Monday, August 18, 2014

Mexico CIty

Last January, we were visiting family in Mexico City. My brother-in-law, Pablo, was teaching me a bazillion new things with photography and our Nikon's, and we often traded cameras to play around with the lenses. Because of this, a handful of photos got lost somewhere in camera space.

All photos taken by Pablo Carrillo, edited by me.

You know what the fun part about that is? I just edited over 50 images and took a stroll down memory lane. Enjoy the stroll....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Plant Watering and Deck Play

Toddler tip: Are you and your toddler bored from hanging out in home, while the Summer heat melts everything outside? Do you feel like a boring, inadequate mama/papa in need of an escape? Well, I've got the solution for you! Wait until around 6:30pm, when the day is cooling off and most of your backyard is shaded, open your back door (note: if you do not have one... buy a home or apartment that does), bring some toys with you, and play outside. WHAT?! that easy?! Yes, friends and family. It was that easy. We even thought to fill our blender jar with water and let Santi water the plants. He enjoyed the time much so; as he chewed on the spray bottle straw, made a Lego tower, gazed down at the plant life below our home, did some goofy stretches, let me tickle him, had a mini-tantrum, and then pondered the sliding door behind me.

I recommend it.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Irreverent, Silly Myths

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:7-8

I am doing a bible study with a group on Facebook, we are going through the book Taste for Truth (the author's description:They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit. But we all know how hard it is to make through those first 21 days. Taste for Truth will help you get through those first few weeks when you'd like nothing better than to give up. Taste for Truth offers 30 days of Bible study and hands-on renewing of the mind help. You'll be taking off the lies that make you overeat and putting on the truth that will make you actually want to eat with control.) Those verses in the first book of Timothy were in a chapter, and I felt led to memorize them.

In all honesty, I was only focused on "while bodily training is of some value..." (exercise first came to mind), "...godliness is of value in every way..." but today I had the card sitting on my desk at work, and I frequently gave it a glance. Hour by hour it started to open up to me, make more sense, as if God Himself were opening up each sentence and translating it to help me understand how applicable it is to my life.

Here's what unraveled...

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths (veganism, fooc rules, skinny = my focus, skinny = my idol, all that matters, my ultimate goal). Rather train yourself for godliness (honor God with my eating, seek holiness, to be like Jesus, do not be dominated by food or anything of this world - the internet, other people's opinions about me, the world's temptations that so easily entice me); for while bodily training (exercise, dietary discipline) is of some value, godliness (again, eating for His glory, loving on the family He has given me, taking care of the body He has formed for me, taking care of the way we spend our money, enjoying the time He blesses me with because it's irreplaceable, not wasting it away over-eating, then feeling too sick to function, too tired, too sad...) is of value in every way, as it holds promise (closeness with God, peace, joy, fullness in Him!) for the present life (enjoy food at the next meal, enjoy each meal with my spouse, at family gatherings, with my baby boy) and also for the life to come (heaven! hearing "well done my good and faithful servant!" from God's lips, because I was no longer bound by chains and a slavery to food and the world, but His servant!)

Take care of your temple, daughter, where My Spirit dwells.

I feel so called to do it for God's glory, not for my own glory, or for man's vain approval. So led to hold food with open hands, to show God that I love Him more than the taste of the richest food.


Our family had a BBQ for my papa's bday the other month. I didn't manage to get a photo of every person attending. But I did manage to take some fun portraits and play around with editing in a program called Lightroom. I love this bunch of people.