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The Day The Lord Has Made

  A few years ago, before my son was born, I was itching to step out and just do something. I remember the day exactly, it was sunny, and warm. We finally received great weather after a long winter, and it was time to enjoy it. This was the day I decided to pretend to be a tourist. We took our family down to Bowling Green where the Staten Island Ferry was,  and enjoyed a trip around Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Mr. C wasn’t exactly in a great mood that day (I was pregnant, and forcing everyone to go on a boat after all), but he indulged me. Between everything that we did, I remember standing at the dock with my face up to the sky—soaking in the sun. I was happy. It wasn’t material things that made me happy, or the fact that we did step out and do something, I was happy because I was living the day. Whenever I’m feeling down, and irritable (because sometimes I feel like that, I just think back on this day of many days. This picture of the Brooklyn Bridge will forever remind me that it doesn’t matter what we have, or what we think we need, in reality we have everything that God feels we need, and it is all good. No matter the weather, storms that may come and go. Good times and bad times, always remember to rejoice, because today—is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for another day that you have...
Life Through My Lens Thursday — Week 1

Life Through My Lens Thursday — Week 1

Remember when I said that I was going to challenge myself with Photography.. well… I’m going to do it! There are so many challenges out there, and so many prompts out there, that I decided to do a merger of some of them into something all my own! So my photography challenge focuses on one object and to photography that different ways…or themes. Week 1–One Object Introduction Let me introduce to you my subject:   We know him as Linus from Peanuts–Snoopy and Friends.  For the this whole year, we are going to see him from different point of views and in different locations. Why did I pick one subject? I wanted to be able to already know “what” I was going to shoot.  Also, I wanted to see how far I can stretch my ability to stretch the “how.”  Since I am a novice when it comes down to photography, this gives me a chance to focus on technique as well as throw my (and Linus’) personality in the picture. There are tons of challenges that my fellow bloggers are doing out there as well, so I’m sure I will be joining in on their challenge as well as mine. 🙂 What I like about this, is that LaShawn has given me such a great suggestion to post some pictures to a Tumblr blog so that I don’t bombard you with my challenges.  I think that was such a great suggestion, that I’m going to get working on a Tumblr blog for some of my photography.  Thank you so much LaShawn! (Oh and if don’t know, she also...
Do Not Conform–Be Transformed!

Do Not Conform–Be Transformed!

Greetings everyone!  I hope everyone has been having a great time with family and friends. We are at the end of the year, and it is usually a time for reflection. We reflect on the things that we did, or didn’t do.  The changes that we made, and the changes that we hope to make. This year instead of hashing out my crazy 2013 (because it was very crazy!) I want to leave you with words of encouragement. But first a picture: This picture was taken in front of my family’s home, right when Spring was waking up the trees and flowers.  This tree (because I forget the name) tried so hard to bloom,  grow its leaves and reach for the sky.  I don’t know if this tree is going to make it back next year, but we can hope that it does!   Sandy did a number to nature in this area, but many trees are doing their best to get back to their normal. As we face 2014 let us remind ourselves that failure is an option.  We will fail–we are human after all.  It is what we do with that failure that matters most.  Don’t let a stumble turn into something bigger.  Don’t let failure define you.  Failure is a circumstance and it is temporary.  It will pass. Pick yourselves up and get back on it. Have weight loss goals?  Do it!  Don’t expect to lose everything in the first month, but hold onto that desire all year round, it will carry you through. Have business goals? Define them and reach for them.  The only regret that...

Prince of Peace, and Bringer of Joy

{My Christmas tree lights reflected on the ceiling} It is officially the last week of Advent, and in a few days, we will be celebrating Christmas. A truly joyous event!  We celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, and we share our Joy with our children.  I cannot imagine any other place where I want to be right now, except with my family. We will do the usual on Christmas–go to mass (I would say midnight, but that’s too much to ask of young children) and we will we continue our celebration for the next 12 days. Most people think of the end of the year as that–The End. But, in truth, there is so so much good will and joy going on, that we want nothing more than to change our situation, do better, bring joy to ourselves like we have done for others. As we inch our way closer to Christmas, may our hearts open up wider with joy and wonder. Prayer Dear Lord, The time is near for the celebration of Your birth.  Please remind us of this feeling of anticipation, and joy all year round. Let not a moment pass when we don’t keep You in our hearts....

Be Still

Yesterday, I took Zee with me for a walk to the store, and she just was just enthralled by everything covered in snow.   I love watching her experience the different seasons, and I think Fall and Winter takes the cake!  We have a few more days until it is officially Winter, but I know one little girl who is embracing it with open arms! While we walked, I watched Zee open and close her mouth as she tasted the snow and I thought: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” — Psalm 46:10 For us adults, the snow can seem like a total bummer–we have to shovel, drive in the mess, and bundle everyone up just to walk to the store! But for a child, snow is a play land.  It’s God’s work in action and a wonderful testament of all his works. These things we can miss so easily when we are busy trying to get everything done. I love slowing down and looking at things through a child’s eyes. In the silence of the snow falling I can be still. My world can be still and I can truly soak in the power of our Lord. When it it snows or when it rains, it’s like the earth is singing God praise. Let’s not even mention when Springs comes around! I’ve read that it’s going to be a very cold winter, so I’m stocking up on hot chocolate and tea, and going to take each day in strides. Every season has...
The Gift of Saying Yes

The Gift of Saying Yes

Image working, doing your own thing and an angel appears to you. Getting over your initial fear, you listen and then you are told that you have been chosen to be the vessel that will carry the Savior of the world! Imagine being a young woman about to be married to a carpenter, and you never had relations with anyone.  You just wonder how can all this be possible! Then imagine saying “yes” to this task and never knowing what the future will hold. I remember my first positive pregnancy test, and even though i am married, it was still scary. This season of advent I think about this. How a simple yes changed the world forever. Everyday we are given a choice to say yes. It may not affect the whole world, but it does affect someone’s world. When someone asks something of you, think how easy it is to say no. Now think what changes you can make, and be a part of, just by saying yes. • Opening your heart to receive a new friend. • Donating your time to a local charity. • Reading a book to your child, even though you are really tired. • Going out your way to bring a care package to someone who is ill. • Calling a loved one on the phone just to say hi. Everyday we are invited to say, yes, but how many times do we actually say...

What is Advent and How We Celebrate It?

  Advent is one of my favorite times of year.  It is truly a time for beginnings.  Everything is always so promising, and it’s a great way to look forward to the Christmas season. But there are some things that you may not have known about Advent and why we celebrate it.  So I am going to do my best to break it down and answer a few questions.    1.  What is Advent?   Advent is the period of preparation for the birth of Christ.  It happens over the course of 4 Sundays before Christmas.  During this time of preparation—we prepare our homes, our minds and spirits for Jesus. Not only are we looking forward for him to being born, but we are looking forward to receive Him and we are looking forward for him to come again in the end of time. One of the major elements of Advent is waiting.  It is during this time period that we must be patient.   2.  What do we do to prepare?   One thing that we do is decorate our homes and put up Christmas Trees.  The Church however, does not put up Christmas decorations until Christmas Eve, and they light the decoration for the first time on Christmas Day. Another tradition (that could be long forgotten) was to fast during this time period so that when we feast (Christmas Day) it is well worth denying ourselves little pleasures.  The fasting would be similar to the fasting that occurs during the Lent season.  We abstain from meat on Fridays, or not eat between meals.   3.  What is...
Faith, Hope, and Love

Faith, Hope, and Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. ~1 Corinthians 13:13 Faith Everyday, I am comforted by my unshaken faith in my Lord. I know that He will deliver me from my worries and troubles. I know that there is no fear is too great when you have faith. Hope In life we hope for many things–change is the major one. We hope and pray that things will be different. That the mistakes of our pass will not follow us throughout our lives. We hope for good times and a way to see out of dark tunnels. Hope is what keeps us looking up. Love One of the greatest gifts that our Lord God gave us was the ability to Love. Through love there is forgiveness, faith and hope. Love is the glue that will see family through hard times. It is the magic that keeps couples together. It is the inseparable bond that united us with our children. Love for us is everything. Prayer   Dear Lord, We give You thanks for Your love, and caring. We thank you for putting caring people in our lives and touching the hearts of those that needs You. Our faith in You is never shaken....
Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

  Dear Lord, Thank you so much for all that done for us this year.  If our loved ones had to travel, thank you for bring them home to us safely.  If we have to travel to them, we thank you for a safe journey. We thank you Lord for the food that we are able to eat, and know that all of it is through you.  We understand that we are blessed to have, while many families are without. Thanksgiving is not just about food and sales, but it is time to truly reflect on You and give You thanks for all that you have provided. We thank you Lord for our family, and the company that they provide. For those who have sick loved ones: I ask Lord that you pray over them, and watch them as their family celebrates with You. For those who are mourning over the loss of loved ones: please Lord grant them peace and knowledge that they are never really alone.  Family holidays will be hard, but knowing that our loved ones made positive memories helps us get through it. For our troops overseas who are celebrating Thanksgiving without their families: thank you Lord for their sacrifice.  Because what we have would not be possible without them.  Also, watch over their families as they celebrate miles and even countries away. Our heart goes out to you Lord, and we sing our praises in your name–always. From my family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!  ...
Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I want to share with you a recipe that I am truly thankful for–cornbread. It’s simple, straight to the point, and very easy to make.  Time to put the corn muffin mix away. Once you try this recipe, you will not only see how easy it is to make cornbread from scratch, but you’ll be amazed at how wonderful it taste (without all that chalkiness that the box gives). I love-making cornbread, and this my go-to recipe for it.  I can make this in my sleep. When this goes on the table, I have to do everything in my power to make sure that I have backup. Since my family don’t usually cook with regular milk, this recipe tastes just as good with soy milk, or if you’re into it, rice milk as well. And nothing can be said about the ingredients–since it’s simple and straight to the point!  I love knowing what I’m eating. Maybe this can grace your table this Thanksgiving on top of all the yumminess you plan on having on it. Sweet Cornbread Recipe Recipe Type: Bread Cuisine: American Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 30 mins Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal 2/3 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 egg 1 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until...
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