FAMILY VACATION 2018: JAMAICA 🇯🇲

FAMILY VACATION 2018: JAMAICA

I’m really excited to share this blog with you about our recent family vacation. Every year my family and I take a trip somewhere in the world to a place/ destination we haven’t been before; usually to celebrate someone else’s accomplishment or just celebrate being together again.

This year my nephew Josh graduated high school and has joined the United States Army. In honor of Josh’s accomplishments-we knew exactly what to celebrate.

The family vacations require a lot of planning, saving money and trying to get as many family members who want to attend vacation to the location.

Several of my family members have branched off and have large families of their own.

We started planning the year before, usually my sister Shanae is the most organized so we leave most of the logistics to her. Each family is responsible for booking and paying for their own group.

One of my favorite things that we do as a family are custom t-shirts. For this year, we decided on wearing green t-shirts; it was such a life saver when it was time to find one another on the cruise.

The cruise we took was 5 days to ocho Rios, Jamaica. Unfortunately, my husband is deployed once again and couldn’t be there with us. Of course, my husband has been in his share of trips with the family, but we always miss and wish he was with us.

We started the family vacation in Florida. We stayed at a beautiful hotel. The children were able to swim all day, eat pizza and have a good time. The day of the embarking of our cruise ship, the family and I wore green shirts.

Not only did we celebrate my nephew Josh’s graduation, but also being together as a family.

The laughs were endless and the memories we created made another beautiful trip. I seriously love my family so much. We ended up taking a family group photo the first night of the cruise and my 3 year old was so sleepy. Check out this group picture below.

The food on the trip was also amazing, I think I gained about15 pounds. I added a few pictures of my delicious meals.

The endless 24 hour pizza had me captured with love. Some of you may laugh, but I’m so serious. My 3 year old enjoyed eating ice cream for breakfast and also for dessert for dinner.

One of my favorite parts of our trip was going to the beaches in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands; the water was absolutely beautiful and warm. No worries or cares in the world is a great place to be in. My son Jaxon really enjoyed swimming and playing in the sand.

Margaritaville in Jamaica was also really cool, it had a nice little restaurant that was on the beach with a pool and water slide.

Of course it was hard for me to capture all the great moments because we were so busy living and enjoying them. Each vacation allows our bonds to grow and relationships to blossom.

The day before our final cruise day we took my son Jaxon and niece to a very special breakfast, “The Cat in the Hat, green eggs and ham”. Definitely memorable to say the least.Not only did we have a great breakfast with The Cat in The Hat ,but also with his character friends Thing 1 and Thing 2.

To see more of our family trip head over to my YouTube channel. Link below:)

Thank you all so much for reading. See ya in the next blog post!

I washed my husband’s feet!

Today I washed my husband’s feet, not just washed, but a full on pedicure; the absolute works of foot care and love.

Today was a humbling experience for me to do something so special for my husband who doesn’t ask or require much. Not only washing his feet showed love, service and humbleness; it also showed that I’m not above him. I am also his equal partner.

What made me decide to wash my husband feet? In the Bible it speaks about how people in the old days washed others feet as a sign of love, service and humility.

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as a sign of humility.

Even the woman who had nothing and washed Jesus feet with her hair and tears. The lord was so blessed that she did this.

My husband is a very special man, he is the head of our home and does many things to provide us an exceptional life. A life that I’m truly grateful and blessed to have. My husband never complains about providing for us. I’m not sure of his daily struggles as a man however, I respect the things he faces and still remains the best husband and father. Each day he gets up super early in the mornings, put those hard steel combat boots on and goes to work. Not just any job but as United States Sailor.

I never realized all the stress my husband endures until I looked at his feet. His feet tell a story. A story that doesn’t get heard often. A story of a hard working man who does what he needs to do to provide for his family.

Honestly, I don’t like feet, never in a million years would I have thought of giving my husband a pedicure but it all changed.

It dawned on me that my husband always makes sure that my feet are well kept. My sweetie makes sure that my feet never have to endure what his feet have to encounter daily.

I could cry writing this post because I’m truly blessed at the hard working husband I have. A man who loves God and his family so much.

If you are a spouse, I challenge you to wash the feet of the one you love.

Thanks for reading!!

Protecting YOUR Marriage 

Protecting your marriage

 In a society where the divorce rate is so high at 50 percent, people who marry are likely to end in divorce. I’m no expert, but I definitely see a problem here. There are many factors and variables for divorce.

 I’m no way judging or being hypocritical. I just feel compelled to tell you, protect YOUR marriage.

Vows

One of the most special things I have is my marriage. It’s when I took important vows before God and the man I love. I said some important things to an important person. I didn’t say vows to my mom, to my dad or my sister and brothers.

I said vows to my best friend in the entire world. I gave my word to love through it all and he said the same thing, all sealed with a kiss.
The Bible says a man who finds a wife, finds a good thing.
 

Marriage is a lot of hard work. You’re constantly trying to please and do well by one another. Marriage is constant forgiveness of one another. 

Completely naked

Marriage is being completely naked with one another. Naked meaning bare, meaning your true self. Naked meaning being vulnerable and expecting the person you love to cherish your heart .

One of the BIGGEST problems I’ve seen, is when you let other people into your marriages. When you share problems to someone other than your spouse, you open your relationship to everyone. And no one has that right to have access to your private life.

That means every Tom,Dock, and Harry will have some opinion if you let them. Never allow your emotions to get so big that you try to embarrass or hurt your spouse. Remember not everything is for everyone, protect your marriage.
People who aren’t happy with themselves or life want to see you miserable. It’s so important that when you seek advice from anyone that you’re careful about who it’s from. Not everyone’s intentions are good. Make sure the advice you receive encourages you. If the advice you get sounds detrimental, close your ears. Always have discernment.

You’re a team

Always remember why the both of you fell inlove and remember you’re on the same team. In order to be a great team, you have to work together.

Being strong when the other is weak

Sometimes one of you may have to be the stronger person when the other is feeling weak. Never stop encouraging one another. The moments come, but you must never give up. Stand strong. Continue to grow together, not apart. When you grow together you will thrive better.

God can change the situation 

Even when I wasn’t close to God as I am now, I always would pray. Prayer is one of the BEST things to have in a marriage. Praying not for only yourself but for your spouse, and for your marriage. If you really love someone, pray for them. God can change any situation around or person.
Forgiveness is one of the greatest things in marriage. Marriages require perpetual (continuous)forgiveness.
 

Sometimes good things happen and sometimes bad things happen. Remember everyone, every relationship goes through things, through situations but everything is to build the bond stronger.

Don’t share everything

What makes marriage special is the memories you build, and the inside jokes. Don’t tell everyone all the things you share. It’s nice to have just something to yourself. That’s another thing I learned and it makes it special.

No marriages are the same

I’ve said this before, but don’t compare your love story to someone else’s love story. You don’t know what another couple has gone through to get where they are.

No perfect relationship 

I never want to sound like I have the “perfect” relationship or I’m better. Christ is my husband and I foundation. With a good foundation it’s hard to break. Many obstacles, situations, people and circumstances will try to crack the house( which is us) but because our foundation is strong, it cannot prevail. Christ is holding us up. Love,patience,forgiveness,communication,connection,effort,dedication,and commitment are the blocks of the house. 
Our love for Christ and one another is the stuff in between holding us together.

Remember no matter what you’re going through protect your marriage. Marriage is beautiful. Marriage is meant to glorify God.
 Marriage is valuable. Protect your love for one another.

Thanks for reading!

 See you all in the next post
Xo Mia😘

🌍✈️Final Trip to Bahrain 🇧🇭Part 1: “We almost didn’t make it but we did 👪”

(This picture is from the 2nd day we were in Bahrain)—Special thanks to KaAn designs for our shirts—

I’m so excited to share this post with you. That means my family is a few months closer to my husband journey home. I hope you enjoy this post. I absolutely love sharing my experiences.

Introduction 

Let me start off by saying that every time I leave the United States to go to a different country, it’s always a humbling experience. It makes me extremely grateful to be American and from America.

Planning to leave

Originally my son and I planned to take the military flight to go visit my husband this final time. Like I  previously explained before it’s never a guarantee that you will get chosen to take the flight. But it’s a risk that every family takes when the sign up for space available. Usually on the website the airline will post how many seats are available 72hrs prior to departure. The way that I planned our trip to visit my husband was very strategic. I did not want to visit around any holidays because that’s a time when everyone is trying to fly in or out of different places. And as you can imagine, the holiday season is always busy. I decided we needed to leave when everyone wasn’t. Recently the east coast experienced a terrible hurricane named Matthew. Two days prior to Jaxon and I leaving we went to do a “early check in”. The lady who was working, informed me that there was no seats available for the day we had planned to leave. The lady searched and searched. Finally she saw one seat available, but told me there was no guarantee I would get the seat and our best bet was to sign up for the following day. The following day had 75 available seats. 

The day we were suppose to leave 

The day Jaxon and I was suppose to leave, my husband text me. He said ” babe, are you sure you’re leaving today?” ” the flight says zero seats firm”.Instantly I started to panic. I just checked the day before and it was 75 seats available. So I logged on to the website and I saw it for myself. Immediately I called my sister Shanae panicking and freaking out. The advice she gave was to take my bags, baby and myself up to the airport. Especially since I had already called several times by this point with no answer to try to confirm what I saw on the website. 

As I arrived to the airport on base. My stomach was in terrible knots. I was just hoping it was still possible. The young lady who I had spoken to, said that the flight wasn’t allowing passengers but it was a chance they would once they arrived on base. I told the lady we would wait because we had to leave that day since we were already a day behind schedule already.

Here’s a picture of Jaxon(he was ready to go)

We waited a few hours, 2hours exact, past the time the flight was originally suppose to leave. Another woman who we will call “Kesha ” informed me that the plane that was going to leave was in fact a helicopter. The helicopter was experiencing mechanical issues and they were working on fixing it and making room for a few passengers. Believe it or not, I took it as a sign from God we were not suppose to be on that helicopter . I immediately called my sister and she started looking up flights that would leave that day for Bahrain . Of course my husband didn’t care about price he just wanted us to get to Bahrain as soon as we could. Normally if you take a military flight you pay around $17 dollars to fly and to take a commercial flight it’s around $1200 dollars. Big difference. Especially since I would have to pay for two tickets.My sister Shanae ended up finding Jaxon and I a flight that would leave at night time, same day. I ended up purchasing the cheapest flight we could find.

Race against time

I didn’t have my car. Long story short-My sister ended up having to pick Jaxon and I up after she got off work. By this time it’s 5pm and if you know 5pm, you know it’s traffic. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 7pm. When my sister texted me that she was outside, Kesha informed me that there was no way we were getting on that helicopter. I let her know it was okay. I had another plan in motion.

Hungry and tired

Before we went to the international airport for our commercial flight, we had to stop for food. Of course I’m such a cheapo, Wendy’s was were we stopped to get a quick bite to eat. I was so tired because I had already been up since 6 am earlier that day because I couldn’t sleep. My nerves were shot, I was so excited that I was already sleep deprived from excitement.

The start of our 22+hour journey

Our first flight was flying into Washington, D.C. It was about the shortest flight. 30 minutes to get there. I have never taken so many elevators to get to a certain section of an airport. I took a total of 6 maybe 7 elevators to get to level C. I was so happy I brought my stroller. Once Jaxon and I got to our gate, we met the cutest little girl. The little girl name was Caroline. Caroline was blonde hair, blue eyes, high energy and 3 years old. As soon as Jaxon saw her, he immediately hugged her. It’s like Jaxon knew this young girl for years. The two played for a good hour before we had to depart for our flight. I will never forget this little girl. Caroline kept saying Jaxon was her best friend and when we got ready to board our flight, she said she was going to miss him. This is why I love how innocent children are. Children don’t care your race, religion, gender and etc. all they care about is if you are nice.

Made it 🇩🇪 Germany

Once we made it to Germany, I was extremely happy. Their airport is extremely different than the United States. It’s so big. I’m not exaggerating. We had to take trains, and several buses to get to the terminal. At one point we had to take a bus and there was no more seats. A young gentleman who we will call J.cole (because he looked like the rapper) said ” ma’am you can have my seat” I immediately said ” thank you”. Honestly, you don’t see that now days. So to the man who gave me your seat thank you again. I had my baby, stroller, carry on bag and I really needed that seat.

Jaxon did so well flying. Better than the first time we made this trip. No lie, he didn’t cry not once. I packed plenty of toys and snacks. I learned a lot from the first time we ever took this trip. The airline was so nice. The food wasn’t good though. It was actually the worst I ever experienced. Thank God I packed food.

Arrived to our final destination 🇧🇭

Now there is a big difference with trying to go through customs civilian vs military. A big eye opener. The lines to enter the country of Bahrain was outrageous. By the time we figured out we needed to be in line. My child was starting to get impatient. I kept saying we are almost done baby. Almost to daddy.  I ended up in this line with a few ppl from my flight. Y’all already know I make friends with just about anyone. While we were waiting the woman who we will name “Betty”. She reminded me of Bette Miller. Betty told me that she lost her husband wedding ring in Germany while we were catching all those buses and trains. Not knowing what to say, I said ” you’re gonna have to get a new one” .Betty looked so sad and said he passed away two years ago. The reason she was coming to Bahrain was to visit her brother. My heart broke for her. Then Betty proceeded to tell me that she was wearing her husband ashes in her necklace. Honestly I thought it was weird but cool at the same time.

About 30 mins later it was my turn to go through and get Jaxon and I passports stamped and pay for visas. It was $175 American dollars. They won’t let you get your luggage in Bahrain unless you have gone through customs and have your passports stamped.

Once we made it through customs, a random man was like come with me. The man was tall, very tan skin and had a nice smile. I said” I’m just trying to find my husband”. The guy said ” I will help you find him, come on”. Little did I know the guy would help me find my husband but for a price. Cost 3 dollars. Talk about having hustle. Definitely worth the money.

Finally reunited

It was like Christmas. There he was, incrediblely handsome, the love of my life, my husband. All three of us together finally. Jason gave me the biggest hug and kiss. My overly tired toddler Jaxon became excited when he saw his daddy. Jaxon eyes became really big when he realize his daddy was in person. The 22 + hours was worth this very moment. My husband grabbed our bags and we started to walk to the car. Once we got in the car, I was handed a single red rose, sweet tea and told I had dinner waiting for me. I was so happy, I couldn’t stop smiling and holding my husband hand. The whole car ride was so surreal. By the way we made it was almost 12am local time. Jaxon and I were so hungry, tired and ready to shower.

Stay tuned for part 2! Coming soon.( I talk about what we did, the different foods and spending quality time with my family)