Amanda Jonsson

I mother. I love. I bake. I blog. I praise the Most High King. Won't you join me on this adventure that is life? β˜•

http://myownunexpectedjourney.com/

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Because why sit in the chair the right way when you can sit on it upside down? #yolo

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We're expecting a high of 40° tomorrow; spring is in the air. So I made a coconut cake and bought some red tulips. Because I was craving coconut cake and fresh flowers make me happy. It's the little joys, friends. Savor all that you can 😊

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Think I found my new life verse. If you are also in a season of waiting, let me be the one to remind you today: hold on to the promises; God is not slow, but perfectly on time; He will not leave you until His work in you is complete. ❀️

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Our God is so abundantly rich in KINDNESS that He sacrificed Himself for us. He broke Himself and gave of Himself, and He asks us to do the same for one another: to be broken and given out. May we be able to live up to this supernatural KINDNESS, by the power of Him who lives inside us ❀️

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The first thing motherhood steals from you: personal space. Very personal space. Like, you'll-never-use-a-toilet-alone personal space. Hence all the wine moms drink πŸ₯‚
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Repost from @themotheroctopus

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That moment when the baby learns how to climb on the table and is super proud of herself but you're over here like πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

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A dusting of snowflakes caught on baby lashes. Just one of my favorite things ❀️

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I woke up this morning feeling sick, and this little one immediately told me to sit down, telling me that she was going to make me breakfast. "But it has to be toast, because that's all I know how to make". She's asked for my help about 5 times, and it would have been easier to do it myself. But to be raising a little girl who tells me, "You take care of us; now it's your turn to be taken care of", is so much better than having perfect toast.

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I die πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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"Β Heavenly Father, give me a heart that is tender and moldable in Your hands.Β Soften any place that has become calloused because of pride, sin, unbelief or life's harsh disappointments.Β Give me a heart like Yours, Lord.Β One that is filled with Your love, grace and mercy towards others.Β In Jesus' name, amen."
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Loved today's devotional from @first5app

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Watching my 1 year old is exhausting. She is movement for the sake of movement, with no real purpose behind every step she takes other than, "I'm awake, so I have to be moving". This sense of go-go-go is at the core of all of us, and I wonder if any of us actually outgrow this restless energy that has us constantly moving for no real purpose.
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And so God says, B E S T I L L.
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And it's suddenly the hardest thing we've ever been asked to do. "I can't just do nothing, God. I have to keep moving."
...But do you? Does God look at us as I look at my 1 year old, thinking, "What are you doing with your life? Just stop! Be still! You're not actually accomplishing anything right now, you're just keeping busy and wrecking havoc while you're at it."
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Be still. Be still and know that He is God, that HE determines your success, that HE is the One who provides, that HE is a good Father who loves to bless His children. Just. Be. Still.

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"Mom, can you put 3 braids in my hair? I saw a girl with her hair like that at Awana and it looked really pretty."
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And so today we did cornrows. Takes me back to 8th grade when Alicia Keys was just coming out and my best friend would braid my hair. If you catch me humming "Falling" throughout the day, I blame this adorable 5 year old πŸ˜†

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It may feel like it sometimes, as you wait on His promises. As the days turn into months which turn into years, which pile up into more years, the waiting can make you doubt.
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"... Maybe He's not coming after all..."
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But to Him, a day is like a thousand years. And His timing is always perfect. So hang in there, and lean into the waiting, holding tightly to the promises.

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The nerd mom flat lay for your Monday OOTD πŸ˜‚

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"Daddy, I like you. I like your heart."
And my heart turned into a puddle on the floor. These are the moments, friends. The moments that truly matter. The moments that make life and all it's struggles worth it. I hope you all are having a beautiful Sunday with your loved ones ❀️

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Eowyn: "Mom, did you think of this on your own, or did you see it on Instagram?"
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No kid, I thought of it all on my own, thank you very much. You're looking at a brownie with an Oreo bottom, toasted marshmallow top, then crowned with ice cream, chocolate syrup and sprinkles. (The kid version also had whipped cream)
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It was warm and gooey and cold and smooth and full of chocolate in every bite, and the perfect way to celebrate a Friday πŸ’ƒ

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Getting through Friday like

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I had a rough night last night. Oswyn woke up to play at 1:30 am and didn't fall back asleep until 3 am. Then she woke up again around 5 am, and was up for the day by 6:40 am. I literally cried.
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On top of all of this, I'm on day 2 of one of the heaviest periods of my life and basically want to punch everyone in the face.
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Although Ben and Jerry's has been making dairy free ice cream for a while now, my grocery store doesn't carry it. But every time I'm there, I check anyways, just in case (I have a dairy allergy). And today, there was exactly 1 container of the dairy free stuff. It didn't even have it's own slot; it was just sitting in front of a dairy based flavor. Just 1 dairy free ice cream, found by me on a really bad day. It was even in one of the best flavor combos ever. And it was in that moment that I felt God say, "I see you."
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It didn't magically turn me into a happy go lucky Care Bear who farts rainbows and hugs everyone in sight. I'm still exhausted, feel like I'm bleeding to death, and please believe that my resting bitch face game will continue to be strong the rest of the day. But it eased the loneliness brought on by the voice always trying to make me feel less than.
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So if you too are having a shit-tastic day, know this: God sees you. He loves you. He's rooting for you always. And so am I ❀️

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This is Arya. Arya loves the Hulk. She has loved the Hulk since she was 2, even going so far as to have a Hulk smashes Sofia the First party for her 3rd birthday. She has worn Hulk shirts paired with tutus and pink cowboy boots; custom made Hulk bikini; and a custom made Hulk leotard to dance class. She also dressed up like the Hulk for Halloween 2 years ago.
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It never occurred to her to not wear Hulk stuff or play with her array of Hulk toys just because she's a girl. She always was unabashedly herself.
...until her girl friends in 4K said something about her Hulk sandals and Hulk sweater being boy clothes. Since then, she hasn't wanted to wear her Hulk stuff to school. Yesterday, she wore a plain sweater over her Hulk shirt and kept the zipper up at school all day, so that she wouldn't get made fun of, which broke my mama heart in two.
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She let me talk to her teacher about it yesterday, and her teacher told Arya to wear her Hulk sweater and that they were going to have a class talk about how it's ok to be different. How it's ok to be a girl but also like the Hulk. How it's ok to be unique.
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Arya was so excited to get dressed for school today that she proudly wore Hulk head to toe. We also bagged up her favorite Hulk dolls, Hulk blanket, Hulk leotard, Hulk bikini, and Hulk book to share with her classmates (all inside her Hulk bag, of course). I told her that I was so proud of her because there is no braver thing than to be yourself. πŸ’š
#lovewhatmatters

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What God has planned next for those of us who love Him is so great and so wonderful, that our wildest dreams pale in comparison. Go ahead and think of your vision of paradise. Really see every little detail. And now really let the truth of this verse sink in that whatever you just envisioned is about as close to what God has in store for you as a run down motel in the middle of a desert is to a 5 star resort on the best beach in Hawaii.
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How good our God is! That He would call us His children and spoil us so lavishly. I hope you all have a great day ❀️

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Just when you guys think I've outdone myself - - BAM! Caramel popcorn on a cake! You're looking at layers of chocolate cake and caramel swirl cake covered in salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream, dripping with salted caramel and topped with caramel popcorn. Happy 60th birthday, Dad!

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One of my favorite parts of winter is that the sun doesn't rise until 7:30, because then I actually get to enjoy it everyday.

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LAURELYN ACTUALLY DANCED IN DANCE CLASS TODAY! FOR THE WHOLE CLASS!
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She said that her New Year's resolution was to "dance in her dance class when she is 3". Honestly, I thought she was BSing me. But she did it 😭😭😭

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They scream way too much, talk my ear off, and have ALL THE FEELS all the time, BUT - - I love having all girls ❀️

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I can't, you guys. I can't even with this cheesy gap toothed face. So. Stinking. CUTE! 😍

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We were never meant to do this life alone, friends. Although it's hard to open up to people about your struggles and hardships, you will find that the load is much easier to bear when you aren't holding the weight all on your own. Find your people, your tribe, who you can trust inexplicably and never let them go. And don't for one more second believe the lie that you should deal with your pain all on your own.

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This shirt though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Thanks @natalie.haro for this awesome possum shirt and adorable hat 😘

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After a 6 month break from my blog, I have decided to officially step away from it. Head over there one last time by clicking the link in my profile to read my last post, "Farewell For Now".
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I will still keep posting here on Instagram, because I'll still be taking pictures of my cute kids, so I might as well share them. But I'm throwing out the blogger's "rules" of IG. My profile will become a mystery flavored lollipop and you won't know what you're getting until you bite in.
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Thank you for going on this journey with me ❀️

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Man this book is breaking me into a thousand pieces and I'm only 18 pages in #thebrokenway

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My little gap toothed hillbilly. Such a trooper, despite all the trauma. If you haven't yet, check my instastory for the details on how my voracious 1 year old managed to knock her front tooth out today.
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My liquid dinner was delicious, in case anyone was wondering 🍷

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