Friday, November 2, 2012

Sick of being sick ...

Today officially marks a full of week of reaching for a box of tissues, blowing my nose, coughing at the most random times, not getting a full night's sleep because of discomfort. Yes, the common cold got to me -- the worst attack I've had since I moved here two years ago.


Before this year, I hardly got sick -- ever. I thought I had a pretty awesome immune system.

After thorough research, I learned that working at a daycare likely has something to do with it. I consider myself responsible about sanitizing, getting enough vitamins, hydrating myself like crazy and even worked out 24 days out of October!

It's been 8 full days of soups, liquids, vitamin Cs, Nyquils, cups of hot tea, vapor steams, cough drops, and everything else I have heard about curing the common cold. I cannot wait to be better.

Any other ideas out there that I may not have tried or heard of?


On another serious note:
Please pray with me as my grandmother (who I lovingly call "Abuelita") is ill with pneumonia and her body is not taking it well. It is difficult for me not be by her at this time. I wish to see her this Thanksgiving -- a prayer that I humbly ask God for. Will you stand with me on this one? I believe in miracles and I believe she can still bounce back no matter what doctors say. Thank you.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

What I am Looking Forward to this November

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV

I have great love for the first days of the month. But this month seems a little more special than most. I do not know why but my heart is filled with hope.

I can't wait to see couples getting married, enjoying our own marriage even more, witnessing teenagers having a true encounter with Jesus, my husband seeing open doors more then he ever imagined, pouring life into more children, being free of sickness and worry, receiving an abundance of encouragement, speaking life into more people, finding a new place to live so that we may serve our community more, quality time with family this Thanksgiving, and a continued pursuit of Christ-likeness.


What are you looking forward to this month?

 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Imaginary Closet for Fall 2012

My fall imaginary closet will have these.


A black leather motorcycle jacket
Jacket by Dorothy Perkins

A pair of flat, brown leather boots
Boots by Rachel Roy


An oversized chambray button-down shirt
Shirt by Urban Outfitters


A military-style navy wool coat
Coat by J.Crew


Leopard-print loafers
Loafers by Charles Phillip


A mustard-colored sweater dress
Sweater Dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim


An oversized, fair isle sweater
Sweater by ASOS


How about you? 
What are you dreaming about wearing this fall?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Photo Journal: His 33rd Birthday


About a week before he turned 33, I planned on taking him to a concert that I knew he was going to enjoy. I told him that the evening will be a surprise. But first I took him out to dinner.




Dinner was at Bombasha Brazilian Steakhouse in Nashville's Hillsboro Village. It is probably the only authentic churrascaria in town. I call it a lazy man's buffet because the unlimited cuts of grilled meat are brought to the table instead of getting up and getting more food.


While I enjoy a great meat-filled dinner, I knew I couldn't take in all that was being brought to the table. It's all right though. Robert had the best meal and it was so totally worth it!


The surprise of the evening was taking him to see Boyz II Men perform with the Nashville Symphony in downtown. He did not know until we parked by Schermerhorn Symphony Center and saw the tickets. I was not allowed to take pictures during the performance so this is the only photo we got.


I wish I took pictures of his reaction to the surprise. It was priceless!


A week later






Robert recently saw a movie called Father of Lights not too long ago and wanted every one from the youth group to see it. He invited RUSH Franklin's parents and students to watch it on the weekend before his birthday.

They used it as an opportunity to use that evening to celebrate his special day. Robert and I were so moved by the kindness and generous ways these people did to make it special. The love they poured on him that night is something I will never forget and will forever be grateful for.



I knew Robert was working on this actual birthday (September 25th) so I made plans to take him out to another filling meal on the 24th. Another bonus: our good friend Liz is in town for a visit!


I've always wanted to visit Monell's -- a legendary family-style southern dining experience in Nashville. I knew a people person like my husband will love the fact that he will be seated in a long dining table with strangers and break bread with them.







The servings were generous (read: unlimited!). On the menu that day: chicken and dumplings, meat loaf, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn pudding. And the best fried chicken I've had since moving to Nashville.









That evening, I gathered all presents and cards. given by me, family, and all his other friends. I wanted him to feel like it's Christmas! One of his strongest love languages is gifts. It was a great opportunity to make him feel loved.








He loved, loved, loved the headphones given to him by my Dad.



The following morning (his actual birthday) I made him a birthday breakfast waffle. I wanted a good start to what we expected was going to be a busy work day.



He went to the office, was in meetings all morning. I asked him to come home quickly for lunch because I made his favorite Filipino dish: beef sinigang (beef ribs in sour soup).




That evening, we attended a fundraiser of Ten Days Missions -- an organization close to our hearts and helped bring us to our missions trip to Baja, Mexico.



We decided to celebrate the last couple of hours of his birthday in Applebee's. It was the only restaurant in our area that was open late at night.


Yes, he got the birthday song!


And then he found out that the guy sitting next to our table is his birthday too so he got up and sang for him!



I feel very blessed to see you so happy your 33rd birthday. The day you were born will always be the biggest deal because your life has changed me and continues to bring joy to mine every single day.



Thank you to everyone who made his birthday special!