Monday, September 14, 2015

Baby Reveal

these kids are sweet. they all wanted a boy. actutally we all did. but God in his wisdom has formed in my womb a wonderful little girl. they are excited and want to meet her soon.

city- calls her tummy her baby, so if her tummy hurts she declares "my baby hurts!"

story- is learning so much this year. she's officially in kindergarten and she loves working besides her siblings.

key- loves singing and you'll often find her making up new songs. sometimes her brother will bbox for her.

rock- is my go to person. he is extremely helpful and takes it upon himself to watch after city and often the girls. he's a great big brother (a.k.a. kuya).

babyLove#5- has no name yet. we play with names we like but nothing official.

myself- I get tons of looks and comments about our large family. We often get to drop little ideas of what we believe and why we are so blessed.

PJ- lots on his shoulders but he does a great job loving us first. he fails. but so do i. it just reminds us we aren't each other's god.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Around Here #6

it's been a busy fun summer. i'm so sad the kids start school soon. God give me strength!

4th of july came and went.

 first try at making mediterranean chicken skewers.

 lots of fun at the beach.

 gender reveal party for my nephew's baby. speaking of gender, i have to share the pictures i took of the kids gender reveal surprise for them.

 these two, dear friends becoming one.

finally put up my map after years in storage.

relaxing in the hammock.

 key's jewelry shop established :)

summer nights with the kids riding their bikes around the block as city skates around with daddy.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

a decade of sweet friendship

we celebrated our 10 year anniversary! i was super exhausted after the two day fiesta but definitely felt thankful throughout the celebration. 10 years is a big deal around here, well, at least for us it is. but when we are around our church family 10 years is just the beginning. our longest marriage in our church is 72 years! and all around us there's a plethora of wisdom that pj and i haven't tapped into yet...maybe in 40 more years?

as i reflect on our marriage, i can't help think of the marriages i see at our church that portray what marriage can look like in the long run. there seems to be a lot of: sweetness, playfulness, faithfulness, physical pain, and a pleading with God. the last one stands out. what i mean by that is, they seem to know-- know deep inside themselves-- that they can plead with God in prayer because he answers them. maybe a certain closeness to God because of the years walked with him. i'm not sure but i'm trying to watch and learn from these saints who know more about life than i do.

10 years together has been hilarious, fun, frustrating, eventful, sweet, deep, loving, spicy and much, much more. he truly does complete me. my weaknesses are his strengths and my strengths are his weaknesses. God has blessed us with a deep friendship and with kids that have strengthened us as humans and as believers in King Jesus.

Monday, June 22, 2015

It's been awhile

i didn't like this space for awhile. it made me nauseous. now that i'm out of my first trimester things are looking a little brighter.

i felt cooped up in my own body! i had ideas and things to write about so my head wouldn't explode but felt too tired and sick to express anything.

so much has happened that i can't keep track of everything. majority all good, praise the Lord.

we're in our new home and things are feeling a little more settled. it wasn't feeling like home for awhile but just recently it's feeling better--not home yet--but better.

summers here which means the kids are out of school, thank God! i needed a break, and i know they did too.

our 10th anniversary is coming up this thursday!!!! i'm not sure what we're doing yet (we both aren't planners:) but spontaneous is the way to go!

yesterday we celebrated father's day and i was reflecting on how God has been so gracious and kind to me. i found an old, handwritten list of all the things i wanted in a godly husband and i dedicated it to the Lord. i prayed over the list and asked God to please answer my prayer. he did! i'll have to share it after our anniversary. on the list was that he'll "love children." pj definitely loves children--you can tell, he wants lots of his own! i love him SO much!

 can't believe we'll have 5 kids!

 foods i'm craving.
 our new living space.
abba and his fam.

Monday, March 16, 2015


These were Christmas dolls for the girls. I saw a similar from Mer mag and just had to try to make them for the girls. I promised the girls we'd make skirts for the dolls-- I need to make good on that promise! It's sweet that the girls sleep with them every night.

On another note--We'll be moving soon and we are all very excited! These little ones will have a backyard to explore in and use their imagination to make wondrous journeys in :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Woman Lust

it's no surprise that the new erotic film 50 shades of grey was released during valentine's day. before it hit the big screen it was already invading the hearts and minds of women with it's printed book.

there's been a lot of talk about how christians should think about the film and the message it's trying to convey-- never think any movie is just a movie, it's always trying to convey a message. the film is a form of art, and it's a mirror to what the culture is really thinking, what art tends to do.

i watched the trailer out of "curiosity" and found myself shocked and interested in the plot. why? i think it was girl lust! i wasn't necessarily thinking of intercourse or sexual images but it certainly could have gone there, but i was more intrigued by the male character and how they portrayed him--handsome, winsome, authoritative, passionate, AND desires the female counter part to the nth-degree. which is exactly what they were going for--women can be drawn to this type of male figure....fiction or non.

It's interesting how women's lust can be left unnoticed because it almost seems to hurt no one. false. it hurts people. it hurts the woman's own soul. i've seen this countless times and it's destroyed families. it's a force not to be triffled with. the outworkings of women's lust versus men's lust can be like night and day but the heart issues are identical. men tend to be more visually stimulated, that's why the porn industry has taken hold of our men's hearts. lots to say about mens lust but i'd like to focus on women.

we women tend to be emotionally stimulated. before a woman commits the actual sexual sin of adultery, chances are she's already had an emotional attachment. why? women love to be desired, to be wanted, this is a good thing BUT in the covenant of marriage, not outside its boarders. if the woman is the object of a man's lustful mind and heart, this can be very emotionally satisfying for her. i wrote this post 3 years ago to warn dating christians the dangers of lust before marriage and what it can look like after marriage. it's pretty scary stuff if not addressed.

I recently was talking to a young man who's dating a gal and i was asking questions about their lust. as you might like to think, you probably would assume he'd slowly be walking away! nope. he pulled up a chair and was intrigued, especially when i came to the girl lust part. he had no idea! he had no idea that when guys lust after the girl it feeds her lust of being wanted--like she's some kind of sex god! it sounds ridiculous but very true. he was shocked, i saw light bulbs going off in his head. i reminded him that even the way a girl dresses can be used to get a lustful reaction from the guy by the short skirt she's wearing, or the midriff shirt she's flaunting. i know this because i was there in my younger days :(

another thing about lust is that it wants to hide. it wants to stay in its shame infested closet. when i watched the trailer i felt ashamed that i was interested in the plot and felt a desire to be in the character's shoes. soon after i talked to my husband about it. he was helpful, supportive and asked good heart questions. i knew he knew what battling with lust feels like. he battles with it like all men/most men do. he does not shy away from confession and wanting to kill sin in his life. my husband is amazing. i really can't express in words the love and every endearing emotion under the sun i have for him. he's helped me to be open, not lie and hide sin, no matter how ugly the truth can seem. truth is the best medicine.

my lovely husband asked "what did you observe that you wanted?" but the question that was most helpful that my lovely asked was, "what do you really want?" my reply, "my husband to love the Lord with all his heart. to love his wife and make much of her and point her to Jesus. a father who leads his children and loves them. a man of integrity. a man who dates his wife and studies her. a man who serves others and points them to Christ."

it's funny but i just described my lovely husband :) he is what i really want, not some fabricated, hollywood, fictional character! even if the 50 shades of grey character was real, he'd sure need a lot of counseling! no thanks.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Around Here #5

It's feeling crazy around here. a lot of good stuff and a lot of hard stuff. but all-in-all, God has been working and things have been looking hopeful in the Lord.  

a vacation run in San Diego
in san diego
a must stop on our way to san diego rockin' baja lobster

the san juan capistrano mission

key doing math

my birthday gift

Since the last time I posted these are a few snap shots of what's been going on around here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Simple DIY {Christmas} Gifts

 Draw or copy a cute image and frame it.
 Mold a shape with dry-clay and paint.
 Paint a favorite quote from a book, movie or an inspirational text then put it on a canvas.
 cute and simple necklaces, or hair accessories.
 Find a unique branch and paint or use dry clay.
Scraps of fabric can be used for a simple banner.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

PJ, Frances, Rock(8), Key(6), Story(4) and City(1)


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