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Happy Hanukkah and Start of Advent! Plus a Great Gift Idea

Happy Hanukkah and Start of Advent! Plus a Great Gift Idea

Good morning! It has been a while since I have been able to jump on here and share my musings with you.  I have been swamped with client and volunteer work, plus school and family, but nevertheless, I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy Hanukkah and start to Advent – even if I am a little late.

Hanukkah is a time symbolic of hope and Advent prepares us for the birth of our savior by reminding us of the importance of patience – all things we need to be more mindful of.

In addition to all of this, I wanted to share my thoughts on the holiday-time as they related to consumerism. Stores are getting increasingly crowded and people are scrambling everywhere to buy gifts for their friends and families while they still can.  It is chaotic out on the roads, and frankly, it is not something I am comfortable with.  I do not like big crowds and I rather shop for gifts from the comfort of my home.  Aside from that, I am one of those people who like getting my friends and family practical gifts.  If you are going to fill someone’s house with more “stuff” why not make it something useful.

Today I want to take a moment to share a really cool gift idea with everyone.  Rocketbook sent me one of the new Everlast notebooks to give an honest review about, and I am now hooked.  In a world obsessed with technology and reducing consumption, this notebook fits the bill. Below is an intro video about the notebook I received, and I do hope you consider gifting it to all your friends and family.  This is an amazing product and it is super affordable! For more information and to subscribe to their email list for coupons and special offers, Get Rocketbook Here.

Faith and Family

Faith and Family

I found this beautiful quote by an unknown writer:

“Our Family is a circle of strength; Founded on Faith, Joined in Love & Kept by God, Together…Forever.”

In my last post I outlined five topics that I was going to touch on throughout this blog and today I felt compelled to start with Faith and Family. So what does Family mean to me? In short, I believe our family is comprised of the people that we love.

The above is a rather simplistic explanation so let me elaborate. In my opinion, a Family is a tight unit joined, not only by blood and love but by a commitment witnessed by God.  We live in an ever-evolving world with relentless sensory overload. Because of this, it is so easy to get caught up in the things of this world and forget the things that are most important. This is why I believe that in order for a family unit to exist in harmony, it must share the same morals and values that subsequently fuel it to thrive. This is why the quote above resonated with me so deeply. We all know there are dysfunctional families out there – we all have them – but when our family unit is not held together by something greater than our own self-interests, chaos and disjointedness can ensue.

In the case of my family, we follow one God – Jesus Christ. He guides our beliefs, and therefore, our morals and values. He is the foundation of our family and our faith in Him is what gives us the strength to respect one another as individuals, but also as a unit.

Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Matthew 19:6

We will forever be together – in this world and in the next.

3 Three 3

3 Three 3

I never got around to writing the post I promised everyone that pertained to flying with a 3-month-old and I honestly can’t even wrap my head around doing so now.  I have flown with my little man twice and although every baseball wife I know does it without complaint, I can tell you it is not the most enjoyable experience –  speaking for myself when I say so.

When I flew with Jet he was 3 months and 5 months respectively, and everyone told me those would be the easy times.  I really didn’t believe them, but now that my boy is approaching 8 months I realize that flying with him is progressively more challenging.  He is sooooo active now and refuses to take naps the way he used to.  I am sure I am making this whole experience out to be much harder in my head than it likely would be in reality, – just as I did when we first flew 5 months ago – but I loathe burdening people which subsequently results in me feeling overwhelmed by the idea of inconveniencing all my fellow travelers with my little baby.  I suppose I will have to get over these feelings if I ever want to fly with my child again.

All this being said, since I have this irrational fear of flying with my son, and I have also started working real estate again, I have not been able to visit David since I came back home in April. This means that it has been 3, yes three, 3 months since I have seen him but even harder, since Jet has seen his daddy.  While this year has had its challenges, I am focusing on all of the wonderful things in our lives.

I am so grateful to be home and to have a beautiful place that my family can call home.  For the stability that being home has afforded my child (he FINALLY started sleeping through the night at 6.5 months. Hip Hip Hurray!). For the companionship and love that our four-legged children provide us.  For the help that I have been receiving from my mother and the family. For everyone’s health.  And for the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Life is beautiful.

Blessings,
Camille

I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee – Joe DiMaggio

I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee – Joe DiMaggio

Hi everyone. Believe it or not, this is the first opportunity in weeks that I have had to sit down in front of an actual computer and put enough words together for a blog post. Baseball season is long and every day is groundhog day, so writing these posts takes conscious effort.

Before I get into my love and appreciation for the Yankees, I want to spill a little news I have been keeping quiet for some time. David and I spent the better part of April and May apart while I was filming a  TV show that is set to air on August 6th. The show has officially been named Hot Listings Miami and it will air on Style Network. David and I are rather private people, but nonetheless, this year has required our doors to be open to the public more so than ever. This is something I am learning to take in strides and it has only made me emotionally stronger.

Moving onto the title of this post. David and I have been extremely blessed in life and being a part of the Yankees organization is just another example of how God has chosen to bless us. David and I know that tomorrow is not promised to us and we consciously try to live every day grateful for the gifts we have been given. The Yankees have been nothing short of amazing during our transition from AAA to the big leagues. Everyone from the staff to the owners do a superb job of making you feel at home – despite the nerves that come with being a rookie.  I have nothing but great things to say about the time we have spent with this organization and I want to truly thank them for making it a point to care.

That being said, David said it once in an interview – “I can only control what I can control. We have to take it one day at a time and if I am meant to be here for 15 years or 30 days, it’s not my choice. If I had it my way I would play baseball my whole life. It’s a matter of taking it one day at a time and hoping that you can do whatever the good Lord has planned for you and spread his word.”

Thank you and God Bless,
-C

 

Where Does My Help Come From?

Where Does My Help Come From?

This year has been full of blessings for David and me. God has put us right where he wants us and surrounded us with like-minded Christians. That being said, I want to dedicate this post to a man that David has had the honor of playing with this year – the last year this opportunity would be afforded to him -Mariano Rivera.
Below is an article well worth reading and one that resonates fully with how David and I view the life we’ve been dealt by none other than, our Lord. I hope you enjoy!
Mariano Rivera’s Next Career: Evangelist

 

Praise You in This Storm

Praise You in This Storm

It was just before 7 AM and I was on my way home this morning after dropping David off at the baseball complex. Suddenly, a song that I have heard a million times over began playing on the radio, but this time I felt like it was speaking directly to me. Life has its ups and downs and for those of you who know David and I, you are likely aware of the struggles we have faced in our lives. Some, we have endured in public and others in private. Whether you are dealing with a loss in your family, a sudden career change, illness, or the basic struggles of daily life, I truly believe that God is with you through it all.

It hasn’t been the “easiest” few years for David and I and, of course, that is relative, but I have never felt closer to God than I do today. He is with us through the good times, but even more so through the hard times. So today I would like to share with you the song that spoke to me. Casting Crowns is one of my all-time favorite Christian bands and this song is one of my favorites in their collection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and that it speaks to you the way it has to me.

https://youtu.be/L5bLvVjJ4MA