Lucy’s Sprinkle is Tomorrow

Nothing makes a mama feel more loved than her community surrounding her with support.  Being 33 weeks pregnant and the mother of an active two-year-old boy, I’ve been exhausted and uncomfortable.  Every part of me wants to play and devote all my attention to my sweet Lukas before his entire world changes.  Yet every part of…

How I Did Something I Never Thought I Could.

“I suck at scripture memorization,” I said to myself, “I’ll never be able to do it.  I can’t even memorize my favorite songs!” (which is true.)  Then I signed up for the Training Program at church – a year long intensive seminary-style course that takes deep dives into Christian doctrine.  Little did I know, I’d…

Grateful for the Good

Today, our family sat down and talked about how the Lord has shown us his faithfulness and favor in 2017.  It’s easy to look back and remember how hard a year was and the challenges we faced; but we can’t wrap this one up without pouring out our gratitude for the blessings of 2017… Good…

Trenches.

Pregnancy with a toddler is a whole different ball game.  They told me.  And though, I absolutely 100% believed them, it’s not something I could fully understand until I was deep in the trenches.  And it’s not like the trenches start easy and get progressively harder.  No.  The test is positive and BAM it’s coming…

Discipulado Familiar

El fin de semana pasado, nuestra familia fue a un retiro de la iglesia.  El enfoque fue sobre el Discipulado Familiar.  Cada año nuestro ministerio de 0 – 18 años ofrece este retiro.  Cada semana, ofrecemos recursos de discipulado para que los padres practiquen en el hogar con sus hijos.  Es algo de lo cual,…

Retreat! Retreat!

Here I am, laying on the couch, winding down from winding down all week at Staff Retreat.  It was a beautiful week somewhere in the middle of nowhere with no cell signal, tall trees, quiet lake, and good food.  I got to do all sorts of neat things like pray and eat and nap and…

Being Brown

I live in between two worlds.  Nothing depicted it clearer than my drive to work last week.  This image struck me so hard I haven’t been able to shake it. I turned into the affluent neighborhood behind our church, and to my left, a man and a woman, in their handsome athletic summer garb, jogged…

Despacito

Did you know that the top song in America for the last month is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee?  Did you know that Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee have been making music since I was a kid?  Did you know that they have no idea why?   Did you know that it makes…

#EpicFail

Before I had Lukas, I told myself (and Osiris and my best friend): “I’m only going to post about Lukas ONCE a week on social media.”  Yeah right. Also, before I had Lukas, I told myself: “I’m going to lose the baby weight within his first year of life.”  But instead I ate cake and…

Feliz Año Nuevo

Mocos.  Estornudos.  Flemas.  Dolor estomacal. Así comenzó el feliz año 2017. Desde el mismo domingo empezaron mis calenturas y viajes al baño.  Para el lunes, Lukas y yo estábamos moqueando y estornudando.  Esa noche no dormimos nada.  Ni el marte en la noche, aunque el martes si volví al trabajo.  Claro, no me quejo porque…

2016 – Over and Out.

Okay, fine!  I’ll write. As I know many many many of you are eager to read how the Castillo’s year went and the hopes for the next year, I’ll write a short reflection of 2016 and um… our hopes for 2017.   2016 was awesome and crazy.  We raised a little Lukas.  I got postpartum anxiety….

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…