Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Birthday..

Well..today is the Birthday of my PrincessGirl... Six years.. its so amazing how fast they grow and how beautiful they are!


May God and Our Blessed Mother protect, bless, guide and love you, PrincessGirl, forever!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Papa's gift!


Here is Beloved Husband's Christmas gift. Its perfect for him due to his line of work. The kids enjoy watching him put it together and seeing how it works!
























Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Child was born!

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Merry Christmas!



Our Christmas celebration begins on Christmas Eve, we wen to 9pm Spanish mass. It was beautifully said by our friend..Father Olson. At the end of mass, the priest brought out Baby Jesus for us to give Him a kiss. It was such a beautiful sight! Than we got home about 11ish and started with cocktails until midnight.. and we had our cheers and blessing of our dear Lord...Next we had dinner and dessert and presents... the children went to bed about 2:30am and we follow about 4am... Lets say we woke up about 10:30ish..to find that Saint Nicholas had filled our stockings with goodies!

Blondie playing with a child's nativity set.


Christmas morning... PrincesGirl wearing her gift from us, a pink robe.

Blondie also wearing her gift from us, a dora pjs.. She was very careful as she opened up her gifts that were wrapped in Dora wrapping.

Trainboy with his gift from Grandparents.. Do you see those circles under his eyes!


On Christmas Day, we had invite our friends over for dinner. Here we have dad and babymums waiting for the guest .. taking a nap while listening to beautiful music..

Trainboy also waiting for his guest and eating Saint Nicholas leftover cookies!


We had Father bless our new home before dinner!

Babymums giving away her smiles!

MamaNico visiting us from Mexico. A great gift having her with us this Christmas!

Dinner is served and gone! My beloved Husband cook a Cuban tradition on Christmas.. Pork shoulder with white rice and black beans.. It was very good... bring back great memories!


Last.. we ended the Blessed Nite with violin music play by PrincessGirl and Blondie (well, she thinks she is playing with toy violin)
Wish you a Most Blessed Christmas and New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saying Goodbye!

Today we had to say Goodbye to a dear Friend of mine and her family. It was one of the hardest thing to do, to see a dear friend and her family leaving and not know when you will see them again! Jessica has been a great friend of mine for almost 5 years. A most generous and loving mother of 7! She is so creative. You should see the things she has done for us, such as beautiful quilts for each of our children. She would without even think about it, say yes to watching my kids, even over night so that we could go see the Holy Father. She never thought of herself and was always there to talk! She has is great smile and a big heart!

We will miss them!

May God bless them on their new journey!


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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Yes, I know I am Cute

Here is Blondie, all cute before Church few weeks ago, Her Dora love is shown with her pink Dora dress and pink Dora boots. But let me tell you that she didn't make it to Church with that outfit on. Nope... We had her seated at the table while we were finishing up breakfast. She notice the coffee espresso on the table (Thank God it was cold) and she moves the tablecloth so that she can reach it and spills all over herself but she did mange a drink since her lips tells the store of it all.

God love them, for I surely do!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Merci!






21I've been nominated for the Marie Antoinette Award by JMJ @ Totustuusfamily. Very kind of her to think of me in such a way!

The rules for this award are to display the icon and send it on to 7 other bloggers I feel are real in who they are. However, at the moment I only have 4 since few others have been taken by JMJ! :)

They are:

Laura at day by day

Cathi at Little Riddles Six

AM at Hands Full of Blessings

Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The kids made their own Tilmas





Here we are making a procession at the university heading downtown. It was a cold and windy day but at least it wasn't raining.





We ended the procession at the chapel of the Oratory on campus where we sang songs to Our Beautiful Mother and made a visit to Her Beloved Son!

Can't have a fiesta without a pinata!

We had Mexican food, drinks, and games. Here the children were playing musical chairs with the Mexican music!

Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for us!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A True Joke



Ok... so my beloved husband, sends me this joke :




My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping the channels. She asked, 'What's on TV?' I said, 'Dust.' ...then the fight started.




What is funny about this is that the night before, he had just asked me..
Don't you ever dust the TV?




Gotta Love him!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

His smile says it all!

My parents just celebrated 50 years on Saturday in South Florida. I was not able to make it but I was there in spirit. However, we are going down in June for a 50 & 1/2 anniversary. My parents have gone through so much in 50 years. Out of 50 years, they have been about 48 years outside of their beloved country, Cuba and I don't think they will ever be back. They have four sons and 3 daughters and 30 grandchildren. For them leaving their country was worth it all in the name of Faith, their true love. Our Catholic faith has given them always the strength and courage to go on one more day! Their love for the Holy Mass and their fight for the unborn has been something to truly admire. I am very bless to have them as an example of what marriage is all about, loving the other one through the hard times and laughing with them through the good! I thank them with all my heart for who they are and who they will become now and in Everlasting life..

When asked once during an interview of marriage couples past 30 years if they ever thought of divorce, my mother replies.."divorce never... murder many times!" All with a smile.

God love them!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Smiles Worth Fighting For!

Here is Babymums first smile caught on camera. When they just look at you and smile, it makes all the hard work so worth it!

Why does society not see the beauty in a baby? Why can we just protect these children?I don't understand the difference between a baby once born and one that is alive , unborn baby. Does minutes between giving birth make one baby human and another one tissues? Can someone tell me when during pregnancy when does unborn baby have the right to live or die?

May God Have Mercy on Us.

Join me in saying a Novena to

Our Most Beautiful Lady of Guadalupe



A Prayer

Our Lady of Guadalupe,Mystical Rose,make intercession for holy Church,protect the sovereign Pontiff,help all those who invoke you in their necessities,and since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God,obtain for us from your most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith,of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life of burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance.
Amen.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Mimi Me

Blondie here is wearing a poncho that was mine when I was about her age in Costa Rica. My brother saw this picture and he was amaze how much she looks like me!


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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Meme

Thank you, JMJ for including me in this ...

These are the rules: Pass this on to 5 blogging friends. Open the closest book to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write the 5th sentence, as well as two to five sentences following that.

My book: Saint Rose of Lima: The Story of the First Canonized Saint of the Americans. (This book was given to me by a great homeschooling friend, she gave it to us when she brought over dinner after the birth of babymums and its been my PrincessGirl biggest treat at bed time.)

pg. 56

"Charity! Gaspar, do you realize this is the year 1606? Rose is twenty years old and not married yet! Surely I have a right to complain when she spends hours at a time with sick Indians and Negroes. Why can't she be interested in meeting some nice young men for a change?"

"What good would that be? You know what the child told us."

A shadow crossed Maria's face. So Gaspar really believed that his daughter could never marry because she had promised herself to God at the age of five.
Passing it along to...
2. Jessica @ Shower of Roses

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

33 and counting



Well, Today is my birthday! In mood of "Thanksgiving"





I am grateful for and so much more:





1. Life (Thank you Mom for choosing Life)


2. Faith


3. Husband (What a catch!)


4. Children (four and counting...ha ha)


5. My Health (you don't know what you have until something goes wrong!)


6. My parents


7. My sisters and their family. (great brother-in-laws)


8. My brothers (yes, all four of them!) and their family


9. My Mexican family


10. My Country (even in these times, I love my Country!)


11. My Husband's job


12. My faith filled friends... so many ..so blessed, to live so far from family its so great to have these friends..


13. Our New home


14. My freedoms such as to educate my own children and to express my faith


15. Books... and being able to read


16. Great music and being able to hear


17. A cold beer!


18. Margaritas


19. Internet.. and freedom to write whatever your heart desires


20. Chocolate


21. digital cameras to catch great moments and share with the world


22. the Saints , to have someone to care for you


23. Our Holy Father


24. seasons... especially Fall


25. Classical movies such as Its A beautiful Life, To Catch a Thief


26. The Passion


27. drive-thus.. such as banks and cleaners (with 4 thats a great help!)


28. Our military men and women since the beginning of our country! God bless them


29. Policemen and Firemen and all in services.


30. diapers (clean ones)


31. Dollar store (you can't image what great crafts you can make from what you get there!)


32. My college education


33. Our Health insurances.





I can go on and on.. but I leave it at my new age... What will this new age bring me?

Monday, November 24, 2008

1st Club Meeting

We deiced to have a club on Our Lady of Guadalupe. We plan to hold 3 meetings and than finish up with a Procession downtown with a Fiesta on December 12th. Our first meeting was last Thursday and we had a great turn out!

The kids watch the cartoon movie "Juan Diego". Afterwards, I gave them a small lesson on different symbols on the image of St. Juan Diego's tilma.


First, we talk about Our Lady standing on the moon; the symbolism is that of the woman of Rev. 12:1 who has the "moon under her feet". The moon for the Meso-Americans was the god of the night. By standing on the moon, she shows that she is more powerful than the god of darkness.


2nd: The eyes of Our lady of Guadalupe are looking down with humility and compassion. This was a sign to the native people that she was not a god since in their iconography the gods stare straight ahead with their eyes wide open.


3rd: The angel supporting the Lady testifies to her royalty. To the Meso-American Indians only kings,queens and other dignitaries would be carried on the shoulders of someone. The angel is transporting the Lady to the people as a sign that a new age has come.

4th: The mantle of the Lady is blue-green or turquoise. To the native people, this was the color of the gods and of royalty.


5th: The stars on the Lady’s mantle shows that she comes from heaven. She comes as the Queen of Heaven but with the eyes of a humble and loving mother. The stars also are a sign of the supernatural character of the image. The stars on the Lady’s mantle in the image are
exactly as the stars of the winter solstice appeared before dawn on the morning of December 12,
1531.


6th: The color of the Madonna’s dress is rose or pale-red. Some have interpreted this as the color of dawn symbolizing the beginning of a new era. Others point to the red as a sign of martyrdom for the faith and divine love.

7th: The gold-encircled cross brooch under the neck of the Lady’s robe is a symbol of sanctity.

8th: The girdle or bow around her waist is a sign of her virginity.


After our lesson here, their craft was to put these signs onto a poster with the picture of Our Lady and having it count to parts of the Tilma. So that the children can recall some of these facts with pictures.







Blondie hard at work!

Than they recreated their own scene of when Our Lady appear to Juan Diego with the miracle of the roses. The kids seem to have a great time!






Princesgirl showing off her creation!