Calling all wait staff! This story is for you!🎉 Proud mommy moment!🙌🏻 Meet my darling youngest child, Chloe! Isn't she cute?🤗 Yesterday after church, she decided to take me out to lunch on her dime.🍽 She said since we didn't have our phones, left mine at home and hers is being repaired, we could just visit with each other without distraction.❤️ Sadly that thing is too often in my hand.🤦🏻♀️ Anyway, I paid with my card, because she only had $25 cash and she knew that wouldn't be enough to tip well and said she'd get me back. She always does.👍🏻 You see, she works in the restaurant business herself and understands the value of a tip.💲 She mentioned that she wanted to leave $20 and I said that was way too much.😳 She informed me that Sundays were the worst days for tips, she'd heard.👂🏻 Our waiter was friendly enough, didn't leave us hanging and even offered us to go cups for our waters, no less.✅ The check was $21.94, and I told her to leave a $5, more than 20%. I thought it was a good enough tip.🙂 I had to go to the restroom and she said she just wanted to sit for a minute more.⏳ I went on and she came after a short time.👱🏻♀️ Later that evening she told me she swapped the tip for the $20.🤔 I asked her why she did it. She said she wanted to make his day and she knew how hard it was to be a server.😍 It was a humbling lesson for me as her mom as I realized once again what a big generous heart my 15 year old has.😁 So what is the lesson in all of this?❓ I say let your kids be as giving as they want.🤝 I think it will come back to them in the end.🔁 Once she was given a large tip by a man for babysitting where she works (trust me that isn't the norm).🎉 And let's just say, that made her whole week!🙃 So do you have a story of generousity you would share with me? I'd love to hear all about it! Just drop a comment below. ⬇️
Have you ever had a morning that was total chaos?! Or things just didn't go according to plan?📆 Well, that was mine for sure today...😮 I'd planned to get up at 5:30⏰ when my alarm went off, to do my workout. But guess what? It didn't happen...😔 I wasn't prepared to take my daughter👱🏻♀️ to school but decided in a flash to pull my crap together and shift my day, for better or worse.👀 Did it feel like my head was going to explode?😫Yes!🤣 But I only had 35 minutes to figure it out. And I'd be staying down there all day. (No need for 4 trips to the county below us.... Right?!?)😳 Thanks to some meal prep previously and leftovers too, I had food to throw in a lunch box.🤗 Having unexpected time with my youngest was actually a pleasant surprise.🎉Don't you love that? So...now to get in that workout.💪🏼 I had to figure out somewhere to make it happen since it was 39 degrees outside!😳Don't you think that's a bit cold to be jumping around and doing push-ups? Me too!😂 What could I say but a huge "THANK YOU" to a friend who was willing, on the fly, to let me "borrow" her house🏡. Does your workout travel with you? Any who....Would you have wanted to wait until you got home after 8pm to do it!? Yeah, like...NO!😱 I say all that to say this. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.👊🏻WHATEVER IT IS! Do I love working out? No, not really. It hurts. I'm naturally lazy among other things. But, do I like working out even less late at night? Yes! Do I want to skip my workouts altogether and get off track? Nope. Not at all. I mean it's only 30 minutes, y'all.⏳ Learning through the years that having a plan A is great, but having a plan B, C and D is even better. Priceless.🏆 This has taken me SO long to learn. And I still struggle daily. You gotta roll with the punches. Am a I wrong?🥊 Wouldn't you say life throws you curve balls daily in some form or fashion?⚾️ You betcha!😫 So what about you? Had any curve balls today you just decided to adjust for so you could get crap done anyway?🤔 I'd love❤️ to hear about it. Drop a comment below⬇️ or shoot me a message📱. I could use the encouragement too. We're in the thing together.🙌🏻
Our father had it planned before you were born. Your joy and happiness is on the other side of you control. Surrender to him. Let go of how you think things should be. Move past the sadness of your past. Let go of the people God removed from your life. Surrender and live in the life God has for you. #Godslove #lovingthelord #havefaith #Godspeople #humbleservant #blessed #nevergiveup #youvealreadywon #youaregreat #believeinyourself
I didn't deserve what he did but I'm thankful 🙌🏽🙏🏽😇 Good Night 😘 #Blessed #godisgreat #godisgood #happyplace #thankful #godgotme #thankyoulord #thankyoufather #Livinglife #Faith #believe #humble #newthings #love #smile #godgotme 🙏 #believer #imblessed #imabeliever #miracle #victory #mercy #Grace #prosperity #abundance #lovingthelord #positivevibes #goodvibes #positivity #positivethoughts
. i will hold you when you're breaking like a father and a friend and i will carry you through darkness 'til we see the sun again so rest your head and cry your tears know that i am with you here when you can't lift that weight believe me when i say I WILL! 💫💕 . . . // just my way to say imissyou 💛😢 // . . . #jesuschrist #jesuschristforever #lovingthelord #lord #thankyoujesus #forsomeoneclose ❤ #imissyou
I don't just watch football on Sundays I praise the Lord and feed the hungry. But like pastor Dave said we should all be hungry for the holy spirit so let this week be full feeding ourselves with His word may the Lord be with you guys #Godbless #gracechronicles #lovingtheLord #christiansunite #togetherforever
"Being healthy isn't about the weight you lose but the life you gain!" ✨ Transformation Thursday is of yours truly! Feel free to show me some love y'all, lol!🤣 🎉 You will not find a dramatic weightloss photo. 🚫 But what you will find is two totally different women. 🌑🌞 These pictures were taken in two oceans on opposite ends of the country about 18 years apart. ↔️ The person on the left was depressed, self loathing (didn't won't to wake up), totally unprepared to be a mom, in a struggling marriage, about 25 pounds heavier, completely unhealthy and out of shape. 😔 The person on the right knows who she is, is loving life, ready for the next adventure, enjoys being a mom (rollercoaster ride and all), in a marriage that is moving forward every single day (he's my best friend), fit, strong and able to do more than ever! 💞 A lot of healing and work took place in the in between but there is really no substitute to being whole and fully alive! 😍 Life is good and I am so grateful for this gift! 🤗 Have you wanted to start fresh but don't know how? Do you want to feel your very best both mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually? Are you tired of saying tomorrow, next week, next month or next year only to wake up ten years later and wonder where your life has gone? Interested? ⚠️ Then this message is for you. 📝 Comment below or send me a message directly saying "I'm ready now" and we'll talk about how I can help you make the shift! 📱🖥 Not here to convince you, just to offer a way to a new you. 👋 #affirmations #momofgirls #momofteens #workingmoms #neverevergiveup #youareworthit #gardeninglife #mypastdoesnotdefineme #livingbyfaith #marriageisforever #frugalliving #healingfromwithin #instamoms #instaparents #instawives #lifewithmygirls #lifewithmybestfriend #justthejourneyofthisgirl #healthy4liferocksbabe #foodiemom #natureloversforlife #lovingthelord #overcome #faithandfamily #noexcusesever #diygifts #makingthemostofit #findingbalance #positivemindset
I LOVE words and playing fun games don't you? . Why you ask? . Well the first is twofold. 1) I like to talk (way too much, lol) and 2) words📝 open up the world of learning to us that otherwise we wouldn't have. . And...who doesn't like fun games? We played all sorts of games when I was growing up and we still do that with our girls! Besides that people like being able to share their opinion and be heard. Am I right? . I enjoy reading all the comments and I always learn something new, funny or altogether weird!🤣🤔😳 . So....with that being said: Enquiring Fran wants to know! And...GO!!!🎉
Don't get me wrong, I love Florida and I love the beach. . But that's not where The most important people to me in the world are, my best friend and my girls. They are here in Georgia and I miss them. . I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to get to go this past weekend but I am so grateful to be coming home to them. . We definitely fuss and fight sometimes and don't always treat each other like we should, but they truly are my biggest support system! . I have tears forming in my eyes as I think about kissing my husband and hugging my girls. . I appreciate that they too made a sacrifice for me to be able to go on this trip. They truly are my heart and soul and I'm so glad they're mine. . I don't want to waste anymore time not fighting my hardest for them. . What is it that they say, home is where the heart is? Absence makes the heart grow fonder. And that's exactly how I feel. . Have you ever gone on a trip without your family and couldn't wait to get back to them even though your trip was amazing? . Won't you share with me about it? I'd love to hear from you.
Do you find it is easy to become jaded by what we see👀 and hear👂🏻? I am constantly being drawn into the negative😳 by what I read and observe. Do you feel the same way? I have to fight👊🏻 daily within my own mind and heart❤️ to remain positive🤗. In a world🌎 full of hate🚫 let us remember we can effect change one person at a time by doing good🙌🏻. Be the light🌞 to the hurting, lost and confused😞. Choose to smile😁 more and lend a helping hand✋🏻. Change your mind🤔 and focus on what can be done💪🏼 and not on how bad it is. Love💞 is the answer and His name is Jesus✝️. Praying🙏🏻 for our world🌎 and nation🇺🇸 today. Won't you join me👫? Together we stand! Divided we fall!
Can I talk with you openly and honestly for a few minutes? ✋🏻 None of us get to turn back the clock and start over. It's just a reality. ✋🏻 We are where we are and that's just the facts. ✋🏻 But that doesn't mean that we have to keep living the same way we've been living if it isn't where we want to be. ✋🏻 I have spent a lot of my life blaming other people for how my life is going. ✋🏻 I tell my children to take responsibility for their own actions and that they have a choice in the outcome of things. ✋🏻 Unfortunately, that isn't always how I live my own life. ✋🏻 I have a duty as their mom to be an example of how they should conduct themselves. ✋🏻 I want to leave a legacy that I can be proud of, someone they can truly look up to. ✋🏻 I want them to live a life full and rich with joy busting at the seams with tons of memories and choices they too can be proud of. ✋🏻 I want them to be willing to grow and learn. Not resisting every obstacle that comes their way but looking at it as an opportunity to become a better version of themselves. ✋🏻 It's absolutely true that I can't control other people. But I can control how I respond to any given situation. ✋🏻 I don't get to blame somebody else for how I choose to act. It's on me. ✋🏻 Have I got this figured out perfectly? Um… No. I still mess up way more than I'd like to admit. ✋🏻 So how does this play out in real life? ✋🏻 We are all a work in progress. However, we don't have to settle. ✋🏻 We need to be actively pursuing growth, change and getting out of our own comfort zone. ✋🏻 That's where the magic happens. If I don't like something or how it's going, it is completely on me to do what I can do to change it or change my perspective. ✋🏻 The blame game is as old as Adam and Eve. ✋🏻 I don't want the last thing people remember about me to be, here lies Fran she didn't take responsibility for her own life and blamed everyone else. It makes me shutter just to think of it. ✋🏻 So what about you? Does this pose a challenge in your own life? ✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻✋🏻Continued in comments!
Did you know, I have never really liked exercise🏃🏻♀️? . Did you know I have an ongoing battle with a sweet🍨 tooth? . Did you know I used to get picked last for any athletic😳 sport? . Did you know I have been body shamed both overweight and as someone trying to be heathy🤦🏻♀️? . Did you know I struggled with severe anxiety and depression☁️ for 8 years of my life? . Did you know I grew up in an abusive home🏡? . Did you know I haven't had my own pot to pee💧 in more than once? . Did you know I thought I would be a terrible mother🤷🏻♀️? . Did you know people were betting our marriage👰🏼 wouldn't last a year? . But....do you know what else🤔? . We ALL have had things happen to us that are either out of control😭 or we have contributed to resulting in our lives being not fun at the moment. . I have a choice and so do you. It starts in our own heads👩🏻. So goes our mind so goes our path. . I choose to keep working💪🏼 on myself. I refuse to live as a victim😔. . Does that mean it's easy? Nope. It's actually harder to tell yourself the truth🙌🏻. . But I want to be fully alive and not just live as a dead person. I've been there and it sucks. I won't go back⬅️. . Life will get messy. Things won't always go my way. That's okay. I get a choice to see it as an opportunity💡 or an obstacle🚧. What do you choose? . Always remember this. You are amazing🤗, worth fighting👊🏻 for and are worth the effort! . If we all were our own cheerleader📢 instead of listening to the lies others told us or the ones we tell ourselves, this world🌎 would be a different place. . Love❤️ is the answer not🚫 hate. . Please watch. We all need a change wouldn't you agree?🇺🇸🇨🇦
Don't leave that connection with our father to be only when you're in need. Keep thanking and praising Him when times are easy or hard. Stay connected no matter what's going on. #Godslove #lovingthelord #havefaith #Godspeople #humbleservant #blessed #nevergiveup #youvealreadywon #youaregreat #believeinyourself
TBT for God’s Glory we must praise! Don’t let the rocks out do you! ““I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”” Luke 19:40 NIV . . . #makeajoyfullnoise #clapyourhands #stompyourfeet #singoutloud #doadance #playaninstrument #praise #praiseinadvance #praisedance #praiseGod #dance #shout #christianlife #seekgod #enterhisgateswithpraise #enterhiscourtswiththanksgiving #tbt @theladdercc #youngadults #settingexamples #lovingtheLord #worshipGod #Godisworthy #noise #loud #lit #jesusistheway
Late post 🤑#westhollywood Dinner #sushi #thefaceplace #shining #doinggreat #lovingmyself #everyday #lovingthelord #healing #thingsgetbetter #timeheals #gifted1 #losangeles #turnthatfrownupsidedown #losangelestimes #losangelesgram #earthsign #capricorn #4lit #therealist #photographers #imdoingfinewithoutyou #wordofmouth #4lit #hatemeorlovemeidgaf
you can't realize ur purpose and ur potentials in life until ur fully immersed in the Lord...He who holds ur destiny,will unleash the hidden treasures in you..and you only start living when you start living for Him..He gives the true meaning of life and gives a new definition of you, a reason to see another beautiful day that He has made and a new life that is worth living... #LovingtheLord #lettheweaksayIamstrong #findyourpurposeinGod # #buildingthekingdom #
OK so this is kinda a belated post, Sunday was the d-day.. But nonetheless happy sweet anniversary to the Mainas, weddings are usually interesting but it takes the grace of God to work the sweet out in marriage. The Lord that has been your help with see you through till... I dunno, depends on when you plan on leaving the earth surface 😎. Thank you for trusting #JewelsofLaurel to give you the perfect anniversary look 😍 #lovingthelord #alwayswearjewelsoflaurel #jewelsoflaurelwoman #lovingyourselfevenmore #instillingconfidence #confidentsteps #confidencebooster #fashion #style #artandbeauty #beautifullife #colour #colourrevealslife #beautyinsimplicity #kimono #kimonoinspired