Ty and Taylor Update!!

My little kiddos that I have been nannying for are growing up so fast! I can’t believe that Ty is going to be 3 in 5 months and Taylor is 7 months old. It just seemed like yesterday, I was meeting Taylor shortly after she was born. Now she has cut 2 teeth, can sit up on her own, and is on her way to crawling very soon! She is simply adorable and before I know it she will be walking and talking.

Ty has been my little buddy for 2 years now and it has been such a tremendous blessing to watch him grow up.

He is going to be starting pre-school next week! He is also now completely potty trained and only took him 3 weeks to do that. I am sooooooooo proud of him. He is coming into his own with his opinions and can be demanding at times. Talking all the time! His new thing now is screaming because Taylor has found her voice and they communicate with each other through screaming. Cute for like 10 seconds and then I start to feel like my head is about to explode with the high pitch shrills!

Such a little ham! I taught him the Asian squint! LOL!!

He loves trains (aka “choo choos”). Showing off his favorite Thomas!

At times, Ty still has yet to adjust that he is a big brother. He often takes Taylor’s pacifiers and sticks it in his mouth. He is becoming much sweeter with her though!

All in all, I love these kids to no end! They are simply adorable!!!


The Lord Is Faithful!

I love adventures and surprises!! God certainly knows that since He created me that way. Well, last week, I was in for a surprise. I found out last Monday(3/9), that I am going to be laid off from SAIC. In a matter of minutes, my life changed as far as where I was going to work. As I left the office, I wasn’t upset nor was I angry but instead, I felt such an overwhelming peace. I had resolved in my heart that in every circumstance, God is sovereign and He knew that this was going to happen and He was going to cover me!
I had a Dr.’s appointment after work that Monday and when the Dr. asked me how my day was going, I mentioned to him and the nurse that I just recently found out that I was going to be laid off. He empathized with me and was surprised that I still had a smile on my face. I told him that I know that I will be fine and everything will work out.

Throughout the week, I was in faith knowing that God totally was in control of the whole situation. In fact, as I was praying, God had placed in my heart more and more for ministry. At the beginning of this year, I felt that God was going to be shifting some things in my life and to be ready for what He has for me. No where in my wildest dreams was I expecting for this to happen! I believe that God is starting to shift things with this recent news and God was quick to answer my prayers and confirm what He was placing in my heart.

Last Friday, just 4 days after I found out I was losing my job, I got a call from my pastor with a job offer to come on board as a part time administrator. Our church has been experiencing such tremendous growth and people are really experiencing God’s presence in the past month and a half. God is certainly FAITHFUL to provide me a job where I am doing what God has called me to do and for Him to provide for all of my needs. I truly believe that this was no coincidence but God knew all along and was simply putting together the pieces for this to happen.

I could not be more excited and thankful for God in my life. I can not help but to testify of how good God is! I hope that this encourages others to “Trust in the Lord!, For He does grant us the desires of our hearts!”

No Turning Back!

This phrase has been repeating over and over in my head. Last week, this phrase came out a devotional that I was reading. It gave an example of a child getting on a scary amusement ride. Once on, the child realizes that there is “no turning back.” With much fear, the child begins to cry wanting to turn back and not understanding of the fun that was going to soon come. The child only wanted to get out and rather stay in line rather than being on the ride with no way out.

At times, I feel like that child when facing the unknown. For me, I want to be able to understand what is going on and to see what is ahead of me. However, in life, that is not always going to happen and as a Christian, we are to put all of our trust in Jesus. When we face the unknown, it is easy to be tempted to retreat, quit or refuse to move forward. It is tempting to want to panic and doubt God’s wisdom.

In John 6, Jesus began explaining to the disciples and to the people the depth of commitment to follow Him. He said, “I live because of the living Father who sent Me, in the same way anyone who feeds on Me will live because of Me.” Now after Jesus said that, everyone started to leave Him, all except Peter. Jesus asked him, “Are you going to leave?” And his response was “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe and we know You are the Holy One of God!”

I realize with each day, that the day will have its fair share of struggles and most of the time following Jesus will not be the popular thing to do. However, we need to resolve in our hearts that there is “NO TURNING BACK!!” Yes, the unknown can be scary, but I am assured through God’s word that I am never alone and will come out blessed and stronger in faith. The ride that I am on with Jesus is far better than standing on the side lines watching others get on the ride. I know without a doubt that my choice to follow Jesus has brought me and will continue to bring me the ultimate rewards of an abundant life here on earth and an eternal life with Jesus!