Monday, May 31, 2010

5.31.10 green.

green mangoes with bagoong. =]
the BEST part of the memorial day picnic.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

5.30.10 staycation.

When you can't afford a vacation... You stay at home, watch movies and let the kids play slip and slide and go swimming aaaand you dont do chores! :) just like a vacation...but in the comfort of your own home.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

5.29.10 SUNSet.


The SUNSet on arizona today. :) Four More. Let's go Llakers!


sent via Patricia's crackberry

Friday, May 28, 2010

5.28.10 stop.

Stop child trafficking now. www.sctnow.org


Thursday, May 27, 2010

5.27.10 santo.

My boss is catholic. She has lil statues here at our office of baby Jesus (santo nino) and a lil warrior angel. Baby Jesus is bigger than the archangel. =]

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

5.26.10 my sWord.


my sWord.

i have with me, in the palm of my hand, the most powerful weapon ever.

the sad thing is...i choose not to use it daily. nor do i use it to it's fullest potential.

i pray that i will have the discipline to choose to pick up my sWord daily: by obeying, reading, studying, teaching, speaking, sharing and meditating on it.

i pray that i never take His sWord lightly.

i pray that i will remember that blood was shed, just so i can read these letters.

i pray that everytime i have this weapon in my hand, my Teacher will show me the proper ways to use this weapon effectively.

i pray that i will be a worthy warrior to carry my Master's sWord.

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operating, energizing and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sWord, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life [soul] and [the immortal] spirit., and of joint and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. [Hebrews 4:12 amp]

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

5.25.10 woohoo!


My son was able to "fix" the plug on the computer that my sister in law gave to me. (It's an older computer that she's had for years... we blessed her with a new computer for her birthday so she gave me her old one)... i love how people pay the blessing forward. she gave this to me so i can start writing my book again (i stopped writing since i ran over my beautiful laptop with my car last january...click here to read a story about stupidity)

I've had this computer for about a month now and I've had trouble trying to keep it on coz there's something wrong with the plug. once you move it...the computer shuts down. there's really no way to fix it or buy a new plug. my sister in law held the plug with one hand while browsing with the other hand just so it wouldn't shut down.

my son...decided to do something about this. so he took the computer out of the bag and found a way to fix it himself. he is a genius ;) he put the computer on the table...found the right angle to hold the plug and put a can of spam on top of the plug so there was something heavy to hold that plug down. so as long as i dont move the computer....it's fine!

I now have a computer at home once again! YEY! Book writing here I come....im baaaaack!

I have to stop myself from twittering/facebooking/blog surfing at night though. Im sooo glad i cannot move this laptop anywhere. it will help me to not take it to bed with me.

NOTE TO SELF:

PRACTICE SELF CONTROL PATRICIA.

God gave you a 3rd laptop for free. use it wisely.

Monday, May 24, 2010

5.24 uhhh...


Im obviously running out of things to take a picture of.


iFail.

I LOVE PEOPLE. I love building life together with people. Bring in the Word of God & prayer in that mix and it takes that love into a whole 'nother level. People. God. Prayer. The Word. Fellowship. Smallgroups.

This can be a good thing for the most part, but I know for me it can also be bad. Let me break it down to you and tell you why.

During smallgroups, we usually share about God, our hearts, and the Word. We pray, encourage, and share our lives with each other and it's good. But it's not what happens during the smallgroups that causes me to FAIL. It's what happens after.

I always chose to stay and linger instead of going home right after. And every time I attend or lead a smallgroup, I find that this almost always happens. And because of that... iFail.

I stay and talk to friends - about God & the Bible & life. I stay and encourage and pray for people. I stay to laugh or cry or both. I stay to eat, to hug, to fellowship.

BUT as I do all of the above - chitchatting, listening, praying and encouraging others..... my own son sits in the other room... tired, cranky and is often wanting to go home. And instead of listening to him and his needs, I listen to myself and to others.

And because I choose do that, iFail.
  • iFail because instead of being home early enough to cook him a home cooked meal, I have to feed him junky fast food.
  • iFail coz if i continue to show him that, to a certain degree, im showing him that other people are more important than him.
  • iFail coz im selfish... Because I love ministry. Because I love having the chance to talk to adults since im with my son the whole day. I justify it in my head that it's "okay to stay late" coz this is my "only adult conversation time".
  • iFail because my son should be in bed at a proper time and he's not.
  • iFail because he gets to bed late, which means he wakes up late. And I end up irritated with him if Im late for work the next day.
I dont want to fail anymore, especially in this area. this does not mean that i will not be attending any more smallgroups. it just means that i must practice a little more self control and leave at a decent time. and i must learn to SAY NO to myself. coz Next to God, my son should be my top priority. I need to stop failing in this area. if I fail in this area it means I've failed in life.

because "sons are a heritage from the Lord, children are a reward from Him [psalm 127:3]". a ministry is not a reward. a church is not a reward. smallgroups are not a reward. it think it's funny that God didn't even call friends a reward.

my FAMILY, my son is my heritage and my reward. and i must do what i can to make sure i am diligently treasuring this reward He has trusted me with.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

5.23.10 sigh.

watching the suns beat the lakers.

OUCH.

well, at least it adds a lil spice to this NBA western conference finals.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

5.22.10 forever.

of all the scenes i could've captured during
my "movie date" with my son..

i took captured this scene.

shrek and fiona in bed. o_O

oh well. shrek forever.

Friday, May 21, 2010

5.21.10 el lay.

To live and die in LA, it's the place to be
You've got to be there to know it, what everybody wanna see
-2pac.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

5.20.10 sick.

son is sick. praying he feels better soon. thank you CVS for providing generic products that are cheaper than the recalled "brand named" ones. you make it easy on a mama's wallet.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

5.19.10 hold.


I asked my son why he wanted to come with me to the carwash instead of staying behind to play the computer... He said "because I wanted to spend time with you". :)

My little warrior's hand is almost as big as mine. *sigh*

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

5.18.10 excuse me.


Uhhmm... just because I looked for you for 6hours & I was super happy to find you does NOT give you the right to be sleeping on MY BED. SMH

hero and friend.

my friend wrote this poem for me. im kind of narcissistic so im posting this on my blog [LOL]. tell me, who doesn't like it when other people are inspired to write about them, especially if it's poetry? ;)

but all kidding aside. im so honored that she wrote this poem for me. her poem reminds me...that i am different from other women and that is okay. i have learned and will continue to learn to LOVE MYSELF. my strengths, uniqueness, quirks and even my weaknesses.

i share this poem for those of you out there.
to the women who don't look like models.
to the women who would rather be seen in...
shirts & jeans & flipflops than dresses & heels.
to the women who are quiet and gentle on the inside...
yet loud and crazy on the outside.
to the women who feel like they voices don't count.
to the women who have felt like their weight...
is seen more than their heart.
to the women who feel like they don't belong.
to the women who are single and feel that they are unloved.
to the women who have had their hearts broken. abused. rejected.
to the women who are wives and mothers...
and gave up on their dreams to fulfill those roles.
to the women who are strong and know what they want in life.
to the women who have suffered rejection and...
have down-played their purpose in life.
to the women who know God has put greatness in the inside of them.
to the women who need to know that they are great.

this poem is for YOU. to remind you that it's okay to be YOU.
celebrate WHO God made YOU to be.
and know that you are someone else's hero.
He didn't make any mistakes when He formed you.
so go on girlfriend, and LOVE YOURSELF.
coz He most definitely LOVES YOU.

My Hero-Friend
by Veronica Escosar

She is not famous
She is not glamorous
She is not stylish
Like models and celebrities
She doesn't have fancy things
Most women desire and cling
She does not have much money
To buy the simplest things
Yet she is so rich inside
She’s a hidden treasure
She has huge heart for people
To love and to care
She speaks with wisdom
She has a firm conviction
Above all else she has Jesus
That makes her so strong.
To face storms and obstacle
In any form.

thank you to all you ladies...for being my heroes and my friends.

Monday, May 17, 2010

5.17.10 pho.


Perfect food for this gloomy LA weather.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

5.16.10 st. arbuckism


Express your loooooooove. - st. arbucks

Saturday, May 15, 2010

5.15.10 project prom.


Foster kids / orphans getting their make up and hair did for prom. #projectprom

had to cover their faces to protect their privacy.

Friday, May 14, 2010

5.14.10 tabo.


You know you're filipino when you have THIS is your bathroom.
Holla at me pinoys. #tabo

Thursday, May 13, 2010

5.13.10 ensymada.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

5.12.10 favorite subject.


When I run out of things to take a picture of... I always take a picture of him :)


it's quiet here.


repenting.

resting.

SALVATION.

remaining quiet.

trusting.

STRENGTH.

trusting that HE will give me words when it's time to speak.

HE will give me wisdom when it's time to write.

and He will keep me silent when i should not say anything.

my heart has been silent. in such a good way.

"In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength"
isaiah 30:15

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

5.11.10 life.

add a lil' bit of color to your life.

Monday, May 10, 2010

5.10.10 sweep.

Gettin' a broom & a dustpan ready...
coz we're about to do some SWEEPIN'
4-0!! buh-bye-utah ♥GoLakers♥

Sunday, May 9, 2010

5.9.10 secret place.

my church printed out my poem "the secret place" and gave a copy to all the mothers in our church.
i really hope and pray that it blesses all the wonderful moms.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

5.8.10 hermosa

hermosa beach.

supermom.


i hope that you are all well celebrated, loved,
appreciated and pampered today.

coz you deserve it.

happy mother's day to all you super moms.

from your fellow super mama =]

Friday, May 7, 2010

5.7.10 corner.

jesus and single moms.

on sunday when you wake up...
no one is going to tell you to rest.
no one is going to tell you that they've got things taken care of.
no one is going to tell you to take a day off.
no one is going to tell you that he's going to take care of the kids.
no husband is going to tell you that you are doing an amazing job
and that they cherish you for it.

on sunday, you will still be cooking, cleaning, and doing the chores.
you will still wake up early and get the children ready.
you will drive. you will fix. you will not be able to relax.
your mind will still be running a-mile-a-second thinking about your to do list..
you will still carry the load that you weren't meant to carry alone.
and there's not a day that you will ever get a break from it.
because you are a single mother. and you really have no choice.
it needs to be done.
THIS IS YOUR LIFE. EVERYDAY.

there are mothers. then there are super single moms. it doesn't matter how and why you got to this position, the fact that you are carrying this weight by yourself, makes you a very strong woman. Jesus made your shoulders strong enough to carry the burdens of parenting solo. and His heart goes out to you.

you see, for a season, His earthly mother was a single mother too. joseph was gone, and mary was left to raise Jesus. she got to see and experience the good things and the bad things that happened to her Son . she carried the weight and the joys and the pain by herself.

when Jesus was on the cross, Jesus asked john to take care of His mother. He did not leave her with relatives, He left her with spiritual family. this was one of His last words. the spiritual implication of that story is heavy and it's vital that the church understands the heart of Jesus behind this. He knows the burden single moms carry every day and asked his beloved disciple to watch and care for this woman. Jesus commanded john to take care of her and john took it upon himself to care for mary.

Jesus expects His disciples, to do the same to single mothers as john did to mary. church, help take care of single mothers and widows, in whatever way you can. as the world celebrates mother's day this sunday.... do not forget the widows and single moms that are in your community or that go to your church. buy them something special, treat them out to dinner, give her a simple gift card, babysit her children or just encourage her and tell her that she is doing a good job. sometimes she just needs to hear the simplest encouragement to keep her going strong. parenting as a couple is hard enough. imagine what it takes to parent solo on a daily basis.

i am extremely blessed as a single mom to have the support of my extended and spiritual family... but there are single moms out there who have no one but their kids. please do what you can to reach out to them today, on mother's day and every day.

i hope and pray that this post encourages you and awakens your soul to help make a difference in the lives of single moms and the fatherless. His heart pains for this Fatherless generation and He has asked His disciples to step in the gap and take it upon ourselves to help in however way we can.

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. - John 19:25-27

Thursday, May 6, 2010

5.6.10 chocofruit.

someone in my smallgroup brought
chocolate covered strawberries and apples for "dessert" tonight.

they were sooooo gooooood! i love my smallgroup!

prayer.

today is the national day of prayer.

please take some time to PRAY today. prayer is an amazing privilege that we have to come into His throne of grace and ask God to hear our requests. Jesus had to die in order for us to be able to enter the Holy of Holies for us to be able to pray to God the way we do. we should consider it an honor and never take it for granted.

E.M Bounds said: Prayer is of transcendent importance. Prayer is the mightiest agent to advance God's work. Praying hearts and hands only can do God's work. Prayer succeeds when all else fails.

Oswald Chambers said: Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work. We think of prayer as a common-sense exercise of our higher powers in order to prepare us for God's work. In the teaching of Jesus Christ prayer is the working of the miracle of Redemption in me which produces the miracle of Redemption in others by the power of God.

Prayer is the battle; it is a matter of indifference where you are. Whichever way God engineers circumstances, the duty is to pray. Never allow the thought - "I am of no use where I am;" because you certainly can be of no use where you are not. Wherever God has dumped you down in circumstances pray to Him all the time. "Whatsoever ye ask in My name, that will I do." We won't pray unless we get thrills, that is the intensest form of spiritual selfishness. We have to labour along the line of God's direction, and He says pray. "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest."

There is nothing thrilling about a labouring man's work, but it is the labouring man who makes the conceptions of the genius possible; and it is the labouring saint who makes the conceptions of his Master possible. You labour at prayer and results happen all the time from His standpoint. What an astonishment it will be to find, when the veil is lifted, the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you had been in the habit of taking your orders from Jesus Christ.

Get on your knees and do the greater work - PRAY!

these topics /events are heavy on my heart. please read through these blogs and take the time to pray if you feel compelled in your heart to do so.

how can i pray for you? if you have any prayer requests, please let me know by leaving a comment / DM me through twitter or facebook and/or email me at ricianne (at) ricianne (dot) com. i would love to be able to pray for you.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:8

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

5.5.10 cincodemayo.

Uhmmm I did nothing to celebrate this holiday.
But I did receive this book :) can't wait to read it!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

5.4.10 - chocolips.


my friend baked brownies last night for
"teachers appreciation week" at her son's school.

since i homeschool i said, "hey, im a teacher too, can i have some?"

we then proceeded to take the "leftover" gook inside bowl

and
licked
it
clean.
(while watching casey james american idol)

uhm.

hi.

i'm Patricia.

and i think im a chocoholic.

coz i love me some chocolates.

your turn.

hi, you are ___________ and you love ____________.


Monday, May 3, 2010

5.3.10 window.

Doggy sittin' by the window.

mini groovaloos.

my son and his friends poppin', lockin', breakin' and freestylin' with the GROOVALOOS. (my son is wearing the blue bruins hat) check it.





yes i'm a PROUD mother hen =]

Sunday, May 2, 2010

5.2.10 purpleNgold.


me and my minions reppin' the purple and gold. #nextgenlakerfans

love yourself.


"love your neighbor as yourself."
the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves.

we like to look at that verse and concentrate on the "loving others" part... but we forget that it also means that He's commanding us to love ourselves. isn't that weird that God commands us to love other people the same way we love ourselves? after all loving ourselves sounds easy right? we're prideful human beings and the thought of self love sounds pretty good to us.

if self love is so easy, why then do you think it's so hard for us to love others? why is it such a struggle for us human beings to love others unconditionally? why are we quick to judge? quick to blame? quick to covet and envy? why is it so easy for us to think like we aren't enough or don't have what it takes. or some take it to another extreme and feel like "we're all that" and look down on other people.

could it be that the reason why we have such a hard time loving others is because we don't truly love ourselves. and i don't mean a narcissistic kind of love but a healthy love for ourselves.

a love that says:
  • i love how God made me, despite my flaws.
  • i love the body He has given me, all 5 feet and 1 & 3/4 inch of it. the 115 lbs that's supposed to be there and the extra 20 lbs that's not. and because i love myself, i will do what i need to do to take care of myself.
  • i love how He has fashioned me. my personality. my quirks. my characteristics. my gifts. my strengths. my capabilities. my calling. my purpose. i love how i am unique. one of a kind.
  • i am learning to embrace my weaknesses. because having weaknesses makes me imperfect and im okay with that... but i will also be willing to do whatever it takes so that i grow in those areas.
having a healthy self-love only comes by following the first commandment: to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

we cannot give what we don't have. in order to give something, we must receive it first. and receiving real Love only comes from the One who personifies Love. before we learn to love others, we must learn to fall in love with the One who made us and fashioned us.... once we begin to identify ourselves with this Beautiful God who made us, then and only then will we be able to fully understand and love ourselves in a healthy way and our identity won't be wrapped around our egos (or lack thereof).

only by understanding that, will we be able to love others the way He commands us to. coz we will realize that each person has flaws. each person has their own unique quirks, gifts, callings, personalities and their own purpose. once we realize that then we can celebrate each person's uniqueness and give grace during times of weakness.

so go ahead my friends and love on God...
and share a lil bit of that love on yourself ;)

the world will be a better place because of it.

We loved because He first loved us. If anyone says "I love God", yet hates his brother, He is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: whoever loves God must also love his brother. [1John:4:19-21]

Saturday, May 1, 2010

5.1.10 wii like.

wiiLike playing mario party 8.