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Light Trails on Highway
  • June 2, 2018

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Riomaggiore Coast Scene
  • May 29, 2018

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Sunrise Over Moraine Lake
  • April 30, 2018

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Christian Girls
  • June 5, 2017
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It’s no secret that we LOVE V. Rose in our house. We spend quite a bit of time researching everything we do, even when it comes to music. I know most people, especially Christians, will say that I listen to this music for this reason or that. Then they try their best to assure you that whatever music you listen to is OK for them. Well, my house is nothing like that. We listen to Christian music only. Not because it’s our preference, but because it’s our belief. We believe that the spirit or atmosphere of a creator will follow its creation. As an example, if I create something to deal with my circumstance/atmosphere of sexuality, it will always require the atmosphere of sexuality to be heard. I’m saying that to say, there is no such thing as I only like the music and not the lyrics, or I only listen to the beat of music. It’s all or nothing. It is ministering to you in one aspect or another, regardless of if its immediately manifested.
Having said that, in my house we practice listening to Christian music only, regardless of our attitude and actions. If the music ministers to us, then we don’t necessarily have to be in the proper circumstance/atmosphere to listen to it, but that it will take you there. As Christians, our desire should be to be in the presence of God at all times. So if we are going to listen to music, it will be to usher us into the presence of God. Even if we are sitting at the door step of Hell. I believe it’s a good practice (as much as doing unto the others as you would have them do unto you).

We listen to Christian music only.

I said that entire rant, just to be sure that I validate the music we listen to and the type. And V. Rose fits the bill as an artist. I don’t know her personally, but the fruit that I have had the pleasure to experience reflects a tree that is similar to my belief. As a result, my kids LOVE HER. They wanted to do a music video, and so we went to work. My wife did mostly all of the work, and I love her for it. But I wrote this blog post, so I will be taking most of the credit. Just kidding! She put in a lot of time and effort for her first full video. Learning so many new things about Adobe Premiere and all the various equipment. I am really proud how she was able to stick to a goal and see it through. I know she wanted to finish the video fast, but she pushed through the desire to hurry and made a real quality piece of art. Anyway, feel free to watch the video below. Hope you enjoy!

My Softliss Keratin Treatment Experience: Week 2
  • August 21, 2015

As you may know, I am natural (hair not chemically treated) and have been for nearly 8 years! My hair grew, suffered damage, grew again and has been trimmed away. A few months ago, I’ve experienced stress related breakage which caused my armpit length to become barely shoulder length today. Now that that I am started this new hair journey, I wanted to try something different. Something that will make my hair more manageable and will promote growth. So for 7 months, I’ve been researching alternatives to relaxers (yeah it got serious). Luckily, my research ended where I found a stylist near by who specializes in Softliss Keratin Treatments.  I messaged her with questions and she educated me and reassured me that I would be grateful if I did it, but did tell me to continue my research. And I did!

After our family vacation( blog to come) and a few weeks, I scheduled my appointment July 31. THE BEST DECISION I’ve ever made!!

The process is pretty simple. My hair was cleansed 3 times. Then it was set for about 10 minutes…blow dried and flat ironed…then washed again and finally blow dried, flat ironed, trimmed and styled. The process was 2 hours total! Just as my specialist promised! She walked me thru the entire process the whole way through!

Well, two weeks later in 90+ degrees in Texas, my hair is still holding up! I washed my hair August 14 and here’s my hair after a wash. Pictures below documents my 2 week old hair before my first wash post treatment….my hair after the wash and condition…..then after blow drying and flat ironing.

The treatment will last up to 4 months depending on my wash schedule. Only stipulation is that I wash my hair with sulfate free products! Not a problem! I love the manageability of my hair! This was a great decision for my hair. Being natural, I’ve learned so much. My hair is unique and what works well with one person does not means it’ll work for me. I can’t wear my hair in its natural state comfortably without the fear of tangles, knots and breakage. The Softliss Treatment takes away those fears. I can style my hair easily and confidently. The price tag of this treatment was well worth the investment!

Stay tuned for my One Month Update!

Homesteading Humbled Beginnings
  • April 6, 2015

My generation seems to be intrigued with exploring new avenues, trying different cultures, and taking new risks. We are happy with ending racism by ignoring it, and learning ways of life that we never thought of.

Just recently, my family and I have decided to take a bold step out of the city life and start a homestead in Texas. But this won’t be a normal homestead. Everything here has to have a purpose. And at the center of it all, nothing can take away from our relationship with Christ! We didn’t start out like your normal family. We were married young, had 5 children, and we took risks that most people wouldn’t dream of. We always believed that nothing really bad could happen to us, and that we wouldn’t die from it. Looking back, we know we were really immature and could have died several times, but we are here now.

Homesteading is family!

We love the life that we are living, and it is a step out of the norm, but it is well worth it. Just be very careful! Homesteading is not for the faint of heart. From getting chickens to getting goats to killing venomous snakes, a lot of this life is make up solutions as problems come. No one has all the answers to survival out here. You can’t work a 9 – 5 to solve all of your answers, and a lot of times your money doesn’t solve anything. It’s a wonderful life, but it is an unstable one. There are issues you would never expect, like overgrown weeds, where you wouldn’t have a problem before. Normally between the HOA’s and foot traffic, you would never think that grass is a problem. But let it rain two weeks in Houston, Texas, and your grass is 4ft. Leave it like that for a month and you will find a pit of Copperhead Snakes. Next thing you know, you have foxes, and you can’t figure out why all of your chickens are dying. All of this from GRASS. Just GRASS!

You couldn’t be more Wronger

But this life has it’s benefits too. You find yourself intrigued by where your food comes from, and what you feed your animals. You become encouraged by the quality of goat milk you can get from a meat goat, and you start to try things that other homesteaders wouldn’t. You start to build things that look like crap, but cost $0.49 in wood and serves the purpose. Whereas before, you would have built a beautiful $9,000 shed made from only the best treated wood. The best thing is, you watch your children grow up curious about the world and without fear. You see them solve problems that they normally wouldn’t be exposed to. You know they will be something great as they get older, but you will enjoy their ingenuity while they are young. And you will enjoy the attachment to your animals. As you learn their little nuances and see the way they interact day-in and day-out, your animals will become your adopted children. And for all of you who say, “I don’t like animals now, I will just want them for their production!” You couldn’t be more Wronger. Your love will grow and you never even know it. My wife was the same way, until she lost her chicken one day. Now her emotion is completely different.

And although you may get a kick out of that video, she was completely heart-broken. How could someone so cruel trade her beautiful chicken for 6 “ugly” chickens. Because of production? Not worth it!!

Again, these are some of the fantastic endeavors you will face as you start homesteading, but it is completely worth it. It keeps your life in reality. It keeps your family together. It keeps you grounded as a person. And it keeps you living within your means. Just think, based on the statistic of our culture, she should be arguing and throwing pots at me because I slept with her best-friend’s, cousin’s baby-mama, but instead, we are arguing and throwing pots because our Cinnamon Queen was given away without thinking. A chicken we would eventually eat! Yep, we will be married for a very long time, and our children will grow up in a happy and high-spirited environment. All without any access to the normal drama of life many of you may go through. Homesteading is family!