Sunday, January 31, 2010

My 30th birthday was very SWEET!!!

As of Jan 13, 2010...I've been 30 yrs old. I know many people would rather not share their age but I've never had a problem with it. I will tell you that leaving my 20's wasn't easy..especially when you have a husband who kept saying, "this is your last shower in the 20's" or "this is the last meal you're gonna eat in your 20's" hahaha! I don't take it personal though because he's such a jokester and I love him for who he is! gave me the pleasure of reminding him that he too is 30 hahaha!My 30th year will also be a sweet because I will be given the gift of motherhood! I can honestly say that I feel young at not feel my age at all..that's what keeps you young forever!

Since my hubby had to work on my birthday, he surprised me a couple days before with an invitation to a restaurant I always wanted to eat at...THE MELTING POT!!! I had heard so many good things! Well, I was so excited to go on my birthday dinner date! I had such an amazing time. For those of you who haven't gone...let me tell you that it is a little pricey but it's very worth it.

***The Melting Pot Experience***

When we got seated I was greeted by a birthday card...see what it says? (signed by all the waitresses/waiters)

My 30th

With baby girl in my belly...made it even more special

Our waitress came in a melting our delicious cheese fondue:

Some things to dip into our cheese:

Then comes in the main course and the waitress starts up the olive oil fondue so we can fry our meats and veggies which you can dip inbatter and then into get to cook your own much fun!



My hubby frying the items for us since my arms were too short to reach:

Then...are you ready? They brought in DESSERT!!!! Chocolate caramel fondue:

All the wonderful items we could dip...some were even good on their own:

I truly thank God for blessing me with such an amazing husband! He is more that I ever imagined and he continues to amaze me. I felt very, very special!

Not Only Do I Love Butterflies but.....

As most of you know..we are expecting our beautiful baby girl in April. I am really looking forward to being a mommy! A few posts ago, I shared what Karina's nursery room theme was...a butterfly garden and why I chose this theme. I totally love butterflies and realize that not only do I love them but God had very special reasons for creating them! As I surfed the net I came across this beautiful page that only made me appreciate God's creation even more and the miracle of the butterfly. I think it's incredible:D I wanted to share it with you so you too can better appreciate all the beauty we have around and realize that God wants to show us His great desire for us to be transformed and pure! Enjoy!

God's Flying Flowers
Jesus created the earth and all that is in it. His universe is remarkable in its complexity and beauty of design. Much of it is strange and we could ask, "Why did He do it this way?"
The butterflies are one of His especially beautiful creations. The more we study them the more we see the wisdom, power, and abilities of Jesus the Creator and Designer.

When Jesus created the world he created all life as mature. He did not create seeds and then plant them. He created mature plants who produced seeds to reproduce other plants like itself. He did the same with all of life on the earth including animals and insects. Jesus created mature butterflies who mated and laid eggs. These then hatched out into little butterflies. (Of course we know better for the eggs hatched into little caterpillars, but if the so called science of the world is true the eggs would have to hatch butterflies.) That butterfly eggs would hatch into caterpillars is strange, amazing, astonishing, miraculous, surprising and wonderful. For if you plant a seed the plant that comes up is like the plant the seed came from. Fish eggs hatch into little fish. When you were conceived in your mother’s womb you started out as an egg that developed into the human being you are, not into a caterpillar. Yet it is strange but true that it pleased the Creator to make butterfly eggs hatch into caterpillars.
The caterpillars live off the leaves of plants. As they grow they shed their skin several times growing up to 30,000 times in size. Finally they take a nap for a week or two and wake up as butterflies. During the nap time most of the organs and other tissues of the caterpillar break down, turning into a semiliquid. From this material are formed the wings, legs, and other parts of the adult. At last the adult is ready to wake up and become a butterfly or moth. This is a most unusual life cycle, yet it was the Creator’s pleasure to cause caterpillars to turn into butterflies through this remarkable process.

Caterpillars eat plants while most butterflies drink the nectar of flowers. Those that live for several months also eat pollen and other foods. This requires a change in how they eat for the caterpillar has a mouth to bit off pieces of leaves and push it into his body, while butterflies have a long slender sucking tube. When the tube is not in use it is coiled up like a delicate watch spring. By uncoiling the tube butterflies probe deep into the flowers and suck up the nectar. Also, this change in food requires a change in digestion.
Caterpillars crawl to move around. Their body consists of a head followed by 12 or 13 segments. Like all insects, it also has three pairs of permanent or "true" legs--one pair on each of the first three segments directly behind the head. These true legs are usually hard, jointed, and tipped with tiny claws. To support the rest of its long body, the caterpillar also has from two to five pairs of soft, thick prolegs that disappear when it changes into a moth or butterfly. Some caterpillars are covered with hairs and others have a bare skin.
Butterflies have three legs and three body sections and they fly. Their wings and certain portions of their bodies are covered with a fine dust. Under a microscope the dust is seen to be made up of millions of finely ridged scales that are arranged in overlapping rows. Each scale has a tiny "stem" that fits into a cuplike socket. The beautiful colors and markings of the insect are due to the scales, which come in a remarkable variety of colors. Being able to fly requires a change in weight for caterpillars are too heavy to fly.
Caterpillars have six simple eyes and have poor eye sight, while butterflies have compound eyes with good eye sight.
The difference between caterpillars and butterflies is so great it is difficult to believe they are the same insect. The complex designs and life styles is proof there is a Designer who cheated them to be what He wanted them to be. It is impossible this could have happened by accident.
Butterflies do not have a common ancestor. Each type was created separately and each reproduced itself, so through the ages they have changed only slightly if at all. Butterflies and moths have the same life style, yet there is a great variation between the various butterflies and moths. In size they range from one fifth of an inch to ten inches across. They are of all colors and live in all types of climates and on all the continents except Antarctica. In some the male and female look completely different. In some the colors and patterns on top of the wing is completely different from that on the bottom of the wing. Many live on only one type of food and if they cannot find it they starve. And there is great variation in how, when and where they take their nap to turn from a caterpillar into a butterfly or moth.

Metamorphosis is the scientific name for the change of an ungainly, crawling caterpillar into a delicate, flying butterfly. The word is from a Greek word meaning "transformed." Metamorphosis occurs not only in butterflies but also in thousands of insect and amphibian species.
Christians also go through a metamorphosis, a transformation. For a description of this process go to Metamorphosis. The Power of Jesus to Change Us Into the Likeness of His Image.


God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, cattle, creeping things, and animals of the earth after their kind," and it was so. God made the animals of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind. God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24,25 WEB

* I plan on somehow putting this up in Karina's nursery because I want her to be reminded of God's love and power to transform our lives each and every day!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Just A Little Sad But Very, Very Grateful!!!

These past 3 months have been full of excitement! Every time I wake up I realize that I'm pregnant and I embrace it all over again! God has blessed us beyond measure and having my grandma right by my side during my pregnancy has been so sweet! She's always been like a mother to me. So nurturing, so caring, such a gentle demeanor but especially so loving! She's spent the night several times, played our card game,I even taught her how to play Uno which she enjoyed, we talked about her childhood and my dreams for my baby girl, laughed our socks off:D I've loved tucking her into bed and making sure she feels right at home,I enjoyed her sense of humor, I've given her her insulin shots and meds because I want her to be healthy, she's shared great recipes, we've made tamales, gone for walks, gone out for some ice cream and sometimes...we've just sat and enjoyed a great conversation about life. I was really looking forward to coming to Florida because not only would I see my parents and siblings but I knew my grandma was waiting for us with open arms! She's been staying with my parents here in Orlando, Fl for almost 5 months, she lives in Costa Rica which is where I'm from. You see...we wanted her here for a little while because my grandfather passed in Jan 2009 and she was getting depressed and lonely. The reason why I'm a little sad is because on Jan. 14 she heads back home and it will be hard to see her go. She does has a round trip to come back on May 5 to stay for a little bit...she wants to meet her great grandbaby Karina:D I would love for her to live here permanently but she also has her life back in Costa Rica along with other children whom she misses. I pray that while she's over there, she is taken care of. That she doesn't sleep all by herself in a big empty house like she was and but most important that she feels God's love and protection. I also pray for her health, that she's able to get back on a plane and come see us again. She has diabetes, takes thyroid meds, high cholesterol and has polyps in her colon which cause her a great deal of pain. Regardless of her illnesses, she always keeps a smile on her face..something that amazes me! Even though I'm sad that she's living, I am very grateful because they Lord has blessed us with beautiful moments together. She was here when we found out the sex of our baby..ahhhh the joy on her face was such a beautiful sight! She was here for Thanksgiving, for my sister's wedding reception, for Christmas, New Years, my sister's bridal shower and for my nephew's 1st birthday. My mom would always tell us that we can't have it all in life meaning that we can't be selfish and must be grateful for what we do have. I want to thank the Lord for these amazing 5 months with my grandmother. I will never forget them! Every time I will look back and remember my pregnancy..I will remember these special memories with my grandma. I pray that she's with us for a long time! I've learned to truly make the best of every situation and enjoy every minute of my life! If you can, would you remember my grandma Cecilia in your prayers? I know God will hear them!

Here are a few pictures of the many we took together throughout the 5 months...

Such a beautiful woman!

Having our delicious ice cream!

So happy to have her here for my pregnancy!

She bought Karina a beautiful car seat! She's blessed us so much!

Here she was helping me organize some of Karina's clothes!

I totally love that beautiful smile!

One of our many meals together at our house!

Making her part of my pregnancy has been so special to me!

I LOVE YOU are my angel!!!! God bless you and protect you always:D You've taught me so much and now I get to teach it to my children. You are a Proverbs 31! Can't wait to have you here again Lord-willing!

A Lil Bit On The Pregnancy!

Some of you have brought to my attention that I've been a little behind on keeping you updated on my pregnancy. I am so sorry..there's been lots going on around here but all good stuff:D Thank you for wanting to know how out little girl is means alot to me!

Well, last Monday we had our 3d but Karina was comfortably tucked in a corner on my lower left pelvic area where she's loving having her face up against her mommy's oh so warm uterus. So we couldn't really get good shots but we got some footage. We discovered that she LOVES to hold her hands, she's fascinated with them and that she totally loves to suck her's sooo cute to see! She actually had 3 fingers in her mouth at one time with pinky sticking out hahaha! She's a girly girl and always has her hands on or around her face. She's weighing in a little over 2 lbs and is showing up 6 days ahead! I also got my one hr glucose test done and no call means good results! This Monday we'll have a second 3D done at no cost since the first one was not the we'll be blessed with two 3d's for the price of one..PRAISE GOD!!!

Here is my 5 month belly shot...I'll be 6 months tomorrow so I'll have that one soon!

My belly is growing slowly but surely..some days it looks even bigger:D Thanx for all your prayers, support and good wishes! Please know that I am glad we "met" and hope that 2010 brings us even "closer"!!!


A Walk Down Memory Lane (Survey)

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Conceived our beautiful baby girl and went on a mission's trip to an orphanage with my husband!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

My one goal is always to get close to God and become more and more the Proverbs 31 I desire to be. It's always work in proccress but that's part of the journey where I see God's hand at work!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! I was blessed with a beautiful nephew Isaiah and niece Isabella. So many wonderful women around me had babies! It was awesome!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, my grandfather whom I miss everyday, my beautiful aunt and two amazing women of God who were very mother like to me.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you didn't have in 2009?

Our baby girl in our arms, more godly wisdom and my brother close by

7. What dates from 2009 will be etched upon your memory, and why?

Jan 9 the day I witnessed "life"...the birth of my nephew
Jan 19 ..the last day I saw my grandfather alive
July 27 the day we found out we were expecting...what a glorious day!

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

Serving/obeying the Lord as we went on our missions trip and we put our complete trust in Him to protect us and provide for us also witnessing a miracle right before my eyes...our pregnancy!

9. What was your biggest failure?

Can't think of a specific one

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No..praise God!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A car...we really needed it here in Orlando

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My husband earned alot of brownie points:D

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

14. Where did most your money go?

Towards the move across the country..God provided every cent!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Being pregnant!!!!!! Gives me chills just to relive that moment in time in my mind when I found out I was going to be a mommy!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Shadowfeet by Brooke Frasier and Big Enough by Ayeisha Woods

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

a. happier
b. fatter with my beautiful growing belly
c. richer in blessings

18. What do you wish you'd done more of

read my bible.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

maybe be online so much lol.... but it's hard to stay away from those you love and are miles away

20. How did you spend Christmas?

with my amazing family...we were 17 total including family from Houston and my grandma...hadn't spend a Christmas with her since I was 11

21. Did you fall in love with 2009?

YES! Every time I spend time alone with my God I fall more in love with Him, With my wonderful husband who never ceases to amaze me and our baby girl Karina Rocio and falling more and more in love with her each day!

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Amazing Race
Biggest Loser
The Office
Hell's Kitchen
American Idol
A Baby Story

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

No...I don't hate

24. What was the best book you read?

The Bible is my all time favorite especially verses such as Psalm 91 and A Woman After God's Heart...what an amazing book!

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Marcela Gandara...her song "Un Viaje Largo" ( A long journey) is a song I dedicate to our baby always brings me to tears and Samuel Hernandez's song "Aun no se an ido" (they haven't left) a song I dedicated to my grandfather who passed

26. What did you want and get?

my baby, to be closer to my family

27. What did you want and not get?

vacation to Europe but Lord-willing we will go

28. What was your favorite film of 2009?

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Had one of the best birthdays was in Costa Rica, even though my grandfather was about to die, he wanted me to have a birthday party so he gave my grandma money and told her to through me a birthday party. The last bday I had in Costa Rica was my 8th so it was special. Once everyone left, I went and sat right next to my grandfather and told him all about my wonderful birthday. I thanked him for making it happen! The only thing I would have changed is I would have loved to see him get out of bed and join us. But I know that he could hear us and smiled! I also had my husband, my mom, and my godfather all the way from Australia there!

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
To have my grandfather here with us but I know that it was his time to go and now he's pain free and very happy

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2009?

Cute yet comfy, layered, more accessories and a variety of eye shadows

32. What kept you sane?

My God!

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Don't know

34. Who did you miss?

My grandfather and my uncle who passed in 2005

35. Who was the best new person you met?

Lisa M. - we are convinced that God brought us together for many reasons. We always seem to be going at it together, we can understand each other on many levels. God sent me an angel through her! One of the sweetest people I know! Miss you amiga!

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

When God tells us to "go" we can't look around, we must keep our eyes focused on Him and faithfully obey His calling. We can totally trust Him to protects us and provide. God keeps His promises..He is faithful and full of integrity! Last, to cherish "life" because we can loose it anytime. To live each minute for God!