Saturday, December 27, 2008


I love Christmas! It's a time with family, friends and giving hearts. I love that we celebrate Christ's birth in the month of December because it's a good reminder of where our focus should be at the end of the year, at the beginning of a new year and all year long. May Christ's birth, life, death and resurrection be a never ending celebration in our lives. I LOVE IT...CHRISTMAS ALL YEAR LONG!!!

The Tripputi's 2008 Christmas Celebration

                 candlelight service at Houston's First Baptist Church

The Tripputi Men

three men and a lady

mother and daughter

father and daughter

roses for a wonderful mother



Monday, December 22, 2008

Eat These, Weigh Less?

Maybe they’re called "magical fruit" in children’s rhymes for a reason . . . 

Just not for the flatulence-producing reasons kids obsess about. What really makes beans magical is their potential effect on your waistline: Bean eaters weigh less on average than non-bean-imbibing folks do. 

Bean Counting
In fact, bean eaters weigh as much as 6.6 pounds less, according to RealAge expert John La Puma, MD, author of ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine(Browse the book online.) Makes sense when you consider beans are full of fiber and protein but low in fat, which means a serving will keep you going far beyond the need-to-munch hour but only make a minor dent in your calorie intake. (Find out which kind of bean packs the biggest antioxidant punch.) 

Recipe Corner
Beans are anything but boring if you try these tasty, bean-filled recipes from EatingWell:Video: Learn how to make your own white bean hummus.
RealAge Benefit: Maintaining a constant desirable weight can make your RealAge 6 years younger. 
I love pizza! I will definitely be trying the Smoky Corn and Black Bean Pizza.

The secret to a grilled pizza is having all your ingredients ready to go before you head out to the grill. Make it a meal: Toss the extra black beans, diced tomato and some avocado with prewashed salad greens and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette and dinner is on the table in no time.

Makes 6 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes


1 plum tomato, diced
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 pound prepared whole-wheat pizza dough
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella, preferably smoked mozzarella

1. Preheat grill to medium.
2. Combine tomato, beans and corn in a medium bowl. Sprinkle cornmeal onto a large baking sheet. Stretch the dough into about a 12-inch circle and lay it on top of the cornmeal, coating the entire underside of the dough.
3. Transfer the crust from the baking sheet to the grill. Close the lid and cook until the crust is puffed and lightly browned on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. 
4. Using a large spatula, flip the crust. Spread barbecue sauce on it and quickly sprinkle with the tomato mixture and cheese. Close the lid; grill until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the crust is browned, 4 to 5 minutes.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 316 calories; 6 g fat (3 g sat, 0 g mono); 13 mg cholesterol; 48 g carbohydrate; 14 g protein; 4 g fiber; 530 mg sodium; 94 mg potassium. 
Nutrition bonus: Calcium (15% dv).
Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 medium-fat meat; 3 Carbohydrate Servings.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Not it!

Okay, so I wasn't really tagged, but I got the idea from my roommate's blog...
1. Go to the 4th folder in your computer where you store your pictures.
2. Pick the 4th picture in that folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag 4 people to do the same!
Well, I went to my pictures on my computer and got the first picture, but then when I browsed on blogger another picture was the 4th of the 4th...hence 2 pics

Bec, Katie and I at an Arbonne event. The Mercedes Benz is the company car that you earn.

My brothers and I celebrating Father's Day at Papas seafood restaurant. Aren't they cute? Ladies, any takers? Oh wait, only two are currently available.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Yum Yum in My Tum

I felt great after working out tonight and thought that I should cook something healthy. Most of you know that I'm not a chef by any means, but that I love to eat-especially pizza. Well, it started this Thanksgiving when my dad gave me props on being ahead of the game. He told me that when my mom and him got married my mom didn't know how to cook anything. Their meals consisted of toast, tea, and soup. I'm thrilled that I'm ahead of the game because that means that I will win eventually. Right?

Okay, so here is how my little concoction came to be: I bought mushrooms the other day just because I felt like something different in my salad. Well, it turns out that I don't really enjoy them in my salad all that much, so I have been thinking of other ways to eat them (they were about to expire). I tossed some mushrooms in a pan, cooked some rice, tossed in some leftover Thanksgiving green beans and stirred it all together with some chicken. My first thought was I like mushrooms, I like rice, I like chicken, I like green must make a great combination. It turned out that I was right, the combo works! I'm not one to toot my own horn, but I'm really excited about lunch tomorrow.

Do you have a favorite concoction that you would like to share?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I believe

Belief. What does this really mean? According to Webster belief means, "a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing."

As you probably know... I teach Middle School in a low income community where all 130 of my students are English Language Learners and hormonal teenagers. Most of my students have a harsh home life and many cultural obstacles to overcome. So with all of that said, you can imagine the challange I face daily as a teacher. (I know there are other jobs out there that are tough and I have no idea what difficult is, but in my little world it's pretty hard.)

I was reading my entrance essay that I wrote to transfer to HBU the other day. I was 21 years old seeking education at HBU and wrote, "I want to be a teacher that gives to the children the love and acceptance that they need and deserve. Teaching is a career that I would like to pursue because it is a rewarding experience that enables me to influence the children’s lives."

I'm so thankful for that reminder. I need this reminder daily. I want to remember the reason I chose this profession. I know it can become blurred when you have a student that decides to ruin his life by bringing drugs to school, or takes part in an arson, or kicks a hole in the bathroom wall, or has a makeout session in my classroom. I can go on and on listing several reasons as to why I should not keep this job, but one thing still remains-I have a purpose. The Lord has called me to this place in time for such a time as this. I must remain faithful. In the midst of adversity, with my God, I will prevail...for the sake of these children's lives I must.

This YouTube clip really opened my eyes and also reminded me why I'm teaching.

I BELIEVE! I believe in the potential of my students, but do they believe in themselves? How can I help them believe? How can I empower and inspire these young minds to make a difference? How can I show them the love of Christ? Please pray that the Lord will grant me wisdom and direction.

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

Sunday, November 16, 2008

You Snooze You Lose

This school year has been really hard for me. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Bilingual Education PK-4th grade in 2005 and I'm teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, Social Studies-World, Texas, American History and Vocabulary. Crazy, uh?!?! I have about 130 students with 4 subjects to prep for each day. So, if you are wondering where I have been or what hole I crawled now know. Please understand me when I say that I love what I do. It has just been a real difficult adjustment. This season of my life has taught me that I have to sacrifice some things and to prioritize.

I have been talking to my best friend Becky about how I'm so exhausted and the covers seem to weigh a 1,ooo pounds in the morning. My eyelids feel like they have been glued shut and I'm in a coma. I can't get up for the life of me. I pray every night for the Lord to wake me so that I can spend time in His word and yet nothing has changed. I have tried just about everything...prayer, 2 alarms, setting my Bible on my alarm clock, setting my alarm clock away from my night stand, and including a faithful roommate. I just couldn't seem to escape the SNOOZE button. In the past 2 years I have acquired about 1 full hour of snooze time each morning. I use to snooze about 5 minutes or less. What's the deal?

I have prayed about this for a while and it finally dawned on me. I can pray about it until I'm blue in the face, but it's not until I put some action into it that I will see results. I mean, if you pray for a job and you don't write a resume or fill out job applications, the likelihood of you finding a job is really slim. If you pray for friends, but don't get involved in new activities at Church, the gym, dance classes, cooking classes...will you find them? Bottom line, you must pray and put forth action.

Bec and I talked about different ways to get me to snap out of it. I think the best thing we came up with is to give my future husband the "So Long Snooze Button" Christmas gift. I'm sure it's a terrible habit to have when you are married. I can't imagine trying to sleep while my husband's alarm is going off for an entire hour and a half and he won't get up. Why should I make him suffer? I also believe it will help me and my future marriage if I have an established routine that allows me to grow in an intimate relationship with our Lord. So for Christmas, I will be giving up my snooze...from here on out I will no longer be a snoozer.

I mean, if you snooze you lose, right?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bailout Plan

“It’s extraordinary to me that the United States can find $700 billion to save Wall Street and the entire G8 can’t find $25 billion dollars to save 25,000 children who die every day from preventable diseases.” –Bono.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Ike didn't take a hike so...

We headed to good ole San Antone.

Ike gave us a great reason to take a fun road-trip to see my long lost brother. As you all know evacuating for Rita was a horrible nightmare, but this time it was not nearly as bad. My roommates, Erin and Jen caravaned with my mom and brother, Shawn, all the way to San Antone. We took the long round about way. We picked up Erin in Sugarland and then went on our way taking 59 South to Highway 90 all the way to I10. It was a little bit frustrating when they kept blocking highway entrances though. It was a smart decision to go out of our way because we missed the traffic, but it added an hour to our road trip. We left at 6:30 and arrived in SA at 10:30. Not too shabby, friends! I would also like to add that it's somewhat hilarious that I have celebrated 2 birthdays in my 20's evacuating.

All in all, we enjoyed a restful break from the hustle and bustle. I'm sad that it took Ike to make us stop, be still and appreciate life's blessings.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nine Weddings In Twelve Months!

This past year I was extremely blessed to partake in nine of my friends’ weddings. I love seeing how the Lord can bring 2 amazing godly people together and create an awesome team to bring Him glory. I can honestly say that each one of my friends that got married this past year are truly seeking Him. I believe that each one of them can serve the Lord better together than apart. I’m so thankful for my friends!

Laura Sampson and Sean Townsend
August 5, 2007
(Journey friends)

Becky Smith and Chris Kiser
November 24, 2007
(Becky-my best friend since I was 3 years old)

Shayna Whiteside and Andrew Brown
March 1, 2008
(Journey friends)

America Lentz and Logan Warren
March 29, 2008
(Journey friends and 2-steppin buddies)

Jen Kight and Jeff Spencer
April 12, 2008
(Journey friends-I wasn't able to attend the Spencer wedding because I was riding in the MS150 bike ride, so I technically didn't attend, but I would like to think I was there in spirit)

Jaime Stoekel and Travis Ledford
May 10, 2008
(Journey friends)

Karley Mangrum and Victor Gudalupe
May 17, 2008

(knew Karley in college but grew closer through Journey)

Emily Rincon and Josh Saavedra

July 5, 2008

(met Emily at HBU through education classes and Phi Lamb)

Mary Cady and Eric Lowers
August 2, 2008
(Mary & I attended FUMC youth group and later became roommates)

I believe that's all the weddings I have scheduled for 2008, well unless... I have a special one coming up in January 2009-Mel and David. I'm super excited for them too. It will be a great start for 2009 weddings :).

*After catching the bouquet at Becky's wedding and Shayna's wedding I decided to make a fun little game out of all the weddings I was privileged to attend. I thought it would be fun to see how many bouquets I could catch out of the eight I attended. Out of eight weddings I caught 3 bouquets, and was really close to catching 2 others. Well, we shall see if the superstition is true... ;)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Keep The Shutters Open

By faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. Galations 5:5

"There are times when everything looks very dark to me--so dark that I have to wait before I have hope. Waiting with hope is very difficult, but true patience is expressed when we must even wait for hope. When we see no hint of success yet refuse to despair, when we see nothing but the darkness of night through our window yet keep the shutters open because stars may appear in the sky, and when we have an empty place in our heart yet will not allow it to be filled with anything less than God's best---that is the greatest kind of patience in the universe. It is the story of Job in the midst of the storm, Abraham on the road to Moriah, Moses in the desert of Midian, and the Son of Man in the Garden of Gethsemane. And there is no patience as strong as that which endures because we see "him who is invisible"(Heb. 11:27). It is the kind of patience that waits for hope.

Dear Lord, You have made waiting beautiful and patience divine. You have taught us that Your will should be accepted simply because it is Your will. You have revealed to us that a person may see nothing but sorrow in his cup yet still be willing to drink it because of a conversation that Your eyes see further than his own.

Father, give me Your divine power---the power of Gethsemane. Give me the strength to wait for hope---to look through the window when there are no stars. Even when my joy is gone, give me the strength to stand victoriously in the darkest night to say, "To my heavenly Father, the sun still shines."I will have reached the point of greatest strength once I have learned to wait for hope. Geroge Matheson

Strive to be one of the few who walk this earth with the ever present realization---every morning, noon, and night---that the unknown that people call heaven is directly behind those things that are visible."

-Streams in the Desert, L.B. Cowman

Monday, July 7, 2008

World Food Crisis

I read something the other day that made me think about how I can be more mindful of the world food crisis...

1. Pray before every meal. Thank the Lord that we have food to eat and pray for those that are starving.
2. Be more careful when I say...I'm starving and there is nothing to eat here (as I'm looking in my pantry full of food)!

There's a lid for every pot

Here is an analogy to ponder...

"There's someone for everyone...A couple of years ago, I was over at my friend Kelly's and we ere cooking pasta carbonatta-which is not an easy task, by the way-when we realized that we needed a lid for the pasta pot. Well, we looked everywhere but it turned out she didn't have the lid-mate, and to tell the truth, I panicked. Had Grandma lied to me? Had I been building my romantic hopes on a total lie? Then I thought: No, that lid is probably sitting alone and unused in someone else's cabinet every once in a while when another lid was dirty, but it never really fit in with the other pots and it knew it. And then it occurred to me-what we as a nation must do is free all of the single lids and pots so that they may find each other and be happy. I said to Kelly: That's what we as single babes have to do, too! Free ourselves from our "cabinets" and get out there and find the lid for our pot! She looked at me kinda weird, but then totally agreed. So, we pit on some lipstick and went out to find our soul mates. In fact, we were so excited about our mission that we forgot to turn the pasta off, and now I can't even apply for fire insurance until the year 2050. But I didn't care because we had met so many cool people that night. So remember: If you're a pot you will find your lid one day, or vice know what I mean. Just remember to turn the stove off."
Excerpt from The Real Rules for Girls By Mindy Morgenstern

Praise God for His sovereignty! I trust the Lord will supply the right "lid" at the right time. He is faithful and I trust Him with everything. I will serve Him all my days with or without my "lid". I know that right now I'm able to bring God more glory than I would with my "lid" (if this makes any sense). :D Or maybe God is the "lid" for some? Humm...what do you think? Is there really someone for everyone?

If we had a tail?

Okay here is a really random thought...what if people had tails?

This thought came to mind when my roommate's dog, Koby, was not happy with us the other day. I could easily tell that he was not happy because he was not wagging his tail. I told my roommate, wouldn't it be easier if humans had tails? It would make reading people's excitement or lack there of much easier...right?

Friday, July 4, 2008


These past several months have been really tough for me. I have been super busy and really exhausted with everything. I haven't had much time in The Word. I have felt a constant battle going on inside me. I have been feeling lonely, purposeless, depressed, self-absorbed, unmotivated, lazy, and a bad friend; to name a few. I know I have allowed myself to believe satan's lies. I haven't been preparing my armor every morning to go out into battle (Ephesians 6:10-18). The lack of armor has caused me to stumble and fall. Glory be to God that I have been redeemed.

I know that the Lord has a reason for this season of mine. He has been revealing himself to me through this inward struggle. Through diligent time in The Word, I have been able to catch a glimpse of the Lord's glory and be reminded of His grace. I'm trying to be more conscience of identifying the lies that lay before me each and every moment. The lies are more evident because I'm basking in His presence daily. The Truth shall set us free!

This Lifehouse video explains it so much better than I could ever explain it.

Thanks brother for sharing this video with me!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Get Carded at Kroger

Here is a cool way to help out the National MS Society. Get carded at Kroger to help everyone with MS. You can support people with MS every time you shop at Kroger. Print the letter with its barcode and ask your checker to scan it the next time you use your Kroger PlusCard. Your Kroger PlusCard will then be linked with the National MS Society; when you use your Kroger PlusCard, you'll help the Lone Star Chapter earn its share of Kroger's $1 million in annual giving. Unlike Kroger's prior SHARE cards, you only have to get the barcode on this letter scanned once.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Kids say the darnest things...

It's been such a bitter sweet day. Today was the last day of summer school. I was excited to see it end, but sad to say good-bye to my adorable 4 year olds. Teaching 4 year olds this summer was a great experience. One of my kids asked me, "Maestra porqué tienes una nariz grande?" It made me laugh so hard. Kids really do just say the darnest things. I will miss those oh so cute 4 year olds!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Small Enough

Nicole Nordeman is by far one of my favorite artists. Her lyrics speak to my soul. I know the Lord has blessed her with the ability to communicate God's voice in her songs. Lately I have been relating to this particular song of hers:

Small Enough
Oh, Great God, be small enough to hear me now.
There were times when I was crying from the dark of Daniel's den;
And I have asked you once or twice if You would part the sea again.
But tonight I do not need a fiery pillar in the sky.
Just want to know you're gonna hold me if I start to cry.

Oh great God, be small enough to hear me now.
Oh great God, be close enough to feel You now.

There have been moments when I could not face Goliath on my own.
And how could I forget we've march around our share of Jerichos.
But I will not be setting out a fleece for You tonight.
Just want to know that everything will be alright.

Oh, great God, be close enough to feel You now.
All praise and all the honor be; To the God of ancient mysteries.
Whose every sign and wonder turn the pages of our history.
But tonight my heart is heavy, And I cannot keep from whispering this prayer.
Are You there? And I know You could leave writing on the wall that's just for me.
Or send wisdom while I'm sleeping, like in Solomon's sweet dreams.
But I don't need the strength of Samson or a chariot in the end...

Just Want to know that You still know how many hairs are on my head.
Are you small enough? Oh, great God, be small enough to hear me now.

I know that the Lord can be big enough to answer my prayers and small enough to hear my prayers. The Lord is faithful. Sometimes I think that my prayers went unanswered, when really it was the Lord responding with a "no" or "the time has not yet come". He calls me to ask (John 16:24). I do not have because I do not ask or because I have wrong motives (Matthew 7:7, James 4:2,3) However, I must trust that he will deliver the request in His own time and what is the best for me. Our Father will not give any of us things that will harm us (Matthew 7:10, Luke 11:11). If we delight ourselves in the Lord, then He will give us the desires of our heart, but we must delight in Him first (Psalm 37:4). I'm thankful that I serve a mighty big God who can be small enough to hear me now.


Monday, June 16, 2008

Pop Trippin a.k.a Dad

My dad is really something. He is by far one of the corniest men I know. Pop Trippin is what my dad once coined himself to fit in with his cool hip kiddos. We (my brothers and I) all loved the name and it stuck. We love to bring it up on special occasions, like Father's Day.

I'm so thankful for the father I have. The Lord has blessed me with a great dad. He has been a great provider and encourager. He always knew how to stand firm in the midst of adversity. He helped me to fight so many battles and conquer one victory after another. My dad has always believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. He is my biggest cheerleader. My dad truly cares about his children. He always worked hard so that he could provide food, clothing, shelter and education to all his kids. He always showed us he loved us by giving us the things we needed and sometimes the things we wanted. My Dad has played a huge role in establishing a strong spiritual foundation in my life. He was faithful in taking me to church every Sunday and I found my heavenly Father there. It is amazing how God can use anyone or any situation to bring you to HIM. Thanks dad for being the best dad you knew how to be! Thank you for sacrificing things you wanted for our happiness. I'm so thankful for you!

"Train up a child in the way which he should go
and when he is old he will not depart from it"
Proverbs 22:6

Happy Father's Day! I love you daddy, dad, papi, pop trippin, crazy dad, father blogger...!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

What it takes to be great...

What does it really take to be great?

"Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret? Painful and demanding practice and hard work. What makes Tiger Woods great? What made Berkshire Hathaway (Charts) Chairman Warren Buffett the world's premier investor? We think we know: Each was a natural who came into the world with a gift for doing exactly what he ended up doing. As Buffett told Fortune not long ago, he was "wired at birth to allocate capital." It's a one-in-a-million thing. You've got it - or you don't. Well, folks, it's not so simple. For one thing, you do not possess a natural gift for a certain job, because targeted natural gifts don't exist. You are not a born CEO or investor or chess grandmaster. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. And not just any hard work, but work of a particular type that's demanding and painful. Buffett, for instance, is famed for his discipline and the hours he spends studying financial statements of potential investment targets. The good news is that your lack of a natural gift is irrelevant - talent has little or nothing to do with greatness. You can make yourself into any number of things, and you can even make yourself great."

By Geoffrey Colvin, senior editor-at-largeOctober 19 2006: 3:14 PM EDT (Fortune Magazine)

What do you think about this quote?

I know all things are possible with the Lord's strength! (Phil. 4:13)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cada dia un poquito mas lindo...

El tiempo se pasa muy rápido. Los Tripputis de Houston siempre están ocupados haciendo el mundo un poquito mas lindo cada día.

Papi (Dad) todavía esta trabajando muy fuerte en el negocio de Days Optical. En estos últimos meses yo ha realizado que fuerte trabaja mi papa. Durante nuestra juventud mi papa siempre nos daba de todo. El sacrificio que hico era porque quería que todos sus hijos tuviera de todo. Lo más importante que mi papa me dio era una fundación en la fe. El siempre nos llevaba a la iglesia. No podíamos perder un domingo. Yo doy gracias a mi papa por enseñar nos lo mas importante lección de la vida. Yendo a la iglesia cada domingo y participando en el grupo de jóvenes me dio la oportunidad de encontrar a Dios. Si no fue por mi papa, yo no tendría la fe en Dios que tengo hoy. Gracias a Dios por uno de los mejor regalos, mi papi.

Mama (Mom) también esta trabajando fuerte pero en bienes raises. Ella tiene la personalidad para seguir adelante en este negocio. Mi mama trabaja el negocio muchas horas y llega a la casa para cocinar y cuidar a Miguelito (Shawn Michael) y Bryan. Ella hace de todo. Mi mama es Superwoman. Mi mama siempre ayudo durante mi juventud establecer nuestra fe. Mi mama y papa trabajaron juntos para crear niños que amaron a Dios. Dios me ha dado la mejor mama del mundo.

Christian (Chris) se movió a San Antonio. Lo extraño mucho. El esta trabajando con su mejor amigo, Nils, en una iglesia que se llama Trinity Baptist Church. El esta trabajando con jóvenes y haciendo graficas y videos para el grupo de jóvenes. El quiere hacer lo para la iglesia y quiere crecer su propio negocio, Entertaining Angels. Yo estoy muy orgullosa de mi hermano mayor. El siempre piensa en su hermanita. Me escribe mensajes por teléfono (text) diciendo que me ama. ¡Ahh...muy cariñoso! Pero en una nota más seria, el ese un hermano perfecto. El me quiere mucho y se nota.

Bryan (Paul) esta trabajando en Ciros, un restaurante Italiano. El le
gusta trabajar. Bryan siempre fue un gran trabajador, bueno afuera de la casa. Probablemente necesita trabajar más en la casa. Bueno, no puedo decir eso ahora. Mama dice que el esta tratando de ayudar más. Bryan va a empezar tomando clases en agosto. Todavía no sabe que quiere hacer de carera, pero esta mejorado. Bryan tiene un corazón muy grande y siempre esta tratando de ayudar a los demás. Estoy muy orgullosa de mi hermano. El tiene una amiga. Aquí en los Estados Unidos se dice “están hablando.” Eso quiere decir que son amigos pero con orto horario, vamos haber.

Miguelito (Shawn Michael) termino el último día de la escuela secundaria. El esta muy contento con su nuevo trabajo y por un año nuevo en la universidad. Este verano va ha trabajar como un conselor de niños en un campo con la iglesia Baptista de Houston. Le encanta el trabajo mucho. El empieza tomar clases en agosto en la escuela de San Jacinto. Después quiere transferir a otra universidad. El es muy inteligente. Quiere ahorrar dinero este año para ir a la universidad el próximo año. El viernes que viene va a recibir su diploma de la escuela secundaria. Yo estoy muy orgullosa de mi hermanito. El es un hombre con mucho potencial.

Yo (Paulita) estoy muy contenta enseñado en la escuela Amigos por Vida. Este verano voy a enseñar a los niños de cuatro años. Estoy muy emocionada por los meses que viene. Este agosto todavía no se si voy a enseñar cuarto y quinto ciencia o sexto, séptimo, y octavo estudios sociales. Entonces vamos haber que pasa. Yo se que las dos opciones van estar bien. Me encanta estudios sociales pero va hacer mas trabajo enseñado tres grados envés de dos grados. Estoy lista y contenta para el año que viene. Yo se que Dios me va hadar la fuerza que necesito para hacer un impacto grande en la vida de nuestro estudiantes. Todavía no hay un novio. Un día Dios me va ha traer un hombre que le ama a EL y que me ama mi. Siguen orando :).

Estoy muy orgullosa de mis hermanos y de mis padres. Cada uno estan mejorando el mundo un día a la vece. Gracias a Dios por la familia que me ha dado y por cada bendición me ha concedido.
(Perdoname si mi español no es tan bueno que digamos. )

Saturday, May 10, 2008


The Lord has truly blessed me with a wonderful mom. She has sacrificed so much for her children. She has put our needs before her very own. She has loved us with a sacrificial love. She listens to my drama and my life's complaints. She encourages me when I'm sad. She prays for me, challenges me, and believes in me. I have watched my mom overcome so much of life's struggles and she continues to walk mightily. She is an inspiration to me. She is a woman of strength!


A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape, but ...
A woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.
A strong woman isn't afraid of anything, but ...
A woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.
A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her, but ...
A woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.
A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future, but ...
A woman of strength realizes life's mistakes can also be God's blessings and capitalizes on them.

A strong woman walks surefootedly, but ...
A woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.
A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face, but ...
A woman of strength wears grace.
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey, but ...
A woman of strength has faith that in the journey she will become strong.

I love you, mom! Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, April 28, 2008

BP MS 150

So, about 3 weeks ago I rode in the BP MS 150, a 150 mile bike ride from Houston to Austin. This 2 day bike ride wasn't a race, but it did raise money in the race to find the cure for multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Last year, 13,000 cyclists raised $12.3 million to help 17,000 affected by multiple sclerosis. Researchers are making progress, but the cause and cure are still over the horizon. My good friend Karen struggles with this illness. I wanted to ride this ride for her. She is so wonderful and has blessed me so much.

This ride was one of the best experiences of my life. The training was ruthless and time consuming, but worth it. I would spend some week nights attending spin class and every weekend riding around Houston. The majority of my training lacked hills and strong winds, which did not prepare me for what was to come. I was blessed to ride this ride with some of my good friends, Dinah, Lindsey, and Annie (and my new friend Scott-Linds' dad). We all rode the ride at different paces, which meant for a good long while I rode by myself. The Lord spoke volumes to me during this time of solitude. Let me preface the following with...there were tons of hills, 20 to 25 mph head winds and many more miles ahead of me than I had trained for. As I was riding, the Lord gave me strength when I was weak and comforted me when I was lonely. He whispered words of encouragement throughout the entire ride. He reminded me of this particular scripture,"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Through my experience I have come to understand this scripture on a new level. I understand what kind of training is needed for a race like this and the kind of training that is needed for life itself. I heard Him say to me so clearly, "Ride in such a way as to get the prize and even though you have trained there will be obstacles, keep riding." There were so many times where I wanted to just give up, but I kept hearing Him say, "I'm your strength when you are weak."

As I was riding about 7 mph up the steep hills, I couldn't help but think of the hills, sometimes mountains, we face in life. It's stinkin hard! The hills looked so scary, steep, and never-ending. The Lord reminded me that He is near during the scary times in my life. He is my strength and my helper. He will definitely get me to the other side (the down hill slope). Oh, how I prayed for those down hill slopes. I knew if I could just experience a down hill slope it would keep me going and give me enough strength to get through the next hill. I remember the cool fresh breeze blowing gently on my face as I rode 30 mph down the hill. The joy that overcame me was equivalent to how I feel when I experience "great" times in my life. The Lord blesses me with down hill slopes, the times where I feel like things are good between me, God and others. He told me that I need to embrace the good times and be ready for the tough times because they are inevitable. Throughout the entire ride He proved to be present. He also taught me that it's not so much about the destination, but about the journey. So many times I would pray to God asking Him to just get me to the next rest stop. My goal was to ride the entire way without any aid (SAG van). This goal became a little bit blurred as I rode against these obstacles. However, I knew that I could make it with God's strength, so I kept riding. The Lord whispered words of encouragement once again, "guard your heart through your mind." My heart and body felt like giving up because of the gigantic obstacles, but my mind reminded me of God's promises..."I'm your strength when you are weak (Psalm 105:4, Isaiah 40:29, Isaiah 41:10)." I clung to His promises to get me through this tough seemingly endless journey.

Have you ever felt like you were too weak? Or have you ever felt like you just couldn't get yourself out of a pit? What do you do once you know you are weak and in a pit? Do you cling to God's promises when the tough times arise? Do you focus on the destination or the journey? God definitely has a plan for our lives here on earth. Embrace the journey and cling to His promises!

"Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:28-31

Annie, Dinah, Linds, Scott and me in La Grange

here we are stopping for lunch
me & Dinah
seconds from the finish line

my "little" brother Shawn

(my brother Chris,made our jerseys-Ride Like There is No Tomorrow)

We finished strong!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Crossing Over

Okay, so I have decided to cross over into the blog world. I have been fighting this for too long. I'm not much of a writer, but I have decided to overcome this fear because I believe my reasons for starting this blog are bigger. First off, I would like the purpose of this blog to be a vehicle to communicate with my family in San Antonio, Argentina and Venezuela. Long distance relationships are so hard to maintain. I strongly feel that this is a great tool to keep us close. I would also love to share my heart, my life, and my harships with others. I know that the Lord is at work in me, around me and through me. I pray that this would be a place where He shines.