Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Anniversary

It was this day 9 years ago that Romeo Tagle & Amy Swaringen became Mr. & Mrs. Tagle. I will be the first one to congratulate us. I know, not the traditional thing to do, but considering what we have been through, it is a miracle. Marriage is hard - submission, selflessness, servanthood, spending time together, raising kids and many more hardships along the way. We have moved 6 times, lived in 3 different states, been employed by 8 different employers, had 2 kids (with 1 on the way), and survived too many to count disagreement (okay agruments).

Gratefulness is one of his WONDERFUL gifts especially when it comes to food. For instance, I hate going to the grocery store, soooo I put it off as long as possible. Tuesday night for supper it was waffles & eggs, Wednesday night it was grilled cheese and brocolli. He NEVER complains about the food I cook. I have to tell him it is okay to let me know if the food is good or not so I will know whether to cook it again.

During our Bible Study today, He Speaks to Me by Priscilla Shirer, she commented that if you are submissive to the earthly authority God has placed in your life - that being my husband, then it's a good indication of whether you will be submissive to Him. I know that God has placed Romeo in my life for many reasons but one major one is to teach me to honor, respect, & submit to the authorities in my life.

We have had many beautiful times together and many heartaches, but we are here, 9 years later still married, and as determined as ever to please God in our marriage. No credit on our own part that we are still married, not at all! It was God's spirit that humbled us enough to acknowledge the destruction we had placed in our marriage. It was God that provided counseling when we so desperately needed it. It was God & still is!!

I serve a Real God WHO IS ABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise You Lord!

I love you, Romeo Tagle, Jr.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Events leading up to Christmas

Nia had a Christmas program with her school which was very cute & entertaining.
She looked beautiful.

Nia has been on my case about making cookies. So... I decided that last Saturday would be the day! The kids were super excited UNTIL they realized that it is time consuming and frustrating at times. I couldn't seem to get just the right amount of flour to allow the cookies to not stick. So after the first batch, the kids gave up leaving me with 2 more batches to make, and joined me again with the icing. It was a long day!

That is Hunter in the middle, a neighbor & friend.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Blessings From God

Psalm 127:3-5,

Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one's youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame when
they contend with their enemies in the gate.

This verse means a great deal to me. It "flew off the page" more than a year ago when Romeo and I had been praying about whether to have more kids. We went through many reasons why not to have more and to all of these reasons God gave a reason as to why it was foolish. I will just share a few.

Us - Tooooo Much Money, how will we afford more kids? ---- God - All money belongs to me trust me, depend on me, call on me, I will take care of you. Matthew 6:26 says, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"

Us - I will go crazy, I can't handle more! ---- God - Of course you can't handle it! You will mess it all up if you do it in your own strength, do it in mine. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

And of course God can do anything! Even give a couple, who has taken the needed surgical steps to prevent pregnancy, a child. So why not let God give me one if He HAS too through a miracle? And God said, Why not allow me to decided how many kids you need. Trust me! If I want you to have another one them I will give you one. If not then I will prevent you from having one. Either way God said, it's not up to you!

So for over a year we have been on pins and needles wondering what God's will was in our life regarding children. Knowing that it is was up to Him and that whatever His will was was what we wanted. All that to say this:

God is so graciously rewarding us with another child due to arrive July 2009.