other the way Christ loved the church... It’s not a perfect marriage but it’s a marriage that both of us value deeply and we are willing to fight like our life depends on it to fulfill everything Christ desires our marriage to be...😊 #thankful#iloveher#godsway#shebad#forbetterorforworse#forricherorforpoorer#todeathdouspart#thankyoujesus #😍😍😍
I remember the first time I felt the challenges of marriage. It was only a few weeks into being married to my forever and always, for better, for worse, the person at one point I was pretty sure I could NEVER be mad at. 🤣
It was a terrible feeling because the very thing my soul had desired, found, and now enjoying, I was being challenged by.
Same with parenting one, two, and this week four children.😱
Marriage, parenting, relationships in general is a laboratory where spiritual growth is fostered and developed.
None of the challenges I face as a wife, mother, friend... is wasted.
He uses each and every one in the story of his gospel’s triumph in my life. His goal isn’t to make my life comfortable, safe, or predictable, but to make me holy.
12 1413 days ago
Beliefs are so powerful.
Your brain believes everything you tell it. That truth feels exciting and terrifying at the same time. What you believe becomes your reality. It’s that powerful.
Choose carefully. Choose so carefully what you tell yourself. What you think about.
Choose to speak life into yourself today. Believe that you’re worthy of good things. Healthy. Love. Greatness. Abundance.
Believe that you are valuable just as you are. That you are more that enough and your value comes from who you are and who you were created to be, and not by what you do.
No matter what you told yourself yesterday, last week or five years ago, what a blessing it is that you can change your mind.
8 633 days ago
15/11/18 10:14am I walked in this morning so tired & completely exhausted from the 6+ weeks with no full days off ..the Drs had just done their morning rounds. Jakob had been having a few “bradys” (bradycardia, slow heart beats) .. some “desats” (low blood oxygen levels) and “apnea’s” (period where his breathing stops) he needed stimulation a few time to wake him up out of it. His chest/ lungs also seemed like they were working harder today, my poor bubba. The nurse said to me that tomorrow they are putting an IV line in to give him a blood transfusion I was a bit in shock & upset too as that means no cuddles today & we’ve been going so well, but this is the ups & downs they speak of. I expressed & went to lunch with a fellow mumma after she had finished cuddles. Upon arriving back it occurred to me that he had just had a transfusion (it took me that long today, that’s what exhaustion does) I asked the nurse to get the Dr. he missed it by accident but thought it was done recently ..lucky but now he will be getting the bloods to see if there’s anything underlying. The Dr. did say that this can happen & it is simply the prematurity coming out, as long as they’re not re-sussing him it’s all ok, a close eye will be kept. The Dr. agreed I should go home today I was so tired & anxious for my boy. He pointed out to me that no one goes to work 7 days of the week for over 6weeks & that something’s gonna give. So for the first time i went home & had a late afternoon nap, just like I would do if I was at home with bubs.. Most people take this simple act for granted, imagine not having a nap after birth for over 6 weeks! ..This mumma deserves it, I just wish he was at home with me while I did it. Ps. Dad came to visit tonight and sent mum these photos while he was here with me, don’t be alarmed this is the same cpap machine just a different way of holding it on, relieves my face so that it’s not so squashed all day. #mybabyboy#tiredmumma#dadvisits#gettingbigger#nicu#preemiebaby#niculife#forbetterorforworse#prem#iloveyoububba#cpap#doctorsorders#preemiestrong
Happy anniversary to my husband ❤️ 10 years together 5 years married, wow!... 👰 we've had ups and downs like any others but at the end of the day he just gets me. (and puts up with my crazy ass ahahah) love him xoxo ❤️❤️ #anniversary#marriage#love#forbetterorforworse
We’re not happy.
We’re so much more than that.
If our days all looked like bear hugs and giggles, we’d be missing out.
Because it’s all relative. And it takes the hard days, the sad ones, the tiring and the devastating ones, the frustrating and heartbreaking ones, to even make the opposite exist.
Put more simply - there are no good days without bad ones.
And even in the bad - perspective is everything. They can make us bitter, or they can make us better.
Here’s to those who love us on our good days and bad, and to this guy, who helps me feel beyond happy by cheering me on, letting me dream big dreams, making me laugh when I need it most, and praying for me every step of the way. I am so thankful.
2 years ago, my husband and I had our wedding ceremony and shared our vows in front of our closest friends and family. It was a cold Sunday afternoon. This sounds pretty typical of a wedding in November. However, having our ceremony on this date wasn’t the plan. You see, we had planned to have our ceremony on October 8th of 2016, but Hurricane Matthew had other plans for us. Because of the horrible weather, we had to make a change & we did. We talked it out and did what we thought was best. We got married in the living room of my mom’s house on the 6th of October with only our preacher and immediate family there. I did my own hair and makeup, my husband and I dressed our best, and my mom handled the food, even down to getting a cake and decorating it for us, not to mention making me a homemade bouquet with fresh flowers. The following day we left and headed to Atlanta to get out of the storm’s way and to have a pit stop on the way to our cabin in Tennessee for our honeymoon. Later, a month and one week later to be exact, we had our ceremony and I got to wear my wedding dress and see my husband looking his very best. All of our vendors were incredibly understanding and every single one of them stuck with us even with rescheduling. It made everything go as smoothly as possible given the situation. I know this may seem like a novel, but I write this all to say this - at the end of the day, WHO you marry is what matters most. It doesn’t matter where or when. If you love someone with all you’ve got, what seems like it could be the absolute worst situation becomes so small when you know you’re going through it with your better half. To all the couples out there who might stress over wedding planning and all the details, remember that as long as you’re with the only one for you, you’ve got all the planning done that you need. ❤️
13/11/18 11:11am Today has been a touching, tear jerking, yet very special day for me & my little family to remember for years to come. I was asked by a couple of very special nurses to take part in some beading with two other neonate mothers. It was not what I expected, it was so much more! This Nurse (who thinks more about others than herself) has been working on getting this approved for neonate mums for quite sometime & it finally came together today & I am so proud of her for thinking about our journey in this way.. how lovely it is to remember the trials and tribulations, we as a family went through & are still going through, it is so special.. Us moms, sat with them and was given a calendar each dating back to the first day we walked into the NICU.. Every blood test, intubation, cuddle, transfusion, extubation, cpap, bath, immunization and the days where we wasn’t coping & had to be brave had all been documented for each of us. We placed a bead for every procedure & event onto a piece of string. Each memory came flooding back as I placed each one on in its correct order. It wasn’t until the end that I sat back and gasped at how many was there. It reminded me that my son has had all of this done to him and he still continues to fight. It shows me the strength that we have all needed as a family to keep going & it shows me how resilient my little warrior boy really is. I’m gonna cry now ladies, I told you I’d do it when I’m at home!! We will meet up every week now for beading & we will continue to add our events for the duration of our time in the #nicu. I can’t wait to see my fellow mummas & the lovely nurses next week for some girly time & to look at our achievements for the week, whether they be good or bad. I cannot thank the nurses enough for putting this together for us mums, we will never, ever forget you & what you’ve done & continue to do! Though, I have to say that we are all looking forward to getting that ladybug! #mynicunursesarebetterthanyours#nicunursesareangels#ourjourney#upsanddowns#forbetterorforworse#beading#rememberance#thoughtful#strongwomen#special#momento#deartomyheart#nicujourney#ourstrongboys#wegotthis#mumlove
Stepped out of the house today with this guy ❤️.. definitely needed a change in view and it was so gorgeous out🌞🌞. .
Depression is such a horrible beast😈. I think the more hats you wear, the harder it gets. For me, when more than one of those hats are out of balance and causing me inner turmoil, I start to feel (and have that inner dialogue) of being a failure and worthless. Definitely hard to put that in writing. .
But so many of my hats ARE out of balance. And the struggle IS REAL to find the joy🌸. Thankful for my hubs who let me tag along while he ran work errands and Allie for FaceTiming with us the whole time, helped stop 🛑 the inner wheels from turning down to negative town even more . .
Overcoming this, no problem, just takes me some time. Just glad I know this about myself. Gives me the grace I need when I do feel blue. Because unfortunately it’s something I have dealt with my whole life and I doubt it will magically disappear 🤷🏻♀️
Today I celebrate 6 years of sobriety💕💕💕 Everything good that I have in life is due to this decision I made 6 years ago and keeping everything and growing more is contingent on maintaining this way of life.
Thanks to my support system, my god and Alcoholics Anonymous. If you struggle with this, there is hope and a way out💫💫