September 13, 2011

Times Have Changed

Caleb was born via c-section because I never went into labor. Everyone kept telling me to walk to make him come out, but that didn't work and now Caleb loves movement so much that I can barely put him down.   We love our boy so much. 

We are still waiting for the purchase of home to go through. It has almost been a year since we put an offer down and we have now just started to go through escrow a few days ago. God really tested our faith and patience with this place. We are continuing to wait on the Lord to see if He truly will give us this place to live or if He still has a different plan in mind for us. We are both at peace (at the moment) about waiting to see what He has in store for us.

That's all for now.... Caleb is calling :)  

April 26, 2011

Just Waiting

Well, we finally have things all settled and ready for the baby to come. Things got a little stressful for a bit as we waited on the Lord to provide a place for us to move to, but within a week of our lease being up at our old apartment God provided His answer. We are able to rent the condo that we have been trying to buy since November. It all worked out really great and God provided for us financially through a very generous giver to still be able to buy the condo since it is no longer an approved FHA housing unit. Hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out and we can finally buy this condo, we are just waiting for 2 more banks to approve the sale before going into escrow.

Thanks to many family members and friends, Neil and I have everything we need for Caleb. :) Now we are just waiting for Caleb to come. I am 39 weeks pregnant and I am so glad that I stopped working last week so that I can rest and clean before Caleb comes. I have been walking nearly everyday in hopes to speed things along, but so far he just doesn't want to come out yet.  I think Lucy knows a baby is coming because she has stuck to my side even more than usual and she will lick my stomach every now and then. :)  Hopefully he will come within the next week because we are all getting very impatient to see this little guy.

January 17, 2011

Change is coming!

Well, it's been months since this blog has been updated. Mostly because we haven't had anything really exciting happening...except for the fact that Valerie is pregnant.

Yes, we neglected this blog for too long. To date, Val is about 25 weeks pregnant (somewhere around 6 months). We are going to have a boy and his name will be Caleb. We chose Caleb after Caleb in the Bible as he was an incredibly faithful man.

Hopefully we can keep our blog updated now that we've got something exciting happening now. This should be good motivation.

Not that having a baby is big enough change for us, but it looks like we'll be moving in mid April. Yes, we're starting to outgrow our little 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. We have our eyes set on a little townhome in Penasquitos.

However, exciting changes are not without trials. Valerie's hours at work have recently been cut and we are preparing for her maternity leave. Losing this income is significant to us with a new baby and a home buying process underway.

In the meantime, I've been officiating hockey games to try and pick-up some extra money. It's not fun, but the extra cash will be useful. 

The homebuying process has been trying as well. The property is a short sale and there have been some problems with the approval. The timing of the move and the baby is almost simultaneous and that has been a concern as well.

However, the Bible says that "without faith it's impossible to pleas God." Without trials, there would be no opportunities to please Him.

This has been a rollercoaster ride of blessings and trials. But we must count our blessings as we surely know that there are people in far worse shape. We know that the Lord will provide as long as we trust Him.


                                                        Val at about 25 weeks pregnant.

P.S. Lucy is doing great!

July 8, 2010

Trying Times

It's a tough time right now. My (Neil) grandfather is struggling healthwise right now. It's been hard to see his health decline so rapidly and tough to see my mother watch and care for him in this state. Today was an especially tough day.

Thank the Lord that one day I will be in a place where there is no more dying, pain, suffering or tears. Thank the Lord that I know my grandfather will be there one day with me.

Please pray for my grandfather that the Lord gives him peace and for my mother to have strength during this time.


July 5, 2010

July 5th Update

We had a wonderful 4th. Valerie, her brother Mark, my sister Tara and I (Neil) had a bbq at my parents' home in PQ. We then went over to Poway to watch the fire works. Val volunteers at an animal shelter that overlooks Poway High and the area. First time I've watched fireworks with pigs, goats, chickens, burrows, cats and dogs. But the view was spectacular! We were able to see fireworks from RB, and
Escondido as well.

Share photos on twitter with TwitpicWhatcha lookin' at? Watching fireworks with burrows is awesome!

Pursuing my Master's in Science has been put on hold at the moment. I had been currently taking classes at the Institute for Creation Research in pursuit of a Master Science Education. The school has had some legal battles and ended up losing its accreditation. Although it is very disappointing, I am also not surprised. Although the school was fully accredited while is was located in CA, the school has never been accepted in the education world and I knew this going in to the program. When the school moved to TX, it had battles with the state and never became fully accredited. My main purpose was to learn about creation, while pursuing a degree. As a Christian, I fully realize that what I believe in is rejected by most people. I really don't care if people look down on the program. I'm not out to impress people, but the Lord only.

I've looked into a few other Master's programs, but have decided to wait on the Lord. Right now, I'm preparing to take the single subject CSET in chemistry to become eligible to teach in a public school. I don't want to plan too far in advance. What the Lord has planned is a mystery!

"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."- Albert Einstein. (Who is going to argue against Einstein?)

My grandfather who is in his late 80s has just accepted the LORD has his Savior. This truly is a miraculous event. I won't go into details, but if you truly knew who my grandfather once was, you'd know that accepting Christ into his life was a long shot. My mother is very happy and relieved. We continue to pray for my grandma.

Summer is going well. Even though, it doesn't quite feel like summer. I don't mind it, though. It feels good not to bake in our apartment. Val is working as an instruction assistant at Monterey Ridge and I am teaching a math prep course for the California High School Exit Exam. It's nice to work half days and get a decent income.