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PARTY OF 3!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING LOVES!

It’s been a while since i’ve posted anything and today seems like the perfect day to begin again.

So, I had a baby! LOL! I took a break to enjoy my pregnancy…plus, I was so huge, I couldn’t fit into anything anyway. I went from a nice 135lbs to a whooping 196lbs before my 8lb baby boy made his debut. When I say that baby Sammy was a surprise….HE WAS NOT PLANNED! BUT, VERY WELCOME!

7 months!Pregnancy Shoot

We found out we were pregnant on my parent’s 24th wedding anniversary and nothing was the same afterwards. Pregnancy was not what I expected. I wanted that pregnancy glow everyone talks about…but, what I got were chin hairs, vicious acne, stretch marks, severe acid reflux and LOTS of extra fat.

Still, Samuel Krisitian Ford came out a health baby.

Ready to PopD-Day. At Brookwood HospitalFresh Out the Womb

He was 4 days overdue and STILL didn’t want to come out so I ended up having to get a cesarean. Now, i’m just trying to heal and enjoy my little family.

Today, Sammy is 3 weeks old and gaining weight every single day.

He is the joy of our lives, he is the reason for my reason for lack of sleep, the reason I smell like vomit and urine all day long and the reason I am constantly smiling (how did I get so lucky?).

He is my new reason for existing. So this Thanksgiving, I want to take time out to say how thankful I am for my little Ford family and this blessing God has bestowed on Samuel and I.

I hope you all are enjoying time with your families and all that good home cooking. I pray that your homes are filled with joy, peace and much love.

Happy Thanksgiving…Love you, Mean it!

pssss…enjoy Black Friday for me and shop twice as hard

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XoXo Emma

 

 

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Love Has 20/20 Vision

Love is blind.

That’s a quote I’m sure you’ve heard over and over again. It’s true in the sense that you can fall in love with a person no matter their race, socioeconomic background or place of birth. But it’s not blind in the sense that you blindly fall in love and never really see the person for who they truly are. Love is not blind and you shouldn’t be either.

When I met my husband I was working at my family church in Montgomery, AL called Fresh Anointing. The first time Mr. Samuel K. Ford Esq. set eyes on me, I was working, and working hard. He said the first thing he noticed about me was that I looked like I had everything together. Little did he know I had just gotten out of a serious and scarring relationship, I had just moved back in with my parents, and I had just stopped crying myself to sleep a week ago. But, all he saw was a tiny 4’ll girl in high heels and african clothing who seemed to “have it all together.” Well a week later his sister asked me for my number to give to him, and a week after that, we were on our first date to see Batman.

1st Date

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We sat in the 3hr movie and didn’t get to speak to each other. BTW this was my very first time setting eyes on him. After that, the rest is history. We got engaged, married, bought a house and moved to another city months later. Life moved FAST!

So, in a nutshell that’s our life in review. 4 years and two cities later, we are still going Strong (thank you Jesus). He is my Man Crush Everyday because I choose to make him my Man Crush. Marriage is beautiful, but it is work. Ask anybody that’s been married longer than I have…you get what you put into it. But, the work should begin before you even get married. Like I said before, love has 20/20 vision. So, you found a great guy, make sure he is R.E.A.L.

  1. Reliable: Make sure if he/she does what they say they’re going to do. Dating is a dress rehearsal for what you’ll get in marriage. So if this guy or girl is flaky now and doesn’t keep their word, they probably won’t be any better once you’re married to them.
  2. Encouraging: Never put up with anyone that always puts you down. If he or she is always finding fault with you and never has anything good to say about you…don’t stick around. Make sure they encourage you to the be the best you possible and are your biggest cheerleader.
  3. Ambitious: He or she may work at McDonald’s now, but do they have a plan or goal for their life. Remember ladies if he can’t lead himself, he definitely can’t lead you. Look for a spark of ambition and passion and make sure they have a plan to accomplish those dreams.
  4. Loving: Take a look at how he or she interacts with his father, his mother, his sisters, his friends, his co-workers. Any man or woman that knows how to treat others, will always treat you right. Make sure they have a loving relationship with God. If they do, you cannot fail…Guaranteed!

Love may be blind, but you should have 20/20 vision when it comes to finding the right person to do life with. Keep your eyes and ears open at the same time that you are falling deeply in love. Let’s make 2016 a year of good choices and no wasted time, energy, love and tears.

I hope this post helps someone out today and I hope you enjoyed the little BTS pictures into our love story. If you have any other suggestions on how to find the right person, please let us know and comment below. I always love hearing from you all.

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XoXo Emma

 

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Chi-Town

Chi-Town…Chi-Town

My BIG 30 has come and gone but i’m still reeling from the excitement and fun of it all. My husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago and it was AMAZEBALLS! We had so much fun…we had so much food…and so much adventure. Chicago is now on my top 10 list of favorite places in the U.S.A. to visit.

I wanted to give all my y’all a BTS (behind the scenes) look of how our time was spent as well as give you some ideas for good food and entertainment places to visit if you ever find yourself in Chicago. My first word of advice is to download YELP. If you’re a foodie like I am, this app is for you.

The trip started out bumpy. We didn’t know that there were two airports in the city and just assumed we were going to O’Hare. So we got a hotel by O’Hare airport only to land at Midway airport (45 minutes from O’Hare). Our rental car had us arriving the next day so the car was not ready…sigh! We were tired. But we kept a good attitude and got everything sorted out.

After all that mess, I needed retail therapy!!! SHOPPING TIME!

We went on the Magnificent Mile and found some great items at H&M, Zara and Forever21. We also went to the Hancock Center Observatory that day and saw the perfect view of the city. Take a look at our pics and I also listed all my favorite spots in the city. Comment below and let me know what spots you visited this summer and what some of your favorite places are in Chicago. We plan on going again summer 2016.

Thank you to all who texted me food, shopping and entertainment spots while I was traveling (especially my Marriage Group wives). You are the real superhero.

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Here is a synopsis of our favorite restaurants and places to visit in Chicago.

Shopping:

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Magnificent Mile

Thrift & Thrive

Site Seeing: 

John Hancock Observatory

Field Museum

United Center/Jordan Statue

Obama’s House

Food:

Mug’s Pizza and Ribs

Giordano’s

Stax Cafe

Toscano’s

Garrett Popcorn

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XoXo Emma