Tuesday, October 18, 2016

O Death, Where is Thy Sting?

"O Death, where is thy sting?" - 1 Corinthians 15:55
My husband and I were talking about this verse the other day.  He was telling me that it's one of those Scriptures in which we see the "already, but not yet" as well as a taste of prophecy.  For those who fall asleep in the Lord, they can truly proclaim that death has no sting and hell has no victory.  But for those of us left behind, we feel the sting of death as our loved ones are physically separated from us in the world.

Tonight (10/17/16), my dad's sister, Yolanda, passed into eternity.  Only three weeks have passed since the death of my dad.  I have still been coming to terms with my earthly loss and yet here I am again faced with such a reality of a physical separation of a Tia that I have really grown to rely on in this past year.  She and my dad were very close and my own relationship with her had grown tremendously in the past several months.  She has been retired and I am a housewife balancing life with my husband in a new occupation that takes more of his time than that of his former work.  Although we were in very different points of our lives, we spoke frequently and even several times during the day.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sweet Dreams

A beautiful photo of my dad.  

Friday the 14th marked three weeks since the loss of my father.  Some days are mostly good while others are extremely difficult and filled with sadness.  I would have never imagined that such a loss could hurt so deeply.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Losing My Daddy. In Memory of Samuel Garcia 02-12-1949 to 08-23-2016.

My wedding day, Dec. 2, 2007.
It's funny, I have found writing to be therapeutic to me since my youth.  I always kept journals either in paper or digital form, but when I got married back in 2007, my "need" for writing seemed to disappear.  Perhaps it was because I had found a new confidant in my best friend and husband, Peter.  

Over the years as we grew I found two new confidants that I had not known before: my dad and my mom.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Zoo

We love getting out as a family.  One of the most amazing things about having flexible work schedules and homeschooling is having the opportunity to get out for family "field trips" in which we learn together about new things.  This post is old, intended for publication over a year ago, but the value remains.  Children learn best from interaction and the opportunity to experience the world.  Here are a few snippets from our day.
Family photo at the San Diego Zoo
The kids had an opportunity to touch some farm animals in the petting zoo including goats and sheep.  The goats were a major hit and total favorite.

As the kids touched and pet the goats, our oldest daughter had the opportunity to ask the zoo keeper questions about goats.

Monday, April 28, 2014

What Does Your Baby Really Need? Baby Registry Tips for New Moms

My first pregnancy 20 wk ultrasounds
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So, you're pregnant!  It's an exciting time, especially with a first baby.  The mind wanders and dreams of what being a mom will be like, what the new baby will be like, and all of the cute things that can be done with a baby.  It is a grand romance of the mind.  But then, registering for gifts begin.  Sure, it's really fun in the beginning and really exciting to hope that someone will buy that really beautiful $1000 sleigh crib as a gift, but as items fill the registry, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with just how much a baby needs!!!!!!  Well, I'm here to tell you there is actually very little your baby needs, in fact, go with less and you will actually have a much healthier and happier baby!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When to Use Blogger and When to Use Wordpress.com - An April Update


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This month has been a very busy one for my family and me.  I looked at my calendar today and realized that the month is already almost over!  I have so many blogs on my mind, but have not been able to make the time to sit and type.  At the beginning of the year, I started a candy buffet business.  It was a little slower to start than I had anticipated, but these last two months have been busy for me.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to Make Authentic Mexican Beans - Slow Cooker Hack

Last week, I showed you How to Make Authentic Mexican Beans From Scratch.  Today, I will show you a slight variation that takes a little longer, but makes the process a whole lot easier.  Today, I will teach you how to make authentic Mexican beans in your slow cooker!  It's so easy!  You will need:

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

God is My Portion and Strength Forever

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Why is it that people prosper while lying, cheating, and taking advantage of honest people? Why is it that honest people suffer at their hands? I must constantly re-evaluate; where does my treasure lie? 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How to Make Authentic Mexican Beans from Scratch

Last week, I showed you How to Sort and Clean Dry Beans in preparation for making beans at home from scratch.  Today, I will show you how to cook authentic Mexican beans from scratch!  It's so simple and the beans are so healthy and delicious!  You will never want to eat canned beans again! You will need:
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Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Sort and Clean Dry Beans - Pictorial

For some, making beans from scratch seems a daunting and complicated task.  Over the next few days, I'll show you how to make delicious, healthy beans from scratch!  Say goodbye to canned beans forever.  Today, I will start by showing how to sort and clean beans. 

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