englexas early release, movies and candy...ya gotta love school parties and all the goodies they bring home but I'm using this as an opportunity to have a relaxing afternoon with my littles! 2d

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englexas today is my main mans birthday...he's the most hard working man I know, not only in his jobs as entrepreneur, designer and pastor but also in striving to be the best man he can be...i can honestly say that I like him more and more every year! I love you @gabemayes...thank you for always putting God first and loving us well! 3d

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englexas we were completely shocked when we found out we were having a little girl but are so excited to add another sweet little girl to our family! darby couldn't be more excited to have a little sister...she's even offering to change diapers!! thank you for all the congratulations and love sent our way! 1w

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englexas three cousin babies born in the month of June...we decided to reveal our genders all at the same time! 1w

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englexas here's a little 20 week update (a few days late!)...I can't believe I'm already at the halfway point, this pregnancy has gone by extremely quickly which I'm super thankful for // I can no longer fit into my regular jeans so it's officially time to transition to maternity jeans, unfortunately for me I can't find them! // baby is already sitting super low and head down which has cause me to start effacing...the midwife isn't too concerned but we are watching for any contractions and that could be a problem // we know the gender and will be revealing it to the world tomorrow! 1w

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englexas he was adamant that he wasn't tired and didn't need a nap...the poor kid didn't even get his shoes off before he fell asleep...he napped like this for an hour!! #napavoider 2w
  •   ashleighmatto I thought he was upside down then realized the angle. 2w
  •   kehill HOW does this even happen!? This is magic for sure. 2w
  •   jodyehefner That is amazing! So glad you got this on camera:) 2w
  •   alparker2 That's awesome!!! Ha ha! Poor guy! 2w
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englexas we made it! it's Friday! let's celebrate with donuts...you deserve it mamas! 2w

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englexas I normally don't post this kind of thing but do yourself a favor and go download #faceswaplive...we've spent the last hour totally cracking up, well worth 99 cents! 3w

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englexas someone (I can't remember who!) posted their homemade almond butter cups the other day and I've been craving them ever since...a quick google search brought me to this paleOMG recipe and they are to die for! I can't promise that I won't sit here for the rest of the day eating every last one, but they're paleo so they're healthy right?! #yourewelcome 3w

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englexas he hates when they look over his shoulder while he's reading...but she is so interested in reading that she can't help herself, she has to get really creative! 3w

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englexas I caught them on the stairs and she was singing to him "love Him, love Him, all you little children...God is love, God is love"...she's such a good little mama, is it weird that my kid just challenged me to be a better mama?! 3w

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englexas "I know you're not tired but just go lay in the couch while I make you some hot chocolate"...😴 works every time! Ha! #mom101 #yourewelcome 4w

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englexas I tried to convince the kids to let me sleep in by letting them build a blanket fort in my room this morning...about thirty minutes of screaming and giggling later, I finally gave up! #nicetrymom 4w

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englexas I thought I'd take some time to say hi to all the new followers over the last few days and introduce myself a little! here are some facts about me:

I moved to the US from England when I was 17 to go to Bible school // I've been married to my hubby for 10 years // we've moved 14 times since we've been married // the house we currently live in is the one we've lived in the longest...a whopping 2 years! // we planted a church with two other couples 2 years ago // I'm a photographer but mom-ing will always come first // we have 3 kiddos earthside (8, 5 & 3) // our last pregnancy we lost our boy at 12 weeks // I'm currently pregnant and due in June // I'm an INFJ // I hate talking on the phone // I never check my voicemails...I have 89 in there right now // I always talk about wanting to be in pictures with my kiddos but when it comes down to it...I feel weird posting selfies so never do! // one of my goals this year is to read a book a month // currently reading "loving our kids on purpose" by Danny Silk // thank you for following our journey...feel free to comment below with something about yourself or ask a question, I love answering questions!
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  •   ilagubs17 I've been following you for more than a year and I loved to learn something more specific about you and your family. You actually were the first instamama that I started following! :) I do have one question: what's 'INFJ'? 1mon
  •   roxannedarnese We are near twins. Im an ENFJ. My "E" & "I" are nearly equal with E a bit stronger. My F is strong. If you want an interesting assessment take the Clifton Strength Finder. Many corporations make employees take, and it is eye opening. I had to take last year. 1mon
  •   paolagm I'm from Mexico I have only 1 year married. How do you to keep house clean, take care of your kids and work 1mon
  •   roxannedarnese @ilagubs17 ... It is a personality type. Myers Briggs Personality Types. It tends to be the same one's entire life. I have had to take it for college & work & always an ENFJ. It is very interesting. You can take free online. http://www.personalitypage.com/portraits.html 1mon
  •   syd_the_spaz_ Oh cool I didn't know you're an INFJ... I'm an INFJ too! 1mon
  •   englexas @ilagubs17 that's so cool! Thank you for following along! INFJ is a personality type, you can google Meyers-briggs personality test, it's super accurate! 4w
  •   englexas @roxannedarnese I'm totally going to check that out, thank you! 4w
  •   englexas @paolagm having a structure really helps. I have daily responsibilities for the kids (make bed, put dirty clothes in basket, pick up toys) and get them involved in all the cleaning...picking up after ourselves has been the main thing in helping keep the place clean because it can so easily pile up! 4w

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englexas this week we hit 17 weeks so I thought I'd give a long-overdue update! I was so thankful to be through the first trimester and constant nausea, I felt like I had barely survived those first few weeks...then along came migraines with my second trimester! I couldn't catch a break and not even essential oils or Tylenol (when I was finally at my wits end!) could clear them. At my last visit with my midwife she suggested I may be low in magnesium (which could be the culprit to my restless legs too) and I've been taking a supplement the last few days...so far, no migraines! I'm SO thankful and starting to feel human again!
In other (more exciting) news, I've been feeling baby move since 15 weeks! I thought it was waaaay too early but this being my 5th pregnancy and going through everything that we did with our last pregnancy and loss made me super sensitive to everything going on inside of my body, I'm much more aware this time around! Yesterday for the first time I got my first belly-moving big kick and I laughed so hard! I've been dealing with a lot of worry of loss this pregnancy so feeling little kicks every day is so comforting!

And finally, we've decided to find out the gender! I was really leaning towards it being a surprise but this week a really wonderful idea came up for a gender reveal and I just couldn't pass it up! Just 3 more weeks until we find out! High fives for all of you that read this far! Ha!
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  •   naturallymeg Congrats on your little one! I'm 16 weeks and it's fun to follow other mamas who are going through the same thing. Also as a mom who has experienced loss, I wish you the very best! After tasting the bitterness life can through at you there is nothing like the sweetness of a new baby. 4w
  •   englexas @kirsive it'll happen soon enough mama, with my first two I think I was close to 20 weeks when I felt movement! 3w
  •   englexas @judybeltrez thank you so much! Looking forward to following along with your pregnancy too! 3w
  •   englexas @cassiecalhoon I'm originally from Wigan but have lived in the states for 15 years! 3w
  •   englexas @naturallymeg thank you and congratulations on your little one! 3w
  •   nicklepickle OMG!! How did k miss this!!!! Congrats love! I hate pregnant nausea and I got migraines too when I'm pregnant! It's THE WORST! Hopefully you're feeling better now! And you look great. Can't wait to hear what you're having... You make some darling kids! Congrats again!! 2w
  •   englexas @nicklepickle thanks so much lady! I'm so glad to be through the first trimester!! 2w

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englexas little man was up every 2 hours through the night with a fever so we're going in today and I'm hoping and praying it's not the flu...as we snuggled up on the couch today I couldn't believe how long his legs have gotten, he's getting ready to be a big brother! 1mon

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englexas my sister and her family just left for the airport and we don't know when the next time we will see them will be...living so far from family is so hard but I love knowing that we always pick up right where we left off and our kids have a bond that can't be broken by distance and we got them all together in a picture to prove it! Ha ha! 1mon

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englexas a successful first day of the new year...I still haven't quite got the guts to write on my new calendar yet though! 1mon

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englexas I wanted to share this before it was too late...it's missing pictures from our big European adventure but included our most exciting adventure, the new little one joining us in June! 1mon

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englexas My house is a disaster, my hubby has the flu and we're piling on the essential oils and praying that the rest of us don't get it...not exactly how I thought we would be ending 2015 but we've had some of the best moments of the year these last few weeks so I wouldn't change a thing (well, maybe the flu part!). But that's pretty much how the whole year has been, 2015 has felt difficult and lots of hard things have happened not only to us but to so many people we know. There has also been so much beauty and some of the best experiences of my life amidst all the yuck and if we can all keep soaking in the beauty and keeping our eyes fixed on what is important in life I'm sure 2016 will be a much better year...I'm so ready for a fresh start! 1mon

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