Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Dance Recital!

Sunday marked the big day of our dance recital. All three of my girls were in it as you can see by some of the pics. It was so hot, but such a blast. My girls were the stars of the shows in my eyes. Of course, I didn't get to see it because I was a "backstage mom." I'll have to wait for the DVD to come out. However, they were all smiles and they loved performing for the people. I heard that Gabby nailed her tumbling and was as cute as a button performing her tap and ballet. I heard that Elis was all smiles and hamming it up in her own way during her tap and ballet routines. Ariel, the oldest and newest at dancing, outdid herself with her professional smile and her smoothe moves. I was very proud.

I was more proud, however, of my girls backstage. Backstage was crazy. Everyone was changing from costume to costume. Ariel could have run off with her friends, because they were able to change themselves. But Ariel went around and helped the moms of the little ones change the costumes. Some moms were alone with 13 preschoolers! And she just aided and helped to make sure things ran as smoothe as possible. Gabby and Elis stayed and did as they were told the entire time. They were trying to help in their own way to help the program move smoothly. I truly am blessed by my girls.

Only 2 1/2 more weeks until we move! Yeah!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Beginnings

Wow, it's been a long time since I've been on here. My life has been crazy and I still need to update, huh. It's good for my senses.

My family has made some decisions in the last few weeks that have been hard, and not fun, but necessary. I also have never realized just how much my husband loves me until the last few weeks. Don't get me wrong, I have never doubted that he loves me. I just did not realize how deep his love is for me until now. For example, I was in a situation where I was being taken advantage of and had been enduring some things through a "friend" of the family. My husband rushed in like a knight in shining armor and took care of the situation. I couldn't have handled it as Christ like as he did or as well. And that is just one example.

As far as the new beginnings. Where do I begin? Back in February I noticed the neighborhood had changed over the winter. This place hasn't been great in ages, but I genuinely started to fear for the children's safety. We decided to pray and pursue buying a house. Right away the realtor started showing us houses based on what one lender had said. Then the lender stopped returning calls, and we couldn't figure out what was going on. They just kept saying, "You're work should be done in a week." Luckily, our realtor was a good, christian woman looking out for me and gave us the number for her friend. We called her and found out the situation almost seemed hopeless. So for four months we have been working and working to fix the credit report (having the same name as other family members can be not a good thing). Anyway, so two weeks ago, the lender called the realtor and told her that we should hear something withing the next couple of weeks and to prepare us. So we made an appointment for this past Thursday. To make a long story short, Thursday come and our loan still hadn't gone through, but Diane (the realtor) still wanted to show the houses. The two we thought we wanted turned out to be someone else's wastelands. When we walked into the last house (it was only the fifth one), my husband and I both heard the Lord say, "this is your house." I told my husband, he said the same thing happened to him, and the realtor said she could have sworn she did as well. We looked around and fell in love with the place. So we figured as soon as we got the paperwork we would put a bid on it.

Now here is where God tests us. He told us the house was ours did He not? The realtor calls ruben later and said that someone had put a bid on the house, and they were reviewing the offers (there were three total) at 3:30 p.m. She talked to Linda (the lendor) and decided it was safe to write up an offer. So my husband and the realtor wrote up an offer and I was devastated thinking that it would take a miracle for the house to become ours. So, not wanting to be one of those people who claim to hear God and then back down from it, my friend and I were driving and started praying over the house about 3:15.

God told us this house was for us. His sheep hear His voice. I did not even care about the other offers. If God wanted us to have this house, this house was ours! I just decided to relax.

Here is how my God answers. Ruben calls me at 4. The loan went through at 3:00 and they accepted our offer at 3:30 and are paying our closing costs as well! Praise the Lord!

How many of us can say, "I started looking inside houses, got the loan, made an offer, and got it accepted all in one day!" It was God. The house also has already passed inspection, and we should close by the middle of July. How awesome is that!

So now I am not babysitting at the moment, and God knew why. I've been trying to pack and get this place in order. I don't have a lot to do because God told me to start packing months ago. I endured ridicule for packing before I had any pre-approved loans, but I had to do what God told me to do. There were times I questioned whether or not this was going to happen or whether or not I had heard God. However, I had a check in my spirit and had to follow orders. Now God is getting the last laugh, because if I had not done all that, I would be up a creek without a paddle now. I'd have too much to do.

We may not understand His ways, but we are to obey them. Everything will play itself out in the end. I am so glad that for once I listened to God over my friends' logic. Because now I can move in peace and not in panic.

Thank you, Lord for making this possible for us and for all Your blessings on us! To you be all glory and honor.

Oh yeah, we got a pool too!

I've been tagged

5 things i was doing 10 years ago:
1. Working at a job I hated, 2. Debating whether or not to move to Texas with my parents, 3. Helping run the national youth program for a spanish denomination behind the scenes, 4. Deciding whether or not to marry Ruben and 5. Deciding whether or not to finish school (that was a rough time period for me ten years ago).

5 snacks i love:
1. white chocolate popcorn, 2. yogurt, 3. bananas, 4. fudgecicles, 5. cheesecake

5 songs i know the words to:
1. All things are possible (my theme song), 2. Never alone by Barlow Girl, 3. American Soldier, 4. Jesus take the wheel, and 5. Most songs by Hillsong

5 things i'd do if i were a millionaire:
1. Tithe 2. Pay off house and bills 3. get the college accounts set up for the kids 4. secure my mother and 5. Ask God where He needs it

5 bad habits: 1. junk food 2. not getting into my quiet place enough 3. Like Jen, not exercising enough 4. spending money at direct sales parties 5. watching too much tv

5 things i like to do: 1. Read 2.Play with the kids 3.go swimming 4. American girl store/onine store 5. Go to the kids' sports and events and watch them strive to become who it is they will be

5 things i won't wear again: 1. spandex 2. almost 3 inch high bangs 3. black patent leather shoes as casual wear 4. New Kids on the Block clothing, and 5. Bright Teal and Hot Pink together

5 fave toys: 1. American girl dolls (Love Samantha) 2. puzzles 3. baton 4. Hoolahoop 5. and yeah Jen, the magna doodle is fun

5 people i tag: 1. Ken and I don't know anyone else on the blogger here with an account that hasn't already been tagged.