Need a Dose of Romance? Don’t Miss The Newly Released Movie on January 19th, “Forever My Girl!”

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I’ve grown accustomed as a single mom to being asked the questions, “Do you date?” Well, the answer is no I do not. But, it isn’t because I don’t believe in love. Quite the contrary! I absolutely believe in love and know that falling in love can happen on any given day. But, I also know that love comes in many forms and my greatest love is my daughter Anya. I always tell single moms that while they are waiting for the love of their life remember there is an abundance of love to experience in the meantime. What greater love is there than the love of your child? The time I spend with my daughter is precious and I try to find ways to create memories that will reside in our heart and mind.

Here are five ways how I spend the time with the love of my life:

  1. Traveling! We are road trip girls! Our best memories have been when we spontaneously hit the road with a couple bags, some snacks, and the radio blasting. Just recently we spent the week before Christmas in the Bahamas and had a wonderful and memorable time!
  2. Long Walks: Our best conversations happen when we’re taking long walks. In our busy world, our walks have become a way for us to unwind, talk about our day and get some fresh air together.
  3. Cooking: I’ve been cooking with Anya ever since she was a wee little one and it’s always a fun way to connect and do one thing we both love…eat!
  4. Throw a Party! We love a good party in this house. Planning, prepping and decorating is a fun way for us to share our creativity, have a lot of laughs and it allows me to better get to know my daughter’s friends.
  5. Good Old Cuddling! Nothing beats cuddling up with my kid. She’s 11 and growing like a weed so any cuddling I can get in I’m on it!

Okay, with all this being said, I’m still a sucker for unrequited love and I’m always up for a good romance! So, if you’re looking for a romantic story that warms your heart, don’t miss  Forever My Girl released in theaters on January 19’th.

Forever My Girl tells the story of music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.  Forever My Girl is an uplifting romantic film about second chances.

Make These Banana Muffins! The Perfect Treat!

It is absolutely FRIGID where we live! I’m sure if you’re in the eastern part of the US or even in the south, you’re probably experiencing the chill as well! What better way to warm up than some banana muffins that are easy to bake! Don’t spend five bucks for four muffins, make these babies at home with only a few ingredients and very little cleanup! They only take 20 minutes! What’s not to love! Take a look at the video below shot by my kid along with the pics :)
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The Outcome is Delicious!

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My New Year’s Resolution…To Smell Good!

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I get bored with the same old New Year’s resolutions. You know, save money, lose weight, exercise, get organized, etc. They are all worthy goals and worth pursuing, but this year my goal is to simply smell good. No, I don’t have a hygiene problem, so if you happen to see me, please give me a hug! I promise there is no BO! Yesterday, I was catching up on some sermons from our church since we were away on vacation and my minister spoke of smelling good as Christians, based off of Corinthians 2:14-15,”But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” This scripture made me pause and reflect upon my own aroma. How often do I give off a pleasing aroma to my family, friends, strangers, neighbors, and church family? I also asked myself how often do I just stink? Or was I inconsistent in the aroma I was giving off to others which is just as bad as stinking!

Very hesitantly I had to admit that sometimes I was stinky. I didn’t mean to be smelly, but there were days that I allowed the stinky flesh to take over instead of allowing the sweet-smelling spirit of Jesus persevere, which is always regrettable. Regardless of any other goals, I hope to pursue, none is really more important than representing the love of Jesus. I want to be held captive by Christ’s triumphal procession and not held captive by my own ego. I realized the opportunities and assignments I missed to spread the pleasing aroma of Christ and how that doesn’t fit with God’s purpose for my life. I’ve spent some time thinking about when I have smelled good as a follower of Jesus and the joy it brought to others and I want more of that! I want others to look at me and see me as different, as a woman who loves Christ, who smells sweet and spreads that aroma in all circumstances.

My prayer is for God to reveal to me when I’m stinking and help me to choose the sweetness of his aroma. In a world that gives us plenty of situations to be downright smelly and I know I have a challenge in front of me. Out of the many goals of New Year’s past, this one means the most. I believe it is kingdom work that is life-changing. If I hope to maximize my God-given time on earth in a way that is pleasing to my Father,  some pretty tough self-examination of my actions are needed, which require me to look at how my life is or isn’t glorifying God and to be consistent and honest with myself and God. If I want to spread the sweet aroma that Corinthians speaks about my life has to be less about me and my desires and more about Christ’s desires for me as his servant. So, I’m looking forward to seeking God more diligently, diving into his Word more intently, and trusting fully in the Holy Spirit and hopefully, I’ll start smelling better every day!