Friday, May 31, 2013

Jaylyn's Guest Post

We are ending the week with Jaylyn's guest post!  I head home from South Carolina tomorrow!  So while I recover on Monday, we will have another guest blogger!  Hope you enjoy Jaylyn's post and come back Monday for another wonderful guest blogger!  Enjoy this post from Jaylyn and thank you Jaylyn for doing this for me! :)
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Hi friends! I am so excited to be guest posting on my sweet blog friend, Jamie's blog today!
I've never done a guest post before, so I thought I would give y'all a little something about myself and hopefully e-meet some of Jamie's fabulous blog readers :)
So to start off, I guess I should let you know my that I'm Jaylyn & I am from over at The Nanny Diaries, where I talk about my journey being a Nanny to a great family, fashion, pinterest, link ups and more. Basically whatever comes to my mind.
(Me)
As I said above, I am a Nanny. I took Early Childhood Education at my local college back home in Sarnia and I was a Nanny to 2 little girls in Sarnia and I was working at a children's clothing store at the time. I wasn't happy at the clothing store (boss drama) and I just needed a change. I joined a website for people looking for Nannies and within 10 minutes of my profile being up I had over 25 job offers. It was insane. I went through everyones profiles being super picky because if I was leaving my parents house, I wanted to make sure I was going somewhere good.
I came across a family who had to cute little girls and I instantly knew that they were the family I wanted to work for. I emailed them and I got an email back right away saying they wanted to interview me via skype. 2 days after that we did the skype interview which lasted maybe 2 mins because the 1 year old pulled the computer plug so we had to finish the interview by phone. The next day they emailed me and said they wanted to hire me.
I couldn't start for a month because the family that I was with couldn't send there youngest daughter to daycare until she was 18 months and I had promised to stay there until then. Honestly leaving that family was the hardest thing EVER. I aboslutely loved and still do love those girls and we still see each other everytime I go home.
(this is Breslyn & Ella who I nannied in Sarnia♥)
So Breslyn, Ella & I made sure to have the most fun ever for that last month! And let me tell you, that month fleeeew by SO fast. Before I knew it, it was my last day and Breslyn was sobbing that she didn't want "her JJ" to leave her and Ella was hugging me so tightly, my heart hurt. But I was ready to start this new adventure.
On Thanksgiving Day (here in Canada), I packed up my car and headed 2 hours to Kitchener where I knew absolutely no one and didn't know the city at all and had only met the Mother of the family on Skype for 2 minutes. I was sooooo nervous.
I got here and it honestly felt like I had been here forever. I was instantly apart of their family. It wasn't awkward, it wasn't nerve wracking, it was so exciting. I was so happy that I chose this family to be with.
I've been here for 7 months now and it feels like I've been here for 7 years (in a good way). I love waking up and doing what I do on a daily basis. I love taking care of kids and I love taking care of the parents to.
(Ella & I)
Funny thing is, the one year old in Sarnia was named Ella and the 1 year old I am with in Kitchener is named Ella!
(Madison & Ella)
(Ella & I)
I am so happy that I decided to be brave (I'm the little chicken when it comes to leaving my parents) and move away from my parents, my friends, my town, and everything I knew to take on this job because its been such a fun expierence, that I wouldn't change for the world.
Thanks for having me Jamie!
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Paige's Guest Post

Here is the fourth guest post for the week!  A big thanks for Paige for guest posting for me and enjoy here wonderful piece!  I know this is something we can all relate to!!! :)
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Hey y'all I am Paige and blog over at Boots, Bows and the 5oh! I have been blogging for around 6 years now and my life has truly change dramatically during this time. When I first started blogging I was a single Mother of Charli Beth working second and third shift as a 911 dispatcher. Nearly two years ago I married my best friend Curtis and we now have a son together named Bryar. Curtis is a k9 deputy for the county that we live in. I am now a stay a home Mom/child care provider for other children and an Arbonne Independent Consultant. I am SO excited that I was asked to blog for Jamie! Today I am going to share a post written by me in September. Yes, maybe a little lame that I am copying and pasting but this post lies heavy on my heart daily as I raise my 7 year old daughter. 

Recently while scrolling through twitter I caught part of a conversation between a girl Mom and a follower of hers. She was speaking about how she cannot stand the fact that she has low self esteem in her self image and the impact it can have on her daughter.
Whoa.

So I sat here thinking for a while over analyzing the impact that I have now forced onto Charli Beth. Even if it is a selfish of myself, I will be the first to admit that I have never truly put this into perspective like I should have all along. I do make comments to my daughter about my body, my hair and most of all myself in general. Even when she says sweet sincere things like, "Mommy I hope to be as pretty as you one day." I just shake my head telling her "No Char, you do not want to be like Mommy."


What kind of example have I been setting as not only her Mother, but her friend and of course her role model? We as parents, friends or family members are setting the future for our children. They are sponges, sponges of lots of fails and positives that we have put out there for them to soak up. Even if we are a little down on our selves should we continue to pass out the judgemental flaws or should we lift them up with positives and respectful manners? It is our decision to pick how we want our children to feel about us and themselves.

This is a photo of myself just as I was going to bed, still thinking about the impacts. I have no make up on, and yes I typically wear my hair as a mess. I possibly have the lowest self esteem of anyone I know. I can point out flaws to you in a matter of seconds in which most people would be asking what or where these flaws were (Ex: My hair, my teeth, my scar, my attitude, my fashion) My husband questions why I feel this way about myself and wonders how I ever got to this point. Honestly, so do I. Is it a girl thing? Or a young Mommy of two thing? I am not sure. But I do know that we must love and respect our selves because if we do not, who will including our little ones.

Do I want Charli or Bryar either one growing up to think that I am "not good" enough? No. I want them to think of me as flawless, just as I think of my own Mother. Or do I want my husband to think less of me just because I am Pessimistic Paige 24/7? Of Course not.
So it is up to ME and me alone to fix this problem. What can I do to eliminate this "issue" of Mommy fails that I am having right smack in front of my daughter? For one, keep my mouth shut and two work on the issues that I believe I have by talking to other Moms. I have figured out in the last week, that just talking to someone (Which just so happens to always be my Husband) and getting my feelings out there is so much better then keeping them in to where they make me sink further into an uncomfortable hole of pointless self consciousness.

Next, PRAY. This is huge. God made us beautiful women for a reason. He made each of us unique in our own way, so we could show our ups, downs and all arounds if you must. I pray daily to be a better Wife and Mother, for the Lord to show me the way in his word in becoming what HE created me to be. Because like stated above we are such important role models for so many different people in our lives. Little people who do not need anymore negative energy than they are already given in this crazy world.

Lastly, be thankful. Each of us as Mother's have our own baby battle wounds, from stretch marks to deflated boobies (Don't act like you have no idea what I'm talking about. Nursing can take a toll on your ladies!) I have a scar from a surgery that I had as an infant that goes from my breast bone to my belly button, it is terribly ugly and big. But in all honesty, if I wouldn't have had that surgery would I be here today? I have scars on my legs and beside my right eye from a awful car accident that I was involved in after graduating high school. I am thankful, since these scars are the only marks I was left to deal with for the rest of my life.

My belly may not be flat now after two babies and my hair may not be perfect but my heart is full and my cup runneth over. As we all know this is what matters the most, and for that very reason I will pick joy. Joy in bringing my self up and never bringing my daughter down with my thoughtless statements of my own self image.
Your body is a testimony to the world of God’s design. Carry the extra weight joyfully until you can lose it joyfully. Carry the scars joyfully as you carry the fruit of them. Do not resent the damages that your children left on your body. Just like a guitar mellows and sounds better with age and scratches, so your body can more fully praise God having been used for His purposes.
-Rachel Jankovic

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jillian's Post: Love, Marriage and a baby carriage


Hope everyone is having a great week!  There is a third guest post for this week while I am on vacation!  This is a great piece, thanks so much to Jillian for guest blogging! :)
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Hey my name is Jillian! I am a 31 year old mom to two little girls and a third on the way. I have been married for almost 7 years and I still feel like I'm 21:) But I assure you I am NOT!

I am sure most of the girls reading this are college students, young adults.... and can't really even begin to imagine the life I am living, right??  I remember college, it was some of the best years of my life! I know that the homework, exams, all nighters seem hard and crazy but let me tell you... the next phase is harder.  

I went to a small Catholic college in the heart of a big city. It was seriously some of the best years of my life. I had so much fun, hanging out, virtually no responsibilities, living the life of freedom.  But even then I couldn't wait to graduate, get a real job, get married, have kids, the American dream...

Motherhood is something I have always wanted, I knew since I was a little kid that I wanted to be a mommy! So I never questioned that is where my life would turn. Before I kids I had these ideas, thoughts, I would look at other mothers and think, " I will never let my kid do that or I would never look like that in public."  Ha!! If I knew then what I know now! 

My kids are crazy, most days they run around naked, messing up the house, crying, fighting, etc.... My life is not perfect, not glamorous. When they were babies most days I had food or spit up on me. Now that they are older and potty trained I make sure butts are wiped and hands are washed.  Some days (most days) I don't shower until nap time.  I lock myself in a room to get away, they just bang on the door and scream! I haven't gone to the bathroom alone in.... heck I don't even know how long.

But you know what?? I wouldn't trade it for anything! My husband and I find time to get alone time (like once a month), I get me time, he gets me time... We make it work without going insane. But you know what? It's not easy. So let go of that perfect all American dream you think happens when you get married and have a kid.  Because personally? I think that is when life gets the most challenging. Life gets more real and freedom is a thought of the past. But when your little kid looks up at you, smiles, kisses you and says, "I love you mommy".  Makes it worth every last bit of it!! 

God Bless

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Marcie's Guest Post

Here is the second guest post for the week.  A big thanks to Marcie for being willing to guest post!  Enjoy!! :)  I know this post is full of helpful info!
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To My 18 Year Old Self:
With another school year behind us and all of my newsfeeds of all social media outlets filling up with pictures of high school graduation ceremonies and end of high school parties, I can’t help but remember what that was like. That time in my life was a whopping 12 years ago. Is it possible that I’m really THAT old?!?!? Yes, I am now a 30 year old wife and mother to a 16 month old little boy, and yet it still seems like yesterday that I was having my last class of my high school education, beyond excited to be FINALLY moving out of my mom’s house and into a dorm at the University of Alabama.
My college years were some of my favorite years. I loved, I lost, I partied, I danced (I was on the University of Alabama Dance Team), I gained friends, I lost friends, I grew to know myself a little better but most importantly, I grew to know God better. A lot can happen in four years and those four years have the power to shape who you will be in the future. So, as a way to reminisce on this time, I have compiled a list of things I would have told to my 18 year old self. I hope you enjoy.
  • When registering for classes, DO NOT sign up for 8am classes unless necessary. Just because you were able to make 8am classes in high school doesn’t mean you’ll make them in college. In high school, you had no choice, but in college, you have the option to sleep in. And you’ll take it. So do yourself a favor, and opt for the later class.
  • Keeping in line with the scheduling of classes, don’t schedule classes later in the afternoon either. Nothing after 3 or 4. Because you’ll be too lazy after the day to go to those classes either. Shoot for the 9am-2pm range. It’s your most productive time.
  • Study. Let’s be honest, this is the reason you’re in college. And jobs aren’t going to come easy. These days, it’s hard to get a good job that pays good money without at least a 3.5 GPA. So spend some time in the library if you have to. Get away from roommates that will try to convince you to not study but to go out because “you’re in college now”. There will be time for that. But academics is your number 1 priority right now.
  • Don’t party too much. For several reason. It will cause your school to suffer, which is a big thing. But probably even more important is that you don’t want to start bad habits. Staying out late partying will cause you to sleep in late and miss classes. You may drink too much. You may even get into other things that you REALLY don’t want to get involved in. I’m not saying don’t party at all, just party smart. Don’t do it too often and make sure you’re doing it with people that are TRUE friends that will take care of you if you need it.
  • Don’t just date anyone. Just because a guy is cute doesn’t mean you should date him. Get to know him first. See if he’s worthy to be a boyfriend. Overwhelming chances are, this is the four years where you will meet the person you will spend the rest of your life with. So keep that in mind. Don’t waste time dating someone that you don’t see yourself marrying. If he doesn’t love you, love children and most importantly, love GOD….he ain’t worth you’re your time. Kick him to the curb and move on.
  • Don’t try too hard to fit in. College, especially if you go to a BIG university, is nothing like high school. In high school, everyone knew everyone and there were “clicks” of people. You know…the popular crowd, the nerdy crowd, the pot smokers, the goth crowd, etc. Don’t try to be someone you’re not because you’ll end up being friends with people that aren’t like you. Be yourself and you’ll meet people that are like you too.
  • For the love, DO NOT where heels to class. You’ll be laughed at by most girls and the boys will know you’re on the prowl to find a guy and they’ll pounce…and they’re not the kind of guys you want to associate with. Also, if you go to the university gym, don’t wear makeup and pearls. Again, be yourself. If someone doesn’t like who God made you to be, they’re not meant to be in your life anyway.
  • To contradict the previous “stiff” comments, here’s a relaxing one. Every now and again (but not often) skip a class. Playing hookie is good for the soul. Just make sure to catch up on the work and don’t skip an important class…like one with a test!
  • Get a job. Not only will it be great for your checkbook, it will also look great on a resume. Trust me, I recruit for my job and we recruit at the big universities. I’d rather hire someone who has a bit of a lower GPA that has had a job and knows what responsibility and answering to someone else is like than someone that’s never had a job and has a 4.0 GPA.
  • Also on the recruiting front, be careful of the things you put on facebook, twitter, myspace and whatever other social media sites are out there now. These days “private” isn’t private and your information and pictures are accessible to everyone. When it comes time to hunt for jobs and have interviews, do a quick run through of your pages and remove any BAD pictures or posts.
  • Find a church that has a good youth group and get involved. This will allow you to not only grow in your relationship with God, but it puts you around the kind of people you need to be around. You’ll make friends that hold you accountable and friends that you can help hold accountable. Truthfully, THESE are the friends that you’ll stay in touch with when college is over.
  • Put your friends first. Sometimes we get so deep into a relationship that we can’t see what others see. Our friends see faults in our significant other that we’re too “blinded” to see. If your friend comes to you with a concern, listen to them. Friends should ALWAYS come before boyfriends. It makes sense. You can have TONS of friends that will stay friends your whole life. But only ONE boyfriend will make it to the end…well, that is unless you’re a polygamist.
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes…or anything else for that matter. Smoking seems to be the big thing these days for college kids. It is SUCH an awful habit and let’s be honest…it STINKS. It’s definitely a habit that is not worth the risk it comes with. Trust me, you’ll have just as much fun at a party NOT smoking a cigarette as you will if you are smoking.
  • Last but not least, don’t feel the need to go out every night. I know you just escaped your parents household which means you have free reign to come and go as you please. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. This is coming from a mom, keep in mind. Rules are there for a reason. To keep you safe. If your parents made it a rule, there’s a reason for that. It’s fun to go out once or twice a week, but don’t feel that you have to go out to have fun. Sometimes, you just need to close your apartment door (or house door, depending on your living situation), turn off your phone, order some Chinese food and rent movies.

So you guys tell me and all the other readers of Jamie’s blog. If you wanted to tell your former 18 year old self something, what would it be??? Big thanks to Jamie for allowing me to do my very first guest blog. If you are interested, feel free to follow me over at my blog, Justin & Marcie: www.justinandmarciemorris.blogspot.com

Monday, May 27, 2013

Ren's Guest Post

Hello all!  Today I am in South Carolina for vacation!  While I am gone, I am very happy to have some lovely ladies to be guest posting for me!  Ren will start us off, Enjoy!! :)
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Hey all! I’m Lauren but some of you may know me as Ren. I go by both, so call me whatever you feel comfortable with. I’m 17, almost 18, and go to an all-girls Catholic high school. Since it is something not many people experience and I do, I thought I would write about it as a guest post for Jamie.




When I was in 8th grade, I had to choose which high school to go to (where I live you can pick the school you go to as long as it’s not a public school).  My two chooses were both all-girl Catholic high schools. It seems so normal to me but to some of you it may seem strange. My grade school was co-ed and I had 1, maybe 2, co-ed chooses for high schools but it’s a lot more common to go to a single sex schools.


I chose my school and have been there since. I’ve never thought about what it is like to go to a co-ed high school. It is so natural for me to be where I am. I also love my school.

As with every school, there are pros and cons. The pros outweigh the cons by a long shot for my school. One of my favorite things to say about my school is, “If you can’t find a hair tie or bobby pin, then there is something wrong!” It’s true though! With nearly 800 girls you better be able to find a hair tie! Some of the pros are:
·         You don’t have to do your hair nice or look pretty.
·         You can talk about ANYTHING! (You all know what I’m talking about!)
·         You don’t have to worry about being lady-like.
·         Someone always has hair ties, bobby pins, make up, or any other girly thing.
·         There’s always someone to borrow clothes off of.
·         You don’t have to try and get someone’s attention.
Some of my favorite pros are I don’t  have to look good and can get out of bed 10 minutes before I have to leave and still be on time. We do have times where we joke and tell each other that we look a mess but that’s on rare occasions. It’s also nice to know that you don’t have to watch out for what you say and about impressing someone.


There really aren’t many cons except you have no male experiences during the day, so when a male comes in the building that is cute, every girls act like they are deprived of male contact. It really isn’t all that bad either.
You may be thinking that with all of those girls, is there a lot of drama and girl fights? No, and I am pleasantly surprised. We all get along and there isn’t any of the girl drama that people usually think about with a group of girls. Really there aren’t many bad things about going to an all-girls school. You get to relax more and all while going to school.
I would have to say as a whole, my experience of going to an all-girls school has been great and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
*I just want to say that this is only my experience with my school and that every school is different. Some people may have different experiences than what I have had.*


Friday, May 24, 2013

What's Happening

Hello :)  So tomorrow morning we are leaving to head to South Carolina!  We will drive half way and stop Saturday night and then Sunday we will drive the rest of the day.  We are spending the week there and then driving home that Saturday and Sunday.  While I am gone I have some amazing guest bloggers! :)  Starting Monday (May 27th) through Friday (May 31st) you will have 5 amazing guest bloggers and then Monday (June 3rd) we will have one more.  

I'm sorry for not getting up the graduation post, I am waiting on a friends mom to put up pictures that we took on graduation day on Facebook and really havn't had the time to edit the pictures on my camera!  I promise it will be published after my vacation!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Honors Night & Last Day Of High School

 Last Monday (May 13th) we had Honors night at school.  Which is where they announce all local scholarships and two of the valedictorians make speeches.  
Teammates scholarship presented by my mentor :)
4 year college award
 Sons of American Legion Scholarship
American Legion Troop Scholarship given by a former neighbor!
The "Three Amigos" at Honors Night! 


Monday the 13th we signed out of afternoon classes and then Tuesday we signed out of morning classes.  That afternoon we got pizza and then we had graduation practice.  Wednesday we had to be at school by 8:15 to have graduation practice again!
 My Pre-calc class!  I loved that class and we were a tight knit class!
Us three again on last day of school!!

Wednesday after graduation practice I went with my mom to Sam's kindergarten picnic and then worked at 2:30.  Thursday I did a little set up for my grad party and then worked 10AM to 6pm.  At 6:30 was my preschool classes graduation, so i didn't get out of daycare til 7:40!  Friday was more cleaning and set up.  Then I worked 12 to 6pm and went to my brother's baseball game! :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Class of 2013

When you are reading this post, it will be the day that I am graduating! :)  It will be a busy day with Graduation at 2pm followed by my grad party!  This is a poem I wrote a few weeks ago in Creative Writing and I thought today would be the perfect day to share it!  I can't believe Graduation is finally here!  Here is to me and fellow Class of 2013 members!!! :)
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We are one
One little family
We have been together for 13 years
Some have stayed
Some have lefted
Some have joined

We’ve gone through friends
Circle of people

We’ve seen each other every day for 9 months a year
We have had the times of our lifes
We are the class of 2013

But soon we will be saying goodbye
We will be going out in the world
To bigger and better things

Some of us will stay in touch
Some of us won’t
Some of us will come back for Class Reniuns
Some of us won’t

Some of us will get married
and stayed married for fifty plus years
Some of us will have children
Some of us will become successfull
Some of us won’t

We have been through some such together
But it’s becoming time for us to go out of our own

We are the class of 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Zoo

I know, you are so surprised to see me blogging!! :)  This is definitely one of many catch up posts!!

So last last Tuesday (May the 7th) I got out of school to go to the zoo with Teammates.  Teammates is a mentoring program that I am apart of.  I have a mentor and I am a mentee.  Here are some pictures from that day! :)  Stay tuned tomorrow for a post about Honor's Night & Last Day of high school!  Then Sunday there will be a sappy post because that is the day I graduate!  Monday I will have some scenery/baseball pictures.  Hopefully Tuesday & Wednesday I will have Graduation pictures maybe Thursday too.  Then next Friday or Monday guest post begin as I will be getting ready to go/out of town!

Eating cardboard!!
Jungle
 Penguins
 Aquarium 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Yeah

So yeah I haven't blogged in FOREVER!!!  I have been so busy lately.  Between confirmation, baseball, getting ready for mothers day, working on grad party picture video, and getting ready for graduation.  And I know I won't be any better this week!  Tomorrow is my LAST full day of High School.  I can't believe it!  We check out of afternoon classes tomorrow.  Then Tuesday we check out of morning classes and then they feed us lunch, and we have graduation practice.  Then Wednesday we have graduation practice at 8am.  Then I will spend Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday cleaning, getting ready for party, finishing video, and working!  Then Saturday I will be gone pretty much all day for Graduation parties and then Sunday I graduate at 2pm followed by my graduation party!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Letter To My Brother On His Confirmation Day

Today is the day that my brother is getting confirmed!

Dear Drew,
Congrats on getting confirmed!  You have come a long way since you started this confirmation journey.  For me, I really connected with God after confirmation.  Going on a mission trip, synod mini trip, and a national youth gathering really oppened my eyes on how much god loves me.  I hope you go on those trips and get your eyes opened too, and then want to go to church every week!  It's a big day baby brother!

Love Always,
Your Big Sis


*Today you will find me teaching sunday social, going to 10:45 service to get senior quilt, 1pm Confirmation followed by a lunch in.  And then who knows what else because my dad's cousin comes in for a week today!*

Happy Sunday :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Memoir About Divorce

This is a memoir poem I wrote in Creative Writing.  It is my honest feelings/thoughts about my situation with divorce and how it affected me.  I decided to blog this, because I think it's apart of me.  Hope you enjoy and there are no rude comments :)  I know there won't be! 
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Divorce


I was an innocent girl.  Living with my parents and little brother.  

My family fell         a  p  a  r  t
Fighting
Every. Single. Day.
Dragging my dad away from fighting with my mom
To come tuck me in

Moving day
Big Two Men In A Truck
Grandma taking my clothes in her car
Loading everything up
Having to split everything and deciding what goes to what house

New place
Town house with two stories
Having to share a room with my brother
Us getting the master bedroom with connected bathroom
Mom taking the other small room

Unpacking most of my stuff on the same day as moving
Putting all my clothes away in walk in closet
Me having half the closet, brother having other half

Next door neighbors coming over and greeting us
Getting to know all the new neighbors

Having to get use to 50/50 custody
Dad coming over and picking us up from moms
Everything being so new

Divorce made me have to grow up
I had to be responsible
Not only for myself, but also my brother
Having to get all my stuff ready for
which ever parents house we were going to
Having to remind my dad of stuff

Divorce changed how I was.  
I grew up.
I was no longer a care free child

I now was in two seperate homes
Away from unhappy fighting parents
Constantly fighting over this or that

But I had to deal with the fact my parents were divorced
And never going to be together ever again
We would never be that happy family of four
We would never be in the same house
Or go to things together

I had to deal with going back between houses
Having to be the middle man of my parents
And eventually having to deal with a step dad, and two step brothers
And a dad having a girlfriend
They would never be together again

Divorce made me who I am
Made me stronger
Made me have to grow up
Made me become the girl I am now

Happy Wednesday!!  I can't believe it's already MAY!  The busy month is here!!!

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