• 25th April
    2013
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Made breakfast for Honey at 8am, spent the morning at the lake, and then came home and made him his favorite. Crusted Chicken Romano :) We saw so many beautiful deer and 100’s of turtles! Wonderful day with the love of my life. 

Made breakfast for Honey at 8am, spent the morning at the lake, and then came home and made him his favorite. Crusted Chicken Romano :) 

We saw so many beautiful deer and 100’s of turtles! Wonderful day with the love of my life. 


  • 14th February
    2013
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Sweet Valentines

Another Valentines where we aren’t together. But Anthony made me feel just as special as if we weren’t apart. Immediately at 12:01am on Feb 14th Anthony sent me my first gift. A custom massage and scalp massage package! I’ve only had one and was immediately addicted. They’re so relaxing and it meant the world that Anthony remembered how much I love them and wants me to pamper myself :) 

The mail was incredibly backed up but I finally got his card. When I opened the envelope and the card rose petals exploded everywhere. And a rose inside the card drew it’s petals back and the word Love lit up. It was the most beautiful card and made me feel like a princess. 

Another year together
Another year apart
Thousands of miles away
Forever in our hearts. 

  • 2nd February
    2013
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  • 20th January
    2013
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I’m 22! Parents took me to Bella Monica’s here in Raleigh for my birthday. And I had my first Cannoli :) 

Also, Anthony sent me a bouquet of about 22 Stargazer Lilies for my 22nd birthday! They are so beautiful and smell so so sweet :) 

  • 13th January
    2013
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fooodbabies:

These are my sweet grandparents. They have loved each other for 62 years. Nurses all around the hospital were coming to look at the “Notebook” couple. That’s what they called them :) My grandmother suffered from paralysis along the entire right side of her body due to a moderate stroke over 10 years ago. My grand father has never left her side. He has taken care of her every single day and not complained once. And due to the stroke my grandmother lost her speech and had to rely on eye contact and hand motions with her one good hand. For 10+ years her and my grandfather have spoken with eye contact. I’ve never seen a woman showered with so many hugs & kisses from their sweet heart. And I dont think I’ve ever seen them not holding hands. Last week when my grandmother was hospitalized he wasn’t able to follow in the ambulance. He is very very weak and the paramedics couldn’t allow him to come because he could not walk on his own. Well about an hour later we get a call saying that now my grand father has been taken to the ER for a fall in his home. We think he just couldn’t stand being away from his Love, Jessie, and had to find away to get the paramedics to take him to the ER. He’s a mess isn’t he? But he loves her. More than anything. So much so that he will fall on purpose just so he can be rushed to the hospital and to her bedside. They are an inspiration to me and what I want in a marriage. They are the true definition of “head over heels ,the butterflies or sparks never go away, unconditional love”.
For those of you who do not know, with in the last 2 weeks my grandma has had multiple seizures, a slight heart attack and a significant stroke that has left her unresponsive and hanging on by a thread with medical help and life support. This week my grandma Jessie will be taken off oxygen and life support. And she will finally rise up and meet with our wonderful Lord and Savior. 
I did not expect to help plan the funeral of this sweet woman the weekend of my birthday, but I guess I just have to take the hand that life has dealt to me. After all you can’t choose your hand in poker. Words can not express how much I will miss her and her laughter. Or the love and kindness that she has given me and to all who she has come in touch with. 
My Aunt asked the hardest thing of me this evening… She asked if I would sing at the funeral. I am beyond honored and of course I will do it, but I don’t know how I’m going to be able to get through an entire song with out stopping. 
Please pray for my family and for my grandfather as he is about to lose his adoring sweetheart and love of his life. Along with this news, he has stage 4 lung cancer and is in very poor condition. Our family believes he is only hanging on so someone would be here for grandma Jessie. But, we’re almost positive that once his Love goes, so will he, not long after. They are both 77 and 78 years old.  Please pray for comfort and peace to our family and to my grandmother as she passes into this next chapter of her life. This wonderful mother, wife, sister, friend and grandmother will truly be missed. But I can’t help but rejoice in the fact that she will no longer have pain or tears.. and she will finally  be with our Heavenly and Beautiful Maker. 
Laura

fooodbabies:

These are my sweet grandparents. They have loved each other for 62 years. Nurses all around the hospital were coming to look at the “Notebook” couple. That’s what they called them :) My grandmother suffered from paralysis along the entire right side of her body due to a moderate stroke over 10 years ago. My grand father has never left her side. He has taken care of her every single day and not complained once. And due to the stroke my grandmother lost her speech and had to rely on eye contact and hand motions with her one good hand. For 10+ years her and my grandfather have spoken with eye contact. I’ve never seen a woman showered with so many hugs & kisses from their sweet heart. And I dont think I’ve ever seen them not holding hands. Last week when my grandmother was hospitalized he wasn’t able to follow in the ambulance. He is very very weak and the paramedics couldn’t allow him to come because he could not walk on his own. Well about an hour later we get a call saying that now my grand father has been taken to the ER for a fall in his home. We think he just couldn’t stand being away from his Love, Jessie, and had to find away to get the paramedics to take him to the ER. He’s a mess isn’t he? But he loves her. More than anything. So much so that he will fall on purpose just so he can be rushed to the hospital and to her bedside. They are an inspiration to me and what I want in a marriage. They are the true definition of “head over heels ,the butterflies or sparks never go away, unconditional love”.

For those of you who do not know, with in the last 2 weeks my grandma has had multiple seizures, a slight heart attack and a significant stroke that has left her unresponsive and hanging on by a thread with medical help and life support. This week my grandma Jessie will be taken off oxygen and life support. And she will finally rise up and meet with our wonderful Lord and Savior. 

I did not expect to help plan the funeral of this sweet woman the weekend of my birthday, but I guess I just have to take the hand that life has dealt to me. After all you can’t choose your hand in poker. Words can not express how much I will miss her and her laughter. Or the love and kindness that she has given me and to all who she has come in touch with. 

My Aunt asked the hardest thing of me this evening… She asked if I would sing at the funeral. I am beyond honored and of course I will do it, but I don’t know how I’m going to be able to get through an entire song with out stopping. 

Please pray for my family and for my grandfather as he is about to lose his adoring sweetheart and love of his life. Along with this news, he has stage 4 lung cancer and is in very poor condition. Our family believes he is only hanging on so someone would be here for grandma Jessie. But, we’re almost positive that once his Love goes, so will he, not long after. They are both 77 and 78 years old.  Please pray for comfort and peace to our family and to my grandmother as she passes into this next chapter of her life. This wonderful mother, wife, sister, friend and grandmother will truly be missed. But I can’t help but rejoice in the fact that she will no longer have pain or tears.. and she will finally  be with our Heavenly and Beautiful Maker. 

Laura

(Source: thefooodbaby)

  • 30th December
    2012
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Happy 22nd Birthday, Anthony Darling!

I always look forward to Anthony’s birthday because I love spoiling him! We started the day off with presents and traditional Birthday Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast on the “Special” birthday plate :)
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We then went to Church and afterwards my parents and I surprised Anthony in taking him to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. 
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I got the 4 cheese macaroni and Anthony got the Crusted Chicken Romano Pasta aka: Chicken Parm. Anthony’s favorite
Then of course no birthday is complete at the cheesecake factory without dessert! Mama said, “Anthony, we sure are glad you had a birthday!” :) 
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Anthony got some peanut butter reses cheesecake and I ventured out of my normal chocolatey comfort zone and got pineapple upside down cheesecake. It was AMAZING. 

After our huge lunch we decided to go on a walk at the lake to relax and burn off a few of these calories and just have some us time. It was such a gorgeous winter day and I made friends with some of the ducks that were there. They didn’t like Anthony too much, though, I dont think ;) 

We went to evening church and came back home and surprised Anthony once again with a German Chocolate Birthday Cake! (I’ll admit Mama helped me Ice it) We forgot about birthday candles so we used a legit candle and it still worked out nicely I think. 

"H22B ALE" (Happy 22nd Birthday, Anthony Lewis Espinoza)
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I love you so very much, my Dear. I’m so blessed to have spent 3 of your wonderful birthdays with you. Hope it’s fabulous and you have a most blessed year :) 

Excuse us while we all go in to a diabetic coma. 

  • 25th December
    2012
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Merry Christmas!

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We all had a wonderful Christmas morning. There were presents everywhere and the living room was full! Mike played Santa for the first part and I was his little helper in passing them out after he passed them to me. I got so many wonderful things. Among my favorites are these gorgeous and perfect cowgirl boots that Anthony got me! I’ve been dying to have some since I had been living in texas. He did so good ;) 

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After we had opened all our presents Anthony and I went to the lake. It was so nice outside. 

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  • 22nd December
    2012
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Christmas 2012: The Move Back to North Carolina: Part 2

We continued our long drive from Mobile, AL to Raleigh, NC. Anthony helped me out a lot with the driving. Poppy and Ammu followed behind. It was such a clear and gorgeous day which made the drive not so bad and kept us awake. 
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Anthony started the day off driving for me so I could rest. And I finally caught this Dodgers fan wearing my Red Sox hat :) 




We stopped at a rest area so we could all stretch our legs. Two days in the car is rough! It was SUPER cold but Dahlilah was bracing it like a Champ in her little Fleece.

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We were really excited to drive through Atlanta since we are both obsessed with the Walking Dead and it takes place in and outside of Atlanta. 
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We finally arrive home in Raleigh, NC at 11:30pm. The house was lit up so beautifully with Christmas lights. It was exactly the thing I’d been looking forward to for such a long time. Both Anthony & I were STARVING. So Mama had sandwiches ready for the both of us upon our arrival. 
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The Christmas tree was also lit up and beautifully decorated. Being in Houston for the last Christmas was kind of a let down. My grandparents are too old to get a tree and keep it up so we had only a small tree. So it was nice to come back to the traditions I grew up with that reminded me I’m home. 

  • 21st December
    2012
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Christmas 2012: The Move Back to North Carolina


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Today my grandparents, boyfriend, and myself started the long drive to Raleigh, NC from Houston, TX. Tony arrived from Dallas on megabus this morning at 9:30. I met him with Starbucks and a jimmy dean breakfast sandwich. :) Gotta take care of my boy :) As soon as I got him we went back to grab my grandparents and go. Both cars were FULL to the top with my stuff since I’m moving back to Raleigh. Both Anthony and Dahlilah were passed out due to the incredibly early morning we were all having. No sleeping for me! 
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We drove to Mobile, AL and stayed the night there.

  • 14th December
    2012
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  • 14th December
    2012
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We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

Blessings by Laura Story

RIP: Children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The world lifts your names to the Father in Heaven. Even through the tragedy, you are blessed to be by your Father’s side.   (via fooodbabies)

(Source: thefooodbaby)

  • 14th December
    2012
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  • 5th December
    2012
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Prayer Request

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written on here. But I come with a very heavy heart and ask for your thoughts and deepest prayers. As some of you may know, I’ve been living in Houston, TX helping to take care of my grandparents . Well my grandmothers dementia is increasing and her memory is decreasing. It breaks my heart to see her lost and confused more and more each day. She has become such a big part of me and owns such a huge portion of my heart. I love my grandmother so so much and hate seeing her suffer. 

Please keep my family in your prayers as we deal with the heart ache of her condition and please keep my grandmother in your prayers. Pray that God protect her from fear of the unknown and fear of where she may be headed. And Prayers for God’s will above all. 

Thank you so much. 

Laura

  • 27th September
    2012
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  • 26th September
    2012
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