Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Favorite Christmas Tradition

Ever since I can remember, Christmas morning has been carried out in the same way.
Instead of waking up and running to open presents, we had a big family breakfast (We would eat as fast as we could get the food shoved in our mouths when we were kids).
After breakfast we gathered around the Christmas tree and Dad would open up the Bible to Luke,read the Christmas story and explain why we celebrate Christmas.
After Dad finished the Bible reading, Mom would read us the story of The Three Trees.


This is such a special story...


The Three Trees
Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: " I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!" The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it's way to the ocean. " I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world! The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world.
Years, passed. The rain came, the sun shone and the little trees grew tall. One day three wood cutters climbed the mountain. The first wood cutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining ax, the first tree fell. "Now I shall make a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" the first tree said.
The second wood cutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It's perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining ax, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. " I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"
The third tree felt her heart sink when the last wood cutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the wood cutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me." He muttered. With a swoop of his shining ax, the third tree fell.
The first tree rejoiced when the wood cutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feed box for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, or treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals. The second tree smiled when the wood cutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and awed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river, instead she was taken to a little lake. The third tree was confused when the wood cutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" The once tall tree wondered. " All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God..."
Many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feed box. "I wish I could make a cradle for him." Her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and sturdy wood. " This manger is beautiful." She said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.
One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and a thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She new she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through the wind and the rain. The tired man awoke. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the king of heaven and earth.
One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten wood pile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hand to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.
The next time you feel down because you didn't get what you wanted, sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you.

Christmas

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!!!
This will be my 2nd Christmas in Spain, my family was here for Christmas of 2002; however, it is my first one living here.
One thing that I have enjoyed lately is walking to my in-laws house.
I get to see the big Christmas tree, and a little wooden house in the square where they sell roasted chestnuts ... I have a greater appreciation for the song now that I have seen them roasting on an open fire ;)
It´s also nice to hear the street musicians playing Christmas carols.
Christmas is such a beautiful season,,, I love seeing the beautiful decorations and all of the bright lights.

Bright Christmas lights get me thinking about the star that showed the wise men where Jesus was, that must have been some star!!!

Don´t forget what Christmas is really all about. CHRIST.
He gave the greatest gift of all, when He gave Jesus.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Health Care

I am in awe!!!
Baby had a pediatrician appointment this Thursday at 4:05 p.m.
We arrived at 3:55 p.m. Were seen at 4:00 p.m.
She made another  ¨NiƱo Sano¨ appointment for Monday, and a vaccination appointment for Wednesday.
I am amazed!!!
Hopefully it will keep up, I will keep you updated

Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Wish

Around my Birthday and Christmas my darling husband asks me the same question.
"Becky, what do you want for your birthday????"
"Becky, what do you want for Christmas????"
My response is always the same... "I don´t know"
Well I have finally found something that I really want.
Someday over the rainbow,,, I might get it,,, I won´t hold my breath. 
Anyways, here it is...
The Ju-ju-be Bff Lotus Lullaby
It really is the perfect bag.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Birthday to me !!!

On Nov. 22nd I turned 25!!! WOW a whole quarter!!!

Ghost = Birthday girl :)
Happy Birthday !!!

Birthday CAKES!!!




























































It was my first birthday in Spain,,, I enjoyed my day.
My family made it very special.  I relaxed during the day, and we had a wonderful meal and cakes in the evening.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

We love the Park

Ivan inspecting a leaf 
Ivan loves the park,,,, I am sooooo happy that we live near one !!!

Crawling away from his toys

This is the first time that I live in such a central location, and I love it.
I can walk to,,,,, the park, supermarket, church, grandparents, fruit market, hubby´s work, etc. etc. etc.
talk about saving gas money :)

Ivan sucking on his kissable lips :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November = THANKSGIVING

November, November, November...
For almost every American, November = Thanksgiving, the season to give thanks.
It is definitely going to be a bit different this year seeing as Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and duh,,, I'm not in America.
I'm not yet sure if we will do anything special, we might, it would be really nice if we do.
Nonetheless, Thanksgiving will be remembered and cherished on my behalf.

Thanksgiving holds a lot of traditions back home,,, for instance,

1. After we are finished eating (and completely stuffed!!!) we each take turns to give thanks for everyone with us (we say something specific about each person).
2. Anyone that doesn't have a place to go home to for Thanksgiving comes to our house :)
Mostly roommates and college colleagues. Having a full house was never a problem for my parents, they love making people feel at home and loved.
3. The traditional TURKEY... accompanied by jamon, arroz con gandules, batata, mashed potatoes, green bean and sweet potato casserole (love green bean, do not love sweet potato) and of course APPLE PIE AND VANILLA ICE CREAM,,,,, oooohhhhhh Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving with out apple pie and apple pie is not apple pie without  ice cream .

*My favorite tradition of all, is simply taking time to be with each other. So even though I am in Spain and Thanksgiving isn't a National Holiday,,, I will definitely be spending time with Family and loved ones and of course counting my blessings

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Q: What am I doing here???

A: Well who would have known that I would end up in SPAIN,,, I can't say that I never dreamed about living in Europe, but it actually happened!!!
Needless to say, a lot of adjusting is going to be necessary if this is going to be a smooth transition.

What I intend on doing with this blog is to let everyone in on the differences and similarities between living in the United States and Europe, the up's and down's that I might have, raising my son and caring for my family in a new place, adventures, new experiences etc, etc, etc..

I will do my best to make weekly posts, if not at least monthly,,, pics and all folks :)

Well,,,stay tuned.