Hubby Thursdays

 As I am typing this post the hubby is getting ready to start his Brokers test!!
Please say a little pray for him that he will pass!!
I have no doubt that he will pass! He has been studing, he’s been going to classes, and with yours and my prayers… he will pass with flying colors!


Dirty House = Stressed Out Mama

  I dislike having my house a mess! It stresses me out! I feel gross, disorganized, and sometimes I cant enjoy playing or doing things with my girls if the house is a mess.  
Today, I was busy all morning that I didn’t even have time to make the bed. The first thing I do when I get out of bed is make the bed… and… today… it just didn’t happen. Not only did i not make the bed i also had clothes that needed to be folded and put away since last night!
The girls and I were running late to take Raychel to school that It didn’t give me a chance to pick anything up around the house or make the girls beds.
Yesterday, the girls cousins came over and they were all having a blast playing in the play room that it looks like it was struck by a tornado! Did I mention that I dislike leaving my house when its a mess? Ugh… I really do!

After dropping Raychel off at school, I got gas, I then headed to Safeway {nursed Madison in the car before heading to Costco}and Costco with Oceana and Madison. Once I got all the groceries I headed back home to put the groceries in their place then off to pick Raychel up. We got Raychel, we headed home and I got lunch ready for all of us and the hubs {he always comes home for lunch ;)}, nursed madi, THEN the cleaning began!
I had to stop cleaning for a few minutes to give this girl some attention. She wanted me to take a picture of her so she can show daddy that she is, not looks, but that she is a princess! lol!
After I finished cleaning I could hear the Hallelujah chorus!!
{when i seen this picture i though… “Oh! there is the other black sock under the bassinet!” haha! }

Now, i can enjoy some QT with my girls!!! {note: Madison was sleeping the whole time while I was cleaning, and right when i got done it was feeding time!} off to go play with my girls before making dinner at 5:30 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
PS I love my girls… they come first before any dirty dishes, laundry, messy house, etc. There will always be dirty dishes to clean, laundry to be fold and put away, toys to be picked up, but never again will my girls be this age… so with that being said there has and will be times that I have and will leave the house a mess to play or take them out for some fun QT! {then ill rush back home and clean like a crazy women lol!}

My Back Yard Growing Up and Now It’s My Girls!

I love this place {Concannon}! My family and I grew up coming here. My dad and mom work(ed) here so they would always bring us here at a very young age. It literally is like our back yard { I know I sound like a broken record because I have done a few post on this place already, but this is a place i truly LOVE, it has so much meaning to me and my family! Elizabeth recently got married here too, so it just means so much to us!}

It is so amazing to me remembering the times I spent with my family here, it literally feels like it was just yesterday Elizabeth, Ernie, and I were running around playing and now my little girls are doing the same!

I can not wait for the day Elizabeth and Ernie have kids so we can all bring them here! How amazing would that be? What great meaning it would be for all of the family to get together for pictures!
God is so good! He is so good for giving me these 3 beautiful girls, and for Him letting me see them grow in the same spot I grew up, our back yard! I remember my dad would run around with us and put us on his shoulders, and my mom would just sit and watch us with Ernie in her arms. Now, I am running around with my littles playing princess tag {princess tag: am the hungry dragon looking for a princess to eat!} while my mom holds little Madi. 

I have got to bring the hubby here more often! I normally come here on the weekdays, so hubby cant join since he is working, but i know he would love to be here with us.
These pictures are from last week, my mom, girls, and I went to Concannon to have a picnic and to say hi to my dad. It was a fun time… as always!
I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the girls! So, here is a TON of pictures…


Hubby Thursdays ~ He Loves Me!

I love this man!

I love that he loves me for me.

He knows me and loves me just the way I am.

He loves me when I am at my worst and when I am at my best.

He loves when I look my best and when I’ve just gotten out of bed.

He loves me when I am all dressed up and when I am in my sweats and a t-shirt.

He loves me when dinner is made, the house is cleaned, and the girls are in bed.

He loves me when the laundry is not finished, the dishes are stacked high, dinner is still yet to be made, and the girls are still running around past their bed time.

He loves Olga!

Thanks for choosing me!!

Wordless Wednesday ~ Bible Study Group/Play Dates!

 Oh. My. Goodness. I was ginormous!


A day in the life of us – via DROID

I am linking up with Meagan for “a day in the life…” via- {wordless} cell phone pics

Madison Marie Marquez

Madison, today you are a 2 months old! Your Mama, Daddy and your sisters can not be anymore blessed. You bring so much joy into our lives! You sure are a beautiful blessing sent from above! You have started to smile and giggle, and every time you do we are in awe on how sweet you are! Raychel and Oceana love you so much! Sometimes a little too much… they squeeze you so tight, and kiss you while you sleep that it scares you and wakes you. Daddy couldn’t be any happier to have such a sweet little princess. You are a sweet and calm baby during the day, but once evening hits you become a little wiggle worm and you just want to be feed and held, which is fine by me!! I love holding you, and nursing you. I am so blessed to be a mom to 3 beautiful princesses! Madison, I am loving how little you are right now, but I am also excited to soon see you play and interact with your sisters! God has blessed me with a special you, know one else out there can be or is like you. I love you Madison, words can not say how truly blessed I feel to have you as my daughter! Te quiero muchisimo mi bebe! Que dios te quide y que te proteja a ti y tus hermanas siempre. Las quiero mucho!!!!!!!!!

you nurse about ever 3-4 hours, sometimes sooner, but for the most part about every 3-4. You spit up almost at every feeding, most of the time its on me, on the couch or on yourself. Everything you do is precious, even when you spit up on mommy’s clothes. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Madison you are in between your sisters with this one. Raychel was my night out, Oceana loved to sleep… she slept 12 hours by this time. You on the other hand, you go to bed any where from 9pm to 10:30pm, no later then 10:30pm. you sleep till about 4am to nurse then go right back to bed, and wake again at about 6am, sometimes you will stay asleep till 8am and then nurse. After nursing at 8am you stay up for about an hour or until I put you in your car seat to take Raychel to pre-school then you fall back asleep ;).
you are starting to grow out of your “newborn clothes” some still fit, but some are getting too tight! your 0-3 months clothes fit you so much better.  
your hair is light brown and your eyes are blue!

Jay’s Birthday and Wine Tasting with the Hubs

Two weekends ago, after church, Ray and I met up with our friends to have breakfast and celebrate Jay’s birthday! I love me some good breakfast and fellowship with great friends! Happy Birthday Jay!! May God bless you with many more years!

After having a late breakfast, Ray and I headed to Livermore for some wine tasting. As most of you know my dad works at Concannon winery, so he was able to get us harvest tickets. While wine tasting we met up with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. We all had a nice time together tasting all the different wines, listening to live music, and visiting all the beautiful wineries.

Jay with his beautiful family!๏ปฟ

I love you guys!

 the brothers!

 At Concannon i seen Maricela, Maricela is one of the owners of a restaurant i used to work for. Isn’t she beautiful?! not only is she beautiful, she’s a great person!

Girl Time!

My parents bought the girls these little make-up kits, so we had some girly time! I had the girls do my make up ๐Ÿ˜‰ and they actually do a pretty good job!

 these nails didn’t come with anything to stick them on with so i used tape lol
 don’t they do a pretty good job?! they applied the lipstick very good besides getting a little on my cheek, and the eye shadow looks pretty good too! Oceana was applying some eye shadow above the brow lol i don’t know why she thinks it goes above the brow, but anyhow, i think over all it looks pretty darn good ๐Ÿ˜‰

{A New Creation in Christ Jesus} Karisa’s Testimony!

Meet Karisa!! This is her lovely testimony…

What started out as a simple “Thank You” note to those who contributed to my Choir tour expenses, soon developed into a full-blown Testimony of what God did in my life during Priority Tour 2011. Please read the letter/story/testimony I wrote below… ๐Ÿ™‚

Hi _______, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your generous donation to my Priority choir trip in June! Your gift went sraight towards paying for part of my trip, and helped me reach my goal of $550! I had a wonderful time, and really enjoyed worshiping God and serving others in sunny California. We sang at several churches, the Salvation Army (for children and the elderly), at a Men’s Shelter, at a Women and Children’s shelter called Shepard’s Gate, and also at Great America theme park for thousands of people! It truly was an amazing experience.

I wish I could tell you every detail of the trip, but I could write pages, and I’m sure you’d get bored of reading a novel written by me… ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, I can share with you one occurrence that really made a difference in my trip and in my life.

 After singing at Great America, we had the awesome opportunity to have a break from singing and serving and to enjoy a free day at the theme park! Unfortunately, on my very first ride in Great America after we performed on stage, my bag was stolen from the holding area while I was on a roller coaster. I was devastated. My bag had contained several valuables, including my wallet, money, cell phone, iPod, camera, makeup, and more, and all of that had suddenly been taken from me. I tried not to let it ruin my day in the theme park, but it really hit me hard when we went home that evening and I had to face the realization that I had so much less with me leaving the park than I had had coming in.

โ€œWhy would this happen to me? How do I deserve this?!โ€ These thoughts constantly ran through my head in the remaining days of the trip, but I tried to stay as positive as I could. Thankfully, I was surrounded by 60 amazing people who were more than willing to lend me money, makeup, cell phones, and anything else I needed that had been taken from me. People kept reminding me that God has a plan for everything, and that everything happens for a reason. At first, this was hard for me to believe. What good could come out of something so horrible? Especially since replacing everything would take a lot of time, money, and patience. I prayed and prayed, asking God to show me what his purpose was for this tragic event, and it wasn’t until after tour was over, and I was back at home, that I finally got an answer.

 One of the songs we sang on tour was called โ€œAll Things Newโ€. At first, I wasn’t too fond of the song… it was kind of slow and a little boring to me. However, as we sang it multiple times on every day of the tour, the lyrics really started to stand out to me, and it started to become one of my favorite songs. Here are some of the lyrics that I love:

โ€œSo we let go of our possessions, leave behind our successes to take hold of one obsession, only Jesus…. So we watch and we wait, and we hope and we pray, You will come and make all things new. And we won’t be afraid as we long for the day You will come and make all things new, all things new.โ€ and then later on in the song… โ€œOur struggles here cannot compare to what we have to gain.โ€
 These lyrics are truly inspiring, and once I really started to study the meaning behind the words, I began to realize how relevant this song was to my life and my current situation:
It’s quite the coincidence how after having all of my valuables stolen, I will have to go out and buy โ€œall things new,โ€ isn’t it? โ˜บ
When I discovered how much meaning was behind the title alone, I knew God was sending this song as a message to me about what Good was going to come out of the bad. Just like how I will have to start fresh with my possessions, I want to start fresh in my life and my walk with God. I’ve learned that to truly live my life according to God’s plan, I need to make โ€œall things newโ€ in myself and the way I live my life. Also, I was finally able to understand how little material possessions of this world actually matter, especially considering how much joy and happiness I will possess in my relationship with God and in Heaven. When this hit me, I was so excited. No longer am I mourning over the loss of my things, but I am praising the LORD for this wake-up call! Instead of being obsessed with my cell phone or iPod or credit cards, I want to be obsessed with staying close to God and getting into His word every day. I know this is more satisfying and healthy for me than any technology or material purchase could be.
Based on what I have learned from this experience, I would just encourage you to never doubt in God’s plan. Even in the worst situations, when there may seem like there is no hope, God will have a purpose and a reason behind everything, which he will reveal to you if you believe that good will eventually outweigh the bad. Now I truly can believe that everything does happen for a reason! โ˜บ Karisa โ™ฅ

Inspiring Scripture:
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 NIV

~ “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ MESSAGE REMIX VERSION: (Proverbs 3:5-12) I love this version. “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.”

xox Karisa

Thank you Karisa for sharing your testimony!! Karisa blogs over at  “a beautiful mess” check out her blog, and send some <333

God bless!