Faith Takes Flight – a new faith inspired blog

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Family Focus, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some of you are very familiar with the previous owner of Mom 4 Life, Heather, she retired from the business last year but has gone on to fulfill another passion of hers. I am very proud to share with you her new faith inspired blog and her new adventurous journey. In her very own words, Heather has put together an introduction to her new blog. I hope that you will journey over to the new site and subscribe.

 

Some of you have sat on my couch and listened to my heart as my story has unfolded over time but many of you have not sat face to face with me in a long time (if ever).  Perhaps the last you heard from me was before I retired as owner from Mom 4 Life and slipped silently into obscurity.  In the last year, parts of my heart have been marinating and I’ve begun taking steps of faith toward God’s grand adventure, but other parts have been hiding and I’ve been missing important opportunities.  Recently, I begin flushing out my story with the wielding tools of words and phrases confident that as I look to Jesus, the “author and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2), He will use it for His glory.

I want to honor your time and let you know up front that no matter what impression the image of me and my family conjures up in your mind, I’m a mess.  I struggle with selfishness and pride.  I’m far too content with the ordinary and I cling to my dust-collecting possessions more tightly than I would like to admit.  I am imperfect, but redeemed as well.  I find encouragement each time I choose to find my reflection in the Savior that made me in His image, rather than the twisted lies of the deceiver.  My story is important because it is part of God’s story and it is my prayer that as we grow together, you will find increased encouragement in the importance of your story as well.

 

I warmly invite you to journey with me over at my blog, Faith Takes Flight . Scroll down to the bottom of the page and work your way up in order to begin at the beginning and you will be caught up in no time.  Feel free to subscribe to my posts via email or follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/heatherledeboer in order to receive news about when a new post goes live.

 

Ashley Devonish

I have a passion for helping moms and encouraging them in their journey through motherhood. I invite you to journey along with me!

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Baby Bump – 21 Weeks

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, Family Focus, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Tuesday, July 8, 2014

 

 

 

How far along? 21.5 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Yes!
Stretch marks? No and here is to praying I don’t get any
Sleep: Sleeping pretty good these days
Best moment this week: Hearing my son Dominic say “I love you” or something close to that. LOL
Miss Anything? my allergies have been killing me so I miss my Claritin
Movement: yes
Food cravings: typically I don’t crave much, I guess I am craving more sweet than savory these days
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada.
Have you started to show yet: yes, this belly is getting big
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy :-)
Looking forward to: The 4th of July

 

Ashley Devonish

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Baby Bump – 20 Weeks

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, Family Focus, It Worked 4 Me, Products, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014

 

 

 

How far along? 20.5 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Yes except when I wear my workout clothes or leggings
Stretch marks? No and here is to praying I don’t get any
Sleep: Sleeping great but definitely having vivid dreams lately
Best moment this week:Realizing that I am more than half way done with this pregnancy!!!
Miss Anything? a nice big piece of medium rare ahi tuna
Movement: yes he is becoming more active now a days
Food cravings: sweet stuff especially cheesecake
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada.
Have you started to show yet: yes, I think this has been the turning week where other people can really tell that I am pregnant. I swear this belly grew overnight
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy :-)
Looking forward to: The 4th of July
Products I am loving this week: Loving my Undercover Mama Cami. This cami is typically a nursing cami but I love to use it all the time. It is super soft and is really long so it covers the belly. This cami is really going to be the most useful once I start nursing the new baby because it allows you to turn any shirt into a nursing shirt. All you have to do is snap it onto any nursing bra and voila, you are done. It is a genius idea. It functions as an undershirt, keeping your back, sides and belly covered as you nurse. LOVE IT!

 

 

 

You can get yourself (or a friend) an Undercover Mama Nursing Cami right here for only $24.99 and free shipping! Trust me, you will use this thing everyday while nursing.

Ashley Devonish

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Baby Bump – 19 weeks

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Baby Bump, Family Focus, It Worked 4 Me, Products, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Sunday, June 22, 2014

 

 

 

How far along? 19.5 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Yes for the most part, except when I can get away with wearing my normal non-maternity pants and either wear a belly band or my oopsie loopsie
Stretch marks? No and here is to praying I don’t get any
Sleep: Sleeping pretty good these days
Best moment this week: being told by my doctor that I have only gained 5lbs so far!
Miss Anything? I miss putting on my shoes and sandals without any stomach discomfort
Movement: yes feeling more and more movement every day
Food cravings: vinegar based things, especially cucumber and tomato salad
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada.
Have you started to show yet: yes, the bump is growing
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy :-)
Looking forward to: watching Dominic experience NYC
Products I am loving this week: My Oopsie Loopsie, I promise you guys that it really saves you so much money. It is best to use in the beginning of pregnancy before you have to wear maternity pants full time. You just loop it through your pants button hole and you are done. I love it, especially with my jeans. I also plan on using these alot post baby when your regular clothes don’t quite fit yet. I love how unnoticeable it is, there is no bulging or gap that shows under your shirt.

 

 

 

 

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Ashley Devonish

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Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Party

By Ashley Devonish | Category: Family Focus, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014

I know I am a little late in posting these but I threw my son a Yo Gabba Gabba party for his 2nd birthday a couple weeks ago. We had a ton of fun. We held the party at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, they have an amazing indoor playground that you can rent out for parties. Considering we had Dominic’s 1st birthday party at our house, this birthday was incredibly easy and non stressful. :-) Hope you enjoy the pictures. We had a ton of friends and family show up. Dominic had a blast and got more gifts than I know what to do with.

 

 

I made the invitations myself, I cut out 5×7 rectangles using silver scrapbook paper and then printed out and cut the shapes of DJ Lance’s boom box.

 

 

 

 

I decided to keep it simple this year. The cake was the most amazing cake ever! It was so yummy. Big thank you to Carrie Made the Cake here in Houston. If you need a cake, she does an amazing job!

Here are the party favors. I just did squirt bottles and Beanie Babies. The Beanie Babies were a huge hit! I had trouble keeping them on the table for very long.

I did really simple food: pizza, fruit, cupcakes, cookies and cake. Viola!

Dominic loved that slide!

 

DJ Lance in the house!

Mom and dad really blew out the candles but that’s okay because I am pretty sure the guests did not want Dominic’s spit all over the cake.

 

Successful party! Birthday boy was exhausted :-) Happy Birthday baby!

 

 

 

Ashley Devonish

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