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Mary McLeod  Writer & Photographer & YL Oils // Choosing vulnerability for God's glory // Uganda, Africa πŸ“mary@wanderingwithmary.com

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I lay here as the clock strikes midnight officially turning to the day of my birth. I can't help but feel this for the first time in my life. It only took me 30 years to get here...
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I know all my kids are safe, healthy and happy. My oldest in her room, sprawled out in her bed wearing a Saved by the Bell shirt I found at the market. She has no idea why we laugh when she walks into the room wearing it but she dances around because she loves to make us happy. My youngest is laying between JP and I, her sweet baby sounds a welcome distraction from the dreams that await me. My boy Skye is in heaven, resting in the warmth of Jesus's embrace, radiating the sweetest light through his pure and innocent soul. Juliana is with them, happy and strong. Telling stories about our short time together here on earth.
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My husband is on the other side of the bed, the downside of co-sleeping a baby. I think of all the ways I have watched him grow, heal and reflect...just in today alone. The words I told him this morning ring peacefully through my heart "no matter what, you will always be my best friend." What I meant by that is exactly what you know with your best friend as well. They can hurt you, make you mad, confuse you and push you beyond your comfort zone but you love them unconditionally anyway. And it's a choice...one you have to make everyday right? You weren't born into a best friend, you choose to invite this person into your world to share in all the good and all the bad no matter the circumstances...even if they are the culprit behind both. JP is just that, my best friend and I choose him. What an honor it is to watch him grow and be restored like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Gods redemptive work fully coming to life before my very eyes. β€’
So here I am. Watching these amazing humans grow as I grow alongside them. Thirty years of life and I am finally feeling something I always longed for. Contentment. Contentment in happiness, sadness, in the unknown, and in the blessings. I dreamt for this feeling but didn't really know if it existed here on earth. Now here it is. The most perfect gift to begin another trip around the sun. Thank You, God.

"Perfect Love, You meet us where we are." - Mosaic MSC

How can two beating hearts make mine dance with so much joy? How can I possibly love them more today than I did yesterday? What does that mean for tomorrow? Will my heart ever run out of room or can it burst from max capacity? Is this possibly how God feels for His children? I have a feeling this kind of love that I'm experiencing doesn't even come close.
We are so loved you guys. YOU are so loved. Unfailing and forevermore. If all you did today was hold onto that truth, I promise it would be more than enough.

They are my favorite people on this beautiful planet. Happy 🌍 Day!

I was 10 weeks pregnant with our daughter when I felt it. It was a familiar feeling. I remember this sensation quite intimately from the nights I would cram before a college final, the day that my ex-husband asked for a divorce or when I went in for our first babies ultrasound and saw the look on the technicians face. Panic + Anxiety. β€’
10 weeks was when we found out that Skye no longer had a heartbeat. So when we approached this milestone in our baby girls pregnancy, I couldn't help but be faced with fear. What if all of a sudden there isn't a heart beat? What if we lost two babies? What if we never have a baby here on earth? I wanted nothing but to stay in bed all day, afraid that if I moved too fast...it would all be over. I knew this state of mind, spirit and body was not okay for me, my family or my baby.
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I realized I hadn't opened my devotion in quite sometime so I grabbed my Jesus Calling and turned to that day. Funny enough, that day the passage was all about handing over your worry and anxiety to Jesus. I needed more in that moment. I found my Young Living essential oil collection and decided to open my Peace & Calming II oil for the first time. Life has not been the same since.
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My anxiety eased and panic disappeared after a week of diffusing Peace & Calming II while reading my morning devotion.This was something that I wanted everyone to experience! I felt free to enjoy the season I was in no matter the unknown. This is why I am gifting the Peace & Calming II oil along with the Jesus Calling devotion when order your Premium Starter Kit as a distributor in the month of April!
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I believe everyone should have oils in their home and should cultivate a daily relationship with them! I have seen oils change not only my families life but so many others around me as well. When you sign up on my team, we will begin an intentional journey through Young Living oils together while you help us fund our oldest daughters adoption! β€’
I am so grateful for an opportunity of sharing life changes together! Email me at mary@wanderingwithmary.com with any questions or follow the link in my profile to sign up today! ❀️

It's amazing what some rain can do! Uncle Saul's tomato garden is almost as tall as this sweet girl!

The worst thing about visitors is that they leave. Missing this one already.

Right before all the meltdowns began. πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘§πŸΏπŸ™‹πŸ» Happy Easter everyone! 🌾

They thought death laid behind those stones. Little did they know Life & Love would break through. He is Risen!

He keeps whispering in my heart the words "I knew". He knew exactly what was going to happen to Him on this day so many years ago. He knew about the cross. He knew one of his closest friends would betray Him. He knew he would die being mocked. Yet, He did it anyway. For you and for me.
I look at this picture and I see Jesus. My dear friend Kayla has the reminder of "take heart, I have overcome the world" permanently imprinted on her skin. She is wearing a crown made of flowers. White...a promise of hope, forgiveness and heaven.
I pray with a heart of gratitude. Humbled that God would send His only son to earth to die for my sins. Yet, I keep on sinning...and He keeps on forgiving. When I want to walk away because I fail Him again, He only draws me closer. I rest in His embrace and tell Him I am so sorry for sinning but yet so thankful for endless forgiveness. He whispers lovingly "I know." He knew and He continues to know. What amazing grace.

Excited to start a new project this weekend! Not going to lie, I totally bought this yarn to try because I thought the name of the company was clever. πŸ˜‚

I pray she remembers these moments. The ones where all she wants to do is pick pretty flowers for the people she loves. The ones where a stick can turn her into a super hero and a hug can wipe away all her pain. That it can be as simple as knowing that Jesus lives in her heart and He is with her wherever she goes. I pray she always knows His loyalty and that He will never abandon her. That when she is alone in her room, crying because her heart was just broken, that she turns to the only one who will provide her with everlasting love and thus, will never fail her.

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