A New Season

 
This is how our place looked…

now it looks like this…

 This weekend, this place will be empty!

We are doing it! We are moving! This will be a start to a new season in our lives. My parents offered us an offer we couldn’t say no to. They offered us to move in with them. We told them our plans of buying next year in Blackhawk (Danville)!! And my parents suggested that we move in with them, for a year, so we can save a-heck-of-a-lot more. We decided to go for it and move in with them.

 We are also in the process of buying two investment properties! On one of the investment properties we are just waiting on the bank (Its a short sale)!

 I am so grateful that my parents are opening their doors for us, that way we can save more and buy these investments properties and our home!! I am so thankful for all the blessings God has poured out to us! Because of Him, we will be able to buy investment properties and next year our home in Blackhawk!! I am so grateful for a husband who works so hard for us, so that we may have the best. Our original plan was to stay living in this place and just keep saving to buy a home in Blackhawk before Raychel starts kindergarten. One of the reasons we want to buy in Blackhawk is the schools. They are one of the best schools. The elementary school is actually an award winning school. Ray wants nothing but the best for his little girls. So, by the grace of God and the hard work of my dear husband, everything seems to be going as planned or even better with this offer from the parents!

I have been so busy packing and moving that I really haven’t had so much time to blog. I will probably be MIA all next week and the week after, but I will definitely be reading all your guys is posts on the hubs iPad ;). I might have some scheduled posts as well :).

Yay for a new season in our life!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

 a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

 a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

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Breakfast for Champions & a Tow

 
  I met up with my wonderful friends and my lovely sister for breakfast. Its such a blessing to get together with friends and enjoy some laughs together and mommy conversations or in my sisters case mommy to be conversations ;). 

 When I took the picture of the Eggs Benedict I was counting 1, 2, 3 snap {lol} Clarissa stated laughing and said, “say cheese!” we all started laughing. I have no clue why I counted to take the picture of the eggs benedict haha! fun times.

After breakfast we all headed out or so what I thought was going to happen, but my car had different plans, it wanted to stick around. It wouldn’t start! So, I called AAA and they said it was going to be about 2 hours for them to get there. My little peanuts and I just hung around till AAA got there. Ray had to pick up Raychel from school and my mom came and picked me, Oceana and Madison up since my car wasn’t going to start at all, and It was going to have to get towed :(. I am car-less till hopefully tomorrow, we shall see.

  You can plan out your day as much as you’d like, but God is the one in control. If your plans don’t turn out the way you had planned them, then it’s God trying to teach us something new. He is the ruler of all the earth and the universe!

Bri’elle’s Birthday Party & Bible Study

  After taking our Christmas family pictures, we headed over to Brandi & Jay’s casa for bible study and to celebrate Bri’elle’s 2nd birthday!
I know I sound like a broken record but, I love spending time with these girls! They are all just A-mazing!! We just started a Beth Moore study and it was so refreshing to hear her speak. Cant wait for next months study!

Brandi is so amazing, she did a craft with all the kids making cute little reindeer!!

 We also exchanged gifts which was a lot of fun!!

Happy 2nd birthday Bri’elle! God has truly blessed you with such wonderful parents.
Bri’elle, I pray that you will be God’s light in your generation… that people may see how amazing our God is through you.
May He bless you all the days of your life!
Feliz Cumpleanos, chula!


You’re Beautiful

Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious Of all the earth and skies above
You’re the one He madly loves enough to die 
You’re beautiful You’re beautiful In His eyes
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this 
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His   
Song by MercyMe

My Sweet Little Love Bug!

 

Madison, you turned 3 months this past Saturday!! Where has the time gone?! You are growing way to fast!!
You giggled your first real giggle on Saturday!! You pooped all over your pretty little dress and on mommy’s arm so I went to change you and as I was changing you I was calling you a “fuchi cochina” and it made you laugh! Oh. my. sweet. angel. I loved it, and cant wait to hear more!

You wear 0-3 month clothes and just 3 month clothes as well.

You go to bed at about 9:30pm and wake up around 6am to nurse, then you go right back to sleep and wake up again till 8:15 or so. 
You are such a good little girl and I am loving every little minute of watching you grow!

Oh, Father God, I pray for Madison… That she will have a loving heart towards people. Lord, that she will seek you with all her heart. Father God, protect and guard her all the days of her life. That she may do great things in your name. Lord, that people may see you through her. Apart her from evil, and that she may not fall in temptation. Father, and when she stumbles that she may run back to you always! Bless her Father, in Jesus name, Amen. 

Que chula mi bebe!

My sweet little love bug.

A week without texting, checking e-mails, and going on the computer

 
I was feeling overwhelmed these last couple weeks.

I felt that I wasn’t doing a good job on being a mother for my girls.

I felt blah.

I felt.. in a sense… lost.

I felt so disconnected from everything.

I felt disconnected from God.

All I wanted to do was to get away for a whole day and be with my husband and God. And that is exactly what I did.

Ray and I went to the beach last Sunday.

There is something so beautiful and so freeing about the beach.

Ray and I sat there and looked out at God’s beautiful work. We layed on the sand in quietness hearing the wonderful waves splashing.

Ray napped in the sand while I put my feet in the cool water. I talked with my wonderful maker letting Him know how I been feeling and that I need more of Him in my life. I needed Him to give me that extra strength to be the best wife and mom I could be. Once my lovely husband woke from his nap we prayed together and headed on out.

I told Ray that I was going to take a whole week without going online, texting and checking e-mails {my little retreat}. I felt that I need to focus more on God’s word, my girls, and my hubs and not be distracted by texting someone or checking my e-mails or going on the computer.

This past week went great! On not having to text, check e-mails or go on the computer. It was nice that if anyone wanted to reach me they just called me. I actually loved it so much better then texting! Its so nice to hear the persons voice instead of seeing a text. I loved the calls I would get from friends and family just to say hi, since they knew I wouldn’t respond to text. Ray and I always text through out the day, so each time he would want to text me he called. I loved hearing my phone ring with his calls through out the day.

By not texting, checking e-mails, and or going on the computer, I played and listened more carefully to my girls. I played with them as if there was no tomorrow.

I talked with my heavenly father and read His word every morning, and prayed through out the day.

This was exactly what I needed. I needed to focus 100% on God and my family, and it was a blessing. I will defiantly be doing more of these on a monthly basis. I believe God sometimes gives you more then you can handle, because if we were able to handle everything on our own then maybe we wouldn’t seek of Him all that much. But he gives us more then we can handle so we can learn to trust in Him and to seek Him and He will bring us help/rest.

Mathhew 11:28
 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

{{{Retreat}}}

 

I am taking my own little… much needed… retreat with me, myself, and God.

This verse has been playing on repeat in my head…
Matthew 6:33
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
I will be back in a year… I mean… a week… maybe?
One more thing… this picture above has a beautiful rainbow… it reminds me of a few days ago when it was raining really hard at night and my girls got waken up by the rain banging on their window, they called out to me crying “mommy, mommy!” They were scared. I went into their room and Raychel says, “mommy pray for me!” So I prayed, “Dear Lord Jesus, protect Raychel and Oceana as they go back to sleep. Let them not be afraid, for it is just the rain tapping on their window. And Lord Jesus, if it keeps raining that we may see a rainbow tomorrow morning, in Jesus name, Amen.” Raychel -“Amen.” Raychel went right back to sleep and Oceana need me to take her too the window to see the rain before going back to sleep… so we did just that. That morning we did not see a rainbow. Raychel kept asking, “where is the rainbow, mommy?” I said, “Oh..babe, I am not sure, maybe we’ll see it some other time.”  That night as Ray and I were laying in bed I told him about how the girls were scared last night and how I prayed with Raychel and Oceana about the rain and us seeing a rainbow but that we did not see one that morning. Ray then looks over at me with these eyes saying, ” I saw a rainbow! Before going to work I seen it.” It hit both of us, that it was meant for us to have this conversation that God does answer prayers. You may say… well, there is always rainbows after it rains, but, I know deep in my heart that this was truly God hearing mine and my girls prayer!
This reminds me of one more story I would like to share and always remember. Before Ray and I had kids we drove down to LA and back. As we were driving back home Ray and I were extremely tired, but we did not want to stop, we just wanted to get home into our warm and comfy bed {I know this was not a good idea and its dangerous not only to us but to others}. We were both falling asleep as we were taking turns driving. It was so hard keeping each other awake! We were both hoping to see a Starbucks around to grab coffee but, nothing! Then after a few more miles I saw a Starbucks! I yelled to Ray, ” STARBUCKS!” Ray- “WHAT!? Really?!” He turned his head all the way back to try to see it but he didn’t and we missed the exit. When Ray turned his head back from trying to see it, he said, “Olga, When you yelled “Starbucks” I literally just finished praying to God telling him if he is really there to please show us a Starbucks!” We were both in AWE!!! And that kept us awake. God is so good, guys!! Yeah… we didn’t get a coffee, but that wasn’t the point! He was telling us that He is there that He is with us, and He does hear us {you, me, everyone!!} God is more then good!! Praise Him!
God bless!! <333333333 

Wordless Wednesday ~ Bible Study Group/Play Dates!

 Oh. My. Goodness. I was ginormous!

 

Thou Shall Not Steal

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach my girls about what stealing is. We were at safeway in-line getting ready to pay for our groceries, once I paid, I had the guy who was baging our bags help us out. As I was getting the girls out of the cart {note: they were in the cart that has a car attached to it, so its hard to see what they are doing in there} I notice Oceana had a blue bottle pop in her hand. She handed it to me saying, “Abre” {abre is “open” in Spanish} I grabbed it and I said, “Oceana, I am sorry but you can not have this. Mommy did not pay for it. Oceana, if you want something you have to ask mommy you cant just take it.” I then handed it to the guy who was helping me. I told him that I did not pay for this item and if he can take it back for me. As I was buckling Oceana up in her car seat she was crying and saying, “Miiiiine, mine, mine.” Poor thing, I felt so bad, because she did look so happy handing me this bottle pop thinking she was going to enjoy a yummy treat, BUT she needed to learn that she can not take things without asking mom and without paying for them. Once all the girls and groceries were loaded into the car and the guy who was helping me had left, I was getting ready to get into my seat when I realized that if Oceana had one then Raychel MUST have one too! I looked back and asked, “Raychel, do you have one too?” She looked at me then looked back down. She had her hands behind her back so I knew she had taken one too. “Raychel, if you took one that is called stealing. Stealing is something you take that is not yours, and if you did not pay for it, that means its still not yours, its the stores. You know, Raychel, the bible tells us that God does not want people to steal. It makes Him sad when people take things from other people or stores.” Raychel then nodes her head saying yes, she then says, ” Here, mom.” and hands it to me. I then, ran back into the store, seen the guy who was helping me and hand it to him saying, ” Sorry, my other little girl took one too.” He says, “Thank you, we appreciate it.”  I headed back to the car, and kinda explained it again to the girls what stealing means. It is actually kinda a good thing that this happened, it gave me the opportunity to explain to them the meaning of stealing and why God doesn’t like it. I am not sure that Oceana gets it yet, but for sure I know Raychel does. My girls learned there first BIG lesson!! I just pray the God will give me the words to say when teaching them wrong from right.

Exodus 20:15
“You shall not steal.”

 
 
On a different note… when i got out of the shower i found oceana wearing her daddy’s reading glasses and holding my devotional book! she looked so stinkin’ cute i had to take a picture of her! Raychel also wanted her picture taken wearing them too. i think they look so cute! what do you think?

{taken with my droid} OC wearing the glasses up side down lol!
 little madi needs to be in this post too!!
ps I had to type this post TWICE {well more like 4, I had it the first time then was deleted then i typed it again then it deleted, then typed it again then got deleted, then this was the last!!!} and each time i was almost done! I guess the devil did not want me sharing this! but its published!!

Emotional

  On Sunday, I woke up, got out of bed and hopped in the shower. As I was showering I felt sad, I just felt like crying. All these thoughts of little Madison still in my belly and not yet out, and how ready I am to be holding her in my arms. All last week and this past weekend all these women who I know who’s due dates are a week from mine and some even two days from mine are already holding their little ones in their arms. It started to get to me. Plus, all these other emotions I am feeling. All day Sunday I felt sad not really wanting to talk to anyone or do anything.

At church on Sunday it was my turn to watch the toddler kids, which I wasn’t really feeling up for it, but then again I didn’t want to interact with anyone and I knew the kids were not going to start a conversation with me, so I felt it actually worked out for the better. After service I hurried up to find Ray so we can head on home. I found him and we headed home. We got home, had lunch, then Ray had to head out to show some homes. Once he left I just sat there in the dinning room table watching my girls play together when all of a sudden I was feeling so sad that tears were streaming down my face. All these emotions overcoming me that there was only one thing I had/needed to do… and that was getting on my Knees! I went in my room, got on my knees and started to pray. I was telling God everything I have been feeling and for Him to come into my heart and bring me peace, patience and joy back in my heart. God is the one who truly knows my heart, and He is also the only one who knows the day and time Madison will be joining our family. His timing is always perfect! He is never late. He is never early. He is never in a hurry. He is always on time, on His time! These words I truly need to keep in my heart and always remember.

After that talk with God I felt better, relived, maybe not 100%, but better. Sometimes I feel its a good thing to feel vulnerable and emotional, because it brings me to my knees! It is also a good reminder that I cant always be strong and I need the help of our heavenly father to get me through a rough/emotional day.

I still feel a little emotional, but I am keeping these words… Gods words… close.

John 14:27 –  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Isaiah 40:31 – but those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Romans 8:15 – The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.



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