An update from me

Hello! It’s been radio silence around here since I’ve been busy with a few things, mainly bringing a beautiful little life into the world.  I’m so proud to introduce to you Jacoby Christian Ridgeway.  Born Sunday, August 17 weighing in at 8lbs and a cool 21 inches long.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 8.46.03 PMTo say I’m in love is an understatement.  My heart expanded exponentially the moment I laid eyes on this little guy and it continues to stretch everyday as I get to know him more.  To be honest, that’s been my job the past few months, taking care of and getting to know Coby and leading my family transition into a new stage of our lives.  You see, two days after Jacoby made his appearance, Solomon, my oldest son, started kindergarten. Talk about a transition period! We’ve FINALLY settled into a routine which is allowing me to get back into the swing of things with Madelyn Ridgeway Events.    You’ll see more blog posts and some exciting new things coming soon.  I can’t wait to share with y’all what’s been going on behind the scenes.  Some things that are near and dear to my heart that I can’t wait to share.  Check back in Friday for the announcement!

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a few more Coby pictures and a few of my little family from a recent photoshoot with our family photographer, Darcy, of At Play Photo.  Darcy has been photographing our kids and family since 2009 when Solomon was first born.  If you’re looking for an off -the- charts photographer, give her a call!

 

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My update

Happy Friday everyone! It’s been unusually quiet around here lately and I apologize for that.  Life forced me to take a much-needed break from many things I’d been focused on and this blog just happened to be one of them.  It wasn’t intentional but it happened.  It started off with a surprise pregnancy and horrible morning sickness, add in two toddlers, commitments made to my previous job, a bunch of bumps in the road and a whole lot of distractions and you have the recipe for my extended absence.

This forced absence has caused me to do some real housecleaning in my heart, y’all.  It’s made me re-access everything I thought I knew and wanted for my life.  Am I really cut out for a life as a wife, mom, entrepreneur, active church volunteer and all-around encourager or is it better for me to drop everything and just be focused on one or two things? Do I postpone pursuing my dreams because life has gotten tough or do I push through because that’s what makes for a great success story?  These are all things I’ve been asking myself lately.

Thankfully, I finally feel like I’m on the other side of the crisis and while I can’t announce that I’ve got it all figured out, I can say that I have a clearer path on how to proceed.  In the words of Dory from Finding Nemo, if I’ll “just keep swimming”, I’ll get where I need to be.

My hiatus hasn’t been all bumpy roads and life re-assessment, not at all.  I’ve had a healthy pregnancy and some really good times with my family.  I’m currently 31 weeks pregnant with my 3rd little Ridgeway boy!  An ultrasound in early April revealed that despite everyone’s girl guesses, I am indeed housing another member of the male species. Because of this, the MRE offices will be closed starting August 4- September 20 so I can enjoy some time with my new little guy.

There are also some REALLY exciting things on the horizon that I can’t wait to share with y’all.  Be sure to sign up for the Love letters newsletter if you haven’t already to be the first to know about the new happenings.

If you’ve been struggling with something, I’d love to know so I can keep you in my prayers and encourage you.  Leave a message in the comments and I’ll send you a little something special.