Texas Sheet Cake

My Aunt, Dolores, made the best Texas Sheet Cake. I saw this recipe posted and had some great memories of her and that cake. 

One day, I will make it myself. 

Happy Birthday to My Niece


Happy Birthday to my niece, Pamela. 

She is turning into a beautiful and thoughtful young woman. 

I have loved her from the first moment I knew she was there. 

Wishing you the very best today and beyond. 

It’s going to be fun!

❤️ Your Aunt

The 50 List

Well, I have this 50 Things I’ve Never Done List and having a tambourine was in that list. So, with the gift card from my sister, Cynthia  and brother-in-law, Dan, I got one. I have ALWAYS wanted a tambourine. Watch out the late, great Davey Jones, I want to be like you were playing the tambourine.

I cannot wait till I get it!

This Is Your Life

I saw this posted on my friend, Derek’s Facebook page. 

It’s everything I want in my life. 

Thanks for posting it Derek. 

Best Marriage Advice Ever

I saw this posted on Facebook and for some reason I stopped and read it.

I’ve never been married or even close to it, maybe there are reason why? 

But after reading this, I know if I ever do get married, I want all of this. I don’t want to settle because it’s easier or because there is a history. Why would you settle on something this important?

Life is too short. Why would you settle for anything less and why would you want to put the other person through that, if you’re in it for the wrong reasons?

So, if I’m ever so lucky to be in a relationship or marriage… I’m going to be all in. 

THE BEST MARRIAGE ADVICE EVER!!

Twenty-five principles to your relationship, that could make a life-changing difference in your marriage! In no particular order:

1. Choose to love each other even in those moments when you struggle to like each other. Love is a commitment, not a feeling.
2. Always answer the phone when your husband/wife is calling and when possible, try to keep your phone off when you’re together with your spouse.
3. Make time together a priority. Budget for a consistent date night. Time is the “currency of relationships” so consistently invest time into your marriage.
4. Surround yourself with friends who will strengthen your marriage and remove yourself from people who may tempt you to compromise your character.
5. Make laughter the soundtrack of your marriage. Share moments of joy, and even in the hard times, find reasons to laugh.
6. In every argument, remember that there won’t be a “winner” and a “loser.” You are partners in everything so you’ll either win together or lose together. Work together to find a solution.
7. Remember that a strong marriage rarely has two strong people at the same time. It’s usually a husband and wife taking turns being strong for each other in the moments when the other feels weak. 
8. Prioritize what happens in the bedroom. It takes more than sex to build a strong marriage, but it’s nearly impossible to build a strong marriage without it!
9. Remember that marriage isn’t 50-50, divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. It’s not splitting everything in half, but both partners giving everything they’ve got!
10. Give your best to each other, not your leftovers after you’ve given your best to everyone else.
11. Learn from other people, but don’t feel the need to compare your life or your marriage to anyone else’s. God’s plan for your life is masterfully unique!
12. Don’t put your marriage on hold while you’re raising your kids or else you’ll end up with an empty nest and an empty marriage.
13. Never keep secrets from each other. Secrecy is the enemy of intimacy.
14. Never lie to each other. Lies break trust and trust is the foundation of a strong marriage.
15. When you’ve made a mistake, admit it and humbly seek forgiveness. You should be quick to say, “I was wrong. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.” 
16. When your husband/wife breaks your trust, give them your forgiveness instantly which will promote healing and create the opportunity for trust to be rebuilt. You should be quick to say, “I love you. I forgive you. Let’s move forward.”
17. Be patient with each other. Your spouse is always more important that your schedule.
18. Model the kind of marriage that will make your sons want to grow up to be good husbands and your daughters want to grow up to be good wives.
19. Be your spouse’s biggest encourager, not his/her biggest critic. Be the one who wipes away their tears, not the one who causes them.
20. Never talk badly about your spouse to other people or vent about them online. Protect your spouse at all times and in all places.
21. Always wear your wedding ring. It will remind you that you’re always connected to your spouse and it will remind the rest of the world that you’re off limits!
22. Connect into a community of faith. A good church can make a world of difference in your marriage and family.
23. Pray together. Every marriage is stronger with God in the middle of it.
24. When you have to choose between saying nothing or saying something mean to your spouse, say nothing every time!
25. Never consider divorce as an option. Remember that a “perfect marriage” is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other!

My Mom, Lydia M. Garza

Today’s post is similar to the ones that I have posted for the last seven years. But I still feel the same exact way.

I miss you mom and I love you so much!

Lydia M. Garza (1940 – 2010)

January 10, 2017, it’s been seven years since my mom, Lydia M. Garza died. It’s hard to believe that it has already been seven years. Sometimes it feel longer and other times it feels like it just happened.

My life changed on January 10, 2010. I never knew that you could miss a person so much. This was the person who could make me happy, make me sad and make me mad. Oh, how she could press the buttons to set me off. What do they say, she knew what buttons to push because she put them there?

There are days when I can get through it without getting too sad when I think of you. But then there are other days when all I want to do is hide under my blankets. But on those days when I have happy memories of you, it makes me smile. Like when I made your Green Jell-O for the holidays. Or when I was going through all the treads you had for your sewing… did you really need all those different colors of white thread??

This picture with the yellow rose is from Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Yellow roses are the flowers my late brother, Joe, picked out when she died.

Until we meet again mom, I miss you and I love you more than I can say!

IF ROSES GROW IN HEAVEN

If roses grow in Heaven Lord
Please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it everyday,
But there is an ache within my heart
That will never go away.

The Pope Francis List

I think Pope Francis has some pretty good New Year’s Resolutions. 

Let me see if I can follow some of them. 


Thank you, Your Holiness, for your guidance. 

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