The Baruchs

I had the pleasure and honor of taking some photos of Pastor Juan & His lovely wife Olivia. Photos of them as a couple were long overdue and they said they were a bit unsure of “what to do”. Yet, once they got together their obvious love & affection for one another illuminated. They are a great & blessed couple

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It’s the thought that counts… and he really does make it count!

I love my dad! We are a lot alike in many ways & have bumped heads over it plenty of times. However, we have a very special relationship. I appreciate him so very much! He is like no other, that is for sure. My dad, of this married, twenty five year old, mom of three: texts, is a self proclaimed “young lookin’ grandpa” (and has made sure to make that statement public plenty of times), still likes to buy me things, and always gives very detailed advice.
For example, this morning he texted me that he wanted to buy me an outfit for an upcoming occasion & has been texting me updated advice ever since. Like what you wonder? 
Well, specifically: weather predictions for that date; several suggested shopping itineraries ; and even logistics plans ensuring that I get myself around to doing it.
You know that saying, “It’s the thought that counts?” Well his picture is posted right next to it’s definition. If it’s one thing he is always doing, it is thinking, that’s for sure! 
A detail oriented, thoughtful, giving, big-hearted man…. that’s my dad! πŸ™‚

Show a little love

So I was working at my desk and lil “Jerm” ran up and gave me a quick squeeze, smooch on the arm, & then went back to playing!

I just melt when he does sweet things like that out of the blue. πŸ™‚

That totally changed the course of my day! I forsee cake baking and extra special play time. Give someone a hug today, it means more than you know. Happy Wednesday!

Peachy Keen Friday!

Friday!!!!!

I don’t spend my days in the “work place” but the weekends are just as exciting to me as most of you all.

Today I am very grateful for the noticeably increasing peace of God on and in my life. By this do I mean that I am a perfectly calm, cool, collected person, and all is peachy keen up in my world?…. NO! By all means, NO! However, what I have noticed is the change in response. When I am in mid flip out mode– grunts, groans, and all– I am able to pull it back by simply stopping and remembering that all I have to do is cast all my cares on Him, for he really does care for me!

For any of you who have known me… big difference! πŸ™‚

Just think… God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He is the same who conquered the grave. He is alive today. Alive in me. So if he can conquer death… I’m sure he can conquer attitudes, rage, and running high emotions. And in me… it would take that same grave conquering power, but it will be conquered. πŸ™‚

That’s why God calls us “more than conquerors”. A conqueror battles and then defeats. In Jesus, all I need to do is walk in my victory cuz its already laid out. Done! Isn’t living in Him awesome?!

I wish you all a happy, care-free Friday! If it’s not thus far, then get to speaking truth in your life and move on in peace πŸ™‚

Stop it some more!

From time to time Jeremiah gets into his mischievous modes and creates all kinds of new messes. Of course initial reactions use to consist of obvious, long sighs and a few grunts. However, I discovered that with each new “uh-oh”, and with each new child for that matter, I am finding every accident more and  more adorable.

I am fortunate in that my kids pretty much know what should and shouldn’t be gotten in to and refrain from it. Although, I have a suspicion that Jeremiah may be a bit of an adrenaline junky and likes to get “caught”. Why? Because anytime he is going to get into something or has already got into something, He says really loudly,
“Maaaa-maaa…” and then acts really surprised and caught off guard when I discover him.

Yea… real subtle, kid! Kinda like, “Stop it some more!”

Recently, he played Indian Chief with my concealer. Today was lotion bath. Here are a couple hammed up pics of the aftermath.

You see that? See the fulfillment in his eyes?

Maybe my more frequent response of, “Jeremiaaaaah? — Hold on! Let mommy get her camera!” is not the best message sent, but I cant help myself. I may need to rethink my contribution to his growing addiction.

Knock, Knock. Come in, Fall!

Fall is upon us! 7 days away to be exact. I just love this season. Living in Southern California, we may not always get the full Autumn experience as far as weather is concerned, but I get excited for it nonetheless! On the days we are fortunate to have it, I enjoy the crisp, cool weather. I indulge in this season in every way. It’s the time to pull out the sweaters, boots, scarves & accessories! It’s a time when the new school year is fresh and exciting. Meals get “holiday inspired” around here and a cozy, warm atmosphere occupies our home.

I must admit, I am a bit overly eager for each upcoming holiday. I like to find ways to dress the house by sprinkling festive touches throughout. (I make sure to try not to overdue it either. If it’s one thing I really try to avoid, its obviously themed decorating.) The other day I thought I’d dress the table and created a festive lil piece before the kids got home from school. Their surprisingly large reactions to it as well as big smiles warmed my heart.

I think it turned out pretty cute considering it was very simple and easy to create. I made this with things I already had around the house. I used a large glass jar, scrap ribbon, some artificial flowers that I had left over from a previous project, and dry fettuccine. I bunched together some flowers to make a simple arrangement that gave the appearance of a “hand picked” bouquet. Next, I used the fettuccine noodles to mask the flower stems by placing in the jar and letting them fall around the bouquet stems. Then I wrapped some orange ribbon around the rim to finish it off.
I believe that a home is not only a place to live and grow, but a place to inspire our family. I hope you too get inspired to find ways to infuse your home with warmth. Happy decorating!

Hello [I am] Twenty Five

BAM– You win the Lotto! It’s the big one. Instant Billionaire! What would you do with your winnings? A flood of exciting ideas rush to mind, huh? Expensive car, house shopping, sparkling pool, shopping spree extravaganza in your new car, plane trip to paradise destination! Am I the only one or did any of these thoughts pop up in your head too? Well this was a thought I arrived at recently during a random internal conversation that all started when pondering on my nearing twenty-fifth birthday. (I know, what’s that got to do with my twenty fifth birthday?! I did say “random”. You know those times when you think on an idea and you end up in a completely different place in the end that had nothing to do with your original thought. Well this was just like that.)  Let me backtrack for a moment.
Hello, today I turn TWENTY FIVE. Another year of life, health, growth & experience. I’ve officially arrived to my mid-twenties. It’s a fairly significant year in age & a bit of a milestone in a person’s course of life. With the coming of this new year of age, I began to evaluate my life. Now, I already know…. before anyone says it… I have already been told that I am still “just a babe”, I’m barely headed to, “the prime of life”, and I am, “just beginning”. I am well aware and this is in no way a whine about aging. However, I began thinking on my experiences, my failures, my triumphs, my accomplishments, thinking about where I am presently and where I want to go. Questions rose in me. What did I envision for myself several years ago? Where did I see myself headed? What are my goals & visions? Have I acted on any of those things yet? What is holding me back from turning those goals into realities in my life?
So, why the heavy duty questions? As I approached this birthday I recognized that this year was personally substantial in my life. At the age of  twenty-five my Mom transitioned on to be with the Lord. As an adult who had an early start at creating a family of my own, that fact strikes me greatly. Being here now, realizing that for some, for my own Mom, this was all of the time they lived, everything they had done in their life here on earth was all they would do, that made me think deeply. As many people know, my Mommy has made a large impact on my life. In her last years before she passed on she made large impacts in the lives of many through her faith in Jesus. I thought about what I am doing in my life. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and three children whom I am very proud to call mine. But aside from the family that I have been blessed to have, I know there is still much more in store. I have had visions & ideas nagging (for lack of a better word) at me for some time. I just know that I am purposed to do more. That led me to the questions: what are my goals & why am I not acting on them?
I began thinking on the many ideas I’ve had floating in the back of my mind and I began to get inspired & excited. Oh the things I would do if only….. if only I had “all the money in the world” as the saying goes. What if I’d won the lotto, what then? Well after the initial ballin’ out of control, day dreamin’ madness that most of us fathom, I have thought about what I’d do. “I could do this, invest in this, create this, run with this, make this happen”. When most people think big money, they think freedom, power, security. So are these the things that I feel I’m lacking and the reasons why I hold back from not acting on my goals? Hmm, I know much better than that! 
Romans 8:16-17 says, 
 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirsβ€”heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” 
I am a believer in God and his Word. Believing that word, I am inspired to live without caution because I have freedom, power, and security! I am a child of the most high King, I am royalty with authority. Every plan that God has for my life was meant to succeed. Then it all clicked like it never had before. What am I doing in my life?!
Which brings you (if you are reading this) and I here. One of my personal goals has been to start and carry on a blog. I love to share. Share ideas, experiences (past and present), share knowledge, truth, humor, and inspiration. I know that God has given me a “voice” to share. I have decided that I am no longer going to sit back and let time pass as I choose not to live in purpose. In the past I have not been the kind to emphasize on my birthday. But this year, something was just different. It’s my birthday today! Today I am turning twenty five! Twenty five years ago today, I was born. Heeeey! Whoop! Whoop! Today I am alive to live my twenty fifth year and I am excited about it. Who knows, I think they say confidence comes with age, but this year I am saying, “Happy birthday to me!”
If you have not realized it by now this is my first blog post. Welcome to my blog :) I am inspired to take from every experience in my life with humor, transparency, and most of all God’s wisdom in order to share, relate to & encourage others with purpose that I may bring Honor & Glory to God with my life. I look forward to inspiring and being inspired by others. What better time to “give birth” to something so special and significant to me than on the day I was born. This is just the beginning of the many things to come. Today I am not a lotto winner, however, today I turn twenty five and my life will never be the same!