Marching Forward

It’s been 10 months. Spring always has been one of my most favorite times of the year. We are stepping through the doors of a new season Zi is Turing 5 and I’m turning 48. Got to love Spring Birthday seasons and a Mother’s Day in between both.

So we come to pop in to say hello to all of our family here on YLF we went to our Local Conservatory in Chicago and visited the exhibit called “Knock Knock”. These beautiful doors were on display as well as the floral art displays. One of the most favorite places to go in Chicago.

The first day of spring had my daughter in her Isabella inspired dress from Encanto and her warrior inspired haircut from the movie Rya and the Last dragon. 5 has found little one growing up.

I’m finding my fashion way warrior mama is always on my mind as well as comfort and style. As a veteran camouflage will always make an appearance. It has been so busy this journey called life but I am always around reading admiring and cheering for everyone on our individual and collective journey.

Zi’Joy is still in Therapy  from her neurological disability Acute Flaccid Myelitis and and wonderful young lady is making a documentary about AFM .  Her therapist believe she has reached her zenith. So she is now attending boxing lessons to help increase her endurance and stamina.

It’s been officially 7 years but unofficially about 14 and I’ve loved the journey and evolution along the way.  I've included some pictures of home life.  We have also taken up cooking together


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  • Helena replied 2 years ago

    You guys take the best photos ... love Zi'Joy's hair! You both look fab as you always do! So glad she is progressing well - she has had to build more resilience than is fair, but it will serve her so well; I doubt there is much that will stop her!

  • Inge replied 2 years ago

    Oooh a Ledonna post, yay!!! You just made my day, Ledonna, it's just so wonderful to see you both!! Stylish as ever, of course!! Look at your sweet girl in that gorgeous dress (love her hair!!). You rock that denim dress over your camo pants!

    The Conservatory looks stunning, and Zi'Jy helping you with the cooking makes me smile so much. She is incredible, and I bet she is going to love boxing.

  • slim cat replied 2 years ago

    So happy to see you and Zi'Joy looking beautiful and full of joy!
    The pictures look amazing!

  • RobinF replied 2 years ago

    You are both looking fabulous! Happy to see you!

  • Jonesy replied 2 years ago

    What fantastic pictures--so much fun! It's wonderful that you were able to capture some joyous moments from this past, pretty bleak, year! I love the spring pics at the conservatory, of course, but the snow pic and the NYE pic are really delightful. Cooking together and celebrating Kwanzaa are special as well! I hope Zi'Joy's therapy continues to work its magic.

  • Barbara Diane replied 2 years ago

    Soooo good to see you both. I love the photos. Z’Joys face is full of joy- you two make an amazing team. Thanks for the update.

  • Cardiff girl replied 2 years ago

    That cooking looks fun!Awesome hair ladies!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Wonderful to see you both again!

    KILLER fabulous with your matching hairstyles and outfits as always! #7, 8, 9 and 11 are absolutley ADORABLE! :)

    It's been a very tough 2 years for the world, and I'm thrilled to see you find and make your joy.  May therapy continue to work so well for your beautiful daughter.

  • Style Fan replied 2 years ago

    How wonderful to see you again!  You both look fabulous.  Zi'Joy looks like an adorable girl.  Your outfits are always so creative.

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    WOW! So glorious to see you both. You are looking amazing in your matching outfits! I just love the fun of seeing you in those checked reds and the baking photos. Also, your camo coat in #8 is killer amazing on you! 

    Zi'Joy really does look so grown up in her finery. I love that she's wearing a gorgeous girly dress -- with stompin' sneakers! Powerful girl! 

  • unfrumped replied 2 years ago

    What wonderful pics ! Such great activities across dramatic season changes — mama and daughter looking swell together !

  • Kate replied 2 years ago

    It's so wonderful to see you and Zi'Joy, Ledonna! I've often thought about you two, and wondered how you were doing. It's hard to believe that Zi'Joy is 5! She looks so strong and happy, and that's a credit to her warrior mama and her own indomitable spirit. We all know where she got that spirit!

    Beautiful photos! #11 is just precious. The pair of you just cannot take a bad picture! You and Zi'Joy certainly ushered in the New Year in style in your red & black plaid + party hats. It could only be better if they were plaid overalls!

  • BlueJay replied 2 years ago

    Hi Ledonna and Zi'Joy! I love all of your photos they're so colourful and happy. You both look so stylish and fierce and both of your smiles make me smile too. The denim dress over the camo pants is fantastic! Zi'Joy's dress is beautiful and the red plaid for New Year's is so much fun. Thank you for sharing all of these photos. Happy Spring! 

  • merwoman replied 2 years ago

    So much love and joy in these beautiful pictures! You both have been tested fiercely and have overcome so many challenges together, wishing you all things wonderful.

  • The Cat replied 2 years ago

    So good to see both of you again! Charming photos.

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    I love your New Years photo with you and your mini me - it is so great!  I also can’t believe Zi’Joy is about to turn five.  You both look great.  Only the best for you two.  

  • nuancedream replied 2 years ago

    Ledonna, so wonderful to see you and beautful Zi'Joy! Your photos are always such a treat. I'm taking some hair inspiration from Zi'Joy for my next haircut.

  • Jaime replied 2 years ago

    So wonderful to see you and the amazing Zi'Joy Donna! And wow, do you both ever look fantastic! Love Zi's haircut! 

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    Such blessings! I love the action shot of y’all in the kitchen with your hats! :D

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for the update.  Good to see you.  I thought of you when someone recently posted themselves wearing a camo jump suit.  I will look for the post.
    my four year old granddaughter loves Encanto and Isabelle’s style.  Grandson loves dragons and would like that movie but still has not seen it.  He has built some of the dragons with Lego sets and reads any dragon books he can find at the library.  

  • replied 2 years ago

    Happy to see you both! Looking good :)

  • Indigoprint replied 2 years ago

    I have only recently formally joined the group but have been reading for years. I have missed your posts and am glad to see you again.

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    You are both strong and beautiful women, this is inspirational on every level and the best way to welcome spring. For me the thing that jumps out is how much love and fun you have together. Despite the difficult challenges Zi faced at such a young age, she is thriving and that is down to what an amazing Mum you are. Boxing sounds like a great way for her to channel those Zi superpowers.

  • Eliza replied 2 years ago

    So happy to have a ylf visit from the ‘dynamic duo’. You two seem to have wonderful times sharing a variety of activities, as well as wonderful outfits. Zi’Joy has grown a lot and it is good to hear of all the progress she is making. You are a great team. Thanks for dropping by.

  • lyn67 replied 2 years ago

    I melted on my screen just looking at your adorable picties! OMG, She's -or better saying-both of You are  sooooooooooooo fab!!!

  • replied 2 years ago

    Love those garden pics especially :) You and ZiJoy always make me smile!

  • pil replied 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness! The look on ZiJoy’s face in 7 is priceless.

  • Zaeobi replied 2 years ago

    You both look so healthy & happy, which is the most important thing :)

    Love ZiJoy's side haircut - she pulls it off so well! - & your long chambray shirt (duster?) over the camo. Practical yet fun :D

    I don't love the snow so much, though - I had to go live halfway across the world to get away from snow, so you can keep it :P lol

  • columbine(erin) replied 2 years ago

    It’s a blessing to see you two looking beautiful and vibrant! Every picture is fabulous.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 years ago

    Thanks for popping back in! It is such a treat to see these beautiful photos of you and Zi'Joy and to read your update. You two are adorable, and you have the best adventures together. I love all the photos; #7 made me smile like crazy.

  • Sally replied 2 years ago

    Love the photos. They are all great. You look like you are having such fun…. Can’t help but make me smile

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