Friday, August 29, 2014

Overwhelmed by His crazy grace.

(Picture taken on a family trip to Mazatlan, Mexico)
I have a little, red notebook where I write down prayers, quotes of blogs and books, lyrics to songs, etc. Today, I came across this quote (from a blog, I believe):

"So here it is: When you confess to God what He already knows, no matter how dirty or deep or devastating, that's already a first step to getting back to your first love. You'll quickly find that no matter how you feel or what you've done, Jesus is overly patient, ridiculously kind, absurdly compassionate, and armed with loving discipline. Every single time. Any lack of love I find in myself for Him is always and eventually overwhelmed by His crazy grace." - J.S. Park

I do hope that His crazy, crazy love for you by His sacrifice on the cross, brings you back to Him - even when you feel He isn't there or when you think your sin is "unforgivable". I do hope "His crazy grace" overwhelms you today and every day. Happy weekend!


Monday, August 25, 2014

D + K Wedding : Part dos

Well, I've been meaning to give you a peek into my sister's wedding since last week, but between our home and work, I barely had time to wash the dishes. ;-)

On Saturday, August 2nd, we woke up very...relaxed. We were very excited, nonetheless. The hairstylist arrived at my house around 1 PM and started doing our hair and makeup. Time passed by quickly! As soon as she finished up my mom, it was already time to put our dresses on and head to church!

My husband took a lot of pictures, but the following are courtesy of the photographer.

1) Diana's second pair of shoes (for when she got tired of heels) that she painted, with her ring and her husband's ring. Have I told you before that her ring is her husband's Great-grandmother's ring?
2) Bouquet of roses with their rings.
3) Some of the bridesmaids with the dresses behind us. It would have been nice to have our own dresses behind us, but we didn't think about that until later. ;-)
4) I love this picture of Greg and my dad. My dad is fixing his tie because he put it on backwards.
5) My dad "giving away" his daughter.
6) Bride and Groom. Diana and I used the same veil (thank you, Etsy)! I told her that since we both used it, our daughters (God willing) will now have to use our veil.
7) Vows. I have to tell you a story about this. Two days before the wedding, Diana had asked if I would translate this part of the ceremony to Keith (the church ceremony was in Spanish and he knows very little). The priest and I talked about it for literally five minutes before the ceremony began. I was so nervous. I ended up translating the entire homily/sermon, the vows, and everything the groom says for the rings, lasso and tokens. Needless to say, my sister owes me big time. ;-)
8) The Mass. Lasso.
9) Kiss outside the church.
10) Wedding cake. Only the top part was real!
11) Reception.
12) First dance!
13) Right after the Daddy/Daughter dance. My mother made Diana's hairpiece (she also made mine for my wedding). My brother, Gabriel, also sang the Daddy/Daughter dance song for both weddings!
14) Bride and Groom with Groom's parents.
15) All the young ladies in the house. ;-)
16) Momma's friends. We have been taking this exact picture with each of the group's daughters since my quinceanera (like a sweet 16, but when a girl turns 15 instead)...which was almost eleven years ago. I believe the two youngest daughters are turning 15 this year.
17) A lot of family members!

I think we got home at 4 AM that night/morning! It was such a great time. I can't even describe how much love was in the room. I am so thankful!

I hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures! There is a part three...I know you were wondering...not. ;-)

Have a great week! If you have any prayer requests this week, please check this out!


Monday, August 18, 2014

12 months of dates gift

Well, I was planning on posting even more pictures of D + K's wedding weekend...but I can hardly wait to show you this.

Originally, Greg and I planned on giving D + K a household item as a wedding gift. However, we couldn't find something that was them. You know...when you see something at the store and you can totally picture so and so in that dress, or that bag, etc? So, off to Pinterest I go. I showed Greg how these awesome, girl bloggers had made these awesome gifts for their husbands.

We were hooked. We immediately (as of June) began our scavenger hunt for the perfect "12 months of dates" gifts.

The gifts are to be opened every 2nd day of the month, for twelve months - ending in August 2, 2015, their first year anniversary.

I can't reveal - yet - what they are, but I'll say something about them. We "wrapped" these gifts in manila envelopes, wrote "To be open: [month] 2, [year]", and we printed out pictures that relate to each month (e.g. September = acorn). We then placed all the gifts in a basket.

Some gifts are quirky, some are so much fun, some gifts are romantic, some are a little more relaxed - but I can tell you they all have one thing in common - they celebrate their marriage and their love!

Don't worry, I told my sister and her husband to take some pictures for us! I can hardly wait to reveal more. ;-) on to the wedding weekend.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

D + K Wedding : Part uno

Oh goodness. Where should I begin?

On Friday, August 1st, Greg and I traveled from Minnesota to Texas and then drove to Mexico. We had to hurry up because that afternoon, my parents were hosting a Mexican themed dinner at my (their?) house.

In Mexico, we typically don't have a "wedding rehearsal" or a "rehearsal dinner". However, both sets of parents thought it would be a good idea to have some sort of informal get-together on Friday, since a lot of his family from Minnesota and Texas were traveling to Mexico for the wedding.

Well, I (obviously) took some pictures for the occasion.

The soon-to-be Bride and Groom

The Food and Decorations

Our parents ordered food from a small, local restaurant to cater to the party. It was traditional Mexican food and it was delicious. 

My sister and mom bought these little jars at a local store. We wore them as necklaces.

My aunt and other helpers made these beautiful paper flowers!

A lot of other family helpers made these paper flags by hand and glued them to a strings. I think they added a lot to the Mexican theme atmosphere. 

Family and Friends

Megan, her roommate and coworker

L, the flower girl. She is our best friend's (Paty) daughter.

Mami (Spanish for mom/momma) and Dariana (cousin)

Girl kisses = Yuck! ;-)
Paty and her two children.

Grisyan (another bestie) and Victor

C (Keith's nephew)

Tia (Spanish for Aunt) Lila and Grandma

Ab (Keith's cousin)

Brother, Mr. K (K's dad), Kirby (K's friend) and Paul (K's friend)

Aunt Cindy (K's aunt)

Dareld and Patty (K's family friends)

Aunt Donna and Uncle John (K's aunt/uncle)

Tia Rossy and her children + my brother and Diana

Megan and Greg

Andrea (another best friend) and Pepe

Aunt, Uncle and Mami

Fancy girls

Papi (Spanish for dad/poppa) and brothers, Gabriel and Salvador

My most outgoing cousins (sisters, if you can't tell). ;-)

E, a best friend's (Iris) son. He started drinking water out of the little jars. 

Another Tia.

As the party progressed, I put away my camera, but I think I got a good summary of the get-together in the pictures. It was so fun for the families to get to know each other. There were a lot more people I didn't get to take a picture of, sadly. 

I find it fascinating at how two families, from two different cultures, two different countries and two different languages, can come together as one. Beyond blessed. 

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with the power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. - Ephesians 3: 16-19

I hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures. Thank you for allowing me to share this with you. 

Praising Him,