Homes of grace interview with the Laundry Hour Podcast

Homes of grace interview with the Laundry Hour Podcast

On the show, I was able to share a bit about why I started The Lightingale, how we as women should be discerning of the culture's current women's empowerment movement, letting our lives (without words) win our husbands over and much more!

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International interview with Annemarie Cross of The Ambitious Entrepreneur Podcast Network (video + audio)

International interview with Annemarie Cross of The Ambitious Entrepreneur Podcast Network (video + audio)

On the show, I was able to share a bit about why I started The Lightingale, how we as women should be discerning of the culture's current women's empowerment movement, letting our lives (without words) win our husbands over and much more!

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We completed our first EVER photo challenge!

We completed our first EVER photo challenge!

5 women participated but only 3 were eligible for the drawing at the end. I’m so honored to announce De'Nita Moss as the winner of the 2018 #LightingaleJuneChallenge! She won a brand new Bible and notebook from Lifeway and a Starbucks gift card!

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The Lightingale's FIRST EVER photo challenge!

The Lightingale's FIRST EVER photo challenge!

I am so excited to announce TheLightingaleblog.com's first ever Instagram photo challenge! I have had the privilege of participating in 2 Instagram challenges and it was so much fun! SO, for the month of June, The Lightingale is hosting it's VERY OWN! YAY! The challenge starts tomorrow (June 12th)!

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7 looks from the 2018 Academy Awards that I loved!

I am a fashion lover at heart!

When I attended the University of South Carolina back in 2010 (Go Gamecocks!) I majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Fashion Merchanding! I was sure that I was going to be a reporter on E! News! :\ But, that clearly wasn't the direction the Lord wanted me to go in and I'm ok with that! However, my passion and heart for gorgeous gowns and fabulous designs is still there. While I don't agree with everything Hollywood does, I will admit that I do enjoy seeing the red carpet ensembles. So inspiring!

So, enough about me, let's get into these dresses from last night :)

Photos are from Getty images and Elle.com helped me map out who was wearing what!

I'd love to hear what you think about my 7! Comment below! Also, tell me a few looks you loved seeing at the awards ceremony last night! 

Until next time,

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GET FIT with guest blogger TaNesha Bryant (NOW LIVE)

GET FIT with guest blogger TaNesha Bryant (NOW LIVE)

3 years ago, I chose not to wait until the new year to start going to the gym. I'd spent the previous 2 years before that back and forth in the “healthy craze.” When I made the mental connection that I felt better when I worked out, it finally clicked. I wish I could say that was it!

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Happy 3rd birthday to our superhero son, Elijah!

Today is such a special day. 3 years ago, my husband, Tyson and I welcomed our Elijah into the world.

September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

I just can't believe we have a 3-year-old! I am so happily overwhelmed!

3 years ago today, Tyson and I became parents for the first time. We found out we were pregnant with Elijah 2 months after we got married, so we were freshly married and we were already expecting! Let's just say as a new wife, my emotions (and hormones) had me on a wild ride. We had a blessing on the way, and I was so nervous. But looking back on it, I don't know why I was. Elijah was exactly what we needed from the Lord at the perfect time. I'm so glad he came when he did.

God used Elijah to teach us so much about ourselves. We learned how to be more responsible, how to plan, how to stick together and most importantly, we learned how to trust Jesus. God has been so faithful to our family. I will forever say that. This blog post would be too long to read if I typed out all that the Lord has brought us out of and into. God has had our entire family in His Hands. He prepared Tyson and I to be parents to a patient son who was understanding and loving even when we didn't always get it right as parents. That was nothing but the grace of God.

Our big boy, Elijah has so many interests. He loves superheroes: Superman, Batman, The Flash, Captain America, Goku, Daniel Tiger, the list goes on and on. Right now, when he's saying a charcter that has "man" at the end of it, they all sound like “man-man-man,” haha! Tyson and I get such a kick out of hearing him say that.

Elijah also loves to sing. I mean, really sing. Loudly. He will confidently sing along to a song that he has never heard before like he's known it the whole time. It sounds like melodic mumbling. He's not afraid to try new things and we will support that for as long as we can. Mumbling today can turn into an amazing thing in the future. Along with music, he loves musical instruments and playing his little guitar along with his dad. Every time he sees Tyson pick his up, Elijah picks his little toy guitar up and strums along. Nevermind he has popped off his little strings, but we get the general idea, haha. We want to fan those flames while he is young to cultivate the things the Lord has planted in his heart.

My favorite thing about Elijah is his smile and his hugs. He is in a stage where he is following me around the house. He loves to help me and just be near. It won't be like that always, so when I want to be annoyed (and I am sometimes) I try to remember that he is loving me in his own special way and I need to try my best to nurture him, as a mother should.

My little baby. Well, more like, my little boy.

I am enjoying watching him grow up. I have had the pleasure of staying at home with him since he's been born, so I've gotten to see it all. My patience has been tested on numerous occasions, but it's been worth it. I've been able to see his first smile, hear his first word, watch him take his first steps, and help him on the potty for the first time. By God's grace, I have been able to see it all. I praise God so much for that.

I realize that he will eventually start school, make friends, grow up on me and just not be around mommy and daddy so much, but until then, we will celebrate him and love on him best we can.

We've been blessed by the Lord in having Elijah, so I am learning to take it all in – the good and the crazy – with a heart of thankfulness and gratitude.

 I hope and pray that he will always know how much he is loved by us and by Jesus.


Hubby snapped this picture of Elijah over the weekend, and let me tell you - this picture is EXACTLY who he is! Excited, fun-loving, big-hearted, caring and FULL of LIFE! He is so happy all the time. I hope and pray that that never, ever changes. I am so glad to be this little boy's mama! We are crazy blessed! A very happy birthday today to our first-born, our new 3-year-old, Elijah K. Richardson!

September 2017

September 2017

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We are so excited to meet our little girl!

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Well, the cat is out of the bag! Hubby announced on Facebook a few days ago that we are pregnant! It will be our second baby - and we are so excited to announce that it's a healthy baby girl! Our family and friends have known for a while now, but we decided to share the good news with our extended online family, namely you!

I am floored. I couldn't have imagined being a wife with a sweet little boy and now, a precious little girl. I can say that I am seriously blessed. God has done so much for our family and He's taught us so much.  God's favor toward us is not because of anything we could have done on our own, it's all because of Him. Just Him. His goodness, grace, faithfulness, love, and mercy towards us. He gets all the glory.  

Since we found out we were having a girl, I have just been quiet in my heart (along with feeling emotional and hungry) and I've been thinking. Pondering. And truthfully, worrying a little bit.

I've wondered (worried) if I'll be a good mom to my daughter. I've wondered (worried) if I will be a good example of what it means to be a godly young woman, a godly wife, and a godly friend. Her little eyes are going to be looking at me. I've been praying, y'all. Because I'll admit, having a girl makes me a little nervous.

My biological mother and I had a rough relationship when I was growing up. After her and my dad divorced, our nearness unraveled. I had a great relationship with my dad but I didn't have that special mother/daughter bond I longed for as a young woman and even as a young adult. It was hard, I harbored so much resentment and unforgiveness. Not only that but it was difficult making female friends because I longed for a mother figure. I tried too hard and was so imbalanced in my heart. I longed for things from other women that only my mother could give. It was a difficult road. But God kept me. Through it all, He has shown me His love, His acceptance, His validation and His affirmation. He has poured into my heart and has called me His own forever.

By God's grace, my mother and I have a better relationship than we've ever had before. I love her and have forgiven her. God is faithfully redeeming the time between us. God is restoring her heart and He is restoring mine. I praise God for that because we are only growing together better and better as time goes on. 

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So, each time fear tries to rise up, I have to allow God to remind me that He is with me. He has broken that generational curse. The blood of Jesus covers me as a mother to my children. The blood of Jesus coves me as a wife to my husband. He is reminding me, even now, that I am His and nothing, no-one can take me out His hand or separate me from His love (John 10:29, Romans 8:38-39). Over the years, He has helped me and given me the tools I need to become a wife to my husband, Tyson. He's helped me and given me the tools to be a mother to our first born, Elijah. So, I know - because God is faithful and has never failed me yet - will help me and give me the tools to be a mother to our sweet girl.

Even further, God has a special, unique purpose for my daughter and I pray I will encourage her in that always. We love her so much already. We are so excited to love on her and show her what it means to love Jesus together as a family. 

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And oh my gosh! Elijah, our baby boy is going to have a little sister. My heart is so glad about that. Elijah is going to be such a great big brother and friend to her. He loves babies so much. He's gentle and very sweet with them. We've been preparing him by taking him to the appointments to see his sister on the ultrasound. So, every time he sees her picture at home, he says, "baby!" He hugs my belly often and will even give his sis a little kiss. So sweet. Even though they will be 3 years apart, my prayer is that they will grow up together, loving each other. I am so hopeful to see how their friendship will develop and grow over the years.

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And then there's us. Tyson and I. My life partner and best friend. We have come through so much together. I love Tyson with my whole heart. He has led our family through smooth and rough terrain. He has weathered storms that would usually break a man, but he has kept his eyes on Jesus and has followed after Him. God has strengthened my husband, He has kept him, and He has blessed him in many ways. We have grown so much since the beginning of our marriage, though my pregnancy with Elijah and even more with this pregnancy. We've knitted together in a stronger way. We are not perfect and we have not arrived, in anyway shape or form, we are challenged and go through hard times just like everyone else. However, we are in it to win it and we are putting all of our hope and trust in Jesus. He is our only Hope. We are in expectation about what God is going to do with us. So thankful about it all.

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Wow. I'm a mother to be for the second time. What a blessing. As I mentioned earlier, for the longest time, with this pregnancy, I've been speechless about it. God really had to give me the words for this post because I had none. Not because I wasn't overjoyed, but because I was so overjoyed. I have been gladly resting in my heart knowing that Jesus has been faithful to me throughout my life. For 30 years, the Lord has  kept me. I've gone through hard seasons, saddening seasons and seasons of brokenness, but God, my Savior, He is restoring me. What I've sown in tears, I will reap in joy. (Psalm 126:5) God is a restorer. He's restoring and making me better than I've ever been. Not for my glory, but only for His. I'm very thankful.

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So now, I get it. I get why the hard things come, it's to develop a character of trusting and following Jesus, no matter what. It's about developing a mindset that knows that the Lord will never change, He and His Word will forever remain the same. Even if our circumstances throw us for a loop, even when devastation comes upon us, these things don't change God. I rest in this. I prayerfully, hope to pass that on to our children. I hope to always remind them that Jesus loves them and that He is faithful. 

I pray that we will remind them that God has been good to us, their parents, and if they put their hand in His, just like we did, He will lead them and show Himself to be strong and faithful to them. Praying we will be living testimonies to our babies, our next generation, our legacy. Praying that we leave a mark on them that reflects the love and grace of Jesus Christ. 

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[The Lord] decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
— Psalm 78:5-7 NIV

Big shout out to our new church family at Mosaic CLT! We took these announcement pictures there and so many people chipped into making it perfect for us. 

Thanks to all who celebrate this blessing with us and thanks to you for reading! 

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