5.26.2014

Camping Trip

  This weekend we went camping at Don Pedro lake.

Ray and I enjoy camping because its a time to disconnect from technology and focus on the family 100%, and the kids LOVE camping! They love being outdoors, and I enjoy seeing my babies happy and having fun.


























 
 My girls had fun playing make-up with mommy in the tent


 
Had to get a picture of my little man too



 
 The girls favorite game
 
 On our way home last night


5.19.2014

No Prayer is too Big or too Small

For God there is no prayer too big or too small. He loves us so much and cares even about the littlest things on our every day lives.

In Raychel's Kindergarten class her teacher has an Arthur bear that she lets the kids take home for a night to hang out with and to write about what they did with Arthur in the Arthur journal. I'm not sure how she works it on rotation for each kid, but Raychel said she looks at their names and then picks one out and which ever name she picks is who gets Arthur.

Raychel has been wanting to get Arthur for a while now and everyday she hopes its her. She kept telling me, "mom, I want Arthur! I haven't gotten Arthur in a long time. Mom, can you please pray with me that I get Arthur tomorrow?"

That night as I was tucking her in bed I prayed with her, " Lord Jesus, Raychel has been wanting Arthur for a long time now... Father God I ask you that when Mrs. Kerr (Raychel's teacher) goes to pick a name for Arthur that Raychel's name may stand out above the rest. Father God I know that you care for even the littlest of things we ask for, and tonight we ask you in Jesus name that Raychel may bring home Arthur tomorrow." As I prayed this I felt it in my heart, and I was believing every single word. I believed in the power of the name of Jesus.

Today as I was getting out of my car to pick up Raychel I see hanging from her hook the Arthur backpack with Arthur in it! All I can say is... Thank you Jesus! Thank you for making my daughter happy and letting her see/know how you work in our lives through prayer. Thank you Father God!

No prayer is too big! No prayer is too small!! For our God loves us and He wants us to make Him apart of our everyday lives with even the smallest and simplest of things! He is always there for us we  just have to invite Him in!

 
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
 
Matthew 11:24

5.13.2014

Dear Joshua,

  I remember your birth like it was yesterday.

The summer heat hitting on my face as I was getting your car seat ready, and feeling those contractions just brought me joy, joy I was about to see my baby boy who I have been praying for.

 I was feeling the contractions since church early morning, but nothing painful. I was hoping today would be the day. Sure enough the contractions kept coming so that's when I knew I needed to get the car seat ready to go in the car for you.

My mom was helping me put the car seat in and was getting excited as well since I kept telling her every time I felt a contraction. They were coming regularly now.

Your dad was taking a nap and I did not bother him because I knew you were coming soon,  I figured id let him get his rest now.

Your sisters were playing out in the backyard of mama Ofelia and Papa Ernesto's house since that is where we were living at the time.

Joshua, I was so excited that I was finally going to meet you! I loved feeling every contraction because with every contraction I knew I was getting closer to finally meeting the little boy I  have been praying for.

The contractions were getting closer and stronger so I showered to freshen up and then woke your dad up letting him know it was time. He didn't say much but the look on his face said it all! He was filled with joy and nervousness for me, but very excited. Your sisters were also excited when I told them we would be leaving to the hospital to finally meet you!

It was about 7:30pm and daddy and I were driving to the hospital on a beautiful summer night... It  seemed all the more beautiful knowing that your dad and I would finally get to meet you and our family would be complete.

 We arrived at the hospital at about 8pm and the nurses directed us to the room I would be giving birth and staying for the remainder of the time. They hooked me up to IVs and asked me all the medical questions they normally ask. They asked if I wanted any meds/epidural and like your sisters I did not.

In the hospital room was your dad... of course... your tia Lisa, your auntie Cindy, and Grandma Carol. Your papa Ernesto and Mama Ofelia were not there, because it was late and they had to watch your sisters.

At about 10:00pm the contractions were getting stronger, but I just kept focusing on the verse, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and I honestly can say I felt the presents and the help of the Lord in me. Such a beautiful moment in my life. By this time It was Only dad and the nurses in the room. At 11:40pm they called Dr. Vogel in and I began to push. I rested and took deep breaths when I didn't need to push, and when it was time to push again I pushed with all my strength, either way it was going to hurt whether I gave it my all or not and I wanted you out as soon as I could get you out!

By 12:00am I was sure I broke your dads hand for squeezing it so tight! But, 5 minutes later I let his hand go to hold your precious little miracle body. I held you skin to skin and it is as if it was just you and me in a bubble of love. I was an awe that they day has come May 13th at 12:05am that I would finally get to hold the little boy I have been waiting, and praying for. Dad was overjoyed to hold you in his arms we were both on cloud 9! Our family was/is complete!

Your sisters came later on to see you and they were so happy to see you and hold you! They thought you were the cutest. They kissed on you the whole time they were there, and they couldn't stop saying how cute and little you were. Everyone was happy to finally meet you! You brought and still bring great joy to everyone!! I love you Joshua!!! I thank God for you every day. I have such a beautiful family and I am very proud of it!

Happy 1st Birthday my baby boy!!!!!



5.12.2014

My 29th Birthday

  I am 29!!
 
What a wonderful time it was celebrating my 29th Birthday.
 
It started with coffee, Mani's and Pedi's. We then headed to my girl friends restaurant for appetizers and wine.
 
In the evening we headed to underdog where more of my girlfriends were going to meet up.
 
 What a wonderful time it was!
My girlfriends all went around the table saying how they met me and what they thought of me. I was humbled on every word they said. Such sweet, loving, kind words of what they think of me.
 I am very blessed to have these group of girls in my life!
I love them so much!
 
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