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Sunday Prayer: Protection

Sunday Prayer: Protection

  Dear Lord, Please protect my family during this hurricane. Not only that, but please protect all families during this storm. There have been some that we’ve seen who do not take this storm seriously, please touch them with your grace. If they have not gotten to safety, please protect them. For those who can’t get to safety, please protect them. With you love, protect those who have already lost a loved one....

Awakening My Parental Consciousness

  While walking with my daughter a complete stranger stopped me and started interesting conversation with me. Now, usually I don’t stop and have casual conversations with strangers, nor do I take advice that I didn’t ask for.  But this conversation seemed different.  So, I humored myself (and him) for the moment, and talked with him.  At the end of the conversation, he recommended that I read: Unconditional Parenting for a good reading guide. Its funny because he didn’t say anything about the way I was parenting my daughter, besides all we were doing that day was walking and having a conversation (she was 3 at the time).  Pointing to the buildings, and looking at the colors.  Maybe that day I was open for a learning experience. For the past couple of years, I have struggled with the idea of what kind of parent that I want to be, and what kind of parent that I am.  I admit that there are [many] times where there are power struggles between my daughter and me, but I do try to do my best to get down on her level and explain myself.  Never overbearing, but firm when letting her know that there is a line that we both do not cross. When that didn’t work, there times that I have engaged in time-out it but didn’t feel right. So in turn, I’ve been trying my best to find a balance. After getting through 4 chapters [so far], I don’t think I can sing this book enough praises. It is not a book that tells you what you’re doing wrong, but it goes...
Sunday Prayer: Giving Thanks

Sunday Prayer: Giving Thanks

Dear Lord, I would like to start by saying thank you. I didn’t know I needed help laughing but this week, it’s been endless laughs.  From my daughter stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to dance because of music from a passing car, to her singing with the music in church. Thank you for giving me such an energetic child. I can take her anywhere and she won’t tire out (still figuring out if this is really a positive thing).  Going out with her is not only fun, but exciting for me as well.  But it would be nice if she walked now and then. Thank you for giving me the time to think.  My husband has been home for a four-day weekend (he had to go to the doctor), and has helped out so much.  I feel so much pressure being lifted from my shoulders and my daughter is have four full days with her daddy. With my hubby home, home he has allowed me to decompress. I now feel like I can tackle the...
Sunday’s Prayer: Serenity

Sunday’s Prayer: Serenity

This week, this prayer just came to me while I was nursing my daughter, and as cliche as it could be, I felt it was fitting due to the week that I had. Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen. –Reinhold...

Sorting My Emotions After A Loss

How can one start again after a loss? My husband and I waited two and a half years to start trying again for a child.  We thought we had good news. We knew that trying to conceive was going to take time and we knew there was disappointment in our future, but no one was expecting the roller coaster ride that we’ve been on. It started Monday (July 25), when I went to my doctor to confirm my pregnancy. What was a happy event ended up being a negative experience because my doctor was the doctor from hell. For example, I told him that I was still breast-feeding my daughter, and he responded: ” What the hell for? It didn’t work anyway. You still got pregnant anyway.” He laughed as if the remark was funny. That was where we left things, I decided to move on to a new doctor. Two days later (Wednesday) I started cramping. That afternoon I was spotting. Google was my unofficial doctor. In most cases, it would be foolish to look up your condition online instead of going to a doctor, but I was in-between doctors and I knew this was just the beginning of my ordeal. Since the spotting continued, I saw another doctor on Saturday. He checks everything and he says it looks normal. To my surprise I saw a heartbeat and it was strong. I left that office with renewed hope and in denial.  Maybe, just maybe this was viable, after all plenty of women spot during pregnancy. All hope was removed in the afternoon. When my daughter woke up from her nap, my...
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