Hello! Life may be crazy and a bit disappointing but one thing I know for sure is where my help comes from. He said in he would never leave me nor forsake me…and that I was more than a conqueror in him. So I have been challenged for the past 2 months and though the trials may seem tedious and overwhelming GOD always reveals his hand upon me. My car has been doings really bad, and I have tried to repair here and repair there but always seems to be something or another with it...such a hardship..but my faith will not waiver I know things will get better soon. My boys are struggling with respect and rules but are amazing with everyone else so again I see my work in progress. Although my boys are my life but GOD has been showing me that I need to sit back and take things in stride a little bit more…Let go and let GOD! Thanksgiving this year was a time for me to get back to the basics, Lucas and I had our traditional turkey lunch, Matt went with his Dad then we went to Grandmas for a few hours where we ate the best Thanksgiving meal I’ve had in a year...hehehehe. I spent some time with friends and family on Thanksgiving but this year it seemed different. It was great but somewhat quiet for my family which was a bit unusual this year we seemed to all gather together but left our many different attitudes somewhere else and just hung out…the food was plenty and the laughter constant. I do apologize for not posting in the last 2 months life happened are you can all understand. Happy holiday to all and don’t forget to enjoy ALL the small things that will someday be your biggest blessings. -christine
Hello All: So October came and has gone and I have not had time to tell you all what is going on in our lives. As October began I join Stampin Up again, you all know how much I LOVE their products so naturally I became a demonstrator. This officially was also the month my Meetup Ups took off. I teach all kinds of classes in Manhattan so come on by and visit my meet up group and have some crafty good times… http://www.meetup.com/Serenity-in-Manhattan/. My little baby who is growing up turned 8 years old, can you believe how fast time flies? Although the celebrations started out rocky, Lucas said “Mommy this is the best birthday I EVER had”…not sure how this happened when it was planned at the very last minute and I did not get to invite more than 3 lil guests. Obviously it did not matter one bit to him, Grandma, Mom, Nelson, Shawn, Shania and Jade were there so that was good enough for him. Titi Frances, Betty, and Boo Boo join us at the tail end but just in time for the delicious buttercream cake with cookies n’cream ice cream(his preference). Bomb bags in the hallway was a hit as was bobbing for apples on a stick, crafting holiday ornaments, limbo, red light green light 123. We had a blast and thank the Lord for providing for us as well as the ability to celebrate my miracle whom he blessed me with 8 years ago. My mom enjoy her birthday as well with us and I know I speak for us all we are truly thankful to have such an incredible mom for another year. She is not only a Mom, Grandmother, Great Grand mother she is our BIGGEST role model. God bless you MOM thank you LORD for picking her to raise us your children..perfect match. Matthew went to interview with the FBI explorers program, and made me proud when he came to meet me at work dressed to the nines…my baby is not only handsome but professional at the ripe ol’ age of 16. I am busy with my meet up classes and enjoying an answered prayer to share with others my creative gifts. I have met some really cool women and look forward to more time spent doing what I love …creating ART. If you too love Stampin’ Up products and would like a workshop done in the comfort of your own home or need to order supplies feel free to drop me a note! I am looking forward to November which begins with my favorite holday Thanksgiving…what are you thankful for? I am thankful that GOD has allowed me to have a walk with him and that daily he shows me the plan he has for my life. Can’t wait to begin testing those new pie recipes..looking for a good recipe stay tuned and I will share some with you soon! FFT: October is a time of transition and GOD would never leave us as we transition remember he is right there in the midst of it…seeing you through it ALL! Enjoy your last few days in October because the family times are about to begin. -christine
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Hello! So my boys are off to a new school year, Matt (wow) a junior in High School, Luke a 3rd grader. Interestingly enough Lucas is the exact age Matt was when I noticed the changes in him. Matt was affectionate at 8 as Luke is I am bracing myself for the change that will occur in both my boys sooner than I think. Matt is 16 now and extremely mature and completely heading in the right direction for his path in life, although I take it the female factor is yet to fully expose itself. I know female interaction will definitely take its position in his life so for that too I must prepare myself. I on the other hand was able to see that these changes will occur whether or not Mom is completely ready or not. I am happy to say that I presently enjoy both my boys despite the changes in them and I, they are the reason I strive to do better and better for myself. I have taken on the role not only as Mom but as role model and more importantly their pillar of strength. I take motherhood to the ultimate level in many ways, cooking, cleaning, creating and enforcing rules, laughing, conquering life’s challenges with a smile you name it I do it. I started a family tradition of eating every meal together so that we could talk and look each other in the eyes and discuss what is going on in each others eyes. I noticed recently what once may have been met with friction is now welcomed by us all. Matt actually waits to tell me the important things during this time and Luke also takes the opportunity to ask Matt and I important questions and engages in conversations as well. My newest tradition set in place is taking a picture of our elaborate breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Sometimes I share them with my FB pals or I just keep them in a file for the recipe scrapbook I am creating for each of them. I figure they will cherish not only the home cooked meals but the instructions on recreating these comfort foods with their families . I love tradition and the stability It brings to me and my family especially as we get caught up in the rustle and bustle of life. I’m always thinking of ways to begin new traditions it is my way of spending quality time with my boys and teaching them the importance of memories. What are some of your traditions? Think about what some of them are and be prepared to feel blessed because of them. If can’t think of any traditions in your household try and begin one today the memories and the rewards are abundant. FFT: Traditions are memories allowed by God for reflection. Wishing you blessings! -christine
Hello! I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer because we are enjoying ours! It’s interesting in years past I did not enjoy summer yet something happened this summer. Lucas and Matt passed to the next grade in school, we moved into a beautiful and cozy smaller apartment along with significant savings in rent. So this was the start of a great summer here in New Jersey, Matt found something he was interested in ----- a camp that would satisfy his love of nature and camping as well as his passion for computers/technology. While Lucas toyed with the idea of going or not going to camp this summer I remained patient the supportive mom. I waited idly while Matt was in awe of my finding a camp that was perfect for him and finally had to admit “mom you really do know me well”. Lucas decided he might wait for the second session of camp and “maybe I might change my mind then mom”….so he was happy to stay with Grandma until August. Matt embarked on a journey of creating new friendships outside the family and establishing relationships. So I have embarked on being a summer “take me here take me there mom”. Much to my delight I am enjoying doing all the running because I realized that one day soon my boys will be all grown up and ready to be on their own. Matt showed me first hand what it will be like as he left on a trip to Vermont for 10 days….. While he celebrated his 16th birthday can you imagine!….with NO communication at all.. I was a mess to say the very least I was a mess! God showed me that he will be leaving in 2 years and this was preparation for the day when he goes off to college ---a time for a mom in which this wonderful experience hurts so deeply. Sighhhh.. so with all that said Lucas decided not to do camp and I remain consistent and supportive of their decisions. Now for my role as a woman I have spent the last month embarking on a new adventure, its fun exciting and extremely scary. Often times when I am pondering what I want to do in the near future I pause and look at my boys and their needs. They are my focus, my drive and my reason for living each day so for now I decide that my sacrifice for them is worth it. When I love I love completely and unmoved thus sometimes I feel it’s easier to just remain focused on my boys and not let anyone else in. You see loving for me is easy-- as it may not be for others I know that I was put on this earth to love and do so unconditionally. So as I embrace who I am and I go willingly with the newness, the freshness and more importantly the unknowns. The boys and I are blessed and I know that God would only enhance our family not hinder us. So I will say farewell for now and pray that you all enjoy the rest of your vacation and remember take chances, do what you might never have done before because hey sometimes God surprises you and you find out that you actually like it! TTFD: The future depends on what we do in the present – Mahatma Ghandi God bless! -christine
Hello all: I hope you are all well in health and in spirit. I know that my boys and I are feeling great praise the Lord. So as summer begins what have we been up to….let see. Let me begin by telling you all that I had a BLAST at my High School reunion seeing all my friends was absolutely amazing. Words could not describe the way I felt when I saw my girls, some boy pals, ex boyfriends and old friends turned new…wink wink ;). There are so many successful individuals and the best part was Ken who puts so much effort into planning, and confirming every single detail of this reunion. I have to say that although this is my second reunion, I think to myself that it could not get any better each time yet Ken does just that. The interesting thing was that I thought I could not be happier to see Janet, Sonia, Rosie and Angel but wow was I in for a surprise, so many fantastic men and women it just blew me away. Even those who I had long ago forgotten about were here as if no time had passed at all picking up where we last were it was absolutely amazing. Since then I have kept busy taking my boys to all that summer has to offer ….woo wee we can finally live… thank God for his mercy, he has given my boys and I a new beginning. So the 4th of July picnic hosted by sister Frances was an absolute hit. It was so great to see my family as well as my cousins and old friends hanging out and just loving life. The day was absolutely fabulous and as if that was enough on the way home we saw the fire works right in front of us. The awe of the lights along with that feeling of pride for the Independence most of us take for granted just blew me away. Then it was a trip to Dorney Park for me and the boys and to my amazement I saw my big baby and my little baby grow up right before my eyes. Luke finally made the height requirement “Go Luke!!!!” and without an ounce of fright he joined his big brother on everything he could. First ride he asked Matt can I get on with you? The second ride was “come on Luke you can get on, bye Mom!” Then on the third ride hand in hand…..(well not actually lol) off they went leaving me behind to my dismay as I am not very courageous. Matt was so great with his brother encouraging him “come on Luke you can do this your a big boy now” it was so wonderful and I will forever remember my boys’ first adventure together…. the first of many to come, praise God. Now Matt is off to an amazing experience in the wilderness of Vermont for 2 weeks on a back packing trip to document all that nature has to show him. He left on a beautiful Monday morning as my 15 year old baby soon to return as my 16 year old young man…sniffle….sniffle. Did I mention he wanted to go on this roughing- it backpack camping trip? I cried quite a bit, not because I don’t trust God with his safety but because I was reminded that in 2 years I would be sending him off to college to become the man I raised…yikes I tell you with my boys I am learning that time flies so why not spread your wings and fly along with it enjoying every moment of it because as my favorite quote states, “Live your life to the fullest because some day it just might be” and my boys are rapidly showing me how to truly live. I am reaping what I have sowed…..and now the skies the limit for me and my boys. Stay tuned on what we decide to do for our 2nd family vacation, one that is long over do. Will it be Florida, Philadelphia or Las Vegas….stay tuned on what we decide would be the most interesting and of course monetarily manageable.  FFT: Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today, God is good and more importantly almighty he can and will give us the desires of our heart in his timing not ours. Enjoy the remainder of July and don’t forget to be spontaneous and just do it I’m sure you won’t regret it. Peace -christine
So it’s Saturday June 27, 2009 and summer is finally here. I apologize for being so delayed as I have been ill but thank the Lord Almighty I am healed. I did learn many skills during the time I was off (a week) Its interesting how God will and our will sometimes do not agree (actually allot of times ;) when he says rest he will make you rest. So I decided to allow his will for my life and be still so what did I learn? My first lesson was to except the rest he had given me then put a plan in place. The hardest part was leaving my baby at Gradma’s so I could truly rest and he could finish his last week in school. I endured…. praise God in part because my other older baby kept me company as he had passed grade and I am so proud he will be a junior in HS in September and Luke will be heading to 3rd grade I am so proud! The next and most important thing I learned was that my boys need me and that the sacrifice would be worth it when I am there to hold there hands as they grow up. So after Monday I got it….wow I can actually scrapbook whenever I wanted woowee God is so good my rest would include something I love to do! So I enjoyed my favorite sight Scrapbooking and Crafting Friends and got really into all the fun and challenges! You should swing by and visit http://scrapbookingcraftingfriends.ning.com/ I know you’ll want to join its free and full of wonderful and great groups my favorite thing to do there is the challenges it takes me out of my comfort zone often but in the end I get pages done nearly every night! I am on their design team and have posted my first challenge and am ready to host my first bookmark swap…how fun! I cannot wait so come on by and visit you'll be glad you did. So I will be returning to work on Monday thankfully I am so excited and truly blessed to have a job. We will begin our vacation today the boys and I are out of school yippee! Today will be our first official day for some fun in the sun yogurt corn muffins and the best coffee with Luke at my favorite coffee shop in Jersey City, then its back home to bring Matt some, change into our bathing suits, off to the pool then back home to get all dolled up for my High School Reunion!!!! Stayed tuned for a play by play of my High School Reunion I have waited for this for 2 months now and am so happy Ken (the organizer) put another one together. I cannot wait see my friends some of which I have not seen in over 20 years!!! FFT: Today marks a new beginning for me I will embrace life and what God brings to me…yes including a date or two…....teehee. I will surround myself with people who are positive and more importantly who are God fearing. I am excited thanks for visiting and may God give you the desires of your heart and keep you safe. Remember that he is and should be the GIANT in our lives!
The first signs of spring are finally here new beginnings birds chirping hints of warmer days. As March comes to an end I think of all the challenges I have faced with my family this winter. What lies ahead we often think of how and what this new season will bring for me and my boys. God has blessed us with a new kitten named Theodora who is the new addition to our family. She is so pretty and so temperamental all at once. It is interesting how animals adjust to their environment with little or no resistance in comparison to us humans. We either adjust or everyone hears about it….hehehe. This spring I have been faced with the challenge of looking for a new apartment oh what a task it has been not because we have to move but because it has been a challenge to conform to not having my own home. Renting has proven to be the hardest challenge since relocating back to the city this past year. As I reflect on how, this Spring I will miss the beautiful flowers right outside the window of what was my home. I will miss the little rabbit running across my lawn and the starry nights I spent wondering what the rest of the world was struggling with. Now after a year I reflect on God’s mercy and his love to see me through it all this year and last. I am still looking and am very excited but can’t help wonder what the future holds for us but instantaneously I am reminded that he will NEVER leave me not forsake me so in the good time and in the bad he will be in the midst of it all. For now Happy Spring! Remember to welcome in the fresh new start it will bring as you reflect the growth that will come because of change. TFTD: God had created the heavens and the earth for us. Enjoy the fruits of his labor! “Stop and smell the roses you might be surprised at what you discover” ; ) God Bless you and Happy Spring! -christine
Hello all and I anticipate that you all had a wonderful Valentine’s, and Presidents Day. I was blessed to have to work on Valentine’s Day I mean really so many people losing their jobs I truly felt good to say I had to work. Why did I work well I was overseeing a dream for many of us who much desired a new and IMProved IT at work ...woo wee!! Except it took longer than I suspected and I was late to my family tradition Valentine Fondue. Although I was able to complete all my Valentine Day cards and mini scrapbooks that were my gifts this year. They came our great too bad I do not know how to post some of my many creations…..one day I tell you I will be Blogg savvy! So I finally got to the real business at hand…Fondue. A few years ago I am happy to say I began the tradition of dipping strawberries, pound cake, granny smith apples (yum my FAV), and pineapples into our melted chocolate. Over the years we have added a few more fruits the newest fruit being the banana wow that is a great combination! So I got there about 8pm to an already half dipped in chocolate of course compliments of Matt who is our “professional chocolate FonDOuer” he is the one who enlightened me the first year on how it is done. Oh and I forgot the fondue pot and I thought I was ahead of the game having dropped all the fixin’s over to my mother’s house the day before! Ha ha! Exhausted I am and not nearly as energized as I should be because yes you guessed it I work tomorrow…yup on a Sunday argggghh. I almost missed the really great part of the weekend, I have a crop after work or at least I was supposed to. The weekend seems like a blur today but I was off on Monday and that was really cool too. The boys and I had a date for a 24 marathon yup I watched 7 hours of 24 wow I have never watched that much in one sitting in my whole entire life. Tuesday day 1 of the IT revamp all I have to say is EXAUstion…about 2o tickets later my day is over!!!! Thank you LORD for your promise “that this too shall pass” you are awesome beginnings and ending all in its timing. My baby got a really terrible 24 hour stomach bug so I lost some more sleep but am extremely glad he is better. It is a terrible feeling when there seems to be a limit as to how much help you can be to your children when illness comes over them such as a stomach virus. Friday finally here…sleep well so I thought I got a second wind and decided I would finish up my sample mini paper bag scrapbook and as if that was not enough “The Other Boleyn Girl came! I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed the costumes and the acting. If you like foreign movies you will enjoy this one, I was sorry it finish. So I ordered Sense and Sensibility as per the recommendation in the previews, yes I know I am a little behind the times but I am happy to finally be able to say that I love foreign films thus I am just learning about most of them. They say women age and get better like wine I agree I am truly happy with my new discoveries about "me". So until next time I will bit you farewell and look forward to the remainder of February remember that the joy of the Lord is your strength so when things seem tough remember that “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you”. FFT: Though life may have twists and turns remember that he will never leave you nor forsake you so be encouraged because this too shall pass.
So it has been quite a busy winter for me and the boys thus I have neglected my Blog my apologies. Where do I begin I suppose with my blessings and I will count them one by one so here they go: -Matt loves playing his 3 instruments, electric/acoustic guitar, xylophone, and drums. I’m so proud of him he even played at church…shhhh don’t tell him I told. -Lucas is loving his new music extended day class and was upset he had to miss a day of music class, “Mom I was about to play a new instrument when you picked me up” and here I thought I was keeping their best interest at heart because of the bad weather…sigh -Ava my sweet baby girl, oops I meant dog was sick and just miserable for a day or two. - I met a really incredible woman who has turned out to be an awesome friend who I connected with instantaneously and went on a Martin Luther King shopping spree with the girls….. We didn’t spend too much money and of course we needed All those supplies right girls?…..wink wink. -I was asked if I wanted to join forces with Joann of Heights Scrappers as assistant organizer to my delight I accepted and love every minute of - I went to my first Croppers Delight Major did I say major crop…oh my all that was missing was my formal dress as I felt like I was cropping in a 4 star restaurant. Anyone who knows me well knows my LOVE of food so while I cropped for 10 hours I smelled the aroma of food pretty much the whole day….yuuuummmooo. I met some really awesome ladies who blessed me with an invitation to the Girls scout Crop camp that I am packing to go to this weekend. - Truly felt God’s heavy hand upon my life when more than a dozen strangers came to my rescue to try and get my door unlocked in everyway they could due to my absentmindedness by locking my key in it. So although I spend 3 hours in the freezing cold I felt the warmth of his presence as he send these little angels to my rescue. So I guess I have not had such a bad time in the past month huh? Now the car T-R-O-U-B-L-E I had seems like such a minuet detail after all these blessings don’t you think? So the winter is one more month in and I cannot wait until warmth touches my faces and more importantly it’s warm days are not just a dream. FFT: Begin your day and end your day by counting your blessings one by one then those small obstacle will seem so small. Lastly don’t tell God how huge your problems are but tell your problems how HUGE GOD is!
Have you ever wanted a week to end so you could just go home and do nothing well that was me after surviving this cold 9 degree day that is finally over...brrrrrrrrr. Well this week seemed to start out pretty darn good I mean it could not get better than this: First I met an awesome individual and I cropped....well actually I did a little of this and barely any of that but one thing I did was make a friend for life. Secondly I drove the boys to my mom's apartment and went to a love filled day of valentine creations at Ini's apartment with the girls!!!!!!!! Laughter oh the laughter was just endless.....oh the toys I played with I was like a kid in a candy store both days what a blessing I was so unfocused everywhere I turned more more and more....creative this weekend I was NOT but God showed me a valuable lesson this weekend. Life is so valuable that we must live it to the fullest...never stop to ponder if anything that makes you happy is worth your time because it is. Finding your happy place is what we tend to overlook when it comes to our happiness, but guess what God meant for us to live abundantly according to his word it is why Jesus died for us so that we could like free or guilt and shame so make this week the time to begin to search for the things that make you happy as well. The ladies I spent time with showed me why my hobby of scrapbooking and card making hold a very special place in my life and that it is not only about the creativity it is about the fellowship, and the connections we make in the process. FFT (Food for Thought): Can you live life as if it were your last because as the saying goes someday it will be. So find your happy place I know I have! Have a blessed weekend and remember GOD is good ALL the time! -christine
So I decided I wanted to see what all this blogging is about so thus here I am....In the world of the unknown. Until this new adventure I was under the impression that I was computer savvy or NOT but thanks to my 15 year baby Matt viola here I go! I can only take credit for the background because I found it pretty easy after I emailed my pal ...thanks Diana (I guess two wonderful minds think alike I suppose)wink wink....my fellow pink lady scrapper she recommended the same sight I had discovered a few minutes earlier. So together my computer genius son Matt and I finally figured it out...well somewhat. You will see some changes to the sight in days coming as I learn more things so please visit with me again. Today I spent a quiet evening with my family at Mom's and Cindy's celebrating El Dia De Los Tres Rejes (3 Kings Day) a Puerto Rican tradition that my sweet aunt Gia began and my mom has tried to continue. I love my Mom because she taught me about the importance of tradition to which I proudly impart in my two boys Matthew (who wants to be called Matt) and Lucas (who of course follows suite and wants to be called Luke). Luke received a gift and Matt played along but quietly felt left out...such a great kid he is and so extremely sensitive no matter what he says. Today Luke traded his friend a fake play dollar for $2.00 in real money?...huh? The favor of GOD heavily upon him just wait...kiddo the things GOD will do for you and in you. Food for thought(FFT): So for now as my pal Jonathan put it so eloquently: "remember that your blessed and try to be a blessing!" In his perfect peace, -christine

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I am chosen to do the will of God. I was chosen to be a mom to 2 incredible boys. I was placed on earth to encourage, love and praise those I love. I am made in his image and so proud to have the best Dad anyone could ever ask for. Living your dreams is one of the best feeling here on earth.