New Beginnings

Hey friends. I am super grateful that I was able to be featured on All My Love for All My Days today. If you have not checked out Danette’s blog, you must! She has had an awesome series this week for Thanksgiving, and some amazing giveaways.

I have been on the go-go all day so thought it would be fun to share this post with you all that I shared on All My Love for All My Days this morning.

I am so thankful to Danette for having me! I have been a follower of her for a while now and am amazed at her creativity, vision, and ability to bring other bloggers into the spotlight. She is very generous! 

In keeping with the theme of gratitude, I am delighted to write a post about this subject. 

Isn’t it amazing how fast our lives become complicated and heavy? Even if we have a roof over our head and food on the table, we have other things to worry about as well. Broken relationships, failure, and loneliness can plague our hearts. I have often made the same mistake over and over, or have regretted something I have done and wish I could turn back time. 

“…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

Forgiven. A new start. I am free. 

This year, I am thankful for new beginnings. 

I have a past. My past contains many regrets I have and a trail of broken relationships, both romantically and non-romantically. To be painfully honest, I experienced a failed marriage in my early twenties. I truly believed in “till death do we part”, but that didn’t mean that I was exempt from experiencing a failed marriage. I thought I would never get my life back, and I hit an all time low. I viewed the world from rose-colored glasses and thought that giving my life to Christ prior to marriage meant having a joyful and blessed life. Divorce did not fit into that picture. 

I was about to find out that as a child of God I am not going to always have an easy life. Something I was going to learn was that God was the author of my life, that he walks with me through my heartache and pain, and that he could even turn my pain into a beautiful story. He is the God of New Beginnings, and he was going to give me my very own. 

See, my story went on. I found friends who loved me in my struggle, I found that God was with me every step of the way, and I eventually found love again. God redeemed my life and I enjoy a husband that is my best friend and I have a beautiful baby girl named Lillian. See, that isn’t my new beginning though. I value my baby and husband more than I could express in words, but what God really wanted me to see was my New Beginning with Him! Jesus used my husband to build trust again, and my baby to show me what unconditional love is (as much as I even think I can understand)- all in an attempt to show me what He really did when He died on the cross. Jesus pardoned my sins as far as the east is from the west, and He gave me a new start. He promised me that he would renew my soul. He can fix broken relationships, failure, and loneliness. His promise of my New Beginning and the fact that he cleanses makes me more grateful than I could have ever imagined. 

What New Beginnings have you experienced this past year? Where has God renewed your life? 

May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! 

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

A collection of people I am thankful for!

Not many words needed. Just some photos of people I thank God for, and some fun memories I have! 
My sister Holly.  She is always honest with me, and one of the most loyal and sincere people I know. I have so much fun with her. I can always count on her. I adore my sister and respect her so much! 
My hubby Brian! He is such a hard worker, an amazing cook, makes me laugh, and is my best friend! 

Some incredibly beautiful women. My mother, sister Holly, and lil’ Sis Mckayla! Enjoying a beach vacation in 2011. 

Lillian was in there:). Thankful for my healthy pregnancy and sweet baby. Pregnancy is such a fun time. 
My wonderful, big, crazy Hispanic family. I love these people. Tata thanks for making us all! 

My momma. She is has a beautiful soul,  makes the best drinks I know, and is the life of the party. I think my little Lillian looks a lot like my mom. Mom, I love you! 
Cheers to my poppa. Big head and Papa Grande are my nick names for him. He is the kindest, most thoughtful, handy-man in the whole world. I love you Dad! 
My Step-Mom Cathy. She is such a wonderful addition to my family and a fabulous grandma and interior decorator. Thanks for all you do for us :). Love ya! 
My Nana. My nana is like my warm lovey as an adult. I go to her when things get really tough. She has experience, wisdom, and love that is unreal. 
My step-brothers. I love these guys. 🙂
My own little familia. My crazy hubby and daughter (who is going in for the whiskey). 
My best friend Jenee. We did show choir and cheer together in high school, we were Younglife leaders together in college, and she is still and always will be my favorite person to eat Ben and Jerry’s ice cream with. 
My little rockstar of a sister Morgan. This gal rocks at math, making sandwiches (she works at Subway), and the drums. She is smart as heck, too. And goofy! Bonus! Morgan you are my heart! 
My other lil’ sis Mckayla. This tender-hearted bear of a teenager is a loyal friend, a lover of all animals, and a fashionista. I come to her for fashion advise. I love her to pieces. 
My fabulous in-laws. I am lucky that I married into such a loving and fun family. These people rock. Thanks to all of you for making my husband so amazing. 
Bill and Pam. So glad you guys live in Colorado now. Many memories to come 🙂

My Lilly-bee. She is my favorite little girl in the world. We have many adventures to make together! I can’t even say any more words or else I will gush…
My little bro Nick. Such a talented guy, with a big future to come! Nick I am so proud of you…
There are so many other people in my life I owe gratitude to and love that are not pictured here. Brian’s mom Lynda, my younglives’ leader friends, younglives’ girls, Denver girl friends (you know who you are!), my neighbors, our dinner party friends, aunts, uncles, cousins… gosh it goes on. Isn’t it amazing all the people who touch our lives day to day? 
I am thankful for each of you. Thank you for making my life wonderful and for being a part of it. I do not deserve you, but thank God for you! 
Happy Thanksgiving! I am logging off to watch a show with my hubs. Enjoy your fam and friends! 🙂