Friday, June 28, 2013

A Good Night Prayer

Last night as he slept, I prayed for my son Ethan. I actually don't remember ever praying over him as he slept, but needless to say, it was an amazing experience! I believe there is power in prayer and what a joy it is to know that God answers, whether we’re pleased with His response or not. As I laid my hand over his head, I began to pray for Ethan’s protection, physical and mental health, and for peace and rest as he slept. I then prayed for his future. I prayed that he would grow up to be a good man, a hard worker, and a good husband and father. To marry a good woman who fears The Lord (like me hehe), and to raise as many children as God would have him do so.

I prayed that he would love others well and that he would be a good friend. I prayed for him to make wise decisions and to be a good steward of the resources that will be entrusted to him. But must importantly, I prayed for his salvation. That he would ultimately love Jesus above all else and see Him as his treasure. To honor Him as King and to worship Him as Lord.  To walk in His ways and as the Psalmist declares, that he would delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.

Finally, I prayed for myself. I prayed that if God doesn't grant me all these things that I would trust Him and know that He is sovereign over all and that He is working all things for good to those who love Him. I prayed that I would continually be reminded of the gospel; that whether or not Ethan goes up to be a “good” man or if he totally blows it, that my love for him isn't determined by his performance rather in that there is nothing that he can do to earn my love and there is nothing he can do to forfeit my love.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Nyack, New York

This past Saturday we headed up to Nyack, NY for the day.  We visited Palisades Mall, walked around the town of South Nyack, and even got to spend some time with the ducks near the shore of the Hudson River. Ethan (my son) behaved wonderfully except for when we dined for breakfast and lunch. After this weekend sadly for us, my husband and I have finally come to the realization that gone are the days when Ethan will sit peacefully in a highchair at a restaurant. Maybe we were spoiled for a while and I suppose he’s beginning to act his age (impatient, angry, stubborn, and selfish), but it’s still a hard pill to swallow.
It all began during breakfast at the diner when Ethan grabbed one of the syrup packets and managed to squeeze it so hard that it exploded all over my jeans and on his legs and sandals. 

My first inclination was to immediately yell and get upset. “Like seriously, how much syrup is in this tiny packet!?”  It was everywhere! I had just washed my pink jeans which looked so cute on me (haha).  On top of that I had forgotten to pack Ethan’s wipes, which made clean up a nightmare. My husband immediately assumed I was going to explode and thought to himself, “the day is over, we’re going home.”  Much to my husband’s surprise (and myself for that matter),  I took a deep breath, smiled, and whispered... Grace… oh sweet Grace.  By God’s grace I immediately recognized my sin. 

How could I have been so selfish to let a stain on my jeans (which can be washed over and over again) ruin what turned out to be a beautiful day with my family? How could I get so angry at my 17 month old for something he clearly had no idea what he was doing? How could I not show grace to my son when God has shown so much grace to me over and over again when I didn't deserve it? How could I forgot the gospel again for the quadrillionth time?  But alas, such is the human heart, it is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jer 17:9) But thank God for Jesus!

So as I took the packet from him, he looked at me as if he knew he had done something wrong, but I look at him and smiled.  We then got some napkins and wet them with water and cleaned his legs and feet, then lastly cleaning my jeans.  By the way, wiping syrup off from a pair of  jeans is a big no no! It leaves pieces of napkins everywhere. So for you moms out there, whatever you do, do not forget to pack your wipes!
Thus, began our sweet day; with syrup all over us. And I know what you’re thinking, what happened at lunch? That story.. we’ll leave it for another time. :)

I’m so thankful for God’s work in me as He is conforming me to the image of Christ and will use whatever means necessary, even a tiny syrup packet.
Thank you Lord for great your love and unearned grace.
"For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace." - John 1:16

(Please excuse the poor quality pics from my iphone)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sweet Babyshower

Last weekend was my brother's and his wife's baby shower. Manny and Mandy both live in the Sunshine State (that's Florida for those who are unfamiliar with that term). They flew up here for 5 days which turned out to be one of the best times our family has spent together as a whole. We showered them with much love, food, and gifts and the expressions on their faces was a 100 fold return on all we gave them. On the day of the baby shower the weather could not have been any better (well technically, it could have because it was pretty humid lol). Overall though, it was a great day. We had about 100 guests, tons of food, plenty of drinks, adding up to a wonderful time spent with my family and friends. 

Max (their son) is expected to arrive on August 19, 2013. I'm super excited to become an auntie for the 3rd time. Manny is the youngest of my 3 siblings and the last one to give our mother the gift of having grandchildren from all her children. 

Below are some pics taken by my good friend Socrates Mendez.