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Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Wishing everyone a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.

No matter what the day may (or may not) bring, always remember that you have control of what you choose to be grateful for. 💜 I thank God everyday for the beautiful family He has allowed me to create with my husband and for moments we transform into memories. May today be filled with love, fun and laughter with the ones that make your heart sing. And if you feel like if you don’t have anyone to share with, go find someone! Family, friends, neighbors, church, and charities all could use some love, don’t let yours go to waste!

As always have a blessed day,

The Cabello Family

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How we do back to school…

Back to school means splurging on discounted school supplies, getting back on a rigid schedule, and having that bittersweet feeling we all get at the first day of drop-off. Back to school was also the time I used to hide my face inside my shirt and run around with a bottle of Lysol spraying everything, everywhere inside my home. Doorknobs, bed-sheets, sofa cushions, remotes, my kid, even the hubby got caught up in my crazy compulsions. The moment I heard either one of them coughing, I was determined I would not allow myself to get sick. However, no matter how much I washed, cleaned and sanitized, we would all fall prey to the back to school germs.

Fast forward to this year, we now have Ethan in his second year of preschool and a one year old at home. During car line pickup I noticed Ethan, in all of his wonderful innocence, loving on his little brother as soon as the car doors opened. Not two weeks into school, I had my baby coming down with the sniffles. Not long after that, my husband and I were starting to feel a sore throat coming on, meanwhile, little Ethan has been walking around with a hop to his skip, all happy and healthy. Naturally, one would think I should have my face-in-shirt and Lysol-in-hand defense position ready. (Can you imagine how ridiculous I looked doing so? I have!) However, this time I found a healthier, safer, and natural way to up our immunities. 

I always had an interest in essential oils and their “magical power”. Turns out it’s the power of basic science that makes essential oils so effective. Essential oils are natural as they are extracted and distilled from plants. Pure oils are safe as they can communicate with the body to address root causes, without building resistance, and can cross the lipid bilayer at the cellular lever to combat even viral threats. They allow their users a peace of mind and serve as an enhancement of physical and emotional health without the side effects that accompany the modern approach. For these reasons, and many more, I couldn’t help but to join the dōTERRA community of essential oil users.

With pre-diluted oils made especially for babies and young children, doTERRA made it easy for this mama to make back to school a breeze. No more hiding from school germs, instead we have been able to keep them away by using the special blends in the children’s oil kit to keep my boys healthy – naturally. Simply applying Stronger (similar to the popular On Guard blend) down Ethan’s and the baby’s neck and back everyday before school and before bed, we have been able to prevent both boys from getting sick even though they continue to share germs – I mean LOVE each other… 

Not only do we love Stronger but also have learned to incorporate the other wonderful blends into our daily routine. Along with the protective blend, Ethan enjoys applying Thinker every morning on his temples to help him focus his mind while he is at school. He’s even gotten several compliments of smelling great from his friends. I also love carrying Rescuer (the blue soothing blend) for any sudden aches and pains, not only for them but, for me as well. Lately, Ethan has been having growing leg pains, the baby as he learns to walk has bumps from falling down and even I, with just tension on my own shoulders and neck, a simply application has definitely rescued us from long hours of unnecessary aching. My two favorites to use with the baby are Calmer (the purple restful bend) and Steady (the green grounding blend) as he tends to be living with FOMO (fear of missing out). He fights for hours just to nap and when bedtime rolls around, he starts playing and laughing from pure exhaustion. Some Calmer on the bottom of his feet and on his little wrists and Steady on the back of his ears helps tremendously to relax my little one and to be on his way to restful sleep, giving us all a peace of mind.  

**BONUS** yay!

Probably the best protective blend yet – with FLOOM, I no longer have to worry about being on the look out for a cough or a sneeze, and I definitely don’t need to have my Lysol ready either. It is a magnificent blend of powerful Frankincense, cleansing Lemon, protective On Guard, antiviral Oregano and antibacterial Melaleuca. Equal parts of each, topped off with your choice of carrier oil gives you a pocket-sized intense immune support. I rub some of this FLOOM magic down the neck and the back of the ears on my husband and myself and I kid you not, this stuff really works. Erick goes from having a scratchy throat and potential ear aches to being completely better within just 20 minutes. And I don’t take any chances, instead of hiding from the germs they all love sharing, I just apply some FLOOM on myself and my oils take care of the rest. I can proudly say I am five months strong, without getting sick. As a stay at home mother, I cannot afford to go down with the flu or to call out. I need to make sure I am taking the necessary steps to protect myself and my family. I appreciate that doTERRA has made this a reality for us and I can rest assured  that I am not adding toxic chemicals to our bodies or to the air we breathe in order to protect our immune systems. 

Well guys, I loved sharing a little of what we do. Please stay tune for the next blog on what oils I like using in my diffuser to keep the air clean and set the right mood at home.

As always, have a wonderful day!

Posted in Mommy & Me Mondays

Survival Mode

Hello Everyone!

Boy has it been a tough five months! Since New Year’s Eve, I can assure you I have been the test subject in some divine scientific experiment on how long a human can go without decent sleep hours. My youngest child has definitely pushed me to my parenting limits in ways my oldest never did. I have been struggling with reoccurring double ear infections, cluster feeding, sleep regression, a growth spurt and four new teeth (a total of six now). And that’s just one kiddo!

My first one also has had his share of pushing buttons, as of late. Between trying to keep him active, maintaining my daily schedule and keeping up with preschool, I have become a steaming hot mess. Thank God for Netflix. Oh, yes, go ahead and judge me, I dare you! I am just so happy that my little one has finally started to pay attention too so I can leave them both watching funny kid movies while cleaning up my seemingly, never-ceasing, ever-growing mess I call home.

Not all is bad news, I mean there’s always something negative to focus on, right? Remember that fitness journey I said I wouldn’t be documenting every step of the way? Well, back in January, I was given a free two-week trial to an online workout program. After the trial and a lot of thought, I decided to give it a real chance and start giving myself the care I deserved. Although it was hard because it had been a long while since the last time I exercised (about a year), I managed to make it 40 days into my first program, lost three pounds and imagined myself skinnier. However, this was not encouragement enough to keep me going. In fact, I had given up about three times the last two weeks until I finally convinced myself that my kids were on a mission to keep me fat. One hour sessions were turning into two hours of trying to work out with a fussy baby who demanded nursing when he was supposed to be sleeping. For those skeptics, I had tried working out at 9:30 am after Ethan went off to school, at 5pm while making dinner and the most realistic timing 11:45pm after the baby finally stopped chewing on my ( . ) ( . ) … ugh, seriously I was just plain miserable.

Wait! I thought this was a positive reflection?

Oh! Yes, right. UMMM so where was I? Miserable… yes, I was completely miserable and even tried to sacrifice working out for a few hours of sleep but that too was a complete failure. It seemed like anytime my head touched the pillow and imagined a beautiful night of blissful sleep, my angelic infant sensed it in his soul to fuss and make me more depressed and sleep deprived. All until a few friends suggested a popular gym nearby that offers childcare. Although only four weeks long and three weeks in, I can positively say I have died in every single workout, have felt the motivation to show up every time and can happily say I am down a little over ten pounds from the original weigh in. I feel weaker every time I walk in through those doors, but surprise myself with how much I actually accomplish in just 45 minutes of an intense workout. It’s true I don’t feel stronger at all, but I also cannot deny the progress I have made in such a short time (no matter how small). At the end of next week, I have another focus meeting to determine how much body fat I have lost (if any) and if I have to tweak my nutrition, which I am sure will need assistance.

As fun and amazing as this gym is, however, I feel ready to tackle the home workouts again, mainly so I don’t have to bribe my kids to get dressed and leave this house every day. Though, when we do have the chance to go outside to a park, they have been filled with pure sunshine and calm fun. Check out this photo of the boys on this amazing circular rope swing that I will totally be getting for our future home…

That was just a slice of what I have been dealing with and the reason why I have not been able to post with the desired frequency. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to post again once this kid settles again into a decent sleep schedule. I have read two more books and plan to leave reviews for them along with two more exciting pieces I will like to post sooner than later.

As always have a beautiful day ❤️

Posted in Saturday Projects

Pantry Clean-up

A year’s worth of messes, recipes ingredients, snack boxes, food cans, opened cereal bags and lots of unhealthy choices can drive a mom bonkers.

How I managed to fit an oversized box filled with baking supplies, a few cleaning solutions, an overload of protein powders, a stash of bounty towels and a whole lot of tomato sauce is completely beyond me.

Looking back at this photo, honestly, I cannot understand how things got so bad. I am usually a very clean and highly organized person and moments like this one reminds me that my OCD is only partial.

However, I was determined to fix this problem and didn’t want it to overwhelm me in the future. After long consideration on how to reorganize my pantry, I finally watched a few episodes of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up in hopes of finding an easy way to clean up the mess my pantry had become.

I was not completely impressed at first because I didn’t want to understand the way she chose to help others clean up. I was expecting her to come into the person’s home and just torch the place. Fresh, clean slate. But, that was not the point of her method. Several episodes in, I realized her intentions were to instill habits of long-term cleanliness, not just temporary solutions.

In a few of her episodes, I noticed she would bring empty boxes to the person’s home. I thought, “Humm, this is weird. The last thing I want to do while getting rid of stuff is to find more places to store things into.” But you guys! It was all about having a place to put the items you decide to keep. Almost like giving it a rightful home within your home.

So with the help of a few Pinterest pins, I realized this project was a lot smaller than I expected and much easier to complete as well. A quick trip to the dollar store and two days later I was able to see my pantry be transformed. Having separate bins for my toddler’s snacks and baby’s food definitely improved the look, along with taking my pasta shells out of the boxes and putting them into matching plastic containers.

Ex: Instead of hanging the baby food from a plastic bag off the door handle, I used the square bins to keep them readily avilable.

I am proud not only of the way things turned out at the end but that even after weeks of shopping and adding to the pantry, it has remained fairly organized. Additionally, I was able to set up a large white basket with pre-assembled snack bags for my son to grab on his own before we head out. I removed the big box of baking supplies and I am still fussing over how to store it properly, but at least it’s not on the pantry floor disturbing my peace.

Still not the most healthy looking pantry but at least we have food to eat and it’s pretty to look at 🙂

I’ve pretty much been able to do this kind of organizing to my personal closet, my dresser, and the boys’ playroom. Now if I could manage a way to organize my craft corner and keep my kitchen counter from overflowing with junk that would be divine and would remove unnecessary stresses in my life.

But one can only dream 🙇🏽‍♀️💭

Posted in Sunday Reads

Book Review: Investing QuickStart Guide

I was given the opportunity to review a book titled Investing QuickStart Guide written by Ted D. Snow. I want to thank Ben for making it possible for me to receive a copy of this book.

I will start with being completely honest… investing? ehh thanks but no thanks. A whole chapter book on investing?? NO WAY! That was my mentality for most of my teen years and young adult life. Anything that had to do with money, business, economics, in general, was the greatest of bores for me. I figured if I just ignored it long enough, it would disappear… just like everything else in life AM I RIGHT??? WRONG!!

Until one day not too long ago, the hubby started a conversation about his interest in investing. We were already preparing to dive deeper into real estate which I faintly understood to be some form of investment, but knew absolutely nothing about. Then it came to me… I am usually really good at knowing a little about everything and I am the type of person that once something grabs my attention, I throw myself at it. But, see, investing was a topic I knew absolutely NOTHING about because I have been avoiding it for so long.

I came across the opportunity to receive a book on investing and I thought wow! This is my chance to learn about this GREAT GET RICH QUICK IDEA everyone keeps yapping about. A week later I have this book in my mailbox and I am thinking… what did I get myself into?

Let me just tell you right now if you were avoiding learning about this “extremely, confusing and complicated topic” and found yourself completely (let me just say it…) ignorant on anything investment, go grab this book and read it now!

loving all this note taking space!

When you read the front cover, it says “The Simplified Beginner’s Guide …” and I cannot stress how important it was for me that the inside actually matched the information provided on the cover. Whether you are totally new to investing or a seasoned investor, I trust this book will be a great resource for understanding not only the basics but seeing how they translate into real-life scenarios. I appreciate that it was written with the fresh learner in mind without being condescending. Even though the writer is clearly experienced in the topic, he does not rush through nor does he bombard the reader with unnecessary information. The introduction has a simply stated thesis and each point is developed clearly throughout the book.

One of the things I really enjoyed was seeing the dictionary definition of special terms (for learning specifically what it means) and reading a suggested way to see the definition in action. For example, when we are given the definition of what a stock is – a representation of your share of ownership in a corporation – we are also told to think about stocks as a “kind of corporate currency that reflects the belief that its issuing entity will perpetuate itself and justify its value.” (pg.3) It is an out-of-the-dictionary approach to understanding what is being taught.

The writer makes me comfortable with the flow of information given and nothing I don’t completely understand is far from a quick google search (for example, famous people or what do stock splits look like). There are many helpful charts, specific examples, the writer’s notes and takes on the topic at hand and a few words of caution sprinkled throughout the book to further help the reader fully understand what is being explained. The writer smoothly goes from simple points like the several types of treasuries (pg.15) to more complex factors that make up mutual funds (pg.68). He touches on several market indexes along with his take on types of financial advisors. The writer doesn’t shy away from giving some beneficial investment strategies (pg.115) and briefly goes over a few portions on trading (pg. 129). Although there are specific sections in the book dedicated to advising against making fast, impulsive decisions (pg.146) and the importance of keeping a balanced portfolio (pg.144) they are themes that are stressed throughout the entirety of the book. Probably the best part is the free digital resources included in the book, providing lifetime access to investment guides and more.

All in all – this was a great read! It is definitely a book I highly recommend to anyone, both starters, and experienced investors, looking to gain knowledge on investing for a secure financial future. I can now open my 401K mail and information update letters without fear of not understanding where my money is being invested. I can read and comprehend the decisions being explained to me and now can take proper actions if need be. If someone like me, previously completely ignorant and indifferent to the topic, can be fully and correctly informed to the point to flip my interest and actually make me want to invest, you know it is worth the read.

Thank you for taking the time to read this review. You can find more information about the book and order your copy from Amazon using this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1945051868

As always have a wonderful day ❤︎

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Sleep will come

As I rock my baby boy to sleep in his bassinet 15 mins to 1 am, all I can think about is how difficult it will be adjusting to a five day schedule for my toddler’s new school year. How hard it will be to plan a schedule AND actually stick to it. As I rock my baby boy to sleep I dream of sleep myself; so foreign and unobtainable is dear sleep to me. And yet with fewer hours of sleep each night, I am still required to function as a mother, as a wife, as a human being.

What’s worse is when I feel like giving up nursing because he’s using me for comfort (awww cute sleepy face 😑)

When I start to question my life wondering if I’m doing it right,

I don’t mean to pry, but

Why can’t you stay sleeping through the night?

Why must you awaken every ten mins for hours on end?

Why are your cries for me, consoled only by my scent, so endearing?

How do you draw me in with your soft, tiny, baby hands?

How can such little human fingers grasp my heart and squeeze so tight?

Then it all comes flooding back…

It’s only for a moment.

A moment that might be our last,

In our life, in this world.

So I take a deep breath and take you in,

Into my lungs so deep and let you

Onto my side.

I cuddle and embrace you knowing This will only be but a moment

Of need and comfort

Because soon you’ll be a big boy,

A teen and then a man

And though you might never remember

Know I will never forget,

How much you wanted me and how I needed you,

All these restless nights ♥️

Sleep will come, maybe in bits now and later in full but I will continue to love on you little baby until I am no more.

Posted in Sunday Reads

Book Review: Choosing Me

I was given the opportunity to review a book titled Choosing Me: Love Letters from a Poet, Vol 1 authored by @billweberauthor. I want to say thank you for allowing me to receive an advanced copy of your book.

I was a bit skeptical about reading a book on sex and love from a man’s point of view, but I will admit this has been one of the best books (of this topic) I have ever read. Weber has touched on a topic that was once taboo but is now so common among this generation, that there is no reverence for it anymore. He has, in my opinion, opened up a beautiful and detailed way for spouses to communicate and has brought back the meaningful connection scared love-making has on the souls involved. Reading his poems brought a feeling of amazement over me, I couldn’t believe that someone was able to truly encapsulate the emotions that overcome a person when in love. If you feel as if love has died out in your relationship, I will recommend reading this book and share it with your spouse. I believe it may even be able to reignite a hidden or suppressed passion within. Totally worth reading and sharing.

To get your copy of this beautiful book, you can search on Amazon.com

Details below:

Choosing Me: Love Letters from a Poet, Volume 1 by Amazon.com
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/099713173X/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_FipoCbVVK1WP3

Posted in Funday Fridays

Poinsettias

Hello everyone!

I have a poinsettia that I took on our 16-hour U-Haul trip from New York to North Carolina. It surprisingly survived the awful journey with just one broken branch out of the three it had. I said to myself I wasn’t going to quit this plant mama thing I had going on and was determined to have this plant survive. I quickly taped up the broken branch and to my surprise…

IT ACTUALLY MADE IT!!

Well, it didn’t die, it starting growing and began sprouting new leaves. My heart was full. ❤️

Long story short, I believe it has been a little over a year I’ve had the plant and I was so eager to show off its beautiful red flowers for Christmas. Unfortunately, those bright red leaves never came in. 💔

I have been watering my plant and watching it grow vertically but it seems like the stems just keep on growing and leaves keep falling.

The leaves are a beautiful green but under my kitchen light they look yellow.

I am wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to fix or help my poor little baby stop growing just to die. See, the stems are growing fairly quickly but as the second photo displays, as soon as the leaves fall off, I am left with this long stem with little knobs. The only leaves are the ones up on top of each stem and still no flowers. Just this morning, I was cleaning up the plants, I found that this one had milky latex sap leaking out of the part where the leaves fell off. It broke my heart to read that the sap means the plant has suffered an injury. WHAT!? HOW!!?? Leaves falling off while still green I can only assume is what this plant considered an injury. Regardless, I would love to find out what am I doing wrong and how to help this plant thrive. An article I read said to cut below the flowering stems and replant but I am afraid of killing my plant after having it survive all this time.

Please share any tips you may have on keeping poinsettias alive and happy.

As always, don’t forget to enjoy your life today.

Posted in Thankful Thursdays

We Are NOT Alone!

The hardest thing about becoming a mother wasn’t deciding on our pregnancy announcement or growing a tiny human being inside me. It was not fear of what labour would feel like and it was not even childbirth. It was the life changes that came after and the fact that I felt I was going through them all alone: the sudden surge of hormones, the unrequested bodily changes, the uncontrollable bleeding and constant cramping, the postpartum depression, the regulation of nursing on demand, the countless sleepless nights, the learning to not be an angry parent and the lost of many friendships. Lord knows that there is so much more women deal with that goes unmentioned. 

I always questioned why is it that young ladies are constantly forced into relationships and sometimes indirectly pressured into having children yet no one takes the time to tell us about the downside of this equation of life we later find ourselves in. Where are the non-enforced pre-marital counselors to check for partner compatibility? Where are the elderly, experienced women to tell you the ugly truth of what child-bearing does to the body, and to warn but also prepare new mothers of the baby blues with positive ways to bounce back into life? Where are the mature, tough-love kind of women that will reach out a hand without waiting to be asked, because they know that new moms feel asking for help proves we are inadequate mothers? Where are the husbands that make vows to be there for their wives through thick and thin, yet once the going gets tough, the “tough” gets going? Why do we lose close friends instead of gaining soul sisters while growing a family? Why is so easy to point fingers and shame a struggling mother instead of lending a hand and reassuring them that everything will be okay? 

I tell you the hardest part of motherhood was going through it all and believing I did not have someone to share it with. Someone that would not judge me for “saying too much” and actually be a supporting pillar while keeping it real with me. A “Proverbs 31” kind of woman to guide me through the journey of motherhood. A “Mother To Son” kind of friend to teach me the truths of this so-called “crystal stair” life. The kind of person that would instill accountability for my actions, both intentional and not. 

That is why I am so grateful for the many women that I have met since we packed everything up and made the long haul from New York City. More importantly, I am grateful for the church we joined that facilitated these groups of people to connect. Two weeks into the move, I started volunteering for the church to keep myself from being completely isolated in a new neighborhood, alone with my toddler at home while four months pregnant, seemingly sinking into pre-depression. By joining the outreach program I was able to meet new friends and help people while having fun with my little boy. The best part was being able to bring him with me to embed in him the importance of taking time to volunteer for the community. While attending a regular service, my husband and I were introduced to a couple that was opening their home to young couples with small children to gather for bible study and to develop lasting friendships. It was wonderful to know that being a young family didn’t have to keep us from socializing with other people. It was a welcoming place where kids can be kids and everyone would understand because we all have little ones. It was there that I was informed of the “stay at home moms” group for mothers who you guessed it… stay at home with their young children. That was when faces at church became familiar and eye contact with smiles became “Hey! I remember you!” and tight hugs. This group enabled me to socialize with other women going through the same phase of raising little humans in the best way possible while not losing myself in the process. It was the place where the kids can run around having fun, building their own social group while the mommies could relax and enjoy adult interaction outside of the home. It was through this group, that one of the moms had it in her heart to invite me to her women’s group. A group of women all on different paths in the journey of life, looking to develop a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the Lord while “building friendships that fit” with each other. And my most recently joined group, a group of amazing ladies that have decided to meet with each other despite initially starting on facebook, to motivate ourselves to be “the best me” we can be. A group where we become the community of supporting women we desperately need and crave, addition to having a safe place to talk about overcoming the anxieties of this life. 

They say, “It takes a village to raise a child” and I cannot stress enough how grateful I am for having these groups of women surrounding me as they have all become my village. Additionally, I have learned to make an effort at being social, to not coop myself up because we do not have to go through life alone. God didn’t create us to go through life without friends and without relationships. It is okay to allow oneself to be vulnerable and take risks opening your heart to building new friendships. Leaving New York meant leaving behind two families, siblings, cousins, nieces and 10+ years friendships from school and church. It meant facing new problems in a new home in a new state with a new baby. I thought it was a new phase in life that was meant to be walked in isolation but instead what I found was a circle of caring soul sisters that will walk life with me, and whose kids will grow with my kids. I am blessed to have found good, honest women to develop “best friends-ships” with and be able to open up to and know that I am not alone. They help me to understand that God’s love for me includes having people to share my life with. And soon enough, we are sharing tips and tricks for surviving our children, advice for our marriages to thrive and for our families to flourish. 

You too! You are not alone in this life! 

{As crazy as this will sound I kid you not! I am listening to The Light FM Network radio station as I write this post and the song “I am not alone” by Kari Jobe came up}

Even if you don’t join a bunch of groups like I did, just know that when you allow the Lord to enter your heart, you are never alone. He walks with you. His Word assures you of this truth – “though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me…” (Psalms 23:4) and He “gives His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Psalms 91:11). He’s God of the hills and of the valleys, and you are not alone! 

Loneliness is a growing epidemic in this age of advancing technology; but, when you learn to surround yourself with the right group of faithful, loving people know that you, too, will have gained a village. More importantly, rooting your thoughts on foundational truths found in the Living Word of God will help you to combat the negative emotions that are so keen on keeping us isolated and from experiencing God’s love for us.  

There is an old African proverb that says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” 

I don’t want to go through this life alone and I definitely don’t want you to go through it alone either. If you feel like you have no one to go through life with, do not hesitate to write to me and I will be your new friend. I pray that you gain the courage to say to the loneliness, depression and anxiety that want to take over “there is no room for you here in my mind! You need to leave now!” and proclaim victorious truths over your life.

Below I have added biblical truths you can read and declare over your life. Feel free to print them and keep them with you so you may be reminded that God walks with you. You are not alone and He “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, [and has] plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 I have also included a section of Proverbs 31, the poem Mother To Son by Langston Hughes and the lyrics to “I am not alone” by Kari Jobe so you’re not in the dark about my earlier references.

Biblical Truths to trust and declare over your life:

• I am a child of God.

But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children … (John 1:12).

• I am a friend of Jesus.

I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).

• I have been justified and redeemed.

But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).

• I will not be condemned by God.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

• I have been set free from the law of sin and death.

For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

• The hardening of my mind has been removed in Christ.

But their minds were closed. For to this very day, the same veil remains when they hear the old covenant read. It has not been removed because only in Christ is it taken away (2 Corinthians 3:14).

• I am a new creature in Christ.

So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

• I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir.

So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God (Galatians 4:7).

• I have been set free in Christ.

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).

• I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

• I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God.

For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love (Ephesians 1:4).

• I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7).

• I have been predestined by God to obtain an inheritance.

In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the one purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11).

• I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation)–when you believed in Christ–you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).

• Because of God’s mercy and love, I have been made alive with Christ.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you are saved (Ephesians 2:4-5)!

• I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works.

For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them (Ephesians 2:10).

• I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ.

… In whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness (Ephesians 3:12).

• My new self is righteous and holy.

… Put on the new man who has been created in God’s image–in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth (Ephesians 4:24).

• I was formerly darkness, but now I am light in the Lord.

… For you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (Ephesians 5:8).

• I am a citizen of heaven.

But our citizenship is in heaven–and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ … (Philippians 3:20).

• The peace of God guards my heart and mind.

And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

• God supplies all my needs.

And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

• I have been made complete in Christ.

… You have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority (Colossians 2:10).

• God loves me and has chosen me.

We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you … (1 Thessalonians 1:4).

Proverbs 31:10-31

The Virtuous Wife

10 Who can find a virtuous wife?

For her worth is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;

So he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good and not evil

All the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax,

And willingly works with her hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,

She brings her food from afar.

15 She also rises while it is yet night,

And provides food for her household,

And a portion for her maidservants.

16 She considers a field and buys it;

From her profits she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength,

And strengthens her arms.

18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,

And her lamp does not go out by night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,

And her hand holds the spindle.

20 She extends her hand to the poor,

Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,

For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes tapestry for herself;

Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates,

When he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,

And supplies sashes for the merchants.

25 Strength and honor are her clothing;

She shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,

And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She watches over the ways of her household,

And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;

Her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many daughters have done well,

But you excel them all.”

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,

But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,

And let her own works praise her in the gates.

Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:

Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

It’s had tacks in it,

And splinters,

And boards torn up,

And places with no carpet on the floor—

Bare.

But all the time 

I’se been a-climbin’ on,

And reachin’ landin’s,

And turnin’ corners,

And sometimes goin’ in the dark

Where there ain’t been no light.

So, boy, don’t you turn back.

Don’t you set down on the steps.

‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.

Don’t you fall now—

For I’se still goin’, honey,

I’se still climbin’,

And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

I am not alone by Kari Jobe

When I walk through deep waters

I know that You will be with me

When I’m standing in the fire

I will not be overcome

Through the valley of the shadow

I will not fear, I am not alone

I am not alone

You will go before me

You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow

I see Your light is breaking through

The dark of night will not overtake me

I am pressing into You

Lord, You fight my every battle

And I will not fear

I am not alone

You’re my strength

You’re my defender

You’re my refuge in the storm

Through these trials

You’ve always been faithful

You bring healing to my soul

You will go before me

You will never leave me

I am not alone

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HAPPY 2019!

Hello everybody!

We just want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Years! Looking forward to growing this blog with you and posting with frequency. I might change Workout Wednesdays to Whatever Wednesdays in order to be able to blog off-topic posts there as I don’t intend in documenting every single step of my weight-loss journey.

I have been working on a new post (kinda lengthy) for weeks now (as I’ve been overwhelmed with the holidays) and started reading a book that I will be reviewing and posting about as well. Additionally, I have some ideas about setting goals and sticking to them throughout the year that I would like to eventually share with you before the month is up along with some random crafty activities for the kids.

Little Emmanuel was not feeling so great since the 31st which didn’t allow Mama Bear to have more than 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night the first week of the year. It’s hard to function, let alone blog when one is extremely sleep-deprived. However, the baby’s health is greatly improving and I’m slowly making my way back up to 6 to 7 hours of sleep at night. Fingers crossed, I’ll be blogging and posting mini stories on IG soon enough.

Don’t forget if you like something you read, do not hesitate to leave your thoughts in the comment section of the posts to engage with us.

Thank you for joining us in this wonderful journey of life,

The Cabello Family