Friday, February 25, 2011


I just spent a little over four hours on the road (headed to Dallas) talking to my man.

Topics Discussed

*Beyonce and her songs
*The affect on US alliance with Colombia
*A war is a war which lead to...
-Mexico's current violence
-Egypt's Revolution
-The history of Ireland
*Discussed a little about Gadhafi...then Chavez (Venezuela's dictator)
*The empowerment of Women
*Jesus and the Cross
*Our relationship with God
*Waking up with a purpose
*Medicine...mostly the cases he's been seeing @ the hospital
*Pregnancy and babies

And then we began to listen to some of Gerson's podcasts.

I love being able to talk about anything with my husband. Besides talking, I love listening and learning from Gerson. The only reason I can actually have a conversation about the improvement and growth of Colombia is because Gerson has talked to me about it before. So I've listened and learned from him.

Communicate.Listen.Learn.... My random thought for today.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Another Step... Another Milestone

I celebrated a birthday 2 days ago. 28 years of life to be exact!

I'm very excited for this new year cause Gerson and I have a lot of changes coming up.

In life, we come to a point when we're ready for change. Whether it's in your career or job, also in your physical or health; often in your finances. But something begins to bug us for that next step. I believe it's just the way God created us.

Gerson and I dated for a couple of years before getting engaged. But I remember the year he proposed, we were both ready for that next step. My close friends can back me up on this, I would always say I wanted to get married in my late twenties or early thirties.

But I didn't wait that long because after those two years of dating, we both knew we were ready for a change. I needed it in my relationship with Gerson.

In a relationship, those "next steps" exist too. Sometimes, there are harder because it's two of you making a decision to stay where you are or initiate the next milestone. However, when you both come to an agreement it's exciting!

All this to say, that Gerson and I are ready for the next step... THE BABY STEP! No, I am not pregnant, but we want to begin planning, preparing, and try to have a baby.

We will be celebrating 5 years of marriage this November and have had a hell of a ride! I always wanted to enjoy my marriage so I have no regrets of waiting this many years.

We have been told that we're getting old, and although that may be true, I don't think we're too old to have babies. (My personal opinion)

We've been told that we are selfish. And yes, I accept that. We were being selfish. We wanted to enjoy our marriage and each other first. And we have.

We wanted to travel without children first. In 5 years we went to Playa del Carmen-Mexico, Vail-Colorado, Paris-France, London-England, Brugge-Belgium, Zurich-Switzerland, Rome & Venice-Italy, Chicago-Illinois, New York, Tx Hill Country, Cartagena-Colombia, Dubrovnik, Split, & Hvar Island-Croatia, Las Cruces-New Mexico and hopefully a few more places this year. (WE LOVE TO TRAVEL!)

Many of the plans we made, before having children, we've been able to accomplish. And honestly, it's a great feeling!

Now, I'm excited for this new milestone in our lives. Although, just like marriage or any new change, you're never fully ready or prepared, but somehow you know it's time.

We also know that it may take longer than expected and we're simply trusting God. We have peace about it all.

And as my close friend said after having her baby "Parents say your life will change after having a baby and you think you know, but you really have NO idea!" ;) .... I'm EXCITED!

Friday, February 18, 2011



I've been posting Friday's Random Thoughts because random is part of who I am. I constantly do and ask the most random things. By now, my husband's use to it, but there are others who are not. :)

My random thought of today is a question:


Unfortunately (or fortunately), that never happened to me. But knowing me, I would probably laugh, tease him, and enjoy the date. I don't think that would push me into putting an X on the guy. Those kinds of subjects are a bit meaningless to me. I suck at cutting and using coupons, so maybe I would actually like it!

However, I do believe that after being with a person for several years that your defects and imperfections naturally "shine" or increase. So I wouldn't like my husband to take me out to the places that only accept coupons.

What would you think? Big deal? Turn off? Or not? ;)

Monday, February 14, 2011


I want to wish you a very HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!! Whatever it is you're doing, I hope you have a great one!

We definitely do not need one specific day to love one another, so remember to spread the love not only today, but everyday.

As mentioned before, Gerson is quite a romantic. He's written me several poems and love letters that literally bring tears to my eyes. I'm going to share one of the first poems he wrote to me on our first Valentine's Day together as a couple. (FYI, I do have his permission to share it)
We were actually going to have this poem printed on our wedding invitations, but it was kind of too long.... Enjoy! And have a LOVE-ly day!!!

The day I found you
I found more than a beautiful woman
More than charming smiles lighting up my days
I found more than a girlfriend or a best friend
I found more than someone I can share my life, my dreams, and my hopes
Someone I can have long conversations where the least important thing is what is being said
Or go and discover new places but still come back to the same old ones
And tell new jokes but still laugh harder every time we remember the "only one"
That day I found more than moments full of romance and delicate caresses
I found more than beauty, kisses, perfect hands or kissable cheeks
I found more than many "te quiero mucho"over and over again
That day I found more than what I asked for

The day I found you, I found love. - Gerson O. Pineda 2/14/04

Friday, February 11, 2011


Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays (Yes, it's a holiday!). I've never needed a boyfriend or husband to celebrate it. My mom would buy us cards and candies, and as we got older, my sisters were my valentines. We would plan a date and have dinner.

But once I met Gerson, and he discovered it was one of my favorite days, he ALWAYS made it extra special. Just thinking about every Valentine's day together puts a smile on my face. On our first Valentines as a married couple, I suggested that I plan something special since he had done it for the 3 years we dated. And after that, we began to take turns. One year he plans, the next I do. It's pretty fun!

Well, I'm telling you this because it is my turn this year and I have absolutely nothing planned! I've been so busy with different projects and work, that I haven't made the time to plan anything. Because Gerson has his 24 hour shift on the 14th, we will be celebrating it on the 16th, which gives me a few more days.

Any ideas? I have some, but could use more.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mingle w/ the Single!

I recently told a friend, that if I were currently single, at 27, and wanted to be in a relationship, I would definitely and often be going out on dates. Not in a slutty or hootchie way, but I would want to meet the different guys that are out there.

I think sometimes we know exactly what we want and are not willing to settle for less. To a point, I support that mentality. However, when I met Gerson, he was not what I thought I wanted in a guy. He was at seminary school, a valet parker, driving an old Nissan Sentra, with very little in his bank account.

When I got to know him, I realized I liked many things about him. Besides all the chemistry, what I loved about him was his drive and passion for life. I had always been pretty ambitious, but to meet a guy that had bigger dreams than mine was very attractive to me.

If I would have stuck with my type, I can guarantee you that I would have never gotten to know all that I love about Gerson. I'm so glad that I answered his phone calls. And even more glad that I actually went out with him (as friends first). I was only 20 years old and did it for the pure purpose of wanting to get out of my dorm. I didn't have a car and was desperate to go out! But I'm glad I did because I got to know him. I remember after months of being friends, I looked at him and thought to myself, "He's actually not that bad, he's kind of cute." Seven years later, I think he's the sexiest man walking Earth!

(I also accepted going out with this other guy, and did it for that same reason of just getting out of my dorm, and had the most horrible time, so of course I never went out with him again.)

I encourage you to get out of your box, your usual groups/gatherings, your type, your comfort zone, and mingle with the single! I'm not supporting making out, sleeping around, and getting a bad reputation (or a STD) for yourself. Simply consider that the person who is pursuing you may have great qualities that you will not know unless you accept a date (or two!).

Friday, February 4, 2011


Since the majority of Americans are hibernating, I thought I would share some of my favorite romantic movies that you could watch and cuddle w/ your loved one, or with girl/boy friend, or a friend, and even by yourself in bed w/ some chow mein (Yes I've done that!).

I actually watched one yesterday and loved it! Going the Distance, it's at your Red Box and I'm actually watching it AGAIN as I blog (You know, to get my $1.08 worth). It does have a lot of cursing, so if that annoys you definitely don't watch cause you won't like it. But it reminded me of when Gerson and I had a long distance relationship and how much it sucked! But you do what you can to make it work :) ...

* NoteBook
of course is another awesome movie! The tearjerker of all times.

* Gladiator is one of my faves. And although it's not under the romantic genres, it's a great movie with a love story!

* Knocked Up
hilarious and romantic!

* Love Actually is perfect during this cold weather.

* Click is one of my favorite movies. Not only because it makes me cry every single time, but also because it reminds me to appreciate life and our loved ones.

* Bridget Jones Diary

* While You Were Sleeping

* Never Been Kissed

* PS I Love You

* The Wedding Singer I love Drew Barrymore!

These are all movies I can watch over and over... What are some of your favorite movies??