emma jane.

My little sister is 16 today and I have realized we are getting old.

I remember when I was younger and thinking, I can’t wait till I am older so I can do this or that, but now that I am there, I wish time would slow down. But my little sister, emma jane, is 16. She is going to start driving soon (well maybe) and just be older. And I want you to read this emma and know how much I love you.

I remember when we were little, we lived in wyoming at the time, and doctors were doing all kinds of tests and research on your eye. I remember mom had told me that it may be a tumor. We played barbies all day and I didn’t want to stop because I was afraid there would be a time that we would never get to play barbies again. I was so scared that I wasn’t going to have a sister anymore and that I would be an only child. I remember all the times that you would sneak into my bedroom in the middle of the night and crawl into my bed because for our whole lives we always shared the same bed. I also remember when we lived in japan and you broke my snow globe from hawaii ( I am never gonna let that go ha).

I could go on and on but what I am trying to say is that I am so thankful to have a wonderful little sister like you. We have had some good knock out fights and I have said in my head countless times, I am never going to talk to her again, but I am so glad that never came true. I am sorry if I have ever said anything that has hurt you; I am sorry for my selfishness, if you have ever felt unloved by me or thought I didn’t care. It is completely the opposite of all those things. I love and care for you more than anything emma, please never forget that. I will always be here for you, no matter where I am or what I’m doing. I am so grateful that I can be a part of your walk with Christ and that you are a part of mine. I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for emma jane.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,” Philippians 1:3

I love you emmers. Happy 16th Birthday.

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i wanna TRAVEL.

So guys I have decided something…

I want to TRAVEL.

I have always had an urge to go see the world but for some reason, it came over me the other day to actually try and put this into action. I think I want to be one of those people that after college, they take a year off and go backpacking through Europe. Or maybe just live in another country for a couple years. I just can’t see myself staying in one place the rest of my life, it kind of scares me to be honest. Maybe it’s from moving so much in my 19 years, I don’t know. And I don’t think I would want to go by myself, so anyone is welcome to join me on any adventure I go on. But I want to see the world. I have such an appreciation for other cultures and I want to experience it all. I want to go to London, drink tea and see the Big Ben. I want to swim in the Mediterranean Sea. I want to see where my family is from in Nicaragua. I want to eat gelato in Rome. I want to hug the little kids in Africa. I want see the rolling green hills in Ireland. I want to see all the beautiful, vibrant colors in India. I want to hike and camp in Alaska. I want to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Well, I think you get the point.

As you can see, there was one word constantly repeated. Want. And I know that we don’t always receive what we want and this all may seem selfish. I would love for this to be my game plan but I am here to do the Lord’s will, not mine. I will go where He sees fit. I just want to marvel at what the Lord has made and experience His greatness. Though the world is corrupted with sin and evil, there is still good that shines through and I am determined to see it all. For I know the Lord has good things planned for me (maybe He can squeeze this in).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Now armando and jan and probably many other people would say this is very irresponsible with the cost and just going right out of college but hey…

a girl can dream, can’t she.

antonina grace

with thanksgiving.

Well, I guess it’s only appropriate that this post be about what I am thankful for. But first, I wanted to share a couple of photos of a rosales thanksgiving.

This year was a very usual thanksgiving lunch with

the watching of the macy’s day parade, the cooking of green bean casserole and playing a ravaging game of scrabble (I went out first, I might add). My family has this corny tradition of going around the table and listing what we are thankful for this year. Good ole’ armando said he was thankful for scarlet and his truck (but I know it’s really me). My ma said emma and I (that we have turned out pretty normal, for the most part), that my dad supports us and a job. And I don’t remember what emma said to be honest. I only mentioned a couple things but I assure you, I am thankful for way more than a couple things.

The list could go on and on for what I am thankful for. I realized something though, why am I not this thankful throughout the whole year? Sin and pride always jump up and consume my heart. I wish they didn’t though. But I am truly blessed, in more ways than one. And as I sit here and think about my life when it was without Christ, I see all the amazing people I have encountered, opportunities that have popped up and an undeserving salvation I have received since then. I am so incredibly thankful for my God and what He has provided for me. Relationships with people who genuinely care about me, being able to pour myself out for others, gaining wisdom and maturity and receiving true life that I can live to the full. I do not deserve any of this, I am not a good person; it is out of pure love and grace from Christ. And with that, I am thankful.

“Know that the LORD, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!

For the LORD is good;
His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.”

Psalms 100:3-5

Much love,

antonina grace

home sweet home.

Being home always brings comfort to my heart. I love sitting on the couch with emma watching ghost shows, my dad playing xbox in the man cave and my mom doing… well whatever she usually does. Also, being home for the holidays ignites the holiday love inside my heart. But this thanksgiving is different from most…

Though me and the family will be having the same ol’ thanksgiving lunch like always, at 2:30 my parents are getting on a plane and heading for Las Vegas. Sad day.

My roommate Maura, and best friend of mine, and I had a conversation about how thankful we are that we have each other. From this, I realized that there are three people in the whole world that I can honestly be myself around, show them the ugly and not be judged and that will always love me for me. Maura Koenig, Ali Mefferd and Emma Rosales. I know no matter what I have them. I can pour out every thought and idea to them. They hold me accountable when I am tempted by sin and I am so thankful that the Lord has placed them in my life. I also know that many people don’t have people in their lives this way. And that makes me sad.

I pray for those believers to have fellowship that do not and are searching relentlessly. I am thankful Lord, that you have blessed me with amazing women of Christ to be surrounded with through times of trails and laughs.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.” Acts 2:42-43

Much love friends.

Oh, why hello there.

So this is my first blog, I do not know why I felt the urge to get this thing up and running but, here we go. What is the first thing you write in a blog? uhmm… maybe a little about myself first…

I am a follower of Christ. I take my faith seriously but not myself. I go to the University of Dayton and I’m majoring in education. Someday, I would love to teach the little kiddies how to read and write. I have moved every three years, my whole life. I lead Younglife in Vandalia, Ohio at Butler High School. And though I do not have many important things to say through this blog, I’ll make you chuckle.

I have such an appreciation for the sky. Anytime of the day really, or even any weather. I am always saying, look at the sky. I truly believe it’s one of God’s most amazing creations and I am awestruck and reminded of His greatness every time I see the amazing painting above.

Looking outside my window this morning, I saw the mixing of pink, orange and purples. Though it may not look like anything impressive to you, it always looks pretty snazzy to me.

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:3

Much love.