Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
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.
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.)
Beans are anything but boring if you try these tasty, bean-filled recipes from EatingWell:Learn how to make your own white bean hummus.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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
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 beans...it 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
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
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
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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
Mary Cady and Eric Lowers
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 :).
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
"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
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 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 versa...you 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?
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
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
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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
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!
Happy Father's Day! I love you daddy, dad, papi, pop trippin, crazy dad, father blogger...!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
"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
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.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
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
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!
my "little" brother Shawn
(my brother Chris,made our jerseys-Ride Like There is No Tomorrow)
We finished strong!!!