Norah meeting her baby cousin

Recovery Update!

After my week of down time due to surgery recovery, I have no idea what to do with myself! Throw in Daylight Savings Time ending, and I am ALL discombobulated! This post was originally intended to be sent in this week’s newsletter, but I’m slacking (BIG TIME) so here it is:

Last week I was catching up on all the sleep that I have lost since becoming a mommy. I had all the time in the world to blog (and everything that comes with it), binge watch Pretty Little Liars, sleep, and plan/pretend to be organized.

Post Surgery Follow-Up Appointment:

Norah passed out in my follow-up appointment
Norah passed out in my follow-up appointment

First and foremost, I went early yesterday morning for my post-surgery follow-up. Originally, the doctors were worried that because my large stone was in place for so long that I would have a lot of permanent damage and inflammation in my kidney and ureter. After my X-Ray yesterday, they said that the majority of my swelling has gone down, and they do expect the remaining inflammation to die down 100%!

Also, they told me that pregnancy itself can cause stones. So that may be the answer to this recent bout with them. They want me to come in every 6 months for new X-Rays to check for more stones, but…

Ultimately, I AM HEALED, God performed a true miracle in my body, and I am believing that stones will no longer be an issue!

Spring Forward

Daylight Savings Time has kicked me straight in the teeth this go around. Usually I don’t feel like it has made much of an effect. But our schedule has been knocked around and bullied this time. No one can seem to go to bed at a decent time. We are all waking up at crazy times. Nap time is almost non-existent. No matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to go to bed at a decent hour. I mean….

Have you have been personally victimized by Daylight Savings Time?

New Commitments

New Job!!

I have been on the search for a good Work-from-Home job that I would be able to squeeze in with kids. For the most part, a WAH job requires a quiet environment that you can answer  phones in and interact with customers. Finally, after MONTHS of searching, I found the perfect company to work for! You are reading the blog of the newest (maybe) Social Media Evaluator for Appen!

It involves NO phone time, so my kids don’t pose any problems.

With blogging, I spend a good amount of time on social media. Blogging takes time to build an income, but this job allows me to earn a consistent paycheck in the meantime.

I can work pretty much whenever I choose. I pick the maximum number of hours I can work in any given week. The schedule is just as flexible as I want it to be.

It’s not CRAZY big money, but for all the pros, it is DEFINITELY worth it.

Bible Study

A few months ago, my friend, Andrea from Positively Powerful blog, created a Facebook group called Encouraging Women. It is a group meant to lift up and inspire women through the Word of God! We do Bible studies from time-to-time together, and recently started studying the Book of James.

While reading some of the study notes I kept feeling the urge to ask my friend if she needed any help managing the group or with leading the studies. I ignored it because I figured if she needed the help she would ask. Lo and behold, later in the day I received a message  from her asking for my opinion on the James study. She didn’t feel like she was supposed to be the one leading the study and was thinking of just stopping it altogether!

At first, I kind of just went along because I didn’t want it to seem like I was trying to take over. But I HAD to tell her the thoughts I had been having throughout the day!

We are both thoroughly convinced that God was speaking to each of us about the same thing, and just waiting on one of us to have the courage to speak up!

That being said, I am now leading a daily Bible study! We are only on the fourth day, so there is still plenty to discuss, and there will definitely be more studies to come. I am doing a LIVE video discussion as well as a note summary. If you are interested in joining us, click here.


Lately, Lana has been having some issues expressing herself. I think a big part of this is her lack of a real outlet. In the past, she has participated in dance, but had to stop for a few reasons.

We had been discussing taking her back, and she was all for it! It would give her the outlet we thought she needed, and it would also give her some time with other kids her age. And then came Mulan.

Derek made the suggestion that we look into karate, because it would be a good outlet as well as teach Lana how to defend herself. I didn’t think she would be interested, so I sort of brushed it off. When Lana saw Mulan for the first time, she thought that the karate and everything displayed was fascinating. We were out at the strip mall with a friend of mine when she nonchalantly said, “Mommy, I don’t want to dance anymore. I want to do karate.”

So, here I am. Researching the best place to take her for karate lessons! [If you are local to me, feel free to offer some suggestions!]


Family Visit

Most of my family is from South Carolina, so I haven’t seen them in years! Two weeks ago my grandmother came for a short visit, and was able to catch up with Lana and meet my younger two. Yesterday, we got a visit from my aunt,  my cousin, and my cousin’s little babe! It was the first time that I was able to meet him, so it was super exciting! The kids had a GREAT time meeting everyone and playing with the baby.

Family Fun!
Family Fun!
Time to Color!
Time to Color!
Lana got to feed her baby cousin a bottle!
Lana got to feed her baby cousin a bottle!
Norah meeting her baby cousin
Norah meeting her baby cousin who is the same size as her!

The week has only just begun, so I can only imagine how much more hectic things will get. I am forever blessed by this crazy life I live.

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Ariel King is a Stay-At-Home mom to her three children, Lana, Ace, and Norah. Writing and researching are two of her biggest passions. People say that she is full of all kinds of useless knowledge, and it is even rumored she has a Google PhD. She is not a typical mainstream mom, imperfect in every way, but is on a mission to encourage and inspire other moms. Her belief is that no one should feel alone in the day to day of motherhood.

11 thoughts on “Recovery Update!

  1. Thanks for sharing the Facebook group encouraging women, I sent in a request to join. Congrats on your new updates and the job!!! Motherhood is a real full time job and you are doing great. I would also love to enroll my daughter in karate when she is older so she can learn to defend herself

    1. Awesome! Just accepted your request! Hope you enjoy the group! Thank you so much! Motherhood is tough for sure, your encouragement means so much! I love that karate has so many pros to it!

  2. Although social media have many side effects, it is in our hand to choose the right way to use it. How gratefully you choose a Facebook group for self-development!!! And of course, congratulations on your new job. I know, a mother is a born manager so you will definitely do good in your current job.

    1. Yes! It took a long time for me to realize that I ultimately had control over the impact of social media in my life. I have learned how important it is to be surrounded (even on Facebook) with positivity! Thank you so much! I am having trouble getting a good routine going, but hopefully I will find something that works soon!

  3. When you need to recover, it’s always a good idea to think of the future and wonder what it will be like, when the things around you become your age! It might sound something unimaginable, but it becomes easy to focus on in such situations.

    The Internet makes things so easily accessible that you can find just about anything on the Internet – anything you want – even a job!

    The world is full of opportunities, and there are so many possibilities to explore, like you’ve mentioned.

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