My Sweet Little Girl

20120130-210936.jpgMy Sweet Little Girl
Earlier tonight, Gabby found herself in “trouble”. She recently has developed this audacity that knows no bounds. She asks. We say no. She asks again within two minutes. We say no again.
Tonight she did the same thing with this question, “Daddy, can I have desert?”. I told her no because of something she did that we’ve asked her not to do and she got mad! She threw the desert down and pitched a fit.
I told her quickly to pick it up and not to let a situation cause her to do something that would really get her into trouble. She picked it up with a disappointed face and life went on.
It wasn’t until an hour later that I realized why she was avoiding me and whispering with her Auntie and Mommy. You you guessed it. The picture above says it all. In case you don’t speak “kid” it says:

I am sree (sorry) for all the things that I did. Gabby :).

She made me a bookmark with my name on it out of beads, brought me a bottle of water, and my favorite candy, a Reese’s Cup.
She is way too sweet of a kid.
Now I realize that the disappointed face was not because she didn’t get what she wanted, but that she disappointed me.
We must be careful with the stewardship of our children. They look to us as God wants us to look to him.

Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3 NIV)

Gabby, I don’t deserve you dear. That’s how I know I’m blessed! God is strong in you and He uses you everyday to teach me how to be better for Him and you.

Esther Santillan Corral

I imagine you looking like this when Jesus says, “Tell me about your family.” I see you pointing to all of us and saying, “Take a look for yourself.” proudly then putting your hands on your hips just like in this picture.

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of you and such a fun day. This is the way I remember you. Always full of life and love. You knew no definition for “stranger”. You spread comfort and care. You touched the hearts of all those you came in contact with. You were “Small but MIGHTY”. I’m glad you are on my side.

The tough times are fading and my memories of love, life, and laughter are taking over. You are infectious, caring, loving, fun, smart, witty, wise, and crazy about all of us… the fortunate people that had the chance to know you.

So many wonderful people seem to be coming out of the wood work. They have come to show the same love to us, your family, that you showed them every chance you had. They are here with us and I can’t help but feeling like you will walk in any minute — late as usual, but that you will walk in any minute with some tasty treat and steal the show. I loved when you would seemingly make up some word and say, “That’s what we say in Spanish”. I miss you with all my heart.

Gabby and I thought about how happy Chase and Butler were when you walked into Heaven and it made us smile for a minute or two. Just think, no one there will get on to you for giving them too many treats.

You are loved and missed.

~ Yerno
[ That’s how we say “son-in-law” in Spanish 😉 ]

Reduce Stress, Improve Results, and Gain Respect

Reduce Stress, Improve Results, and Gain Respect

I was reading a Blog Post from Tony Schwartz on the Harvard Business Review this week titled “No is the New Yes: Four Practices to Reprioritize Your Life” and it got me really thinking about a New Years Resolution I made this year.

Learn to say no gracefully and earn respect while doing so.

Tony used this quote and I began to really reflect…
“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” ~ Gandhi

What “Yes” Gets You
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Sunday Walk

Sunday Walk

Gabby is learning to make home movies to preserve and document the fun things we do as a family. Frankly because I need help keeping up with our crazy family and she likes to help with the cameras.

I let her use my camera and she wants to play with it but she doesn’t know what to film. We made this little film of a Sunday Walk near her school, Cedar Ridge, to show her that anything we want to remember is worth taping. I think it is cute because she is so outgoing… until the camera gets to rolling! She will get over her “Camera Shyness”. I did. Come to think of it, the way I overcame my “Camera Shyness” was by taking hold of the camera. Hmmm, how about that?

How about you? Are you camera shy? Have you ever overcome it? How?
Leave a comment tell me how.

Auntie Pulled My Tooth


Auntie Pulled My Tooth

Gabby is racking up when it comes to the Tooth Fairy. She has complained for 2 weeks about that tooth that was flapping in the wind hanging from her top gums! Until today…

Auntie snatched it out without any pain. In fact, without any feeling at all, apparently. Gabby didn’t even know it was out.

These days will end one day. These days of losing teeth, learning to ride bikes, and having “play dates”. I just hope the days of totally trusting Mommy and Daddy, loving her brother, and staying true to her heart never end.

Karate, Kung Fu, or Taekwando?

20120109-224725.jpgKarate, Kung Fu, or Taekwando?

We’re thinking of putting the kids in Karate or something similar. I know that Evan is too young right now, but Gabby is anxious to get started. What do you think? Offer some suggestions on types of Martial Arts that are good for kids (and grown ups) to learn together.

My favorite is Kung Fu, but that’s because I watched too much T.V. as a kid.



Leave a comment and let me know.