Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Noahs has been on the BRAT diet for almost 3 weeks now and he has come to be obsessed with the "A" in the BRAT diet. As many of you moms know, and maybe husbands too, "A" stands for apples. Either juice, diced, puree, etc., according to my Dr, it doesn't matter. Well, Noah LOVES applesauce! Every time we sit down to eat he screams for it. Unfortunately I still cant get him to say it right. Here is how it always goes.
Noah: "Applenauce, Applenauce" (chanting it)
Me: You want Apple-SAUCE?
Noah: APPLENAUCE! APPLENAUCE! (loudly chanting)
Me: Noah, say APPLESAUCE. (with most of the annunciation on the sauce part.)
Noah: (very slowly says) APPLENAUCE.
Me: Okay say Please.
This one has to go in the baby book!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Sigh Of Relief

To all of you in blog land who were wondering what was going on with me in my life well here it is, a summary of the last 2 months.

The past 2 months has been a whirlwind of emotions, deadlines, projects and most of all stress.
First we had the ordination, that was a whole other full time job for me. Coordinating, planning, shopping, calls, mailings, etc. I was so happy when the day finally came and I was able to look back and say, "Dang I did good, thank God for all my friends who helped."
In the middle of all that craziness, the night before the ordination I got a call that my Grampa had passed away. The emotions were a little all over the place and honestly I didn't really grieve all that much. I had too much on my mind with the ordination and then once it had passed I fell into the state of, "did all this really happen?" I think I am still there, not coming to terms with the fact that I wont be able to see my Grandpa again in this lifetime. We were very close, I will always have fond memories of the time we spent together.
Then of course we had the Christmas holidays which are always busy, but always fun!
At Christmas I was told that for the rest of December and thru January I was going to be leading praise music, not only on Saturday nights with the youth, but on Sunday morning as well. I must say, I was a little shocked but I was up to the challenge, knowing I had VERY big shoes to fill. I am in no way a professional musician, I can sing and play the piano somewhat but I definitely cant be put into the "professional" box.
Leading worship was amazing, when I remembered to take my ADD meds! :)
There are things that I will miss and things I definitely wont. In a way I am glad I did this, I proved to myself that I can step up and lead music, with the help of some very talented musicians. I loved felling the Holy spirit move me as I lead and seeing it move others in the congragation. If nothing else I was truly blessed to be a part of that! With all the good comes bad and I was prepared for that too. I heard back handed comments, judgments, comparisons, etc. I tried not to let it bug me but there were times when it hit to deep and I went home crying. All in all this made me a better person. I grew in this experience whether it was good or bad. I am thankful that Fr Mski gave me the opportunity to grow and that he believed in me enough to let me go at it on my own.
New Years Eve was a blast, we had friends over and played board games and ate a ton of food. I attempted to cook my first turkey and passed the test, even though I cooked it upside down. My hubby has now hid the board games and probably wont let me play until next year. He says I am too competitive and that it gets annoying. Hey, what do you expect, I was a national swimmer who trained and competed for years. The competitive nature runs in my blood! Anyway, it was still so much fun.
The new year started off in a bad way, all of us got sick and were out of commission for several days. Hubby with a MS flare up and a nasty head cold, me with the stomach flu and nasty head cold and Noah with a virus of some sort. We recovered and then just when we thought we were on steady ground, Noah goes and "breaks" his arm. Off to the Er and DR's appointments until we hear, "Well maybe he really didn't break his arm. Lets take off the cast and see what happens over the next week." Praise the Lord! The follow up will be on Thursday and I will let you all know what they say.
Well that's it. **Sigh** Now I can go back to the way it was, at least for a little bit.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

God Really Does Provide

So, most of you know that things are tight in our household right now, having the ordination and it being Christmas doesn't help with the money flow either. (all well worth it though!) :) We haven't been to the store since the end of November, before I left for my trip. We were needing to go, but trying to hold out till next pay day.
I get to work today and I am walking back to my bone chilling office and a fellow coworker comes up to me and tells me that she is handing out her gifts to all the employees. I really didn't know what to say. In my head I was like, "Okay good for you." But I think I said something to the effect of, "Oh how nice of you to do that for everyone!" and continued to walk away. She then came into my office and told me that she was unable to bring my gift in and then paused for my response. At this point I thought maybe she didn't have her morning coffee yet and she was just being wired. My response was, "Well, okay, do you need help with it?" Her response was, "Yeah, see I bought you groceries and some toys for Noah and I want to just put them in your car now, so people don't see." Tears began to fill my eyes and all I could do was give her a great big hug and tell her Thank You!! When we walked out to the car I was not expecting anything much, maybe just the staples to get me thru. To my surprise she kept bring out boxes and bags of stuff! She even bought me a turkey and a big package of bacon! She bought me so much that it almost didn't fit in the back of my friends Ford Explorer. (I carpool so I didn't have my own car with me!)Tears kept filling my eyes and all I could say was thank you.
What a wonderful thing she did for my family, what a wonderful heart she has, and best of all, WOW God provided again, thru her!

Have a very blessed Christmas!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

MS Walk Web Pages

Okay, here are the web pages for the MS Walk. The TEAM web page is and my PERSONAL web page is
Take a look and join up if you can. You will be able to create your own web page and accept donations online and all that good stuff! I have not set up my personal web page yet with my story and pics, but I will in a few days. The most important thing is that people can join now thru the team web page! Let me know if you have any questions or problems getting on or joining.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

MS Walk

Hi All,
Okay mark you calendars, the MS Walk for 2007 is on April 14th at UC Irvine. It usually is in the morning and then they have food and games afterward. We had a great experience last year doing this in Irvine instead of in Lancaster. Its about a 15-20min longer drive but well worth it. The campus is beautiful and it has more sponsors, which means more fun and food! I will let you all know when my webpage is up so you all can take a look, read my story, see who is on my team, join our team or make donations if you want. Till then have a great day!!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Real Working Women

Well, I just got back from my first real business trip! I went to Las Vegas for a HR training thing, 3 days of INTENSE learning. My head hurts and is full of HR laws and procedures that I will most likely never use unless we move out of state. They are implementing a new designation just for us HR people out here in CA because we are so damn different!! Unfortunately, I have to know everything, even if it doesnt apply to my company, in order to take the national exam.
I didnt stay any where special, I didnt go out and I only used a $1 on the slots...and lost. I was, however, able to order room service, eat an entire order of creme bruele and take a 2 hour bath with no one banging on the door, every night. Eventhough that was great, I really missed home. I missed my baby, my hubby, my friends, and gasp, even my work! Its good to be back among normal people and not stuck in a room, with over a hundred people, all asking, "Does your company has a strategic plan for employee retention in place for the new year?"
Lord, I am so glad to be home!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Grand Plans

Yes, I confess, I am a BIG planner! I can also be one that has a "take charge" kind of attitude. Both of these are okay, at certain times.

I have found, in my life, that I have had a ton of frustration with the need to plan. If things weren't going the way I planned, I would freak and race back to the drawing board (so to speak). Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that not everything can be planned.

When I met Hubby, he wasn't going to church, drank a bunch, cursed a lot and could be a little harsh at moments. One day I told Hubby, "I don't think that I can date someone who doesn't go to church." To make a long story short, he came to church and SLOWLY began to like it. (Truth is, after the first time at my church he never wanted to go back, but he did for me!) After a while he was baptized and then later confirmed.
We got engaged and plans were wrapping up nicely. About 1 or 2 months before the wedding Hubby was diagnosed with MS. My planning went right out the window. Would he be well enough to go thru with the wedding? Would we have to postpone? Needless to say he spent about 3 weeks in and out of the hospital. He was angry and sad. One day we were driving and Hubby took my hand and told me that if I wanted out of the wedding that he would understand. He proceeded to say that he knew this was going to be a hard life and that I was young and should have to go thru this. Well, after hearing that I almost slapped him, I probably would have if we weren't driving. Needless to say I told him where to go! I told him that the wedding was still on and that my "vow" to him began when I said yes to marrying him!

A few months after our wedding Hubby came to me an told me that he was having really freaky dreams. I asked him what they were about. He told me that in the dream he was with the Fathers of our church and they were fighting against Satan. I was taken by surprise, and told him that maybe he should talk to someone about them. He agreed but never did. I think he thought they would just go away. A dream is just a dream, right? A month or two later Hubby came back to me and said that he thought he was being called to the Ministry. In my head I was like, "Hey wait a minute, that's not in the plan for my life! I cant be a wife to a Priest. Yeah this aint happening!" Hubby asked me if I could see myself as a Priests wife. I simply told him, "NOPE!". These types of conversations carried on for a couple of weeks when finally I told him to go talk to Fr. "Go Big Or Go Home" and see what he thought. BAD MOVE!! I thought that Fr "Go Big Or Go Home" would agree with me and tell Hubby that he was just having strange dreams and that he was not called to the ministry. That way, we could keep on living life according to Alena's grand plan. Hubby came home one night and said, "Well I think I am going to enroll in Seminary!"
"WHAT???" Wow was I wrong?
Fr "Go Big Or Go Home" knew he was called to the ministry for a long time and was just waiting to tell him. My plan...Knocked right out of the park.

Hubby started seminary and things were hard but we were being blessed. A couple of years later I got pregnant. A GREAT blessing, but not what I had planned. Hubby and I were told to expect that it would take about 6 months to a year for me to get pregnant, this was told to us by a DR.! Well 1 1/2 months later I was cookin' a bun in the oven. Just slightly off the 6 months to a year window! ;)

Trying to balance wife, mother, working women, church and having a hubby in seminary was/is hard...VERY hard.

Just a couple months ago I finally accepted the fact that my life was forever changed and what was going to happen was not what I planned. God has a different plan in mind...a better one in fact! I learned the hard way, my time is not His time and my plans are NOT His plans. His plans are better, are full of blessings and most of all are planned with love.

Hubby is going to be ordained Deacon next month and I couldn't be happier. In no way could I plan for the things that will happen in our lives as we take this new journey, and you know what, I am just fine with that!!