Tuesday, July 08, 2008

My Lil Buddy

It has been a while since I have written anything about Christopher. In a nut shell, he is amazing. He is funny, silly, adorable, getting so big, and so many other wonderful things that I can sit here and write about him for hours. He is more than I could have imagine. I am in awe of how fast he is growing up, how smart he is and how is words are starting to come out more and more clearer each day. And the best part is that he has finally picked up baseball. Yeah I know he is only 2 1/2 years old, but I thought if he could just pick up the gist of the game, then I could take my time and teach it to him slowly. But from one day to the next, he picked up a bat and finally listened to me, as I showed him how to hold the bat and swing. He still has an awkward swing, but I can work with that. But he hits the ball very well and throws really hard. I am estactic that I have a little boy that wants to do everything that his daddy does. He amazes me and makes me so happy and proud to be his dad. From day 1 I said that being a dad was the greatest gift from God, and I can honestly say it just keeps getting better. There isn't a day that goes by that I run home from work just to see his face and watch how excited he gets when he sees mine. I am sure I can find a million things to do outside of my home chores, but spending time with him is priceless, either watching his favorite shows on TV or DVD, playing with his cars and trains, reading him a book, sharing a slice of pizza with him (since that is his favorite food) or just going down by the beach and watching him run around in the same and having a ball. These are things that I would never trade for anything. What it feels like to be a dad, I think I just described it. It is awesome, it is wonderful and you never want it to end.

Each day I thank the Lord for bring Christopher into our lives, it has changed us, but a change that I will never regret.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Blessings from Above Never Falter

In my last entry back in January, I shared what my life was like in 2007, one that started with much promise and ended with so much despair. But as I stated in my last Blog, God had to be put first again, I had to lean on him believing that he would come through, and all I can say is that he has come through more often that I could even imagine. We serve an unbelievable God, one that keeps you in awe of everything he does for us.

After my last entry, I kept looking for jobs, in so many different places, just hoping that one would call me and hire me. It got real bad at one point, just never thought that anyone would call. Even contemplated just going back to NY and working there and sending money home. But I knew deep in my heart that, that was not what God wanted for us and that I needed to continue to be patient, even though, there was no extra money coming in except for Lina's salary. But I can honestly say that, even with just her salary, we always were able to pay the mortgage and all of our bills, never missing a beat. I give God all the glory for that, because he kept us from losing everything, so he could continue to work on me and get me ready for what he had in store. And I have to say that I could have never imagined that my life could make another big change, and this time for the better.

I finally received a call in March of this past year from a Law Firm, looking for a legal assistant. After speaking with the office manager, I realized that I was not qualified to take that job, so that I would rather not meet with her and get turned down anyway, but if she had any other positions that I would do them, no matter what they were, I guess I was kind of desperate at this point. But God reminds us that he doesn't want us to be anxious about anything, he is in control.

After she explained to me that I was over qualified for the clerical position that she had, she agreed to meet with me anyway, because first she stated that I was honest with her and two, she stated that there was something about me that she just wanted to meet with me.

We met and after a few nervous weeks, she called to offer me a position, making copies in the mail room. She stated that she knew that I deserved a better position but that this may be a great way to get in the company and move up. After starting the job and meeting with her, I find out that she is a Christian and that she told me that there was something about me that she felt like she had to hire me. After working in the copy room for nearly 2 months, I was promoted to Civil Litigation Department Assistant and received a raise.

This happened so fast that there is no doubt in my mind that God's hands were all over this. He knew exactly what I went through in 2007, and wanted to make sure that 2008, even with a crazy economy, would be a better one for me and my family. Maybe it was my patience and faith, that he maybe wanted to reward. Whatever it was, I am just glad that he was involved in this situation and in all my situations in life. I don't know where I would be or what I would be doing if he wasn't apart of my life.

The future seems a bit brighter now, even with all of the crazy things going on with gas prices and values of homes decreasing, I know that the only way that we can deal with it is by looking up and just asking for help.

He has turned my life around and has given me hope again, even after a time, when I didn't think that it could get better, but he is always there to take care of everything and because of that he gets all of the glory and praise.