Thursday, March 29, 2012

0845 Thursday--Take Off!

Is it safe? What will you eat? How long will you be in the airplane? WHY are you going?

These are all questions I've heard the past month+ when I tell people about planning our trip to Korea. Alisia and I (and baby girl Garcia) are headed over to South Korea to visit my brother's family and meet their new baby Emma! A mother-daughter trip--how cool is that!!? We are soo excited and can't wait! If we can just get it to all fit in our suit cases, we'll be set!

Please pray for our safety flying and being away from the boys. Angel is taking spring break week off the be Super Dad. Please pray for them while Momma and sis are away!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Your Great Name

Easter Baskets!
Easter Morning 2011
It's been almost a year that the girls have had some circumstance that have allowed them to spend more time with us. Now they are older, their younger sister and younger brother have been spending more time with us as well. Although, usually it's not ALL 4 of them at once, sometimes it is.

It's hard to know sometimes how much to open our home to them and how much to protect our own family time. But God is always good and has shown us He is in control. It has just kindof grown on us and feels natural. Sometimes it's not easy. We have had to trust God in each step as he calls us in faith that he will provide. It's hard to say no sometimes-- not knowing, but I know that God loves these girls so much more than I ever can. God has shown me time and time again the blessings out of following His calling:

*Click on the links to read more of their time with us

I just love this song by Natalie Grant. I always think of the girls....and myself, and us...and...well, it's just a great song: 

Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us, Son of God and Man
You are high and lifted up; and all the world will praise Your great name

[Verse 2:]
All the weak; find their strength; at the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls; receive grace; at the sound of Your great name

The fatherless; they find their rest; at the sound of Your great name 
Sick are healed; and the dead are raised; at the sound of Your great name 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Welcome Spring!!

It sounds odd to finally be welcoming Spring. The weather has been SO nice for a while now, we've been spoiled by the 70's and 80's weather. We've been trying to soak it and enjoying every minute of it! 

I so enjoy having a full yard again! 

 Spring--we are so very glad you are here!
Thanks for showing up early! Please stay a while! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Visit at Work

A sweet surprise for a lunch date at work!! (Angel brought him!) and brought me a sweet treat--which Aaron helped me finish!
Definitely made my day!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New Shoes

I do believe that these new shoes will fit in quite well with our family, think so?
We are in need for something dainty around here. 

due date: July 6, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lego Castle

This was part of my "Boy Time" with Caleb.
We had a fun time putting this together.
Of course, Aaron had to get in on the action.

He wants me to send this picture to the Lego Club Magazine.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Is there a word for that in English?

Chiple (noun, adjective)
This Spanish word means:
To be pampered, spoiled or much loved.
Ancient mexican slang word meaning:
(noun) the possession of others tenderness or attention as from a parent, sibling or friend.
(Adjective) Needing the love, attention or tenderness of others.

My boys right now are Chiple. All three of them, Aaron, Caleb, and Angel. For clarification, when we use the word, we mostly refer to it as an adjective, as in this case, needing the love, attention, and tenderness of others. I love this word because in Spanish, it can be referred to as similar to spoiled, it is more of a positive spin and there is a different word for spoiled (consentido), which can be referred negatively or positively depending on the context.

Pre-pregnancy Aaron was usually busy playing with the kids and wasn't phased a bit when I got home from work. He'd come give me a hug, then back to playing. Since I've been pregnant, from the second I get home from work, he wants to be by my side. Helping me cook, wash dishes, or just hug him and hold him. The slightest thing makes him cry. And a kiss makes it all better.

"Just us" shopping
Caleb is chiple too, but shows it in a different way. He would rather have me make him a sandwich, tie his shoes--things which he is very capable of doing on his own, or play legos or a video game with him. He likes to go to the store with me so it can be "just us."

Angel often refers to himself as chiple. He says HE needs attention. When he's uptight and about to loose it, he says "Me siento chiple" (I feel chiple). 

They whine, fight, cry, and drive me crazy. Then, with a little bit of attention, they're better.

The end of the day, the boys usually climb up in bed with me and want "their time." Before bedtime prayers, we talk, tell jokes, read books, or whatever usually until Angel kicks them out when he's needing some attention, too.

Angel is convinced this is because I'm having a girl, (we have not found out yet!) and the boys are competing for the attention. Apparently this is an old wives tale in Mexico and basically a sure proof way to know what you are having--I guess only if you have other kids. I say it's just because I'm pregnant and can barely keep up with a family of 5 and have less energy to devide between everyone. And it keeps me praying about being a family of 6!

Regardless of the reasons, 'chiple' definitely describes the boys in our house!  Is there a word for that in English?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Wait For ME

This is the story of his 2-year-old life! 
Always trying to keep up with everyone else! 
I wonder if he'll appreciate this when he has a little one tailing after him?!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Love Treats

This was delivered to my work and waiting for me when I arrived. I always tell my hubby that I'm not a flowers person and he doesn't have to...but he is VERY much a flowers person, and he ALWAYS does it. One of his ways of showing love is through gifts and I've come to really, really appreciate it. It was definately a suprirse that made me smile and get butterflies again!

When I got home, Caleb had made me this:

And instead of going out and waiting in a long line at a hecticly-busy romantic restraunt, we ordered take-out: YUMM

My parents brought over a treat:

And this was my gift to him
(hard to capture the whole look, but it had extra touches of a clean room, rose peddles on the bed, lit candles, etc.):

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Is Love Really Enough?

I love this man! He is my everyday-Valentine! I still get butterflies when we go out together, when he holds my hand or he gives me that look. I'm so thankful to be so very blessed!

But we still have our not-so-good days. We have our hard times. There are days when my flesh wonders if it's really worth it. There are days when I ask myself, is our love enough?  

There is absolutely hope for our marriage. But not through our own strength and our own efforts to love one another. We must love how God instructs us to love in His word. He has given us the ultimate example of love through sending His Son to die for our sins on the cross. This is a real love that can be seen and felt and experienced. We can abide in His love, and we can give it.

Here are some biblical truths we can practice in our relationships:

• Be patient & kind (1 Cor 13:4)
• Always protect, trust, hope, and persevere (1 Cor 13:7)
• Become one (Matt 19:6)
• Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
• Carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
• Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)
• Serve one another (Gal 5:13)
• Pray for one another (James 5:16)
• Speak truth in love (Eph 4:15)
• Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly (Micah 6:8)
• Be at peace with one another (Rom 14:19)
• Lay down your lives for one another (John 15:12-14)
• Encourage, build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
• Love never fails (1 Cor 13:8)

My prayer for my marriage--our marriages-- is that we can actually apply these biblical truths to our relationships and have a Christ-centered marriage that is different from the world. So that when others look to our marriage, they see Christ lifted up in the midst of joy and happiness or hardships and struggles--they see Him being glorified in the good and the bad. Take that "love" feeling you may have today and apply it all year long!

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."
1 John 4:7