Balancing Act

Life has been interesting the last couple months, to say the least.  We’ve watched Lukas grow from 4 months to 8 months (I haven’t done a good job at keeping up with this blog).  We managed to travel internationally and back (Thank God) with a 6 month old.  We caught a disease most of America…

Pain

I had the sweetest moment with my mom yesterday. She came over during the time that Lukas naps and I work out.  I’ve been doing the 21 Day Fix Extreme videos that are totally killer.  I was on Day 5, which is the Cardio Extreme one, and I said “You can work out with me…

Mark 10

I was reading the devotional book that my friend Natalie gave me and today’s was based in Mark 10.  I just want to share some brief thoughts I had while reading this. In Mark 10, Jesus is teaching to another crazy crowd of people when some folks start bringing children to him.  When the disciples…

Un poco de aqui

Aqui les va una pequeña actualización sobre nuestra aventura… Primero- La familia Castillo, o sea nosotros, está haciendo planes para ir a Santo Domingo en Julio.  Preparense.  Para que no digan que no les avisaron. Lukas ya cumple 4 meses este mes.  Que rapido se pasa el tiempo! Ayer cumplí un mes de haber regresado…

Sleep Training

Oh. Em. Gee. Sleep training ROCKS. We started skeptically and fearfully sleep training Friday Morning. The objective of sleep training for us was so that Lukas could fall asleep on his own – without eating or being rocked or being sung or being patted to sleep (etc). Just him.  His crib.  His eyelids.  That’s it….

Fetching Water

I’ve lived in a world where you have to “fetch water.” There is such a thing. I’ve been without running water for over two weeks straight, getting creative with cold bucket showers in order to make it last a few days. I also know what it’s like to be in the middle of cooking a…

El Dad – The Interview – La Entrevista

Siempre se oye de los pensamientos de madres… como se siente ser mamá, como su vida a cambiado, que siente, que piensa, et cetera, et cetera.  PERO pocas veces se escucha de las experiencias de padres nuevos.  Es mas, parece que el padre se desaparece de la familia porque solo se ven fotos de mamá…

Welcome to 2016

Okay!  Lukas is sleeping and Osiris is holding him so I have a second to update the world. It’s a New Year!  Yay. For those who don’t know, we had a baby on December 22.  You can read all about it in my Birth Story post. Osiris got to spend 3 weeks at home with…

December Dazzle

[[[EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO]]] I should probably blog before something happens that will drastically change our lives.  Whatever that might be. December has been an amazing month.  So many cool things have been happening.  I’ve been transitioning into my new job at our church as a ministry assistant.  I get to be a part of an…

Top 5 of 28

Howdy! So yesterday was my birthday again.  Today is Thanksgiving.  Now that all the festivities have drawn to a conclusion, it’s a good moment to share my favorite five moments of my 28th year of life.  I reviewed my Top 5 of 27, and kids, life gets better with age! So, you probably know all…

Tis the Season

Today, I wake up with a happy heart.  The weeks ahead have always been the most exciting time of the year in my life – birthdays, Thanksgiving, family time, food you don’t get to eat any time, Christmas, Anniversary, New Year… and this year, awaiting the birth of our first born.  It is a busy…

C.E.L.E.B.R.A.T.E. E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.

Here are two (2) important things you need to know this month: Everything in the Dominican Republic is extravagantly dramatic. November is my birth month. Let us begin with point 1.  One thing I love about the DR is how its society likes to celebrate so many holidays of their own, as well as adopt other…