365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 60

Technology is simply amazing. I wonder at times what heights technology will reach by the time I have grand children. I have a lot of family I have never met; some are in the USA, others in Colombia, my country of birth.  I really didn’t think I’d ever  meet some of these relatives. That is until recently when I traded in my lap top for a new one with a web cam. When I brought it home my kids were so excited because they informed me that now I’d be able to Skype. I decided right away to Skype my brother whom I have not seen since I was 2 years old. After that I couldn’t stop. Last night I met my niece for the very first time. Another miracle because up to this point I only knew of her by being friends on Facebook. It’s such an amazing feeling to look at someone I’m related to and it’s like they just dropped in for a cup of coffee and a chat. They say technology is shrinking our world and I agree. No longer do I write a letter and snail mail it to Colombia and wonder if the person will ever get it. Now, if I want to, I can chat face to face with the ghosts from the past. Now, that’s the kind of progress I like. So I dedicate this post to my beautiful niece  Johanna…it is so GREAT to finally meet you!

-Eva Santiago copyright 2012


30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 27

Day 27 Question # 27

What is something you were initially reluctant to let your children have or do, but to which you ultimately acquiesced after much pleading and begging on their part?

Answer: Well, my husband and I have a policy that states that if our kids beg us about anything, we turn a deaf ear to them. When I first heard of Facebook I was curious about it. I had heard of MySpace on the news and it wasn’t getting any votes from me. So when my best friend from high school sent me a friend invite to join her on Facebook, I tried it.

For a little while I really didn’t get  the hype about it. When I discovered that I could reconnect with old friends, family members and even classmates , I was hooked. Naturally, my kids were also curious because I would get really happy when I would find a person I hadn’t talked to in years. So after  being on Facebook for about 6 months, my older girls asked me if they could open an account. I pondered it awhile. Then I reasoned that since we have a family computer in a centrally located part of our home, where I can monitor their activity in cyberspace, I didn’t see a problem, so I agreed.

We all have Facebook accounts now, even my husband.  I see Facebooking has more positive effects than negative. I think what really helps is monitoring my kids and also limiting how much time they are on there per week. Being that I home school my kids, they get to stay connected to their friends and they can also connect with other home schooled kids. So no, they didn’t beg me. I just thought it was a good idea and so far I have not regretted it.


Today I want to remind you that NO MATTER what you’re experiencing right now, that God’s love for us goes deeper than what any of us can fathom. Trials have an interesting way of manifesting God’s love in a more powerful and tangible way. My dear readers and friends I want to encourage you by letting you know that you don’t always have to know why you go through what you go through; just TRUST Him the one who has it all under control. Think about this, trials and adversity are our university where we go, in order to learn who we are in God. TRUST Him even when you’ve no reason to and guess what? You’ll come out stronger in your faith and deeper in your love for Him. I dedicate this video to all of us who are in the midst of trials right now. This was posted to my Facebook wall by my sweet sister and I hope it uplifts you as it did me. Have a great day!


It’s The Little Things

It’s The Little Things

There have been some very bright spots during the past few days and I can’t let another day go by without a shout out!

Definition of  a BRIGHT SPOT: Any random act or word of kindness that is done or said to you or you do or say to someone else to brighten up their day.

– My sister Heidi texted me at mid night telling me she was weeping as she prayed for me.

– My daughter posting on Facebook that she loves me in several different languages: Te Amo, J’ Taime, I Love you, Ik hou van je, Ich liebe dich, אני אוהב אותך, Ti amo, Amo te, Eu te amo, Я люблю тебя, 🙂 There are hundreds of ways but it all means the same ♥ 🙂 –Esther

– My ten year old daughter giving me weekly mani-pedis and she is quite good at it too.

-A few weeks ago,  I received 3 red roses and my feet were anointed with a fragrant oil.

I’m not going to go on about what I do for others because I know that God sees what I do and He rewards what I do openly because I do it in secret. GO! Find someone to be good to today and see your day brighten up instantly.