Wednesday, July 13, 2011

FAQ {part 2}

 Part 2 of FAQ...

I am part spanish/mexican and irish. With other things mixed in there, I'm sure. My mom's family is from Spain and her other side is from Mexico- Hollah! Dad on the other hand, well he is the whitest white guy you will ever find. He is irish and some other things I'm not sure of. BUT as white as that man is, he sure can roll with the spanish speakin mexicans. He knows fluent spanish.

These are my parents. I think they're pretty cute.

What does your husband do?
  He is Associate Pastor for a church here in San Antonio. He loves what he does. He is the most compassionate person I know. He has a soft heart and gets choked up over stories and shows like the ones on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. He is very sweet, tender, loving and wants to see peoples life changed.

How many kids do you all have? Can you give the chronological order of all your babies.
I guess I forget most of you haven't known me for years so when I mention my kids or the babies we lost, you may get confused as to who is who and when is when. Ok, her goes...

I've been pregnant 5 times. We have 3 kids here on earth and 4 in heaven. Yowza 7 kids. When I told Asher we would have 7 kids in heaven {possibly 8} He asked if I was going to have some help to take care of all them. ;)

Asher is our first. He's 5 1/2 yrs old.

Grace was our second. We lost her at 20 weeks

Bella is our third. She is 3 years old.
She had a twin that we lost very early on. We named that twin Hope.

Faith was the 4th. She passed away at 23 weeks. 

Last is our Mia Glory. She is now 7 months old.
She also had a twin that we lost at 14 weeks. Asher named him. Jett Samuel. Read about him here.

That should get you caught up. And it should also shed some light on who I am and why. Each one of these children/pregnancies have been a blessing and each taught me and grew me in more ways than I could have imagined.

What is the Speak Louder Project? 
A few months back I was inspired to start a project that encouraged myself and others to reach out, act, and do things for others to let them know and see God's love. Simply DOing for others. The name comes form the phrase "actions speak louder than words" and the project is based off the scritpure in 1 John 3:18  "Dear children let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth."

For the first project, we reached out into the community here in San Antonio and were able to raise 1200 dollars {through all of you} to buy a new pair of shoes for over 35 kids in need. It was an amazing testimony to see all of you-those who gave- reach from around the world, to see others blessed. It only served to drive me even more, push me further, and to do more.  Our actions don't always have to be on a big scale. They can be a simple word, or a small gesture. Something that shows a person we love them, because God loves them.

The next project is in the early planning stages. We'll be connecting with an organization that is very dear to my heart. There are so many details to be planned out. I'm having a hard time finding the balance between not needing to know the full plan and just getting started, to wanting my steps ordered. Either way, I'll be presenting the project here on the blog very soon and I hope you are inspired to get involved!
If you want to read where it started and about our first project with Agora Ministries, check it out here. 

When you say that 10% of the purchases made through Splendor Shop goes to the Speak Louder Project fund, what does that mean? 
It simply means that I take 10% of the amount that comes into the shop each month and put into an account allocated to the Speak Louder Project. The idea is to have funds set aside for designated projects, or to giving as we see a need arise. That could be for an individual, a ministry, organization, missions trip etc. Whereever there is a financial need for someone else and we feel led to give to it. Any other donations that come from outside sources, will be communicated to the donor and allocated to specific projects. 

Why do you drink so much caffeine? 
Ha! This one made me laugh. Because I despise the feeling of being tired and/or lazy. I do not sit well. I don't relax well. I am always doing something or thinking about doing something. So I drink caffeine to fuel the madness. Whatever. Stop judging.

This is my drink of choice and I talk about it here.

I love your hair. How is it cut. How do you style it and what hair products do you use?
See, now this is just funny. Ok, wait for it....I haven't got my hair cut since November. 3 weeks after I had Mia and it was SHORT. But I haven't cut it since then. I'm growing it out and I am determined to have long hair like I did when we got married.

{This was almost 7 years ago!}

 I have women ask to take pictures of my hair all of the time. I find this incredibly humorous, since my poor hair gets like no attention, but if you are wanting yours cut like it is now, at the moment it's pretty much one length except for chin length bangs, and a bit of a stack in the back. This shows you what I mean

I use pantene (don't judge) shampoo and conditioner, the one for volume to add body. I condition it every day to keep it from looking dry because of the highlights and the sun. I use bumble and bumble surf spray and spray it only at the crown for texture. Then I blow dry it and sometimes I'll use a straightener. I have really straight hair but for some reason, since having Mia my hair has changed. It's thicker now, so the ends tend to want to go under. I ain't havin that. I am not a curl under girl. So I straighten the ends. Then the last thing I do is use tres semme hair spray all around and some in at the roots to hold the body.
Done. Bye.

Do you work out, how did you lose the baby weight?
No I don't work out per say, but I do cart around a baby all day long, and I climb the stairs at least 50 times a day, and I am constantly "going". We are pretty active in general. I have horrible eating habits. I eat too much junk, but here's the thing. I don't eat a lot. I eat what I want, but in moderation. I don't over eat. I think that's key. I don't do well with telling myself I can't have something, so I don't. I just keep it all in balance. I naturally like a lot of healthy foods. I snack on bananas, yogurt, grapes, cottage cheese, apples and natural peanut butter, etc. But then I also like a lot of junk...cake balls, brownies, frozen pizzas, cookie dough ice cream, cheese burgers, glazed croissants.....I eat it all and I eat it in balance.

Oh and I am a 24/7 buffet line for a 7 month old little girl who is not interested in baby food or bottles. So pretty sure that has a lot to do with the calorie burning.

I would love to lose another 5-10 pounds but my biggest tip for keeping your weight in check is to not focus too much on it. Balance. Don't stress over it one way or the other. Stay active, eat healthy, give yourself treats when you want them, and focus on others- your kids, husband, friends, other people, not yourself. Seriously it works. Promise.

Where do you shop?
Target, Old Navy, Forever 21 and Express. In my fantasy world I'd tell you I shop at Nordstrom and Anthropologie for all my clothes and home decor like it is no big thang. But then I'd be lieing. So instead I shop at these other places and put together looks I like, at half the price. Hollah. Oh and very recently I ran into the thrift store to look for some vintagy items to use as props for my shop pictures and instead came out with an entire outfit for under 10 dollahs, yo.

I'm going to do a blog post on this because I am always asked where I shop for clothes and I love to say where I got it and how much it was because people think I shop a lot or spend a lot of money on clothes. I don't. I just know how to shop smart and to use what I have. I used to work full time for a christian tv broadcasting company before I got married. I was still living at home and had like no bills, so I shopped. A lot. And I still have and wear those clothes. That was like 8-9 years ago. Holy Moly!

Do you blog for income? Will you accept sponsors for your blog?
When I began this blog I was in a very different place. I was pregnant with Mia and had just lost her twin, Jett. I started to write in order to let people in, for support, encouragement and to share my journey through it all. I share whats on my heart and above all, I hope to inspire others in their own gifts and talents and allowing their stories to be heard. We all have one. I blog to share mine, in order to bless others. I also hope to get the Speak Louder Project out there as much as possible, so we can get more people excited about it and want to participate. Thats my hearts desire and number one priority right now.

Will I ever accept sponsors? Honestly, when I began this blog, I had no earthly idea that people had sponsors for their blogs. I just recently began learning about that side of it. There is a lot more that goes into this world of blogging that takes time to understand and learn. I was clueless. I'm definitely open to sponsors, eventually. But one thing at a time, one step at a time, walking through doors as they are opened. I have a lot on my plate right now and I want to keep my focus.

Who did your new blog design? 
Jacquelinne at Smitten Blog Designs. She did an amazing job. She was incredibly patient and easy to work with. Love the finished product!

Who took all of the new pictures of you for your blog and shop? 
The amazingly sweet, talented and generous photographer was my sister in law Ginger! She made me feel so comfortable and we had a lot of fun.  A cop may have even showed up, right Ging ;) If you live here in San Antonio and are interested in using her for your photos, contact me and I will pass her info along to you.
 Picnik collage

Got any more questions? Most have been emailed, but you can leave them in the comments, I don't mind either way


  1. i totally get wearing the 8 year old clothes and being a junk food junky! :) i sure wish my hair was as easy to fix aS yours, LUCKY!

  2. Yes! I couldn't believe it when I counted back...8 years ago! Fortunately I bought things that lasted and that I can mix into new things. And your hair is always CUTE

  3. Thanks for the shout out SIL!! And you forgot to mention that you have THE MOST AMAZING STRAIGHT SMOOTH HAIR....Maybe its the products!?! NAH, we'll chalk chalk it up to AMAZING GENETICS..YOu are SO BLESSED IN THE HAIR AREA :) So JEAL!!!

  4. Laura, I just found your blog through Naptime Diaries and seriously read almost the whole thing in one sitting! You have an amazing story and a beautiful heart and you have inspired me so much on this Saturday morning! I can't wait to read more and get to know your sweet family more:) You are a truly blessed and courageous woman!

  5. You are absolutely gorgeous! The Irish/Mexican/Spanish combo is pretty darn fabulous! So far I've only read one post by you but it seems that you also have a gorgeous heart. It was tough reading about the babies you've lost, but it's so selfless of you to share your experiences. There are so many women who will benefit from your stories, and you have a great platform to point people towards Christ, which is awesome.
    I, too, am a caffeine FIEND!! Coffee gets me through the day. I have never tried Crystal Light energy, though.
    THe Speak Louder Project sounds awesome. I look forward to reading more about that!

  6. Olivia Grace- such a beautiful name! thank you for your sweet words. they are more encouraging than I could ever say! I am so glad you found me and I hope to keep you coming back ;)

  7. Thank you Jamie! And you just used a word that God specifically spoke to me recently, so I'm taking it as more confirmation ;) I truly pray that other women will benefit from my words and be encouraged and blessed, that is my hearts desire and I can think of no greater redemption for what I have walked through. Thank you again. P.S Try the crystal light!! :)

  8. well hello! so wonderful to read these glimpses into your life. thanks for sharing!
    your family is beautiful.

  9. Do twins run in your family because twins are pretty rare yet you have had them twice! My husbands mom was a twin and none of my husbands siblings, nor us, have had kids yet and we kinda want and are excited, and also dread, the thought that we may have twins (if both cry at different times and wake the other up), eeek!


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