#Giving Tuesday 2019

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! I would love to have your support in building this forum up for you and future COMH-Unity group members.

Click to view their purpose here: COMH-Unity Home Care Kits

If you received a “Home Care Kit” and were blessed by it, please consider paying it forward by making a love gift of $15 or more, which helps cover the cost of the kit before shipping and handling (when applicable).

I will be posting an end of year review before Christmas to let you know the plans for this sight and the TLC Squared Ministry.

Would you prayerfully consider Giving towards this ministry? TLC Squared endeavors to “Re-create Homes One Family at a Time by Sharing the Love Of Christ via Teaching, Loving and Connecting families”.

Donate Today!

You can check out more details on our website: TLC Squared

Click above to read the 2019 goals, for now.

To recap the Home Care Kits info: We have given away more than 100 Home Care Kits for free, so we could use help to replenish the funds for 2020 and beyond.

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Re-Entry – As the Seasons of My Life “Change”

Summer 2019: Gymnastics with Bethany and her older sister, Abigail.

Last time I wrote, it was technically Spring. Since then, summer has passed and we are quickly approaching a long, cold winter. It’s been six months since I last wrote, and a lot has happened. In this post, I will give you another quick rundown of what I’ve been up to (via pictures) and also, as I promised in my last post, share some of the struggles I overcame and some I’m (still) having to overcome, as the seasons of my life change.

In the last post I wrote, “We had to deal with getting sick just before we left. Once we arrived we had to recover from that and also jet lag and a myriad of other problems. One of them was having to deal with car problems.”

Summer 2019 Camping Trip: Never a dull moment!

Since April, my oldest daughter, Gwen, and I recovered from what was probably the flu, thankfully. Soon after though, I had to deal with what seemed like never ending car issues. To this day, I’ve had to replace my transmission, struts and a number of other small nuisances in my minivan. Thankfully, the transmission was still under the extended warranty!!

Car problems aside, the biggest struggle that I’m dealing with now is a little complicated, but not hopeless. When I had my last and third daughter, twelve years ago, I experienced severe anxiety and depression. So much so, that I prayed I wouldn’t get pregnant again if I was going to feel like I was out of control emotionally and physically, again. You can read more about it in my book, Confessions of a Mother’s Heart! (Buy my book and support my ministry!) Since then, I have recovered, thankfully with the help of my faith community, within a small group of women who gave me a lot of support.

I was 33 when I had my third girl, Bethany. I am now 45 and near the end of my menstrual life cycle. That means that I’m experiencing similar symptoms to preteen years or postpartum depression and anxiety. Either way I look at it, it’s quite difficult and comical. At times, I feel like I’m one of my three pre-teen/teen girls, going through identity crisis and mood swings when I least want to AND sometimes in the same window of time as my girls. My husband deserves the best husband and father award for having to live with us. But, he will survive through our season of change…I hope!

Summer 2019: Abigail took a class at Fragile Glory Impressions. She is an aspiring artist!

Since returning from Europe in April I definitely noticed something wasn’t right with me, physically and emotionally. I’m so relieved and happy to know why I was feeling “off” and am very grateful to be feeling much better. I did some research and confirmed with my doctor that I definitely am in the “Perimenopausal” stage of my life. To read an explanation of this phase just keep reading until the end or click no the above link. It’s very eye opening!

After the 4th of July I decided to do something about my new symptoms, and I went on a strict diet and exercise program to feel “normal” again. I have lost about 15 pounds (give or take a few, depending on the day) and am feeling relief from the majority of my symptoms. But, I’m not out of the woods yet.

During my diet’s “reduction” phase, this was one of my typical meals, along with Almased shakes. There is cheese under the veggies. Gotta have my cheese!

The main reason I haven’t been posting anything on my blog since returning from Europe in April is because I just couldn’t get myself in rhythm with my previously healthy mental and physical state. I’ve had the most times of doubt and fear in the last year, especially the last six months, since having my last baby, twelve years ago. I could barely get myself to post in small spurts throughout my other social media venues, like Facebook and Instagram. I was definitely experiencing many, if not all, the symptoms of “Perimenopausal depression”. Even though I couldn’t get it together enough to post more regularly, you can still see what I did manage to post, since April, on the above mentioned links.

Before I share some significant information I discovered, to close this blog post, I will tell you that I plan on writing one more post before the end of the year. I will be sharing some more pictures of my family doing “life” and the next phase of my ministry, TLC Squared, in light of my new found stage in life (to help educate others and better prepare them).

Next year, I only plan on posting quarterly, so I can manage my ministry and personal family life, in order to better adjust to my “new normal”. I would try to write more, but I value your time and my sanity, I and certainly don’t want to overwhelm you with my mundane struggles, unless you find it helpful and interesting. You can always follow me on Instagram and Facebook if you want to hear or see more from me!

Warning: The following might be too much information for some of you to read. But, on the other hand, it might be an explanation for why you or someone you know might be feeling or acting differently and you could help find self-help or support someone you love instead of reacting negatively toward them (from misunderstanding) and the inevitable life “change” they might be going through.

“Perimenopausal Depression”

According to the UNC School of Medicine’s Pscychiatry Department, Center for Women’s Mood Disorders, “Menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of the menses. Perimenopause is defined as the transitional period from normal menstrual periods to no periods at all. At this time menstrual periods gradually lighten and become less frequent. The transition to complete menopause may last anywhere from a few months to a few years.
During the perimenopausal transition you may experience a combination of PMS and menopausal symptoms or no symptoms at all. Some normal symptoms of the perimenopause period are hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and mood problems. Symptoms of perimenopausal depression are emotional flatness, “inability to cope,” irritability, social isolation, tearfulness, decreased energy, and failure to enjoy normal activities and relationships. Times of intense hormonal fluctuation can cause increased vulnerability to depression. Perimenopause may be a period of increased vulnerability to the onset of depression in women with no prior history of depression. Since symptoms are gradual in onset, women will not recognize symptoms as part of a reversible disorder, but rather will interpret them as a permanent change in their life.” (https://www.med.unc.edu/psych/wmd/mood-disorders/menstrually-related/ )

“Men succeed when they realize their failures are preparation for their victories.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It feels like I’m failing more than I am succeeding. But, I love this quote above because I have come to realize that my failures have been “preparation for my victories”. It gives me hope that my perceived failures or struggles are not all “for nothing”, but they lead to victories, as I share in my book, Confessions of a Mother’s Heart. Get your copy today AND gift one to a friend for any special occasion!

I’ll be back next month! Until then, may you have a safe and memorable Thanksgiving!

Socorro Gill
(Visit my ministry website at www.TLCSquared.org to see how it helps “Re-create Homes One Family at a Time”)

Europe Mission Re-cap 2019

Lovely painted door in Dublin, Ireland.

We had a wonderful mission trip to Europe!

It was so wonderful that I cannot complain about anything, really! In this post I am going to share many photos of the events that took place. But, in my next post I’m going to share about the difficult “Re-entry” in our normal or hectic lives. It took me about a month to recover from physical and emotional illness. For now, here are the pics from our trip:

I got to revisit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and enjoy many delicious pastries with my daughter.

Powers Court Gardens is known as Ireland’s Garden.

Chilly, but enjoyable walk in the Gardens.

I got to talk to a Master Gardner, Alex. And, I had a very interesting conversation about how human life began in “The Garden of Eden”.

St. Kevin’s Monastery in Glendalough Co., Wicklow, Ireland.
The famous St. Kevin’s Tower in the background. Click on the link to see a quick video!
This guy sold me a beautiful Irish sweater back in July. So, I thought I would say hello again. I asked if I could pray for him and he shared with me his amazing testimony of faith!!
By the way, I’m wearing the sweater in the next picture…with the priest in it…see below.
This is his quaint shop. I wished we had more time to talk and catch up on the last 8 months since my husband and I visited for our anniversary.
Main entrance to the monastic site.
St. Anne’s Church in Ireland where the choir would sing on the 3rd Sunday of Lent.

This church was gorgeous on the inside and out! In my conversation with the clergy however, I was told that not as many people are going to church. There seems to be a decline in church attendance there.

This is one of the reasons I went on this trip to Europe; to share the love of Christ and to encourage the local believers to not give up.

Shared my story and gave this priest my “Confession’s of a Mother’s Heart” book…how appropriate 😉
The inside of St. Valentine’s Shrine.

I ran into this gorgeous cathedral that Mother Theresa visited . Interestingly enough I was reading about her during the trip. So, I thought this was a gem of a find!

Statue of St. Valentine.
The remains of St. Valentine are in this box.
The main entrance to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
ChoireFire performed here in the Dublin International Choral Festival.
ChoreFire performing.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the evening lights.

This section begins our Great Grimsby, England trip. It was even more amazing than Ireland. First, because we had never been there before. Second, because my daughter and I had a wonderful host throughout our stay!

Our wonderful home hostess having dinner with us!
She and I had so much in common we could’ve been twins. We got to stay in her home, and she took us everywhere we needed to be, and even some extra fun places like the beach at night.
Picnic lunch!

Below is a picture of me inside of the Lincoln Cathedral. Just like St. Patrick’s, this place also had awesome acoustics!

We got to visit this beautiful city as part of our stay in England.

We got to do a little bit “charity shopping” or thrift store shopping as I call it, in between ministry times. It’s hard to resist!

Would’ve loved to bring this home…but too big for my suitcase…not to mention the weight. Yikes!
I love antique shopping! Do you?

There were many opportunities for me to meet people and get to know them in the midst of all the concerts and ministry that my daughter and I got to be a part of. I wrote down all the names of the men and women I got to meet and pray with, but that’s for me to know and you to wonder. I take it very seriously to not give those names, for privacy reasons and to continue remembering them in prayer.

Do you want prayer for something that is going on in your life? I would love to know what that is. Give me a holler at Socorro@tlcsquared.org and I will keep it in confidence. But, don’t stay alone in your need. At least talk with a close friend or relative .

Tea and scones at a local pub. Can you believe that?
I got to have a wonderful conversation with another member of the choir at the restaurant pub instead of beer while waiting for the kids to rehearse. Delicious!

I will be sharing more about our re-entry in the next blog. We had to deal with getting sick just before we left. Once we arrived we had to recover from that and also jet lag and a myriad of other problems. One of them was having to deal with car problems. Can you relate to that?

Lord willing, I will be talking to you all very soon!

It will be Mother’s day before I probably post again. If you are looking for a great gift for a new mom I encourage you to give them a copy of my book! Visit this link to purchase!
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Mission Minded: Do You Mind Europe?

Today, March 20th, 2019 my oldest daughter and I will be off to Europe, for about 10 days, to share the gifts that God has given us through music, song and dance.  We are getting to share the good news about Jesus Christ.

I’m writing this as we sit and wait for our first flight from Denver, Colorado all the way to Ireland!  So, if you see any spelling or other errors please exercise grace towards me ;-).

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In this post I hope to give you a quick update of what has been happening in the last few months in my life as a mom, wife and most importantly as a follower of Jesus.

Just because I’m going on a “Mission trip” though, it doesn’t mean I have only been focused on preparing for this one event in time. Oh! If only that would be so! In the midst of everything it takes to be wholeheartedly ready to share the love of God, outside of my home and country, I’ve still needed to fulfill the original, and most holy mission I have been called to… as a wife and mother.  I have especially been completely engrossed with the rest of my family’s needs as a homeschool mom.

So, for the last three months or so, I have been preparing, along with my daughter, by working, outside of the home to acquire enough funds to provide for our passage and accommodations.

Let let me give you an update as of yesterday and go back in time.

As far as the TLC squared Ministry goes we just held another Tea ‘n Talk featuring Gina Fontaine.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/tlcsquared.org/posts/

You can see a quick video recap of what she shared here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tlcsquared.org/videos/

I’ve also been busy with the Confessions of a Mother’s Heart ministry, COMH-Unity group. I hosted a gathering in March. Check out the video here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tlcsquared.org/videos/

That brings me to the present.  So, as my daughter and I do our best to get wholeheartedly ready to share the same love He gave us, in Ireland and England, I have not been immune to the weight or presurres of my mundane life.

Instead, I have experienced many more ups and downs that come with doing life.  In the interest of time, for now, I will leave out mostly everything I’ve struggled with. But, I will however share that through this process God has been involved in it all.

When I have doubted my abilities, His Spirit faithfully reminded me of His will and His ways.

When I’ve needed spiritual backup through fervent prayer, He reminded me of His provision for His church, my real blood relatives, to encourage me along the way, especially a particular mentor mom I’ve mentioned before.

When illness came through this winter season, He provided the rest and recovery necessary to get back up and out in our daily lives.

Instead of focusing on the negative as much, my first goal, in this Confessions of a Mother’s Heart Blog has been to see the good that comes out of all my trials or tribulations. My second priority is to make sure that you, the reader is fully aware of a God of the universe who created you for a specific purpose. You were created by God, in your mother’s womb, for Him. Do you want to know more ? Visit “Peace with God” to know God personally: Know God personally!

Being mission minded takes intention. Setting your mind on the prize is the best way to stay there.  So, I will “set my mind on things above, not on things below” (Colossians 3:1,2) while enjoying the ride, so to speak.

I’ll be blogging more in the next few weeks so I can keep you posted on our “Mission trip”

To God be the glory!

Socorro Gill

Gratefulness in Difficult Times

Last time I blogged, in September, I wrote to you about finally seeing the fruits of my co-laboring with God to accomplish goals He gave me since surrendering my life completely to Him in the summer of 1998.”  It felt great to know that the good and the bad all had a meaningful purpose in my life.  But, since then, I have been experiencing much doubt and consternation.  It’s been like treading, mentally, through murky water or slowly  moving in a swamp of doubt and confusion.

Have you ever felt like this?  Have you had ups and downs, but things are turning out mostly well or not, in your life, and then you have a change of mood or circumstances?  It can be very discouraging, to say the least.  Don’t fret!  I want you to know that it will not last forever! If you keep your eye on the end goal and not give up, you will reap what you sow, especially when you work for the good of others.

In times like this it’s very hard for me to see the good things in my life, but especially, be thankful.  I am a “glass half empty” kind of gal by nature.  When I’m feeling down or depressed because of certain circumstances my natural reaction is to look at what is not going well.  But, I’m not called to stay in my feelings, as a woman of faith.  I’m called to be steadfast and not give in to all I’m feeling in the heat of the moment.  I’m challenged to move from the natural to the supernatural through the power of God, in Christ.

If you recall, the word I chose for the year was steadfast.  In the last two months of my life many things have happened that have been discouraging.  If I had let my natural reaction to rule my actions, there would’ve have been very detrimental consequences to my immediate family, and consequently to some of my extended family.  But, through the power of forgiveness and God’s love in my life, my family and I are overcoming this obstacle!

Here’s the definition of Steadfast by Merriam-Webster:

Definition of steadfast. 1a : firmly fixed in place : immovable. b : not subject to change the steadfast doctrine of original sin— Ellen Glasgow. 2 : firm in belief, determination, or adherence : loyal her followers have remained steadfast.

 

Instead of sharing all the negative events or thoughts I had (that didn’t even happen), or telling you of the disappointing news I received, I want to share some more positive events that recently took place.  By doing so, you will hopefully be encouraged to not give in to the fears and pressures you perceive, but might not even be true.  And, if one or more of your fears do come true, I pray that you still come out ahead, as a victor, instead of a victim by choosing the better reaction.  I hope to inspire you to keep moving forward, even if it feels like you’re barely moving, and follow your goals or dreams for a healthier and more empowering lifestyle.

“9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10)

If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you, you mustn’t let disappointment, doubt or fear of the unknown rule your thought life.  Your actions begin in your mind.  What you think will determine what you believe.  What you believe will determine what you do.  And, what you do will not only affect you, but those that you love, and love you.

I know that if I stay in my doubt, negativity or fear of what could be, I will not be successful at moving forward with any of the plans that I believe (with a little less doubt) to be God’s will for my life.  Faith or no faith, it wouldn’t be prudent of me to do so.  Would it?  Despite my good or bad circumstances I’m called to keep my eye on the prize and keep sharing the Love of Christ with you and those in my circle of influence!

Most things worth doing are not going to be easy.  It most definitely hasn’t been easy for me.  What I’m doing through my new nonprofit, TLC Squared, hasn’t been easy, to say the least, but it has been worth it because the main ministry initiative, (COMH-Unity) Support Group, helps families by giving moms with postpartum / postnatal depression the hope of recovery and a place to feel loved and accepted!

Since September of 2018, I’m thankful that I was able to host two Tea ‘n Talks:

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Tea ‘n Talk at Natural Grocers of Littleton, CO

Monthly Ladies TIME-Outs:

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November Ladies TIME-Out – Thanksgiving Fellowship

And finally, I’m thankful for the first Confessions of a Mother’s Heart (COMH-Unity) Support Group Fall Kick-off and Meet and Greet!

 

For the moment, I am not feeling or doubting (too much) the desires of my heart.  I’m feeling very grateful!  But, I know that I can’t trust in myself because my emotions could change at any given moment.  My hope is not in myself.  My hope is in the Lord who is able to do more than I could even imagine or hope for.  Tomorrow I might not feel like I can get through another wave of fear, doubt or disappointing news.  But today, and every day, I aim to choose to believe in the one who holds my future and sees the big picture.  And, if I don’t give up on Him or the plans He has for me, God promises that the efforts I put forth, to help others in His name, will not go unnoticed or be in vain.  So, I chose to be thankful in ALL circumstances!  Will you?

Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:17, HCSB)

What difficult circumstances do you find yourself in today? 

Can you see anything;  anything positive at all?  Hold on to that!

Don’t give in to all your fears!  Give your fears, thoughts, and heart to the one who has the power to renew and restore your situation for the better, if it’s in His good will.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(To learn more about how to give your fears, doubts and life to God, in Christ, visit https://billygraham.org/story/how-to-be-born-again/ from the comfort of your phone or home computer today!)

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Labor of Love

Inside of St.Patricks Cathedral 7-2018

Inside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Every month that I don’t post a blog I feel horrible.  I want to tell you how I’m doing and show you how big God is, in and through my life!  He is bigger than you and I can imagine!  But, life as a mom is busy, to say the least.  To genuinely love my family and friends, host monthly “Ladies TIME-Outs”, Tea ‘n Talks (see pics below), and run my household in the summer/harvest season makes it almost impossible to do that, and do it well.

However, I am committed to making sure I share almost everything that goes on in my heart for the glory of God, so I will be posting, but only as I am able to, as I mentioned in previous blogs.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland

Before going to Ireland at the end of July to celebrate my birthday and twenty years of marriage, I quickly wrote down the reflections of my heart in the hopes that I would get it out to you before I left.  But, as life doesn’t stop for anyone, I wasn’t able to get this out and published in time.  But, I feel the need to get it out now because I have so much more to tell you that has happened since then, and I don’t want there to be any gaps in my story.  So, without further ado, here are my “Confessions of a Mother’s Heart” blog notes from 7-21-18:

Can YOU relate?

It’s the middle of July already!  You wake up daily, trying to glorify your maker, but struggle against your own flesh and unexpected situations happen to get you down, mentally and physically.

But, you get back up again, by the grace of God, who is your strength.  His Spirit empowers you every time you earnestly seek God’s kingdom.

You try your best, but that’s never enough.  Thankfully, you have come to accept that you can’t fully rely on your own talents or gifts that He’s given you, but on the power of His words to renew you daily, instead.

I’m at a point this year where I’m finally seeing the fruits of my co-laboring with God to accomplish goals He gave me since surrendering my life completely to Him in the summer of 1998.

This week, Lord willing, I will be getting to go to a beautiful country where St. Patrick was first taken to as child labor, against his will. Ireland!

St. Patrick might not have aspired to be a child slave.  But, what others intended for selfish gain, God would turn into the catalyst that would put him exactly where he needed to be; under the amount of pressure St. Patrick needed in order for God to stir his heart and direct him back to fulfill his purpose and passion for the rest of his life.

Unlike St. Patrick, I did not experience life as a child slave.  Instead, I was able to grow up in a relatively healthy and happy home and then chose to get married, but before becoming a child of God.  My husband and I grew up in Christian homes, but were not born again, yet, when we got married.  As our marriage progressed in the first year, I fought against the new norm to love my husband well.  About a year and a half after getting married, my husband and I would both end up surrendering our lives to Christ and were baptized together in the ocean in the West Coast.  You’ll hear more about how this came to be in a future post, hopefully.

Years later I would experience severe Postpartum Depression and Anxiety after giving birth to my third child.  But, in all the pressures of those years, the last 20 and half years, to be exact, God has worked in and through me to produce a harvest I could never have accomplished on my own, or even with any mentor or life coach.

This week, while in Ireland, I will also be celebrating my forty-fourth birthday, twentieth wedding anniversary, and the publication of my first book, which was birthed as a result of my family’s first and only year in New Jersey in 2015.

Well at St.Paticks Cathedral 7-2018

So, I want to ask you the same question again.  Can YOU relate?

Can you identify places in your life where you have been put in places of pressure, either by your own choices or by external consequences you didn’t necessarily have much control over?

How did you handle them?

If you have found yourself there, did you lean on yourself or someone else?  Who?

IF you can’t relate, do you want to relate?  Do you want God to use your “not so clean or ideal” situations for a greater purpose?  Then surrender your whole life to Him right where you are.  Call on Him!  He will not turn you away, if you truly mean it.

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17, NIV)

He’ll give you rest and redirect you onto the path He has for you, just as He did for St. Patrick.

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)

Search for a local church in your community that is Bible based and get plugged in!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.  (Proverbs 3:5-8, KJV)

Check out the ministry work God has developed as a result of His faithfulness in my family’s life at TLCsquared.org through Confessions of a Mother’s Heart.

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New Confessions of a Mother’s Heart Book! Volume 1

Buy the new book for yourself and one for a friend!  By doing so you’ll be supporting this ministry and helping to “Re-create Homes One Family at a Time via Teaching, Loving and Connecting Families”!  All proceeds go towards funding the ministry.

Learn more about the upcoming events and Confessions of a Mother’s Heart (COMH-Unity) Support Groups here!

I will be writing to you again as soon as I’m inspired and able!

To God be the glory!

Socorro Gill

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Years in the Making

Two years ago my family and I were getting ready to leave our “extended stay vacation” home in Warren, New Jersey, as I liked to call it.  Click here for more photos: July 4th, 2016.  Visit the post from the beginning of this blog!

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Today, we are back home in Littleton, Colorado.  We are getting ready to launch a very exciting TLC Squared initiative, Confessions of a Mother’s Heart (COMH-Unity) Support Group(s) this fall.  HCK Contents Sample 1

In conjunction with COMH-Unity groups I’m also launching my first book, “Confessions of a Mother’s Heart – Blogs, Volume 1”, which will be placed in a limited number of Home Care Kits every year.

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The book will be coming out in the next month or so and will be available through Amazon.  Be on the lookout for my next blog post with more details.

What have you been up to?  Have any exciting move coming up that will also be life changing?  I would love to hear about it!

Hope you are having a safe and memorable July 4th Holiday.  Enjoy the freedom we have in America responsibly!

Until next time,

Socorro

What’s up with me and TLC Squared?

Wow, it’s been too long since I have written to you!  So, “what’s up” with me and TLC Squared?

Here is a bullet list of what’s been going on since I last wrote to you in February:

  • I was very busily finishing our homeschooling for the year.  My oldest daughter finished 10th grade, my middle daughter completed 7th and my youngest ended her elementary years in 5th!  This year all my girls were able to participate in International Towne together.  That was a very intense experience!

We had to prepare for the one day event many weeks before.  After all was said and done, even though none of them were very enthusiastic about doing it, we all enjoyed the day very much.  They all commented that they would do it all over again, knowing what to expect now!

I can confidently say that my girls finished school “best in their class”!  But, they are the only students in their class ;-).

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We had a great turnout for our first event, thankfully.  There were a little over fifty people!

  • On May 4th, just a night before our big event, our family dog, Ezra was showing signs of illness.  He was vomiting a lot and not eating at all, which is NOT normal for this big guy.  We naturally became concerned about him.  So, the next day, the morning of an already busy day, my husband, Troy took him to the vet very early.  Ezra had swallowed too much his favorite toy (leather football) and he ended up getting a lot of it stuck in his stomach.  Talk about an emotional roller coaster!  While the luncheon was going on my husband was giving me updates in between the silent auction and lunch.

We did finally figure out how we could pay for his very costly surgery, temporarily, and save his life.  But, it was at the cost of our three girls’ college funds.  So, here is the link to the GOFUNDME page IF you want to help them restore it.  They all willingly said yes to using their money to give Ezra a second chance at life with them.  Our dog is also a family member and nobody, especially our girls, wanted to see him die this soon.  He’s only 5 years old.

Here are our girls pictured with Ezra when we first adopted him in June of 2013.

Here is Ezra after coming home from his surgery after May 6th, 2018 .

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  • Two weeks after the luncheon I produced another Facebook live event which talks about what I learned and a little bit of what Dr. Stephen M. Scott, Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn & OB Health at Colorado University School of Medicine shared at the event.  This video helps the viewer identify what Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are and where to get help, if needed.  Please watch and share it with anyone you know or suspect might need it!
  • The last thing that I have been working on, as much as possible, is my first book.  I’m still putting on the finishing touches and I hope to have it self-published and made readily available for purchase by July 4th!

I can’t make any promises as to when I will write again, but my hope is that it will be in the next month.  I have come to realize that I cannot do everything I want to do.  I must do what is most important for my God and my family.  That means that I must make sure my family has what they need to live, like clean laundry, some healthier meals, and a mostly mentally and physically healthy and sound Mama!  My husband has been very supportive of my endeavors, but I must not test him too much. He deserves better!

I want to give my girls a healthier model of what it means to be a Christian  woman, mom and supportive wife to their dad, while trying to pursue my (God given) hearts desire’s to love and serve others, not only my immediate family.   I let my girls to see me mad, sad and very glad…Well I don’t always have Christ-like self-control.

I want my girls to see that life in this world is not going to give you the perfect conditions in which to live, but God has made it possible to live in this world with the hope that whatever is happening, as the result of my own fault or of any hard work I produce, He will work it all together for my good (Romans 8:28).

Here is a list of my reflections, frustrations and Confessions of a Mother’s Heart from the last few months:

  • I’m thinking “This is too hard!”, but I must remain Steadfast…
  • In response to contacting local churches to come and be a part of the first ever TLC Squared event, “Why isn’t anyone responding yet?  Don’t they know that there are so many families affected by perinatal mood disorders?  Don’t they know how much I want to help?  This is so discouraging!”, but I must remain Steadfast…
  • “I must keep our home running as smooth as possible”; wash the dishes, do the laundry, feed the family, contact churches, promote event, REPEAT!  I must stay healthy, mentally and physically…this is sooo hard!”…but I must remain Steadfast…
  • Finally, it seems like it’s raining too much, but not physical rain.  Maybe I shouldn’t be pursuing so much outside my home duties?  Maybe no one really cares and I’m wasting my time…NO, I must remain Steadfast…this too will soon pass!

I will leave you with these words from my favorite book, the Bible:

Jesus is speaking here, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV, emphasis added)

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17 KJV);

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”James 1:2-4 [Full Chapter]

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My word for the year has definitely been tested!  So, I must remain steadfast if I want to leave a legacy…but it’s going to take some blood, sweat and tears!

In the meantime though, I’m going to try to not worry and enjoy the summer with as many outdoor excursions and family making memories as providence allows.
SO, go out and try to do the same because we are not promised tomorrow, only the “present”…open it up and make the most of it!
How have you been doing? 
DOES ANY of this resonate with you!  Please let me know! 
I really do want to know how you are doing.
Socorro Gill

Steadfast in 2018

Have you kept your New Year’s resolutions?

I have trouble making New Year’s resolutions, especially at the beginning of the year.

Sometimes it feels like I want to have one only because the whole world is talking about it.  But, I don’t want to just do something because everyone else is doing it.  I want to intentionally set my mind, heart, and body on something past the beginning of the year, into something that is eternal, not just temporal.  Nonetheless, I have had plenty opportunities in the last month and a half to meditate on being even more intentional, not only with my home and family, but with my non-profit ministry, TLC Squared.

One of the many things circulating on social media and among my family and friends has been of having a “word” that would lead or guide you throughout the coming year.  I guess the idea is to pick the first letter of your first name and come up with something significant.  I didn’t think much about it until a friend on Facebook posted a challenge to do this.  From then on, it stuck with me!

I came up with several words that might work.  One was “silly” because I like to be silly.  But, that wasn’t a “strong” word.  I will spare you the rest of them, save one.  Steadfast is final the word that came to mind at the beginning of 2018, to be my focus word for the year.

According to Dictionary.com the definitions of Stedfast are:

1.  fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.

2.  firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend.

3.  unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.
4.  firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs.
5.  firmly fixed in place or position.

 

I was certain that steadfast was the word for me when I heard it spoken and then read it for myself from the bible.

“God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast[a] spirit within me.”  (Psalm 51:10, HCSB)

Another very encouraging verse I read was:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

I had never thought about doing this before.  I also had never thought I would need to be more intentional than I already am, especially in my family life.”  (1 Corinthians 15:58)

I have had good days and not so good days since the beginning of 2018.  But, since I wrote to you last I have been able to continue moving forward with TLC Squared.  Last time I wrote to you I had promised to tell you about the new ministry.  So, here are some of the happenings of the family organization:

  1. I have a date for our first fundraiser and silent auction (May 5th);
  2. I’m finalizing the book of blogs that will be published in the spring of 2018, for the Home Care Kits;
  3. TLC Squared was featured in a Missions Ministry Fair at our local church in the Denver area.  This allowed TLC Squared to be made more known to our own church congregation and other local ministries;
  4. Previous to last month, I have been recruiting willing and able women and even two of my own children to make items for the HCKs like handmade bibs, burp cloths and knitted beanies for the newborns.

Confessions of a Mother’s Heart is about EVERYTHING that is on my heart concerning Faith, Family, Food and Fun!  In the next few blogs I hope to not only continue sharing with you how my faith in God is moving the non-profit, but also about the Valentine’s and Easter holidays, and my family’s traditions.  Be on the lookout for those in the next couple or three weeks.

I would love to hear if YOU chose a word for the year OR if you are trying to be more intentional in your daily walk.  Leave a comment at your leisure!

“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33:22, ESV)

How can you be steadfast in 2018?  Have you kept one or some of your New Year’s resolutions?  I would love to hear how you are doing!

Socorro Gill

2017 Reflections

Happy New Year!

When I last wrote to you, I had accomplished one of my main 2017 goals by starting and then telling you about the new nonprofit organization, TLC Squared.

Now I’m going to try to explain how scared I was of even moving forward with it and how it is surprisingly moving along.

In 2016 I was not very confident in what God was speaking into my heart.  I had many doubts.

“Will this work out? Will my husband be on the same page as me and my vision for this ministry?  Will there be ANY women interested in coming along side to work towards the common goal that is commanded in Titus 2:5-8?  Where is the seed fund for this ministry coming from?  How will I ever do this well while raising our three growing girls and educating them from our home base?
 And, on and on the list continued.

Despite these fears and doubts, I felt supernaturally empowered and confident in my God, who is greater than all these things, to believe He has a plan for TLC Squared and the ministry initiatives already occurring ( Tea ‘n Talk, Ladies Time-Out , Confessions of a Mother’s Heart and the Home Care Kits for women and new babies).

How could I, a mostly unimportant, stay-at-home, postpartum depression recovered, home educating mom ever do this?  I might not be very confident in what my place is in this world or of the ever changing political, social, and economic status of this country, but I am most passionately convinced of the one constant in my life; the one true and Living Word of God, Jesus Christ!

There was only one way TLC Squared Ministries could take off and make a difference in the local community and prayerfully, in the world.  That was through the power of the living, breathing and active Word of a loving God’s Spirit!

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Matthew 24:35 KJV

I don’t believe in myself, my abilities, or disabilities to make an eternal difference in people’s lives.  I NEED something or someone bigger than me to believe in, in order to accomplish something supernatural.  I chose to believe that God is bigger than my fears and doubts!  I chose to believe in the unchanging Word that helps keep me focused, especially when I’m feeling weak in flesh and spirit.
As a result of God’s faithfulness and my beliefs, I moved forward with telling others about my vision for TLC Squared, starting with our church family pastor and other leaders in my family’s circle of influence.  It was encouraging to receive positive feedback.  Because of these meetings last spring, my husband and I took the next step and created business cards, opened the business bank account, have a post office box and all the other trappings of getting this venture going.  BUT, I didn’t just rely on other people’s feedback to keep us going; I also relied on specific bible verses.  Here are a few:

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Colossians 3:2 KJV

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 KJV

At TLC Squared our goal is to fulfill the Titus 2:5-8 command and to share the Love of Christ in order to ”Re-create Homes One Family at a Time via Teaching, Loving and Connecting” people.

So what is next for TLC Squared?  Only God knows, but for now I can say that I’m looking forward to continuing to lead monthly Ladies Time-Out’s; presenting Tea ‘n Talks at Natural Grocers, Senior Centers and mom’s groups; handing out Home Care Kits this spring; and hosting Confessions of a Mother’s Heart Ministry events as part of my personal ministry, www.Socorrogill.com in Denver, CO beginning this fall.

If this is something you would like to get involved with, please let me know.  I’m building a team of women who have a heart for helping families grow strong in Christ by fulfilling the Titus 2:5-8 command.  I would love to hear how you can come along side this new ministry to families.  Go to www.TLCsquared.org and contact me to set up a time to talk!

Would you consider giving a one-time financial gift to the seed fund?  Go to https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/acn/tlc-squared to donate!

Next month I plan on giving you more details on the growth and happenings of this ministry and sharing some insights for living as a woman of God in 2018.

What did you do last year to make a difference in your family, friendships or community that you are continuing to build upon in 2018?

Being mindful of God’s truth’s,

Socorro Gill