Blogging again

It’s been two years since I blogged, well almost two and a half to be precise. Why the absence you ask? Well, if you want to read the shortened version, you can go here to my about page. For those of you who like the longer versions, here’s what I’ve been doing, why I am back and what I hope to do. My last post was January 23, 2010, less than two months before I married Dr. Osvaldo Padilla (affectionately known as Ozzie). As you can expect, I was distracted and busy between working at my job, preparing for marriage and planning a wedding. We married on March 13, 2010, at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills (a suburb of Birmingham). He is the love of my life, and he has already and will continue to add a lot to my ministry in his support, encouragement and biblical knowledge.

March 13, 2010

A little over a month later, I went full-time as a news writer at The Alabama Baptist. About a month later, we bought and moved into a home. About a month after that, we found out we were pregnant.

The whirlwind of an adventure had started. I was very sick my first trimester, while holding down a full-time job and trying to “make” a new home. I was better my second trimester, but by the third I was sick again. So for nine months, I worked, came home, and slept – at least it felt that way.

Philip Joshua Padilla was born on April 7, 2011. Perhaps I will post on his birth at a later time. Sixteen months later, I can safely say that how he acted in the womb was a pretty good indication to his personality outside the womb. Philip is active, stubborn, strong-willed, sweet, strong and smart. How did I know all these things in the womb, you might ask. A mother just knows. He has been a wonderful blessing and addition to our family.

Philip's birth

It took me a while to adjust to having a baby and staying at home. Before Philip was born, I had told my boss that I would be leaving to become a stay at home mom. When Philip was about three months old, I took a part-time job at Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) with WorldCrafts. I needed something outside the house and we needed a little extra income. It was a great job to have while I was adjusting and transitioning. I finished the job in December 2011, ready to focus on pursuing the ministry to which I felt God had called me to many years ago – writing, teaching and speaking. I knew it was a leap of faith, but I was ready.

I soon had a contract to write my first Bible study for WMU’s mymissionfulfilled. It took a lot of prayer, focus and time, but I finally finished it in July. Around the same time, I was also given another writing project, this one for The Alabama Baptist – a research package on human trafficking due this fall.

God also opened another door for ministry at my church, to help girls who feel called to full-time ministry prepare for that call. I will post more on this later. So here I am, ready to continue serving God via this blog. As you may have noticed, if you followed me before, my blog has a new name and new look. I switched from blogger to wordpress because I thought wordpress would better serve my needs as I move forward. My domain name and name of the blog has changed to my name so that it might be easier to find and to recognize as people (hopefully) read and use the things I am blessed to publish.

The great thing about a blog is that I can post things quite frequently – and it’s free to read! My prayer, as in everything I do, is that God would be glorified and His church strengthened.

And I promise not to wait another two and half years before posting again…