World Day Against Human Sex Trafficking

I am posting this with the blessing and approval of @alysha.romel. You see, Alysha took the time to write a beautiful and very important post yesterday for World Day Against Human Sex Trafficking. And within a few hours of posting it, it was “censored” meaning there was no way for her post to reach its full potential and be shared with as many folks as it should have.

The reason for the censorship??? “It can influence the presidential election.” Now I don’t know about you but I don’t give a rat’s ass who you want to vote for or even if you vote at all. The fact that her post was censored period is deplorable. So without further a-due I am sharing her original post below with the only changes being changing her daughter’s name to my son’s name and using my own photo. Please go to her page and like, tag and share the original post so it’s given the credit it deserves. Let’s work together to #savethechildren!!!

MY SON IS NOT FOR SALE!!!

“NO ONE IS FOR SALE!!! Today is World Against Human Sex Trafficking. Trafficking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries. The United States is a source and transit country, and is also considered one of the top destination points for victims of child trafficking and exploitation. Right now there are currently 2 million child sex slaves around the world, and between 200,000 – 300,000 of those are right here in the U.S.”

“When I hear those numbers I see 2 million Hunters living in terror. Children just like him, children just like your children, your nieces, your nephews, your grandchildren.”

“Human trafficking is estimated to bring global profits of about $150 billion a year—$99 billion from sexual exploitation, and is considered the world’s fastest growing crime.”

“These statistics are heartbreaking and rarely discussed. There are some things we absolutely cannot stay quiet about and this is one of them. All children have the right to grow up in a safe and healthy family environment, free from violence, exploitation and abuse.”

To see Alysha’s original post please click here.https://www.instagram.com/p/CDRNdn2Jii8/?igshid=1iq57bgp8f86d

Happy Mother’s Day

“Being a Mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” – Linda Wooten

Hands down the most magical day of my entire life was the day that I became a Mom. My journey to motherhood was NOT easy. My pregnancy however, by text book definition was phenomenal and nothing short of a miracle. Hunter himself IS a miracle and proof that God does exist. Looking back I wish I had more of a connection with him during my pregnancy but as some of you know, that first time I felt him move inside of me was terrifying! It was the most alien-like experience imaginable! I hated every minute of it. But the very second he was in my arms that connection was INSTANT! The bond, UNBREAKABLE! The love, GREATER than anything I’ve ever felt!

Being a mom isn’t easy and I am by no means perfect. But I give it my all EVERY SINGLE DAY because it’s what brings me the most joy. And on the days I struggle I seek strength from God and those around me to pull through. Because at the end of the day absolutely no one is perfect but Hunter deserves nothing but perfection. He is in my eyes and God’s absolutely perfect in every single way. He is my “why”, he is my heart, he is my soul, my everything. And without him I would not be who I am today.

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL my beautiful Mommas! However you wish to define that and any way you wish to define that. You are all special and appreciated.

Happy 4th Birthday Hunter!!!

I’m in tears as I write this one folks I’m not gonna lie. I’ve had to walk away to compose myself multiple times as I am completely overrun with love and emotion. MY LITTLE MAN IS FOUR YEARS OLD!!! How did this happen? I just can’t believe my baby boy isn’t a little baby anymore!!! It seems like yesterday he was just a bitty little thing completely dependent on myself and his Daddy for every single thing imaginable. Now here we are four years later and not a day goes by that he doesn’t put an instant smile on our faces. If you ask him “what” he is he will proudly reply with, “smart, talented, loving, polite and handsome like my Daddy!”

Hunter at 4 years old.

Hunter is just as stubborn and independent as the both of us combined. He is extremely inquisitive and asks questions constantly. His love of learning grows each and every day. He is one smart little boy and has taken his problem solving skills to a whole other level. If he can’t figure something out himself he will look it up on YouTube first before even asking us for help. He loves to dance putting Mommy’s moves to shame. His current song obsession is “Old Town Road”. We listen to it all day every day and have been for weeks on end. No joke! ALL DAY, EVERY DAY FOR WEEKS!!! But hey, it could be worse…it could be “Baby Shark” or something along those lines. Am I right?!?

Hunter at 4 years old.

As his vocabulary and communication skills continue to grow he is not just learning English, but we’re working on Spanish and Sign Language as well! He works on his school lessons daily via www.abcmouse.com and is almost done with Pre-K! He is quite the little foodie and we couldn’t be happier about that. The singular food item he sometimes turns his nose up at is Tomatoes. He loves trying out new foods including all things spicy like his Mommy. He is extremely caring and kind and always willing to help others out. He is constantly helping Mommy out around the house especially in the kitchen! He also loves streaming video games with Daddy. Ever the dare devil, Mommy and Daddy have had no choice but to opt for “feet first”, “hands out”, “tuck and roll” methods over “Hunter proofing”. He definitely keeps us on our toes that’s for sure!

Hunter at 4 years old.

Hunter George Stommel – Nothing could’ve prepared me for how tough it would be as a parent to watch you grow. I constantly struggle with wanting you to be my baby forever and being over the moon excited at all you have and will accomplish. Mommy and Daddy love you to pieces and are so proud of the little man you are growing up to be. We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you. Happy 4th Birthday Bug! Here’s to many many more!!!

So I thought it would be fun to do add one of those fill in the blank/Q&A dealios here not just to share with ya’ll where Hunter’s head is currently at but to also be able to look back upon this year after year and compare his answers. The following questions were asked of Hunter. His responses were given on his own without coaxing, persuasion or coaching.

  1. What is your name? Hunter
  2. How old are you? 4
  3. What are you? Strong, talented, loving, polite and handsome like my Dad.
  4. When is your birthday? The month of January.
  5. How old is Mommy? Old
  6. How old is Daddy? 4
  7. What is your favorite color? Red
  8. What is Mommy’s favorite color? Purple and Pink
  9. What is Daddy’s favorite color? Green
  10. Whats your favorite food? Broccoli and Pizza
  11. What is your favorite drink? “Mommy’s Water” (Flavored Water)
  12. What is your favorite fruit? Apples, Bananas and Lemons
  13. What is your favorite vegetable? Asparagus
  14. Who is your best friend? Mateo
  15. What’s your favorite animal? Athena and Taz
  16. What is your favorite game? Minecraft
  17. What is your favorite sport? Baseball and Soccer
  18. What is your favorite candy? Gummy Bears, M&Ms and Lollipops
  19. What are you scared of? Monsters
  20. What is your favorite television show? Blippi
  21. What makes you sad? When you’re angry at me.
  22. What makes you happy? When you’re happy at me.
  23. Where is your favorite place to go? Zoo
  24. What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor and Firefighter
  25. What does love really mean? You
Be sure to check out the video dedication to Hunter’s 4th Birthday on Facebook and Instagram. Or simply click on the photo above.

The Alien Inside of Me

Those who know me well can attest that prior to meeting and subsequently marrying the man of my dreams, I had sworn off having children for many reasons. Reason #3,358 – the thought of feeling a baby growing inside of me freaked me out royally. So much so that I had additionally swore that if ever the time came that I were to become pregnant and felt the baby move that I would rush to the hospital that very instant and insist that they remove the alien from my belly immediately! Furthermore, to this very day I have never (intentionally) felt, touched, rubbed or patted a pregnant woman’s belly unless tricked or forced to do so. As for all those photos and videos of pregnant women’s bellies where you can see an appendage sticking out or see the baby move. Uh uh, not for me. I’ll pass thanks! Continue reading “The Alien Inside of Me”