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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.

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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

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!

Sick and summer don’t mix!

I’m having a blah mommy day! Both boys have been sick for the last 5 or 6 days, they’ve somehow caught an ugly little virus that keeps wanting to stick around! And my wonderful hubby came down with pinkeye, in not only one but both eyes! 👎 I so can not wait for everyone to be better! Luckily little miss Ellie and I have yet to get anything too serious! Thank You Jesus!!! Thankfully I’m a praying mommy and I have no time for the enemy to attack my family. So sickness has to bow down in the name of Jesus! If you’re a mom or wife, be sure to pray constantly over your family! Your prayers are powerful! Pray without ceasing. I tend to pray while I’m cleaning, doing dishes, taking a shower! Just like anything, it takes time to form a habit, but I promise it’ll be the best habit you start! Start Speaking Life, Health, Healing and Joy over your family. Check out Isaiah 55:11 NIV, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” You blessings will not return void! I hope that can be an encouragement for you and your family. Yes Blah mommy days or even weeks aren’t fun, but any “blah” day is better in the hands of Jesus then a day without him.

P.S. I have to share this adorable picture of my sweet little ones while they ran outside yesterday to get a breath of fresh air.

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Meet Ellie Adelina

So again, I had to take a break from writing! I was put on complete bed rest at 34weeks pregnant. And life for everyone in the family became much harder. We were trying to keep our sweet girl cooking until November, but she had other plans! We welcomed Ellie Adelina into the world on October 16,2013 at 10:46pm. Truly the most beautiful little girl ever! What a sweet blessing she is! It has been such a joy having her complete our family! Now that she’s here and things have finally settled down I’ll get back to posting more!
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Confessions of a young mom!

So it’s not hard to see that I’m a young mom and wife. Yep, I started a little early but I won’t apologize for it. Although I do not condone in kids having kids, I do believe in making the best out of a situation. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for the two joys of my life! When I found out that I was pregnant with my first son Alex, I was petrified! Who wouldn’t be with their first baby?! I was young, nervous, and scared out of my mind about how I was going to raise this little baby. That day, I changed! I was never the party type so that was never a problem, actually I was always pretty mature for my age. (I think it comes with being the first and oldest child in the family.) When you know that you are going to become a mom, your whole mindset changes, everything goes from being all about you to being all about that little baby you are growing inside! Everything becomes so exciting! That is until you start to show a baby bump and everywhere you go you have people staring at you and dirty looks, nasty snarls and comments. Then it’s not so exciting anymore. People are can be really cruel. It’s funny to hear all your friends saying, “Oh! I will babysit with you!, It’s going to be so fun!” And when your baby comes, all those friends are no where in sight! It’s pretty lonely when you have a baby and everyone around you is applying to colleges and moving on with their lives. I can see where in some people resentment and bitterness grows inside. I know that if I didn’t turn to God, I would probably be in the same predicament that other women find themselves in. God has been my rock through everything, from becoming a wife and a mom!  I’ve learned a lot about becoming a wife and young mom. I’ve looked at my situation and knew that I had to do whatever it was that my child needed. He didn’t ask to come into this world and it wouldn’t be fair to him if I didn’t do everything possible to allow him a great life! When I got pregnant with my second little man, all that fear and worry came back! Thank God he gave me an amazing husband who provides so well and loves us so much! We went from family of 3 to family of 4 very quickly. My thoughts were, I’m married, I know what I’m doing, there’s no problem here. WRONG! I couldn’t believe even people in church were judging me! (AND THEY DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ME!) I would come home and cry to my husband about how awful I felt. I loved my family so much, so why couldn’t people just see me as a great mom? Why did people have to automatically assumed that we lived in an apartment or that we probably lived in a low-income neighborhood and that we didn’t spend time with our kids. I didn’t understand. I remembering feeling so hurt one day, when I went to pick my oldest son up from Sunday School Class. I had my youngest in the car seat and I was gathering my rather rambunctious energetic 3-year-old, when one of the ladies had the audacity to say, ” Is there something going on at home, Alex isn’t like most of the 3 year olds, he doesn’t like to sit and listen to stories.” At that moment I was so taken back! How dare she say something like that to me!? I wanted to scream from the top of my lungs, “WHO ARE YOU!?” During that time I almost wanted people to come over to my home just to see that my husband does work hard, that we do provide everything for our kids, that we love them until they feel smothered! I’ve had to seek God to help heal my heart, forgive people and show me what to do. So overtime, I’ve learned that I have nothing that I need to prove to anyone! I know I love my kids, I know I’m a great mom. What matters most is that my kids know they are loved and that I teach them how to love God. So to all you young moms, don’t let harsh people bring you down! Don’t feel like you have to prove yourself to anyone. Focus on God, you and your family! That’s what is most important. If  you are a young mom and need someone to talk to, I love to talk! 🙂

Blessings,

Lexi O.

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