4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Merry Christmas everyone! Wishing you a joyous celebration with your friends and family!! I wish I could be with Jair :( He's all alone on Christmas and without him I feel alone too. But with Christ there wouldn't even be a celebration. So on this day I celebrate Him! :) Love you all. More pics to come after the celebrations!! :)
During this time I am greatly reminded of the MANY things I can be thankful for. If I listed them all out right now I am sure you'd all fall asleep trying to read it all! God has SO blessed me by putting the family, friends, collegeues, brothers/sisters in Christ, mentors, teachers, leaders and various other relationships in my life. ( and you know who you are!!! ;) Without these people, I would be lost. Life is all about relationships and without them we wouldn't be where we are today. I have been blessed beyond what I had ever imagined with Jair. He has taught me sooo much and loved me even more. And most of all, my relationship with Christ!!! I let him down soooo many times and he continues to love me and show me grace as he directs me to the right path. This Thanksgiving I pray that I can refocus on Him and His will for my life.
Jair gave me this beautiful 18 K White Gold w Topaz ring at the airport right before he left.....:'( He didn't want to propose in the airport, so he just gave it to me! It was a long, fun week of going to SF, Pleasanton, Malls, movies, restaraunts, and jewlry stores!! :) He wanted to ask permission from my dad, but didn't get the chance until 30 min before we left. So he GOT the permission from my dad to marry me, but probably won't propose until Jan when he returns!! I know...so much for it being a suprise, but thats ok! I still don't know when or where!! ;)~ God is good! When we rely on him and are patient...OUR time will come! Our Prince charming will come and sweep us off our feet. Thank you, Father, for showing me that waiting on you is the best thing to do! I love you and can't wait to see how you use me and bless me! I can't wait for the day to become Mrs. Shanelle Lynette Boyd Vieira Morais (or maybe something a little shorter......)
Love you Father!
Love you friends and family!!
More updates to come in the next couple of months!!!! ;)
Gavins 2nd birthday with mommy and baby bro or sis in her tummy! :) Gavin and his cousin, Anara, who was born one day before him! Gavins cousins, L-R: Anara, Jude, Gideon and Gav!! PRESENTS!! They got a lot of cool things! Can't wait to play with him ;)
Wishing you a blessed and humbling day! Celebrating Christs death for US and his resurrection and our hope for the future! :) May Christ be the center of your celebrations and not our Friends, Family, Food and Fun......that is all wonderful, but not why we celebrate in this day!
Love you all and hope you enjoy this beautiful sunny day! (if you live out West ;)
Gavin is the bomb at hunting for Easter eggs! :) He found all 15 or so.....some with a little help! ;)
I don't think anyone reads this site...nor do I care! I just need to let out some frustration, so here it goes!
I am sick of life right now....I feel like I am not good at ANYTHING in life and that life is just kinda BLAHHHHHHH right now. Don't get me wrong, there are still some things I love about life, but at this moment, I just feel crappy. I know God is going to use this time of lows to stretch me and guide me towards him. I NEED him....I WANT him.....I find comfort in knowing my God will never leave me nor forsake me!
Work is just kinda....go.....teach.....yell......get frustrated......feel like I am not making a difference.....and then go home....I am not happy anymore. I love kids and I love teaching, but when you don't have materials needed to teach or another person to do crowd control while I am trying to do crafts....it gets really frustrating. Then I am placed in several different classrooms throughout the afternoon. I hate jumping around for 30 min here and 30 min there......I want stability.
I know I have a lot of people in my life too....but at times I feel like I am soo alone. I have an amazing family, friends, community and an amazing boyfriend. However, life is soo crazy and busy it seems like everyone is consumed in their own little world and I am not part of that world. I love my boyfriend, but its hard being 8000 miles apart. Hes got stuff to do for work and school and family and can't always focus on me....and thats hard....friends and family all have their own families and life and don't want to spend any time with me.
School........OH MAN! I can't wait to be DONE! I am getting soo burnt out from hearing my professor talk for 3 hours on cells and organisms and proteins and enzymes....my brain can only take soo much after a 40 hour week with CRAZY KIDS and cramming for a test. My teacher doesn't understand how hard it is for us to go to work/school all day and all week and then have to sit in his Friday night class from 6-9 and really pay attention to what hes saying while we are frantically trying to copy all his notes into our notebooks.....he doesn't understand....or remember what its like.....and thats what I hate about some professors. They are soo stuck on THEIR subject and think its the best thing in the world. When in reality.....most of us are just taking this class so we can get the heck out of MJC. I seriously can't wait for biology to be DONE!
Well....all this to say....I really want a vacation. One away from screaming yelling kids, away from school and school work away from any responsibility other than to relax and have fun and spend time with the Lord. Maybe I should take a weekend trip to the beach just to relax and read Gods word...hmmmmm I might have to start planning! :) Well.. Time for me to head to the gym to get out MORE of this freakin frustration! LORD, I KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO USE THIS TIME AND THESE SITUATIONS TO STRETCH ME AND TEACH ME AND ALLOW ME TO GROW! I ASK THAT YOUR WILL WILL BE DONE IN ALL THESE SITUATIONS AND THAT I CAN GLORIFY YOU THROUGH THEM ALL! I LOVE YOU JESUS!!!
Jair spent December 22-January 2 with me!! :) It was soo nice to have him here and to be together for the holidays! We did a lot of fun things! We went to the Nutcraker, to the mountains with my family, lots of shoping, on a tour of SF and we spend New Years in SF watching fireworks. It was a lot of fun and I miss having him close by me to keep me warm. Looking forward to being with him again soon.
The begining of our boat tour around SF The view of the Golden Gate Bridge!
Jair and I in front of the bridge
Jair in Sausilito. Cute little town across the bay
The cute restaraunt we ate at
Our stop at Lombard Street. CRAZY :)
At the Exploritorium (Or gardens..I forget the name)
Our stop at a Catholic Church
The houses where Full House was filmed :)
Jair in ChinaTown
Our view of the bridge on New Years!! :)
FREEEZING but beautiful :)
Some of the fireworks we saw!
Proof of how cold it really was!!!!!!
My baby and I............freezing! HAPPY 2008!!!
I LOVE YOU JAIR MORAIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!