Shoreline Got Talent

I had such a blast at our First Shoreline Got Talent Show/Hallelujah Party. All the kids were so cute in their costumes. People going crazy at the cake walk and I am not referring to the kids. LOL!! I mean I knew that we have very talented people in my church but I was blown away!!

For the kids division, Tuba playing with a “snapper”, Hannah Montana and a magic card trick…I was just glad that I was not a judge. For the adult division, the Joker playing the saxophone, Poi ball dancing (never knew that existed!!), and a flute and piano duet. If we have another talent show…I think I might pull out my violin skills…we will see!!

My personal favorite was the Tuba player accompanied by his brother “The Snapper”. Here is the video below for your enjoyment!

Such A Little Ham


Last weekend Ty and his little sister Taylor were dedicated to the Lord and I was able to join the family for brunch to celebrate! I really wanted to get a picture of both Ty and Taylor but Ty is still in denial that he has a little sister. 🙂 Ty is such a ham and changing daily with new vocabulary.

Leadership

I was reading a devotional today about leadership and when reading it is something that we have heard. That the qualifications of a leader is not to just sit behind a desk and simply bark orders for other people to accomplish. If that were the case, life as we know would come to standstill with a lot of people talking and not a whole lot of action. Successful leaders are able delegate duties to others but are also willing to perform those duties if necessary.

Jesus set the perfect example on the night he was betrayed by Judas Iscariot. As the evening meal was being served, he got up from the table, grabbed a towel and basin of water, and proceeded to wash the feet of his disciples. Such a task was supposed to be done by a servant, but Jesus was willing to take on that role. Peter wasn’t sure what to think of this, rejecting the foot washing at first. He had to be convinced. Later, Jesus informed Peter and the other disciples that leadership equals servanthood. It’s not an easy truth for many leaders to apply to life, but Christ’s example that night makes an eloquent case.

Many people want to be leaders but don’t want to do what it takes to be a leader and that is to serve. Meaning that you are never above any task no matter how menial and that you are willing to be an example to others. I know in my life I am constantly evaluating how I can be a better leader and I am in no way perfect but I do know that I have a heart to serve and see the Kingdom of God be advanced and to see the church (the bride of Christ) be built to be holy and blameless. That is going to take people who are willing to lay down their lives to serve others.

Oh No! Not Again!!


The words “Santa Ana’s wind” are words that don’t give me the warm fuzzies and today it was no different. I was running some errands with Ty today and as I was heading back to the house. I noticed that there was a fire truck that going down the street and as I was approaching the onramp to head back to the house. I saw smoke and then I saw flames on the hillside. The horrible feelings and memories of what had happened last year when I had to evacuate from my condo at 6am in the morning started to creep in.

Ty was in the back not even aware of what was going on and I saw the flames on the hillside and made a quick decision that it wasn’t a good idea to go towards the fire. The hillside that was on fire was about a mile away from where Ty lives. Fortunately, I saw the helicopters dropping flame retardant and water on the flames. I made a few calls to Ty’s parents to let them know that we were okay and heading over to Ty’s grandmother’s house in Poway. After an hour, the firefighters were able to put out the fire and all was safe.

I thought to myself…”not again!!” I cried out to God and began to pray which is all I can do is these situations and praise the Lord He protected the homes and the fire did not spread. A big thank you to the firefighters! You guys ROCK!! But GOD ROCKS MORE!!

Ty and Taylor Update

Well, it has been 2 months since little Taylor has made her entrance into this world and she is so cute! She really is such a good baby. Now that her mom Lisa is starting back to work, I am now left to care for her and Ty. Ty is going through the typical reaction of having a new sister. He goes from being super sweet and giving her a kiss to not wanting to have anything to do with her (which is mostly the case right now). Ty is definitely reacting to me now having to take care of Taylor and that is just not acceptable in his 2 year old mind. In his mind, I am his and my attention should be solely on him.

Everytime, I have to feed Taylor, Ty starts to grab my arm to pull the bottle away from Taylor to signal me to pay attention to him and play with him. Even today, he reached over to try to take Taylor out of my arms and put her in her baby seat. This kid is relentless!! Fortunately, Taylor sleeps alot still and whenever she is sleeping, I devote all my attention to him and reassure him that he will always be the number one and that he is a big brother now!

Ty is also talking a lot more and he now calls me DeeDee which I think is so cute since he can’t say Stephanie but he can say quesadilla! I am baffled by that but whenever I get to the house he always yells “Hi DeeDee” and he gets so excited to see me. A real self-esteem booster!! LOL!!

I am definitely learning more and more patience and have asked God for guidance so much more now than ever before and He has always come through!! Especially when it comes to coordinating their eating and sleeping schedules! They are such a joy to spend time with and I am certainly blessed to have the opportunity to care for them.

Here are a few recent pics….(I hope to get some more when I remember to bring my camera!) These are off of my blackberry…

Ty and me.

Taylor at 2 months (time has flown by!)