Let The Celebration Begin

I love birthdays, and my birthday is coming up on July 8th, so since this birthday will be a little different because of COVID-19 and everything being closed, I decided to do something a little different and attempt to sell 35 of my books for my 35th birthday!

Come celebrate with me! You can purchase the book on Amazon

I think this is a pretty realistic goal, and I have a week to complete it. So far, I have had eight people comment on my other posts and tell me they have purchased a copy, which puts me ahead of the game. I need either seven books for five days or five books for seven days to reach my goal! Either way, I hope that by the time my birthday comes around, I would have reached my goal!

Will you help me?! You can go to Amazon and purchase your copy and celebrate my birthday with me! It has my story, my husband’s story, and a friend who had twins in the NICU and a whole family at home to take care of, so the books are multidimensional with a few commonalities!

Like I said in the video, if this is not your story, please consider buying a copy and donating it to your local hospitals, doctors’ offices, churches, and nonprofit organizations as a resource to families who find themselves in this unfortunate situation. Or you can simply purchase a copy to support me.

Thanks for taking the time to read, purchase, and celebrate with me!

Continued Blessings,

~Terri

The Big 4-0

Today is my husband’s 40th birthday and I wanted to mark this occasion with a blog post. I made breakfast, made sure he got his long awaited veterans hat, we spent time having dinner with friends and cakes at home. Not pictured the sick bike he got as well as the lemon cake Kobi and I made him for his office!

My Dearest William,

Thank you for loving me so well. Thank you for growing with me and thank you for continuing to be who God created you to be! I love you forever!

Juneteenth brought me joy

Today is Juneteenth, and although I have acknowledged and attended celebrations in the past, this was the first year I decided to celebrate Juneteenth for myself and my family, and I absolutely loved it!

My husband and I decided that we would have a wingsgiving celebration with friends, so I ended up cooking and preparing early this morning like up at one this morning, making deviled eggs and kool-aid. We ended up also having chicken wings, tenders and nuggets, french fries, fried okra, greens, red beans and rice, watermelon, strawberry soda, and sour cream cake for dinner.

A look at our Juneteenth spread

I spent time playing trains with Kobi, I read my Bible, listened to worship music and reflected on everything I have accomplished in my life like publishing my first book on Amazon, completing the Air Assault School, running a 5K for fun, getting married, buying our first home, and earning my Master’s in Communications!

I’m also excited about all the great things ahead of me, like getting certified to teach Yoga, picking up more consulting clients, writing another book, getting out of debt, buying a home, investing, teaching Kobi, conversing in Spanish.

I reflected on the fact that I get to do this because I AM FREE, and it just made me so full of joy! I have been giddy all day in anticipation of sitting down with my family and friends and celebrating our excellence, our lives together, and I’m grateful for such a joyful time during this chaos! It was the perfect escape! I got dressed up, I cooked a big meal, I celebrated the life I am blessed to live, I lived with joy for the first time in a long time, and it felt good!

Juneteenth was good for my soul, it was a day where I felt loved for being myself, and I look forward to continuing in that love, confidence, and joy moving forward, knowing full well that His love is real and if I continue to search for Him I will find it all around me!

My first Juneteenth gathering

I did it! I wore a bodycon dress!

Trying to get a picture before dinner

I have always been self-conscious of the way that I have looked, but at the same time, I have always wanted to wear a body-hugging dress. It was even on my 30 before 30 birthday list. Well yesterday, four long years after I tried to accomplish this goal, I did it.

The occasion? William and I had a date night, and it was in my closet, so I decided to give it a go! I felt confident the whole night, and it was so much fun! We were able to cash in a gift card we received from Christmas, now that Miami has begun reopening, and we went to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. We had a wonderful conversation. William absolutely loved his meal, mine was just okay, but the time alone to reconnect was definitely worth the unbalanced meal outcome.

William and I during date night.

I have been consistently moving my body for the last few months and doing intermittent fasting, and I feel like my hard work is paying off because I like the way that I look and feel! So what better way to celebrate than by wearing something I’ve always wanted to wear?!

This all may seem too simple, but simple is what I was going for, I just wanted to share something light-hearted that made me smile, giving the current state of the world at this point in history.

Date night fun!

I Published My Book!

Its called So, You Found Yourself In The NICU, Now What? And you can get it on Amazon in both a Kindle and a paperback version!

My first book on Amazon

It’s a bit of a surprise even to me because although I have had this blog for almost ten years and grew up writing poems, I never considered myself a writer! Years ago, I had words spoken over me that said I would write books, so I always just waited to see what the books would be about because nothing seemed right. So I waited, and life happened, then more life happened, and even more, life happened, fast forward to now, and I have finally written and published my first book!

You can purchase it here

It’s the first one, it was written out of an ask from a friend who found herself in the NICU. I sent her this long text and then realized that maybe if I put this in a book, it would be a resource for other parents. So I got to work writing, finding different perspectives to share, and asked friends to be a part of seeing my vision come to life, and everyone said yes (thanks guys)!

The book is designed to be a practical guide, things that can be done almost immediately to help the days go by faster. It’s from the perspective of a first-time mother, a father, and a veteran mother with other kiddos to consider. I hope that this book is used in hospital NICUs as a resource for parents all around the world!

So if you are in the NICU, this book is for you, and if you aren’t, this book is for you to give away! Consider buying a copy and giving it to your local hospital that has a NICU or a nonprofit you know that helps with the NICU, or you can just buy it to support me and keep it on your shelf.

Thank you, dear readers, who have thought enough of my writing to subscribe and keep coming back over these almost ten years! I appreciate your encouragement and support, and I look forward to continuing to write for you!