June 30, 2013

Father's Day? When was that?

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Proverbs 21:21

God has grace for us. He created us with free will and knows we are going to make mistakes often. He knows fully well that we aren't perfect and doesn't expect any of us to be perfect. This verse confirms these truths. If we TRY to live a life in a way that pleases Him, in righteousness and kindness to others, He will bless us with LIFE, with righteousness and honor. He will gift these qualities to us even though we don't deserve them. He doesn't ask us for perfection (praise the Lord, because that would make each day such a burden!) but He asks us to make an effort to be like His Son, Jesus Christ. If we stumble, or I should say WHEN we stumble, He is gracious and forgiving in giving us another opportunity. He will help us back on our feet and guide us on His path for us if we trust in Him with our whole hearts and seek to glorify Him with our lives. Give yourself up to Jesus, there's joyful life in living for Him!

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Oh gorsh. I made a bad choice. Here's father's day! We love our papa Edu (says Santi). I love my papa papa (says me). I love my papa in Mexico (says Edu). God has blessed our families with incredible, incredible father figures. 


We served up BBQ salmon, baked potato pieces with green onion, veg kabobs and the fixin's! It was joyous and yummy and fun! 




This is my younger brother Jacob. He is my happy friend and I love him dearly so.




Santiago ate more food than 3 adult sized horse would eat in a week. We applauded him on his work well done. 


My mum thought of this idea: give the baby kitchen tools. He was fascinated for 8 straight hours. I'm exaggerating. Which is weird, because I never do that (lie).



TEETH! 


 This is my older brother, Ryan. He is tall like my papa. He is nice. I love him much so. I like to use simple sentences to express my feelings.


Then I taught my mom how to be a professional photographer using the manual mode on the camera. First, you find your subjects and correct the lighting. 


Then you try to entertain baby. Hmph.


My mom has a huge, huge, huge, huge, huge, huge servant heart and made everyone watermelon cake (see my birthday post for details on these amazing creations). We were filled with yummy images of future breakfasts - a week's worth of breakfasts, to be exact. SO GOOOOOOD OH MY GOSHHSHHHHHH. 


Here are the rest of the family membah's with papa. Oh yeah, me! Oh, my sister! Oh, little brother! Oh, son-in-law, also known as my hubs that I wuv gently and much.



end of happy Father's day post that is 59 days late. At least it exists. Yay!

June 29, 2013

Transitioning to Raw Food

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. 
Psalm 118:22-24

I really enjoy these verses - we have rejected the stone (Jesus) who has become the cornerstone (the Rock and center foundation of all things). I always read commentaries to get a better idea of the reasoning behind the scripture, and I'm going to share Matthew Henry's thoughts on these verses (with my emphasis' added):

"Those who saw Christ's day at so great a distance, saw cause to praise God for the prospect. The prophecy, verses 22,23, may refer to David's preferment; but principally to Christ. 1. His humiliation; he is the Stone which the builders refused: they would go on in their building without him. This proved the ruin of those who thus made light of him. Rejecters of Christ are rejected of God. 2. His exaltation; he is the chief Cornerstone in the foundation. He is the chief Top-stone, in whom the building is completed, who must, in all things, have the pre-eminence." Matthew Henry's commentary 

It's a beautiful thing - all needs to be built on the Rock of Christ or it will fall. We can apply this to an entire country, our city, our workplace and home. If, as builders, we reject this necessary Stone that is Jesus, our buildings will surely fall. Our marriages will crumble to the ground without Jesus as the firm foundation, our jobs will leave us empty, our homes will often shake without Him as the center. It's all, all about putting our Lord Jesus as the head of our lives in all aspects and leaning on Him always.
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Guess what I went and did? I decided to transition into a high-raw vegan diet. What is this? Basically, in my case, it's a fruit meal for breakfast, a fruit meal for lunch with greens (think banana and kale smoothie), and a bunch of amazing vegetables at night. Sometimes the nighttime vegetables are cooked, sometimes they are caloric dense foods like potatoes or yams, sometimes nighttime is a huge salad. Sometimes I eat a bunch of fruit for dinner.  Why? Because it makes sense to me. I've read blogs. I'm reading books. I enjoy every bite. And I feel amazing physically. I used to always be bloated every. single. night. and since I stopped eating grains and beans/legumes, and stopped improperly combining foods during the day, my belly is happy and bloat-free. Woop! Go food! Here are a few of my dinners that went down before I decided to go high-raw. 


Cooked butternut squash, mashed. Sauteed broccoli sticks and bell pepper, I think those were leftovers. Baked tofu. Steamed carrots. Food processor-attacked beets, sauteed. Yums! So well rounded and full of flavor.


Steamed carrots, cabbage and some italian seasoning with quinoa. Baked sweet potato shared with my peanut baby boy, Santiago. He lovin' him some sweet tato!



It was all super yummy but eating more living foods has been even yummier. I don't miss nighttime bloating, I don't miss crazy frequent uncomfortable flatulence, I don't miss feeling so stuffed I can't take another bite of salad. And if I do start missing any of them foods, guess what? I will eat them again. I love no rules! Food is fun.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
1 Corinthians 9:24, 25

Run to receive an imperishable wreath - salvation, I thought. Then I read this:

"The prize does not represent salvation. Salvation is a free gift; the prize is an earned reward. Paul is not discussing salvation in this context. He has been writing about his ministry as an apostle (9:1-23). Understood properly, then, the prize that Paul is speaking of is a reward that may or may not accompany salvation. The Christian’s prize is the honor and glory of eternal rewards. It is the joy of hearing Jesus say, “Well done!” (Matt 25:21, 23) This is the amazing grace of God. We receive salvation as a free gift and then the Lord blesses us on top of that with temporal and eternal rewards for faithfully serving Him. What a God!" Keith Krell (source)

Praise the Lord for His promises :)

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Recently we visited the sculpture park in Seattle for a family day. It was superb! Santi had a grumpy face the entire time, but we know he was just hiding his true feelings. Which were feelings of complete joy and wonder. 




















Love.

June 27, 2013

Seattle Date Day

My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can't know him if you don't love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God.

1 John 4:7-10 MSG

I so, so enjoyed this translation of 1 John 4:7-10 - the message is so clear, so impacting! Let us continue to love each other since love comes from our incredible, powerful, gracious God. When you receive Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, you are born again and experience a personal relationship with God. Once you know God, you are filled with His love and in turn are able to pour out that love onto the world around you. It's inevitable since GOD IS LOVE and He is dwelling in you! We have His love and it's such an intense gift. Since He loves us so much He gave us Jesus, who forgives our sins and restores our relationship with the King. We are redeemed in Him, friends. We are free!

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 One of the pieces of advice you will be given often as a married couple that just gone and had a baby is to make date nights a priority. This is so, so important because if you focus only on your kids, it will be come second nature to put your marriage aside and become overwhelmed with being parents. Sweet, right? Not so. For when them babies grow up to be adults and leave the house for bigger and better things, you are left with a human in your house that isn't your kid, but indeed is your spouse, and you won't know what to do with them since you hardly paid attention to them for the past 18 years or so. Focus on Jesus, focus on your marriage, then focus on your babies. Advice taken.

























Praise the Lord for the husband and friend He has placed in my life. Our days together are such a blessing!