Home Coming

“Anticipation” Today is a happy day in the Garcia household. We are eagerly waiting for the hour of Domingo’s return. He will be coming home from Ethiopia today. We have not talked to him for almost two weeks this is a first for me. I could not sleep just thinking about him being home. As we prepare things for his home coming there is a feeling of festivities in the air. This husband, father, and friend has been missed by many. As I write this the thought comes to mind there was a time I didn’t want him to come home. In fact I prayed “Take this man Lord, take him off the face of this earth, “Please” I beg you” I was so naive and dumb. My God knew my heart, it was just so broken and in need of repair. When I was so...

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Memory Loss

“Memory Loss” Being in my sixties and still raising kids is no easy task! I call one child another comes. So I ask where’s your brother? He replies, “He’s in the room why mom? “I say “What do you mean why?” “Get your brother, “NOW!” My patience is running out! Josh comes rushing through, “Yes mom”. I ask him why he didn’t come out when I called him. His reply is. “Mom you called Josiah, then Jedi, then Jacob but you never called me!” I stop and think he’s right I went through all my J’s but some how missed his name. My kids no longer respond to my first call they wait till I get to the last name on my list because that’s who I really want. Can you...

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Growing Pains

Growing Pains The other day my seventeen year old son plopped on my bed as I was getting ready to end my night. He had a peculiar look on his face as he said , “Mom can I ask you a troubling question?” In a few seconds my stomach churned not knowing what would come out of his mouth, but I was ready to hear. He proceeded to say, “Mom is it a sin that I love you and dad more then I love God?” At that moment my heart ached and I was crushed. How could he love us more then his real father? Then my mind started to wonder I thought is he really saved? Panic seeped in my thoughts and my fear mechanism took over. Thankfully I had just come out of my closet where I spend my intimate time with God. The Spirit reminded me I had just prayed for God to reveal my son weakness...

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Blessed by innocence

A few nights ago we were all sitting down having our movie night. There was a part in the movie where a young mom was giving birth to her first child. The husband and ranch hands were out on the porch all walking in circles. Then when the woman let out a scream they all jumped, it was pretty funny. When the baby finally came they went in to meet the boy. They  were congratulating the new dad on the arrival of his son. This is when my son Joshua loudly asks “Mom how do they know he is a boy?” We all look at him because he knows the difference but for some reason his thinking was stuck. Then before I could say anything he says, “Oh I get it its because he’s bald” What a precious moment we laughed and laughed. Then suddenly he got it...

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Daily

Daily Every day as a wife, mother, and daughter I ask myself how can I take up my cross and follow Jesus. You would think that it would be an easy task to follow Jesus knowing the splendor that lies ahead. In Luke 9:23 Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross “daily” and follow me.” I love that it says “daily.” It is this simple word that gives me hope. When I think of my future I tremble inside. I think of raising ten teenagers, college tuition, a dying father, and who will take care of our special needs children when we are in heaven. Then I remember the word “daily”. All I need to do is trust God for the day. Why do we make following Jesus so complicated. I loved that he used...

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