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October 2018

In Work Life on
October 25, 2018

I’m Going Back to University!

Yes, you read that title right! I’m going back to University!! Woohoo!!

Now settle down, settle down. Before I’m the topic of today’s gossip and you start wondering, “What the heck is wrong with this girl? She already has a PhD!”, keep reading.

  1. I love learning! I believe in education! I would not have enrolled in graduate school if I didn’t love to learn. I would take classes until I die, if I didn’t have to deal with stress from exams, research paper deadlines etc.
  2. This year, I decided that I won’t compromise on my family’s health and wellness. There are so many daily products we use with high levels of toxicity. It’s crazy. There are apps available that show you how toxic various products are. I was blown away! So many things I used (including around my baby) that were simply no good. I was determined to make some changes. I don’t want sickness to be the reason I can’t do something. What you don’t spend on pure, non-toxic products, and healthy foods, you’ll spend on doctor/hospital bills. Now, that’s not to say that I’ll never get sick or Amara will never catch a cold (she already has-twice), but I don’t have to contribute to poor health. I can make smarter choices that will make a difference!

So with all that being said, I am officially a student at YL University!!! “Lenore, I’ve never heard of that. Is that another for-profit institution?” (can you tell my PhD is in Higher Education?).

No it’s not another for-profit :). YL stands for Young Living! Young Living is an essential oil company that provides pure, non-toxic, and powerful products that are infused with essential oils. I was really impressed with their Seed to Seal program and how the company distill their oils. It’s so fascinating to me! This is why I wanted to take my essential oil knowledge to the next level. So, I’m basically schooling myself on everything essential oil related. I can’t believe it took me this long to recognize just how amazing and powerful pure essential oils are.

My goal is to learn something new about an oil each week! My diffuser is always going, and my house smells wonderful. Knowledge is power. Wellness is a must. I’m so excited to start this journey. Like I said in my introduction, this year is all about my becoming. So here’s to becoming a lover of essential oils and a healthier version of me! Do you use essential oils? If so, what’s your favorite oil. Comment below! If you don’t use essential oils or you’re on the fence about using, what’s holding you back? Let’s chat!


If you want to learn more about Young Living and my favorite products visitΒ 

Valor. I used this oil all week at work. It smells amazing and so many benefits!


In Mom Life on
October 22, 2018

Zoo Day with Bradley Moms & Dads

Happy Monday!!

In my natural birth story blog I discussed the Bradley Method class we completed. This class not only boosted my confidence to go through with an unmedicated birth, but I met some amazing couples because of it! We have a Bradley Moms message group and we share pictures, advice, and encourage each other as new moms. We also have a periodic venting session :). I have so much love for these ladies and couples!

Yesterday we went to the Hattiesburg Zoo as a group. It was so nice seeing everyone together and meeting all the babies! We were one couple short, so I look forward to the next event! I love walking this new season of motherhood with other moms. I love that I can glean lessons and encouragement from other new moms, seasoned moms, and the pros of all pros LOL. We were never meant to do life alone. I’m grateful for all the women and moms in my life! Here are a few pictures from our day.




Amara was not impressed with the zoo LOL

When the favor of God is all over you *praise hands*

Like I said, not impressed LOL

Train ride fun. The adults enjoyed it at least LOL

Bradley Moms πŸ™‚

Look up babies–say cheese!

From left to right: The Schaffer’s, The Myers’, The McNair’s, The Bishop’s

This looks like we should be advertising baby gear πŸ™‚

In Mom Life on
October 14, 2018

Amara’s Baby Dedication


So it’s been awhile since I last blogged, but I had to set aside some time to post a quick one. I have so many exciting news to share, but today’s post is all about my precious daughter. Amara was dedicated to the Lord in church this morning, and I’m just overwhelmed by the Lord’s faithfulness!

Name meaning

Amara’s name has several meanings depending on the culture of origin, but in the Igbo culture “Amara” means grace or kindness. “Lyric” means words to a song. My husband came up with her name first, but from the minute he told me about it, I loved them both! It was perfect for her. Now that she’s here, I can’t imagine choosing any other name. She LOVES music, singing, and she’s a representative of God’s grace in our lives. I’m also a firm believer that she will be known as a kind spirit. My friend Jamie (if you don’t know Jamie you need to. She’s great!) encouraged me today as she described my sweet baby. She described Amara as sensitive and tender, observant, happy, and delicate. Ya’ll that’s Amara to the T (is that the expression? Shrug, I’m not from here if it’s not—that’s my excuse to everything lol). My baby is so tender, observant (not nosy lol) and just precious. I can’t wait to see all the amazing things she does in this world! She is so loved and there are so many people praying over her life. That alone makes my heart glad.Β Micah and I are truly blessed! I’m also thankful for my church family and family/friends who came out to support and celebrate Amara. Ya’ll rock!

Life Verses/Special Scripture

Colossians 3:17: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Proverbs 31:25: Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future.