The Night Before School

Here in Houston, School starts back up tomorrow, August 22. I know I should be running around my house in circles gathering everything up that my boys will need, yet I find myself sitting here looking through pictures reminiscing of when my boys were just babies. How does time fly by so quickly? How is it that Alex  is already going into 5th grade and Naelen-Joel  is going into 1st? It just seems like they shouldn’t be this grown already. I told my husband I’ve felt like i’ve been on the verge of tears all day long. HA!

I have been going through tons of questions in my mind for days on end now. Asking myself things like  ” Are they ready?, Have I done everything possible on my end? Have I taught them to be kind and loving to everyone they come in contact with? Have I taught them what it’s like to always be the light, to be leaders and not followers?” Oh they just keep racing through. It’s so easy as a mom to get caught up in worry and fear. We live in such a crazy world and all I want to do is protect my sweet babies (not so much babies any more).  So right now, i’m putting them in God’s hand. I know he’ll keep them and guide them through another school year.

I pray that God will protect each and every child starting school tomorrow. I pray that he will give them a passion to learn. That they will walk in wisdom and always stand for what is right. I pray they each child will walk in favor with their teachers and friends. I pray that every student including my own, will speak life over each other and be rooted in God’s love. I pray complete peace over the entire school year. And that each child will grow and enjoy this year the most!

Parents, my pastor said somethings today that I’m taking to heart, “Greatest gifts to give you children are Words of Affirmation”. Tell them they are doing great, that they are going to do great things and that you are proud of them! It will change their direction! As long as i’m alive I will continually to speak blessings and life over my children.

Have a great night everyone!

 

Blessings,

Lexi O.

God can’t bless who you pretend to be…

Recently I listened to an interview that Steven Furtick did and it completely changed my world.  So often we try to be what the world tells us we should be. I’ve realized that I too have tried to be something that the world says I should be. Why have I gotten lost in a world that’s truly lost itself? My God created me, and you the person reading this, for something much greater than what the world could think of.

God’s revealing to me that he’s fully equipped me with everything that I need in order to succeed. He’s the only one to rely on. Here I am trying to rely on myself and God is just over here like, “um, hello, I got this, I don’t need your help.” So if there’s one thing I’m sure of right now, it’s that God is in control and won’t let you down. Stop pretending to be someone you aren’t because God can’t bless that. When we stop trying to take control of every situation and allow God to move through us, life will begin to flow the way it should. Go out and be who he’s called you to be. It doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, God isn’t looking for perfection, he’s just looking to bless you!

Blessings,

Lexi O.

From a Mom…

I’ve been going through tons of papers and pictures tonight. Mostly to clean out old junk and sift through what’s needed and what is not. (That in itself sounds like copious amounts of fun right? ) Anyways, I found some pictures that instantly brought tears to my eyes. Thinking back to when I was a child, a new wife and a new mom. I really try to make it a point to never take being a mom for granted, it’s a beautiful gift. But i’d be lying if in between the chaos and arguing, whining and bickering I said that I don’t get caught up in it and forget to be grateful. So tonight as I look at my two sons and one daughter sit at the table eating and talking with their cousin, i can’t help but to Thank God. Getting to be blessed with being their mom is the most amazing job i’ve ever done. It’s honestly breathtaking.

Getting to watch their personalities shine through and begin to blossom into amazing individuals is so rewarding. I thank God for 3 beautiful healthy children, who have two eyes that can see, two ears that can hear, great health, two working lungs, a healthy beating heart, two legs that allows them to walk, run and jump. I honestly thank God so much.

At the same time, my heart aches for the women who long to hold a baby of their own in her arms. There’s women out there tonight praying and longing to hear just the tiniest cry. My heart aches for the mother who can’t breath because her child is going through yet another heart surgery. The mother who is going home with an empty womb and empty arms because her sweet baby left to be with Jesus too soon. Tonight I pray for you. I pray that God will give you peace, and that you will soon be blessed with all the desires of  your heart. Tonight I pray that through all the frustrations and heartache, the tears, the doctors, medical treatments and sleepless nights that God will hear your cry out to him. He’s a good good father, and he wants to give you everything. Trust in him, I promise he won’t let you down. He works everything together for his good.

Tonight I’m thankful. I’m thankful that God listens, that he blesses and he loves. Tonight, whether you are already a mom(by giving birth or adoption), waiting on your baby to be born or waiting to get pregnant, we are connected. I’m praying for you. Joy will come!

 

Blessings,

Lexi O.

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Well Hello 2016! I think the last time I actually wrote a blog post was the beginning of 2015! It was my best of intentions to write more last year, and I really did write a lot, but went without posting them and ended up getting extremely busy with LIFE. That’s ok right? (hehe)

Well I’ve made many goals for this year, and tried to keep them realistic and light. One of those goals being to write more and share my heart. It’s not always perfect, but hopefully there will be things that everyone can relate to a little bit.

2015 was a good year that brought it’s ups and downs. Rene and I are looking forward to what this year will hold. I’m looking forward to continuing to guide our children to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. I’m excited to continue learning how to be an amazing supporting wife, expanding and growing deeper in God’s love and wisdom together as one and individually. I’m also pretty excited to see how God will help me in growing my Real Estate Business and to see how he will use me to help touch other peoples lives.  Rene and I have talked a ton these past few days reflecting and casting vision over our family for this next year and to be honest, I think it’s going to be AMAZING!

If there is one thing that I can encourage you to do, it’s to sit down with your spouse if you are married or sit down with your self, and set goals. They don’t have to be anything crazy, but start believing for something together and start praying over it with each other. We received the same advice from amazing couples who have spoken into us, and it’s honestly the best advice. It doesn’t even have to be just during the New Year, but constantly revisit and update those goals. It allows you to see how you are growing and What God is doing in your life. It’s also a sweet bonding between you and your spouse.

Blessings,

Lexi O.

 

GOODBYE 2014, HELLO 2015!!

Hey Everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I know we are seven days into the New Year, but it’s still new! HA! So it seems like 2014 went by in a flash!  We took our kids out of public school and started Homeschooling! Our sweet baby girl turned 1!! My husband was living out his dream and then that door shut right in his face (More about that in a later post titled “Dreams and Closed Doors”), We traveled to Florida to visit my family, My brother announced that him and his wife were expecting their first baby, My husband started working on his own CD.. It was an all around great year, with many ups and  a few downs. God has been beyond faithful and we couldn’t be more thankful!

In the midst of it all, I think I really started to lose myself. All I began to think was, so God put all these desires in my heart just for me to be a stay-at-home mom who Homeschools!? And that’s when self-pity began to sink in. I was always feeling down! I was down about not having many friends, I was down about not being in school pursuing what I wanted… I was actually being pretty selfish in the way I was thinking. Yes I was doing an amazing thing to build my kids up and I didn’t regret that, but I didn’t see the true value in it. I just saw the sacrificing it was taking. And to top it all off, my Kindergartener and Third Grader didn’t appreciate the sacrifice I was making (what kids actually do in the beginning?) for them and just kept asking when I could sign them back up for public school. What a great booster!? HA.  It often crossed my mind that the best thing to do was place them back in school.

WHAT A LIE TO BELIEVE! I look at my kids and all that they are learning here at home with me and Rene and think how could I ever want to send them back? It’s been the greatest time with my kids! I have even learned so much more about them! So before the year was over, I truly turned around and began to seek God on what exactly he was doing in my life and what  he was calling me to do. Come to find out, I’m right where he wants me to be. I’m raising up the next generation! I’m filling them up with the word of God and inputting tons of knowledge so that they can help be a better change in this world.

I of all people know how hard it is to lose yourself in the craziness of being married and raising kids at a young age. Trying to find yourself again can be tough, but if you seek The One who Created you, finding out who you truly are in Him will be a lot easier than trying to do it on your own.

I’m all about finding scripture that can help with where I am in a season of life, so this is my scripture for you.

“The Steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when he delights in his ways [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him. -Psalm 37:23-24(AMP)

This scripture has helped me so much knowing that God has directed my steps and  He is the one that supports me. I’m so glad I know that I am right where God has directed me to be. If you are going through something close to what I have been going through, I would love to pray for you. Send me a comment or an email with details or no details and I will surely lift you up to our mighty God.

Blessings,

Lexi O

Our Journey…

Hello All! We have entered into our second week of Homeschool! Oh how it’s already been an exciting adventure. We have had our moments of breakdown and breakthrough! It’s amazing! We had a great first week and our second week has started strong! I thank you all for the positive encouragement! I definitely need it! I’m not going to lie, Homeschooling is hard! At the same time as it’s hard, it’s so incredibly rewarding! I’m still in the early stages of learning how my boys learn and trying to get into a good routine with them. So far, we’ve been waking up in the mornings as if they were still going to public school and getting dressed and ready for the day. We have a little added distraction running around (Ellie). She’s beautiful and crazy about her brothers, so she wants to be all in the mix of what they are doing! I’m sure we will get all our times worked out soon enough. As of now the boys are working hard and doing great! I’m loving that the state of Texas allows me to do a mixture of curriculum! I have been able to tailor it to things that will help them each learn the best way possible. I’ve already been able to experience those “Aha” moments that i’ve heard many homeschool moms talk about. (When you kids finally “get” something that they have been struggling with!)

As for me, I’ve had my moments… Those moments late at night where I think i’m totally screwing my kids up or when I think about all the comments from others who say kids that are homeschooled are further behind when they return to public school. I’m learning how to deal with the negative talkers. I know everyone is not going to agree with my decision to homeschool, but i’m okay with that. I’m being guided by God, and i’m doing what he leads me to do. When negative thoughts come swarming into my mind, I’m overcome with peace as God speaks to me that i’m doing the right decision. He trusted me with these children and has fully equipped me with everything they need. That’s all I need to know.

I’ve had to remind my self of this very thing, Everyday may not end the way I want them to, but i’m sewing valuable life seeds into them that they will remember forever, eventually those seeds will take root and produce an amazing harvest. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. Even if you don’t homeschool, sew into your kids lives. Leave a legacy that will continue on for many generations to come.
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Homeschool Adventure!

imageSO HERE WE GOOOOO!!! I officially withdrew Alex from school! EEEEKKKK! Huge step for me! I know i’ve been contemplating Homeschooling and we waited since we got pregnant with Ellie last year, but now I think it’s time! Alex will be starting 3rd grade, Naelen-Joel will be starting Kindergarten. I’ve bought all our curriculum and we are ready to start. I can’t help but to feel excited and nervous at the same time! It is definitely going to take some time to get used to our new routine but I know I’m not going to regret a single moment. I’m going to be documenting our whole first year, so be on the look out! Send us a prayer as we embark on this amazing new journey!