About delgadokristy

Daughter of a King, Wife, and Homeschooling Mother of 4 children who loves worship, food, music, writing and adventure. I also have the audacious honor of photographing some of God's most beautiful people and views. This is my life. This is my story. These will be my legacies.

A Thousand Words

They say that pictures are worth a thousand  words and today I am hoping that is true because my heart is heavy and I just can’t quite muster the strength for many words. In light of this, today’s post is brought to you by the magic of my camera and my loss for words.

Blessings,

Kristy ❤️

“A Sailor’s Prayer”

Dear Lord, I’m just a sailor
A protector of our land.
A servant called to battle
When my country takes a stand.
I pray for strength and courage
And a heart that will forgive.
For peace and understanding
In a world for all to live.
My family’s prayers are with me.
No matter where I roam.
Please listen when I’m lonely
And return me to my home.
-Amen

 

 

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Dear Older Me…

Dear Older Me,

I see how tired you are. I see how weary you feel and how worried you have become about everything these days. I see how you struggle to find balance throughout your day. I see as you forget to eat and I watch as you choose the worst foods to try to soothe your stress, your worry, your disappointments. I listen as you cry when things feel overwhelming and you feel like you are such a failure. I watch as you stare at yourself in the mirror and wonder how that person could possibly be you.

I have watched you and felt the sting of each moment with you. I have cried with you and wondered how you could have forgotten the important things these years have taught you so today; how you could have forgotten how far you have come and how much you have overcome.

I want to tell you a few things. I want to encourage you because my dear, sweet older me…you are so much more than you are seeing.

You keep looking back. That’s your first mistake. You keep replaying every single mistake in your life in your mind like a movie reel, constantly trying to pinpoint the moments that you could change to make all those regrets and mistakes disappear from your record of life, but don’t you realize that the younger version of you made those mistakes and had I not, then you would not be the woman you are today. Those mistakes, one by one, grew you, refined you, hurt you and broke you just enough that you found Christ and you allowed God to redefine who you are. Those very mistakes, those very broken roads all led you to the life that you so deeply love and thank God for today. Stop looking back. Those days are gone. That’s not who you are. Instead of trying to figure out how to fix younger you, focus on who you are now and embrace this season of your life with grace, compassion, understanding and acceptance.

You keep saying that you will start tomorrow. Our tomorrows are never guaranteed. Why do you keep trying to hold off on the important things out of fear? Has God not shown you time and again that He has called you to be present in TODAY? Stop putting off your destiny and calling. Stop saying that you don’t have time. God gave you the exact amount of time you need. Allow yourself to see that you are worth being a part of every purpose and plan God has for you RIGHT NOW. So write those books. Publish the ones you have already written. Move in those ministries. Stop being afraid of who you are and love yourself the way God does. You are beautiful and special. God says so. Stop waiting until tomorrow to accept that and be bold enough to be all that you are created to be. Tomorrow may not come.

You keep saying you don’t have time for yourself. That’s a lie. You have plenty of time to take care of yourself. Stop trying to have the perfect home. The laundry will always need to be folded and clean clothes are just as clean and wearable if they are in the basket as they are in the dresser. The floors will always get messy so stop fretting if there is a crumb under the table or dog hair by the back door. Instead of pushing yourself until you have nothing left trying to be an ideal of perfection God doesn’t expect, take moments, instead, to take care of YOURSELF. Take the shower…who cares if the baby is crying. She won’t cry herself to death. Put her in her walker in the bathroom with you and let her cry while you wash your hair. Take the nap. Your laundry will still be there when you wake up but the moments you have to rest will be gone if you do not seize them. Do the workouts. You may not be able to do them easily or perfectly but if you just keep trying, you will eventually be stronger than you ever thought possible. It’s okay to let the house go so you can take care of you. If you wither and buckle physically from the stress of your need for perfection, you cannot take care of the ones you love the most. So go ahead. Say no to some of the cleaning today and just spend time on yourself.

You keep saying, “I can’t”. Stop using those those words. They are lies. Trust me I know. I have been using them on repeat for years and you are so much more than I am. For every I can’t, there is an I CAN. God made you to be more than capable to do ANYTHING you put your mind to. You are smart. You are strong. Your are incredible. Stop believing you can’t do things and just do them. Prove every I can’t wrong. Someday you will not be able to do that so make it your mission to turn every single I can’t into an I DID before it’s too late.

Your life is precious. It means so much more than you give yourself credit for. Stop selling yourself short. Stop letting people speak harmful things into your life and stop living your life afraid of the things that have been spoken over you that you KNOW were not from the Lord. Stop caring what anyone else thinks. You know who you are and you know what you are created for so be confident and love yourself. Show yourself the same care and compassion you do others. Allow yourself to make mistakes and stop trying to be who you used to be. I like who you have become. You are braver, stronger, more fearless, and more amazing than I have ever been. You are my hero. So keep being YOU.

P.S. I think 40 is going to be your best year yet.

Sincerely,

Younger You ❤

Bracing for Impact

As I laid here in bed staring up at my ceiling, I realized that there is no way I am going to be able to find slumber any time soon do I might as well put my insomnia to use.

The dreaded day of long goodbyes is quickly approaching and I am finding it harder and harder to feel at peace, especially at night when I am just lying there with my thoughts.

As a military spouse, I know these moments are coming and I know they cannot be avoided. I know I must be strong because there are no other options and I know that I will be strong because deep down in my core, I know it’s what I am.

I also know that at times, it is hard to love a military man. The hours are long, the “business trips” unending and the lifestyle ever changing. It is hard on the best days and can feel unbearable on the worst of days and yet, we each find a way to hold on still for one more moment and then another day and we just keep holding on until we can let go for just a bit longer because while loving them can be so hard, it is so very worth it.

I know that it won’t always be like this. I know that someday this life will no longer be ours and so, I try to savor the moments that this journey grows and shapes within me. I try to find ways to focus on the good things it has brought into my life; the endless connection of incredible people, adventures and new places, growth and endurance…the list goes on and on.

While I ty to pretend that the goodbye won’t come, I silently brace for the impact, waiting and knowing that when it does I will not be able to escape it’s sting. I try to prepare myself for the days after and anticipate in advance my damage recovery.

Yet, the craziest part of it all is that I wouldn’t change a thing. Not even a little part of it. I cry and I complain sometimes and I worry and fret. I bite my nails and I wish for it to go away but the truth is that in the midst of all of this craziness and temporary heartache, I get to love a man who is never afraid to answer the call. I get to love a man who cares so much for his country that he wakes up every day before the sun rises and goes to bed before the rest of the world is even settled just so he can know that he is a part of something greater than himself. I get to love a man who puts others before himself.

So, I wait, I try to brace myself and I remind myself that ever steady goes the ship whose heart is set with determination on the course ahead.

Tonight, as you read this, would you consider taking a moment to please pray for all who are facing the long goodbyes? Because the truth is? even the tightest of embraces is never really strong enough to lighten the initial impact of what is to come.

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️

Spring into History

The last few weeks have been so busy for us as we began to approach Mister M’s leave and prepare for our friends to come spend their Spring Break with us. It has been a wonderful way to take our minds off of our fast approaching deployment.

Last weekend, we drove up and met our friends in D.C. That night, Little Miss M and I hung out in the hotel while Mister O took Mister M and our friends to watch an NBA basketball game.

Then Sunday morning we woke up early and spent the entire day exploring the historical sites of our nation’s capital.

We were especially excited to take Mister M now that he is old enough to really take in some of the sites. We were able to see so much and walked for over 6 hours. We did not get to see the Smithsonian museums like we had planned but still had an incredible day.

We will definitely be making another trip before Mister M leaves so that we can see and explore more. There is just something so special about getting to see these important pieces of our past and walking in a place full of  our nation’s historical monuments and documents.

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️

Spring Fever

Oh friends. It has been six days since I popped in. SIX WHOLE DAYS. That’s almost an entire week. Where has the time gone? I feel like I blink and days have passed. How does that even happen? Like, it was February and then POOF! It’s March. I hope this month might go just a wee bit slower. Goodness knows I need time to just get things done and with it flying like this, I feel so behind all the time.

Life over here has been the same as always: busy and chaotic. School seems to be a bigger struggle every single day. I keep telling myself that this is normal but some days I wonder if all children can be as resistant to doing their school work as mine. But, resistant or not, it gets done; even if it takes us all day and several meltdowns later to say we are done. Sometimes you just have to do what you have have to do.

Spring fever has officially made it’s way here and I truly believe this may be the biggest reason school is a struggle. This time every year leaves us all desiring road trips and vacations, sunny skies and warm sand. Yet, here we are in freezing temps with rainy skies and muddy tracks left on my floors. Oh how I am ready for Spring. I am also ready for a break in school, hikes and beach time, sand and sun and I am especially ready to be able to go home and visit my family. Spring fever is definitely making us feel like school is just a burden these days.

But even “burdens” must be carried if they are important and school is definitely falling into the important category. So, to liven up our moods and spirit, we ordered our curriculum for next year and I am hoping once it arrives, it will spark excitement back into our hearts and that by seeing what we are working towards for next year, will also bring back some much needed motivation on both our parts.

Do you ever feel like Spring can’t here fast enough? Boy I sure do. In the meantime, it’s deep breaths and let’s get back to it for us. I hope your school days are a bit easier than ours!

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Books?

I have an immense love of the written art. Books are a staple in our homes and my life.  I am extremely concerned with literacy in both our home and our nation. As a homeschooling parent, one of my top goals has always been to ensure that our home is filled with the right kinds of books and that I am creating an atmosphere of adventure and learning through reading.

In a world where IPads, IPods and Iphones have given our children access to anything and everything this world has to offer, it has become an addiction that has begun to steal our children’s contentment and intellect. Where children used to fill their hearts and minds with books and toys that allowed for creative play, exploration of new ideas and concepts and critical thinking, they now fill them with digital video games and YouTube videos or social media apps that foster a need for the constant state of “having more” and are stealing from them valuable growth and exploration. With our entire nation, especially our children, plugged into screens more than ever before, we have begun to see a rise of the generation of “boredom”; nothing satisfies them or is ever enough. Being inundated with videos and shows such as toy reviews or reality television and bombarded with the constant advertisement of the next “coolest” thing has led our children to become obsessed with having material items simply for the sake of being able to say they own it.

Books are a hidden and, often times, under appreciated treasure in our world today. They fill the shelves and libraries often untouched and unexplored. They have become an object of disdain among a vast majority of children because they are seen as “work” rather than something of enjoyment.

Books and reading are vital to both emotional and academic growth in our children. They help our children to explore their own feelings and passions. They open up a world full of possibility and adventure that our children so desperately need.

One of the most common statements I hear from individuals is, “You have way too many books.”  This always surprises me and saddens me for two reasons: 1. I feel like I do not have nearly enough books and 2. How is it that in a world where we value the art of collecting gadgets and apps on our phones, we have lost the art of  valuing and collecting a good book?

While we are teaching children that they can never have enough toys, games or the next coolest app, we should be teaching them that they can never have enough books; they can never read too much or explore enough.

If we are wondering why we have an increase in depression and dissatisfaction within our next generation, I feel we must stop to ask ourselves if it could coorelate to how much time they spend “plugged in” and how little time they spend exploring a good book. We must ask how much technology surrounds our children rather than books. Books educate, yes, but they also provide an escape and can give our heart a sense of purpose and encouragement and joy that is currently lacking. Books can provide an escape for the hurting and the broken. They can ignite inspiration and change. They can provide a place of safety and security when our hearts need it the most. Sometimes, a good book can change the way we think or feel, sometimes they can even provide healing and peace among a world of chaos and grief.

Literacy is a struggling issue in our nation and our world. We have lost the art of holding a good book in our hands and with that, we have also begun to lose our sense of wonder and adventure.

I encourage you to look around your home. Do you fill it with books? Are they in your bedrooms? Your home offices? Do your children have access to all kinds of reading material or do you find your home and rooms to be full of merely electronic gadgets and screens?

We all want to be a part of the ways that our country grows and evolves and we all get excited and pulled in by the enticement of the next big thing but while we are a society that has become so very “plugged in” day in and day out, I feel we must take back our children and teach them what it means to foster a love of reading and books. It is time we unplug and begin to become fully aware of the crisis in our nation that is technology. These screens are robbing us of our time, our contentment and our humanity.

Someday, our world may experience a regression in technology or worse, we could face a crisis in which access to the internet could become threatened. If that happened, how would it affect your family?

For centuries children had but a few small toys and shelves of books and from among them arose a generation of explorers and inventors who created the most extraordinary, life changing things; a generation of people who asked the questions no one else dared ask and who pioneered into the unknown with courage and fearlessness. Where are the next great explorers of our times? Who will our children become?

I fear that if we continue to push literacy aside in the home for a more “hip” and easy fix of temporary entertainment or fulfillment, we may someday soon find that the last of the great explorers and inventors have come and gone.

Books are so much more than words on a paper. They are the hope of our children and the legacies we leave behind. They are the secret to taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

So the question should never be if we own too many books but rather if we own too few.

In Christ’s Love,

Kristy ❤️

Indestructibles: Books for the Little Destructors in Your Life

This past week, I came across an advertisement for some special books, called Indestructibles, made specifically for babies and toddlers. These adorable books are 100% nontoxic and are made to be chewed, twisted and crumbled by the littlest of hands. Why? Because they are literally indestructible.

Besides being the perfect size for small hands, they are also colorful and adorably illustrated and tell short and sweet stories that capture the attention of even the busiest of babes. Even better than all this, they are chew proof, rip proof and they are washable.

When I saw this, I HAD to get some to try them out. We are a book loving family. We are always reading something and while I love our books we have now for our Little Miss M, it is sometimes hard to allow her near them because her constant chewing and pulling is not very good to them, or my sanity for that matter.

So, I set off to find these amazing books on Amazon and I was stunned when I saw how affordable they were. This had to be too good to be true.

I ordered two. One was around $3 and the other around $4.BB2DDCBB-9E89-4891-B4B8-701F25B7BF06

I was so excited when they arrived last Sunday. I immediately opened them and gave them to our little destructor. Her reaction was priceless! She was so excited and of course, they went straight to her mouth. She chewed on them and played with them for hours. They were soaked in drool and crumpled.

After I laid her down for her nap, I began to pick up everything and realized that the books were not damaged at all from the moisture and even more than that, all that baby drool had not changed the integrity of the paper in any way. All of the places where she had crumpled them were now back to normal and had not one single rip.

I am happy to report that three days later, these books are still going strong and have zero evidence of drool or wear even with her chewing, tugging and pulling on them.

I am amazed. Seriously.

So, if you are a book lover like me but don’t trust your littles with them, these are the books for you.

No book deserves to be chewed on. Well, unless they are indestructible like these that is.

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In Christ’s love,

Kristy ❤️