Friday, October 31, 2008


Expelled is on DVD. If you did not make your way out to the theater to see Expelled you have to see it now. I think everyone needs to watch this especially Christians.
Please watch it and tell your friends to watch it too!!

Yes I am still on my soapbox

Yes. The more I learn the more I get mad. Let me explain to you some new things I have learned. If Obama becomes president I think all Christians will need to do some serious praying and fasting. Let me explain why.

When president Clinton was in office there was a bill on the floor called the Freedom of Choice Act" As I have mentioned before this bill "would invalidate virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion" Thanks to a lot of prayer and action by Christians and pro-life advocates this bill did not go through.

But Obama has promised his avid pro-choice supporters like Planned Parenthood that when he becomes President that this will be one of the first things he will sign into law. So what exactly does that mean. It means that there will be absolutely no restrictions or regulations on abortion. Abortion on demand from conception to 9 months in utero. And let's say that a baby delivered in the late third trimester is born-alive and could possibly survive like a preemie would well as Obama would have it this baby should not receive any kind of medical care and should just be left to die or made to die.

Further more this bill would cause medical insurance to cover abortion as well as Medicaid. All state limitations would be cancelled. Therefore in Texas the parental notification would be nullified. So someone could take an 11 year old to go get an abortion and her parents would not even have to know.

If this does not make you mad I don't know what will.

To learn more about the lies of Obama please follow this link:

here is a link to another educational video.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Favorites from the Fair

Seth the not so good driver on his pink hummer

Sydney enjoying the car show at the fair

Selah & the cracker at the fair

Papi carrying Sydney

Sydney enjoying a ride at the fair

The ninos getting a foot massage at the fair

Sydney's Footsie Wootsies

Seth & "Woody"

The ninos' favorite attraction at the fair

Seth feeding a camel

Selah feeding a giraffe

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Get Well Soon

This was our card to Uncle Charles. We are praying that you get well soon Uncle Charles.

Seth said something really cute when we went to visit Uncle Charles at the hospital yesterday. We were walking by the nurses station where they were brewing some coffee and he said "I smell some coffee" when we had past by the smell and were nearing Uncle Charles' room he said "but now it mostly smells like band-aids" When we were leaving the hospital Selah told Uncle Charles "Thank you for letting me come see your boo-boos." I think the kids helped cheer Uncle Charles up a little that day and brought a smile to our faces.

I have an idea

When the presidential candidates were asked something like "With the economic crisis what funding do you think you might cut?"

I was jumping with my hand up "Ask me! Ask me! I have an idea! How bout Planned Parenthood!"

I received this message from American Life League and would like everyone to send this message to their Attorney General.

Just follow the link. It is so easy.

Planned Parenthood Banks on Fraud!!!

American Life League exposes Planned Parenthood's fraud in California and reminds Americans why Planned Parenthood should not receive ANY tax money, especially in the midst of a current financial crisis. In response to this fraud, American Life League is calling on all pro-lifers to go to to send a message to the Attorneys General in their own states asking for an investigation into Planned Parenthood.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Latest Greatest Picture of the Love Birds

I love him and he loves me.
When I look at this picture I think. "When did I start looking like an adult?"
"We look like the real deal Mr. and Mrs. Parents."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

4 Reasons Not to Worry

  1. Worrying Accomplishes Absolutely Nothing.

    I don't know about you, but I don't have any time to waste these days. And worrying is a waste of very precious time. Worrying won't help you solve a problem or bring about a solution, so why waste your time and energy on it?

      Matthew 6:27-29
      Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.(NLT)
  2. Worrying is Not Good for You.

    Worrying is destructive to us in many ways. It becomes a mental burden that can even cause us to grow physically sick.

      Proverbs 12:25
      Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.(NLT)
  3. Worrying is the Opposite of Trusting God.

    The energy that we spend worrying can be put to much better use in prayer. Here's a little formula to remember: Worry replaced by Prayer equals Trust.

      Matthew 6:30
      And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? (NLT)
      Philippians 4:6-7
      Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.(NLT)
  4. Worrying Puts Your Focus in the Wrong Direction.

    When we keep our eyes focused on God, we remember his love for us and we realize we truly have nothing to worry about. God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and part of that plan includes taking care of us. Even in the difficult times, when it seems like God doesn't care, we can put our trust in the Lord and focus on his kingdom. God will take care of our every need.

      Matthew 6:25
      That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?(NLT)
      Matthew 6:31-33
      So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(NLT)
      1 Peter 5:7
      Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.(NLT)
By Mary Fairchild,

I am starting one of those

The closer election day gets the more I worry. As some people know, from some of my last postings and my pro-life stand, I do not want Obama as president. I can tell you that I actually do not like that guy. The more I learn about him and what could happen to our nation if he becomes president the more I worry. The other day though I just had to remind myself to really just stop and pray for the man. Not only pray for Obama but Biden and also McCain and Palin (I am loving Palin by the way).

What does worry do anyway? Read my next posting where I will quote some more on that topic.
But well you know that worry does nothing to improve anything.

Therefore I decided to do something a little more productive like pray and encourage other people to join me on some focused time of prayer for our nation. So next time you begin to worry please take a deep breath and begin praying. Let's remember that God is still on the throne and wants us to bring our cares to Him for He cares for us.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Like the one about the Red Sea

So I am not an Israelite as one can easily tell. I was not alive during the Exodus and not real sure that I have any very distant relatives who lived through that. But man wouldn't it be cool to sit at the feet of your mom or grandma, dad or grandad and hear them retell that story about all the cool things God did that they witnessed. God actually commanded these parents and grandparents to tell these stories and to sing songs about the miracles of God so that their kids would be like "Wow! Really! Man our God is just awesome!"

So Seth, Selah, Sydney let's sit down I want to tell you a true story. This is what God did when I was just a little girl (I was 12). Let me tell you first that the God who made the world and broke a river in half is the same God in my story (Actually He is THE ONLY GOD). Well one day God, and me, and my Papi went to the doctor. My tummy had been sick and well my Papi had been really feeling sick for a while. That day the doctor told us some really bad news. The doctor said my Papi was very sick and probably going to die very soon (he had maybe 4 months to live). My Papi and I were very sad and when we told my Mami or Abuelita and Tia Raquel and Ruthie that your Abuelito was very sick we all cried. But you know what... we remembered that God was still there with us so we talked to Him about our problem. Yeah, we prayed and told other people to pray for my Papi and you know what happened? Just like in those stories that you learn in Sunday School where Jesus healed the sick...well He did that with Abuelito. When the doctors found the problem and helped Abuelito feel better He healed Abuelito. You know how the doctor said Abuelito might die really soon, well God has given him another 15 years.

Isn't our God awesome!!

Has someone told you they are probably going to hell

There had been times that I have not talked about what God has been doing in my life and through me for fear of sounding arrogant or like I am showing off. I have learned though that Christians should testify and encourage the brethren by sharing what the Lord has done.

So today I would like to testify what the Lord has done and what I have witnessed. It is good to obey the commandment to tell the good news. It's awesome to find someone who is just ready to hear and receive the gift of eternal life. Can I have a witness!!

Today was a good day at the Downtown Pregnancy Center. The first thing I was asked to do was sit in with our nurse as she did a sonogram for one of our abortion minded clients. This client had been very abortion minded on her first visit to the DPC and our director and nurse were very surprised to see her return for a follow-up appointment. She did return with her mom this day. Let me tell you that God was working and had been working in this girls heart. The last time she had been very cold and non-emotional and this time she was crying with her mom and bonding with the child on that sonogram machine screen. We got to hear a little 8 week old baby's heart beat. The mother of this young girl was a Christian and talked to her daughter about how important it was for them to pray about this situation they were in. She reminded her daughter that God could bring her through this. Our nurse did great in sharing God's purpose for this baby and for this young girl. Then we had a prayer meeting right there in that little room. First Dana prayed then the mother prayed and I just sat there silently praising God for what He allowed me to witness.

Next I was asked to counsel a girl that came for a pregnancy test. This young 17 year old was breaking my heart as we were going through the intake as she shared with me some personal things. When we got to the gospel presentation part where I ask "If you were to die today and God were to ask you, why should I let you come into my heaven, what would you say?" She told me she did not know what she would say as she had not really thought about it.

I then asked her "So where do you think you are going after you die?" With all seriousness and sincerity she replied, "I am probably going to hell."

I told her, "You know what... we are all headed there if we do not have Jesus in our life. But no one wants to go there. You don't want to go there, right?" "No. I don't" she said.

"Why do you think you are not going to heaven?" I asked her. "Because of all the bad things in my past that I have done."

With enthusiasm in my voice in knowing that God had been revealing her need for Him to her I told her, "You know what... You are at a great place right now! We are all sinners. I have some bad stuff in my past too and it's great that you realize that because sometimes I get girls here that tell me 'I am going to heaven because I deserve it. I am a good person. I am not that bad' but you know that you need someone to help you that you can't get to heaven on your own right?"

She was right there with me following my every pumped up word. I was getting excited in the spirit. "Yes!" she knew she wasn't getting to heaven on her own. "So then can I tell you the way to get to heaven" "Yes. please."

I went through a tract with her and shared the bad news and good news. Here is a little summary of what we went over

Bad news #1: You're a sinner
Bad news #2: The wages of sin is death
but there are also Good News
Good news #1: Christ died for sinners
Good news #2: If you trust Him through faith you can have eternal life
So do you wanna?

She did wanna. I guided her in her prayer and she said a very beautiful prayer in her words asking Christ to forgive her of her sins and then thanking Him.

After praying with her and then for her she asked me for the tract. I love it when young girls ask me that because it encourages me that this is something that they really get and want to read again or share with someone.

I then took some time to explain to her what had happened how she had been born again spiritually and needed to grow in her faith, how she needs to grow in her relationship with Christ. Later on we talked about God's great love for her and purpose, about how God makes rules for our protection including through abstinence.

I pray right now for her that God will protect her from the evil one. I pray that God's seed in her heart will grow and multiply. I pray that the change Christ's made in her heart will be evident to others and that she will draw people to Christ like the woman at the well. May she realize that Christ is the Living Water she has been searching for. PRAISE HIM!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My butterflies

I was trying to get a picture of Sydney on this cool butterfly bench at the zoo when a lady went by and started making faces at Sydney to get her to smile. At first Sydney did not know what to think of her but then she did smile.
Selah did not cooperate very well with me and pretty much just got off the bench. This picture shows Selah's personality of doing her own thing.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

family time at the zoo

Here are a few more pictures from our last outing to the zoo. We were accompanied by some of our favorite people. Of course their was Cathy or Cathy Diffee Carpenter as Seth likes to call her.

Here is Seth talking to Cathy on the Monorail.
Then there was Zach and Nicole. I mean Micah. Seth & I were having a hard time with his name that day.

I love this picture of Selah's little eyes.
Tim took this great shot.

Sherry and Selah enjoying the view from the Monorail.

Our little photographers

Today at the zoo Seth enjoyed recording his life behind a camara. He is a becoming a great photographer I must say as proven by some of the following pictures.

Here is Seth photographing from the Monorail Train

Here was Seth's first picture at the zoo. I like his little model.

This is Seth's first National Geographic picture

He also got a close up picture of the gorillas

Papi got in the way of a great picture

This was taken from the Monorail

Sydney taking her first digital picture

she's thinking "let me review my last picture"

I guess I need to take a few photography classes from Seth & Sydney.

Our little almost walker

Can you believe how big Sydney has gotten. She has been ready to walk for about two months and I think she's almost got it. We took these pictures the second day after she started walking with just the help of holding on to one hand. Selah started walking at 11 months and I think Sydney will probably start at 10 months. Be on the look out for first steps pictures.

I love this picture of Papi helping her walk because I love the shot of the little baby rolls on Sydney's thighs.
Can you tell she is a little proud of herself for almost walking? She looks like a big girl with all those teeth too.

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Difference between Religion and Christianity

Learned this in Sunday School last week:

"Do you know the difference between religion and Christianity? It's two letters versus four letters.

Religion is spelled with two letters - D-O. Religion is a list of things people think they have to do in order to be accepted by God-go to church, give money, keep the Ten Commandments, say the Rosary, be baptized, pray every day. The list is endless. It’s always Do …… Do …… Do. That’s what religion is all about. If you want to go to heaven, you’re going to do something and keep on doing it until the day you die.

Christianity is spelled with four letters-D-O-N-E. Christianity is not based on what we do but upon what Jesus Christ has already done. If you want to go to heaven, you don’t have to do anything; you just have to trust in what Jesus Christ has already done for you. That’s it. That's the whole difference — Do versus Done.

Either you do it or you believe that Jesus Christ has already done it for you."

Ray Pritchard, "Sola Fide: By Faith Alone," Series: The Four "Solas," © 1997, Delivered on July 13, 1997 to Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois. Online: available at, Accessed: July 18, 2002.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Obama on Abortion

Obama is pro-abortion. Obama said "the first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act" That bill "would invalidate virtually all state and federal limitations on abortion, and would make partial-birth abortion legal again."

(So is it about the voice of the people who have voted in their states for limitations or about his beliefs and those of his supporters like Planned Parenthood who are making loads of money from killing babies?)

In the context of sex, he quipped about his daughters,

"If they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."

Obama makes it clear if his daughters had an unplanned pregnancy, he would support terminating the life of his grandchild.

(Excuse me?!?! so children are punishments. Last time I read the Bible God called them blessings.)

(But as a dear misguided friend recently told me "Abortion is wrong, but there are more important issues on the table like our security." I say, "yeah, you're right... I mean lets put this in the context of Germany under the rule of Adolf Hitler... It's wrong to kill Jews and send them to concentration camps, but think about the security of our country we need to have safety because there is surely a lot of people out there out to get us." Really? I mean Really!? I thought we needed to put our trust in the Lord as our Protector and Provider not the government... but well that is something they taught me in Sunday School and not everybody has the blessing of that.)

On my soapbox,


i am: a Christ follower. Tim's wife. Seth, Selah, & Sydney's Mami. Pro-life. Bible believing. Saved by grace. a blogger.

i think: about where our country is headed and worry a little. about my children's' future.

i know: I am going to heaven when I die. Jesus loves me.

i want: to hear "well done good and faithful servant". to be the best wife and mom that I can be. to travel the world. to love people the way God loves them to the best of my ability. see people the way God sees them. make a difference in the world.

i have: an awesome life. great parents. a great family.

i wish: i was more organized. i was a better housewife. i did not sin.

i hate: sin. the devil.

i miss: my parents. family that is far away. friends that are far away. real Mexican food.

i feel: happiest when I am content with what God has given me.

i crave: real Mexican food. me time. PF Changs. Cheesecake Factory.

i search: on Goodsearch for Hidden Acres :) for ways to improve my photography skills.

i wonder: what the rest of my life will look like. if Seth will grow up to be a farmer.

i regret: the sins I've committed.

i care: about children. about the lost. about missions. about truly making a difference in the world.

i always: tell Tim not to say "always" or "never" when referring to something I do.

i am not: perfect (believe it or not). very organized. voting for Obama.

i believe: Jesus is the answer for the world today.

i dance: with my kiddos and with Tim (though usually not in public because I am Baptist :)

i sing: with gusto but not beautiful. a lot of Barney songs.

i laugh: at Tim's corny jokes because I love him. at my kids silliness.

i cry: when missionaries speak. When I watch sad movies. especially when I am pregnant.

i don’t always: remember to not say "always" and "never" when talking about things Tim does.

i write: on my Blog. for our newsletter. love notes to Tim.

i lose: stuff all the time but usually find it after searching the whole house.

i never: want to be angry at God. want to be a bad wife or mother.

i listen: to Christian music. Adventures in Odyssey. Christian Radio. To sports talk radio and talk radio because I have to when I ride on the car with Tim (well at least I hear it I don't know if listen is the right word).

i can usually be found: at home with my kids. on my Mac (don't tell Tim I call it "my" Mac)

i am scared: of sudden catastrophes but because the Bible says not to be I am working on that.

i need: Jesus. love. food. shelter. clothing. my family.

i can’t wait: to see Jesus face to face.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

What the ninos are saying these days

Selah recent cute sayings:

"That's ok mami. That's ok"

While hugging Sydney,
"Sydney, you're my best friend"

To Mami and Sydney:
"I'm so proud of you two guys"

"That's perfect!"
Seth recent cute phrases:

When I asked him to do something he sweetly replied with a smile
"Well, you have to give me a kiss first" as he pointed to his cheek

After going to the library with grandma
"Mami, there were a lot of cute little kids around Selah's age. She should come with us next time."

Kissing Selah goodnight
"I love you Selah"

"Are there going to be lots of toys in heaven?"

Sydney just baby babbles, but she is getting so good and cute at waving hi while she says something like "haaaiiiiiaaaii" and bye "aaaaaaahhh"

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Making my day

Have you ever made someone's day and then realize that making their day also made your day? I did not realize that the day celebrating the culmination of Ramadan that I would be photographing Muslim children dressed their finest. I have started going with Refugee Resources president, Alysa, to help with after school tutoring. Well though this day we did not really do any tutoring because the kids were celebrating I ended up celebrating something else with them. Alysa asked me to make a camp video to hand out to the campers. That day I delivered the video which Alysa played for the children in the room where tutoring usually occurs in their apartment complex. I cannot begin to describe how excited the children were to watch the camp video. They were jumping and dancing and singing along with the songs on the video that they learned at camp. "Big House" by Audio Adrenaline and "Every Move I Make" by Out of Eden were the songs they were singing by heart. How cool! That on that day of celebration they were singing songs about Christ. It was so fun to make their day. I was so happy and blessed to see what an impact a week of camp can make on these children. It is definitely a thing that stays with them.