What is Project Seek First the Kingdom?

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Jo_books_MG_1017The journey of life – a road paved with people, events and surprises. My first year of college in 1998, I went to Catalina Island on something called the Mark Study, an inductive bible study that goes through the gospel of Mark which documents the life of Jesus. Inductive studies are challenging because you are asked to read the scripture, look up corresponding passages that link to what you are reading, review cultural context, ask questions and seek answers. Finally, the next step is to respond and apply the word. Through this intense study of the life of Jesus, I was taught to ASK. SEEK. RESPOND.

The question asked of me at the end of this study after seeing how Jesus loved and walked with his disciples, cared for the lost, widow, poor, healed the sick and finally dying for humanity, the question was the same question he asked his first disciples.

Do you want to follow me (Jesus)?

Will you walk with me (Jesus)?

My response, yes!

Little did I know that saying yes means a life of surrendering to God’s will (as Jesus did), giving up my dreams, in exchange for his dreams for me, and a narrow path that many will travel, but few will stay on. Since that day from Mark study, I’ve been faithful, then not so faithful, then coming back to ASK AGAIN of JESUS. SHOW ME! IF I SEEK, WILL I FIND? WHAT WILL I FIND?

So, if anyone is reading this, I would ask you to join me in asking. I have a gazillion questions! How does Jesus meet all my desires, that I shall thirst no more? When my husband and I don’t agree, how do I find trust and respect to hear each other out? What do I do with pain that life brings? Why am I always stressed? Why does God answer some prayers and not other? How do I parent my child so that he will know Jesus? If I choose to put Jesus first in all that I do, will he really meet the desires of my heart?

So, Project SEEK FIRST THE KINDGOM, which came fromt his passage in Matthew 6:25-33. I want to seek and I will share what I find.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Studio Baby Photography – Torrance, CA

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Having baby photos taken is a wonderful way to celebrate milestones in your baby’s life. I enjoy capturing the baby smile, giggle, yawn, stretch and whatever silly gesture that comes about. Every move is worth capturing to remember a special time in your child’s life. After I had my son Emanuel, I remember my camera being my best friend. I would take a picture of everything and every move. It’s so fun to look back at those memories.

Tips for parents preparing their child for a photo session

1. Babies are great after a nap! Make sure your child is well rested before a photo session

2. Make sure baby is well fed before the session so baby is in good spirits

3.  Allow your child to be himself/herself. When I take pictures, i encourage parents to sing, dance, clap and enjoy making their baby smile. If the baby is tired or not in me mood, take a break. Genuine smiles make a great photo!

Check out some photos from a baby session recently.


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Journey to Bethlehem – hosted by Journey of Faith

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Every year during Christmas times, Journey of Faith church located in Manhattan Beach would put on a spectacular experience called Journey to Bethlehem. The church parking lot has been transformed into the town of Bethlehem and there the story of Jesus’ birth is told in a little stable in the townn. While standing in line to enter into the town of Bethlehem, you will greeted by Roman guards, towns people and local musicians. Continue reading »

Mommie, “Ava is Number 1 and you are Number 2”

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eman_ava_profile_holiday_MG_4078I told my husband, this day was not suppose to come so soon. Just momemts ago, Eman would tell me, “You are the bestest mommie ever!” and not so soon after, Eman tells me, “Ava (his best friend from school) is now Number 1”. Eman started writing and drawing notes to Ava, when not so long ago, he loved drawing stick figures of me and him with a heart. Every day at school, he would deliberately hang his backback next to Ava’s backpack. Eman would always stay tune as to who I’m on the phone with, in case it was Ava’s mom, which means he gets to talk to her.

So parents, watch out! The day that your little one grows up and learned to “love” maybe sooner than you think. Honestly, there was a small bit of jealousy hearing that I’m no longer number 1 in his life, but on the second hand, perhaps I did well. I’ve taught my boy how to love another! My husband and I went to a positive parenting class and they told us our number one job as parents is “to get rid of our kids.” Teach them how to be independent.

Check out the little love birds for their winter photo session together!


Holiday Card Sessions

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One of the things I love about photography is that I get to be with people. I love people and it’s so much fun sharing a special time in their lives with them through taking their pictures. I value every new friendship I’ve made and all smile or laugher during our photo sessions. Although I’ve been tirelessly snapping pictures, processing and converting files, it has all been worth every minute.

Emanuel asked me, “Mommie, why are you always on the computer?” and I told him, “It’s what Mommie likes to do , take pictures for familes!” Very quickly, photography has become a main part of my life. Sometimes I sit at my computer and I get a little teary eyed (I know sappy!), but it’s real. I love what I do and I love re-telling the love story in every prego mom, baby, child and family. Every momemt is precious to me! Continue reading »

2012 Halloween – Pumpkin Carving

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2012_pumpkin_IMG_8076The idea of a pumpkin carving party sounds so fun. Beware parents of 5 or 6 year olds, you maybe the one to carve the pumpkin with a little supervisor tell you whaat to do. Supervised fun, teaching your kids a new art always takes a lot of work for the parent. However, it was fullfilling that they get to be a part of creating something. This year we carved a skeleton pumpkin. I think it turned out pretty good!


Eman sharing his Pumpkin Carving time with his best buddies!


Comikaze Expo – Los Angeles

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entranceMarvel comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming… all of these were foreign to me until I met my husband, a oober comic nerd! My son’s room is completely decorated with posters of Spider Man, Superman, Batman and sketches from comic artists. My 5 year old can recognize more comic book and sci-fi movie characters than he can the letters of the alphabet.

My husband loves going to the comic convention to expose Emanuel to the world of comics. Lucky me, I was invited to join the father-son activity this time around. To be honest, I was not thrilled to go at first, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprise. Continue reading »

Go to Revolving Sushi Restaurant

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entranceGatten Sushi
1530 W. Artesia blvd., Ste B-1
Gardena CA 90248

After having sushi at Gatten Sushi a week ago, I find myself always thinking about the sushi there. Thoughts of the lobster hand roll, seared salmon rolls, seared albacore roll and all the other styles of sushi can easily make my mouth water. Yes everyone, it’s that good!

I love new restaurants because they always have wonderful specials. Everyday of the week, there is a special type of roll. We went on wednesday and for that day, the special is $1.50 lobster hand roll. SUPER YUMMY. All the other rolls are really good too. Continue reading »

Queen’s Bakery – Costa Mesa, CA

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entranceQueen’s Bakery
2950 Grace Lane
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Girls, time to dress up and head over to Queen’s Bakery for tea time! Located in Costa Mesa, CA, is a brand new bakery where you can enjoy an afternoon tea with choice of salads, sandwiches and desserts. The little bakery has a lovely presentation with modern decor and fancy furniture.

My cousin and I visited the bakery because we had a “Tea for Two” coupon purchased through Travelzoo that included tea with scone, salad and a platter of sample sandwiches and dessert.  We tried two of the teas, I tried a herbal tea called “Berry Faire” and my cousin tried a green tea called “Cherry Rose”. We liked both the teas. The salad and the sampler platter were okay (not great). Continue reading »