April 25, 2016

Hey guys,

So If you want to see my photography, and my paper goods designs.  Head over to my other blog: Threads n paper.   The previous posted engagement pictures are currently posted over there. 

Of course, I will still blog here, but this is going to be focused on Life and Ministry.  So go check it out and show some love!! :)

April 8, 2016

R&I Engagement Teaser


Here is a teaser from Rachel and Ismael's engagement session.

These two were so fun to work with, and I can't wait to shoot this wedding.

Shout out to my photography partner Odals!

March 7, 2016

To Four!

My kids are both 4 and It’s probably the only time that will ever happen.  One is 4 years and the other is 4 months.  Jason turned 4 months and I am loving this stage of his life.  He is the cutest baby boy I have ever seen, and yes I am biased.  I can be. He is mine.

He’s so happy and smiley.  
It's SOOOO Adorbs. 

I love it when Jason wakes in the morning or after nap.  I hear him calling out to be rescued from the crib.  When I go over to him; his little eyes are closed and are struggling to open. After he finally gets his eyes open he sees me, and just gives me the most wonderful and gentle smile.  It’s my favorite part of the day.  (I posted a clip of it on Instagram)

At 4 months he:
-Does not need a haircut. (unlike Benji)
-Holds his head up,
-Reaches for things,
-Sits unassisted for like a minute
-Holds his bottle for like 2 seconds
-Rolls over with some arm assistance
-Screams in the middle of service, making everyone turn to look at me.
-Pulls the baby hairs on the back of neck.
-Tries to eat my face
-Smiles, laughs and plays with everyone.
-Is the cutest wittle babay! 

 Experts say (The expert being my dad. A title well deserved after having 4 beautiful girls *ahem) that at 4 months they begin to say mama or dada. ‘Til this day I haven’t heard a “mama” or “dada”.  So the big question is… What will he say first? The suspense.  I am constantly trying to get him to say at least “ma” but nothing.  Benji said Mama first, and only one time.  After that one and only time it was “dada.. dada.. dada.." blah blah yeah yeah.  I wholeheartedly refuse to believe this will be the case again.   It simply cannot be!  

What do you think he will say first?  
#TeamMama !!

February 25, 2016

Things Benji Says

My Ben turned 4 about a month ago. FOUR!  When his birthday rolled around I was cheerful and motivated.  Then arrived the day I had to register him for school and basically it all went downhill from there. Now, I find myself just staring at him, and remembering when he was tiny and I had to do everything for him.  How I had to feed him, change him, bathe him, and soothe him, and how I would hold him until he withered off to sleep. He pretty much doesn’t need my help for that anymore.  Oh how they grow!  *tears*

In those moments of thought, I find myself wondering how an older Benjamin will be, because as a child he is full of life. The most entertaining person I know.  He’s a child comedian, a loving person, and a complete mama’s boy. (yay to me. He will love me forever)  I'm pretty sure you are wondering what makes me think all these things about him.. and well let's just take a little peek into this mind of his...


Eww mom, something smells terrible, it’s disgusting” as we enter the elevator and someone is in there. Nice Benji.

Mom, she is so rude.” About an ungrateful lady Benjamin held the door for. Don’t ever forget your manners around this child. He also likes to tell me that Eunice, his Sunday school teacher, says not to be rude. 

Hello, what would you like to order?” In a perfect British accent! *High-five*

Mom, if I don’t have a cookie, I’m going to DIE!”  Cookie Monster.

Please, Call me your highness”  Relaaaaaaxx!  

 “We are a family of Superheroes.  I am The Flash, Dad is Superman, Jason is Green Lantern, and you are wonder woman” Extensive knowledge of superheroes. I don't want to be wonder woman, geez!

 “MOM! You look like a princess” as he looks at my wedding picture “You are a princess and dad is your knight.

Mom today I want to pray for the Rescue Bots… They need help to save Griffin Rock” Just a cartoon Benji.

Jesus, Give my dad lots of money so he can buy me so many toys” I wish that was my only worry too.

Mom, the Bible says don’t make your son angry” this is true.
Mom, the Bible says be nice to your husband” This is also true
Mom, the bible says give your son a snacks” I have yet to read this.

We are in love. You and dad and me and Jason. We are a family, and we are in love. Jesus loves families in love” My heart is warm.

 AND There’s more where that came from.

I love Benjamin.  He makes me laugh, cry, angry, and sad. Basically emotional. Oh and let’s face it, only someone who you truly love can make you feel all these emotions. I look forward to seeing what else his little mind comes up with. So onwards to 4!!! 

February 2, 2016

Coffee Date Updates


A while ago I was following a soon-to-be-mother-of-two blogger and I remember that after she had her second child, she kind of disappeared off the earth for a good while.  I kept returning to her blog in hopes of a new post, and there was nothing. Now, I can admit, I understand why. For some reason I thought my second child would be just like my first, but as they say “Every child is different”, and while I knew that to be true in my pregnancy, for some reason I thought that wouldn’t be the case with me. (As if I were exempt from all humanly things) I have had the hardest time settling into a routine.  With Benjamin I felt as though we had everything had fallen into place by now and I was blogging on the reg. But then again it was so long ago, and my memory could be a little fogged. I do, however, feel like we have made some sort of progress. Slowly but surely, I guess. Is there anyone out there who can relate to this? Some advice and encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

Now onwards with the "Us" updates. 
If we were on a coffee date you would be updated on the following... 

Of course this would be the primary little person you would ask about because he is new and all.

He was dedicated on the last Sunday of 2015, and he just turned 3 months yesterday.  I honestly think he is just the most adorable baby ever.  He is smiling, holding his head up now, and sleeping a good solid 6 hours now. of course I would too, but I have another child(ren).  Jason is also quite sensitive. When I rescue him from the giant evil boogers, he cries very much and quite loudly. After consolation he refuses to make eye contact with me, as if I have committed a great sin against him. I do not know what to make of this.

You would ask about him next, but he is super handsome and smart.

Benji turned 4 on Jan 17th.  I can't believe how fast this child is growing.  Such a bittersweet feeling. Benji has proven to be the greatest older brother I ever imagined. He loves Jason beyond measure.  These two kids have a special connection.  Sometimes Benji is the only one who can make baby smile, especially during the consolation stage of boogy-rescue.  Benjamin is also quite a character, but I will save those stories for another episode of “Benji Stories”. 

You would ask about him because he is the man in my life, my hubby.

Ruben is good. He had a bday recently.  He turned 29! 
He is a great father and husband. He’s a trooper! Most days he goes to work and comes home to play with the kiddos and spend some time with his beautiful wife (me), or Study, or give a bible study. Sometimes he just comes home to change and goes straight to church. He wakes up early to pray.  He’s the household provider. I dk how he does it but he always finds time to be a husband, father and pastor.  He deserves an A + +.  

You would ask about this because you know this is a HUGE part of our life.

Church is good. God is doing great things.  Our theme of the year is LOVE.  This includes love for God, love of God, love for one another, love for the souls, love and sacrifice, and love and all of its components.  We are also a bilingual church, so we are working on only singing songs that are in Spanish and English and translating all of our sermons. That’s just a couple of things worth mentioning, but there is a lot happening at Tri-City Pentecostal Church. Lots of good things, Praise God!

Lastly you would ask about 

I am great. Life with two boys has been quite interesting, but I have enjoyed the challenge of it. I am 10lbs away from pre-Jason weight, and hey that’s not bad at all. However, I am still waiting for all my clothes to fit me again. It’s hard to get dressed for church. Geez.  

My main goal every year is to get closer to God. Closer and Closer!  I started a new Bible reading plan for this year, and according my app I am 11% done. Also, Jason is my alarm clock for prayer when I wake up in the morning to feed him, and I also take that time to pray. In the last few weeks I have heard some amazing preaching’s that have spoken to my soul, and I know that God is watching over us.

I have also started a new business endeavor that I will tell you about in the near future.  

OH, Of course you would ask me about one of my greatest passions.
Yesterday I ran out of coffee, and it was a really wretched day… but today we are back on track!

What's new with you? 

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