Just in case it's been a rough morning, I give you snuggling puppies wearing floral headbands 😭(And they were squeak snuggling while this photo was being taken... ) I've barely left my sister's house because these three need me to hold them. Need me!! Guys, they fall asleep in your hands when you rock them... 😭😭 I can't even. 😭😭 In 2017 I learned a profound thing: Soul care comes in all forms. Sometimes it comes in the form of diving into your crafting garage to find tiny flowers, glue and string. Sometimes it comes in going to the puppy store just to snuggle ( 🙋🏼guilty.) Own your self love. Embrace it. If puppies make your soul happy, snuggle them. If a walk will do, tie up your shoes. If it's a book, make trips to the library. Don't forget you in the middle of serving people you love. ❤️ Make the headbands, eat the cake, give to others, find joy in simplicity, smell the flowers, breath the fresh air, do nothing for 5 mins... become so aware of your needs, you know when your puppy snuggle love tank is empty 😂... oh and just buy the puppy snuggly bestie. They bring so much joy... it's the only way I'll be able to say goodbye to my little buddies knowing they'll give joy to someone just like Lucy gives to us. (But for real, these cuties will steal your heart and probably your fries when they get older 😂) Meet Brownie, Teddy Jr, and Chunk Monk. (Aka the one who wants to eat non stop while laying on her back and squeaking for affection- also my spirit animal)
What do you want to leave behind? I mean really... for some of us, we've building a legacy with squares. Some of us are placing memories together in hopes they are never forgotten. 💕 Post by post the pieces of my story comes together in hopes that just one person feels inspired enough to believe they are enough. That one person starts again or stops allowing themselves to be treated as less than. The pages of my diaries are open these days as I offer my heart out with my message that's still being written in me. It's not formed or perfect. The bow is not tied on the box and it's not packaged nearly, but it's perfect anyway. The message? It's still being formed in me...it's still being wrestled from heaven to earth as I sit and receive it. 💕 On the other side of every post, acceptance and rejection meet us, both wearing the same garments - dressed like numbers... and every time our hearts go out we confront both acceptance and rejection first in ourselves... 💕 So let us leave behind love notes to our children, our friends, our family, giving them the permission we've learned to walk in; the permission to just be. Wild, messy, joyful, free, wind blown and abandoned. Just be. Epic image by my epic sister @lecia_m
I'll never forget crawling around on my grandmother's garage floor, collecting bits of fabric and jewels she had dropped from crafting all day long. In the background, propped up on a counter top, near the door, a small Tv cast a woman who was becoming one of the most influential people to so many millions of watchers. 💕We still are watchers. We watch as with grace and poise she tells stories that captivate us and move us. We watch as she used her God given influence to inspire other girls to have a voice, to dream, to remember that their truth deserves to be used as a weapon against complacency. She challenges our hearts and minds to see things differently... and I'm glad I live in a time with @oprah. 💕 I'm completely inspired by they way she uses her influence to give hope and I feel such a deep sense of connection to who she is. Maybe it's because we share a birthday, but I can't remember a time where I didn't feel like I will know her. And so until I sit across from her and share our stories together... I'll be praying and cheering her on as she continues to use the platforms she's been given to allow people to watch and see parts of God we can only see in her.
Anyone else feel like tomorrow is really the start of the new year? Like hello normal schedules and back to real life where have you been?!? 😂🤣#kidsbacktoschool It's been a wild break for me, really letting myself unwind and refocus... One thing I realized is my passion for others runs so deep that so often (ummm 2017) I forgot about huge parts of me... before I can leave a mark on the world, I have to let His love mark my soul... so for those of you who are trying to get to know yourself this season, I hear you.... I'm with you. I'm discovering too. I'm doing the hard work of just getting to know me. I'm soul searching and getting lost in the vastness of how amazing I am...We all need permission to do that. So here's your permission. Here's your huge sign it's time for you... Get lost so you can find the many facets of your greatness. Leave your mark but first, make you. Don't be the mom that hustles for everyone else so you're too tired for you... May this year be the year you get to know yourself in ways you've never thought possible.... I'm with you.
Not today Satan! Saturday night snuggles brought to you by sneezing fits and sniffles. 😩Nothing a little Green juice, The Crown and Dr Lucy Goose-in-my-lap-at-all-times can't fix. 😂. What are your go Netflix shows when you are having some serious couch time?! I need something new and interesting while I make myself sit still. (Sit still? Psh, yeah right. Made André an incredible garlic butter sauce to go with his dinner when he comes home from church. It's so Devine I can't even! Also, why can't I just sit in one spot and do nothing?! 2018 is my year!!! Can you relate?) image by @onthebed_project
Raise your hand if you are missing the sun right about now? 🙋🏼🙋🏼🙋🏼🙋🏼. My morning group coaching for some incredible boss babes included me with 2 pairs of sweat pants, a sweater, and a cozy snuggle blanket. (Also a mom bun for good measure 😘) Floridians can't even right now with 47 degree weather and I know some of you are in the negatives... what?!? Madness! The only negative numbers I want to see are the calorie count on boxes of cupcakes!!!! 😂Who's with me?
Have you ever had coffee with a queen? I had coffee with a queen today. She told me that as strong woman sometimes people think we have it all together and that we don't need help. In reality, the strong ones need a safe place to just be. We need covering, we need to feel free to be vulnerable, and we need each other as we walk out our season that God has us in. We all need each other regardless of our strength. And so I sat covered by her grace and wisdom, by her prophetic perspectives that left me safe and seen. She lets me see what God's idea was when He placed apart of His heart in us women. She reminds me of the value of being so tuned into our prophetic gifting that we can sense when someone needs a coffee date. 💕 This is what queens feel like. They lift your crown... 👑 Thank you @marilynggarcia for being so amazing... your impact is shifting nations one babe at a time..... I can't wait to see what this year holds for you... I'm so honored to have you apart of my life, my story, my family. It's an honor to call you a friend but in my heart you will always be family. Image by @melissamale 💕
....Stop thinking so much and just let go.... be still my soul and rest, humbly I confess in my weakness your strength is prefect... 💫 I sat quietly last night as the melody played. Slowly I dipped my brushes and painted the words over my season... ✨ I touched the magnificence with my fingertips, letting the paint tell the story. I listened as a silent participant of my soul's song. Thousands of artistic moments of practice met the paper as I let myself just be present to being still. 💕 The once fresh pages in my journal have scribbles and lists of things that make my soul come alive, of things that make me happy.... I've given permission to myself to discover me and pretty words made my soul list. What's on your list? ❤️ Thank you @bethelmusic @gabrielwilson and @steffanydawn for sharing your gifts with us. 💕
Ever feel like God has you right where He wants you but your little self is wiggling in your seat? *slowly raises hand* It's hard to describe this season I'm in. It's wiggly. It's uncomfortable. It's challenging every habit, every thought, everything I thought I would do and become. I don't have the words for the season yet, being in the middle of it... but I can say I'm discovering myself in a way I'd encourage others to. My will is being used to make me sit and be and stop digging where He said rest, to stop moving where He has said be still. 💕 Everything in my being is being shushed... and I'm watching parts of myself let go of striving and confronting what is under it. It's scary. Like standing in front of a mirror facing your true self and realizing there are parts of her you've never met. On the other side of this, I'll have something for you, something so profound the earth with quake, I know because I am quaking as I go through it... but for now, I'm learning to be still and know. One thing I can tell you, when He speaks, submit, listen, stay in tuned with your season... don't try and make someone's season your own... know your season, know the heart of your Father. 💕image by @laurenconrad_com
Hello 2018, They say that to be a success you have to fail, and well, I've done that enough in 2017 for the both of us. I realize you are a gift to me and like most gifts, you are covered in a wrapping. Your outer layer I am unveiling still. I too, am a gift to you and rapped in humility I step towards you. There is a deep knowing in me, it's depths I'm still discovering. In my humility, a vulnerable was born and in that, a great strength of a warrior emerges. I have been stripped of many things which has left me raw and unveiled. So I nod to you in honor and you nod to me, each of us armed with each other to leave history marked by the days left in front of us. You are my ally, and I am your army. My mission is another gift I am still unwrapping for the both of us. So dear 18, we will enter tomorrow together...a force to be reckoned with, and every fear and lie that scoffed at us will be sorry it tired to torture us into submitting to its sting... History will always write our names together. In 2018, Julie Story... ((📸by @lecia_m))
Remember our first date? Your car broke down. I offered to help you push it out of the road even in heal boots, but you wouldn't dare let me. You were still laughing even annoyed but it was a set up. God set you up...set us up. ❤️ We sat in a parking lot and laughed for hours waiting for a tow truck. Remember how I told AAA you had a unicorn colored car with sparkles so they could find it easy? I still remember how hard you laughed not expecting me to be so adorably funny. 😍😘 I'm full of surprises 😉 I knew that night that if a car breaking down could be one of the most fun nights of my life, that life with you would be just as hilarious and fun. If we could laugh through that, we would get through anything. I was right. We got through 2016, 2017... and though there were fears and tears, and laughed more then we cried. We are in this together... Every dream came true in finding you. You make life magical... Meet me at midnight, babe 💋
Seriously, thank you. Yes you. You made 2017 better. This past year, has been a wild one. Ups, downs, doowwwwwns, but as I wrote my heart out here, I found yours too in the countless messages of you feeling the same. As I stepped out, and shared more of myself then ever before I found your sweet support and love. I did tons of makeup-less stories that turned tutorials (you're welcome) all because you cheered me on. You've helped me find part of me I didn't know I had in there...(cough cough funny videos) Thank you for your relentless support of selfies taken by taping my phone to my window, your love of me laying down because I really believed I looked like a boy when I lay down, and for loving me an @iamandre513 especially when he hugs me from behind. To my crazy amazing brave sister who took 5 of my top 9, can you edit my face a little more because my contour needs some more contour? Also, my hair needs to be fluffier, and can you maybe change my lipstick color? I just want variation without actually having to do it myself. Can you do it by 3 mins from now? K thanks. 😂🤣😂🤣 @lecia_m Shout out to @reneenicolephotography for epic shoots too!
It's our Lucaversary!! 😭 One year with this wakes-you-up-to-snuggle-will-dance-for-peanutbutter-hold-me-your-whole-life- Goosie. Raise your hand if your poochie is your fur baby and spoiled like ours is! I can't believe we've had this little snugglette for a year! Our sweet Christmas puppy was one of our favorite gifts that keeps on giving (in many ways 😑🤣) We love you Goose!!! You can never die and you always get cookies amen. 🙌🏼❤️ #lucypevenpoo
Double tap if you agree! 😂 but seriously what day is it?! Anyone else feel like they don't know what day it is?! 😜Happy week before New Year's Day! 😂🤣 image by the fabulous @jennakutcher
We lost jumangi, twice. Can you relate at all to a house that looks like a bomb went off? Our house has exploded, but our hearts are filled and we are way too much sugar...In the middle of the Mom, mom, mom, mommy, mom.... aftermath I'm completely excited to be still and listen to what God's heart for me is in 2018. Sometimes it's hard to be still. Sometimes I feel like I can't hear. It's been super busy around here, but those still quote moments are worth finding and fighting for. Sometimes, this week, it meant waking up way too early just to lay and sort out my thoughts with Him. My heart aches for us all to have vision, to listen and hear what He has. I know as busy babes it can be so hard to listen to our hearts that are crying out with our destiny in them. I hope you find a boss babe to help you hear. I hope number one on your list is to listen to what He has for you for this new year. I hope that you get the clarity you need to move forward with His yes and the risk that follows it. I hope history will be marked by your 2018 dreams... so take time to pray, to listen, to be still... 📸: @sugarpaperla
Merry Christmas babes from my sweet family to yours! Hoping your holiday was filled with your very favorite people, a tremendous amount of laughter and enough sweets to last you right into 2018! So much love! Image by my sister @lecia_m who always makes my images look fierce and fabulous. 😉
Oh what to say to your first hero on his birthday. I'll never forget being swept on to the dance floor by my dearest dad who gave his whole heart his whole life to us. He was the rock that held us together and the man who first taught me how a man should be. Patient, kind, wise and gentle... happiest of birthdays McFly. I'm so proud to be your daughter and for having so many part of you be apart of me (especially your sense of humor. Thanks for that.) love you forever!! For his birthday, I just want him to get a like a gabillion million followers, so go say hi to @timjmcdermott Thanks @kristenboothphotog for this magical photo.
Can you help us solve this debate? The great cookies for Santa debate is underway between our Christmas Eve opening presents family. And by Santa I mean us parents because the kids have never believed in Santa and we just use him as our cover for us to eat more cookies. 😘 Brilliant. For those of us who open gifts Christmas Eve, do the cookies for us go out tonight (vote A) or tomorrow (vote B) 😉I mean, really we could put them out both nights but we need an official vote here.... also, can we do cupcakes for Santa instead? He says he loves those and he would also like all of the children to give him big sexy hair products and glitter eye shadow (Vote C) 😘☺️🤣 What's your vote?
Current mood. 😂 Double tap if you can relate to any (or all) of them. This pretty much sums up our Christmas photo experience with each of their personalities shining extra bright this year!! 😂 As we enter the last few weeks of 2017, I hope it continues to be this cute and ridiculous. They make my Christmas dreams come true. ❤️
Oh hey. Yeah just in case you are wondering, or need a little status update, He's still there. He hasn't fallen off or gotten up. In fact, you are seated right beside Him. So just in case your soul needs a little reminder because of the season you are in, save this. Paste it to your forehead so when you are freaking out to your friends, they can read this paper taped to the outside of your head, and maybe if they read it to you, it will help you get the memo that it should be glued on the inside of your head. So get some soul super glue, and stick it right up in there...cause He never falls of of His throne, but we invite, worship, and allow other things to sit in His seat.... 🤦🏼♀️ I can tell you from experience, He's likes His seat with just Him in it. He will gladly help you usher out the things invading a His space and your worship... There is only one thing He loves invading His seat: you. So crawl up in His lap, let Him remind you He's the God who sees and let Him love you....
Dear 2018, We are coming for you. Every. Single. One of us. Every single babes who has been completely knocked out, who has cried as much as they wanted to quit, who has given and not gotten, who has tried and failed a thousand times. We are coming for you. We've got news for you- we've been completely tested and put through the fire. We've come out on the other side as gold. We've felt the pressure and it revealed we are diamonds. We've walk through our story so you can see our glory and we will be bringing our Victory with us. We are an army of we and we are coming to take you by storm with our beautiful fiercely. So 2018, meet your muse, your mantra, your maidens of stunning strength, because we aren't going anywhere until you submit to the destiny we have on our lives. You are here to serve us all and we honor that assignment with appreciation knowing we have been the keys to unlocking your full potential. So to the queens, boss babes, beauties, get your crowns ready, there's an entire year ready to be touched by your tenacity.💕 image by boss babe @lecia_m Top: @papayaclothing Jeans: @guess Makeup and hair by me.