Sun♡day devotional 1

Tonight Lord, we pray for the stay-at-home mamas who work from home. Although an incredible blessing, it is such incredibly laborious work. Day in and day out Lord, these mamas are constantly feeling under pressure. Between sharing their time between their child(ren) and their work, they are never left to take a breath. The hours are long. There isn’t a clock to punch out on. Lunch breaks are nonexistent. Free time is nonexistent, especially for those who are unable to seek relief from a spouse, family or friends.

The weight is heavy. Lord please be with these mamas as on some days, they are so desperately in need of Your strength and guidance to persevere and move forward. Please be with these mamas Lord to show them that although they may not have physical, earthly help, that they have You. You alone can move mountains. You alone are the most high Jesus Christ.

For those of y’all reading. I have been struggling today. At times, it felt as if I was facing impossible to climb mountains. I have literally prayed all day. I know that the Lord is with me. He has given me the strength to get through this day with grace. It was certainly not an easy one. But I have made it through. And if you are taking a moment to read this, and you have had yourself a weighty day, just know, you have made it through.

I just want you all to know, especially you mamas. It is okay to feel like you’re falling apart some days. Talk with God. He will pick you up. He will put you back together. He will never fail you. You are not alone, and as the beautifully perfectly imperfect child of God that you are, you never will be.

Please pray for these mamas Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen

WHAT’S IN MY MAKEUP BAG

HAPPY SATURDAY BABES!

Can y’all tell how excited I am, that it is the freakin’ weekend? CHEERS ♡

Okay, so I just wanted to take a moment before I head out on errands, solo I might add (otherwise known as a mini vacay for one), I wanted to hop on and quickly share with y’all what products exactly I use daily and store in my makeup bag!

My go-to, everyday, day n’ night, all occasions makeup bag. . .

Featured above:

Brushes (top to bottom): Maskcara B Squared Brush (Bronzer + Blush); Maskcara The Detail HAC; Maskcara The Multitasker; (featured right) Eco Tools double ended Brow Brush; and (featured right) Maskcara Perfector Sponge.

Primer: Younique Touch Glorious Primer

Face (Foundation, highlight, contour, illuminator, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, eye liner, lipstick, and setting powder): Maskcara Mini Double Decker. . . YEP. ALL. OF. THAT. ♡

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous (Carbon Black)

Lippie: Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme (Clear)

What’s inside my HAC Stack you’re wondering. . . Pure freakin’ magic 👇

Top layer
Photo by: Alyssa C Dodenhoff
Bottom Layer
Photo by: Alyssa C Dodenhoff

So there ya have it gals! You now have the ultimate 411 ♡

Message me if interested in customizing your own magical palette; Visit @thecheekymidwesterner on IG!

Much love –

05♡15♡2019

Tonight Lord, we pray for those suffering from chronic illness. Day to day they struggle Lord, both physically and mentally. At times, they wonder if this will be there forever.

We pray Lord that these warriors know God’s comfort, and that they continue to carry out hope and refrain from getting discouraged. Lord we ask that you please surround these warriors in your loving embrace, and be with them always to remind them to keep the faith.

We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen

05♡14♡2019

Tonight Lord, we pray for our stay-at-home mamas, whose work is often overlooked and sometimes, undervalued. This mama is home with her babies day and night. She is not given a lunch break, as she is always punching the clock. The hard work that she consistently puts into her child(ren), at times gets tiring. She is tired Lord. At times, she feels breakable. Please be with this mama Lord. We ask You Lord, that You bless her hands. Please show this mama how loved and appreciated she truly is Lord. We ask that You please bring her the strength and fortitude to keep moving forward. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen

Prince Charming + Tito’s

Happy Tuesday y’all!

So, let’s talk Mother’s Day mamas. . . And, let’s be really, really real.

My Mother’s Day definitely did not play out as I had expected.  Did yours?

Throughout all of the years of waiting. . . Waiting for my husband to get home after the end of a long week of traveling, waiting for him to come home after months of training, I have found that the hardest part of the waiting game comes just days before their arrival.  The excitement, the expectations. . . They all start to build up.

Just a lil’ background info for y’all: My husband was on a weekend flight this past weekend, and so Brooklyn Meadow, Lemon, and myself enjoyed a girl’s weekend in.  Filled with pizza dates and tiny adventures, we had greatly anticipated the return of our knight in shining armor.

My mind had switched over to fantasy mode, and I began to enter a dream-like state.  In my head, I had dreamt up the perfect outfit, the perfect hello, the perfect kiss.  In my head, I could see him running to me and engulfing me in a full embrace.  I pictured him holding me tight, never wanting to let go.  A day filled with sharing stories and stealing kisses.  Can y’all tell I am a dreamer or what?

So, on Sunday when I had received the “OK” to leave for the airport, my mind went into overdrive.  My handsome husband in his flight suit was going to walk off the runway, run to me and hold his girls tightly.  We were going to spend the afternoon brunchin’, drinking mimosas on the patio overlooking cornfields.  We would spend the rest of the evening as a family, on a walk, relaxing, appreciating one another.

SCREEEEEEEEECH.

“Hey babe?  Can we go home so that I can change out of my flight suit?” *Cue Brooklyn Meadow crying, crankily anticipating a nap in the backseat*

My fairytale began to unravel as we got closer and closer to home.

I was discouraged, disappointed, upset.

Needless to say, after getting home, we spent the remainder of the day inside quietly, as my husband napped.

Was I mad as hell?  Yes.  At him.  At the situation.  The day.  Myself.  Yes.

And here is why I love writing so dang much.  Because writing has and had allowed me to reflect on the situation.  It allows (and had allowed) me to see my written perspective against a blank, unbiased canvas.  Without my mind interrupting, I can (and did) truly mediate and reflect on my situation.

My husband didn’t “ruin” my Mother’s Day.  I didn’t ruin it.  No one ruined it.  It just didn’t turn out as I had expected.

I, simply, in the midst of dreaming, had lost sight of my reality.

In my dream-like state, I failed to factor in that my husband worked hard and long hours all weekend.  He was physically and mentally exhausted.  He had an early morning and a set of flights to prepare for the next day.  I, on the other hand, was running on very little sleep and as a result was irritable and on edge.

Often, we brew expectations in our mind automatically and subconsciously.  We simply cannot help it.

In the end gals, we should never release ourself from knowing our self-worth and carrying forth what we know and believe we deserve.  And although our expectations form suddenly and without warning, we must learn to separate our fairytale expectations from reality.  Hold up – I am not saying stop dreaming!  No, no, no.  We must just be mindful.  At the end of the day, life is going to pan out the way it is supposed to pan out ♡

Ultimately y’all, God’s (the Universe’s, whomever or whatever you believe in’s) expectations for our life are sometimes different than our expectations for our life.

So, just ride the wave.  Be thankful.  Practice gratitude.  Give yourself a little grace.  It is okay that you aren’t always super mindful of your blessings in the heat of the moment.  Forgive yourself.  Allow yourself to grow from it. #glowup

And sometimes, you just need to sit back, relax, have a little Tito’s and let life happen.

Much love –