His True Image
November 28, 2014

 

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I love my children dearly, but these past two weeks have given me a run for my money.  The husband and I are finally on the road to recovery.  We were hit by a week long (YES, I said week long) stomach bug that annihilated us.  Getting sick, means a messy house, no food in the fridge, mountains of dirty clothes, and very little time for blogging.  My nights were my sanity!

Thankfully, our daily shenanigans have ensued as usual and today I’m guest blogging over at Ordinary Lovely.  Theresa has a wonderful Kid-Made Gift Series running through December.  Perfect for those who, like me, try to avoid any remnants of ‘Black Friday’  Head on over to see our DIY coasters and some other great gift ideas!

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Happy Gifting!

 

 

November 13, 2014

This little girl is 7 months people!

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I cannot believe that it has been seven months since my Chiquita was born!  I want time to stop.  She is growing so fast – playing with her brother and sister, crawling, getting teeth, eating, and exploring her world with confidence! 

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It’s hard to accept that just a few precious months ago she was still inside of me and we anxiously awaited her arrival.  She has exceeded any and all expectations and makes our little family complete.  Her spirit, smile, spunk, and sass are SUPER.  Just like mommy!   🙂  Or so they say…

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 I love her.  I can’t get enough of her.  I need her.  I waited for her.  She is perfect.

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These two aren’t too shabby either!  😉

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November 2, 2014

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Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescatant in pace. Amen.  

 

Amidst the chaos of what was this weekend (i.e. Halloween, All Saints’ Day, & All Souls’ Day), we were able to muddle through and be extremely thankful for the beautiful memories made this year.

 It was our first time participating in an All Saints’ Day parade with our homeschooling group and it was awesome.  I felt like I was helping ‘take back’ All Hallows’ Eve and allowing my children to experience what the Feast Day is really about!  Baby Girl dressed up as St. Lucy, gouged eyeballs and all.  Hermoso was St. Michael the Archangel.  He’s so stinkin’ cute… I know, I’m biased!

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Amongst the many souls remembered today, we especially thought of our grandparents, my cousin whos birthday it was today, and Brittany Maynard, who sadly chose to end her life yesterday.  Our little family prayed a decade of the rosary for our dearly departed family and friends.  It was perfect.

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 May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

 

 

 

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Linking up with Gina at Someday (hopefully) They’ll Be Saints

October 26, 2014

 

*This is my first link up but it is perfect for me, an Escriva lover!  So, here’s to embracing the ordinary!  Enjoy!

 

Good morning happy campers!  Last night my husband and the kids went camping… in the back yard. They had a blast!  The joy my husband brought them with this simple act is priceless…  I will definitely embrace my ordinary!  Have a blessed week.

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embrace ordinary 01d  Chiquita joined them in the morning!

 

 

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Linking up with Gina at Someday (hopefully) They’ll be Saints

October 21, 2014

 

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your request known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

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In light of my daily struggles, which have been many lately, I want to take a few moments to say Thank you Lord!  Thank you for today.  Thank you for my life, for the little lives you have entrusted to me, and for the love with which you have surrounded me my entire life.  Thank you for the uplifting text I just received…you have heard my prayers over and over again and never cease to amaze me with your mercy and little miracles.   So, yes! Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!!

In Christ…

October 12, 2014

Someone should have told me that having an infant, homeschooling for the first time, and starting a blog, all at once, was a BAD idea! Although I officially started blogging about 2 months ago, I definitely thought I’d be able to write a bit more… silly first-timer! Needless to say, I still have high hopes for this blog and hope I can continue to document my ordinary, yet blessed life.

Now, on to the main attraction!

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“The meaning and grace of the sacrament of Baptism are clearly seen in the rites of its celebration. By following the gestures and words of this celebration with attentive participation, the faithful are initiated into the riches this sacrament signifies and actually brings about in each newly baptized person” (CCC 1234).

I love baptisms. Who doesn’t? A cute, little, chubby baby, dressed in white (or cream, if you’re daring like me), being doted on by family and friends as she waits to be blessed, exorcised, anointed, bathed in holy water, and welcomed into the Church… an official child of God. Such beauty. Such purity.


We’ve been blessed to have had private baptisms for all three of our kiddos. Our youngest, Chiquita, was baptized two months ago. It was a quaint and solemn celebration. Despite suffering a semi-debilitating accident the prior evening, our wonderful pastor and long-time family friend was able to administer the sacrament of baptism and gave a wonderful homily on the readings.  My beautiful friend Jacqui, over at Mexican Domestic Goddess, and her wonderful husband were Chiquita’s Godparents and we could not have chosen a better couple to help us guide our daughter to heaven!

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Us with Father and the wonderful godparents!

Needless to say, everyone came over our house after the ceremony and enjoyed a lovely outdoor party. Unfortunately for us, California was churning out one of the hottest and most humid days of the summer. But this didn’t stop all the kids from enjoying a little nature, games, and dirt! Food was great, company was super, and the cake was delicious!! Not to mention, my daughter is a Heathen No More!

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My dirty boy eating yummy cake!

August 10, 2014

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So, this stunning quote is from one of my favorite saints: St. Josemaria Escriva! If you haven’t heard of him, check him out here. He is hard core, brilliant, and a saint for the ordinary…which is right up my alley! This quote, in particular, is essential to my daily life. I readily admit that I allow a person’s less-than-great qualities to drive me bananas, but this quote helps me keep myself in check! It forces me to self-reflect and act differently, especially after the husband has forgotten to close the closet doors 17 times…very annoying!

 

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When the hubs introduced me to St. Josemaria and his AWESOME reflections (which can be found here), they hit me like a ton of bricks. In fact, every time I read them, they shake me to the core.  Just when you think you’re truly living out the Christian life to the best of your ability, you realize: you’re not. There is just so much more. More love. More depth. More practice. More work.

I think this simple, yet profound reflection, pushes me to see a person through God’s eyes or at least with a more compassionate heart. Its like God places these ‘people’ into my everyday life to push me to my limits…to push me to perfection…to push me to sainthood. After all, how am I suppose to grow in virtues if I don’t have anyone to practice them on? So I strive to live out God’s love in my everyday life, failing constantly, but persevering always, until His kingdom come.

July 31, 2014

As I write the first post of my blog, I want to wish my handsome husband a happy anniversary! Today we celebrate 10 years of matrimony and I think that’s pretty darn SPECTACULAR! After reading a wonderful lecture entitled, “The Nuptial Mystery of Life in Christ as Revealed in Scripture and Liturgy,” presented by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (San Francisco), it really made me revisit those beautiful, life-giving vows my husband and I took on our wedding day!

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“Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?”

“Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?”

“Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?”

To me it’s clear that the Sacrament of Matrimony requires one to be selfless and sacrificial towards his/her spouse and children that follow. I don’t know how you can have a loving marriage without these virtues in practice. So, I want to take the time to thank my husband for truly living out his vocation as a husband and father and share with you what 10 years of love, self-sacrifice, and selflessness, on my husband’s part, looks like to me! I am truly blessed. Happy Anniversary Love, and here’s to 100 more!

My husband: loves our Lord above all else, started providing for our future family before we were married in the choices he made, worked hard to put on a lovely, yet humble, wedding for us, took me places I never thought I’d go, dropped everything to give me the opportunity to see, the now, St. John Paul II at his wake and funeral, tells me how beautiful I am constantly, surprises me with flowers, indulges all of my crazy cravings (whether I’m pregnant or not), adores our 3 children, tells me I’m a wonderful mother and provides examples (which is a really important thing to a high school English teacher), works hard and long hours so that I can stay home with our children, learned how to grill chicken for me, helps with the kiddos and chores when he can, plays and reads with our two oldest, wakes up in the middle of the night for diaper changes, feedings, and/or sick kids, let me convert my garage into a school room, takes care of the kids during Mass because mommy cantors, works on his ‘honey do’ list with minimal complaints, takes care of the kiddos so I can have some ‘me’ time, writes me poems, and loves me to the moon and back.

I can go on and on… but you get the point ladies, right?!

St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us!