31 December, 2012

Who knew?!

Who knew all these changes would take place in 2012?

Who knew we would go through all these trials and struggles?

Who knew we'd reach such a low point?

Who knew we'd find friendship in such an unexpected place?

God knew.

Just like He knows exactly what is coming our way in 2013.
Whether it be good, bad, happy or sad;
He will be right there, walking with us or carrying us.

The Life of a Military Family's year in review:

Celebrating a 4 year old:

 Celebrating Mommy:
 Hitting up ballparks, meeting pros:

 Celebrating a 2 year old:

Meeting loved ones for the first time:

 My siblings and I; first photo of the four of us in over 18 years!!
{credit: Nancy Noble photography}
Hitting up ballparks, making history:
Starting up school at home:

 Hanging at a farm:
 Meeting awesome new friends:

 Getting lost in the glow of Christmas:
 Passing down gaming addictions:
 Celebrating family and Jesus:

                                                Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!

"Apart from HIM, there is NO happiness."

27 December, 2012

The R family

Hello Blog world, I don't even know what's going on anymore....and I probably still won't, but I had to jump on and share a last minute photo shoot from last Friday night.

A family from our church called and asked if I'd take a few pics before they left on their holiday and it turned into a fun photo shoot!!
It took the boys a few minutes to warm up, but once the smiles started, they wouldn't stop!

 My personal favorite:


Thanks R family for sharing your photogenic smiles and for letting me practice!

16 December, 2012

Still praying

"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. 

When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, 

prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. 

Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. 

Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. 

This is a historical fact. 

What has happened to us as a nation? 

We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence."

-Darrell Scott.
(Father of Rachel Joy Scott killed 4/20/99 at Columbine)

We need to show them how to fill their voids...

14 December, 2012

"A Christmas Prayer"

I just have to share this. 
I have no words....just a heavy heart, damp eyes and prayers abundant.

Dear Jesus,

It's a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.
These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.
The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?
Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod's jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.
Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.
Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won't you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.
This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.

Your Children

Written By Max Lucado
Borrowed from the Huffington Post

10 December, 2012


How do you guys do it?!!

I love to write, (or I should say ramble,) but with all that's happening, my thoughts and blog posts are not making it out of my head.

I wish I could dictate my thoughts to someone and have them type it up because I am failing miserably.
We are barely fitting in school three times a week as it is!

I would love to say after the holidays, but that is when the packing and moving prep will begin so I doubt the typing will start to flow then......

You guys amaze me...you must not sleep at night!!

Before I leave you with this, anything but update, update, I am asking EVERYONE, (even those that read but don't comment,) for suggestions on what to rename the blog???
We won't know for a few months yet if we are still going to be a military family after this spring, and I don't want to start a whole new blog, but I'd like to get the ball rolling for name suggestions if I decide to rename it...

I do hope you all are doing well and I can't wait for the time where I can be fully apart of blog land again, but in the mean time I hope you all are focusing on the true meaning of Christmas and spending as much time with family and friends as possible!! For those that have close loved ones deployed this Christmas season, I send all my love, hugs and prayers your way.

03 December, 2012

Tree shopping?

Any local North County residents looking for a great tree?? 
Check out our church's tree lot!

{Face painting, bounce house, cookies, hot dogs, hot chocolate 
and more for families and kids!}
  2215 Calle Barcelona  Carlsbad CA 92009