Having just returned from our trip to Guatemala, we thought we'd practice some Spanish...
Sembrar. Auga. Crecer. -- which in English translates to Plant. Water. Grow.
Life is all about growth--not just in the plants & trees around us--but, in ourselves and others .........we plant seeds of greatness in people, water them with words of love & encouragement and then watch them (and ourselves) grow.....
We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to do that in Colonia Noruega last month, but all of us have the opportunity to do it each and every day! We need to look closely, paying attention to every chance we have to make a difference in someone's day, which in turn can make a difference in both their life and our own.
So we hope you'll enjoy the 'gardening' tips we have for you in this issue : )
Having talked about friends in the last issue, it seems the perfect opportunity to talk about the growth I have witnessed over the years, not only in the aforementioned friends, but in myself and all of those that I am blessed to come in contact with on a daily basis.....
When I hear the word 'growth', I think of business growth, which is good most of the time; but when you think of personal growth, it can be exciting and yet painful. My wife and I have been on a journey of personal growth our entire life and sometimes we were aware and other times we were just in the midst of it. And yet some of the hardest growth for me has been embracing the community that God has brought me into -- making new friends has been hard, I liked the 'safe place' I had created, but it was very lonely.
I know now that moving into a community can be very messy, you will have the potential to get hurt if you really open up, but that's OK, some of the friendships I have now are priceless; my life isn't about stuff, it's about relationships. God the Father gave us His only son, to be in relationship with him first. Then he gave us family & friends.
Watching my wife, Lisa, this past year and the growth in her has been amazing and scary, because as a man I want to fix everything. I don't want her to get hurt, I am so proud of her and our marriage has grown a lot as well. God blessed me with an amazing wife and mother to our son, and I fall a little more in love with her each day! Merry Christmas and may God bless you and your families this season! [See you next year!]
Enoch, Carlos Vargas, and Paul
at our Hope of Life Thanksgiving
celebration dinner in Guatemala.
Without continual growth
and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow
as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.
"Happy Birthday to You"
"Happy Birthday to You"December
"Happy Birthday dear____"
"Happy Birthday to You!"[and many more......
Party Planning Pro
It's time to party, not panic!
Much like a plant, parties start with the smallest seed of inspiration. It is only with a little nourishment and some hard work that those fun ideas can flourish and blossom into a great time for your family and friends. As the holidays approach, many of you will be playing host for your get together. Here are some tips to help make sure you don't wilt under the party pressure! Accept a Helping Hand
This is a time for giving, so if people are offering to give you a hand, take it! Rome wasn't built in a day and it also wasn't built by one person! There's no shame in working with others to make your party go off without a hitch. And remember, some of the best memories are made while working as a team!
Cook & Socialize
Your guests are arriving and you want to spend time with them, but there is still cooking to do! It's not easy to juggle conversing with friends and cooking a turkey. But, if you place some of your appetizers on the corner of your kitchen counter (that you aren't using), people will gather near you, but won't be in your way. By putting the appetizers away from where you're cooking, guests will still feel welcome, but they'll get the idea that you have work to do! If you're a multitasking soc
ial butterfly, then this is right up your alley!
You organized the party, you slaved over the food, now it's your turn to really mingle with your guests! By serving a family style meal with food on the table for everyone to share, it allows you to spend time with loved ones and not have to worry about any food in the kitchen - it's all in front of you!
Going Mini is a Big Hit
So much turkey, so much stuffing, so much food! There is absolutely no room left for dessert, right? Wrong! By making mini desserts, such as brownies, cupcakes, or cookies, your guests will somehow
manage to find room to eat just a little more. These bite sized sweets have little to no impact on the size of the post-meal belly, so guests won't feel too guilty if they sneak a few in before they leave.
~25 for 25~
How coincidental that after 25 years of service we should end the year with 25 5-star Houzz reviews. Check out the latest here, on our profile....
In the Community
Doing God's work in Guatemala
Paul, Lisa, and Adam recently returned from a mission trip to Guatemala with their church, Wilshire Avenure Community Church. Through a partnership with Hope of Life International
, the church is able to sponsor a village and visit twice a year. With each visit, they help those who are plagued with malnutrition, illiteracy, poverty and a life without the Gospel.
Toys For Tots
For the past few weeks, our office was home to big, empty boxes that we filled with new, unwrapped toys for kids to open on Christmas Day. The toys were picked up by the Marines on December 22 and we thank those of you that participated. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program works hard every year to help less fortunate children experience the joy and magic of Christmas with a new, unwrapped toy. Since its origin in 1947, Toys For Tots has distributed over 469 million toys to over 216 million children!
But they can't do it without your help, so [next year] spread the Christmas cheer and give back to those less fortunate in your neighborhood!
We hope you had a very blessed and Merry Christmas!
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then. now. always.
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...A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.