Fall….To me the most wonderful time of the year

The smell in the air, the crisp cold air, just chilly enough to wear a nice sweater and just nice enough not to have to put on a thousand layers of clothing; the smell and taste of everything pumpkin; the pumpkin and apple picking; the hayrides, hot chocolate by the fire pit or just cuddling up with the family in front of the fireplace.  Those are just a few of the things I love about autumn.

But what I love the most is the changing of color of the leaves.  What a spectacular sight.  What an amazing array of orange, brown, yellow, purple and red.  To take a drive and just marvel at the splendor of nature, the rows and rows of colorful trees and then it hits you…..even the trees talk to us about life and change.

Have you even wondered why leaves change color? As I was reading to find out a little bit more about the “why” a leaf changes I came across an article that gave me a little more insight.  I’ll make it short and sweet by paraphrasing.  Basically what happens is during the spring and summer seasons the leaves have served as factories where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. This food-making process takes place in the leaf in numerous cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaf its green color. This extraordinary chemical absorbs from sunlight the energy that is used in transforming carbon dioxide and water to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starch.   As fall approaches leaves get less light each day and stop making food to prepare for the winter. The chlorophyll (green color) fades and other colors in the leaves begin to show.

So as I’m looking at beautiful pictures on my Facebook feed of trees and all the vibrant colors I started to think.  Wow, we are just like these leaves.  There are so many of us….humankind; so many different races, cultures, beliefs, personalities, etc.  And isn’t that a beautiful thing? I mean can you picture a world where we all looked, talked and acted the same….BORING!

Then it hit my spirit a little more one on one.  The same way the leaves change colors then fall off to prepare for the winter, we must also change (or desire to change) and allow the layers to peel/fall off to enter/prepare for a new season in our life.”

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

Why do we fear change?

Why do we fear to be different? To stand out?

Why do we fear to be broken?

If there is a time and a season for everything then we must accept that we must go through our change.  It may not be as pretty or picturesque as the colors of the leaves but….there comes a point where we must allow change, death (spiritual, emotional from something or someone who has been holding you hostage, who has kept you down, who hasn’t allowed you to grow) and then rebirth to happen if we plan to be alive and ready for the next season.

As much as I love the colors on the trees in the fall, it made me realize one thing.  The only reason the leaves change color is because they are LACKING warmth and sunlight.  The leaves are dying and will soon fall off.  And once they fall off we are left with a mess of leaves that clutter drains, can make for a slippery ride and if not cleaned up start rotting.

Many of us are lacking in many areas of our lives and are in need of the warmth and sunlight of our Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We are allowing life’s problems, society’s views and the enemy to take our warmth and sunlight and in the processes suffocating us to then die a spiritual death, and sadly for some people a physical one.  We are a mess!

Change is good but getting there can be such a hard experience. You will be confronted with a lot of things.  It is not always easy.  But it is so necessary!!  In change there is growth, there is beauty and there is a promotion into the next season of your life.  Don’t be afraid to get completely naked in front of God, to be completely transparent.  Let the Lord work in you from the inside out.  Allow him to heal and restore you. Because when your “Spring” comes, you’ll be one of the most beautiful leaves on the tree that was considered “dead” but in actuality was just going through its CHANGE (process) to be ready for the next season.

I will always love the fall season and the colors will always mesmerize me but now I have a completely different outlook and respect for the lesson of the colorful leaf.

Written by Yvette Silva

Why Leaves Change Color…as featured on weather.com

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Puerto Rico – A Caribbean Paradise

You know the strength of a country when hardship strikes. Hurricane Maria brought unprecedented destruction to the Caribbean. Puerto Rico, “The Land of the Lamb”, as many know the Island, was struck with a Category 4 hurricane. The magnitude of a hurricane with winds of 155 mph is no joke. With sustained winds of 130-156 mph, a hurricane this powerful snaps trees from its roots, wood properties are torn down and even cement structures are affected. Communication towers and electricity poles get knocked out and running water is interrupted because there’s no electricity. Having no running water for the daily needs like drinking and showering makes it difficult enough, then adding to that, no electricity to keep the refrigerator going, stove for cooking and air conditioners to ease the Caribbean heat, it’s impossible to keep it “normal”. With no cell towers, people in the island are not able to communicate to ask for help or notify their loved ones they are OK. The infrastructure was destroyed. Many parts of Puerto Rico are mountains, making it almost impossible to distribute vital provisions.

I want you to know a bit more:

Puerto Rico measures 100 x 35 miles. You can drive around the island in just one day. It consists of 78 municipalities with about 3.4 million residents. The island has been blessed with the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, these two make splendorous beaches for all to enjoy. Also on the east of the island we find the rainforest – El Yunque. Right in the middle of island is La Cordillera Central, a group of mountains that forms in the interior of Puerto Rico and extends about 50 miles.

You can also enjoy:

  • caves
  • waterfalls
  • bioluminescent bays
  • surfing
  • zip lining
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • museums
  • delicious food
  • waterfalls

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Can we agree on something?

A healthy marriage produces a healthy family, healthy community and a healthy country.

If you can find a couple that has many differences it is my hubby and I. Our differences are inexplicable – what we like, how we think, just incredibly different. The only things we can agree without discussion is that we love the Lord, each other and our boys. Everything else has two opinions, his and mine, and needs to be discussed so we can come to an agreement. But this is how two become one. If we were the same our relationship would be boring. We complement each other. In our differences, we just try again and never quit.

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Amos 3:3 (NKJV)

Many times, we need to sit down and talk, talk, talk… yes talk, and not only talk but also listen respectfully to what the other has to say. I like to talk – don’t all stay at home moms do? But this talking is not only the blah, blah our husbands sometimes hear from us after a stressful day with the children, this one is more intense. This conversation takes time, patience and respect. This is a conversation where we discuss our opinions until we agree or come to a mutual compromise. Sometimes our conversations are short, give me your opinion, this is mine, and we are done – we agree. On other occasions, it takes much longer and might even take a few tries before we can come to a mutual agreement. What matters is that as a married couple we need to agree to move our marriage and family forward.

Praise and worship music is one tool we use to help us get our thoughts together. Hit play when the atmosphere is not so relaxed.

 Here is one of my favorites.

Who said marriage was easy? Not easy but possible…

Don’t give up!

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Just keep breathing

You can do this Lee  ~ COME ON ~

Have you ever need to encourage yourself to do something you know is good for you? I do it every day.

Exercising is hard for me. Is it that way for everyone? At the beginning of the week I try to decide which days I will exercise. This will help me mentally prepare. I don’t think about it too much. If I spend too much time preparing to go exercise or thinking about it, I won’t do it. I literally drag myself to do some exercise. Why is this? I don’t know but it is super hard to start. I do know it’s good for my health and will help with the weight loss so I’m pushing myself, but still dragging. Current weight 168.5 lbs.

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9/11 We will not forget

Still fresh in my memory, it was a Tuesday morning, the day that America changed, September 11, 2001.

While working someone said, “an airplane hit the World Trade Center”. I was confused, those buildings are super high, how can an airplane not see them? Not too long after that we hear a second airplane crashed into the 2nd tower. My heart dropped. How can this happen? There’s got to be an error. As we listened to the news, confusion raised and I had more questions than answers. Today, 16 years later, as I’m writing this, I have to stop and take a moment to breathe. When I think of this day, the day America changed, the feelings are still here just like 16 years ago.

I didn’t know any of the precious lives that were lost that day, but today I want to HONOR them and those who risked their lives to rescue others. Remembering them still hurts, but we must continue and press on and that is the reason for this post.

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Hello world!

Welcome to Who I was meant to be. With this blog, I wish to share with the world the life of a wife and mother who now understands that being perfect was not part of her original design. Day by day I’m learning how to enjoy life, laugh about my mistakes and when I fall, just get up and try again. Let’s enjoy this journey called life.

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Visiting Nature

Connecticut has great orchards where you can pick your own fruits. This is something super cool for me since I didn’t have that opportunity where I grew up. We took a trip to our favorite orchard to get some fruit and help mama with her Journey to Healthy (stay tune for more about my weight loss journey).

Lyman Orchards is located in Middlesex County, not far from major towns. We waited for a sunny day to enjoy a trip to the orchard.

At the time of our visit we enjoyed a few crops.

First stop… peaches

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At the city

Surprise yourself every time you can. Take a day or just a few hours to try something new, something that might be out of your comfort zone but that will make you smile. Fear will never win.

The weather was amazing – blue skies and temperature just in the 80’s. ” A PICTURE-PERFECT” kind of day.

I rarely travel without my husband. He usually drives and I give the directions to always get him lost – at least that’s what he says.

Since I was little I suffered from different kinds of fear. As I write this post, I’m smiling, for many of those who know me, this is shocking and totally not me. Throughout the years I learned how to put my smiley face and keep going when my heart raised and I felt I was going to faint.

Just us girls to the city – totally out of my comfort zone.

New York City is full of life, lights and good food. A wonderful place to visit alone, with family or friends. I took a 24-hour trip to N.Y.C. with a few of my girlfriends. I must confess, I didn’t know this was going to be such a great trip.

We drove down early afternoon to avoid traffic and 1 ½ hr. later, YES, we arrived.

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