Friday, December 31, 2010

My personal Calendar

The Front!!!
The Back
So I am getting the year ready and super excited to start it off with my new Calendar. Designed and made by Creative Nest Designs.  Amanda has amazing designing skills and I am so blessed by her friendship too!  She has designed several things for me this past year.  My business cards, my cd covers for my clients, my Christmas cards and now my 2011 personal Calendar.  I love it!! When you get a chance check out her site.  Also stay tuned for more exciting things to come from her.

Chela ...

Week by week!

The whole month!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Creating a new surrounding.

SO one of my new Goals for the new year is getting rid of clutter all around the house.  I also feel that Once this is done it will be so much easier to maintain my home.  My goals are getting longer and my list seems endless of the things I would like to see what happens in my home.  I have been so crazy busy for the past three months with my Photography business that my house and everything around it have suffered.  Now I am focusing on it.  I am dedicating the whole month of January to creating this new space for me and my family.  It is a process and takes a great deal of diligence to keep it up, but I am going to make it happen and make life a lot easier on me and Jimmy and the kids.  So I started in the Living room and the Kitchen and Dining room and my computer table/ work area.  I feel like if these things are in order then my day to day life things will be so much easier ( I know all you organized junkies are saying DUUHH well if you know me well you know that this does not come to me easily) So follow along with me as I work my way through my house and get it under control and keep it that way.
Chela ...

My Mantel clean and clutter free!

My Family picture that I love!

Special sayings and verses fill my house with encouragement for all!

Yeah a clean Kitchen with clutter free counters and no dishes! Goal is to always keep like this.

School paper work and other school things and bills hang out here!

My coffee corner!

My work space

Keeping it neater and clutter free so I can get more done!


 Staycation Okay so for the past few months Jimmy has been working crazy long hours, and Saturday nights.  We have missed him and have missed doing some fun family things.  So this week he took off!!  Yeah and we have had a staycation! We have slept in everyday, went to the movies, lunch dates, time at papas workshop, and just late nights watching movies and spending time with friends! It has been awesome! I have missed him so much and it is so nice to have him home for ten days! We are very thankful for his job. But it is so nice when he gets to be with us all day for many days at a time.  Now that he has been at Universal Studios for so long he gets 3 weeks of vacation time and we love it! We are looking forward to our camping trip in January back out to the desert for some more fun riding and family time.  I always tell him that I love Vacation Jimmy!  

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The quiet moment

Today was so nice! (Thank you honey.)  He left the house around 8:30ish with the kids  and I had the day to myself.  So during this time I had some much needed time with the Lord.  As I sat and prayed and wrote out my goals for Marisela Photography I focused on what God wants for my business.  It felt so good! I love these moments when I can sit and focus on what God wants and not what I want.  I feel so blessed by this time.  Thankful for these moments I look forward to seeing what God does through me and through my business this year.

I am so happy that I had this day I feel like I am getting a jump start.  Yeah since that is rare for me.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The New Year is coming!

I don't make Resolutions! I make goals so this week I am really thinking about my goals and Priorties that I will be focusing on for the new year.  Stay tuned! Looking forward to this new year.  I know that the Lord has so many great and new things in store for us!


This Christmas was my favorite in a very long time.  The house seemed perfect and it was so nice to wake up in the morning to this and have my quiet time with the Lord as I sat in this peaceful place.  I feel so blessed to have this home and love that it is the place where my family is and where life happens.


This past Thanksgiving we Headed out to the Desert and had a blast! Over the summer we purchased a toy hauler something that we have wanted for a very long time.  We prayed about it and just waited for the right time.  Well tada it happened!  So our first trip out was Thanksgiving week and we headed out with 7 other families that we had never met before, except one.  We were so excited to go on this adventure! Well we had such a great time that I think it will be the Williams new Thanksgiving tradition.  It was so nice to just hang out with so many great people enjoy the week riding and having fun!  We are so thankful for new friends and new traditions!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Praying for others!!

So For the past year I have been praying for my Business. Marisela Photography I have seen God do amazing things with my Business.  It has grown and I have tripled my clients in the past year.  I know that I owe this all to God!!  I have people coming to me asking me what they can do for my photography business.  How can they help me.  It has been such a blessing.  I know that this business is not my own it belongs to God.  I have met so many different people through it and I love every thing about it.prayer+requests.jpg

So  a few weeks ago in my quiet time with the Lord he laid it on my heart to pray for other peoples business'.  So I have been.  I love it.  Here are a few that I pray for and I find such a joy laying these out before the Lord.  I am so excited to see where God takes each one of these business.

Creative Nest Designs
Tulip Layne
Jacob Austell Photography
Triplecord Photography
Jo and Ash

If you have a business and would like me to pray for you I will. Just let me know.  Many blessings to you all!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yummy what's for dinner!!

Monday: Wing Stop Football night!!

Tuesday: Chili and Cornbread

Wednesday: 57 chicken and scalopped potatoes, and green beans

Thursday: Spaghetti and garlic bread



Sunday Jimmy's Pizza Tradition

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Little treats

Okay so I love to buy little gifts for friends and teachers.  I usually like to buy gifts that may involve the season some how.  So this year I have been buying these fun, yummy candles at Bath and Body works.  Right now they are 2 for $10.00.  They are usually $10.00 a for one.  So this year I have given some out to friends and also I gave one to each of the kids teachers and the loved them.  Who doesn't?  Well I love candles I light mine almost every night.  It just sets the tone of the night in our home. They also smell so yummy. So if you get a chance head on down and pick a few up and surprise some one with a little thoughtful treat.  They will love it!Bath and Body Works

Monday, September 13, 2010

Our Family Menu for the week!

I love being back into the swing of a routine!!  So Fun!!

Okay so we have a yummy menu planned for this week I am so excited and I am trying out some new recipes!

Monday: Jimmy's pizza and Football
Tuesday: London Broil, potatoes, and carrots and fresh bread (crock pot)
Wednesday: Green chili creamy Chicken Enchiladas and Spanish Rice
Thursday Spaghetti and salad and bread
Friday: Out with the Girls
Saturday: Dinner with Family
Sunday: We will see!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Back to School

Back to school!!  I found myself wandering the school supplies and loving it!!  I love September for so many reasons! I love buying school supplies, I love the change in season, I love that our family has a routine daily.  Back to school is also my new year!!  I know that the new starts in January, but not mine I start mine in September.  I reorganize, rethink, and set new goals for myself and for our family.  I am going to try a few new things with the kids this year and I am going to try to reorganize the whole house in the first three weeks that the kids are in school.  I am really excited to see the teachers  the kids get this year and I am totally praying for God's will. 

 Praying for Alexis to continue to be the amazing little girl that she is.  Praying for solid friends in her life and that she continues to be such an great example to so many.  I pray that she will thrive in 4th grade.

Praying for Eli to enjoy first grade again and the he excels in it. I pray that he makes some solid friends this year. I pray that has a great listening ears and that he will have a teacher that knows how Eli works and meets his needs.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Bridge Mom's Fellowship

We have an amazing group of mommies at our church. Every Tuesday we get together and have fun!! We either meet at the park, someones house, and during the summer we have had a lot of fun days at the Beach club. It has been so much fun to see all the kiddos with their mommies and splashing around the water. I am so thankful for each one of these mommies. They are amazing women that do an awesome job with their kids. I wasn't able to capture all of them but we have been blessed at The Bridge. If you are mommy and would like to meet some great mommies and have some fun fellowship please let me know. We meet every Tuesday @ 10. Location changes so contact me if you want more info.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

LIFE group Summer Party!

We have had such an amazing time sharing life with our Life Group.   So to end our time for the summer we headed over to a families house and swam and ate some totally yummy food!!  Our life group has been so amazing.  We have experienced new births, we have seen miracles, and have prayed for one another and have seen growth in us all.  Jimmy and I have had the privilege of serving with Beth and Jacob.  It has been so awesome to serve with them!  We miss our life group.  But we celebrated in such a fun way!  Looking forward to getting back together and hearing all that God has been doing in your in lives this past month.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

In my email today!! A little Inspiration!!

Heart to Heart with Holley
I rest my head on the pillow without much rest in my heart.
To-do's swirl around in my mind.
Tasks fall heavy on my shoulders.
I silently pray, "Lord, give the grace for me to carry all of this."
It seems I hear a whisper in response, "Ask instead for the grace to let Me carry you."
I once saw a child carrying a rock too big, determined to take it home. Sweat beading, little feet laboring. Then Daddy came and swooped up His girl. Joy. Giggles. Grace.
She still held the rock but it no longer weighed her down because someone held her.
I fall asleep with a smile...thoughts as light as love.
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Heart to Heart with Holley
We feel the weight of the hours, the to-do list, the "I shoulds" and our shoulders ache, our minds race. We tell ourselves, "It's all too much."
Then there is an answer, deep within, calling first for all who are weary to come and then reminding us gently, I AM.
Because in the middle of our circumstances...
the ticking of the clock,
the spinning of the wheels,
there is one deepest fear.
It's that we won't be enough; we'll falter under the weight of it all. And if we do, then we won't be loved. Yes? You've heard that too?
Friend, it isn't true. Hear words of grace instead...
You are enough in Him
because He is enough in you.
I have made you and I will carry you.--God (Isaiah 46:4)
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

My home, my place of peace and comfort

"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" 
Joshua 24:15
I love my home.  I have been so blessed with what the Lord has provided for us.  It is my place of comfort where I find rest and peace.  I know that at times my house may not be perfectly cleaned or everything in it's place, but that is okay.  What I do love is that my home has been covered in prayer, it is  the place where I meet God at, it is  a place where I can cuddle with my children and read books to them.  It is a place where I can have quiet moments with my Husband and just talk about our goals and dreams. It is the place that I cry and feel so secure. I love my home!!  One of the things that I love to do in my is almost every night I light as many candles as I can and just sit and RELAX!!!  Have any of you done that lately? Another thing that I love to have in my home is fresh flowers.  AAAHH they make  me feel good and the visitors that enter my home.   Fresh Flowers  make me smile!  So the picture above is what my home is like on a quiet peaceful night in the Williams home.  Take time to make your home a place where you can find peace and comfort.  I pray that you do.  

Stopping in the middle of the Day

Our Summer days are very full. From Swimming days at the pool and beach club, playdates with friends that they miss from school.  Fun trips to the movie theatre and Fun hours spent at the Library. In all this I like settled the kids down and play some classical music and write in their journals. They can write about how their summer is going, they can draw pictures if they want to but they have to use their summer journals for it.  It really is a nice time for them and for me. It will be fun  to look back at it at the end of summer. I love this picture of them.  Alexis is totally concentrating and Eli is really pondering what he is doing.  So fun!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Okay so for the past week my wrist has been hurting so badly.  At first I thought I slept on it funny, but then the pain got worse. Then I started to talk to Jimmy about and show him and said I wonder if its your camera?  Well when I pick up my camera It kills me!!  Oh golly I guess I will be stopping at the doctors office to see what I can do.  Thankful for all the amazing business, but I never thought that I could have a slight injury from it. Please pray for me it is really uncomfortable and at times the pain is pretty bad.  Thank you so much!
Nikon D300

Monday, July 26, 2010


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Also how many of you get those new coupons at Target???  Well I do all the time.  So last week when I did my shopping I pulled out the coupons from my purse and the ones from the booklet that comes in the mail and found all the ones that I could use.  And guess what I saved $18 with just Target Coupons.  It was awesome!!!  Also you can go to and at the bottom of the page you can see the coupons that they are offering this week and print them right at home (thanks Gina for the tip).    Have fun!!!  We all love a little savings right?

Journaling my thoughts and my journey

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So today I started a journal.  It has been a while since I have had one of these and I am super excited about it.  I have a prayer journal that I enjoy writing in and I love to look back on it and see what God has done in my life through my prayers, and thoughts to him. I feel like this summer I have been struggling with some things that I never have before.  I see how my life is changing and some days I am overwhelmed with sadness. I hate it!!  So I have decided to start writing down my thoughts, my feelings and what is going on in my heart.  I think that I am just entering a season that I know that I have been before, but I guess I had to go back there again.  So this time I am going to write about this wonderful season and embrace it and see what the Lord has for me in it.  I am so happy with all the amazing things that God is doing in my life.  My photography is taking off and my marriage with my husband is awesome.  I have two beautiful kids that I adore so much.  But I know that there is something else that I need to focus on.  I can't wait to see what that is.  I do know I am on a journey.  A journey to see what the Lord has for me, a journey to see what God does in other peoples lives and how can I be used for him.  I do know this.... I want to serve others, I want to be a servant of the Lord and I just want others to experience God like I have my whole life.

The 4th of July

Well it is Tradition for us to spend the 4th with our church family.  We have been so blessed with an amazing church family and we love to be with them.  We always start off the day with a nice picnic at the park with lots of yummy food and great games for all ages and just a great all around fun time.  Then we all head over to lake to hear the Bridge Band play for the community and hang out at the lake and wait for the Fireworks!!  Always a great time!!  I love that our Church is such a big part of our community.  I am so thankful for for that.

Our vacation with the Nield Family!!!

What a great way to start off our summer vacation!!  On the last day of school Erik and Corrine and the boys flew down from Washington.  The  next day we headed out to Legoland.  Then my Dad from Delaware and my Auntie Dee from Georgia joined us.  So Fun!!!  Then my Sissy and the kids from Mexico got here.  Yeah for fun family time!!!  We had a house full of family and we celebrated.  We had a pool party, we went to the Beach,  one day we spent the whole day At Disneyland!!  It was so much fun!!  I loved having them all here.  What a great way to start off our summer.  I just can't believe how fast it went.  We waited and anticipated their visit for so long and then before you know it. It was over!  I am just so thankful that all the little cousins got to be with each other and spend time together!!  I love you all so much and pray that we can do it again.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer is Here

So excited for summer!! I love to plan out our summers I try to have some type of routine so that the kids will just know that on certain days we do certain things. Some of you were asking me how do I do it. How do I plan out our summers. Well I look at the calendar. I look at different activities that are free in our community and things that we can do together. I read a lot magazines and I love Family Fun they always have fun activities in there for home activities. I buy the kids a new spiral journal so that every other day they can sit and have quiet time and write about what they are doing this summer. So this a a brief glimpse of what our weeks look like in the summer.

Mondays: Beach Club Pack a lunch and hang out for a few hours

Tuesday : Moms group we meet at different locations every week.
Afternoon Quiet time/ Journal/ crafts @ Home

Wednesday: Free Movie (look up free movies in your area the Regal Website) then Library in RSM we are doing the summer reading challenge. Afternoon at the pool.

Thursday: Open to play dates and meeting up with friends/ Field trips/ Quiet time and journal

Friday: Cooking day/ quiet time and Journal

We will start this in July because we have family here visiting until the middle of July! So we are really excited for the summer. I want my kids to remember their summer days and have some memories to pass along to their kids.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day!!!

WOW! I am so thankful for the man I married and husband that he is and the best daddy that he is. I can't beleive that we have two babies that are  6 and 8 already. We as a couple look at our kids and talk about the dreams and hopes that we have for our children. We make decsions for them and I am so thankful that God gave me such an amazing man that I get to share parenting with this man!! I watch him with our kids and I listen to what he says to them and I am so thankful that he has such a passion for these two. He has dreams for them and hopes and prays for them. What a great man of God I married. A man that will teach his children to walk in great character and have faith in the almighty. I am so honored to celebrate this day today with a Husband that deserves so much more. I love you baby!! I am so proud of the father that you are and I am so thankful that you follow our father in heaven for guidance and strength. Looking forward to see all the amazing things that are children are because of the great father they have had.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

McCormick Seasons

Okay so I have been seeing these  on tv so I decided to try this one out.  It was super easy and it was nice to have all the spices right there and measured out and everything.  All I needed to do was buy the fresh stuff.  I loved it.  We made it with spanish rice and chips and Salsa.  Jimmy actually did not like it so I don't think I will be making this one again, but I will try the others.  

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Our dinners this week!

Monday: Roast and potatoes and carrots

Tuesday: Fiesta Chicken and Spanish rice ( new recipe ) 

Wednesday: Tri-tip and baked potatoes and Aspargus and yummy green beans

Thursday: Pasta and Salad and french Bread


Saturday: Kitchen closed for mommy!

A little too much!!!

Well these past few months I have felt very overwhelmed.  Yes I know this has happened before and I am sure I have blogged on it but I have been  really feeling it these past two weeks and I get so frustrated with myself when I can't give my 100% behind something I do.  Everything has been awesome!!! Great things are happening in the Williams home, but when I wake up and don't know what day it is and can't figure out what I have to do that day that is a sign that I am overwhelmed!!!  When my kids projects are lacking and my laundry can't get folded and I don't  know what is for dinner and by 7:30 at night I am ready to drop I have to say it is time for a change.  Time to look at what needs to go and what can I change and how can I organize my life better.  (as for those of you who know me well I am not an organized person and this is a huge challenge for me.)   But when I do organize my life I see such fruitfulness and joy.  My desire is to be a better wife, mom and friend, a better Children's Pastor and photographer.  How can I???

So what did I do about all this you ask?  Well I brought it before the Lord.  I actually brought it.  I took things from around my house that would represent  each part of my life.  Picture of Jimmy and I.  This was for our marriage, a book of VBS and the Schedule this was CM, picture of my kids. my family and something that stood for my photography.   Laid them out and as I prayed for each thing I would hold them and hand them to God.  I am such a visual person and this helped me so much.  Well One of them being Children's Ministries.  I love Children.  I love the parents! I love just hugging on the kids and seeing God develop the kids into what Christ wants them to be. But with the growing children's ministries there comes times when you need more help!! SO praise God it came.  So thankful for Sean and Rachel and their amazing hearts, also Johanna  who said here I can help develop a team and she did and Tada it happened.  Praise God.  Then I have been praying for more time with my hubby and just us and tada it has been awesome!!!!  Then I prayed for my buisness and just what I need to do and WOW I have so many resources and help and business it blows me away!!! 

I am so Thankful for God's faithfulness he continues to to show me how much he loves me and what I need to do during this time is to fall to my  knees.  One of the things that I really want to do is pour into my friendships and I want my friends to  know how important they are to me and how much I love them so. So I want to make sure that we are having coffee or some type of quality time together.  Even if its going over and helping them with their kids I just want to be with them.  It is Stopping and saying," hey you are so important to me and want you to know that. "  So here are a few goals that I have for myself.   A few of them I want to see happen this week.  I just want to say Thank you to you all that have helped me and those of you who have prayed for me.  You are such a blessing to me and I am so thankful for you in my life.

My Goals
1. Get all the Laundry done a folded
2. Get the Closests organized
3. Get my Website up
4. Coffee and special time with friends
5. Dinners organized
6. Schedule of the kids summer and all the fun we are going to have.
7. Date nights with Hubby
8. Loving on our Kids @ The Bridge
9. Being a better mommy
10. Losing some weight!

Friday, June 11, 2010

12 years!!! Happy Anniversary

This past week Jimmy and I celebrated 12 years of marriage.  These past 12 years have taught me so much about life.  These 12 years we have seen what life is like to completely Trust IN Lord with our finances, our children and where to  live and our jobs.  We have seen the Lord change our hearts, and attitudes towards situations.  I have learned a lot through my husband.  He has taught me how to be a better communicator, to let things roll off my back, and to over all just be content with where we are.  He has shown me how much he loves me through how hard he works for us and that he wants to see each one of us succeed in our dreams.  I am looking forward to many more years and can't wait to see all the God has planned for us as a married couple.


New Jammies my new fav!!!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Giving to others!!

Alexis and Eli are so excited to see all of their family this summer. Especially their cousins!! They have been saving money for Garrett and Katie to have when they get here. (they are missionaries in Mexico) A few months ago I shared with them that they wouldn't have spending money when they got here and Alexis said, "well mom we can save some for them." So I got out a jar and started putting change into it. Then they dumped their penny banks in it. They shared with their Grandma what they have been doing and she has contributed to the Garrett Katelyn fund. So tonight I told Alexis lets count to see how much you have for them. SO we sat down and counted and they have $120 for them. She is so excited to give it to them. So now they will have a little bit in their pockets. Looking forward to our visit with all of them. I am so proud of muy kiddos way to go guys!!! What a way to show Christ's love.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Angel Game

Well what a fun night out we had. Last week Jimmy got us these amazing seats for the Angel game. We were a few rows up from the dugout. SO COOL! When we got there Alexis said. "mom they don't look like ants." It was so cute. We had so much fun. We ate a lot of junk food, did the wave, and cheered on the team. It was a great night out for the Williams family. Thanks babe for the great night out!!! Looking forward to the summer and all the adventures we go on!
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