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Mary McLeod  Vulnerably telling stories by way of camera and words all for God's glory ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป // Oils + Wellness ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป// ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿง”๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป Uganda, Africa ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฟ: โ€œMommy? I think I really want to be a singer.โ€
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๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป: โ€œSweet girl, you can be whatever you to be. As long as it makes you happy.โ€
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๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฟ: โ€œIโ€™m mostly sure I want to be a singer, but if I also want to be a doctor is that okay?โ€
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I couldnโ€™t help but giggle at those five minutes in between. She truly thought long and hard considering all of her choices as if she could only have one. But I remember that feeling too. Feeling like I had to decide at such a young age and I had to stick with it. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
If that were the case I would be somewhere in between a child psychologist (really wanted to help children) and a garbage woman (heard they make good money and I have no sense of smell and riding on the back of the truck looked fun). What a blessing that we are allowed to grow into our dreams as they evolve and take form. How neat is it that we can pivot and change lanes and somehow it all ties together in a full circle way?
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If you stuck to what you wanted to be when you were younger, what would you be doing now? Comment below!

Proof that they were sent straight from heaven. ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿฟ #lightbeams

Itโ€™s grainy and crooked and off center but full of love...just like our relationship. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
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Also, how the heck are parents supposed to spend any time alone together on vacation?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ We plan on traveling as a family of four a lot in our future...any tips on how to make the most of our time together in between wrangling the cute children?

Sometimes she holds my face like this and gives me a kiss and my whole world stops and I feel like the most special human alive. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
Iโ€™m sure this goat felt pretty special too. ๐Ÿ’‹

โ€œReady to pack up and head back to reality?โ€
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Namastay right here. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜œ

โ€œSummertime, and the living is easyโ€-Ella Fitzgerald or Sublime...whoever tickles your fancy more. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €

He said he was tired from walking over 13,000 steps yesterday but he still drew us a warm bath to soak in together once the girls went down hours past their bedtimes. It would be our first silent moment together all day and that white, porcelain claw foot tub was calling our names. We forgot to dim the lights and the cheap plastic bathtub toys I bought the girls on the way to our vacation spot were strewn on the floor rather than lit candles. It wasnโ€™t romantic or sexy but rather sweet & still...a moment to connect and of course talk all about the highs and lows with the girls that day. Even before our fingers could turn pruney, our oldest daughter walks in the bathroom and goes straight to the toilet. She takes a seat and gets all comfy then says โ€œyou guys do your thing, Iโ€™ve gotta poopโ€. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €
And that my friends is the perfect picture of vacation as a parent. We laughed so stinking hard and I asked my brain to remember this forever so just incase it forgets, which it probably will, now my instagram journal has it jotted down.

I couldnโ€™t help but wonder what a 5 year age difference would look like when baby girl was growing in my belly. I remember walking that hill right behind them with a 7 week old baby growing in my womb and a 4 year old running ahead of me through the tall grass. All I could do was pray that these siblings would experience life together here on earth and now I get to watch them make any part of it their stage to perform on for all to see. The bond between these two is so incredibly special and one of a kind. Just like I wondered two years ago, I canโ€™t help but imagine what sisterhood will look like for the rest of their lives. .
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#sisters๐Ÿ‘ญ #sistergoals #sisterhood #sisterbond #exploreuganda #summervacay2018 #lakelifestyle

๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฟ: โ€œThey are so cute! Can I have one?โ€
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๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป: โ€œGo ask your father.โ€
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And finally, the reason I have children is revealed. I knew it would take sweet girls to melt JPโ€™s heart into getting me my very own bunny ๐Ÿฐ
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#justkidding #obviously #butcanipleasehaveabunny

Walking that fine line of laughing in adoration at all the funny things she did today and also really really hoping she sleeps in tomorrow morning ya know? #parentingstruggles

How are we feeling?
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We are feeling pretty good. Hopeful. Already seeing God move and work on some big deep desires we have for this process. Faithful that everything is going exactly how itโ€™s supposed to go. So very loved and covered in prayer. Peaceful with a side of eagerness because we are human. So thankful that we can be where we are, with our girls and able to continue working because we know this isnโ€™t a luxury for most families adopting internationally. Feeling motivated to make the most of this time and this season. Just so curious for what God has in store. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿง”๐Ÿป๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
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How are YOU feeling?! Leave an emoji answer below to help me keep my mind occupied.
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Donโ€™t hesitate to add a little ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป at the end...definitely will send some prayers your way!

โ€œItโ€™s okay mommy! We will get another one soon!โ€ I wish I could be as positive, hopeful and faith filled upon hearing the news that our rescheduled court date was cancelled just 24 hours before we were supposed to be seen. Instead, when JP showed me the text message this morning I didnโ€™t say a word outloud but I pulled the covers over my head, forcing myself to go back to sleep...praying it was all a bad dream. The thoughts running through my mind were not full of faith or hope. They were full of frustration and disappointment. โ€œOf course it was cancelled yet againโ€ and โ€œWhy did you let yourself get so excited?โ€. I didnโ€™t cry but I felt my heart shatter a bit. I knew to expect letdowns but I couldnโ€™t help but get my hopes up. Hearing my sweet girls response helped lift my spirits and was a firm reminder that the only way to live life is approaching it with childlike faith. It is very rare things will go according to our plan, so itโ€™s necessary to hold on loosely, surrender when needed and hope like a child knowing our time will come and everything is working out the way itโ€™s supposed to. Always look for the rainbow. ๐ŸŒˆ

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