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Thirsty Thursday: Más Valley Churches

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/24/2014 at 13:50

🌞 Today’s Forecast: Heavenly Sunshine with 100% Chance of Showers of GOD’s Blessings 🌈

🌴 Upon my return to the Valley from Tita Brenda’s memorial, I went westward for more Churches that I attended when I lived here. 💒

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OLSJ del Valle Basilica & Shrine (San Juan)

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help (McAllen)

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Holy Spirit (McAllen) ~ home of this Stations of the Cross

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where I received my first 🍎teacher blessing🎓

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Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mission)

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where I 🎼sang🎤 in the 🎵choir🎶

Since my good friend’s dad, who tithed generously to their Church, is very sick, I started the St. Jude novena for them and their family. 🙏

☝️ Blessings of GOD’s Peace to all! ✌️

Thirsty Thursday: MORE Valley Churches

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/18/2014 at 01:11

My beautiful Valley Church tour took me further throughout the lower RGV this past week.

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After spending time working on my dissertation research at school last Saturday, I attended Vigil Mass at the nearby parish where we had my second Ph.D. Convocation.

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St. Francis Xavier (La Feria)

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The priest really struck a chord in me about how his Church lacked involvement in the Ministry, so I hope that he reached out to the Congregation members.

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On Sunday, I swung by the grotto in Port Isabel, following my homecoming in South Padre Island.

Our Lady Star and Sea (Port Isabel)

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My buddy also took me by another place of worship on the Island.

Chapel by the Sea (South Padre Island)

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After work on Monday, I visited the Church where my nephew’s dad was the first altar boy.

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Our Lady Queen of the Universe (San Benito)

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Unfortunately, we lost a family friend that night, and I continued to pray for the repose of her soul on Tuesday.

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St. Helen’s (Rio Hondo)

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I’ve also taken my nephew and stepdaughter to Vacation Bible School, so I like to believe that they’re learning valuable lessons about GOD and His Word there.

R.I.P., Brenda Doria Paragas

Thirsty Thursday: Valley Churches

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/10/2014 at 19:20

GOD’s presence = The greatest gift

Since my return to the Rio Grande Valley, I’ve been visiting different Churches everyday.

Here are the first few where I’ve gone for Adoration. I haven’t taken as many photos since I’ve gone in the past, so I may also add throwbacks.

Our Lady of San Juan del Valle Basilica & Shrine (San Juan)

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St. Benedict’s (San Benito)

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Our Lady of Assumption (Harlingen)

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St. Anthony’s (Harlingen)

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Immaculate Heart of Mary (Harlingen)

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The next few on the lineup:

* Queen of Peace (Harlingen)

* St. Francis Xavier (La Feria)

* Our Lady Star of the Sea (Port Isabel)

* Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville)

* Christ the King (Brownsville)

More to come where I used to attend:

* Holy Spirit (McAllen)

* Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mission)

¡Gracias a Díos! ¡Díos te bendigan!

Foodie Friday: Valley Fave Craves

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/08/2014 at 08:00

Being just a hop, skip and swim away from the border means there’s access to …

Really delicious, not always healthy food!

Here are my favorites (aside from my in-laws’ good homecooking, o’course), that I’ll miss in this neck of the woods, or shall I say: foot of the Valley!

Bubble Tea (Tea Rush Café in Sharyland/Mission, TX) ~ during my West Valley Church Tour

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Koko’s Mexican Cuisine (Uptown/McAllen, TX) ~ for my classmate, Dr. Alejandro Garza’s Birthday

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Sweet & Tasty Bakery ~ also for Dr. G’s Bday, with this Banana Split Pie to die & the BEST pan de polvo

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¡Salud!

Thirsty Thursday: Southmost Valley Church and Catholic School

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/31/2014 at 14:20

🙏Pray with Praise & Thanks + for Peace✌️

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After school business, I visited more beautiful Churches.

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St. Joseph’s (San Benito)

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Following my meeting yesterday, with a principal of the Catholic school where my Ph.D. professor served as CEO/President, I went to this Cathedral close to the border.

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville)

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Due to over a year worth of renovations, it will be closed until September 15, 2014.

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Luckily, the gift shop was open for pasalubong!

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Oblates of Mary Immaculate is my dear friend and Valley native, Bishop Mike’s religious order!

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☝️God’s Blessings👏

Workout Wednesday: National Running Day 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 06/03/2015 at 15:33

Happy National🇺🇸 Running Day!

Thanks to my 👣RunKeeper👟 📳app, I got that 📱message📲 loud and crystal clear!

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All I need are my speed on my 👣feet, pump from my arms💪🏽 & 💞heart💞 + my 🎧jams!

The timing couldn’t have been better because I spoke to my 🌞summer🌼 students about pursuing and preparing for the goals, like our graduations🎓 and my 🏆marathon, just as we would with our 🎤speeches!

Race Bib Quilt

Wayback🏉 Wednesday: Race Bib Quilt from my 🌴RGV/STX🏁 🏆courses!

Today’s Paper📦 👛Bag👜 💼Speech included my 🏁race bib quilt from my full 🌉26.2⛲️ to a few more fun runs and walks!

Now it’s a matter of practicing what I preach! ✌🏽️  3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

*Bonus*: AM Fun Runs

Thirsty Thursday: May = Month of Mary 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/21/2015 at 08:20

Happy Belated 🎂Birthday🍰, Bishop Mike

While everyone all over the 🌍world🌏associates May with 💐Mother’s Day, this whole month is devoted to our Blessed Mother, Mary.

Artwork by my Blessed Angel: Faithful Felicity

As my Church💒 celebrated the Coronation👑 of our Queen Mother (the fifth Glorious Mystery 🙏 of the 🌹Rosary) at our recent Corpus Christi🌴 Procession👣 (in which my bestie, 🎈Birthday🎁 Girl Evie crowned her last year), we remember her as the faithful woman with the Immaculate 💝Heart.

Mary of Galilee is the epitome of Pro-LIFE. Despite being unwed to Joseph at the time of the Immaculate Conception, she still followed GOD’s will upon the Annunciation👼 (the first Joyful Mystery🙏 of the 🌹Rosary) and gave birth to the LORD JESUS👶 (the third Joyful Mystery).

Holy Mary, like parents who experience the tremendous ♥heartache of outliving their children, encountered not just burying her child, but also the anguish of witnessing her own flesh and blood being condemned to death (the Sorrowful Mysteries🙏 of the 🌹Rosary).

The Mysteries of the Rosary: Joyful * Luminous * Sorrowful * Glorious

Not only is the Virgin Mary the prime example of motherhood, she also exemplifies selfless service to GOD☝️ as the chosen one to be the mother of CHRIST. She is known by many names, including from her apparitions:

👑Queen of Mercy 

👑Queen of Peace ✌️

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Manaoag

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

 

👼 Hail Mary full of Grace! ☝️

Manny Monday: Fight, 4th, Cinco, Nurses & Moms

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Feline Friday, Fitness Friday, Floral Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Motivational Monday, Politics, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Study Saturday, Technology, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/04/2015 at 21:30

Happy May the 4th be with You!

Princess Elaina

Monday’s multiple feature is about May days …

  • First, I traveled to SA for school and to meet with my esés for the game and fight*
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*My remarks about Manny:

  • He has way more going on in his life than just being a fighter:
  1. He lives by his faith
  2. He is a hero to his family and my native country due to
  • his generosity from his earnings and
  • his political career

… while Fighter is the only identity that Floyd Mayweather has achieved:

  1. Professionally, obviously
  2. Personally ~ considering his history of violence

This self-proclaimed $Money$ was in it for

  • The title and to remain undefeated
  • $elfishly keeping his winnings

 

  • Before and after my trip back home, I had to celebrate May the Fourth be with You 

*** Star Wars *stars* ***

Cory’s King Cavalier Spaniels

Charlotte Bleu

Charlotte Bleu as Chewbacca

Rowley Jazz

♪♫Rowley Jazz♫♪ as R2D2

Chris’ Rat Terrier

Snappy Jack

Snappy Jack as Darth Vader

My Double As as Princess Leia

Queen Asia

Queen Asia with Obi-Wan Kenobi‘s Krayt Dragon

Princess Annie

Princess Annie with Mardji Elephants

  • Please vote for my Nurse Mom the Bday Girl in spirit of Nurses Week (May 6th-12th) and ☼Mother’s Day☼
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Please go to No. 16 of 37 to find us, thanks!

  • Please read this San Angelo Standard-Times article about my grad school classmate who asks for us to donate in the wake of the Nepal earthquake (in which I’m also quoted)
ASU Grad

Throwback: Decade ago when we were awarded with our ASU grad scholarships

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¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo mañana!

Throwback Thursday: ¡Feliz Cumplé Selena!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Movie Monday, Musical Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Throwback Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/16/2015 at 08:00

🎈Happy🎁 🎂Birthday🍰 to the late and great Selena ~ the sweet and soulful Tejano 🎼songstress🎤 who was 👼slain💐 20 years ago.

Spanish Fly

Throwback Thursday: My H.S. 💃Spanish🎋 📗textbook📖 cover, in which I sketched my favorite Latinas ~ including 🎼Selena🎤 (bottom right)

I visited her shrine when it was new and again recently, plus have the 💽film📺 about her life saved on my 📳iPhone 6+📲 ~ so I watched it again on my latest 🎬Movie Day🎥

  • One thing that I caught this time that I didn’t observe the first few times I watched it several years ago was a scene portraying the young 🎸Selena y los Dinos’🎹 struggle in Harlingen ~ the last city where I lived when I taught en el Valle!

J-Lo as ♫Selena♪



            ♥Selena♥ Candle Vigil & Montage                          

                  

        

Beauty Tuesday: ♥Sweetheart♥ Ball

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 02/10/2015 at 08:45

Happy 106th Birthday, LOLO TICO!!!

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Bold Gold as the accent nail

Last Saturday, when I got ready for the ♥Valentine’s♥ dinner dance,  I still stayed productive by hitting the park to dry my nails during a fun run & quickie workout

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Many Shades of Pink

followed by a study session at Starbucks, + ♥Adoration♥ at the †Chapel† and Vigil †Mass† before spending the evening at the Country Club!

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Walking uphill in these platforms is a workout in itself! No pole or 18 hole!

LMFAO‘s ♪Party Rock Anthem♫ & ♫Sexy & I Know It♪ come to my mind!

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¿Tienes agua? My campaign for H2O + my attempt for this DISPO @ the Baby Grand Piano to pull a Cassey Ho #DISPObustAFlow

Despite insoles to alleviate the platform pain, I must admit that I suffered through shuffling (i.e., ♫Cupid Shuffle♪) + salsa y bailando en general yet still managed to have a blast!

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Taking a break from dancing & photographing … Here’s how I did my hair (when it held up): I kept it braided all day ’til I got ready, then separated into 2 sections ~ teased the top & put into a braid to wrap around the bottom, which I curled.