How to be a LIGHT in dark places






There is no doubt we will all go through hard times. We will all endure heartache, loss, pain, and suffering. You have two options you can either give in and let the enemy win or you can praise God through the storm.

How can you praise God when you just lost a baby or lost a job? What if you are going through a nasty custody battle? You can praise God by allowing that to happen. It is in fact all a part of His plan . This is what I believe to be true.

Faith is trusting to God to do what he says. I can not always see the good in each trial I go through but I know without a shadow of a doubt that my God has my back. I know he is faithful and loving. My God will never leave me. My God doesn't need me to be perfect. My God doesn't need me to act like I have it all together.




Be strong and courageous. 

Do not be afraid or terrified 

because of them, for the LORD your

 God goes with you; he will never

 leave you nor forsake you. 

-Deut. 31:6


God gives and takes away but He is worthy to be praised through it all. 
Romans 5 tells us that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 

My hope is in the Lord. I delight in knowing that everything happens in his timing and for his purposes. 


Dealing with a loss is a very traumatic thing. It can break you. It can make you stronger or it can make you weaker. You can turn to Christ during that time or you can turn your back on him and blame him. 

I chose to be a light when I was in a dark place. I chose to pursue Christ and not push him away. 

The Lord is near to all who call on him. Psalm 145:18

God never left my side. God was near to me because I chose to call on him.


You can be a light in dark places by:

Proclaiming his truth.
Speaking what is helpful and useful.
Being an encouragement. 
Being an example.



LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE ALL MEN!





I love this quote from The Fellowship of the Ring:

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien





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Festive trail mix!



This post is sponsored by Acorn, an influence company. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. #HoneyNutCheerios #NuestroCereal


As a teacher and mom of two young children I am always looking for creative ideas for snacks!

The last day of school is approaching and I love gifting my students with something sweet! I usually give them pencils, stickers, and little trinkets. I thought I was switch that up this year and give them something they would actually use.... FOOD! All of my students love treats!




I wanted to incorporate cheerios into this snack and I was easily able to find this product in the cereal aisle at Walmart! I knew that this festive trail mix needed marshmallows, chocolate, pretzels, and popcorn in it! I also decided to really make it festive by adding SPRINKLES! I mean sprinkles makes everything better! Right?




Creating memories with my children is something I love getting to do with them!! Oakland was SO excited when he saw all of the colorful bowls full of snacks he loves! He got to try this mix and totally approves!


I love how Big G cereals helps you turn little moments into big memories! I can't wait to see my student's faces as they open their bag and see the festive trail mix inside!




For this mix you need:

-Your favorite fixins! I chose marshmallows, pretzels, cheerios, popcorn, chocolate morsels, and topped it off with sprinkles! We put all of the ingredients into a bowl and then filled each bag with the mix! It's SUPER easy and anyone can make this!




For more recipe inspiration using your favorite Big G cereal, be sure to check out Querica Vida‘s webpage and the Dia de los Niños Pinterest board.












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Incredibundles + HUGE diaper bag bundle GIVEAWAY!


I received these items in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own. Thank you IncrediBundles for sponsoring this post!


I recently had the opportunity to review an amazing service that I had never heard about with my children!!


IncrediBundles gives you the buyer a chance to personally choose items that are bundled together and sent to that special mom to be or a child on their birthday!








I love that you choose what you'd like to gift and they do the wrapping and shipping for you!









I love when companies I shop with give back! IncrediBundles makes a donation to a child in need for every bundle purchase!!




Here are the items I choose to go in my "New Baby" Bundle:




You can't go wrong with aden+anais !!! This sleep sack is precious and so soft!!


I am such a fan of wooden toys that I couldn't pass this one up! This is a clutching toy and it encourages first clutching of objects!




You can't go wrong with gifting books! I actually prefer getting books at showers and birthday parties! I have always read to my kids at night since they were born and love seeing their love of reading today!



There are many different bundle options like a book bundle,  diaper bundle, sleep bundle, or a learn and grow bundle featuring award winning toys!





I would definitely recommend this service to anyone in need of a baby/child gift!!! I love the ease of checking out! It took me maybe 5 minutes to add everything to my cart and then submit my order! This service saves you time and gas! Next time you're searching for that perfect gift keep IncrediBundles in mind!




In honor of Mother’s day, I’m partnering with IncrediBundles to give away the Ultimate Diaper Bag and a 3 month supply of Diapers! 


Enter to win their Mother's Day giveaway and you could win the ultimate diaper bag bundle!

Share a photo on Instagram of what's in your mom bag and use the hashtags #momonthegocontest and  #incredibundles! Contest closes MAY 7TH!!! Good luck!!!



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He gives and takes away.




Your period is late.
You wonder. You pray. You hope. You trust. You are scared.

You take a test. It is negative.
You take another test about a week later. It is positive!

You share the news with your shocked husband! There is so much excitement! So much worry! SO much planning to do. Do you move to a bigger house? Do you make your 3 bedroom house work? So many questions!!!

God has given you another miracle! This baby is a huge blessing that you have been PRAYING for and that your friends have been praying for!

It is confirmed at the Dr. You go at 7 weeks to see the ultrasound. There is no baby. The Dr. says it could be too early or maybe you're about to have another miscarriage.

I go back to get blood work done over the next week and a half. The numbers are rising! SUCH A GOOD SIGN!

It is a GREAT sign until the numbers start rising abnormally. The doctor is fearful this is not a viable,
normal pregnancy.

I go in for another ultrasound still not knowing how many weeks I am. The Dr. thinks I am roughly 4-6 weeks along.

There is no baby, no heartbeat, the baby is not there. 

You have told your family, close friends, and even shared the excitement with other friends who are pregnant at the same time!!


God gives and takes away.
God is faithful.
God is real.
God knows our needs.
God hears our cries.
God is near to the brokenhearted.
God loves me deeply.
God knows what I yearn for.



This ectopic pregnancy was no mistake.God does not make mistakes.

But in up to 1 of every 50 pregnancies, the fertilized egg stays in your fallopian tube. In that case, it's called an ectopic pregnancy or a tubal pregnancy.  




Today, May 4th I had a procedure to destroy the cells. In that moment I chose to trust in God's beautiful plan for my life. If I were to continue with this pregnancy it would be life threatening to me. I have a family to take care of. I have children to look after. I firmly believe I made the best decision. 


I can choose to blame God or praise God.


I love these lyrics from Lauren Daigle

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!



I am choosing to trust in God to get me through this difficult time.

My sweet friend Lauren compiled a group of women who have struggled with infertility and loss. I am so honored to be among other women and share my story of a previous miscarriage. 


Check out my story here :) How fitting is it that she shared my story yesterday... THE SAME day I found out about losing this 4th baby! 



I am reminded of God's goodness and love through my two beautiful children He already blessed me with. These two make me a mom. These two are are my everything. I praise God for these two miracles!

Photographer: Lauren Giles    AMEN shirt: C/O August Bleu

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Mother's Day holds such a special place in my heart because Oakland and Ainsley are the reason I am called MOM. If you're a mom then you have an extraordinary role in this world. Being a mother is the most rewarding job title I could ever want. Yes, I said job. It is a FULL TIME JOB! Your day is never over, you can't  just give up, your child(ren) need you.



This day moms everywhere are celebrated for who they are and what they've done in their child's lives. A mother is worthy of praise and adoration everyday. If you're unsure what to get that special mother in your life I have compiled a list of my favorite things!


Here's my lineup!

Trendy Bubs  This small shop features adorable clothing for your little one and moms! This small shop is ran by two mamas and what they produce is adorable! If you like kimonos, screen tees, head bands, and children's clothing then look no further! I love the kimonos that were made to go with my mama tees! They are so light weight and perfect for the summer!



LOVED BY HANNAH AND ELI Sarah is the mastermind behind this amazing brand!! She is an awesome mom and a huge supporter of other small shops and she does a great job of reposting you wearing her brand! These tees are perfect for all mamas out there! They are TTS :)


A. Tak Crafts Ashley is a Houston gal who creates beautiful custom creations! Her necklaces are gorgeous!!! If you need a pop of color and want something bold then she's your girl!


Project Print  Lori is so fabulous at drawing! She created 3 custom illustrations of me! They look like me! She was so delightful to work with!! She also creates one of kind makeup bags! How adorable is mine with the pineapples on it!!! You NEED to check out her fabulous work on etsy ! Lori is offering 20% OFF WITH CODE MOTHERSROCK !!!!!!




Tula This is my go to brand for skincare!!!! I have used Tula for a while now and love the results I get from it! The moisturizing cream and face cleanser are by far my favorite products!



Dyson Okay moms you NEED this vacuum! The Dyson v6 animal is AMAZING and also $100 off right now through their website!! This machine can go in high to reach places, your car, behind furniture and appliances, and comes with different attachments!! My children LOVE using it also! Oakland is always asking to vacuum! What mom doesn't want to hear those words? I want to help! If you're on the hunt for a new vacuum you totally need this one! The image below will take you directly to the site to get $100 off this amazing vacuum!







Foreo This skincare device is anti-aging and amazing! It provides an even deeper , yet gentle cleanse that is tailored to match your specific skincare needs! I have really oily skin so I was sent the purple device to help with oily skin. It removes 99.5% of the dirt and oil plus makeup residue! This device is perfect for moms! Did I mention it's waterproof and 1 full charge lasts 7 months when the device is used twice a day?! Wow!


Original Grain Watches I love watches!!! If you're mom loves watches too then she needs an Original Grain watch! I have the rose gold watch! This amazing company helps to plant 10 trees for every watch that is sold!


Case Taboo provides unique cases for those who live in a fashion forward lifestyle! I love switching out my cases!! I love all of the different choices Case Taboo offers!








Baseball Mom Style!

T-ball has officially taken over 3 of our nights every week! It is very time consuming and you want to make sure to wear the proper clothing to cheer on your team!! I am one of those moms who barely sits down and I will yell if I need to.



I am huge fan of supporting small shops and sharing them with my instagram followers!!! One of my absolute favorite shops ever is LOVED BY HANNAH AND ELI , they have the famous Mama Bear tees! These shirts are perfect for supporting your child at their events or just to wear out while you're running errands!