Austyn Turns ONE!!

Little Miss Austyn turned ONE just a few days ago. What a blessing it is that I’ve been able to spend an entire year with her! I know her daddy is looking down on her, his heart swelling with pride. What a girl, what a gift… what a miracle she is!

I work everyday on being an awesome mom to our little girl. Coming to terms with the new label “Single Mom” has been interesting for me. But, most of the time, I don’t think of myself as a widow or as a single parent. Most of the time I just think of myself as incredibly and undeniably BLESSED. I was blessed with every moment I got to spend with Nick and I am blessed with every moment I have now with Austyn. I think I’m getting closer and closer to understanding what it means to live in the moment and truly be grateful with whatever it is we have. Every time I think I have life figured out, I find that I have more to learn. Every moment can teach, if you let it.


Here’s my current mantra: Be PRESENT. Be GOOD. Be BRAVE. I think if we strive for these three things, there isn’t much God can’t use us for.

So, little Austyn Elizabeth… Be present. Be good. Be brave. Oh… and have a happy first birthday!



Here’s a few photos we shot on lil A’s birthday. Got to do a fun photo shoot the day after and I guarantee the lighting will be better! Ha! Will update with the pro pics soon! :]

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  1. MARY WASLEY says:

    Happy 1st Birthday to your precious little girl. And I love your new mantra.. you are an inspiration to me… and I will continue to fallow you on team magnotti as well as facebook. I still watch nicks video because it gives me strength and faith I never had before!! He was an amazing gift as are you and Austyn. God Bless you both!!

  2. Nevin says:

    Happy Birthday, Austyn! Your beautiful smile brought some much-needed joy to my day. Love always, Nevin

  3. Therese Surges says:

    Austyn sure is a lucky little girl to have a mom that is so attentive to her every physical, emotional and spiritual need! Each new milestone for Austyn is a new growth-spurt for you too, Alyssa! Love and God bless you both!

  4. Jamie Miller says:

    Love your new mantra Alyssa! I myself have realized a similar truth in the last 6 months or so; that life is messy and you never now what is coming next, sometimes even minute by minute. If we can truly learn to fully experience each thing, whether big or small, good or bad, joyful or painful, then we are really learning to live life to the fullest. Allowing ourselves to be present in every moment and get the most out of our experiences is to me what brings true contentment.

    P.S. I love Austin’s birthday pictures you had done…she is so cute, and you look gorgeous as always! Keep on keepin’ on girl. xoxo

  5. Melody Chen says:

    You are truly an inspiring for me. Thanks for encouraging us. May God bless you and you family.

  6. Nuno says:

    Happy Birthday Austyn. Your family have inspired me! Thank you from Portugal

  7. David johnson says:

    Happy birthday little angel…from Brasil!

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