Sunday, November 7, 2010

Don't Judge A Book By It's Cover

We've all heard the phrase huh? It's almost always if not always referred to a person and their true, inner character right? Well in my case, I am literally referring to a book but not just any book. I'm referring to the Bible, my precious Bible! I love how the Lord is constantly speaking to my heart and whispers sweet words in my ear even when I am not deserving of them. Which if we think about's always since we had a different destiny but Jesus changed that permanently! Well, after many failed attempts to read my Bible on a daily basis, I always notice something very neat. When I am reunited with my precious, faithful, loving friend my Bible, I always hear the Lord telling me to simply take a good look at it. You see, Satan is always trying to discourage us from reading God's Word because this would be a huge threat to him. Satan even tries to distract us right before opening the Bible....uggghhhh what an ugly creature:\ BUT the Lord is always ready to fight for us and I've seen this in my life. As I am reunited with my good ol friend, I am reminded that we've had a long lasting friendship, that WE HAVE spent many, many hours together, that our time together wasn't a waste of time, that my faithful friend waits to see me come around again even if it takes months, that it's eagerly waiting to bless my life with wisdom, joy, peace and love and that it fights hard to hang on to stay by my side even if it's falling apart. That's right....falling apart! This is what I mean by not judging a book by it's cover:

From the shelf, the coffee table, the back seat of my car and even at church it looks almost like a brand new Bible huh? (aise fromt he faded letters)

Yet you begin to open it and can't help but notice it's not what it seemed like. It's been USED! The writing, the notes, the scripture and the UNGLUED and even fallen pages. Many choose not to write in their Bibles but I have and still do. It works for me! I loved looking through my Bible today at church and realizing the miles it has. Even though it looks old, it's falling apart, it has ripped pages, it's beautiful to me because it's mine from the Lord. It has also stood by my side for many years, it has helped me survive many storms, it has absorbed many tears (both happy and sad), it has even made me smile through those tears and it has loved me just as I am! Oh how I love this old, weary book<3

It is beautiful to me, my gift from the Lord!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Just For Laughs: School

"Oh homework, oh homework
I hate you, you stink
If only a bomb
would explode you to bits
Oh homework, oh homework
I hate you, you stink"

Wow...not very nice huh? hahaha.

Believe it or not that is a poem I read duing the morning announcements at school when I was in 5th grade. Sounds like someone didn't like school huh? Pretty strange for a girl who loved school so much she went all the way as to graduate college. This doesn't make sense at all :}

We were televised for the entire school to see and it was my turn to read a poem. You see, we would take turns doing various jobs such as work the camera, say the weather ect. It was my class's turn and when it came my turn to read a poem....I chose this one? I remember this day as if it were yesterday. I was an A, B student loved school, was very diligent, took school matters very seriously, hardly missed a day, loved a great challenge otherwise known as test...except when it came to math..which is not my cup of tea but I can do it if I put my mind to it. Why oh why this poem??? lol. I can totally see my teacher Mr. T's face thinking, "oh no...not one of my best students. What is she thinking? What is she doing? After all the time I've invested on her? I hope the Principal's not watching. Uggghhh there goes my reputation and maybe even my job" hahaha! I ask myself from time to time..."why that poem?" I mean ya have to admit it is funny but not very loving and def not the best message. Specially coming from someone who loved school. The only thing I can think of is...I wanted to be cool hahaha! Honestly, it felt weird reading that poem but it got me out of my comfort zone that's for sure.

On that note...I was always into school. I loved a good challenge. Have never cheated on a test (even though my hubby cant believe it lol) because I wanted to prove to myself that I was very capable of passing my tests..all by myself. I loved learning and loved to shared what i learned. I see my hubby doing hw now and it gives me the urge to want a challenge lol. Manuel thinks I'm crazy but some of us are created with the passion for books. Ooooh boy...does this make me a nerd? I better look for another "cool" poem lol j/k. I loved the process of preparing for a test..I had a system pat down to helped me get straight A's. Unfortunately that system didn't come to me right away but when it did...I was on fire...Aced every single class from there on in college;D Let me tell you though that I don't get the credit...God gets ALL the glory because I did go through several trials where I could in college where I could have given up yet the Lord helped me stay focused and succeed! It's unbelievable that during one of the hardest times in my life including almost loosing my dad to cancer....the Lord lifted me up and helped me graduate college with Highest Honors 3.7 GPA as a Clinician Medical Assistant. Now THAT is God!!!!

So...there is it...btw...I do LOVE homework and if you want to know where I got this wonderful's from one of my fav books..."There's A Light In The Attic"

Below are a few pics of my special day:

Yeah!!!! What an accomplishment;D

It felt so good to share this important event in my life with wonderful friends....that row of beautiful women in my life!

with my beautiful husband who has been there through thick-n-thin and has always lovingly supported my dreams and aspirations. He was my #2 fan (God was my #1) and cheered me on! I love him soooooo much;D

With my amazing friends who were there for moral support and loved on me<3

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Disney...Had a Magical Day!

A couple of weeks ago, we noticed the weather was very nice..sunny with a cool breeze and decided to go for a walk. We headed over to Downtown Disney also known as Disney's Marketplace. The company I worked for Arribas Bros. (crystal shop) has a store here (and 4 others in the parks). The downtown Disney store is where I worked my first 2 1/2 years in the company. Downtown Disney is pretty much where you can go shopping for Disney merchandise, they have many stores. You can also dine there at places such as Rainforrest Cafe and Wolf Gang Puck,Fulton Crab House, Planet Hollywood and Gloria Estefan's Bongos. you can visit the many outdoor vendors, ride a lil boat, watch a movie, dance the night away, grab some ice cream, watch a concert at House of Blues, building a castle at Legoland or buy music cd's at Virgin Records. There's something for everyone! We went into the store I worked, it had been a long time and was happy to recognize alot of the employees! They all worked with me. Coolest thing was to take my daughter to the store I worked at as a teen anger! It was truly a beautiful day outside. We missed the big thunderstorm thank God and enjoyed great music, sugary pretzels yum, refreshing lemonade and a warm hot dog! We also got to goof around at the World of Disney store trying on hats...something I always envisioned doing with my family! Our day turned out amazing which by the way....was not planned! I am becoming more spontaneous something I've picked up from my husband and I'm loving it! We ended the day with a delicious meal at Sweet Tomatoes! Didn't spend a whole lot and yet our day was fantastic! When you make the best of every thing you find yourselves truly best!

Here's a few pictures of our wonderful adventure....

This is ow much she loves Minnie<3 I won this in one of those machines that you put a quarter and have to move the "arm" around to hopefully grab something. Funny thing is....I said it would be for my daughter when I would have one and didn't know I was already pregnant...and expecting girl!!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

She Is A Natural

One of the beauties of being a female is not only of being blessed with the privilege of carrying life inside our womb but also being blessed with milk to nourish our babies. Well looks like a lil someone is very aware of the role she will be laying one day Lord-wiling and decided to get a head start.....

She grabs her baby by the hand...

and she gets right to work...

(with the "May I help you..can you see I'm busy?" look on her face hahaha!)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Are You Her?

*Do you teach your children?

*Give them wise advice?

*Does your husband trust you?

*Do you enrich his life?

*Do you help him all his life and not hinder him?

*Do you make homemade things?

*Do you find food for your family? (groceries/cook)

*Do you make breakfast for your fmaily?

*Do you plan the day's work?

*Buys items needed for the family?

*Do you plant a vineyard (garden)?

*Are you energetic, strong, hardworking?

*Do you look for bargains?

*Are you last to go to sleep?

*Do you help the poor and needy?

*Do you clothe you family?

*Do you keep up with yourself and look attractive for your husband?

*Is your husband well known (good reputation?

*Do you make things to sell them to help financially?

*Do you have strength and dignity?

*Do you discipline with love?

*Do you speak with wisdom?

*Do your children bless you?

*Does your husband praise you?

*Are you not afraid of the future?


I am talking about the virtuous woman in the Bible...the Proverbs 31 or P31 like some call her. I've always wanted to know what "she" looks like. When I dove into the word Proverbs 31 to be exact I was amazed at how well the Bible describes her. I've also wanted to focus on one thing at a time and really try to master it so little by little, I can look like her. Imagine if we could answer yes to all the questions above...what a beauty that would be! Many of us posses some and even alot of those qualities. Those we lack we should try to work hard at achieving and those we have but stumble upon from time to time we should try to keep permanently. God wants us to be christ like and as well as the Proverbs 31. Knowing that us women likes descriptive words He left us an amazing example of what we shoudl aim for. I encouragement you to join me in trying to work towards that goal! I guarantee you that you'll reap many blessings through your efforts with the biggest being more like God!

It's All Around You If You Are Willing To Look!

I am a "word" kind of person. Don't know if this has a name or something but I've always loved words. I see a blank sheet of paper and I get happy cause you can do so much with it....write a letter, a poem, a song, a story, a prayer request, make a list, draw a's a way to let your imagination loose! Sometimes I find myself reading the dictionary..well...back when I had more time to spare lol. I wrote alot of poetry growing up and even tried to write songs. I loved English class in school (a subject my husband dislikes it very much) and when I come across a word I'm not familiar with...I rush to the dictionary to look it up. I would actually do this while studying since I am in the medical field and we can across alot of big words....I would get all A's in college and let me tell you...actually knowing what these words meant has alot to do with it. There are some words that just make me smile such as: Victory, Imagination, Perseverance, Purity. Maybe it has to do with their very positive meaning but I just love them! One of those words that make me smile is ENCOURAGEMENT! I've loved it since I first heard it. Actually the Lord revealed to me through a Bible study that I have the gift of encouragement which made alot of sense to me!

I looked it up on (here I go again rushing to a dictionary..except it's online now lol) and this is what it says:

praise, support, boost, lift, endorsement.

Encourage = to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence

Many times when I've felt a lil blue, I've asked the Lord for encouragement. He always finds a way to send it to me through His Word,my husband, my family, a friend, a picture, nature, a song, a letter, Facebook, an email, a text...some how He always rescues me and lifts my spirit up! The other day I was cooking and felt a lil overwhelmed mainly because I know I am doing my best to be a good daughter of the Lord, wife, a good mommy, a good daughter, a good sister, a good friend...but have kinda forgotten about myself. I think alot of moms can relate to me. I always knew that I never wanted to let myself go and that doing the things I love such as read, scrapbook, watch good movie, spend time with family and friends bring me joy but somehow I was beginning to feel as if there was a littler less of "me" each day. Satan always finds a way huh? BUT does He succeed? Well let me tell you that God quickly rushed in like He always has and ENCOURAGED ME.

I was in the kitchen making dinner for us. My husband asks me to bring him the sour cream so I decide to open the brand new sour cream for him and voila....check out what I see:

The sour cream my friend....yes the sour cream had this just for me. I wonder if God was hungry at the time lol. Incredible..who would have thought and in bright colors...He wanted to make sure I didn't miss it. But that's not all folks. After dinner I go back in the kitchen to get a paper towel to wipe the table and yet another message from the Lord.

(the second one is kinda blurry but it says: "there's a whole lot to be thankful for if you take the time to look")

He knew I would check out the butterflies! And they say there's no God:( He even knows what we're passionate about....I love butterflies! I am in awe my friends. The Lord is simply incredible and His love for us is real, genuine and everlasting. I am willing to say that He hurts when we hurt because I know He smiles when we smile! My goal is to make Him smile every day!

I want you to know that the Lord encourages us everyday in so many different ways...that is..if you're willing to look!

Sing for joy, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion upon His afflicted. Isaiah 49: 13

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Matthew 11: 28

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's Not a Coincidence...It's God!!!

For some reason, I've always been into names and their meaning. I am the kind of person that needs to find meaning to everything. I like to find a connection and make everything symbolic to me. That's why I am so excited to now have a baby because the holidays will take on an even better meaning to us as we start traditions and make them special! When I was single, I dreamed of having a beautiful family! So names were definitely on my mind;D Karina is a name I liked ever since I met a girl names Karina when I was around 13 at a church group we used to go to. When I looked up it's meaning...I was hooked! When my husband and I were getting to know each other we both expressed our desire to have children. While engaged we mention making a list of names. Karina was #1 on our list!
I knew that someday I would be blessed with my baby Karina! My husband lost his precious sister back in 1999. I love watching him sit back and remember a time spent with her. Like any guy, he doesn't do this often but when he's music to my ears! I love learning of her because even though she's in Heaven...she's still my beautiful sis-in-law! One day...I'll to hug her in person! We also wanted middle names for our children and Karina's middle name was going to be either Sarai or Sofia. When we got pregnant my husband looked at me one day and said...I miss my sister so much and I would love for our daughter to have her name so we can always remember my sister and as an honor! I could see in his eyes how much this meant to him and was totally for it! So Karina Rocio it is!!!

Like I mentioned earlier...I am BIG on the meaning of names so of course I had to see what Karina Rocio meant....and it's....ready...


How pretty is that huh? God is in all the details! Today though I made an amazing discovery. You see....when we were trying, I noticed that my sister-in-law referred to her children as arrows. I then wondered what I would called my kids but I knew that it had to be a name given to me by God. Well, not too long ago God faithfully revealed it to me. They would be my TREASURES!!! I loved it and called them my treasure! Well today while watching a video on youtube that we've dedicated to Karina Rocio..something told me to look up a video on dewdrops and I find this.....

Jewelry from Heaven?!?!?!?! What's inside a treasure????? Isn't it usually jewels???? WOW I am still in awe. I never knew they reffered to dewdrops as Heaven's jewelry. This was truly meant to be...our pregnancy, the names, the meanings, our beautiful Karina Rocio....our TREASURE!!! She is our Heavenly jewel! Oh and to top it husband's special name for me is preciosa (precious) and mi joya preciosa (my precious jewel) WOW! I am simply amazed. God is in ALL the details...don't ever doubt that for one second. It's not a coincidence it's God!!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Facebook Anyone???

The famous "F" which stand for one of the most visited websites in the nation...Facebook or how one of my relatives, who will remain anonymous, called it...Bookface hahaha! Whoever created this site has been a blessing at least to me because I've been able to stay in touch with my family and friends especially those in California, Cayman Island, Costa Rica, Mexico, Germany and France. Ifeel like they're right by my side through thick n thin! I've even met family I never knew I had! I've also had the blessing of reconnecting with so many friends from the past which has been so awesome walking down memory lane! You can never have too many friends in my book and God has blessed me with so many new people who have become wonderful friends! I have been blessed, encouraged, heard, inspired, uplifted, challenged and loved on Facebook. I hope I've done the same for my Facebook family! My husband laughs cause Facebook is onmy mind alot and I told him that it's part of my social life hahaha!

God has also given me the opportunity to meet amazing bloggy friends! I know that you can with one hand the times I've blogged lately or left comments on your wonderful blogs but please know that I do come check out what's happening and so many times I've read something on your blogs that's keep me busy thinking and meditating! THANK YOU for that and for keeping up with my blog and being a true friend who patiently waits to hear from me!

Since most of my computer time is spent on FB I would love to enjoy "spending" time with you there too so.....DO ANY OF YOU FACEBOOK??????? Let me know so we can continue the fun over there and while keeping up with the party here;D

Love LOTS<3

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Because It's Neat Getting To Know You...

Whats a fact about the last person you liked?
Last? I like alot of people but I guess I'll choose my husband....he started his 3rd semester in college and one of his classes is speech...yikes..he's good at it though

Who was the last perso​n you gave up on?
I tend to expect lots from myself so i was prob ready to give up on myself but thank tha Lord for believing in me like only He can

What did you do last night​?​
watched one of our fav shows America's Got Talent while we ate juice bars

Do you think​ relat​ionsh​ips are even worth​ it?
I don't think..I know they are...the Lord's relationship with us is an amazing example!

If you could​ pack up and move would​ you?
uummm having lived in 3 states in the past 6 yrs i learned thatt i enjoyed traveling a lot but if we were to move i'd have to convince my family to come along lol

When was the last time you laugh​ed reall​y hard? a few minutes ago as i did the "1, 2, 3 up, up, up" with Karina and instead of sitting up she stood up lol

What are you excit​ed for?
Heaven! Also, birthdays, weddings, trip to CA, visits from my sister and grandma, our 6th anniversary, banquet through my hubby's job, Karina's 1st birthday and the holidays!

Has anyon​e told you latel​y that they would​ alway​s be there​ for you? GOD! He says it to me especially when i'm feeling blue

What do you want right​ now?
My grandfather but I know he's in a better place, a cricut, Coldstone creamery yum, would love to go to Europe!

Are your paren​ts divor​ced?​
NO! I am def blessed in that parents will be celebrating 25 yrs next May!

Would you ever get a tattoo?
No..I respect others' point of view but I believe we are not to mark our body and it's something I read in the Bible

What'​s your mood right​ now?
Im calm, comtenplative, grateful

Did you enjoy​ your weeke​nd?​, great lunch date, relaxed at home

Are you stubb​orn?​
hummm some times...very few times lol..God disciplines me though

Are you listening to music​ right​ now?
no but i normallly am

Who else is in the room with you?
my daughter Karina who fell asleep on my lap

In winte​r,​ would​ you rathe​r wear jacke​ts or hoodi​es?​

Do you wish you were somew​here else right​ now?
Italy? Costa Rica?!?!

How long can you go witho​ut your mobil​e phone​?​
ahhhhh not too long..i know we become so dependant on technology...i had to pray about this the other day

Do you know anyon​e named​ Dan? brother Dani

Have you had the chick​en pox?
never...i hope to never get it especially now as an adult..i had the mumps though not fun

Are you a forgi​ving perso​n?​
I try to be it's easier to forgive than to forget but the Lord helps me with this

Are you young​er than 21?
No but i sure do feel young at heart

Do you like winte​r?​
love it

Do you like the color​ green​?​
love's my other fav color

Last time you recei​ved flowe​rs?​
when i had Karina this past mami brught me beatiful pink roses

Is it possi​ble that you could​ be pregn​ant right​ now?
wow..that would be's def up to God!

Does anyon​e have a lock of your hair?​
i have a lock of my hair from when i was 1 that my mom's in my baby book

If you had to go witho​ut one food group​ for the rest of your life,​ which​ would​ it be?

When you go to the zoo, what are you most excit​ed about​ seein​g?​
penguins, parrots, girafes, butterflies

What makes​ you happy​?​
My God, waking up every morning next to my husband, when my baby girl smiles at me as soon as she sees me in the morning, reading my Bible, music, scrapbooking

******* Now it's YOUR turn...becaues it's neat getting to know YOU! ********

Monday, August 2, 2010

Like Mommy. Like Daughter!

Contemplate..I've always loved the word and been fascinated by the act of contemplating. I am a natural born daydreamer hahaha! You will catch me doing this at least 3 times a day. This is a time for me to contemplate and meditate about, my walk with Christ,the Word, my learned lessons, my loved ones, my dreams and goals. I use it to reflect on life. Growing up I never really knew how to define it. This is what says:

verb (used with object)
1. to look at or view with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully: to contemplate the stars.
2. to consider thoroughly; think fully or deeply about: to contemplate a difficult problem.
3. to have as a purpose; intend.
4. to have in view as a future event: to contemplate buying a new car.
–verb (used without object)
5. to think studiously; meditate; consider deliberately.

Future event (no.4).....going home to Heaven!!!! I know I love to try to imagine what it will be life, it's beauty, being in God's arms, talking to Jesus face to face!

Lately, we've been catching our Karina Rocio daydreaming and it's the cutest thing ever. I didn't even know babies knew how to do this hahaha! I wonder what runs through their little head? Whether it's something genetic or not Karina and I both do it lots! I wonder if we've done it at the same time, thought about each other and didn't even know it???? huh....

I thought it was neat that we were both caught on camera and I thought I'd share:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

He Truly Cares!

Right now my life has slowed down a bit because I am working on giving our baby girl the best care ever. I am loving my new role as a mommy and thank the Lord for giving me the honor! One thing's for sure though when you're a mom..your life changes. Right now I'm in the process of organizing my time and can already tell that everything is falling back into place along with the new member of the family! The other day I laughed with my husband because I told him that my social life has come down to Facebook hahaha! There I stay in touch with family/friends and see what they're up to. One of my main goals in life has always been to make a difference. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be in the medical fields so I could help people. In high school I was always the one people came to with their problem to get sound advice. I worked with youth who were eager to find meaning in their life and encouragement women who came from all angels of life.I always look around to see how I can help! A few days ago though I felt as if I can't do a whole lot from home. I don't get out much since the baby is still little. I started to feel guilty because I felt that I could do more being that my spiritual gift is to encourage. That very same day I checked my FB and found this beautiful kiss from the Lord!

"Just wanted to stop by your page and tell you how incredible you are:o) You are a constant encouragement and such a BRIGHT shining light for Jesus...thanks for being the godly wife, mommy and friend that you are!"

The Lord used my beautiful friend Elvira as a vessel to lift me back up and re-energize me so I can keep walking. He wanted me to know that I am making a difference...through Him!!!!

I just had to share because this is proof that God is real and truly cares about our feeling. He really wants to see His children happy! God is in all the details and I'm so glad He is! He knows our every need and knows exactly how to provide for them! My goal is to turn to Him when the going gets tough because obviously He cares!!!!

I pray you find joy in knowing that He truly cares for you too and wants to be the shoulder you run too, comfort you seek, the healing you long for, the one who fulfills your needs!

Thank you sooo much Elvira<3 THANK YOU MORE MY LORD<3

Monday, July 26, 2010

Where Has Time Gone?

Yes...would someone please tell me where has time gone???? If you find it would you please tell it to slow down? I remember it as if it were yesterday..hoping int he car at 1:30am, eating Combos, with some pain yet very manageable, with a lil drizzle driving down the highway, chit chatting with my hubby as we made our way to the hospital on March 26, 2010. We were so sure we were going to get sent home yet we needed to go in JUST IN CASE. Well....that "just in case" turned out to be 5cm dilated...soft cervix..IV in my call to my mom...trasfered to a wheelchair..rolled into the labor 2am! I can honestly tell you, and ya might laugh in disbelief, but this is when it truly hit me that I was pregnant hahaha! I know...I guess 3 months of non-stop nausea and 9 months of a growing belly didn't hit me like this very memorable moment in time hit me. I knew this wasn't one of the 100+ "A Baby Story" episodes..I wasn't to watch the birth of someone else's baby and or cry for someone else's baby...this was ME!!!!! From the minute they wheeled me into the labor I knew there was no turning back...not that I wanted to but this baby girl was coming whether we were ready or not. She was born 9 days early. I tell ya..such a jokester from birth! Fast forward 5 months later and we now have a beautiful, energetic, talkative, sweet, friendly, very expressive, did I say beautiful 5 month old! WOW..really 5 months have gone by already?

I know many moms can totally relate to me on this one. I grew up hearing the phrase, "they grow up too fast"..yep they were definitely right. And because I've noticed this, I've made a promise to myself that I will enjoy her to the fullest. Lieke I do with my husband, I tell her that I love her every single day, many times a day. I kiss her a hundred times a day and love to see her smile because she feels loved! Time sure does fly when you're having fun! I am looking forward to many more "I love yous" or like we say "Te Amo" and to many sweet kisses. Since I'm with her pretty much 24/7 (which I love) I don't see how much she's grown until either someone else notices or I see pics like these....

These are the then...and now....can you tell she's grown? This is only 5 months later!





Sunday, July 25, 2010

We Have A New Friend!

Florida is not only sunny but very, very green! A very nice product of all the rain we get. With green bushes comes pretty flowers and with pretty flowers come one of the prettiest things the Lord has created and a personal favorite...BUTTERFLIES!

We happen to have a big window in our living room facing a very lush "front yard". I spend alot of my day sitting on our couch feeding Karina which also gives me the opportunity to gaze through our window and enjoy all the beauty! A couple of days ago I noticed something flying back and forth..someone was very busy. Karina and I went to investigate and smiled at the sight of a very beautiful:


It's so pretty and so big! I loved to see how it went from flower to flower eating. A sweet reminder of how God nourishes He's creation. The Lord is always speaking to my heart and teaching me valuable lessons. God really is in all the details. Through this He taught me that He is always there to provide our every need, that we must stay busy cause there's lots of work yet to be done and that even when the going gets tough..we can still find beauty (optimism). Our butterfly continue to come and delight with it's beauty right outside our window. She has nwo become a faithful friend of ours! Just wish we could bring her inside and make her our pet!