How this blog came to be…


I remember the day that this blog came to being.  I had been separated for about a year and was going through the motions of the day-like a zombie-trying not to reminisce for fear of tears.  It was the middle of the afternoon and I distinctly hear the word blog.  I had shared my testimony in a women’s group on FB.  To my surprise, I was invited to do an additional feature piece about myself.  The thought you don’t have anything worth saying crept in but I ignored it and submitted what I thought was an adequate bio.  There was an overwhelming response to what I shared because apparently it struck a chord with other women who had gone through what I was currently going through at the time.  All I did was be myself and the Lord took care of the rest.

A few days later, the Lord placed the idea of doing a blog. Fluffing it off, I continued with cleaning the house but that word wouldn’t leave me alone to the point I had to stop and go to my laptop to google search what a blog was. Seriously.  I had no freakin’ idea what a blog was. By this time my youngest arrived home from school and I asked her what a blog was. “Your diary entries online,” was her response.  By her tone I could tell that she felt the need to really break it down in order for me to “get it.” 🙂  With that, I did another search for blogging sites and landed her.

In those days prior to starting this blog, depression had taken over-it was ugly and I wasn’t the best company.  I had my good days and bad days but there were days when I didn’t get out of my pj’s.  My faith in Christ was there yet I had allowed the separation (and other issues branching from that) to take over.  So I knew the Lord was leading me out of that pit and into His plan and purpose for me.  This was going to be the place for me to share, as the Holy Spirit leads.  Not only that, but this was going to be the place where He was going to reintroduce me to myself.

While being here I’ve some wonderful blogging friends, such as:

Being a Christian isn’t boring like some may think.  I enjoy a good Star Wars film, and I love the Velocity channel – Go Foose!  Singing is a passion of mine and I love being an Aunty to my one-and-only nephew.  Being a grandma to my granddoggies Cinnamon & Fennec is sometimes stressful, but so much fun. I never thought that I would be a small dog lover, but these two have sweetly changed all that. 🙂

Family is everything to me.  My kids are my jewels and I can’t imagine life without them!  I can’t imagine life without my 4.  We have our challenges and we’ve been through a lot.  Who hasn’t right?  But we get through it all with our faith and having a great sense of humor.

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  1. I like your blog, my fellow Christian blogger! I shared some of the same hesitation when I felt the call to blog. Me? Really? Nio way! Yest here we are. I also share your view of laughter-its a must have in order to survive in life. If you can find the funny in a situation you can find a way through the situation. All the best on the wonderful day the Lord has made.

      1. Baby do not grow alone, so old a man is not always learn something new, our weekdays are programmed from the outset, so our action comes from experience and learning, young or old I always hope in the sense postiven

  2. I had come to say thanks for being such a wonderful supporter and for following my blog, but then read your story and funny enough, about 10 years ago when I started to write, it was my daughter that told me to put it on-line also, although at the time, I had posted on LiveJournal, which was exactly what it was to me.. a journal. I liked it and sometimes people would read it, but it was not until about four years ago or so that I started to realize that you could touch others with what God has put in your heart. The last two years left me very ill and in and out of the hospital (thank God, I believe that the worst of that is over), so my time to write has been sporadic, but it is a love of mine. Just to say, your story is so similar.. Bless you lots, Easter

    1. Easter, you’re so sweet-thank you for your kind comment. I do hope the worst of it is over. I’ll be keeping you in my prayers concerning that issue. Blogging is an amazing tool God uses to touch others. I’m glad you’re here. 🙂 You’re a blessing!

  3. Awesome blog! I am immensely blessed to see your close relationship and walk with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Lovely posts too – especially the, ;Strong when I am weak’. Thank you for writing such inspirational posts.

    And many many thanks for following my blog…appreciate the kind gesture!

    1. Having time with my daughter, and I was lead to check my notifications, and out of many “likes” and comments, my eyes feel upon your lovely name and my spirit was drawn to read your comment. What a tender heart you must have and a very sweet spirit. I’m be praying for you, that Our Lord Jesus kindle a fire in your heart, that you’ll begin to have the faith. But really, everyone has it. The same measure. I’m still learning how to have faith. We never stop learning and growing. 🙂 Good bless you my dear new friend! 🙂

  4. “…My faith in CHRIST is the most important. I don’t know who I would be, or where I would be without HIM. I know exactly who I was BEFORE, and would not give HIM up for anything….”

    Wow! You go girl!!!! That summarizes it sooooo nicely! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Sometimes we come across pure hearts carrying purer souls. On your wonderful blogs, in your beautiful writing; I met one. It’s a pleasure to have stumbled upon you. Thank you for the time you spent in my “little world”. Bless you, Dulcinea. Hoping to see more of you.

  6. I have nominated you for the “Commenter Award” tonight on my blog. Thanks for all the comments you have left on my site…they always inspire and encourage me! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  7. Dear “Beautiful Blogger” Award Winners: You inspire me. Your words are beautiful, thus the reason you’re receiving this award. It is now your job to pass this award on to seven (or less) other bloggers along with links to their blogs. Post the award and provide a link back to the person who nominated you. Thank you for making a difference in my life. Keep writing!

    For His Glory,
    ♥ Linda M

    1. Oh thank YOU for stopping by, as well. Meeting new people is the best, especially when one considers that we are ALL neighbors on the planet 😉

      I look forward to reading and seeing more of your blog too.

  8. Great to get to know you a little…mom of four young adults…I am a mom of 3 little ones and would like to make it four and some day will be a mom of “young adults.” I already look up to you! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Blessings!

    1. Isn’t being a mom the best?! 😀 I miss the days of “little ones”. Time goes by so fast…not as cliche as you may think, it’s so true.

      Thank you for visiting. I’m so pleased to get to know you, too.


  9. I love the design of your blog. Well chosen! 🙂

    Hi, perhaps you might be interested in reading some of my flash fiction and poetry? I’ve got “The Scholar and the Boatman”, “Chinese Bamboo and Paulo Coelho”, “Love is the Water of Life” and “A Hug from my Heart”.

    Please consider visiting my blog and I do hope you enjoy what I have in store.. 🙂

    Warm regards from Down Under,

    Subhan Zein

    1. Hello Subhan! Thank you so much for visiting and for your thoughts and comments 😀 And yes, I would love to check out your blog! Thank you for the official invitation; I’m honored…


  10. Hi Dulcinea, this is just want to let you know I have chosen you for the Genuine Bloggers Award if you already have this Award then just feel blessed to receive it again. You have blessed me with your messages and friendship I believe like the other Bloggers I have chosen you are very Genuine in what you share and this is my way to thank you and also to encourage you as God asks us to do. With this Award there is no rules at all as you will see as you read the Post it is all about encouragement. Thank you for all your encouragement and Support you have been a blessing to me and I’m sure to many others.

    Blog Post Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/genuine-blogger-award/

    Christian Love Anne

    1. Hi Anne! Thank you so much for your friendship, prayers and encouragement. You are such a blessing to me, truly, and I appreciate and I’m humbled by your consideration of this blog. As you well know, it is such an honor to be used of the LORD, in any way, and blogging is just one way we can touch lives in the name of JESUS.

      Thank you, again, Anne 😀

  11. Beautiful! Loving to learn, being an open book that also loves privacy and smiling always add up to make a wonderful personality! And your faith in Christ? It makes you ‘royalty’. You’ve got grace! Enjoy!

  12. Hello Dulcinea…thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  13. How refreshing it is to get to know a bit about you and your family. You AND your children are just beatiful! God bless you! As I was reading, it almost seemed as if I was reading about myself! lol

    I was tickled to see that we have to same Theme. I love your layout btw! 🙂 Today has been a great day in the Lord. Meeting you via the blog has made me smile a little bit wider than what I typically do! I call it “chipmunk cheeks ” or that Kool Aid smile. Its contagious! So thankful to the Lord for the gift of such. God bless you, your family and your ministry all the days ahead of you Lord willing he blesses us to see yet another day to live life in Him.

    Take care sister in the Lord!

    1. Terra, to be a reason you are smiling more means so much to me, that warmed my heart and touched me when I read that. Today started out “not-so-great”, but is turning out to be wonderful, PRAISE THE LORD! (and to think I almost didn’t make that first comment today…but GOD knew about this new connection before it happened!) 🙂

      I noticed the same thing about our blogs, I really like this theme. Thank you for your words of encouragement and blessing over my family and the blog. It’s strange, I never thought of this as a “ministry”, until I read your senentence. 🙂


      1. (SMILING) God knew what he was doing today! Thank you Father for bridging the gap! Though today didn’t start off so great, it has been made up for. 🙂 Waiting on the Lord is a virtue. Be patient when we wait for the storm to pass, I try to tell myself many days. Every day we are awakened to see a NEW day, the Lord is giving us opportunities to make the best out of it whether it’s good or not so good. It’s a choice in how we handle adversity. I’m not saying it is easy at all, but I strive daily to look at life as a blessing and to wait out the hardships with a positive mindframe. Things could always be worse. I could be dead in the grave with NO opportunity to praise God no matter what. He sustains us.

        Keep holding on my sister. Just know that I am not too far away in prayer standing with you to encourage you any way I can.

        * and Yes this is a ministry. God keeps on blessing when we are the Hands and Feet of the Lord; His precious Son. I encourage you to keep reaching out verbally as a mouthpiece and physically as the vessel you are made to be in the Lord. (( HUGS ))

      2. Wow! We just met, and you’re making yourself available LIKE A SISTER; I’m overwhelmed with what has happened today. I pray that I can be a blessing to others the way you have been a blessing to me today!

        The presence of the LORD is so strong today and I’m so thankful for all I learned and received from HIM through you, Terra.
        ((BIG HUGS BACK))

  14. Thank you for commenting on my question tonight. I am delighted to find your wonderful bog, Dulcinea. Your name has special meaning for me. My parents took me to a dinner theater for my 16th birthday, and we saw Man of La Mancha there. The heroine of the play was Dulcinea—who became a wonderful loving woman through the course of the play….blessings to you on your blog that is a blessing–Kate

    1. You are the first one to recognize and/or mention about where my name is from. In many ways, I can relate to her story; from Aldonza to Dulcinea 😉 Maybe more people can relate to that aspect than care to admit? What a special memory you have of your 16th birthday. I would love to see that muscial performed live! Seen the movie, read the book, but I really would love to see the play. Thank you so much for commenting and, most importantly, for your encouragement 😀

      1. Oh gosh, Dulcinea—if you ever eer ever get the chance to see the play, do so. we saw it at a dinner theater and had the good fortune to have seats right next to the stage. I felt as though I was IN the play. oh my gosh it was so wonderful. I can picture it to this day== and that was 40 years ago. Blessings to you, too!

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