Sunday, May 30, 2004

My friend Jen is in town from California! It was so good to see her and talk to her, it's a little different now that she is married but not that much. We can leave off just where we did last time. She's great, I just wish she would move here closer to us so that we can all share life together. Chad thinks it's too hot here though. Oh well, at least we are closer than Israel now.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

Gabe and Pet Posted by Hello

The Graduate and Family Posted by Hello

Friday, May 28, 2004

It's hard to believe that my baby brother is graduated, he's no longer in high school. Geez, how come time flies by so fast? I remember when he was just a little guy who would steal my fisher price records and dance in his diapers to the music. I remember a little guy who was such a prayer warrior that in church the pastor would ask him to pray (he was 8) and he would cry for the whole church while he was praying it was so cool. Now he is a man and we couldn't be prouder. He has a heart for worship, he loves the Lord, he can sing and play the piano, and he has a heart for kids his age. I love it. Not because those are things that I am in to but because each of these aspects I mentioned makes the man of God that Gabe is. I love that he loves God and I love that he reaches out and shows his love to others. Watch out you college girls cuz here comes Gabe! Can't get him without getting through me first though, ha ha ha!

Saturday, May 22, 2004

We had a great night with the college group last night, after group some of us went to Canyon Lake to go swimming. Well it was chilly out so I already knew that I probally wasn't going to get in. I didn't prepare for the fact that I would get motion sickness on the way. I don't know what happened, I'm usually not one to get sick but I did. Mandy and Amy were in the back of John's truck screaming like crazy girls and the first time we stopped a cop came up after we had parked and asked, "Why are we screaming people?" How old are you all? We are all over 21 (we forgot that Steve was only 20), but then Mandy raises her hand and tells the cop, "I was the one screaming, I am a 29 year old mom and I don't get out much!" Amy did the same thing, it was funny. I was glad he didn't ask if we were drinking or anything because I had just got done throwing up in the bush. I'm sorry that's gross, huh? But it was fun watching Mandy, Susie, Amy, Jen, and Obie pretend not to be cold while they were swimming. John and Steve started throwing rocks at them, we were way too loud for the people who were trying to fish. Oh well we had fun.
Then we went to Denny's and the guy who was there was the guy who was our waiter on Thursday morning when we took the seniors out to lunch and he remembered all of our drinks and orders exactly. Well not exactly because he thought I was Angela, but I don't mind because she's beautiful. I didn't get home till 2 and then mom was up and she was talking to us till 3. Craziness. She had a lot of energy for that hour she amazes me.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

This morning at 4:00 am we went to get all the senior's out of bed to come to breakfast with us, the catch was though that they couldn't get ready. Hannah, Obie and I had Jordan, Jake, and Erica to get up to bring to Denny's. We went to wake up Erica and she was like, why are you doing this? CUZ WE LOVE YOU, GET UP! After that she was like ok. Jordan was already awake since Obie called the house because they didn't answer after fifteen minutes so all Obie had to do was bring him. Jake's dog went crazy as soon as we knocked on the door Janet came to the door but I think she was still in her pj's because she was hiding behind the door. We woke up Jake he was like it's morning already I just went to sleep! Good Morning Jake now GET UP! John woke up and said what's happening guys? Whatcha doing? And it kind of seemed like he wanted to say I want to play! He asked if he could come to, it's just so crazy because he seemed wide awake. It was so much fun getting to bless the youth, when we were all at Denny's I got to see all the pictures that each leader took of the getting up part it was great. Mandy made some awesome graduation hats so the youth had to wear them in Denny's, Gabe and Jake kept putting their hats on my head. I am glad too that Angela and Robert, Maria, and Karri got to come as well. As much as I love this kids and as much as I love doing things like this I just have to say that 4 am is just to early! Even the early bird doesn't get up at that time cuz it's still sleeping. Luckily though I got to sleep as soon as I got home which was like 8:30. I woke up at 12:30 so I feel rested. So much Fun! So much Fun!

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I asked God to take away my bad habit.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations;
it isn't granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares
and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own! ,
but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

"Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them,
but you know they are always there."

Monday, May 17, 2004

Sometimes going to the dentist can be so nerve raking, like did I floss enough or did I brush enough that they can tell? It's just funny that it is a normal procedure for the doctor and person who actually cleans your teeth but for the person getting a cleaning it's a little scary cuz you are waiting to hear you didn't floss enough or you have gingivitus. My problem is that every time I floss my gums bleed like crazy and I have the reddest gums imaginable. My dentist says it's because I am on lots of medication because of my arthritis. But it was all good even though I lost a lot of blood my teeth are in great condition. Only thing I need is to get an electric toothbrush.
I went to my grandma's with Andre after our cleanings to have lunch and see my grandma's new puppy. They named her Chula, and she is the tiniest dog I have ever seen. She is a polmeranian so she looks like a little fur ball. All she does is sleep and pee it seems like, oh and bite your toes. I was trying to take a picture of her sleeping but she got up and I was on the ground, I didn't get up fast enough because she was doing her business on the tile. My grandma was like "Cela you know she goes outside as soon as she gets up!" I was like "I'm sorry I can't get up off the ground fast I am made of metal." hee hee. My grandma's lunch was awesome today we had spaghetti, tuna casserole, salad, and Hawaiian chicken. After we ate all that Grandma brought out the icecream with strawberries, she and Andre had watermelon. What a feast! She told me after we eat that we were going to go to Osco to look for electric toothbrushes because she used to work there and she could get a discount for me. We found one but I couldn't believe how expensive they were almost a hundred dollars! We got ours for 60 with her discount, it's nice to have people who know people.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

I got thrown in the pool tonight for the first time! I know I know it's against the rules to throw Cela in but it happened thanks to Jonathan and Abraham. 6 times between the two of them I went in clothes and everything. The funny thing is I brought a swimsuit but I never got to put it on. Ben didn't even save me, I was horrified. :) Luckily though Jonathan and Abraham didn't just throw me in like any other person I was gently thrown in. Nice of them, huh? After the fifth time I was like, "Stop picking of the easiest person to throw in!" I think I actually kicked someone in the face. It was weird because although I don't like getting thrown in it made me feel like one of them in a way, like I am not left out anymore. So that was cool and I got a chance to talk to Gracie and her friend coming in and out of the pool. Bonding time with the youth, how awesome is that?! And afterwards when the dj was playing his music I got some of the kids to do the cha cha slide with me, and the other great dances that I love. Gracie, Abraham, and one of their friends all ran up to the front when the Macarena came on and were like, "come on Cela let's go!" hee hee. I feel so loved. So there is my story funny but it has an awesome ending.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Today I had lunch with my grandma and grandpa, my grandma's sister, my dad, and my Tia. My grandparent's favorite place to eat is Souper Salad so we went there. Just to be silly I called my grandma on Tuesday to "confirm our lunch date," she couldn't stop talking about that during lunch she thinks I am so crazy. My grandma's sister likes to say, "oh my Maricela, oh my Maricela," as she hugs or kisses me. They like me a lot for some reason. Probally because there aren't to many young adults who like hanging out with grandparents. I do cuz I learn a lot about my mom that way and also my dad because I hear lots of stories. My grandma's getting a puppy next weekend I am excited because one of my favorite smells is puppy breath, my dad loves it too I know we are weird.
I saw Sammy today he was mad because he hates to do ABC order for his spelling words, but he is just the cutest guy in the world when he gets upset. I just wanted to kiss him he was so adorable but we had to work past the anger and when he finally got the hang of it he started liking spelling more.
I was proud of Vanessa tonight at youth, it was her first time singing and she did a great job.
It was good to see Joel tonight, he surprised me because I thought he wasn't coming for awhile. It's going to be just like old times hanging out with Joel once he moves here. Fun! I remember when we had Joel, Paul,and a guy named Joe living with us for a little bit. Joel and Paul played the guitar so they would have late night music sessions, once they went and made up songs about each person there. So they made a song up about me, it was funny. We also would watch Jean Claude Van Damme movies, Joel could do the stunt where there are two chairs and you did the splits on the chairs like Jean Claude did in one of his movies, some type of balancing thing.
I gotta to say that I like staying after youth and just talking to people, it is so much fun.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

This blogger thing is a lot different now I sure hope I know what I am doing. Well today I didn't get up till one, isn't that sad?! I didn't know that I was even that tired! It's funny eating breakfast at one, lunch at 4 and dinner at 7 what a good eating schedule. School is done hooray! I am off for three weeks! It's amazing how rest is really so important and how sometimes we forget to do it. I want to just go and party all day but most of my friends work. This isn't high school anymore, even in high school I would wait till Sharon got off work to do stuff.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Today was my last day in my interning placement, I am kind of bummed that I won't be able to see these kids anymore but I think I will be alright. I love the kids but fifth grade is not my grade. When I left the kindergartners last semester they all came around me telling me that they loved me and will miss me, in fifth grade you are too cool for that so I got a bunch of hand shakes, an occasional hug, and a bunch of see yas. Bye Ms. M. I got to take pictures with them and apparently they have something for me but it wasn't finished today so they are mailing it to me, I wonder what it could be.
I went to see my Sam today, he was so stinking adorable today I don't know what happened but he was so different. So we did some homework his motivation was a bag of skittles for three homework pages, he did them so fast that I didn't even have to help him that much. He was reading over his homework page and if he misread a word I would tell him the correct way to say it, he patted me on the head and said, "Thanks for the reminder Ms. Cela!" He's so funny. Then he decided that he wanted to read out of the Bible we read 1 Samuel the part about Hannah's Prayer, after we read it he was so happy that we read the Bible that he asked for a kiss. I thought a kiss on the cheek but nope right on the lips. Then as I was about to leave he said, "Ms. Cela we need to pray," well he never does any of this stuff normally so I was shocked! I said "What do you want to pray about Sam?" "Anything," he said. "But you go first." So I prayed for him and his family. Then he prays and heres how it went: "Lord please help me remember you in everything I do." Ok so I am crying by then because that was the most beautiful prayer I have ever heard a kid pray and on top of that Sam who we have been trying to help learn about God is the one who said this prayer. It just goes to show you that kids understand a lot more than they show sometimes and their faith is a lot bigger than ours. I was so excited for Sam, his parent's were shocked like me. I was just thanking God all the way to youth.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

I know I went blog wild today but I can't help it, I found so many poems that I really liked about moms. Mom is the person that I hope I can be like when I get older. She is an amazing woman of God and she has such a heart to minister to people. Her kids in her class love her so much, I hope I can be that kind of teacher. I hope that someday I will be blessed like my mother was in finding the perfect man. Mom shows me what a woman of God and nobility acts and speaks like, through good times and bad. Thanks Mom for showing me how to be a better woman, I love you.

When you came into the world, she held you in her arms.
You thanked her by wailing like a banshee.
When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.
You thanked her by crying all night long.
When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.
You thanked her by running away when she called.
When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love.
You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor.
When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons.
You thanked her by coloring the dining room table.
When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays.
You thanked her by plopping into the nearest pile of mud.
When you were 6 years old, she walked you to school.
You thanked her by screaming, "I'M NOT GOING!"
When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball.
You thanked her by throwing it through the
next-door-neighbor's window.
When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream.
You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap.
When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano lessons.
You thanked her by never even bothering to practice.
When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from
soccer to gymnastics to one birthday party after another.
You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back.
When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the movies.
You thanked her by asking to sit in a different row.
When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows.
You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.

Those teenage years
When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was becoming.
You thanked her by telling her she had no taste.
When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp.
You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter.
When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug.
You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked.
When you were 16, she taught you how to driver her car.
You thanked her by taking it every chance you could.
When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.
You thanked her by being on the phone all night.
When you were 18, she cried at your high school graduation.
You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn.

Growing old and gray
When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition,
drove you to campus, carried your bags.
You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you wouldn't
be embarrassed in front of your friends.
When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone.
You thanked her by saying, "It's none of your business."
When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future.
You thanked her by saying, "I don't want to be like you."
When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation.
You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe.
When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment.
You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly.
When you were 24, she met your fiance and asked about your plans for the future.
You thanked her by glaring and growling, "Muuhh-ther, please!"
When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and told
you how deeply she loved you.
You thanked her by moving halfway across the country.
When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby.
You thanked her by telling her, "Things are different now."
When you were 40, she called to remind you of an relative's birthday.
You thanked her by saying you were "really busy right now."
When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her.
You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children.

And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything you never did came
crashing down like thunder.

"Rock me baby, rock me all night long."
"The hand who rocks the cradle...may rock the world".
Let us take a moment of the time just to pay tribute/show appreciation to
the person called MOM though some may not say it openly to their mother.
There's no substitute for her. Cherished every single moment.
Though at times she may not be the best of friends, may not agree to our
thoughts, she is still your mother!!!
She will be there for listen to your woes, your braggings, your
frustations, etc.
Ask yourself.....have you put aside enough time for her, to listen to her
"blues" of working in the kitchen, her tiredness???
Be tactful, loving and still show her due respect though you may have a
different view from hers.
Once gone, only fond memories of the past and also regrets will be left.



The beauty of a woman
Is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries,
Or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman
must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman
is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman
Is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a woman
With passing years-only grows!

You don't stop laughing because you grow old;
you grow old because you stop laughing

Why are you crying, a young boy asked his Mom?

"Because I'm a woman," she told him.

"I don't understand," he said.

His Mom just hugged him and said,
"And you never will, but that's O.K.".......

Later the little boy asked his father,
"Why does Mom seem to cry for no reason?".
"All women cry for no reason," was all his Dad could say......

The little boy grew up and became a man,
still wondering why women cry.

Finally he put in a call to God and when God got back to him, he asked "God, why do women cry so easily?"

GOD answered......

"When I made woman,
I decided she had to be special.
I made her shoulders
strong enough to carry
the weight of the world, yet,
made her arms gentle enough to give comfort...

I gave her the inner strength
to endure childbirth
and the rejection
that many times will come
even from her own children.

I gave her a hardness
that allows her
to keep going and take care
of her family and friends,
even when everyone else gives up, through sickness and fatigue without

I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all
circumstances. Even when her child has hurt her badly....

She has the very special power to make a child's boo-boo feel better and
to quell a teenager's anxieties and fears....

I gave her strength to care for her husband, despite faults
and I fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart....

I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but
sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him

For all of this hard work,
I also gave her a tear to shed.
It is hers to use
whenever needed and !
it is her only weakness....
When you see her cry,
tell her how much you love her, and all she does for everyone, and even though
she may still cry, you will have made her heart feel good.


When you have a mother
who cares so much for you
that anything you want
becomes her desires
When you have a mother
who is so understanding that
no matter what is bothering you
she can make you smile
When you have a mother
who is so strong that
no matter what obstacles she faces
she is always confident in front of you
When you have a mother
who actively pursues her goals in life
but includes you in all her goals
you are very lucky indeed
Having a mother like this
makes it easy to grow up
into a loving, strong adult
Thank you for being this kind
of wonderful mother.


From seeds
You watered us.

As we sprouted
You helped us grow
With the warmth
Of your radiant love.

Along the way
You trimmed us
To keep us safe
From Harm.

When we grew out of
Our little pods,
You replanted us,
Where you gave us hope
And showed us faith
That we may be able
To do for others
As you did for us.


A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.


Mother You filled my days with rainbow lights,
fairytales and sweet dream nights,
A kiss to wipe away my tears,
Gingerbread to ease my fears.
You gave the gift of life to me,
And then in love, you set me free.
I thank you for your tender care,
for deep warm hugs and being there.
I hope that when you think of me,
A part of you, you'll always see.


GOD made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He molded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks, fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.


Our mother is the sweetest and
Most delicate of all.
She knows more of paradise
Than angels can recall.

She's not only beautiful
But passionately young,
Playful as a kid, yet wise
As one who has lived long.

Her love is like the rush of life,
A bubbling, laughing spring
That runs through all like liquid light
And makes the mountains sing.

And makes the meadows turn to flower
And trees to choicest fruit.
She is at once the field and bower
In which our hearts take root.

She is at once the sea and shore,
Our freedom and our past.
With her we launch our daring ships
Yet keep the things that last.

Monday, May 03, 2004

I saw the cutest thing in the world today on my way to school. I saw a mother duck with her babies crossing the street. I don't know how they knew that they had the walk sign but they did, and then the daddy was following them. All the little babies were waddling and hopped onto the sidewalk from the street. It was so precious.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

My dad just told me that my friend Nephi stopped by this afternoon to visit me. I thought he was still on his mission! I guess he's back now!

I am amazed that I go to church and sometimes don't get to see the people who are in our college group, I mean they go to the same church and everything but it seems like it is a hit or miss sometimes. I got to hang out with most of the college and career today I realized how much I miss getting together to fellowship. I am really excited about college group starting up again. I am also excited about our girl's group, I am also scared because am I worthy enough to be teaching a whole group of women? I know Hannah will have my back but it's like who am I? Just Cela! I pray that it won't be about my teaching or guidance but about what God wants to do, building prayer warriors in the woman. I also pray that relationships will be built and that we can support and encourage each other throughout the week.