July 28, 2009

Just thinking about how Hot it is.


We're having a heat wave!

It can be miserable to be hot. Yesterday, I was bringing my children home from vacation Bible school -1:00 in the afternoon - the sun a powerful, Hot force beating down on us - driving in traffic a beat-up old van with no air conditioning - each stop light an opportunity for me to practice long-suffering. We came home and had popsicles for lunch and then we had cherries, nectarines and popsicles for dinner.

The apartment was stifling all night- so hot - making it uncomfortable to sleep.

Being Hot is uncomfortable. We want relief. But God says that he wants us to be that way - NOT comfortable - spiritually speaking.

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I WOULD THOU WERT HOT OR COLD. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: Rev 3:15-17


It's when we "have need of nothing and do not know that we are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked" that we are lukewarm.


Consider this ~

Do you know your need? Are you living your life confident in your plans and your stuff and your future? If so then you are pretty easy to be around. Comfortable. No one is offended by you. Your life doesn't make anyone uncomfortable - doesn't make anyone recognize need or desire. That's good for you - easy and comfortable - for NOW.


But God says that he will "spue thee out of my mouth."


Yikes. Thank you Lord for this heat and for the lessons you teach us through your creation.

July 19, 2009

Noah is FIVE YEARS OLD today!

Five years goes by in a flash.
Noah Luis at four days old with Grandma
Three years old

With one of his best buddies.

Learning to work like a man
Swimming at the lake

Five candles on a caramel/vanilla Birthday cake
Noah with his new BB gun from Dad.

Just two nights ago, Noah said "Mom, if you let me watch Tom and Jerry, I will let you play cars with me." Can you tell he has my heart?

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Proverbs 1:8-9
Noah, you have brought so much joy to all of us. You make us laugh, you bring us rest and joy. I love it when you tell your sisters how nice they look. Dad and I always smile when you do your work right away and then do it so well. How the Lord has blessed our family with you. I am thankful for every day with you and can't wait to see the great and wonderful things you do as you grow in the Lord.
~oOo~
a little song for you...
Noah Luis
I love you
Noah Luis
my Boy
Noah Luis
Noah Luis
Oh what a joy!

(this is how we sing it right before bed)
Chubby hands on my cheeks. Sweet boy's head on his pillow. Momma starts singing...
Mom: Noah Luis
Noah: What?
Mom: I love you
Noah Luis
Noah: What?
Mom: My Boy
Noah Luis
Noah: What?
Mom: Noah Luis
Noah: What?
Mom: Oh what a joy!
Kisses and hugs then lights out. These things won't last long.

July 16, 2009

I've been Tagged

So I got tagged by my sister and since I love her so much and since I will not play Mob wars with her and since she never asks me for anything - I guess I will play.

44 ODD Things about you! If you opened this, FILL IT OUT!
Learn 44 things about your friends, and let them learn 44 things about you!
Tag the person that sent it plus others.

1. Do you like blue cheese?
Absolutely - with JoJo's (but that stuff'll kill you ;))

2. Have you ever been drunk?
No way Jose

3. Do you own a gun?
No - unless you count the rubberband gun and the pop gun in the toybox. Noah is getting a BB gun for his birthday.

4. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite?
I never cared for Kook Aid.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Don't go to the Dr.

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
I love them roasted over a campfire (but that stuff'll kill you)

7. Favorite Christmas movie?
The Nativity

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
Water with lemon and then a cup of Jasmine tea

9. Can you do push ups?
If forced to I can get two or three good ones done - otherwise probably not.

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
I don't have any jewelry. But I love earrings (clip-ons)

11. Favorite hobby?
Painting - which I never do because of time and cost - so I settle for writing and playing with my kids.

12. Do you have A.D.D.?
No.

13. What's your favorite shoe?
My red Mary Janes.

14. Middle name?
Elizabeth

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
My room is a mess, I need to match the unmatched socks, Gotta write to my friend, J.B.

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink.
Water, Tea, Water

17. Current worry?
None. My God is great and mighty.

18. Current hate right now?
lies & deception

20. How did you bring in the New Year?
I can't remember.

21. Where would you like to go?
Italy, Spain, El Salvador, California

22. Name three people who will complete this:
I don't know - but whoever is reading this is tagged.

23. Do you own slippers?
Yes.

24. What color shirt are you wearing right now?
A black shirt

25. Do you like sleeping on Satin sheets?
Never have.

26. Can you whistle?
Yes.

27. Favorite color?
Red

28. Would you be a pirate?
No. But I like treasure maps.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
Praise songs - hymns.

30. Favorite Girl's Name?
Sophia, or Naomi

31. Favorite boy's name?
Noah, or Luis

32. What's in your pocket right now?
I don't have any pockets - wearing a jean skirt.

33. Last thing that made you laugh?
Our neighbors baby toddling around - a punkin pie.

34. Best bed sheets as a child?
What's up with all the sheets questions?

35. Worst injury you've ever had as a child?
I have a scar on my elbow from childhood, but I don't remember how I got it.

36. Do you love where you live?
Yes.

38. Who is your loudest friend?
I don't have any loud friends. Maybe I'm the loud one.

39. How many dogs do you have?
None, to the great disappointment of Naomi Baloney

40. Does someone have a crush on you?
Crush? Many people love me - my husband and children.

41. What is your favorite book?
the Bible

42. What is your favorite candy?
Coconut white chocolate (that stuff'll kill you)

43. What song do you want to be played at your Funeral?
Oh, I don't care - I'll be singing my own songs in heaven. Whatever my loved ones want to play since they will be the ones listening to it.

44. Favorite Sports Team?
El Salvador World Cup Soccer Team - even though they can't WIN A GAME!

July 12, 2009

God loves a cheerful giver

One stormy Sunday, a cute little boy sat on the edge of a pew in church. His feet dangled back and forth heavy with his dress shoes. His mother occassionally slapped his hand down when he tried to play "shoot-em-dead" with his friend across the aisle. Thunder rolled outside and entertained little Noah during the long service. Sitting still was very difficult, but he beamed happiness. He knew it was almost time for the last hymn and that soon he could run around. On top of that, something wonderful had just happened to him. The boy looked up at his momma with an angelic smile of pure joy. In his hand he had several shiny smooth coins. His daddy had just put them in his hand. Just like that. What a great present. Little Noah couldn't wait to gloat about it to his sisters.

He noticed the ushers were passing the offering plate through the pews. The boy wanted to tell the usher he had money too. He held his full fist up high. What was this? The usher was asking for his money. Momma was pointing to the plate as if he should give up his shiny coins. Noah shook his head to say no, stunned to be commanded to do such a dreadful thing. Give up his shiny smooth coins?

The 3 seconds of debate seemed like an eternity to the boy's mother. Finally, shoulders slumped, bottom lip popped out, brow furrowed, Noah slammed the coins into the plate. Several of them went flying hitting the family in the next row over.

The boy's parents didn't know if they should laugh or cry - they did a little bit of both.

July 10, 2009

Roadblocks


(Roadblock by Norman Rockwell)

The husband ignores you or worse. The children willfully choose to disobey. Your best friend rejects you. Again, you have one of those days - but the days stretch into a week. Nobody is listening, nobody is hearing, can anybody see? Loved ones will make their choices and sometimes those choices are the opposite of what you hope. The pain begins.

What am I supposed to do with all that pain? Scream out in frustration? Become bitter and hateful? Take out revenge? Manipulate?

All of that is rooted in selfishness.

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.2 Cor 5:15

Jesus died to set me FREE. I am free from selfishness. Do you get it? I no longer live to please myself. I no longer live to get what I want out of life - to get what I want out of my loved ones. I am bought with a price and now I live to do the will of my Father, just like Jesus did.

Some see this as the opposite of freedom. This is where I throw my head back and give a hearty laugh out loud. I am FREE!

So, to my room I go, to get on my knees and pray to my Lord. What do you want for me Lord? What should I do for this husband of mine? Show me how I can make him feel like a king today. How can I tie strings with these children Lord so that they will want to obey? Help them to see the joy in obedience. Help me to be consistent. Thank you, Lord that your burden is light and easy.

My Lord is so good. Do you know Him like I do?

July 08, 2009

Who will care for YOUR children?

Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the LORD do [what is] good in His sight." 1Ch 19:13


July 06, 2009

Parental Rights

So have you heard about the political unrest in Honduras? If you speak more than one language you can get a realistic idea of what is going on, not being limited to the U.S. newscasts. Basically, the president was making decisions that didn't line up with the constitution so the country decided to get rid of him. Imagine that. The world (U.N. and OEA) feels that this was completely inappropriate and together they wish to encourage, with force, the country of Honduras to take him back. Only a handful of countries are supporting Honduras and you can guarantee one of them is not the socialist government of the United States.

Mr. Santos is very attentive to all things political. He is also a fighter. Sometimes it's hard to know what and when and who we should be fighting. I tend to want to just let things be. What will happen is going to happen. We are on our way to a one world government and we can't do anything about it. Maybe it's a man thing, or maybe it's a latin thing, but it's not good for the ego of a man if the wife disagrees with his politics.

A few weeks ago we were stopped by a policeman for speeding. We didn't know we were being stopped. Mr. Santos pulled over just to let him pass but the officer ended up pulling in behind us.
"Do you know how fast you were going?" He asked.

"Yes. I was going 55 miles per hour."

"Actually, you were going 58."

"Well, I'm sorry about that, the speed limit is 55. Are you stopping us for going 3 miles over?"

"No, you were going 58 in a 45 mph zone."

"What?"

"Yep, about a mile back or so we clocked you on our laser and you were going 58. That was a 45 zone."

Uh oh. I could feel a fight coming on. I couldn't see very well how I could help soothe this one, but at least the Santos' were in agreement.

Mr. Santos commented, "You didn't stop me in a 45 zone. You stopped me in a 55 zone. If I was speeding, which I was not, you should have pulled me over in the zone where I was speeding."

After much red faced arguing and handling of licenses and registrations, the Santos' were given a speeding ticket for going 55 (not 58) in a 45 mile zone a few miles back. Of course, we protested but haven't heard back yet.

I'll spare you the details of the three other bogus interactions we have had with our government recently:

*an unfair and drawn out tax audit,
*being pulled over and interrogated for "speeding" in stopped traffic (no ticket was issued - how one could be accused of going 63 mph when it was only possible to go one car length every two minutes is beyond me)
*having my ballot returned and not counted in the presidential election because my signature didn't match. Hm. I wonder how many other non-Obama voters had their ballots returned?

It is to the point that now when I see a police officer on the road, my stomach tightens in fear. Am I speeding? Do I have my seatbelt on? Kids, are you buckled properly? Stop picking your nose and sit up straight! There's a policeman behind us.

~oOo~

We bought some flowers the other day. With a coupon, I got six little plants for $1.00 each. Sophia, always the one to 'count how much money Momma has in her wallet', wanted to know why it cost $6.51 and not just $6.00.

"Well, Honey, any time you want to buy something you have to pay the government to buy it. Every time you sell something, you have to pay the government to sell it. And everytime someone pays you for your work, you have to pay the government for that too."

"Why, mom?"

Yeah, why? Well, that's not one of the battles I want to fight - maybe Mr. Santos does (along with the right to bear arms freedom of religion etc. etc.) - if so, we will all stand behind him. But right now I want to, I have to, fight for my kids. I choose not to send my kids to government controlled public school. I choose to fight for my right - my GOD GIVEN right - to parent my own children.

There may be a day that the people of the United States, like Honduras, may have to fight for freedom and independence. Is it a fight we should fight? I don't know, but for now, look at THIS with me...if you care at all about your children or even your neighbors children. Please sign this petition and let your voice be heard. Fight with me.

Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the LORD do [what is] good in His sight." 1Ch 19:13

July 04, 2009

Independence Day

Mr. and Mrs. Santos
Walking up the steps to the state capitol
Playing at the State Capitol

Mr. Santos and the children

Naomi waving in the garden

The Santos Ladies

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781


My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King.

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