Hey everyone! I thought it would be fun to do a Q + A so y’all can get to know me a little better! I got some fun questions from Instagram and am already excited to get start answering them!
Q: What made you decide to start a blog? A: This was something that I have wanted to do for a few years now. I knew I wanted to have some kind of platform where I could write what I wanted and speak my truth. For a while, I took to Instagram, but then I decided I wanted something that was my own. So many social media apps come and go, but this is something that will always be mine.
Q: Where are you from? A: I always assumed that the people that follow me know me, so this was fun to see that I have some who don’t! I’m from Wetumpka, Alabama. It’s about 20 minutes north-east from Montgomery.
Q: At what age did you dive more deeply into your faith? A: 17. I knew that Chase and I were in a relationship that was going to lead to marriage one day and I wanted to ensure that I was a strong woman of God before hand. I firmly believe that a marriage that is rooted in God’s love will never fail. Our marriage has seen some hard days and there is no doubt that our faith has saved us many times. I was baptized at 21 and have felt like a different person ever since.
Q: How do you prioritize your relationship with God and be a mom at the same time? A: Love this question! I know that becoming a mother stemmed from God. Getting pregnant and carrying your baby full term is nothing short of a miracle. Every time I look at HD, I’m reminded of God’s grace. I want him to grow up in a household that prioritizes their faith. Every morning, we listen to worship music before we do anything else. I’ll sing to him, read a quick little devotion out loud, and pray over us. A sweet mama friend of mine told me to play worship music during bedtime to help him feel safe and secure before he goes to sleep and it truly has worked. Every time he is fussy and needs to sleep, I put on his playlist and it calms him down almost instantly! I hope that this carries into his childhood and he remembers how much I want our family to be centered around Christ.
Q: Has there ever been a time where your faith has cost you a relationship? A: Definitely! The only friendships I have ever lost were toxic and I’m glad those people are no longer in my life. I dated someone in high school who treated me terribly. He made me feel so low. I started to believe that I didn’t deserve someone better, but God shut that thought up real quick! My faith helped me get out of that bad relationship. My faith has never stood in the way with relationships that are actually good for my life. I hope you can remember that if your faith were to ever cost you somebody.
Q: Were you and Chase trying to get pregnant? A: Nooooooo ma’am. We weren’t trying, but we weren’t preventing. We always wanted to have kids young, but we didn’t think we’d have them at 21 and 22. I was never on birth control so we both thought that after years of not using protection, we would have difficulty conceiving. I guess we will find out if we are easily able to purposely conceive when we start trying for baby #2!
Q: How did you find out you were pregnant? How far along were you? Did you think it was a boy? A: We found out I was pregnant on my 21st birthday! I couldn’t remember the last time I had a period so Chase made me take a pregnancy test so I would know whether or not I should have any drinks! We were together when we found out and we were both SHOCKED! I was 4 weeks + 1 day pregnant that day! Happy birthday to me! LOL. I honestly thought I was pregnant with a girl, but Chase knew he was a boy the whole time. Now that he is here, I couldn’t imagine having a girl! I love my boy so very much.
Q: We know that Henry came from your Grandpa, but what about Duke? Why’d y’all choose it? A: Chase would say it’s after John Wayne, but that is not true haha! We both just wanted a middle name that we agreed on, especially since we knew he would most likely go by his middle name. I remember we sat on our couch together for hours trying to pick a name and never could agree. The day we were going to take pictures for our gender announcement, we were sitting in his truck waiting for our photographer and I mentioned the name Duke. He loved it from the start and we both felt like it was just the right name for our baby. We both think it’s a strong name and that it goes with Henry very well!
Q: What’s your greatest hope for Henry Duke’s life? A: I hope that he chooses to follow Jesus and lives a life that is honorable. I want him to make better decisions than his Dad and I ever did. I know that he will be smarter, kinder, and braver than we ever were. I can already tell. I pray over his life every single day
Q: Why did you decide to be a nurse? A: I got this same question many times! Growing up, my two best friends, Catherine and Samantha, twin sisters who were born with a skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa. This is a rare genetic connective tissue disorder that causes your skin to tear off from friction. We met in the 3rd grade and I have seen them suffer in ways little children shouldn’t have to. Even though their pain, they were so fearless in their journey. Once they both passed, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse so I could care for others. They have influenced my life in so many ways and I’m grateful to have known them.
Q: What would you be if you weren’t pursuing nursing? A: I would have been an elementary school teacher. I love kids so much, especially those ages. One day, I hope to be a school nurse after I’ve gotten all of my hospital experiences out of my system!
Q: What does your husband do in the Army? A: He is a Sniper in the Infantry! He loves his job and does so well in the military. He has worked so hard and given up so much to be where he is today. I’m so proud to be his wife.
Q: Although I know you missed Chase, was it fun to live on your own for a while? A: YES! I learned so much about myself while living alone! I still do! At first, I was scared to be in an empty apartment/house, but now, I enjoy it! It’s so refreshing to be able to come home after a long day to a quiet home where I can do whatever I want. If I don’t want to do the dishes or make my bed, I don’t have to! That freedom is liberating and I highly suggest living on your own temporarily at some point in your life!
Q: Any advice for others in a military relationship? My boyfriend is about to start basic training and I’m a wreck! A: You are about to start one heck of a journey girlfriend! I think the most important aspects to have for military relationships are patience, understanding, and loyalty. There will be times where you have to be apart and being patient during those times is a must. Understand that they don’t want to leave you and know that if they had a choice, they would come home to you every single night. Stay loyal, sis! Both of you. This is huge. Loyalty is hard to come by in the military. People are always stepping out of their relationships because they are lonely and sad. Make sure you have open communication and are honest about what you expect from each other! I don’t say this to scare anyone, but just to keep it real. Dear John letters are REAL and they happen on both ends. Put in the work, pray, and stay faithful. Y’all will make it! 🙂
Q: Go to easy healthy recipes you enjoy. A: I love this! I’m the QUEEN of easy! I am not good in the kitchen, so whenever I cook, it’s super simple and healthy! I’ll definitely post some of those recipes here for y’all now that I know it’s a topic of interest!
Q: How many babies do y’all want and when is #2 coming? A: We want so many kids! We are thinking 4-6 🙂 I want an even number of kids so that one kiddo isn’t ever left out! We want them to be pretty close together too! We are wanting to start trying for #2 once Duke is 1 <3
Thanks so much for asking these questions y’all! I had so much fun answering them. I hope this helps y’all to get to know me a little better! There were so many questions that I had a hard time picking, so if I didn’t answer a question you wanted to hear, let me know in the comments below! Or you can always DM me on Instagram @vi.thomas <3 Thanks for being here friends!