Tuesday, August 31, 2010

8.31.10 shoes.

I came home to this. My son heard that I wasn't feeling very well and he fixed a few things at home (like fixing the shoes on the shoe rack), so I could just rest as soon as I got home. Yes, I know for sure that I have the best son in the world.

Monday, August 30, 2010

8.30.10 hug.

he missed his master :) #hug.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

8.29.10 the seas resound.

Worshiping my Creator with the choir of His Creation. #rest

Saturday, August 28, 2010

8.28.10. Sea salt.

Sea and Sea salt and vinegar. YUM!

what's your favorite chips?

Friday, August 27, 2010


Hangin' with the fambam at ocean side for a mini-weekend-get-away..

Thursday, August 26, 2010

8.26.10 feet.

i love my smallgroup.

"How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!" - romans 10:15


if you ever feel the need to compare your giftings, your personality and your calling to other people.... let these Words speak to your heart.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another. [galatians 5:25 - 26 amp]

Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. [galatians 5:25 - 26msg]

He created you. He knows every little detail about you. and He didn't make a mistake when He gave you that personality, that body type, and those weird quirks. each of us in an original masterpiece, made by the Master Creator. we are all made in His image. We are all made into His likeness. He just decided to use different forms of art when He made each of us.

  • you may be like the mona lisa, so mysterious and enigmatic.
  • you could be like a warhol painting, so colorful and full of life.
  • or you could be like the pieta, once a cold hearted stone, now your life is filled with beautiful details.
  • you could have a personality as enchanting as van gogh's starry night
  • or you (or other people you know) could be a picasso painting, something that is quite difficult to understand and even appreciate, and yet it's still considered beautiful in some people's eyes ;)

all different pieces of art. they are all unique. they are all priceless. not one is better than the other.

we are all unique. we are all priceless. not one of us is better than the other. He's put a little bit of Himself in all of us and we bear the stamp of our Master Creator because we have the breath of life. don't think any less of yourself because God knew what He was doing when He put you together. don't think highly of yourself either, because all you have was only given to you. don't compare yourself to others and wish you were like them. and don't wish others to be more like you. instead celebrate how He made you to be and rejoice in others' uniqueness too.

our Creator has showcased His splendor by creating something as beautiful as you and sharing it with the rest of the world... so embrace what God has put in you and embrace the beauty of the people around you as well.

so celebrate you. and celebrate others.
each life is worth celebrating because each life is from Him

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

8.25.10 late night.

It's 10 something and I'm still at work. o_O this ain't right.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

8.24.10 beat the heat.

Beating the heat by getting my thai tea boba on.

Mmmmm nom nom nom! :D

Monday, August 23, 2010

8.23.10 fan.

This dog is hogging the whole fan. Selfish lil' canine. #YesItIsHot

Sunday, August 22, 2010

8.22.10 life.

Electronic Life game board with debit cards.
I miss the paper money. =/


remove the blinders from your eyes and see
that God has given you a dream for the generations to be.
this world thinks "it's all about me"
but we are called to live a life selflessly.

so grab hold of the dream that He's given you.
He's given you everything you need, to make the dream come true.
remember that it's not about you so don't give up.

if you think only about yourself, you will get stuck.

it's of utmost importance that you run your race.
you must pass the baton, as time we chase
before you meet your Master face to face.
before you are called home to our eternal place.

so while you have time, build a legacy that's strong.
make sure to run that distance, even it's tiring and long.
run your course till He calls you where you rightfully belong.
in Heaven where all nations will gather along.
to worship and adore Him with worship and song.

think generationally.

think legacy.
think eternally.

"if you read history you will find that the christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." - c.s. lewis

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

8.21.10 off.

Red velvet cake. Chocolate Brownies with marshmallows. Marie callender's apple pie. Leche Flan. And a tray of veggies. What doesn't belong? o_O

Friday, August 20, 2010

8.20.10 party.

Friday night lights and board game night! :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

8.19.10 di-bee-dee.

Watching THIS tonight. Coz I'm so hella pinoy ;)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

8.18.10 melt.

it was THIS hot in the valley today.. My son's wax hand model melted. it was INSIDE our room on his bookshelf. =( he was really sad to see it destroyed...it was a gift from his grandpa. #crazyLAweather.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

8.17.10 slush.

his favorite: extra large blue slurpee for this extra hot day. he said he was going to share but he didn't :( boooo.

what's your favorite summer drink?

mine is: a venti black lemonade tea from starbux. =]

Monday, August 16, 2010

8.16.10 dinner.

My son saw how tired I was, so he made dinner for us tonight - ham & egg sandwich and edamame. It was delish!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

8.15.10 pull my finger.

"hey adam...pull my finger"

found this @ bucca di beppo (universal studios)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

8.14.10 playoffs.

christian's playoff's game.
they had an 8-0 run but lost today.
too bad coz they almost made it to the championship.
thanks to family & friends who came and cheered for him.

Friday, August 13, 2010

8.13.10 friday the 13th.

coz it's friday the 13th,
this day deserves more than just one picture of the day.
so here are my favorite moments of this day =]

this pic was taken by @inprogress
i had the pleasure to meet their family during one of their "coffee stopovers"
@ the galleria while they were on their LA tour. they are such a great family!
and yes my face looks HUGE in this pic!

and the rest of the pics show how we like to roll on a friday night.
wii love game night.
first off, we had good home cooking - sinigang FTW!
then rolo christie, sami, dane & christian played wii bomberman.
then we played cranium and yahtzee

it was fun friday the 13th =]

Thursday, August 12, 2010

8.12.10 hands.

His hands are almost as big as mine.
Can't believe that one day they will be bigger than mine.

breathe life [part 4].

the Jews said, See how [tenderly] He loved him? But some of them said, "could not He Who opened a blind man's eyes have prevented this man from dying? Now Jesus, again sighing repeatedly and deeply disquieted, approached the tomb. Jesus said "Take away the stone". Martha exclaimed "But Lord, by this time he [is decaying] and throws off an offensive odor, for he has been dead for four days!" Jesus said "Did i not tell you and promise you that if you would believe me and rely on Me, that you would see the glory of God?" [john 11:36-40]

death brings forth gross smells and sights. death also brings pain and sadness. most of the time (unless we're weird or we work in a morgue), we naturally stay away from dead things and choose to focus on things that are beautiful and have life.

that goes without saying in the natural... but it also is the same way in the spiritual and emotional. when God allows certain dreams and prayers to die, our natural reaction is to recognize that it's dead and bury it, hoping that we will retain good memories and maybe, just maybe revisit those painful unanswered prayers and dreams once in a while to cry and mourn for it.

mary, martha, and friends were there... crying and mourning over their loss. Jesus had just finished crying with them. then He did something absolutely absurd.... He told the family and towns people to roll the stone away from the grave. imagine being in that situation. by telling people to roll the stone... He wanted Lazarus' family and friends to face the death of their prayers and the dream they had for Lazarus to live.

there are times in my life [like now] where God is asking me to roll the stone and face the grave of certain dead dreams and unanswered prayers. like Martha, my initial response is "Why God? it stinks too much in there! i'd rather just bury it and deal with this pain than face the death of it coz it hurts too much to try and remember it, much more believe that it will ever come to pass!"

then He reminds me of His promise... that if i believed in Him and relied on Him rather than what i see in the natural.. that i would see the glory of God. and with those words, i choose to face the grave of my dead dreams and unanswered prayers.
  • prayers for my son to hopefully have a wonderful relationship with his father one day
  • prayers of wanting to be financially stable and not having to stress about monthly bills all the time
  • prayers that my parents' relationship will one day be restored enough to be friends
  • prayers for my future adopted children that i've been praying for for 8 years.
  • prayers for my sister's skin to be healed
  • prayer for my own place, one where bathrooms need not be shared and i can finally have my own bedroom again.
  • prayers for family members who are choosing to live in sin instead of living for God
  • prayers for salvation of loved ones
  • prayers for more open doors for ministry... to be able to fully walk out in the dreams He has put in my heart to do.
  • even deeper cries of my heart for certain personal prayers that i have been believing and praying for for years now
God has been challenging me to revisit the grave. as i stand outside, the memories of those unanswered prayers sting my heart. yet, He challenges to me to go on and He looks at me with gentle eyes as He takes my hand and puts it on the stone. He then commands me to "roll the stone away".

anxiety and fear build up inside me... and yet i will choose to obey Him and take Him by His Word to push the stone away, not really sure what i'll see on the other side.

knowing i can't do this alone, i ask for help from others who have been praying and believing with me and for me to help me push away the stone in my heart and face my the grave of my dead dreams, fully trusting that by doing so, He will be faithful to His Word and fulfill His promise that i will be able to see His glory.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

8.11.10 balderdash.

Balderdashing it. #gamenight

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

8.10.10 midnight snack.

Me = honey bunches of oats
Son = fruity pebbles
Dog = jerky treats

what's YOUR cereal of choice?

Monday, August 9, 2010

8.9.10 sunrise.

His mercies are new every morning. 
Great is His faithfulness 
[lamentations 3]

Sunday, August 8, 2010

8.8.10 bomberman.

Wii love bomberman :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

8.7.10 purple heart.

purple heart

Friday, August 6, 2010

8.6.10 throwback

Pepsi and mountain dew throwin' it back with the packaging.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

8.5.10 dread island 2.

Home made board game. 
My sister ( who is 11) made this game for family game night! 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

8.4.10 S.A.T.

He got his SAT score results. Check out the math section. This is how i know there is a God in heaven and that He loves me.... Coz I really suck at math...and yet my son seems to be a math genius :) I am one proud homeschooling mama!

*we have to work on the language and vocabulary though.

prop 8 and no h8.

if you have no idea what prop 8 is then here's a link to give you some info: 

today no h8's voice was heard.

i would love to hear your thoughts, feedbacks on this topic. and please be courteous of other people's feelings and opinions no matter which side they take.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

8.3.10 109.

valley heat. o_O
hello summer.

Monday, August 2, 2010

breathe life [part3]

this first ever guest blog post was written by tracee.

There are times in my life where I have presented God with my prioritized prayers. It’s funny because I am not at all an organized person, nor am I a person who is goal oriented. I have definitely caught myself submitting priority prayer lists to God. With these lists I am basically saying, “okay God these prayers are about long-term future requests and these, right here, are for your immediate attention.”

I think God looks at my requests and has to chuckle. In reality, all of my requests are on his timeline. I look back and can’t even imagine what my life would be like, or the repercussions that would have ensued had he granted my requests. I think I know better, but I have learned that he always knows best.

The story of Lazarus is one of those stories that illustrates waiting prayer for me. All of the bullet points of logic didn’t make sense why Jesus would wait to heal Lazarus.

  • Lazarus was one of Jesus’ closest friends.
  • Jesus had spoken words and healed people from far away.
  • Jesus loved Mary and Martha so much, so why wouldn’t he help them?
  • Jesus was able to heal him.
i look at the logical bullet points of my requests before him as well. I think about how much God loves me, so why would he not help me? God is able to do anything, so why wouldn’t he do this? Sometimes God is silent. Maybe he says no, I think he’s just being silent or still thinking about it.

When Jesus heard about Lazarus’ state of health, he waited. Confusion and questions broke out among his followers, yet he waited. God feels no pressure with time. God knows no immediacy like we do.

So why did Jesus wait? Why did he seem silent that day when is close friend needed him?

The purpose for Jesus always has to do with his father being glorified. Jesus cared about people believing more than anything. Only he knows the best way for that to be handled. Only he has the perfect timing for that. Jesus even says to his disciples, “
I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe.

God’s agenda is for us to really believe.

I know there are times that if God had answered my prayers in the timing I wanted it, I would have believed that he was an
easy-button Jesus, and that I was in control.

Jesus also feels the weight of our loss and desire for him to show up. Both Mary and Martha came out to him and blamed him for not answering their prayers. However, they both believed that God was still God and that was enough.

Jesus feels our hearts break.
He wept with Mary even though he knew what was going to happen next. He feels our hearts loss and ache. Jesus weeps with us in our broken hearts. He weeps over the fact that we even know pain at all. God sits with us and comforts our pain regardless of what happens next. [john11:35]

I have learned to shift my prayer life from submitted prioritized lists to just talking to him about my wants, desires, and needs. His answer is always to believe. He will always chose to answer in a way that leads to his glory in us.

this first ever guest blog post was written by tracee. i "met" her on twitter [via alece] and
her spunky tweets and her blog posts that are full of wisdom immediately made me want to know this awesome woman of God better. here are a few random facts about her: aside from her obvious love for God, she has a huge heart for loving people (being the extrovert that she is). she also likes eating chips and salsa and enjoys doing things (sometimes illogical) that add some zest to her life (i.e. skydiving, camping, etc). i believe she will be an amazing speaker one day...so here's your chance to get to know her too! find her on twitter and on her blog.

breathe life series: [part 2]
breathe life series: [part 1]

8.2.10 the view.

Look at the pretty view
(and the smog that hovers over the san fernando valley)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

8.1.10 look up.

Bright skies are ahead :)