"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Feliz Navidad!!!






We had such a wonderful Christmas!!!! It was wonderful, and I was really excited that actually Christmas just started because we'll keep on celebrating until Three Kings on January 6th. We spent Christmas Eve with our wonderful neighbors and friends, and Jeff's parents. I was such a good wife!!!! I made empanadas, alcapurrias, tembleque, and arroz dulce. Barbara brought a delicious ham and arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas). One day I'll post the recipes--I'm exhausted tonight. This morning the opening of presents was magical...Juli got his skateboard and playmobil castle; Joax got a car service station and a doll boy whom he loved as soon as he saw him; Areli got her dolly, and Maga got...Dandelion!!!! The Yorkie puppy she has wanted for ever, and whom she wasn't suppossed to get until Areli was at least three years old...but oh well! Santa had other plans. She's thrilled with joy, and currently sleeping on the floor to be closer to her puppy sleeping in a kennel.

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year. I love the snow we got last night, and the peace we feel at home. My family is the greatest present I have. I feel so blessed I could cry with joy.

I'm so thankful to Heavenly Father for sending his son to Earth. I gave Jeff a book called "Father and Son: A Nativity Story;" a Christmas story told from Joseph's point of view. Joseph wonders how to teach his newborn "son" when He is I Am, the Creator; how to comfort, teach Him. My children aren't The Savior, but I often wonder how I can teach, inspire, protect, discipline these spirits sent to me. These giants who are more loving, wise, and smart that I could ever aspire to become. But when I see them sleeping, so fragile and innocent in bed, all I can pledge them is my life, my love, to guide them back Home.

Merry Christmas everybody. Our Savior was born in Bethlehem!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

St Lucia Day!!!

Today is Santa Lucia and since my chubbers cried all night (not normal AT ALL for her), I slept in, and didn't make my bread in the morning...But today, after Gorgeous Boy comes back from school, we'll make Saffron Bread together, and if turns out well, I'll even post the recipe! Today is Gorgeous Boy's Ginger Bread Kid Caper Play at school. He's so excited! He's practiced so much! Swan Girl had her first field trip today; they went to sing at a home for elderly people. I told her to sing her out for those grandpas and grandmas.
Panda Boy is such a sweetie. He gives the yummiest kisses.
I know this isn't the greatest post in the world, but I just wanted the world to know I'm here, and that the kids and I are having such a wonderful Advent Season. I know, I'm not a Catholic anymore; I haven't been for 15 years, half of my life, but I love the rituals of the faith of my childhood...Advent candles, Guadalupe's Day on the 12th, repetition and mystery...To compensate we'll also celebrate Joseph Smith's Birthday on the 23rd, but I won't call it St Joseph's Day, and I'll combine it with Ricky Martin's birthday on the same day. He'll be St Beautiful Boricua. My own Boricua is Gorgeous Divine Boricua. He's out selling alarms. We miss him. And for those of you who only know the Ricky from Living la Vida Loca, remember I grew up with the guy's songs, and he's such an amazing person. Visit his foundation and you'll see...