Life, Personal Growth, Uncategorized

4 Years Later: My University Experience

About a week ago I wrote my very last exam of my undergrad (#boomdone!). As thrilling as this accomplishment was I don't feel done with school or that I've actually finished my undergrad.Β Β Not until I have my diploma in hand will it seem real. Finishing university seems like such a surreal experience because in high school I had doubts about getting accepted, I failed three courses in undergrad and since I took a gap year most of my friends have already graduated. In some ways, it felt as if this day would never come. I also didn't think I would be 7 months pregnant as I wrote my last exams.

Life, Marriage, Personal Growth, Relationships, Uncategorized

4 Unexpected Ways Your Husband Wants to Make You Happy

You may have just read that title and thought "Courtney what are you talking about? You don't know my husband, all he wants to do is irritate me." Yes, I don't know your specific situation, but I do know that if we change how we perceive our circumstances it can affect our relationships profoundly. My… Continue reading 4 Unexpected Ways Your Husband Wants to Make You Happy

Life, Personal Growth, Relationships, Uncategorized

5 Way’s to Prioritize Self Care

The first time I heard about self-care was from my practicum professor who also happens to be a therapist (class felt like a therapy session because we just talked about our practicums and ate food, it was literally the best.). Our professor knowing that we all lead stressful and busy lives especially as students on the cusp of graduation or grad school really encouraged us to make self-care a priority. She shared how taking a hot yoga class when she's really stressed or spending time with horses helped her maintain a balanced life.

Life, Marriage, Relationships, Singleness, Uncategorized

Enough with Cliquey Church Social Groups: Why we Need to be Intentional in Creating Community at Church

A few weeks ago we were visiting a couple from our church who have a young baby. As we were talking a sad reality came to light. It seems that social connections at church are largely determined by the presence of children or one's marital status.

Life, Uncategorized

My Favourite Ways to Save + Make Money Online

By nature I am a saver, I don't love spending money and when I have to I want to get the best deal. Most times the best ways to save money include shopping online. Over the years and through research I have found the best websites for coupon codes, cash back and alerts for when… Continue reading My Favourite Ways to Save + Make Money Online

baby, Life, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Everything No One Tells You About Your First Pregnancy (Part 1)

Before I found out I was expecting I could not wait to pregnant. I used to tell my husband that "I would be so happy if I was pregnant!" because I just knew that pregnancy would be amazing like everyone says and plus you get this cute bump to show off. I had no idea how much work it is to be pregnant!

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Second Trimester Update (21W2D)

I'm officially feeling pretty normal (finally!). Although I do still get sick some mornings since I have stopped taking Diclectin. However, other than getting sick once or twice a week I have been feeling really good. Exciting things about the second trimester: feeling the baby move! Last week (20 weeks) I was sitting in my… Continue reading Second Trimester Update (21W2D)

dating, Guys, Relationships, Singleness, Uncategorized, Waiting

To the ladies in waiting…

I recently read an article by a man on a popular Christian magazine site giving advice to the ladies in waiting. To be honest I thought his advice was a lame excuse for men choosing to act like adolescents and waiting for a woman to fix their problems. I fear this sends a message to women that men have pretty much just given up on maturity and you must take the lead. To this I say wrong! Please don't settle for a man child, because real, godly, mature men still exist.

Marriage, Relationships, Uncategorized

5 Things I Would Say to a New Bride Newlywed Reflections~Month 11

1. Accept your spouse for who they are You can't change them and you married them for a reason 2. Always think the best of your spouse Remember they are doing the best that they know how 3. Love your spouse when they are being unlovable Because He first loved us (1 John 4:19) 4. Never talk badly about your spouse to other people (friends, parents, children) Your words have power, seek to edify your spouse 5. Communicate It shows respect for your spouse and keeps you both on the same page

Life, Uncategorized

First Trimester Update

As of today I am 12 weeks! I am so happy to be coming out of the first trimester. I've heard a lot of good things about second trimester so my hopes are somewhat high that I'll be feeling better and more energized. Today I wanted to take a moment and share how my first trimester has been.