Sunday, October 13, 2013

HaRvEsT Blessings in October 2013
As my little sister headed to sunny Hawaii the kids and I stayed at her home for the weekend. Although I've grown found of O.C. and the beaches I long to live on, I also love my sisters closeness to the San Gabriel Canyons and Mountains. So with that in hand the kids and I headed up the canyons. We hiked the beautiful canyons of Azusa and Monrovia, we crossed streams, water falls, dears, squirrels and a brown bear...yup a brown bear!  We counted how many colors of leafs we crossed, the different sizes of egg corns, we tasted spring water from the stream and made notice of the smell of the beautiful forest.

I embrace our exploring adventures together, I cherish my time talking to them and hope and pray they remember our trips, our talks, where we went and how I did things with them to show them different parts of our beautiful world. I talk to them about God and how his presence is always with us and following his path is so important. On this particular hike we crossed a group of Nuns praying in the middle of the forest.  Although they were whispering in a meadow, we could still hear them faintly from the hiking path.  As if God was piercing threw the huge forest trees from above I felt his presence and told the kids to appreciate what we just heard and saw. I made them aware of the sun light coming threw the middle of the meadow and how perfect the light was. I want them to notice everything, to not just walk through life but to embrace it and to look at the little things that are just as big as the big fancy stuff....probably even bigger if you really look closely. I mean how often can one just take a walk with their children threw a forest and count leafs, hear the whispers of prayers and see a brown bear in one day!
Countless Blessings

Saturday, October 12, 2013



On Peter Rays' ninth birthday we celebrated sort of low...I did my usual decorating the kitchen table at midnight and baking him a fresh cake so when he woke, he woke to a kitchen full of balloons, banners and a chocolate birthday cake!  His birthday fell in the middle of the week and on back to school night. So as we took him to a quick dinner at Olive Garden (his favorite) I rushed off to back to school night. The stars were in line on this special evening. As I entered our school Cafeteria for a quick talk with our Principal to all the parents attending back to school night, he talked of our little school and it's progress and our state scores. He explained our we did as a school and then highlighted a few students who did exceptionally well and bumped not just their own personal scores but our schools as well. Now guess who was pictured in front for all see?  That's right my birthday boy PeterRay! He was for a second a bit of a celebrity if you will. As I sat next to my PTA Mommas I have to admit I felt emotional and had to hold back my tears. PeterRay has come along way this past year and his grades are shinning. This little school I found by the grace of god literally put us together and I am utterly grateful for the teachers, principal and most of all my big boy Peter-Ray who continues to surprise me and make me proud to be his mother! 

We went ahead and had a small party for him this year with a few friends from school, my sister spruced it up a bit and had the kids play some crazy silly games and then topped them off with a homemade ice cream bar....yogurt land has nothing on my little sister. We had toppings galore, the kids had a blast making their own sundays.

As I reflected on the past nine years I am forever changed to a better person all because of this little boy I helped create. I love you PeterRay to infinity!

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