Starting the Process Again

It has been awhile since I posted about our steps in becoming a family. I know you all understand how life just seems to never slow down.
Well, we started the process again for the foster to adopt program in our county.  First step was orientation. Next is all the paperwork. We are just in the very beginning of this new road to expand our family. I am, of course, nervous. But my heart is calm knowing that we are moving in the right direction.
Our daughter, who is now 5, is also ready for this journey. Over the last year, she has been asking for a brother, sister and a baby. My husband and I sat down with her to make sure she understood the process that we must go through. The lengthy process. She is really excited and wishes that this process was not so long. 
I am amazed to see how open she is to sharing her room. Her toys. She has so much compassion. And constantly shows how much she loves to help with babies. I can tell that she is strong mentally for this new road in our lives.
Please keep us in your thoughts/prayers to support all of us in this new journey. 
I hope everyone is doing great wherever  they are on their own personal journey.

Much love to the world,
Angelica

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Best of Me Movie Review and Life

Be prepared… There are semi spoilers ahead…. 

I ran into this movie today while scanning  Netflix. And I was curious to see it since it is based on a book from Nicholas Sparks. I do own a couple of his books and enjoy reading them. But I have never read this particular one.  I wish I had though. I would have never watched the movie.

Not because it is an awful movie; but because it has a heart breaking sad ending. And I hate endings that are not “Happily Ever After…”.  I was not prepared for this sad ending. My heart is still trying to cope with it.

The movie itself is wonderful. Great plot even though I can not personally see myself as the main female character. I can relate to her with how much one person can love another. But I can not relate to how she could marry someone she truly did not love and suffer all these years with someone she grew to hate.

The beginning was so touching to see how this man saved this teenager instead of calling the cops on him. You hardly see these situations nowadays.  People just do not trust runaway teenagers.  But this man had a huge heart. And because of his heart, Dawson was able to live out his purpose in life.

It just makes you think just how much just one person can influence the rest of your life.

Where you ever in a situation where you thought you had no where else to go? At the last breath you might be taking? A time when your dreams were completely crushed? 

What happened? Did someone save you just as this man saved Dawson? Or maybe it was just a chance encounter with a stranger?

There is a purpose to our lives. There is an end of our path that is already mapped out. It is scary to think that we truly have no control since we are all destined for something. All we can do is live the best as we can with the life that we are given.

I do hope, though, that my life will have  something very meaningful to come out of it.

The movie touches on a lot of major life topics that are great discussion subjects.  Love, first date, lost loves, horrible parents, child abuse, rich vs poor, education, cancer, child loss, loving a child that is not blood related, beautiful set locations, gardening, etc. The list goes on and on.  And I could write a book if I wrote about each one.

Overall this is a great movie with good beautiful actors. The actors were able to make us visualize just how pure their love was. And the love between a true “parent” and child was spot on. 

Great movie. But would I watch this again? Sadly, no. Just because there is already too much pain in real life that I go to movies to escape it. And this movie did not help me escape from pain. Only added more sadness.

Much love to the world,
Angelica

Shine So Bright

Shine So Bright
Star light.
Star bright.
Amazing night.
Amazing sight.
Up above,
So high in height.
My dreams and wants,
Take wishful flight.
Could it be that easy,
For my dreams to come true?
Of course not,
When pain and struggles are due.
We must pay the price,
For our wants and demands.
Wake up from these dreams,
And the fairytale lands.
Live strong.
Live smart.
Your are the artist,
And life is your art.
Create your own stars.
Create your own light.
Make your own life,
Shine so bright.
By: Angie Velasquez 2016

Winter Left Early in California

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Winter left a few weeks ago even though our calendar states Spring will not come for almost another month.  Another great example of how humans are not in control. No matter how hard people try to control the world, there will always be a higher power moving things along.
Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful  weather that nature has gifted us.

Much love to the world,
Angelica

Ruby’s Diner Oceanside Review

Today, my husband took my daughter and I to eat at Ruby’s Diner in Oceanside. Since it was Valentine’s Day, the weekend and we wanted to eat on the upstairs patio,  I prepared myself to wait a long time. 
Once we got there, there was even a line to put down your name on the waiting list.  But, we were in no hurry. The waitress told us the wait will be 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Ouch… Well, we were still going to wait since it took us so long to even find a parking spot! 
We had a fun waiting time trying to keep our 5 year old occupied.  I noticed that some groups decided to leave after already signing in.  Better for us.  In about 50 minutes, we were seated.  

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They seated us upstairs on their patio with a beautiful view of the ocean. Since this special location is located on a long pier, the ocean views were endless.
My daughter ordered the Kid’s Cheeseburger Meal. My husband and I had the Hickory Cheeseburger and Chicken Strips. All hamburgers come with unlimited fries.
With my first bite, I realized how delicious our dinner was going to be. The hamburger was amazing. Thick and well seasoned. The hickory sauce was lightly sweet. The chicken strips were perfectly crunchy. And paired with their three different sauces (ranch, barbeque, honey mustard), it tasted delicious. The unlimited fries were warm, crunchy, and the perfect size to also dip into the sauces. 
After finishing our dinner, we had to make the almost impossible decision of picking out dessert.  We were down to two choices. Hot fudge brownie with ice cream. Or Apple Pie al la mode.  My daughter finally picked the brownie.  The dessert is so huge that all three of us were able to share and be completely satisfied. It was delicious. Warm fudge. Cold ice cream. Sweet brownie. Added almonds in between. With a lot of yummy whip cream on top.
One thing I would have loved for our waitress to have done better was to refill our waters. But I do understand that they were extra busy today so I will not hold that against them.
My family had a wonderful time eating at Ruby’s. And I know that my family will be going again. Hopefully on a less crowded day. 🙂 I will definitely recommend this Diner to everyone who loves eating delicious food and wants to have an amazing ocean view.
I hope everyone else enjoyed their Valentine’s Day 2016.

Much love to the world,
Angelica

Disclosure: I have no idea who those people are in the photo…

Valentine’s Day 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Today is the day of love. Love for your spouse. Love for you partner. Love for your family. Love for your friends. Love for yourself. 
To me, this is just not a day for couples to show one another love. It is a day to show your family how much they mean to you. When you actually have family who support you and stand by you, they deserve some extra love.
It is also a day to show yourself love. Self worth is a major thing that everyone need to work on. So show yourself some love by eating your favorite foods. Or reading your favorite book. Watching your favorite movie. Or riding a bike.  The possibilities are endless.
Do not get stuck on the cliche of what some people think Valentine’s Day should be.

Enjoy your day to the fullest,
Angelica