The Waiting Room (Part 2)

When his name was called, we walked into the lab room.  They asked my husband to hold Rob in his lap and hold down his little arms so that they could draw a significant amount of blood.  My husband's legs began to shake, his tears just flowed as he watched Rob so quietly, without a... Continue Reading →

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The Waiting Room… (Part 1)

It was like any other 10-month-old check up.  We walked in, greeted all the wonderful staff and were escorted to our exam room.  We stripped Rob, the nurses weighed him, check his growth, and conducted his usual blood tests.  Nothing unusual, nothing exciting, but as new parents, everything was fascinating.  I recall my husband always... Continue Reading →

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Just Get Up!

Recently I heard my friends say how much they want to get done this year. They want to lose weight, start a new business, find a spouse, find a new job, move, become more decisive, start school, complete their education, save money, advance in a career. This list goes on and on. So my question... Continue Reading →

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He keeps answering my heart!

Have you ever sat still enough to ask, God, do you see this? Are you listening? Do you know my heart? Have you ever sat still enough to recognize that God sees all things, He listens to everything, and yes, He understands the desires of our hearts! Our hearts hide the most intimate details of... Continue Reading →

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Who do you follow…and why?

  In this era of social media overload, we find complete strangers asking us to follow them ...and we do!!! They ask us to like, comment, share, follow! Heck! I’m one of them too! We have a society that is entirely voyeuristic but not engaged with one another. We spend hours, really think about it,... Continue Reading →

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Disappointments…it’s physical.

Disappointment: sadness, regret, dismay, sorrow; dispiritedness, despondency, distress, chagrin; disenchantment, disillusionment; displeasure, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement.  Disappointments often come like a massive wave! Overwhelming and pulling you in many directions- She said what? He did what?  They want what?  How am I going to do this?  That is a bold face lie!  Why is this happening again?... Continue Reading →

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The Year of New…

Each October, I take time to sit quietly and reflect on the fact that there are only three months left in the year.  At this time I begin to pray for a focus for me personally, my family and our businesses as we prepare to enter in a new year. I begin to ask God... Continue Reading →

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Keep your bras on!!!

It was bound to happen! We are in a sexual revolution of a different kind. We went from being liberated,  demanding equal pay, burning our bras to saying ENOUGH, NO MORE! We will keep our bras on, demand equal pay and you MUST keep your hands off of me. I have very strong opinions on... Continue Reading →

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Only Two Months Left…

As I sat at my desk and reviewed my calendar, I immediately realized there are only less than two months left to what seemed like a year that would never end. I don't know about you, but all the noise, politically, socially, atmospherically, emotionally, mentally, physically that we have endured is more than any one... Continue Reading →

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Stay in your lane…

Don’t you just hate it while you are driving along on the freeway/highways, someone cuts you off or gets in front of you and decides to slow down or is behind you and is tailgating you.  You just want to shout “Stay in your lane.” I love that at 51 years young I am still... Continue Reading →

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Save Yourself

The past few weeks I have sat in several conversations where someone said, “I need to let it go” or “I’m letting it go”... it struck me that there is a marked difference in these words along with their actions and all I kept thinking was "save yourself." "Letting go”, is a slow and sometimes... Continue Reading →

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Words matter…all the time!

I love you, I hate you. Go away, please stay.  You are amazing, you are ugly. You are a failure, you are brilliant.  Hello, Goodbye.  Will you marry me?  She's gone.  You failed, you passed.  Go to Hell, God is Love. It's a boy, I am sorry for your loss. These are words I have... Continue Reading →

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Getting older….feels great!

I remember when I was a child, my brother Joey and I would always dream of turning 35!  Yes, 35!  It was the oldest number we thought we'd become.  You see we were 10 and 12, so 35 felt like a lifetime lived.  We'd often fantasize about where we'd live...  marriage? careers?  More importantly what... Continue Reading →

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When will we learn…

This week my blog's intention changed.  What I was going to write, I'll share at another time. My heart is heavy with all that is going on in our world, our country,  in our homes, and among friends.  I've noticed an incredibly bitter shift in our dialogue and how we express our differences of opinion.... Continue Reading →

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The casualness of life…is getting too sloppy …

My parents were slightly confused, they were traveling to Puerto Rico from NYC, the flight attendant approached them and ask to see their boarding passes, "Mr. & Mrs. Ortiz, please follow me".  They thought they were in the correct seats. It was right there written clearly on their boarding passes. As they followed the flight attendant... Continue Reading →

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The older I get……the less I need…

This past year I have experienced loss, and with each loss, I have sat still to ponder...what do I need.  I realized I needed less of everything and more of anything! Fewer bags, shoes, clothes...these are things that can't love you back. I needed more of human connection. I needed more memories of moments that were... Continue Reading →

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Mrs. Dash got it right….about race!​

I don't have a law degree, nor am I a political pundit (though some of my friends say I am), but what I am is a human being with a heart...and my heart is broken. The events that occurred this weekend prompted another teachable moment for our family.  In the past year or so I... Continue Reading →

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Where are the instructions…to parenting?

It was our recent trip to the country's largest IKEA that prompted this blog!It was our first time walking through this monstrosity of a home goods store. We didn't think we were going to buy anything, we just wanted to walk around, but we grabbed a bag. By the time we got to the checkout... Continue Reading →

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Show up …for yourself!

"We keep appointments with everyone else, but we don't show up for ourselves" - These few words literally shifted my thoughts on fitness and healthy living.   I've never ever been athletic...I would give an excuse during gym class...I think the teacher started to believe I was the "modern day woman with a flow"!  I hated... Continue Reading →

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Is it just me…or is it hot in here?

Wanna go for some Pinkberry? Sure! So we all packed into the car and headed out to get our favorite frozen yogurt.  As we sat and enjoyed our delicious yogurts, I suddenly felt like my chest was going to explode.  My heart was pounding, and I felt faint. Robert, I am not feeling well, I... Continue Reading →

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Saying I do…..

I said yes.  I moved across the country, and I gave up my identity.  I became a wife, his partner.  I became the homemaker, housekeeper (well not for long), I became the accountant and soon after I became the mother of his children. During the past 24 years, I juggled my identity, our lives, the... Continue Reading →

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“You’ve changed…”

I enjoy compliments...really who doesn't? Yet the ones that make my heart swell are the ones that speak to my character. "You've changed"... When I hear someone say those words to me, it acknowledges that I've grown. Everyone should grow, learn, always be teachable. If we don't change, we will live angry, frustrated, full of... Continue Reading →

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Wonder Woman….

As a child, I have always loved Wonder Woman. I have countless images dressed as her! There was no one like Lynda Carter and her twirl and gold cuffs. Now as we walk into this new generation of Wonder Woman -I have come to understand and believe that ... We all have little bit of... Continue Reading →

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“51……”

"The only time she looked back was to see how far she came." YES!!! The cover of this journal confirmed why I journal and how I choose to live my life! It was an AHA moment, an epiphany, the sweet whisper of God into my spirit letting me know the following... "The unhealthy relationships of... Continue Reading →

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Eat. Love. Pray…..and just show up!

As the youngest of seven siblings, I often wonder what could I offer my oldest in times of trouble. Well...this past year has put that to the test. David battling Leukemia and Angel battling End Stage heart disease in need of both a kidney and heart transplant has required me to .... Eat, Love, Pray... Continue Reading →

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The “Burden of Eve”

Burden - (1) a load, especially a heavy one.  (Thesaurus) encumbrance, strain, care, problem, worry, difficulty, trouble, millstone; responsibility, charge, duty, obligation, liability. During a conversation I was having with my soul friend, I remember telling her ... “we must speak life and not death into our husbands, into our circumstances, it’s our burden the "Burden... Continue Reading →

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Grace Extended…​

Grace - (n) - mercy, clemency pardon It seemed unimaginable. First came the phone call. The voice on the other end, desperate, screaming, crying, scared. “Mom, please tell dad to hurry, I’m hurt, I am really hurt.” What! Where? How? Where are you? - All questions I asked out loud and tons more racing through... Continue Reading →

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