Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Anniversary and misc

Good Morning Friends! Happy Friday!

A few random bits...

~I HATE change and, like an idiot, I switched to the new blogger format early (unintentionally. Apparently it's changing for everyone come April) and I hate it! Yes, I said HATE! :) I don't take well to change (hence the reason why I still haven't changed my Facebook page to the timeline format (although I'm sure any day now I will be forced to change) but once I get accustomed to something, I like to roll with it. This new blogger format, and the way my dashboard is set up, ewww, I just don't like it! Wah, wah, wah! ;) I'm sure I'll get used to it, like everything else, but for now, I'm complaining! ;) ANDDDD, I can't comment on anyones blog today. I get an error message! :(
~For those of you that took the time to comment on my last post, or e-mail me about Manuel, thank you SO much! It wasn't a "cry" for attention on my part, my feelings were genuinely hurt and I just needed to vent! Manuel is doing amazingly better and I have no doubt it's because of the prayers lifted on his behalf. He still has a ways to go, but progress is progress! :)

~Today is the last day of the month at work, which means a SUPER busy day for me (but I'm still blogging? Yes! :)) But this weekend will totally make up for any "work overload" I experience today! We have a birthday party to go to tomorrow morning (for Manuel's classmate) at Chuck E. Cheese, then tomorrow night hubby and I are going to a bull roast (our first night out since December! The first time Manuel will be spending the night away from us in over 3 years, and the first time Mia will EVER be spending the night away. They are staying at my moms. Oh wait, I think I already told you that in my last blog post. Oops! :), then Sunday we are taking the kids to the circus (a friend gave me tickets that she couldn't use! :))

BUT the point of this post, is that today is my 6th wedding anniversary! Not that he reads my blog, but Happy Anniversary Manny!!!!! ;) It is SUCH a testament to the power of God that Manny and I are here today, together, and truly happier than ever! To say that we've been through a lot is an understatement (although not as much as other couples out there, I'm sure! Everyone has their struggles), but to be sitting here today, still married (Happily) is just all thanks to God!

So, I know what you're thinking..."What are you super awesome anniversary plans!??!?!" Well, I'm glad you asked! ;) Manny is bringing home carry-out (sushi! My fav), we are renting "Hop" OnDemand, and snuggling in with the kids for a relaxing evening! :) And honestly, truly, I wouldn't want it any other way! :) We are in the midst of saving money for a security deposit so we can rent a bigger place once our lease is up (June 30th), so we are not in a spot to be spending extravagant amounts of money on anything, so low-key is key at this moment in time and we are both 100% fine with that! :) Plus, we'll get to enjoy some "adult time" tomorrow night at the bull roast, so that'll be a blast too! :)

And for good measure (the picture that announced to the world, that Manny and I got married! :) Yes, that's Manuel. Yes, he was born BEFORE we got married! ;) And yes, he's wearing a suit! ;)




Sunday, March 25, 2012

Venting (and pictures :))

This blogging thing is hard to be a part of sometimes...I find myself investing my time, energy, heart, and most importantly prayers in people who I consider friends and when those feelings aren't reciprocated it hurts my heart. It may sound crazy that I truly consider people I've met through blogging my friends and genuinely take an interest in their lives and families, but I do. I'm not saying that I form a bond/connection with every blogger I come across, but there are a handful of ladies that I've met who I really consider friends, and it's disappointing when you pour your heart, ask for prayers and get no sort of response. I don't blog for the comments or followers, so don't misunderstand this rant ;) but at least act like you care. My sweet friend Courtney (a blogging friend :)) said that maybe people don't respond because they don't know what to say or don't want to be intrusive, and I get that, BUT at least take 2.5 seconds and say, "I'm praying for you", "I'm thinking about you and hope everything turns out okay" or whatever, JUST SAY SOMETHING, that's all. And I don't write this so for pity, I write this because I needed to get it off of my heart! :) I know I'm being sensitive and shouldn't let it get to me, but the truth is, it did/does, and I needed to vent, so there you have it! :)

Life is moving along for the Gomez family. We are still in a season of struggle with Manuel, but I know through prayers, before we know it, this will all be behind us! Small Group is going absolutely AWESOME at church. The 3 other couples we are with just prove to be that no one is perfect, everyone struggles, and through getting to know one another, we can all be better people, better spouses and better parents! :) I look forward to getting know everyone better with each passing week, and most importantly growing closer to God!

This upcoming week/weekend will be busy for us...it's month end at work (super busy for me!), Friday is our 6th year wedding anniversary, Saturday Manny is working in the morning, while I take the kids to a birthday party, and then Saturday night Manny and I will be heading to a bullroast benefit with lots of old friends...our first night out since December, the first time Mia will be spending the night at a house other than her own (except for our family vacation) and away from Manny and I (the kids are staying with my mom). It will be weird being away from her and Manuel, but we need it! :)

Have a great week everyone! :)

And for good measure...
 Visting my sweet grandmother (Nonna) at the nursing home :)
 Nonna and Manny
My crazy boy! ;)
Leaving the nursing home...my beautiful girl and sweet hubby
 Girl time (while Manny was at a Mens Dinner at church and Manuel was sleeping at Manny's moms house (it was his first time sleeping out in over 3 years...needless to say he made it until about 11pm and then called crying for Manny to pick him up! :))
 Mia playing grocery store...she took these boots out of the closet, told me she was leaving and putting them on! ;) She would never really leave the house like this! :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Tough Season

As a Christian, I know that I am not immune from trials, heartache, and loss. Actually, I know that God confirms I will have it all, but He will be there for me (my family) every step of the way. Sometimes I go through a tough season, and I don't even realize it because my faith is so strong, and I am just confident in every step I take, and know that God is there. Other times, I go through a tough season, and I am so shaken by it, it consumes my thoughts, my prayers (which I guess is a good thing) and my mind. My faith, regrettably is weak, as I/we struggle through our current trial with our sweet son, Manuel. I apologize for the vagueness (is that a word? :)) of my last post and now this one, but until we have a definitive answer, I don't want to speculate, assume, etc. Just know that he is really struggling (not academically, thank goodness!) with some personal issues and they have really become the forefront of our family, at this time. About two and a half weeks ago, seemingly overnight, Manuel changed. He just became a different child...mentally and emotionally. We are doing what needs to be done as his parents to get him the help he needs and figure out what in the world is going on. It's an awful predicament, as a parent, to see your child struggling, and have no clue why it's happening and knowing that other than the outside help you are seeking and LOTS of prayers, there is nothing you can do! It's a tough balance between paying attention to his needs vs. what he's just doing for attention vs. what he can't control vs. what is just natural behavior for a child vs. totally losing your mind (and your temper) because you can't help him! ;) But he's doing so much better then where he was two + weeks ago, and I have no doubt that God's hand is all over this situation as that is the exact same time our church started praying for him. It was good to talk about it with our small group at church yesterday (as they are all parents with children ranging in age from about 6 months to 17 years old! :)) So we had lots of prayers, input and advice. I can tell this small group is just what we need and going to be such a blessing! As we get "answers" I will be sure to share (with Manuel's privacy in mind) what is going on. But for now, I just ask for continued prayers! :)

And then, in the midst of the tough season, my sweet boy shines through, and I know THIS is who he is, and I pray that this is just a tough stage he's going through as he navigates life, what he hears at school, just growing up in general, etc. (It blows my mind the things that children are exposed at SUCH an early age!) We had a good weekend, and these are the moments I thank God for! :) We are within driving distance of BWI Airport and right by the airport is playground where you can play, watch the airplanes, etc. So with the awesome Maryland weather we've been having, we took the kids on Saturday! It was just what my soul needed! :)

And for good measure..
This is actually a shot from last weekend that I never shared...SO cute! :)

















Monday, March 12, 2012

Life

It's been a whirlwind lately, and without divulging TOO much personal information (No, I'm not pregnant! ;)) and I hate when other bloggers say that because I'm SO nosey! ;)) but it pertains to my sweet son, who is REALLY struggling lately, so it's been all my mind and heart has been consumed with, as of late, so I haven't been up for blogging. I hope to be back soon, with good news, and answers, but for now, if you could just pray for Manuel, that would be awesome!

We had SUCH a great time at church yesterday! A few months back I finally 'gave in' in and started going to a Marriage Topical Bible Study class with Manny. It was a HUGE step for me (I was SO nervous) but I did it and I am SO glad! The class was rather large, so I was certainly missing the tight bond that I often read about on others blogs, but we continued to go, and God was working his miraculous plan the entire time...this particular Bible Study was ending today, and without anyone stepping up to teach the next lesson, it was determined that others would just "split off" and join other studies, but I was SO happy when another couple approached us about a class they were starting, that was just going to be us, them and two other couples!!!! This is JUST what I was looking for and what I wanted to find that tight bond with other couples, parents, etc. After meeting with the class "leaders" today, God's name was written all over this...this couple who I would have bet my life was perfect, were so down to Earth, awesome, and shared many of the same struggles Manny and I have been through (it's funny how "perfect" people seem, but we all struggle, that's for sure!!) But anyway, we start as a group of 8 next Sunday and I can't wait!!!!!!!! :)

It was beautiful in Maryland yesterday, so we got out and enjoyed the awesome weather (after church) while Manny stayed inside and worked on a big project for work. (I am SOOOO proud of my hubby! Although his pics have been absent from the blog lately, I promise we are still happily married ;), he is doing wonderfully and really thriving at his work!)

I hope you all are doing well! :)

And for good measure...(pics from the past few days-a few side notes: ironically enough Mia is wearing the same jacket and pants in all the pics. I swear, my children don't wear the same clothes EVERYDAY! ;)) Yes, Manuel is wearing a "Phineas and Ferb sweatshirt (and yes I'm the mother who isn't a fan of character clothing ;)
















A real peek at our life...after about 30 minutes of the kids being up on Saturday morning! :) At least they had fun! :)