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Lately, I’ve seen so many negative posts about young moms. I think it’s time we set the record straight with some true/false statements.

All young moms got pregnant by some loser in high school. -FALSE

While teen pregnancy is sadly on the rise, this is not true of all young mothers. Some of us got married at a younger age, and wanted to start a family sooner than others. Some of us might’ve not been planning to get pregnant, but ended up having a baby anyway (and wouldn’t trade it for the world). I’m not trying to bash moms who do get pregnant in high school. I have a few friends who did, and they’d all tell you that becoming a mother was the greatest thing that ever happened to them.

All of our babies have different daddies, and we have tons of “baby daddy issues.” -FALSE

Again, there are people that I see on facebook who have some serious drama/issues with the father of their children. Then here are those who chose a great guy to have kids with, who wants to be involved in the life of their child. There are moms who had a baby with a different man than their first baby, and there are moms whose children all have the same father. We don’t all belong on Jerry Springer. We don’t all have “deadbeat dads” as the father(s) of our children.

We are missing out on a “normal” life for someone our age. -TRUE

I’m 21 years old, married, have one baby, and another on the way…and I’m so beyond happy! Most (not all…but most) people my age are out drinking, partying, sleeping around, or in meaningless relationships with people they don’t plan on marrying, just because they want someone to hang out with. People my age are so desperate for attention and affection, they’d give up who they are just to be someone else’s idea of “perfect,” only to have their heart broken or crushed a few months/years later. that’s what a “normal’ life is for the average 21 year old right now. So yeah, I guess you could say I’m “missing out” or that I haven’t even had a chance to live yet. Honestly, I’d rather spend my days cuddled up on the couch with my husband and my baby while we watch Disney movies, rather than going out and partying into the wee hours of the morning. Let’s be honest, nothing good happen after dark…that’s why your parents gave you a curfew while growing up.

We’re all just a bunch of unemployed, uneducated housewives, mooching off whoever we can. -FALSE

Most of the young moms I know are also some of the hardest working people I know. I call it the “Mama Bear Instinct,” when we go out of our way to do absolutely everything we can for our kids to have the best life possible. Some of us are stay-at-home-moms (myself, my sister, and several of my friends included), and we all have our reasons. I tried working, but it was soooo hard for me to leave my daughter every morning. I felt like I was missing out on all her firsts. I felt like someone else was raising my baby. The only time I really had with her was the 20 minute car ride to and from the sitter’s house, 2 hours before bedtime in the evenings, and weekends. To all the working mothers out there, my hat goes off to you. As far as calling us all uneducated, well that’s simply not true either. It may take us longer to get our degrees due to the fact that we have children, but at least we’re doing it. While I was at Bible College, I was exhausted from working a full time job, and going to school full time as well. Now that I’m a mom and going to school at the same time, I know that it’s way more exhausting than when my only responsibility was school and work. Now, I have a husband and baby who need me (along with our dog, cat, and 2 beta fish), a home to take care of, online classes to take, and still trying to find time to study…that added responsibility can be quite overwhelming. Guess what? You’ll never hear a young mom complain about it. Cleaning their house gives their kids a safe, clean environment to grow and play in. Making dinner for their husbands (or significant others) just means there’s one less thing for their man to worry about after a long day at work. Staying up to study or do school means that one day, they’ll have a degree, and will be able to have a job that enables them to provide for their families in so many ways.

You can look at an 18-25 year old woman and see all the negatives that people circulate through social media. Then again, you can look at her, smile, and possibly even give her a few words of encouragement. Being a mom is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding opportunities that women are given. Looking down on mothers who started their families at a younger age than what you think is appropriate…well, that’s just not nice.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013: I moved to Florida.

Yep, you read that right. Currently, I’m living in Navarre, FL with my sister Jennifer, her 2 kids (Zack and Alyssa), her fiancée (Chris), and her fiancée’s parents (Steve and Suzie).

Monday (the 8th) and Tuesday (the 9th) were my job-hunting days. We went all over Navarre and picked up applications, then we went to the Santa Rosa mall and picked up some applications there as well. However, I was still looking on Craigslist for a job (just in case I’d missed a place that was hiring). I saw that there was a housekeeping position available at the Hampton Inn, but I noticed that it had been posted over a month ago. I gave them a call to see if the position was still open. The receptionist said “Of course! Just come on in, fill out an application and we’ll interview you today so you can start as soon as possible.” So I got dressed and ready, then headed over to the hotel.

I filled out the application, then waited for a lady named Darla to come interview me. Turns out, she’s from Texas too! (Maybe I won’t be made fun of for saying y’all! Lol) She was really nice and very funny. Long story short, I got the job! I went and had my drug test done, then went home to fill out the rest of my paperwork. As soon as it’s turned in by Friday, I’ll be able to start on Friday or Saturday. I’m so excited! The shifts are 8-12 hrs, and it’s very easy to earn overtime. Today, I get to turn all my paperwork back in, get my uniform (light blue “Hampton Inn” polo, khakis, and tennis shoes), and find out when my first day will be.

Anyways, enough about the job. Since I’ve been here, it’s either been REALLY hot or REALLY rainy. My room is flooded with bright sunlight at 6am, then goes completely dark before 9pm. Florida is very different, compared to Texas. But…I like it! 🙂 Jennifer said that this weekend (if it’s not raining), we should go to the beach. Gotta say, when I came here in June, the water felt wonderful! It’s so beautiful here! I’ll try to upload some pics later. Gonna go turn in all my paperwork now. I’ll blog more later.

Peace. Love. Cheryl.

About two weeks ago, Jasper (my adorable puppy) jumped all the way into my car for the first time. He’s tried several times before, but either his legs were too short or his gut got in the way. I put my keys down for a second to find something in my purse. Then I looked up and saw Jasper running to my car with my keys in his mouth. I opened the door, he jumped in, sat down, dropped my keys in the seat and just stared at me.

Jasper <3

I took him out of the car and put him on the ground while I go in. I was still buckling my seatbelt and he’d already hopped back into my lap. Everytime I took him out of the car, he started crying. Apparently he REALLY wanted to go with me. What a rotten…uh, I mean CUTE…puppy! ❤

Senior Finale

Posted: January 24, 2013 in Life As We Know It, Random Ramblings

Since the last time I blogged, 2 things have become official..#1: I became an adult (my voting card came in the mail a few days ago, so I’m excited and ready to vote!) and #2: My senior year is over halfway finished! Today, I started my last semester at JCCE. Gotta say, it’s gonna be hard saying goodbye to all the friends that I made there! This semester, I’m taking Hymn Photography, Drama, and PE. We had a prom meeting today, so that’s something exciting to look forward to (I hope I get to go). My last day of homeschool is May 17th, and graduation is June 1st. I’m sure I’ll be posting some Senior pics soon! Anyways, I’m gonna go..thanks for checking out my blog! 🙂

Wednesday night, Bro. Michael Jones preached on zeal out of 2 Samuel 16:5-14. He defined zeal as “an energetic enthusiasm, especially for a cause or purpose.” In other words, having zeal for God is the same as being on fire for God. We shouldn’t pur water on anyone’s fire…we should encourage them to keep that zeal and continue to increase their zeal.

Zeal is passionate

   – Peter was fiercely loyal to the Lord and we should have that same zeal

   – Everybody is passionate about something. What are you passionate about?

   – Allow the things of God to wholly consume you

   – Apathy toward God is a result of passion toward something/someone else

Zeal is purposeful

   – Zeal doesn’t stand in speech alone; it is found in action as well

   – Doing something for God is the first step in doing everything for God

Zeal is prudent

   – Gain wisdom with your zeal. Don’t decrease one and let the other grow.

   – Zeal needs to be for the right purpose, in the right way, in the right time

Thursday morning, Bro. Michael Jones preached again over magnifying the Lord (using Philippians 1:19-26). He said that if you become heavenly minded, you’ll become a blessing to the earth. Paul prayed for the people long before he prayed for himself or asked others to pray for him. Why should others pray for us if we don’t pray for them? Why would God do a work if other people pray for our needs, but we don’t (living a prayerless life)? Magnifying Christ should be our earnest expectation and hope.

There should be an aspiration to magnify the Lord

   – Magnify: to make great or become large

   – God doesn’t need us; He wants us

   – We magnify Him in the world where He is minimized

   – He isn’t #1 on your list; He IS your list!

There’s and agent for magnifying the Lord

   – Your body is the agent for magnifying Christ

   – God wants to possess, control, and influence your life…but so does Satan. Who are you gonna let run your life?

There’s an advantage for magnifying the Lord

   – The man who lives for Christ has EVERYTHING to live for

   – If you don’t have the joy of the Lord, you’re not living your Christian life right

Thursday evening, Bro. Dave McCracken preached out of Proverbs 18:24, 1 John 1, 2 Corinthians 6:14, and Ephesians 5:8. He said that light is an emblem of purity and holiness, therefore, we know that God isn’t THE Light…GOD IS LIGHT. Nothing in Him could dim/mar His righteousness & perfection. Everytime He’s present, there’s Light. His truth is illuminated. Since in Him, there is no darkness, He cannot tolerate/fellowship with those that are not walking in the Light. If it’s questionable, DON’T DO IT! Some people profess some things, but practice something else…your profession and practice should be the same, or it’s not real. If we’re gonna walk with God, there can’t be any hidden agendas. “It has to be perfect, or it ain’t God’s.”

Friday morning, all of the high school students went into a session with Bro. John Lande (new staff that teaches the Heartland Singles class at Southwest Baptist Church). He preached from Nehemiah 8:1-6 about a change in thinking.What you think will affect what you do and how you feel. We need to know God’s thoughts about life. Every word & action is a result of something you were thinking. In the world, you are constantly bombarded with thoughts and ideas that are contrary to God’s Word, but you need to bombard your mind with God’s Word. The Bible is the ONLY answer to life. True success is measured by how well you obey God. If you bombard your mind with Christ, you’ll realize that He wants you to seek Him, serve Him, praise Him, glorify Him, and worship Him. It’s essential to be in God’s Word daily if you are going to bombard your mind with God and His thoughts about life. If we were to only eat 3 times a week, we would starve to death. The reality is that a lot of “Christians” only eat 3 times a week (Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night). They’re not feasting on God’s Word daily. Without reading God’s Word, we’re starving ourselves to death.

In the Friday morning service, Bro. Dave McCracken preached on the blood of Christ out of 1 John 1:4-7, 1 Peter 1:18, and Hebrews 9:11-12, 24-28. It’s only through the blood that we are able to serve Him. His perfection condemns me of my sins. It’s His SHED blood, not His LIVING blood, that Saves us. If you start to doubt Creation, you’ll start to doubt that the BLOOD washes away your sins. God purchased us with HIS OWN BLOOD!!! (That’s pretty amazing!) Through His blood, we have eternal redemption. In order for it to be eternal, it was only done once, but will last forever! The blood gives us peace. His blood was so perfect and so powerful that He only had to shed it ONCE for us to have ETERNAL redemption.When you see “-eth” in the Bible, it means that it’s continual…like “His blood cleansETH away ALL sins.” His blood continually cleanses us from our sins. The blood will never lose its power! God doesn’t call you because you’re so awesome; He calls you because He’s so awesome!

Today, I finished the last little bit of Spanish that I had from my Junior year. I am now officially a SENIOR!!! I’m super excited! It seemed like school had been dragging on until I got to high school. Since my freshman year, time has flown. I can’t believe that I’ll be graduating soon! We tentatively have my graduation scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2013. However, that may change depending on a few things (when I finish all my work, when family can come, etc.).

This year, our homeschool schedule for this year includes the following:

  • Monday, September 3, 2012 – Labor Day; No school
  • Monday-Friday, November 19-23, 2012 – THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • December 24, 2012-January 4, 2013 – CHRISTMAS BREAK
  • Monday, February 18, 2013 – President’s Day; No school
  • Monday-Friday, March 11-15, 2013 – SPRING BREAK
  • Friday, May 17, 2013 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (I may need to continue school until May 31, depending on how my year goes)

Anyways, I’m excited to see what’s in store for my senior year! Please pray for me as I make decisions on where I’m going and what I’m doing after high school (still not 100% sure yet). Thanks for reading my blog!

Peace. Love. Cheryl.

I know it has been a LONG time since my last blog post, so I apologize. I’ve been busy, but it had to have been the best summer of my life…no joke! It was one Awesomely Busy, Crazy summer!

I worked for Mediserv again for the first half of this summer. In the first half, I also took part in several things at our church. For instance, we hosted a Ministry Wife Retreat at the beginning of the summer. It was a blessing just to be around the other ladies and to help with the retreat. Next, we had VBS. Our theme was “Sonlight Express.” Yes, that means we had trains EVERYWHERE!!! On the last night a young child got Saved, which proved that our labour was not in vain. PRAISE THE LORD!!!

For the month of July, I had the opportunity to work with the Abbott family at Camp Hosanna in Hiawasse, Georgia. Soon, I’ll have a whole other blog post about my time there and the ministry/family that I got to be a part of for 3 weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to go back next summer (I would like to go all summer…but we’ll see).

This past week was busy as well. Monday, I was in a parade and beauty pageant. I didn’t win, but it was still fun to get all prettied up and try to be graceful (even though I’m the least graceful person on the face of the planet, lol) in front of a pavilion full of people. Wednesday through Friday of last week, I had the opportunity to go to youth conference at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The preaching was a huge blessing! Bro. Michael Jones and Bro. Dave McCracken preached some really AMAZING messages! Soooo glad that I got to go!

I started school last Monday. I still have some Spanish from my Junior year that I need to finish, but then I’ll be a SENIOR!!! I can’t believe that I’ll be graduating this year!!!

Well, I’ll blog more later, but right now, I have to go to bed. Goodnight, and thanks for reading my blog. I’ll post more soon!

Peace. Love. Cheryl.