A new diagnosis

My dear friends,
What a crazy couple months it's been since i've written! There's so much to write and a lot on my mind but I think i'll start by updating you on the biggest thing. 2 1/2 months ago I was told I had typhoid and parasites and started treatment to get rid of both. After a month I still felt awful but headed to the states for the Holidays and time to recover. There was a part of me that thought" I'll be in the US, I'm sure i'll feel better in no time!" But no such luck. Though being with family and friends was wonderful and kept my spirits high, I still knew something was wrong. After returning to Mexico I got more tests done and it turned out everything was back in full force. I started another round of a different antibiotics but nothing seemed to help.
    I was at the end of my rope. My body was tired, my mind was tired and I didn't want to fight this anymore. We prayed that the Lord would open a door for us, show us what need…

A Picnic in the Mountains!

Each year our church treks up to the mountains for an afternoon of food and fellowship, as well as hiking and exploring. The kids love to run up and down the arroyos and chase the goats from a nearby ranch while the adults enjoy talking with one another.  It's a peaceful, quiet place and we always come back refreshed. It was a much anticipated day so imagine our surprise when the weather forecast showed Tropical Storm Sonia heading right for us!
    We held out hope that our picnic would still happen and arrived at the church just as the first few drops started falling. Everyone seemed up for an adventure so we loaded up the cars and headed up the 45 min bumpy mountain road. The clouds got darker, the rain continued to pick up but our spirits remained high and hopeful! Once we arrived at our spot and started worship the rain moved on, leaving us with cool air and the fresh smell of rain. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and we couldn't have asked for more beautiful …

A Life of thankfulness

I've been trudging though October and it's finally coming to a close and soon we will be greeted by a cool November! We will be celebrating my birthday, the birth of my nephew, more birthday celebrations, a visit from Wesley's brother and wife then Thanksgiving! The anticipation of a new month is looming, the excitement is building but I want to take a moment to share my heart and all that this last month has been teaching me, as well as my husband!
   Wes and I have been meditating on Thankfulness. How do we truly give thanks in every day life? How do we give thanks even when we aren't "feeling" thankful.
   A couple weeks ago I was discouraged and lacking joy in my day to day routine, feeling like I wasn't able to keep up with the demands of life and then it struck me! I was feeling this way because I wasn't giving thanks for all the little blessings the Lord showers us with each and every day. I wasn't actively looking for things to give tha…

Sink or Swim

I had been dreading Saturday. I wanted to sleep through the day and wake up on Sunday. I had already anticipated how sad I would be. One of my best friends was getting married and I wasn't able to be there to stand up next to her on a day we had talked about for a long time. My mom was also throwing a baby shower for my sister-in-law where all of the ladies we are close to would gather and celebrate my future little nephew. It was a day I would miss home... A LOT. I was missing the fellowship with my friends, with my family and I was missing two mile stones in two women's life that mean a lot to me. It was a day I needed my husband to hold me up, to listen to me, to hold me and to be the support when I felt so weak and helpless. And he was. He was amazing. He planned a day for us to keep my mind off of everything......

It started out like any ordinary Saturday would. Wes didn't have to work so we slept in, went to breakfast at one of our favorite spots, and then headed to…

Hello Fall.

Happy first week of fall Friends!

Fall has always been my favorite season. I eagerly waited for the changing leaves, the crisp mornings and the first rain of the season. I loved pulling out all my sweaters, scarfs, boots and pants and taking walks around the neighborhood, breathing in the fresh air, and seeing the trees sparkle and drip with dew. It's the time of year to snuggle, make fires, go apple picking, bake often, watch movies, drink hot cocoa and simply enjoy the beauty of the season.
    Well for me it's different now. The weather is warm and the rainy season is coming to an end but little by little the evenings are cooling and the mornings are peaceful and fresh. Though i've had to adjust to the different climate and change my expectations of what fall should be like I can still enjoy the break in the weather, and the lighter air. My darling husband surprised me with my favorite coffee yesterday saying " youhave to have special coffee on the first day of FAL…

Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 has always been a favorite verse of mine and has been the theme to Wesley and I's life and marriage for 3 years now. Knowing that the Lord had everything under control, that everything we are going through is for our good and that we can have hope for our future-- doesn't get much more comforting than that!
I was walking with a friend yesterday and we were talking about the Lord being in control and how we have to rest in Him and find peace in HIm during the times where we don't see His plan and we were comforted by the fact that " The Lord Never Changes." He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and He is always faithful to us. At times it may seem like the Lord is far away, but in those times He is asking us to SEEK him. "Seek me and you shall find me." Those are words straight from our Heavenly Father, asking us to set aside our wants, our needs, our complaints and to fully seek Him with a heart that yearns to be closer to our cre…

Let's try this again!

Hey, remember me? I used to write about what it was like to live in Mexico, i talked about how awesome our God is and was even promising to share some of my favorite recipes.... well i failed! I got caught up in life and my poor blog got pushed to the side-- but i am BACK! I've been encouraged by some people close to me to start writing and sharing again and as i read back through my older posts and comments i got motivated to continue encouraging others through this blog and to be completely open and vulnerable. I like being transparent with people-- i'm not trying to pretend i've got it all together; because really? who actually has it "all" together?

So here i am, sitting on my couch watching the stormy weather and i don't even know where to begin! So much as happened since i've written and i don't know that i need to recap everything. Here are a few of the major things:

My dear friend Sonia moved away, as well as our dear friends Westley and Estel…