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Identity Crisis

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Identity This post is especially special because we’re together, sitting on a green pleather couch, without our 7 kids, in the middle of the Chosen Conference hosted by Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, SC. God has already been speaking and confirming our identities, which we’ve been sharing with you. And today was confirmation for both of us that where we are in this season, is exactly where He designed us to be. Identity is something we all have and it’s something we can all lose sight of if we’re not diligent. As women, we often give more power to calling ourselves the wrong names instead of the right names, the names God has given us and so clearly written down for us. When we give power to the wrong names, we hand power over to the enemy.  This blog is about us trying to always grow ourselves and be confident in the calling of the identity he’s placed on our lives. We were reminded of this after listening to Hosanna Wong ( @hosanna.wong ) speak from her book, 

Boob, bottle, or both?

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I was recently asked by my college friend and fellow twin mom to write a guest post for her blog. I ofcourse said yes! I have known Catherine since our CofC days as we were lucky enough to be in the same sorority and live together for a couple of years! If you're into real estate, amazon prime finds, mom advice, and basically all aspects of life, I know you'll love her fabulous blog, kittymills.com . Check her out on instagram to get a glimpse of how amazing of a mom she is and how cute her babies are.  Boob, bottle, or both? I have had 4 kids in 4 years. Yes, you read that right. This means I have 4 children under 4. So, pause, take some time, and say a prayer for my sanity and me.  I am a mom to a 3 year old, Parker, an 18 month old, Gray, and 4 month old boy girl twins, Charlee & Crew. And while I’m not pro at this mom thing, I would say I’m pretty seasoned in my experience. From singleton pregnancies to multiples, I’ve been around the pregnancy block if ya kn

Talents and Strengths Part 2

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I'm just gonna stay still It’s okay for me to be fulfilled by being home with these little babies.I’m a firm believer that many women should and can work outside of the home, and I’m a firm believer that other women should and can work inside the home. Neither is better, neither is worse. But God told me to be still, to praise, to worship, and again to just be still, and he spoke this through the lyrics of the song “Defender” by Francesca Battistelli. I’m a type A, go hard, whats next type of gal and this reassurance from our heavenly father was what I needed most at that moment. So I submitted to that and gave myself permission to just be still in this season. Confessions As I sat still God used a speaker’s words to bring me into phase two. She said something along the lines of “we should all use our strengths”. I wrestled with that for a while and came out with what I believe God needed me to take from it. First, God gave me talents, and wants me to use them. “Each o

Talents and Strengths Part 1

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The Place I recently attended a women’s event that was incredibly life giving, it spoke truth and extended grace to a room full of women seeking the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Just being in the presence of other women who love Jesus and are seeking after him, not just for themselves, but for their husbands, children, friends, and co-workers, was impactful to say the least. Add on top of that, amazing spiritual teachers who spoke God’s word and God’s promises and you’ve got a night that was truly special.  Closer God met me there in my expectant state and dealt with some things in my spirit that I finally allowed him access too. James 4:8 says “ Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded”. When we draw ourselves closer to God we remember that it’s not him that strays but our flesh that does, and as we know from the parable of the prodigal son (If your not familiar with that story read L

The Best Healthy Brownies

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The Best Healthy Brownies  I love blogs where they get straight to the point as far as recipes go. So here it is, I have been on the Fast Metabolism Diet for about a month and each week it gets better and easier (check out the app if your interested in the diet, it makes it so much easier!). One of the things I miss is sweets and I am always searching for yummy healthy alternatives to my favorite sweet items.  I decided I needed a brownie today so I looked up a healthy recipe and then I tweaked it to fit my diet.  Yummy Zucchini Brownies   What you use:  1/2 cup vegetable oil (next time I will try applesauce as a replacement) 1 1/2 cups birth xylitol 1 tbsp. vanilla  1/2 cup cocoa powder  2 cups oatmeal (pureed to make flour)  1 1/2 tsp. baking soda  1 tsp. salt (I used sea salt) 3 cups puree zucchini (2 large zucchini)  handful of semisweet chocolate chips  The batter during nap time.  What you do:  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep

Walking Through Darkness to find Joy Pt. 2

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I want to start off by admitting that I was struggling with postpartum depression was a hard pill to swallow and it shouldn’t be. I shouldn’t feel ashamed, but I did. But I’m here to tell you, if you feel unlike yourself, if you feel like you are in a dark place and can’t get out, you can. Seek help wherever you can. A doctor, your family, God.  Also- bear with me, this is quite a long post.  After finally finding my true joy (or so I thought), I still questioned why God brought me through that dark valley? You see, it just came full circle just recently after I attended a Girl’s Night Out Event on August 2nd, 2019 hosted by one of my all time favorite gals, Jess Connolly. Side note: if you don’t follow her on instagram or read her books, you totally need to check them out, they’ve been so great for me, my faith, and my life.  Y’all, I walked out of my depression the summer of 2018, so why did my realization come almost a year afterwards?? Well here’s the scoop, A LO

Walking Through Darkness to find Joy Pt. 1

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In January of 2018 my husband and I welcomed our second child, a beautiful baby boy, Gray William. I was elated. I had our sweet girl and a boy, and I felt so complete. This was it, this was our family. The first couple weeks were great. We had lots of people loving on us, helping us, cooking us meals, and keeping us company. Life was good … until it wasn’t. Spending my days nursing my baby boy while feeling guilty that my two year old was watching t.v. all the time weighed on me. Staying in the house because I was fearful of taking two kids in public weighed on me. Not feeling confident about the way I looked after a baby completely weighed on me. I can remember one day my mom walking in the door, I looked up, handed her Gray and just started crying. The tears came and would not stop. I had this overwhelming feeling of emptiness and darkness. How could I feel empty or lonely when I have these two beautiful children? How could I feel lonely when I had a husband always by my side ready

Welcome to Hallelujah + Amen

We are so glad you've stopped by our little corner of the internet! We wanted to start this blog as an outlet for ourselves and others to be open, honest, and real. We are so excited for this new hobby of ours and can't wait for you to come along this journey with us.  Hallelujah + Amen came about after we had attended an all women's event where we heard numerous speakers talk about finding your purpose, taking risks, and obeying your calling. We got in the car, shared what we took away from the event, and there the idea for our very own blog came about.  We are both nervous to put ourselves out there but we are ready to get this blog rolling and share our experiences and passions with others like you! We hope this blog serves as a place of hope as we use our experiences as christians, mothers, wives, daughters, and friends to entertain (hopefully) you and be vulnerable.