Be The Light

Coming back to the blogging world! And ready to spread God’s light and love…


Good Morning World! I know… It’s been a while. Almost a year exactly! But I am back…

I first started this blog because I wanted to bring hope, encouragement, and love into the world. I wanted to try to brighten this world a little bit. But I ended up letting my fears of rejection and my insecurities get the better of me. I was saddened by my lack of support by family and friends, save a few. I allowed myself to get discouraged and stopped posting. I actually have four drafts that I never completed because I allowed my negative thoughts and feelings to convince me that no one would care whether or not I posted them. The devil has many tricks and boy did I fall for them! Well, I’m done throwing myself a pity party and I am done being afraid of whether or not anyone cares – or whether or not I annoy any of my non-Christian friends on Facebook when my posts are shared.

My lack of fear can be linked to a few things. While I haven’t been posting for a year, I’ve continued to serve faithfully in my church, developed wonderful relationships there and I’ve continued to listen to WBGL. Just yesterday, I spent some time (while serving) with some amazing ladies from my church. A fun conversation about how it would be nice to start a Mom Blog for our church got me thinking about my own blog. My poor neglected blog… I started opening up to these amazing ladies about how I started the blog, posted a few times and then gave up because I felt that I had very little support. Just like that, it was like I heard a voice say to me, “Are you doing this for others? Or for me?” It was as though everything made sense in that moment. It’s funny how you can know something, but lose sight of it. It can become too easy to let all the distractions and noise of life get in the way of remembering the simple fact that EVERYTHING we do in life, we should do to honor God. I’m not blogging for approval, appreciation, or popularity… I’m not trying to impress anyone. I’m trying to be a good representation of Christ. I’m trying to help others in any way I can – in the ways God has equipped me. Right now, I can’t do much more than give my time, whatever resources I have and words of encouragement. I’m happy to live a life of service, whether I’m serving at church or helping at my daughter’s preschool so that they may be blessed. Through my actions, conversations, and blog, wherever they take me, I want to overflow with love and grace. I seek a life of service because it is the example that Jesus gave us. So, through encouraging words from a brave and blessed woman, God spoke to me and encouraged me to not give up and to remember why I’m doing this.

I just want to thank you, Zina, for being so positive and encouraging to me. I’ve been considering starting up the blog again for months now, but your positivity and light was so encouraging and refreshing… Maybe you thought it wouldn’t have as profound of an effect as it did, but guess what? It did.

There are so many lessons to be learned from this. For now, I’ll just focus on this one: Realize that every single encounter you have each day can have great significance in peoples’ lives. You can make the difference between someone having a good day or a bad one. You can speak light and love into a sad heart and completely change the trajectory of their day or their life. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. The sermon at church this past Sunday was wonderful. One of my biggest takeaways was that you may be the only Bible anyone ever reads……… Let that sink in for a minute. If you were the only Bible that someone read, what would they think of Christianity? What kind of representation of Christ would you be? I can’t get that out of my head.

With every word that you say, every gesture you make and every action you take, fill it with love and grace. Every single encounter you have with another human being on this planet is an opportunity for you to share God’s love and truth.

“You are the light of the world……”

Matthew 5:14 NIV

If you aren’t confident because you don’t know a lot of scripture or you don’t necessarily feel familiar with God’s promises, that’s OK! We’ll dive into those topics over time. Here are a few basic truths: God is good and everything good comes from God. God loves you. God made you. God doesn’t make mistakes. God is always with you. God hears your prayers. God’s plans are perfect and are always for our good.

You are loved. You are a child of God. And with you, He is well pleased.

God bless you and please, if you’re reading this, find a way to share an encouraging word today. Your kindness may help more than you’ll ever know.

Thanks for reading!


Musical Muse: Drops In The Ocean

“If you want to see how much you mean to me…
Look at my hands…
Look at my sides…”

“Today, I’m sharing another song that speaks to my soul. Sometimes, I can’t help but wonder… How much do I mean to God? Scripture tells us that we mean everything to Him. So much so that He sacrificed His son for us. And I work very hard to be positive, but I still have moments of weakness when I don’t always feel deserving of His love and forgiveness. So, this song speaks to me in those moments of questioning and doubt. Check out the lyrical video below! Continue reading “Musical Muse: Drops In The Ocean”

How I Love My Husband…

Hello world! Happy Saturday! Today, I’m feeling particularly grateful for all of the blessings I have in my life – of which there are many. My focus today: my dear husband.

On a normal Saturday, my husband would get up with our oldest, bring her downstairs, set her up with “Finding Dory” for a bit until little brother woke up, pour me a cup of coffee, then one for himself (because he’s wonderful), maybe start breakfast… He’s my dream guy. Once I roll myself out of bed, come down to join the living and settle into my comfy chair with my coffee (thanks, babe!), he might go upstairs and take a quick shower to get ready for the day. Well, sadly, today is not like a normal Saturday. Ernesto has a conference which will occupy him all weekend! I miss my husband!

I’m a stay-at-home mom, so weekends are like a partial break for me. He’s so good with the kids and gives me some relief when I really need it! It’s not a huge deal that he isn’t here to help with the kids – it makes it like a normal weekday – but I just miss getting to do things together! Tag-teaming parenting! Seeing him play with the little ones or feed them or cook for us or start a load of laundry (he’s incredible, I know)… It’s just so nice to be by his side and witness this amazing man I married. Did I mention I miss my husband? Continue reading “How I Love My Husband…”

To the Zoo!

Our day at the Brookfield Zoo!


Our visiting family is now returning to their good ol’ Kentucky home… So I’ve started cleaning up the house a bit, putting everything back in its place, enjoying the quiet (while also missing them!)… But I wanted to share with you all how much fun we had at the Brookfield Zoo yesterday!

I thought I loved the zoo. But Elaina loves the zoo so much, she’d probably like to live there. She’d live with the lemurs. No joke. Every single time we go, she wants to “be a lemur.” They have a place in the Hamill Family Play Zoo (an attraction in the zoo) where kids can wear vests with lemur tails attached – or they can dress up as a zoo staff member. They also happen to have face painting stations, so she MUST have a lemur face – a purple lemur to be exact. Continue reading “To the Zoo!”

We’re Back!

And we know you missed us! (I’m KIDDING! Or am I……….)

Hi friends!

So, I’m making zero assumptions that anyone was hanging onto the edge of their seats waiting for another blog post from me… But I am sorry that I fell off the radar! It has been an overwhelming few weeks. We’ve had illness after illness (tis the season, am I right?), a birthday party for the little man (OMG he’s one year old?!? Whaaaaaat?), family visiting for almost a week, getting taxes done, oodles of church events and volunteering, etc… etc… It was too much! I’m ready for life to slooooooooow down a little… And to continue working on our Bible Study! Continue reading “We’re Back!”

Musical Muse: Even If

God when you choose to leave mountains unmoveable, give me the strength to be able to sing, ‘It is well with my soul’

So, Friday morning, I was hustling and bustling around the house, trying to maintain the chaos that can come from chasing around two little ones… You know how it is! And I got a message from Ernesto asking if I had heard this song yet… So, as soon as I was able, I sat down and looked it up on YouTube. I’m really glad I did – thank you, husband! Continue reading “Musical Muse: Even If”

Musical Muse Series

A follow-up to my “Music can change your life…” post.

If you liked my post about how “Music can change your life…“, you might like this new series…

I’ve loved music my entire life… I’ve always loved singing, but was too afraid to sing in front of crowds, so that passion has only been shared with my friends and family… I sing in the shower, in the car, while I’m cooking, and to/with my children at night… I sing ALL the time! Sometimes, it’s Disney classics, like “Part Of Your World” from The Little Mermaid or our current favorite in the house, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana… But lately, I’ve had a different kind of tune stuck in my head… Continue reading “Musical Muse Series”

Bible Study: Genesis 2

“It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 1 was a synopsis of creation. Genesis 2 focuses more on the creation of man and the Garden of Eden. It can get a tad confusing during certain points if you assume that the chapters are chronological, but just consider Genesis 2 to be an elaboration on certain parts of Genesis 1 and it will make more sense… So, below I’ve provided the text and we’ll discuss after! Continue reading “Bible Study: Genesis 2”

Bible Study: Genesis 1

The amazing story of creation…

So, the Bible is incredible. It contains so many answers, but creates so many questions! Ernesto and I read Genesis 1-3 last night and discussed, chapter by chapter. It was a lot of fun and I (once again) highly recommend reading the Bible with your spouse! But we quickly realized, there is SO MUCH to discuss. Originally, I had intended to do multiple chapters per blog post, but after last night’s thorough discussion, I think we’re going to take it a little slower – one chapter at a time. So, below I’ve provided the text (NIV) so that you don’t have to look it up elsewhere… Then we’ll discuss! Continue reading “Bible Study: Genesis 1”