Sunday, May 31, 2009

Six Years later

Thank you God for love! Thank you God for grace! Thank you God for forgiveness! Thank you God for mercy! Thank you God for the gift of marriage! Only in You and through You can the joy of this day exist.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thoughts on Marriage by Seth and Selah

While having lunch at Hidden Acres, Seth is conversing about Ruth's wedding and Ruth having babies and the such. Then Seth's asks me once again, "So, Mami, why can't I marry my sisters? What if I want to marry them?" I am trying to answer again while Selah interrupts, "Seth, you can marry me Seth. You can marry me!"

I am glad they love each other so much. I am thinking this whole marrying each other issue will resolve itself in time. For now I think their childlike innocence is just precious as this picture.

Monday, May 25, 2009

a few favorites from rehearsal

papi trying to hold back the tears

Papi making us tear up as well

the happy couple

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mami by Seth

This picture was taken by Seth with his little digital camera. I did a little color editing on it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

On female issues

This is a posting about female issues, just warning all the male readers out there :)

Ok. So I posted a blog against birth control pills and I know one question that may come up is something like. "What if I take the birth control pill for medical reasons, and not just birth control?"
The two reasons here that I have heard, there may be more, but the two that I am talking about are the issue of bad cramping and irregularity. I was asked that by someone close to me and I asked someone with connections to help me answer this.

This is the response I received from a midwife.

"You are wise not to consider birth control pills for many reasons. Yes, there are some natural remedies for these kinds of problems. What they are experiencing is a hormone issue. Vitex (standardized extract) which comes from the chaste berry is a natural hormone regulator. I would start by taking 2 capsules every day. Also B12 and B complex are very useful. Then when the cycle starts begin taking red raspberry leaf tea or capsules for the cramping. I would do the caps and take 4-5 every hour for the days you would normally cramp. This may take a month or two to regulate, but I really think its worth giving it a try."

I will have to admit that I don't have all the answers to family planning. I have not yet resolved the whole issue, but did find the natural family planning information interesting and helpful. I will not go into detail as to what my hubby and I do because well that is kind of weird and I better stop writing because its getting a little awkward.

I will say that I felt a conviction against birth control pills long before I married Tim and felt confirmation in many ways that I was making a wise decision. I feel that the planning of children needs to be a husband and wife decision to be made day by day and month by month and prayer by prayer.

I hope this does not read as condemnation, but I personally don't like when people say, "Well we don't want to have a child until we are settled and have enjoyed each other. We think we will wait two years before we have a baby." Then the woman goes on to take birth control pills for two years taking on the full responsibility (in a way) of preventing the pregnancy (which how exactly does that happen?). I am just wandering if maybe we should leave some room for the Holy Spirit, to ask Him to lead us to follow God's will day by day, not two years by two years. You know what I mean. Then if I read into the sentence the priority of the marriage seems to be financial security and enjoyment and the belief that after children you can't truly enjoy your spouse.

These are my personal ramblings I leave for my posterity.

Prager University: The American Trinity

Tim recommended I post this on my blog. It is very much worth watching.

my little clown

too cute not to share.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

1st storyboard

I just love these pictures. Granted they may not be professional and my kiddos may be a mess, but aren't they just lovely. They are a glimpse of our everyday, our interaction, and our love. I love the expressions caught in these pictures. (In moments like this wish I had one of those fancy photographer blogs where the pictures show up bigger. For now you can click on picture if you would like close-ups)

The Pill

Promote the Day

Radical me, here I go at it again.

Some stuff to think about...

Is the pill Biblical?

Is the pill safe?

Does the pill help marriage?

Does the pill end the life of a baby?

How has the invention of the pill helped humankind?

Does the philosophy behind the pill devalue pregnancy and children?

Think about it.

Another great Pro-life video

Monday, May 11, 2009

Selah Art

This is Selah at Hidden Acres doing her favorite thing, playing in the dirt. She could spend hours playing with dirt. She especially loves the sandy dirt at HA.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Birthday Picture

Raquel in black and white vintage

Raquel in black and white

Raquel in honey powder

Happy Birthday my pretty sister!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New edited pics

I am working a little on post processing and artistic additions to my photographs. I kind of like the way they turned out.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sometimes I wonder

Sometimes I wonder where thoughts come from.
How does this precious little girl come up with some crazy ideas like..."I wonder what will happen if I put playdough up my nose."

mi hijo

I call it art