For whatever reason, miscarriage is viewed as an extremely taboo subject. Almost as if not talking about it will make it disappear. So, as my contribution to breaking the stigma on miscarriage, this is my story…

Three years, three months, one week, and five days ago our family got the biggest surprise of our lives. Just shy of eight months after giving birth to our first daughter, we found out we were expecting again.

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MOK's 2nd Liebster Award Nomination

As you all know, Mama of Kings received a Liebster Award nomination two months ago from Pamela over at It Is Real. Last week, I received a second nomination from Picki Penguin! Picki Penguin is a mom blog that covers all things mommy! Her blog is truly a breath of fresh air, and I am so thankful to have been acknowledged by her!

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All About the Liebster!

Since I have already written a full blog post bout the Liebster Award (click HERE to read it), I’ll spare you from having to read my about me again. I feel like y’all may know me better than I do at this point, anyways!

This award is a symbol of the friendship and camaraderie in the blogging community. It is an award given to bloggers BY bloggers. The word “liebster” (of German origin) actually means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. To be nominated for this award, not only once, but twice now, is such an honor to me. I love that my work is being acknowledged by other bloggers that I, myself, admire!

What are the rules for those who are nominated?

If a blogger is nominated for this award, and chooses to accept it, there are a few rules that they must abide by:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting. (This was included in the post about my first nomination — I won’t be redoing it.)
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (Optional — and also, I included this in my first Liebster Award post)
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated.

My Questions from Picki Penguin:

  1. Are you the “pack my bags in a minute and rush to the airport” kind of a person or are you more of a planner with rules and lists?
    • Is it possible to be both!? If so, I am totally both. I make lists for everything, but my anxiety typically gets the best of me and so I don’t actually pack until the last second. It’s terrible, really.
  2. Given the option, what would you choose – a great travel opportunity or a luxury experience within your own town?
    • I live in a pretty small town, and there isn’t much “luxury” to be experienced. Without a doubt, I would choose a travel opportunity! I love seeing and experiencing new and exciting things, so it would be a good change of surroundings.
  3. Who is that one person that you inspire to be or have become?
    • This is a tough one… Ultimately, as a Christian, my goal is to be as much like Jesus as possible. If we are talking about people in our lives, my kids definitely inspire me to be the best version of myself so that they have someone that they can look up to.
  4. How did you get started into blogging?
    • I have always had a passion for writing. Term papers were my favorite. Seriously. After the birth of my third child I experienced a bout of Postpartum Depression and after struggling for almost one year with it, I decided to start a blog and let it be my outlet. It has helped me tremendously.
  5. What are your thoughts on Pluto not being a Planet?
    • I think it’s a bunch of crap. I mean, what is my excellent mother supposed to serve us now. [If you don’t get this reference, we simply CAN’T friends.]
  6. Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? (I’m assuming no chocolate in not an option!)
    • ALL the chocolate. I love it all. In any form. At any temperature. Just give it to me.
  7. What do you prefer – being outdoors or anything that has a roof with four walls?
    • Depends. If there are a ton of bugs and no shade, then I’d rather be inside. Otherwise, I love being outside!
  8. What’s the one thing that you own that you cannot function without?
    • My phone, no doubt. I use it for everything.
  9. What’s a perfect day like or should be like for you?
    • A perfect day would mean my kids ate their food and took a nap. All in the same day. If we’re getting super wishful, they also clean up their messes. But alas…. #MomLife.
  10. If you were given the opportunity to do one great deed for this world, what would you choose and why?
    • Assuming that it would be permanent, I would adopt a child. It has always been a dream of mine to take in a child who doesn’t live in a loving environment.

My Nominees:

  1. Isleny – Just A Regular Mommy
  2. Jessica – Jess is a Mess
  3. Jana – Hedge Toad Cottage
  4. Britnee – Mamas Cold Coffee Blog
  5. Mrs. B – One Weird Mamma
  6. Carly – Beauty and the Toddler
  7. Haley – Adventures of Southern Motherhood
  8. Susie – Susie Whittenberger Blog

Questions for my Nominees:

  1. If you could be a toddler for a day, what would you be sure to do?
  2. What is your craziest #MomLife moment?
  3. If you could open a new restaurant TOMORROW, what kind of cuisine would you serve?
  4. What does your favorite color say about you?
  5. Crunchy, silky, or scrunchy – what type of mama are YOU?
  6. Would you rather know WHEN you are going to die, or HOW? (Keep in mind you can’t change either one by knowing!)
  7. CONFESSION TIME: What is something that you did and no one ever found out?
  8. What is something that TV made you think would be a common issue as an adult, but it really isn’t?
  9. Imagine the gag reel/bloopers in your life. What would be on it?
  10. Would you rather lose all of your belongings you own or every picture you have?

If you choose to accept my nomination, be sure to post a LINK to your Liebster Award post in the comment section below!

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Mother's Day Weekend Wrap Up

Before I even get into this, I just want to say that I hope each and every one of you had an AWESOME Mother’s Day and were celebrated in the way that you deserved! Each and every one of you, whether you have biological children, have fostered or adopted, have fur babies, or just help out with someone else’s babies, YOU are a blessing and I hope you feel loved and appreciated!

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How to move through grief by following your soul's guidance - Guest Post by Simone Clement

It’s a Guest Post, Y’all!

How to move through your grief by following your soul's guidance - Guest Post by Simone Clement

Simone is the owner of simoneclement.com which is a blog about mental health, self- care, meditation, and spirituality. Her purpose is to help people discover their connections to their souls, their God-given talents, and how to heal the pain that no longer serves them. She offers coaching services, courses, and a weekly newsletter for people who are interested in moving along in their spiritual journey. You can join her Facebook group “Your Imperfect Spiritual Journey“. Without further ado: “How to Move Through Grief by Following Your Soul’s Guidance“.
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Some days kids can be perfect angels. Other days, eh, not so much. For the sake of my sanity, I am thoroughly hoping that my kids are the latter today, because after last night and this morning, I feel like I’m going to lose it. To elaborate, here’s my #momlife story of the day:

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DID SOMEONE SAY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION?

New Year’s Resolution or nah?

New Year’s Resolutions have never really been my thing. I have seen so many people that decide that they want to make a change at some point throughout the year, and for whatever reason they choose to wait until the New Year. While I understand the concept of turning over a new leaf, it truly baffles me to wait on a holiday. If you really want to make a change, today is the best day. But of course, that’s just my opinion. Anyways, instead of New Year’s Resolutions, this year I decided to make some long-term life goals.

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top blogs

One of the biggest parts of being a blogger is reading other blogs and connecting with their authors! I get asked a lot about which blogs are my favorite, so I wanted to take a second to give y’all my top blog recommendations:

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Homeschooling: Pros, Cons, and Misconceptions

In this day and age, more and more families are contemplating the decision to home school their precious babies. It has become extremely common to come across stories about a child being abused in day care, a teacher mistreating a student, or even students retaliating against their school. Before my husband and I even considered dating, we both discussed that we would like our future children to be home schooled. Once our first child was conceived, it was set in stone. No matter what sacrifices were necessary, we would be homeschooling.

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hide and seek -- adults play it, too

As most of you know, yesterday was the first day of my 31 Days of May Blogging Challenge that I am hosting. Each day I post three writing prompts to the Facebook challenge group. Writing is hard, but coming up with creative prompts that everyone in the group can relate to is even harder. Yesterday, I was having trouble coming up with new prompts so I started to pray about it. And that’s when it hit me. Hide and seek.

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working from home with kids

From a young age, I have always had the desire to be a mom. I also knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. When I had my oldest, I just didn’t see that luxury in my cards. Four years later, and here I am: full-time blogger, part-time social media evaluator, author, and getting ready to start a business! As you can imagine, my day-to-day life is pretty hectic. There is a lot of research involved in my day, along with being a caretaker to my littles, homeschooling, working, and also trying to make time for myself. One of the most common questions I get is, “How do you manage working from home with kids?”

Short answer: GOALS.

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