Leah P. Duong @lpduong

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• grace-dweller • • they call me lil mama cause I'm a momma • • For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth, & giveth, & giveth again •

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Uriah got to go on so many adventures this past weekend in Texas! Here's to his first 5K outside the belly with me! See his two little feet? We jogged for a tiny fraction of the time and brisk walked the rest so I just set my slowest 5k PR hahaha but they gave Uriah a finisher medal too sooooo I call that a win. #happy8weeks
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Uriah got to go on so many adventures this past weekend in Texas! Here's to his first 5K outside the belly with me! See his two little feet? We jogged for a tiny fraction of the time and brisk walked the rest so I just set my slowest 5k PR hahaha but they gave Uriah a finisher medal too sooooo I call that a win. #happy8weeks

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Mornings like these are my favorite when we get to lounge around (but even better if he's actually real calm) and there's nothing on the day's agenda (there never is hahaha). I love when he sleeps on my chest cause soon enough, he'll be too old! I have to cherish it and take it alllll in cause guess who's returning to clinical rotations in December? This lil' mama. #brb #doyoulikefishing #cause #cryingariver #or #doyouliveincalifornia #causeimbouttoendthedroughtwiththesetears
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Mornings like these are my favorite when we get to lounge around (but even better if he's actually real calm) and there's nothing on the day's agenda (there never is hahaha). I love when he sleeps on my chest cause soon enough, he'll be too old! I have to cherish it and take it alllll in cause guess who's returning to clinical rotations in December? This lil' mama. #brb #doyoulikefishing #cause #cryingariver #or #doyouliveincalifornia #causeimbouttoendthedroughtwiththesetears

“My dear, I wish with all my heart that I could show you how full my heart is, that the immense fear you are feeling will be replaced by God’s glory. And you will be made to shine like a bride on her wedding day. And I know your heart. I know your spirit. Your light will shine to be a beacon for those who are scared and lost. And the warmth that you are learning how to hold onto, even when it seems impossible, it will be perfected and made undefeatable. I promise.”
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At the foundation of every living thing is the idea of "relationship". At our very core we are relational beings. We were not made to walk through life alone. Lots of days I feel like I can’t hold onto the fullness of life, but I know there are people who will help hold onto it for me.

So praise Jesus for the abundance of community, relationships, freakishly sweet and wise women friends, and a body of believers that have been given to me so that we could be knitted together in love. [Colossians 2:1-5]. Love you Nita and super thankful for your beautiful soul. #mattoria2017 #hannolongersolo
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“My dear, I wish with all my heart that I could show you how full my heart is, that the immense fear you are feeling will be replaced by God’s glory. And you will be made to shine like a bride on her wedding day. And I know your heart. I know your spirit. Your light will shine to be a beacon for those who are scared and lost. And the warmth that you are learning how to hold onto, even when it seems impossible, it will be perfected and made undefeatable. I promise.” . . At the foundation of every living thing is the idea of "relationship". At our very core we are relational beings. We were not made to walk through life alone. Lots of days I feel like I can’t hold onto the fullness of life, but I know there are people who will help hold onto it for me. So praise Jesus for the abundance of community, relationships, freakishly sweet and wise women friends, and a body of believers that have been given to me so that we could be knitted together in love. [Colossians 2:1-5]. Love you Nita and super thankful for your beautiful soul. #mattoria2017 #hannolongersolo

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Uriah, you are my undeserving grace. At the end of the day, I must remember that God's grace is greater than my weary soul, greater than the burdens I carry or the sorrow I hold onto. When my afflictions increase, so His mercy increases. When my trials multiply, so His peace multiplies.
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"His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again."
-Annie J. Flint
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#happybaby #2weeks #16days #395hours #imthatmom #unfollowmenow #jkpleasedont
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Uriah, you are my undeserving grace. At the end of the day, I must remember that God's grace is greater than my weary soul, greater than the burdens I carry or the sorrow I hold onto. When my afflictions increase, so His mercy increases. When my trials multiply, so His peace multiplies. . . "His love has no limits, His grace has no measure, His power no boundary known unto men; For out of His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again." -Annie J. Flint . . #happybaby #2weeks #16days #395hours #imthatmom #unfollowmenow #jkpleasedont

This tiny 6lb human decided to say HELLO to mommy and the world at 9:05am on September 18th. He is officially my favorite little person, especially when he has massive poop explosions.
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Uriah Ly, you are such a joy and you are worth all my sleepless nights. I'm lucky to be your momma. (Also, I really hope you grow up to be a volleyball player! 🏐)
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This tiny 6lb human decided to say HELLO to mommy and the world at 9:05am on September 18th. He is officially my favorite little person, especially when he has massive poop explosions. . . Uriah Ly, you are such a joy and you are worth all my sleepless nights. I'm lucky to be your momma. (Also, I really hope you grow up to be a volleyball player! 🏐)

Our little cocoon and a special selfie of my belly by popular demand! Officially less than 3 weeks until I get to say HELLO to someone I've been wanting to meet! It's been real quiet here but soon, the sound of a crying newborn will be calling our names at all hours of the day (and night). Are you supposed to feel ready? Am I supposed to have it all together before the baby gets here? Because I have to admit, I don't know what to expect y'all. I can read as many books and articles and watch as many YouTube videos titled "how to take care of a newborn" or "how to survive the first month with your baby" as I can, but am I really supposed to know everything by the time baby arrives? When did I grow up and become a mom (IN 3 WEEKS????!!!)? I'm kinda freaking out. But I'm also kinda real excited for a sweet cuddle buddy who's not furry and named Lena (John's dog). This is real. It's happening. I'm about to become a mommy folks. What.
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Our little cocoon and a special selfie of my belly by popular demand! Officially less than 3 weeks until I get to say HELLO to someone I've been wanting to meet! It's been real quiet here but soon, the sound of a crying newborn will be calling our names at all hours of the day (and night). Are you supposed to feel ready? Am I supposed to have it all together before the baby gets here? Because I have to admit, I don't know what to expect y'all. I can read as many books and articles and watch as many YouTube videos titled "how to take care of a newborn" or "how to survive the first month with your baby" as I can, but am I really supposed to know everything by the time baby arrives? When did I grow up and become a mom (IN 3 WEEKS????!!!)? I'm kinda freaking out. But I'm also kinda real excited for a sweet cuddle buddy who's not furry and named Lena (John's dog). This is real. It's happening. I'm about to become a mommy folks. What.

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Honestly, it's an honor to soon bring life into this world. As dark and oppressive this place can be, I am thrilled to raise up a child who will be part of a generation of truth-tellers and gospel-bringers. I'm going to be more than just a momma but also a disciple-maker. With you, bubs, we are going to help change the world. I am praising the Lord for the calling of being a mom. Sometimes, I just can't believe it. But I can't sit here and write about how glamorous and put-together my life is because it is sooooo far from it. The journey wasn't, still isn't, and won't be easy, but we are almost there-- YOU are almost HERE! You remind me that God's perfect love absorbs all my fears, and His perfect grace carries all of my burdens, because when He writes my story, he never leaves me alone in it. I think you're really gonna help reshape my heart, little one. We'll be okay. #10weekstogo
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Also, muchas muchas gracias to my school-mates for showering and fattening me up today! I love all y'all and will miss each and everyone lots and lots :(
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Lastly, I hope I don't become a crazy mom who posts a billion photos of their kid but if I do, I apologize now! Changing my profile to public so I can share the goodness of being a mama with other IG mamas!!!
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Honestly, it's an honor to soon bring life into this world. As dark and oppressive this place can be, I am thrilled to raise up a child who will be part of a generation of truth-tellers and gospel-bringers. I'm going to be more than just a momma but also a disciple-maker. With you, bubs, we are going to help change the world. I am praising the Lord for the calling of being a mom. Sometimes, I just can't believe it. But I can't sit here and write about how glamorous and put-together my life is because it is sooooo far from it. The journey wasn't, still isn't, and won't be easy, but we are almost there-- YOU are almost HERE! You remind me that God's perfect love absorbs all my fears, and His perfect grace carries all of my burdens, because when He writes my story, he never leaves me alone in it. I think you're really gonna help reshape my heart, little one. We'll be okay. #10weekstogo . . Also, muchas muchas gracias to my school-mates for showering and fattening me up today! I love all y'all and will miss each and everyone lots and lots :( . . Lastly, I hope I don't become a crazy mom who posts a billion photos of their kid but if I do, I apologize now! Changing my profile to public so I can share the goodness of being a mama with other IG mamas!!!

4th year has commenced. 3 years down, 1 to go. I got to ride the struggle bus with my roommate this past year! Only 2 more months with this gal before I'm outta Puerto Rico for good. 😭 She's the best stand-in/pseudo baby daddy I could ask for whilst in Puerto Rico. She's the Rory to my Lane. #gilmoregirls #leahdidyoutakeyourvitamins #leahdidyoudrinkenoughwater #leahhowdidyousleep #leahdontcarrythat #leahheresmorefood #leahwillyoumakemespringrolls #what
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4th year has commenced. 3 years down, 1 to go. I got to ride the struggle bus with my roommate this past year! Only 2 more months with this gal before I'm outta Puerto Rico for good. 😭 She's the best stand-in/pseudo baby daddy I could ask for whilst in Puerto Rico. She's the Rory to my Lane. #gilmoregirls #leahdidyoutakeyourvitamins #leahdidyoudrinkenoughwater #leahhowdidyousleep #leahdontcarrythat #leahheresmorefood #leahwillyoumakemespringrolls #what

Goodbye school forever and ever (I hope) aka 3rd year; you were sucha mess.. a beautiful mess!

I’ve been convinced that I’m not good enough, or this person is better than me, or so-and-so is the real issue. Except none of that matters. My sin’s the real problem and I have to battle it every day. But thankfully, I can fight from the victory that’s already been won on the cross and be victorious.

What a delightfully chaotic year. #irrelevantphotoyay 📸: @kevndo
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Goodbye school forever and ever (I hope) aka 3rd year; you were sucha mess.. a beautiful mess! I’ve been convinced that I’m not good enough, or this person is better than me, or so-and-so is the real issue. Except none of that matters. My sin’s the real problem and I have to battle it every day. But thankfully, I can fight from the victory that’s already been won on the cross and be victorious. What a delightfully chaotic year. #irrelevantphotoyay 📸: @kevndo

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Thinking about my "Ella Minnow-Pea.. Q.".. 😂 thanks for the time, company, and hospitality, Floridians. 📸:@kevndo #LMNOPQ #18
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Thinking about my "Ella Minnow-Pea.. Q.".. 😂 thanks for the time, company, and hospitality, Floridians. 📸:@kevndo #LMNOPQ #18

And beautifully you were created. So see yourself as how God sees you: with Jesus in your place-- the one without flaws. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. I am so far from the world's view of perfect and beauty. But I know I am perfectly made with perfect imperfections, coming to God in prayer everyday, confessing my sins and asking to be covered in love, mercy, and grace. I love to tell people to FIGHT FOR JOY because joy doesn't always come easy, because on this side of heaven, our selfishness and our sin and our struggle are a real thing! But we don't have to live in that. Fight for joy- cause I am (and it's really hard!!!) Chin up. And know you are enough. You are so beautiful.
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And beautifully you were created. So see yourself as how God sees you: with Jesus in your place-- the one without flaws. You were fearfully and wonderfully made. I am so far from the world's view of perfect and beauty. But I know I am perfectly made with perfect imperfections, coming to God in prayer everyday, confessing my sins and asking to be covered in love, mercy, and grace. I love to tell people to FIGHT FOR JOY because joy doesn't always come easy, because on this side of heaven, our selfishness and our sin and our struggle are a real thing! But we don't have to live in that. Fight for joy- cause I am (and it's really hard!!!) Chin up. And know you are enough. You are so beautiful.

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