Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Word for 2014

One word...

I have spent the last few days thinking about my goals for 2014.  Now I am all about New Year resolutions and I actually have a list of things I am always working on (i.e. spending more time in the Word, praying, etc) but this year I decided to pray that the Lord would give me ONE WORD to focus on. I wanted to have one special word that could be my personal "goal" for the year. I wanted it to be a word that would challenge me, sharpen me, & make me a better wife, mother & friend. The word that came to my mind every time I prayed and thought about it was the word "INTENTIONAL". My prayer is that in 2014 (and every day from here on out) that I would be intentional with everyone/everything in my life. When I am home with my girls I don't just want to be present in the room with them, I want to be intentionally there and focused on them. It is so easy to always get distracted on my phone, Instagram, Facebook, or come up with a million to-do lists in my head but instead I want to get on the floor and play pretend with my girls, read books to them, help them put together puzzles and listen to them ramble on and on. And then when my girls are in bed and I am with John, I want to once again be "intentional" in the few moments we may have (alone). I want to give my husband, my 100% undivided attention when we are together whether it be at home, driving or whatever special moments we may be able to steal. I do not want to be one of those people always preoccupied or distracted when I am around my loved ones...I want to give my all to everyone in my life. We can never get a day back or turn back the hands of time. We are not promised tomorrow and our days are numbered, so I want to be sure to be intentional with each and every one of those priceless days. We only have 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds in each day so it is up to each and everyone one of us to decide how we are going to spend that precious time we will never get back. I challenge you to join me in making this decision to be intentional with the time we have been blessed with in this upcoming year. Lets make the most of 2014.

I came across this picture & it reconfirmed why my word for 2014 is INTENTIONAL

Friday, January 3, 2014

Farewell 2013

2013 What a year....

2013 was one of the best yet hardest years of my entire life! In April 2013 we welcome our 2nd daughter Julianna Faith Alcala "baby Jewel" into our family. She has been our family's greatest gift of all this past year. Julianna is our angel baby and she is such a blessing to us all. There is nothing I love more than being a mother, although the job is not always easy. I officially joined the "2 under 2 club" this past year. It is never an easy job mothering 2 little ones but it is especially trying learning to mother 2 babies under 2 years old. Double the diapers, double the crying but never the less double the joy! This past year I have mastered how to change around oh...20 diapers a day, I nurse one baby 7 times a day and feed the other 3 meals and 3 snacks a day, so I am feeding babies around 13 times a day! When one sleeps through the night the other doesn't so I would say the longest span of sleep I have had this past year is maybe 5 hours. I am pooped, peed and spit up on daily and it is a rare miracle if my hair is washed and my teeth are brushed lol But you know what...I wouldn't trade it for the world (seriously). The past few months have definitely been one, if not THE hardest season I have ever experienced in my life but it has also been full of some of the absolute BEST moments in my life as well. 2013 was a hard year but a very rewarding year. I have had to step back from some ministry roles in my church and I have had to put a pause on shopping & coffee dates with my girlfriends due to trying to get a grasp on being a mother to two little ones. But through it all the Lord has continually reminded me that this is just one "season" of my life and it is a season that I will never get back. So everyday I try to enjoy the season even if most days are full of chaos, messes, whining, & even crying from us all. My days are also full of snuggles, hugs, imaginary play & wet gummy kisses on my face. When I think back on the past 12 months I cant help but smile & well even laugh. It has been a amazingly wonderful & crazy year!

James 4:14 "Your life is but a vapor, here today & gone tomorrow"

Here are some snap shots of the past 12 months...

Julianna's Baby Shower 

Maternity Photos at 8 months pregnant 

A quick trip to Los Angeles for our friends wedding at 36 weeks pregnant lol

April 22nd 2013 Julianna Faith Alcala was born

Our Angel baby 

Our new family of 4 May 2014

Josselyn Grace Alcala turned 2 years old on August 26th 

Mommy & Daddy took a quick trip to Los Vegas to celebrate our friends oli company success

October 2013 at the Flower mound Pumpkin Patch

Halloween 2013

November 2013 at the Dallas Arboretum

Thanksgiving in New York City

Our sweet friend Emily Moore (Emily Moore Photography) took our Christmas card photos  

We had a wonderful Christmas season with our precious girls

Farewell 2013 & Hello 2014

The best is yet to come...