Category: Family

An Afrolicious Father’s Day recap 

In this picture, we were leaving the cemetery. We went to visit my fathers grave site. I was very emotional because this was the second Father’s Day without Daddy. 

I didn’t stay down though. We also celebrated my husband’s 3rd Father’s Day. I’m truly blessed to have him, he’s a great husband and father. He supports us and loves unconditionally. ❤️

I know with time, thing will get better. Therefore, I’ll cherish the memories shared with Daddy and enjoy the new memories with hubby and our son. 

I hope all enjoyed Father’s Day and for those in mourning, keep your head up!

Nicole Cherise ❤️

Parenting


Many parents don’t realize how vital their role is in their child(s) life. Being a parent is hard work, however, these little people are worth it. As parents, we have to teach, nourish and protect our little ones. The world is huge and mean, we have to help them be decent civilians. As a parent, we should speak Life, Health, and Success over our children. As we know, people will do their best to tear us down, so giving our children great esteem boosters will help them in those situations. 

My son is the blessing that prayed for. My son has taught me how to be a mother and he’s also taught me things about myself and husband. Days like today, when I’m not feeling well, seeing him smile and cheer when I enter the room, makes my heart skip a beat.
 Yes, I get overwhelmed. Yes the “terrible twos” are terrible. Yes, I constantly worry about his safety and well being. Yes, I’m constantly thinking “what am I doing? Or “am I a good mother?” Yes, everyday is a new day and adventure. Yes, he’s taught me to not compare children and that no two babies are alike. He has made me realize, the special privilege that I have of being his mother. 
Parenting. Definitely hard work and can be stressful, but it’s worth it!

Thanks for reading!
Nicole Cherise ❤️ 

Momma is proud 

Today my little boy did his first artwork at school! 


This is the first of many. I’m very proud of my son and I feel as a New parent it is good for his self esteem to recognize his accomplishments. 

After, a long day today, this truly brightened it. 

I hope everyone remains safe in the storm!

Thanks for reading!

Nicole Cherise ❤

Surprise Surprise

This weekend, I was suppose to be in Philly visiting friends but ended up at JFK airport on a flight to Tampa. 

My support system had been keeping a big secret from me for months until now. A great man named Donovan Smith plays for our favorite football team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I’m friends with his sister and he’s knows about my battle with MS and is a follower of my blog. He felt that I was an inspiration, so much that he flew my husband and myself to Tampa, handled all hotel accomadations, sent welcome videos from some of the players, gave us a tour of the Bucs training facility and field passes for today’s game!

I’m beyond honored and humbled. It’s good to know that I do inspire people. I don’t take this blessing for granted and I will continue to live with the purpose that God has instilled in me. Thanks for reading!

Nicole Cherise ❤️

Thanksgiving reflections

The holidays are tough when you’re missing loved ones at the dining room table. Life isn’t the same, but you realize just how much we need to cherish life.  

As I look around, I’m watching my husband, son, mother and my in-laws laughing and eating, I drift into my own world. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. Their presence gives me the energy that I need to get by. 
I also realize that at this point of the year, it’s time to game plan for the new year. I have a list of goals that I am working hard to meet. I will keep you all posted. I’m very excited because when you accomplish something new, you feel unstoppable. 
I’m thankful for all of you who take the time to read my posts and follow my journey. Blessings to you all!
Nicole Cherise❤️

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F.F: each morning…

I feel blessed.

I’m blessed to open my eyes and see my husband and son. With all the challenges that I deal with, the love for my family, always puts a smile on my face. 

I hope there is something or someone in your life, that no matter what is going on, you can smile. My family is my back bone, the extra strength that I endure at times when I really need it. They accept me flaws and all. 

What about you? Who or what makes you feel good?

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Motivational Mondays: we should stop putting age limits on our Goals

Hi friends! Happy Monday and new week to you!

https://www.facebook.com/idriselba/videos/10153812692958692/

The link above is video shared my Idris Elba. He asks people the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” of course, many laughed and states that they were grown up, however when do you stop growing? 🤔
We all have had dreams or goals we want to do, but we reach a point where we just put that dream on the back burner. Is it because it didn’t happen by the age we wanted it to? Did “life” happen? I’ll be first to admit that when I was younger, I wanted to become a wife, mother and Psychologist. Professionally, I want to obtain my doctorate degree and I wanted to open a family center to help all people. I feel like once I was diagnosed with MS that was a curve ball that wasn’t expected. I began to concentrate on other things that were more important, family. Steve and I got married and we eventually became parents. So, I’ve achieved two things, but I still haven’t accomplished the final piece. Once I stopped putting age limits on stuff my mind changed. Once I said I don’t know if it will happen, now it’s I WILL get my cherry on top, God willing. 
We also have this attitude that if we don’t do certain things by certain ages, we either failed or will never accomplish them. I feel a lot of television and fairy tales are the cause for this. We have this thought that by this age, I should finish school, I should be in my dream career by that time, this age, I should get married or at least fall in love, I should have kids by this time in life, I should own a home/condo at this point. We place pressure on ourselves and it hurts when these things aren’t fulfilled. 

Imagine if we as a people could just live. Imagine as we are growing and evolving, we can say I’m ready to take the leap. Instead of family and society filling our heads with time limits, we take our time and just worry about ourselves and our creations. This can be us friends, we need to make that choice. 

What are your thoughts? Thanks so much for reading!
Nicole Cherise

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Feel good Fridays: leaving a legacy 

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

As we all know, the music icon, Prince suddenly passed away. He was loved by many and had many fans worldwide. It made me think, “it’s not about living forever, it’s creating a legacy that will last forever. 
  

As I think about my late father and late Goddaughter, every encounter with others, they always reference great things about both. It made think, when it is my time, what can other’s say about me? Or what seeds would I plant that can continue to grow? I, too, may not ever get famous, but I want my life to serve the purpose of helping others. I want to live a life as an example for my son and future children. That’s my “why” as I spoke about in this previous post. 

What about your friends? Do you find yourself wanting to leave behind a legacy? 

Thanks for reading! Have a good weekend!

Nicole Cherise

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