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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The Best Years Are NOW

What do you consider to be your Best Years?  Do you cling to the past for what you had? Or are you chasing after what you can have? I often wonder how many people live in the past. I know it has to be a lot because I used to be one of them. I even noticed my kids had their own “Golden Years” at 7 and 4 years of age. I’m over living in the past, I’m about living in the now, living in the future. I didn’t really realize that what I was reflecting on, constantly thinking  “Oh, back then was so much better”  was making me miss out on the most amazing moments now. Now don’t get me wrong, I love replaying memories in my head, but that’s not the kind of living in the past i’m talking about. I’m talking about the “Oh life was so much better back then…” thoughts. Your life can be better now! It’s all about the mindset you choose to have. Quit thinking of Then and start changing the Now! Life is happening every second and i’m choosing to grab ahold! Our lives are about to take a change for the better! I’m taking hold of God’s promises! You should too! 
 
 

You are my favorite.

My life with kids is truly incredible. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without them. Here’s a little love letter to each of my babies.

 

Alex, My First born, You are my favorite. You are my favorite because you made me a mother. You opened me up to an unknown world of motherhood. Looking at you for the first time was breathtaking. I experienced a love unlike any other. We shared all of our firsts together. I had never known what it was like to want to do everything for another person other than myself. You had this precious calmness about you, like you knew to be patient with my learning of all of your needs.  You are born to be a leader. You make each person feel special, your personality is full of love. You always walk into a room like you own it, God has designed you for great things! You my son, are my favorite.

 

Naelen-Joel, My Second born,You are my favorite. You are my favorite because you were born with such purpose and character. From the beginning I knew you would be a strong one. You proved that by coming 5 weeks early and having no problems at all.I wasn’t afraid to enjoy you and all your moments. I felt at ease with you. You truly were the epitome of a “mama’s boy” and I loved that all you wanted was your “mama”. You have brought laughter and silliness to our lives.My love for you is unlike any other. I love that you  know what you want and you won’t settle until you get there. God has destined you for greatness. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. You my son, are my favorite.

 

Ellie, My Last baby, You are my favorite. You are my favorite because you are my only daughter. You have brought our family much sweetness of all things girly. I will enjoy all of our lasts with you. I will hold you just a little longer. I’ll keep you a baby as long as I can. You may not like it, but one day you’ll understand. I see all of me in you. It’s so hard to believe at times that you are my daughter. You were a testament of God’s incredible love for his children. You are an answered prayer. God has a great calling on your life. You my daughter, are my favorite.

Marriage.. The Sweetest Gift

Tonight I’m sitting here holding my sweet sleeping 5 month old daughter, my legs entwined with my husband as our boys are tucked in bed. Life is great! I couldn’t ask for a better family. My life has become so much sweeter since getting married and having kids. I can’t even begin to imagine what my life would be like without them. I know I know… Mushy love stuff. But it truly is a gift from God. IF you are single, wait for the man/woman that God has for you. There’s nothing better. Sure we have our up and down moments, but who doesn’t? We make each other better, we balance each other. If you are married, cherish your spouse. There’s no one else in the world that will have your back more than he/she will. There’s no one else who will push you to become better. There’s no one else who will Love you the way that a spouse is supposed to love. I think today’s generation has taken for granted what Marriage means. I recently read that 1 in 2 marriages will end in divorce. That literally makes the marriage rate 50/50. How heartbreaking is that?! How is that you commit yourselves to each other, recite vows and yet take it so lightly? Marriage is such a sacred convenient. It’s supposed to be exciting, full of love, hard. It’s not meant to be given up on so easily. Marriage is a complete give and take relationship. It’s NEVER meant to be 50/50, it should be 100/100. Sacrifices come from each side but you should do it all in L.O.V.E. <3 To all my married friends, make God the center of your Marriage, He will guide you in exactly the way you need to go in order to benefit your relationship with your spouse. He will help you both grow together. There’s nothing better than praying and seeking God with the one you love. To all my single friends, seek God with all your heart, and he will lead you exactly where you need to be. 

Thanks for checking in. Just wanted to share a little bit of LOVE that was on my heart tonight. 

Blessings, 

       Lexi O. 

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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Choosing to Homeschool

Wow! It feels great to be writing again! It’s been a long while! So much has happened! We are now awaiting a sweet little girl to add to our clan. Ellie Adelina will be her November 11th or sooner! :-) Alex and Naelen-Joel can’t wait to meet their little sister. Rene and I can’t wait to welcome what will be our one and only princess. Now, we get to add Homeschooling to the mix! (What in the world am I getting myself into!?)

So, Since the end of last year (November 2012), I really started contemplating Homeschooling. When I mentioned it to my hubby Rene, he was less than thrilled and just kind of laughed it off. Well little did I know, God was doing a real tug on my heart and all I could do was pray that he would tug on my husband’s heart like he was mine. It took a lot of praying for that, and although my husband told me it was fine with him if I did homeschool, I didn’t quite feel he was completely convinced that this was the right decision..

School just started back up here in Houston, and I ended up sending our oldest back to 2nd grade in public school because “Baby Ellie would be making an entrance soon and it would be best to just wait on the homeschool”. I actually was depressed and heartbroken that I was sending him back into the “worldly” school system. Just when I thought all hope was lost for homeschooling, God brought us our great friend that pretty much changed everything in one day!

Now I know that most people won’t agree with why I’m homeschooling and the many reasons behind it, but that’s ok, because i’m raising MY children the way I want them and believe they should be raised. Ultimately knowing it’s what God is leading me to do and knowing it’s best for them. I sincerely think that we are raising up a generation of entitled brats, and I will do my very best to raise children who will give something great to this world instead of take, take, take.. I’m raising my kids to have strong morals and high standards, which seems to be lacking a lot these days. I want my kids to Love God with all their hearts, and show that Love to other people. As for our education system here in the U.S., I think it’s horrible. I think state testing is the worst thing to come to schools, for it’s not empowering or helping our children, but dumbing them down. State testing starts in 3rd grade for most, and continues on to each year, making it reviews all year round so that our children can pass the test and the schools can receive funding. I see how my son who just started 2nd grade last week, will be slammed with not only trying to master his addition and subtraction skills, but have to learn multiplication and division this year as well. HOW IS THAT EVEN RIGHT?! For me, I want my kids to be completely solid in their foundation in education. How can you expect them to master the harder things that will come if they haven’t even been able to master the basics? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

As I mentioned earlier, we recently had lunch with a friend who happens to be a teacher and he opened mine and my husbands eyes to a world of things we didn’t even think possible. This isn’t the first time i’ve heard about awful things happening in public middle and high schools, but how much can you believe when it’s coming from “a friend of a friend” that it happened to. But When our friend stated that when he had kids there is no way he would allow them to step foot into a public school and that they would only be homeschooled, we obviously had to ask why, since he’s a public school teacher.

The things we heard blew our minds. From how the school will use certain programs to collect thousands of dollars per child without it actually benefiting your child to 1st & 2nd graders of the same sex found in bathrooms making out or giving oral sex to each other. Yes, I did say 1st & 2nd graders and that is not a mistake. (Insert shock face here) When I listened to him explain in more detail all of these things, I couldn’t help but feel sick to my stomach! I know we live in a world where everyone is fighting for their own rights, and yes everyone has free will to do what they please. But I do not have to expose my children to those things or agree with what you do. I’m just clarifying before I get a ton of hate mail that I do not hate any person or what they choose to do with their life, but I do not have to agree with what they believe in, just as I do not expect everyone to agree with what I believe in. My point is, that as a parent I’m choosing my kids. I’m choosing to protect them and to keep their sweet innocence intact. I don’t want them to have an adult mentality at 7 and 4 years old because of what I have allowed them to be exposed to. They are only children once and adults for a lifetime, I’m choosing childhood for them while they are still young enough to enjoy it. I’m choosing to push them to do great things, to have the most amazing education and to act educated. Pushing them to stand for what they believe in and not to sway to what others pressure them to do.

With that being said, I’m completely nervous about homeschooling. I am learning as I go and  I know that God will guide me (as he has always done) and show me and Rene what we need to do. I’m thanking God for opening our hearts and minds to this. And I’m excited for the journey. I’m excited to share our experience with other people and hopefully I can help someone who is in the same spot of where I am or where I used to be. I’ll be uploading blog posts regularly and can’t wait to watch it play out! Thanks for listening to my rant! Talk to you soon!

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One Year, 6 months down… A lifetime to go!

                          So I’m two days away from having been married for one year and 6 months, and what a journey it has been! I’ve loved absolutely every minute of being married! If I could marry my hubby over and over again I would do it every day! It’s so amazing to be married to your best friend! I love the long talks we have, the laughter, even the arguments! We grow from each experience and I wouldn’t want to grow with any other person! Our Love is one of a kind! I especially Love the way he Loves me! The sweetest love I’ve ever known! Just had to share how grateful and happy I am! So glad God picked him for me to have!

Rene Ornelas, You are my best friend & my soulmate, I truly Thank God for Blessing me with You! Thank you for loving me, thank you for believing in me, praying over me, pushing me to accomplish my dreams! I hope I can and do  all those same things for you as you do for me! I’m so excited for the future, and I’m enjoying every minute getting there! I love you!

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times, wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a simple touch