living for Jesus | loving @thevincerussell growing babies ↠ Nora Jane + Nolan Jude homemaker | old soul holistic + health + nutrition 🌿
living for Jesus | loving @thevincerussell growing babies ↠ Nora Jane + Nolan Jude homemaker | old soul holistic + health + nutrition 🌿
In the past year I have learned a lot about health and nutrition and how it affects every aspect of our lives. What I’ve learned is life changing and now feels like one of my life missions is to tell others about it and help them HEAL and THRIVE in their health. x What I’ve learned is how we eat can CAUSE or PREVENT cancer and other sicknesses, diseases, autoimmune diseases and everyday “normal” problems. Things like diabetes + arthritis, to thyroid issues + hormone imbalances, to infertility + chronic yeast infections, to food sensitivities + seasonal allergies, to skin problems like acne + eczema, to stubborn weight + poor sleep, to emotional + mental health such as anxiety + depression to so much more. ALL of these things are related to gut health. x A lot of people are afraid of things like cancer like it’s an unpreventable, incurable plague that you never know who it’s going to strike. But the truth is, it IS avoidable and is NOT random. ALL disease begins in the gut. This started my passion to raise and bring awareness to gut health. x While I myself am still on the road to healing, I have made so much progress with the tools I have learned and have been able to improve my health numbers without expensive homeopathics or specialists. I’ve been able to do it on my own...through food + nourishment. And I want to teach you how you can too. x What I want to share I will not be sales-pitching. My desire is for EVERYONE to know, to heal and improve their health, so I’ll be sharing on here what I know and am learning to become a gut health coach. I am working on creating resources I can share with anyone who resonates with anything that I share and wants to heal and improve their health. I look forward to going on this journey with you and while I still don’t feel like I “have it all together” I don’t want that to keep me from helping people, so I want to go ahead and begin sharing what I do know. My desire is to HELP people and to see them healed. 🌿
Love his bright eyes and sweet smile.
I can’t believe my first baby is turning two tomorrow ✨
The softness of his little feet, legs and arms. The sweet touch of his hands. The smell of his head. The softness of his hair. The sounds of his smiles and coos. The feeling of his breath on my chest while he sleeps. Things I always want to remember.
My cousin @lacienotlacy put what I’m feeling this independence day so well: “I don't want to wake up one day and have my freedom taken away and realize "wow, that meant nothing to me." God has blessed us with a freedom because He loves us, and because we are called to be a voice for those who don't have one. I want to use my freedom to the fullest I can. I don't want to excuse not worshiping just cause it's been a bad day. I don't want to put off spending time with the Lord cause i'm too busy. I want to exercise my right to walk with the Lord publicly because I can and I want to use it to fight for those that can't. It's so easy to brush off opportunities to share about our faith and love God publicly while there's someone in the world just begging for someone to share that love with them. I don't want another independence day to come and go where I don't recognize the fight and lengths people have gone to keep our freedom. I want my freedom to mean something one day.” I think in a country where our faith has been fought so hard for, we really let the true meaning of our freedom go to waste, sadly. And with how much Christianity is becoming oppressed, we should really wake up and let our freedom mean something because our freedom wasn’t free. Let’s be thankful to be able to wake up and live in freedom but let’s let America mean more than just the american dream. Happy Independence Day to you and yours! #letfreedomring
Husband joked that what if instagram was still down on the 4th and nobody could post, then did it really happen? 😂 #happy4th
Repost because of the great IG blackout. 😂 We’ve slowly been working on updating different parts of the house, little things at a time. Right now we’re having a dining table custom made by a friend because our dining room just looks like a big open dance floor currently and everyone who comes over asks if we’re going to put a table there and we just say, “no, we were thinking of hanging a disco ball instead and making it the dance floor.” 😂 Next up though is the kitchen remodel! 🙌🏼 Of course you wish you could do everything at once, but doing it in small bits at a time makes you enjoy each thing a little more, I think. ☺️
Eight weeks today and I have a feeling these are the last of his tiny/skinny days. 😂 From 6.2 at birth to 10lbs at six weeks to now getting close to doubling his birth weight at two months... #bringontherolls
The happiest, smiliest boy on the block. 😍
These newborn days are my very favorite. Of course, every stage and age has its perks and sweet moments, but why can’t they stay tiny for longer? 😭
7 weeks with our sweet boy. He gives me big smiles every day every time I talk to him and it makes me melt every time. 🥰
Vince is constantly talking about how he wants to be the best dad, and let me just tell you...he is. I never could have imagined the man I would marry would be this good of a dad. He loves them so tenderly and attentively. He gives them 100% and would do anything for them. He pours everything he is into becoming the best so that he can leave a legacy for his children and grandchildren to come. I admire his passion for fathering and his desire to help other dads be good fathers to their children. That’s something that has the power and ability to change the world, affect the generations to come, and leave an eternal impact. Vince demonstrates the heart of the Heavenly Father so well and I want to honor him today for what he gives his best to every day. Vince, I’m so proud of the dad you are to Nora and Nolan and that you will be to the rest of our children. Happy Father’s Day to you, my love.
For the past 9 months I’d been counting down to May—can’t believe how quick it came and that it’s now June and we’re already halfway through the year!? Time, you thief. Want these years to slow down. I want to take them in. 🖤
I love him I love him I love him
Three things: 1. Little man is now 8lbs (2lbs over birth weight ) 2. We have our herbal bath at @originsbirth today 3. I just realized he’ll be one month tomorrow #imnotcryingyourecrying
If I’m honest, I was really nervous I wouldn’t connect with Nolan when he was born because I had a hard time connecting with him during my pregnancy. Some say it’s a second pregnancy thing, that you’re too busy with your first to think about being pregnant again, and some say it’s because you’ve already experienced pregnancy before and you don’t have the newness of it all the second time. I still don’t know why I had a hard time connecting with him, but I knew I would love him the moment I saw him. I couldn’t wait to meet him and I loved him while he was still in me, but I had no idea I could love him THIS much. As soon as they placed him on my chest and I started talking to him, he stopped crying, and that has happened several times here at home too. Even though I didn’t feel like I did a good job getting to know him while I was pregnant, he still knew I was his mama. Since he has been born, I feel like we have bonded so much. Now I feel like I know what everyone meant by the mother-son bond being so special. #growingnolanjude
Love this photo from our newborn session with my sweet doula @deborahglenn Out of shot, Nora was either hamming it up, trying to steal the show or throwing a fit and didn’t want to participate in the photo haha. This was how our entire session went and we were either dying laughing at her or smiling through the fits pretending like they weren’t happening so we could get some decent photos. 😂 #reallife
My sweet Nolan Jude, you have stolen your mama’s heart. 💛
Can’t believe he was one week here and now he’s already three weeks. I’ll just be over here in a puddle of tears.
Who says dressing boys can’t be fun? Jamie Kay’s color pallets are giving me life. 😍
Baby Mychal ➡️ baby Vince
Our memorial day was full of family, croquet, watermelon and cherry cobbler. 🍉🍒 Hope you enjoyed your three day weekend!
Yes, I’m still sharing pre-Nolan photos because there’s just so many good ones. @reighwalker , you’re magic. ✨
Picked up the house for the newborn shoot and that lasted about five minutes before it looked like the home of a new baby and an almost two year old again, so here’s a photo of my house when it wasn’t hit by a tornado. 😆
When your first baby becomes a giant...
Love my new bedside view 👶🏻😍
We had our newborn session this past week and it was the only thing we did all week, but I think it’s safe to say a newborn shoot with a toddler was was enough to wear us out for the entire weekend, so we have been back to lounging around all day. 😂 Sneaks in my stories!
I remembered how much Nora loved her @sollybaby wrap and was so excited to start wearing Nolan in it, but I forgot about the magic sleep dust they come sprinkled in. ✨ When he’s just so tired but so restless and nursing doesn’t put him to sleep and neither does shushing or rocking or swaddling...I put on our Solly and he’s instantly calm and already asleep within a few minutes. The Solly is hands down my favorite baby carrier. 🙌🏼
Doing and feeling so much better and am able to get around without pain anymore! Still taking it easy, but am able to do things for myself now and enjoying our new little family this weekend 🐣🐥🐓
I think there’s something to be said about going through trauma or difficult times with your spouse. Hearing both of your kids’ heart rates drop in half to what would call for resuscitation outside of the womb, looking at each other in panic not knowing what is going to happen, being told you’re going in for emergency surgery...twice, followed by weeks of hard recovery and depending on my husband for everything. He has taken on so much in this past week, tending to me, playing with our daughter, changing both kids’ diapers, cooking meals, doing laundry, picking up the house, and not to mention WORKING running two companies AND starting a business all from home...AND he takes time to sit down with me, look me in the eye and walk me through whatever I’m feeling and tell me that I’M the sacrificial one when he’s the one taking on literally everything and I feel completely helpless. When he walks me to the bathroom and I’m slowly hobbling, wincing (sometimes crying ) from pain, I see us as an old couple (because that’s what it looks like just to give you an idea haha ) and I know that that will still be us 50 years from now (hopefully minus the hobbling ), him loving me just the same and giving me his everything, because I know the love this man has for me and how much he cares for me and pours into me and will do anything for me. I know I picked the right man to spend the rest of my life with and to raise my children with because he gives 100% in whatever he does and I know he will always be there for me, loving me and them with all that he has, giving us his all. He truly is the best father and husband to have had to walk through unexpected, traumatic and difficult circumstances with. Jesus gave me the best man to walk through all of it with and I’m incredibly thankful for him and all that he does for me and our family. @thevincerussell , you really are the best, my love. Photo by: @reighwalker
Call me weirdo, but I kind of love the postpartum belly. I feel it and love on it like there’s still a baby in it. It’s soft, but it reminds me of its strength and that it carried this baby that I now hold in my arms for nine months. It’s still so bizarre looking at him and realizing that he lived inside of me just as he is. But this belly did all the work and it doesn’t get very much credit for it. Everyone’s so ready to wear a corset to get back to looking like Beyoncé, but there’s no need to be embarrassed of the tenderest part of you that was once the strongest organ in your entire body that so proudly held your greatest treasure for you. Just some postpartum thoughts. 🖤 #growingnolanjude
Mornings with my loves. I didn’t know my heart could be in three places at once. 💛
Can’t believe we met you a whole week ago. You have been the perfect addition to our family. And already above your birth weight at just six days! We’re obsessed with you, little man. #thedudenolanjude
Pairing tiny little baby outfits is so fun. 🤗
You will never regret family photos. 💛 Vince and I processed last night how it’s not just going to be the three of us anymore. It’s sad, and it’s the close of a season, but I also remember processing when it wasn’t going to be just the two of us anymore too... There will always be new seasons. Nora was and will always be our first baby. She made us parents. Our family will only keep growing from here and every season will always be a special time to treasure, from before we were married, to the two of us, to three, to four and so on, every season will be one to soak in and celebrate. Beautiful family maternity photos by @reighwalker 💛
Birth bag is packed, car seat is installed and I’m making protein/energy balls for labor and post-labor soup. 😋🍲 Vince and I both keep feeling like he could come early, but we’re praying he holds out for two more weeks! 🤞🏼 #38weeks #growingnolanjude #countdowntonolan