Today happens to be International Women’s Day. I [unknowingly] started drawing portraits of women and adding quotes to them in response to random thoughts and frustrations. I don’t think of myself as a feminist or anything. I just felt “unheard” at some points during the week. Nothing relatively important or mentionable. So… that’s where these came from. Don’t misunderstand me and think that I’m a victim or something…I’m not. I just started drawing and wrote what I wanted as I felt. It had been a while since I had created something that expressed a part of my life that I would usually keep to myself.
Posted by stephcanto on March 7, 2014
Andy, Yesica, Andy, Danny and I went canoeing/kayaking this past Saturday. I love that my co-workers are way more than that. They’re family. I love that we get to spend time together outside of the office as friends. Work is awesome and we are a great team, but removing ourselves from that environment is important too.
Andy [Flores] took us to one of his favorite spots in Palmetto Bay. It was so beautiful. I needed it. The canoe was a handful. Its so big and requires work to get it going! Luckily Danny and I make the best team! We love it. So much. Thanks Danny (my Valentine’s Day gift) !
I def recommend an outdoor activity like this to everyone. It reminds you that you live in a beautiful city with so much to do!
Go! Get out there.
Photos taken by myself and Simply Lively
Posted by stephcanto on March 3, 2014
Our canoe/kayak adventure was so awesome today! Doing something like this is so great. It gives you a moment to breathe and thank God for his wonderful creation. More pics to come-here’s a preview pic that, our friend Yesi aka Simply Lively took of us- (I messed around with it in the Phoster app)
Posted by stephcanto on March 2, 2014
I hope you have an amazing Saturday! Enjoy it because Monday will creep up on you. Haha! Do something out of the ordinary. Hit the beach, get something done at home, go kayaking!
Posted by stephcanto on March 1, 2014
I used the Phoster app to make these images. The subjects are dear friends and family. These people are pretty special- let me tell you. I truly love and appreciate everyone in my life at the moment. I genuinely feel blessed and so I wanted to share some of them on here. (I don’t have photos of everyone-fyi). Pictured below in no particular order because my I’m blogging from my phone: Juan Erazo, Tati Gancedo, Andy Hernandez, Danny Canto aka love of my life, Gunner and Little Luna.
Posted by stephcanto on February 27, 2014
A few “L” words that have stuck out to me this past week.
L A T T E
L O W
L A U G H
L A N D
L O V E
Lattes make my day better. This is a fact. I love me some coffee.
I’ve felt pretty low. More than usual. But a good laugh from the special people in my life definitely help me get some perspective!
Land. We plan on getting a house soon. We’re dying to start our lives with our own place. Debating owning vs. rent has come up…We’re all about the land our potential home could have, but rent has come up. So we’ll see.
Love. What can I say about love…. It’s wonderful and God shows it to me in very special moments when I need it the most.
Posted by stephcanto on February 26, 2014
I recently purchased some Instax Film that had gradients on the [normally white] part of the photo frame. At first I thought it wasn’t such a good idea because I thought it only came in red/yellow colors. I’m not a fan of those colors together because they remind me of fast food. The reason I thought it only came in those colors was because the box image showed that one first. I’m weird. I dismiss a product because of image placement. Anyway… I saw Kylie Jenner’s Instagram and saw that they came in WAY cooler colors like blue and jank. So, I was sold. lol I bought it and I loved every one of those exposures that came out. Hehe. Check it out:
*The first pic is Kylie Jenner’s picture that changed my mind about the film. lol
Posted by stephcanto on February 21, 2014
This week has been pretty crazy. I’ve been so drained creatively lately. This is normal from time to time. Its really very frustrating. Up until right now, I couldn’t formulate a sentence to post. I had nothing to post about… not that what I post is New York Times worthy or anything, but when you have a blog you usually want to keep up with it and make it a habit to share your thoughts and ideas.
The only thing I can post is something I read this week on my Word App. I calmed down and found rest. I don’t carry my burdens alone.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” -Matt 11:28
Like we talked about yesterday, shame and guilt can often cause us to reject Jesus’ invitation to ‘come to him’. Sometimes the things we think will ease our burdens and rejuvenate our weariness, only mock us and bring us further down. Maybe its a person you went to for help, or a habit that is now a controlling addiction, a relationship thats unhealthy, that has taught you to keep your mouth and heart shut and just go on pretending that everything is ok. Jesus will never reject you. When you come to Him with you burdens and tired souls, He will never laugh at you, point His finger at you, tell you that you should have done better…He is our trustworthy humble teacher, our gentle father, and our mighty and true Savior. Some of us, through our choices and experiences, have conjured up this idea that Jesus wants to punish us when we bring our tired hearts and heavy lives to him. Its quite the opposite. Its a holy moment, its the cross in action, grace outworked, hope realized, the power of God made manifest, the blood of Jesus flowing freely. Its actually why He went to the cross, died and rose again – so that He could be our savior. its ok for us to need saving. In our western culture we have to work really hard at debunking the myth that Jesus only wants perfect people who have everything together. All Jesus wants is you and I in any state or situation. He alone has the tools and skills, the knowledge and grace to put back together and rebuild our lives. Piece by piece, day by day, moment by moment…..
Posted by stephcanto on February 20, 2014
Quite an eventful weekend! Valentine’s was awesome! Danny surprised me at work with flowers and blindfolded me to an unknown spot to reveal that he had gotten me a canoe! Yessss! I’m so excited to use that thing! Geez. We had a great evening celebrating love for one another with my family too. Then Saturday morning I woke up early to make paleo waffles. Recipe was difficult at all! They came out delicious. I made em heart shaped too. Then we ran errands, celebrated my father-in-law’s birthday and then had dinner at Our friend’s Dave and Adri. They kiddos are so fun. Love them! Sunday came along and I made it to church late bc I wasn’t feeling well. Merp. (still sick!) A lot of my oldest friends came to church and it was seriously the best feeling. I wish we all went to the same church like we did when we were younger (pushing 30 over here). Anyhoo-we all went to brunch at Swine. It was delicious. I pigged out. Haha-get it?! Anyway. Then we went to the park to hang with my pup, Gunner and some of our friends. That was fun. Then we watched the Walking Dead. And that was it. It was pretty jam packed, but I loved it all!
Posted by stephcanto on February 17, 2014
Love is a beautiful thing. Beautiful things are complex. They’re up and down. I’ve learned a lot about love in my marriage. I’ve learned that I love Danny unconditionally. I’ve learned that I can be loved in return truly because of Christ. I’ve learned that love makes it easier to compromise yourself for another person (which is necessary for a healthy relationship. Compromises must be made. I love it). I’ve learned that Danny and I both receive and feel love in different ways. I receive love by words of affirmation and spending quality time together. I know this because I took a test about finding out your true love language when Danny and I went through pre-marital counseling. This has helped us see how we can best love on one another, and it’s so true. I need words, I need our time in order to feel loved. He had different results that highlight how he feels most loved, so it helps me a lot too!
Here’s the link to the
Love Languages Quiz ! Take it and see whatcha get.
I hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day. Share it with people you love.
Picture taken by the very talented Merari!
Posted by stephcanto on February 14, 2014