Happy Halloween 2020

Happy Halloween friends! This day represents a couple of things for me. For one, it’s my parent’s wedding anniversary. This year is 39 years! That’s pretty awesome! Happy Anniversary mom and dad (since I know you’ll read this, mom)! Second, we usually celebrate a (wayyy) less scary version of Halloween each year. This year weContinue reading “Happy Halloween 2020”

Unexpected Changes

Hi!  For some of you who don’t know, this is my family.  Family is an important part of my life.  In the beginning of starting Heartening Forward, I had decided that I wouldn’t share my family’s faces publicly.  I did not want my page to be based off of only pictures of us because IContinue reading “Unexpected Changes”

Do You Ever…

Do you ever feel like you are often defending your name in situations with people and how they perceive you? I know I do. As I was scrolling through my personal Instagram and sifting through what I want to see on my feed and what I am no longer wanting to feed my spirit, IContinue reading “Do You Ever…”

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. I shared this photo to an old Facebook I had back in 2013. I had just had a miscarriage the week prior and was still feeling the heaviness of it all. When I shared this photo, I had shared that this was my second miscarriage, but itContinue reading “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month”

What Am I Doing Again?

Have you ever been running around your house frantically trying to get things done, only to go to another room and forgot why you even went there in the first place? Then spent the next few minutes asking yourself, “What am I doing again?” You stop, think and then eventually remember. Or maybe you goContinue reading “What Am I Doing Again?”

Grateful

The generosity to my family has been surprising. I’m truly overwhelmed. This past year has been an incredibly and mysteriously awkward one to say the least. Let me explain… Last year, August 15th to be exact, I began a journey of being gluten-free because of a gluten intolerance. I had begun to feel like normalContinue reading “Grateful”

Life Change

About 11 months ago, my husband and I had made a decision to not have any more children. We were content with having 4 children. 3 girls and 1 boy was perfect (unless you asked our son, he had been hoping for a brother for quite some time). We had also hoped that we wouldContinue reading “Life Change”

Preparing for Baby #5’s Arrival

Our lives are so incredibly busy. Before quarantine/lockdown, etc., we were always on the go. Work, church, school, volunteering, on top of always rushing to the next thing to do. I had also been dealing with health issues for the last several years and we finally got to the bottom of some of the issues.Continue reading “Preparing for Baby #5’s Arrival”

How I Planned My Own Virtual Baby Shower

Surprise! Baby number 5 is on their way and we were so excited to find out. Fast forward from Fall 2019 to March 2020. We were planning on having a baby shower for friends & family and a second one with my coworkers. That was until we got the news that the city would beContinue reading “How I Planned My Own Virtual Baby Shower”