May Giveaway

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today I am sharing an awesome giveaway I am blessed to be apart of. My friend Kendall is hosting it on her blog, Songbirds & Buttons!

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You can visit her blog or click the link below to enter. Good luck!

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Have a wonderful day!

Non-Blogging Passion

Today, I am participating in another Girl Behind the Blog!

Today’s Topic:

What is your non-blogging passion(s)? Why are some things you do not always share on the blog, but you are passionate about?

I hope you enjoy! Check out the other blogs participating by clicking the icon below! 🙂



I’m off!

Hey friends!

I will be taking a sabbatical this week until Easter Sunday.


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{Royal Caribbean: Freedom of the Seas}

Because….I am going on a cruise! My husband and I are off on a week-long cruise to celebrate our 8 year anniversary coming up.

I pray you have a blessed week and that you enjoy the Easter holiday with your family.

Getting to know you….

Today I am sharing some fun facts about me as apart of The Influence Network’s getting to know you link-up! We were asked to share one photo of ourselves, three facts and the impact the network has had on our lives. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Photo(s) Of Me: I couldn’t choose just one so I am sharing a couple. 🙂


{My husband and I at the Third Eye Blind concert in February!}

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{My family. We are weird and we aren’t ashamed!}

Three Facts About Me:

1. I have a tendency to get really obsessed with TV shows. Typically, if I get really into a show, I will watch ALL of the old seasons on Netflix or Hulu right in a row. Sometimes in just a couple of days. I have been through entire shows like Bones, The West Wing, Big Bang Theory….and now I am watching old episodes of Duck Dynasty. 🙂

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2. I have an unhealthy obsession with a local Mexican restaurant’s salsa. Their secret, I believe, is adding cilantro. Whatever it is, I am obsessed. I but a cup full and bring it home about once a week. 🙂

3. I absolutely LOVE Psalm 46. It is one of my favorite passages of scripture, and I use it often to encourage others who might be going through a rough time. For me, it is one of the most encouraging passages of scripture.Psalm 46

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Side-Note Info:  I am a public high school teacher (for almost 8 years), worship leader/team member (play piano and sing), love girl scout cookies, sleeping in and watching ESPN. I am an avid Florida Gators fan and love carbs. 🙂

What valuable thing have I gained from The Influence Network?

There are so many things I can mention here, but the biggest benefit I have received from Influence Network (so far) has been the tremendous support of the leadership and members. As a newer blogger, I have had tons of questions about a variety of topics. I know I can always go to the leadership for help, or ask questions of the members in the influence network forums. I also have received tremendous support and prayer from the leadership and members when I was in grave need of prayer. It feels so good to know that I now have friends here who love and support me, and want to see me thrive in my walk with Christ and want to help my blog be successful for Him

I am excited to “meet” all of my fellow Influence Network ladies online, and to FINALLY meet some in person at The Influence Conference in September!!!

Have a blessed day, ya’ll!

How to Bless Your Spouse

This weekend I had the opportunity to really bless my husband. He recently turned thirty but didn’t get the chance to really celebrate due to some work obligations on his actual birthday.

You see, my husband’s love language is gifts. This doesn’t mean that he is materialistic or overly values “things.” However, it does mean that he see love through giving and values gifts with sincere meaning behind them. By giving him a sincere gift, it shows him that I truly love him. As our marriage has progressed, I have become better and better at learning his love language. We have opposite gifts, so it definitely took me some time to speak his “language” correctly! 🙂

Over the years I have known him, he has had one major bucket list item that he would want as a gift: to see Third Eye Blind in concert. My husband is a HUGE Third Eye Blind fan, but has never had the opportunity to see them live. He has either missed a concert, or the band was not touring or was touring overseas, or we had a previous commitment when they would come to town.

I have spent many years trying to surprise him with tickets, to no avail. Finally, when he turned thirty in January, I found out that the band would be playing a concert at Sea World in Orlando this February. I decided to go ahead and purchase tickets for him as a surprise! I even managed to secure overnight babysitting so we could go on a mini-weekend date to the show.

When I finally told him, he was SO EXCITED because he knew this would be a big life event. We made the trip to Sea World this weekend, and were able to spend some time in the park before the show. The sea animals were amazing to see, and I am excited that we will be able to go back later this summer to take our daughter to see the dolphins, turtles, and various other sea creatures!

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We saw some cool sea animals before the show. We even got to feed some stingrays!

The best part of the concert was our seats. Sea World offered a VIP seating package for a reasonable price, so I went ahead and purchased it as a special additional treat for my hubby. We were thrilled to discover this meant we would be inches from the stage! We were SO close to the band, we could see face pores and nose hairs! HAHA. What an honor for my man to have such great seats.

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What a thrill to be so close! Well worth the money to see my husband so blessed & happy.

The best part of this weekend was getting to spend some quality time together. We are so thankful for friends and family who help us with our daughter so we can take these trips once or twice a year.

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We have such fun together. I am so glad I married my best friend. What a great weekend we had!

What are you or your spouses love language? How do you bless your spouse? Feel free to share in the comments below or start-up a chat with me on twitter (@waitingwithjoy).


Northface Giveaway :)

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My wonderful blogger friend Sarah is doing a great giveaway that I am blessed to be apart of! She is celebrating having 300 followers today by graciously giving away a beautiful Northface jacket! I encourage you to go over to her site, Love Sarah K, and check it out! OR, you can enter below.

There will be one winner!
Winner will be chosen completely at random and will get to choose the color (upon availability)
All entries will be verified, so please be honest!
Winners will have 48 hours to reply to my email otherwise another winner will be chosen/
Open to U.S. Residents only
**Good luck!**

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