Friday, March 24, 2017

Papa Villaneva-96 Years old


On March 22, 1921, my grandfather was born in Mexico. Papa was born as a premature baby. He was told by his mother he looked like a rat. They did not know he was going to live but he did live after 96 years. His story on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NMyMco_8Ek4 in Spanish.

My grandfather is living the American dream. My papa's story of his life is through the eyes of his grand daughter, me and his family.

He purchased his farm in the 1980's with every penny he saved in his life.

I grew up as I watched my grandfather be: a farmer, a father, a husband and as a pastor. I visited my grandparents each summer between the ages of 9-12 years old. I watched this retired older man wake up each morning at dawn to work on a farm. My grandmother would prepare breakfast 🍳 and make coffee @ 5am for my uncles and my papa.

My grandfather is a father to many sons and daughters in Christ including his family. The Lord is number # 1 in his life! My grandfather prayed for many folks in his home and in the deep parts of Mexico. My grandfather started a church in Reynosa, Mexico many years ago. The church still alive in Reynosa even today. My papa's life is a very interesting before he found the Lord. One of my papa's favorite mariachi song is, "One Day at a time", https://youtu.be/Jqmf_nf6uyg.

There is more to come in my blog about my papa's life. 


Living By Faith

Friday, February 24, 2017

Why do I Love my Junior League?


5 years ago, I was lost. I was grieving as a daughter who had lost the greatest's dad in the world  and also I had received my master degree. I was in a very dark place in my life during this period of time. I prayed to the Lord to give me an answer. My coworker told me to join Junior League. I had received a letter from Dallas Junior League to join their league but I declined because the organization was too big for me. I wanted to join Junior League of Arlington- www.jlarlington.org . I worked in Arlington for many years. I met a bunch of great women from different backgrounds these past 5 years. One of my JLA sisters - Leslie W. was a cancer survivor (her website www.survivorsonpurpose.com ) Leslie had taught me to be strong in my grieving period. I worked through different volunteer job positions in last 5 years. I love to help my league sister when they called or emailed me. My favorite job was working with all horses & all kiddos with All Stars- www.allstarfoundation.org . My grieving was disappearing. I was focusing on helping better my community. As a Christian, I learned to serve & help others in JLA. There were times when I needed to encourage my JLA sister or help with their projects. I am leaving my legacy in Junior League of Arlington. One day when someone who will ask who is Isleen. She is that gal who loved her league. 


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Friday, September 25, 2015

35 Years Young!



Where did the time go? I was 25 years old, 10 years ago in the month of September. I was 25 years old and thinking of school, and work. When I was 25 years old my life was consumed all about me. Little did I know that things were going to change for me a year later when I watched my father fight colon cancer. Life is not all about me, it's about somebody else. Be strong when someone is weak. Love the Lord when things go wrong in your life.




This past year in my life, I had decided to make some changes in my life and make some major goals for my future.

Health was most important factor in my life. No, I don't need to lose weight, but exercising is on top of my list. Cancer is my fear in my life. I was not being active in my daily life. I purchased Fitbit and notice I had 2,000 steps in my daily walk. Scary! Also, my mother and my younger sister advice me to work out. These ladies push me to better myself and my body. Thanks mom and sis!

Clifford, my sis and I working out @ www.vargasbjj.com/jiu-jitsu.html

Less about social media and focus on volunteering, exercising, catching up at home, watching my favorite shows, hanging with my family and friends. Please forgive me if I miss your birthday, commenting on your vacation, family's pictures, pet's pictures, or your friend's pictures, or your status. I have to a balance to my life. Computers do not rule my life. I choose to live in the real world.

Growing up in the hospitality industry appearance is very important to the public. I found when you exercise all the time less makeup and working less on your hair. This was a huge sacrifice that I was making this year.

Worship and Prayer in traffic. I found the best times you can have with the Lord is in traffic @ 8am. Patience is key during this time. I found myself avoiding accidents and not having a flat tire on busiest highways in my hometown. Thank you, Lord for protecting me!

Lastly, this week, my cousin passed away from cancer. This was my dad's older brother- step daughter, Tracy Crowe Fash. I watched her fight breast cancer. I was not close to my cousin, but I prayed a lot for her. I was believing for a miracle for this young woman. I felt it was a duty as my dad's daughter to prayer for her. I watched Tracy beat cancer 1st time and watch the pain of Tracy fighting for her life 2nd time. Tracy lived her life to fullest with her family, colleagues and with friends in her last days.

As, I turn 35 this month, I leave words from my cousin, https://twitter.com/TracyFash : "I may have a non curable cancer but I can't help feeling so blessed by the wonderful people in my life." #lovelife#needacureforcancer

Psalm 91:4-5(CEV)
He will spread his wings
 over you and keep you secure. His faithfulness is like 
a shield or a city wall.5 you won’t need to worry 
about dangers at night
 or arrows during the day.

Many hugs to my dad's family, Tracy's friends & love ones.













Sunday, June 28, 2015

Forget me Not!


Today my dad would be 61 years old on 06.28.2015. I want to remember my dad with the words he had written on September 08,1999 during his morning devotion. He had written this devotion call,"Forget Me Not." Daniel R. 

I hope you are encouraged today. 
From his oldest daughter, Isleen R.




Sunday, March 8, 2015

Chili Cook-off to benefit Survivors On Purpose



Chili Cook-off and Family Fun Day to benefit Survivors On Purpose, Inc. will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

$10.00 for Adults Advanced discount tickets can be purchased for $8 each on-line at www.survivorsonpurpose.com.

For more info please reach out to the below details:
+1-817-469-1404  lwilliams@survivorsonpurpose.com

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year in 2015!


Happy New Year in 2015! Times flies by quickly! I had a few minutes to write down a few words of my goals in 2015!  Here is my list for 2015! 

Wordle: New Years 2015

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/8414269/New_Years_2015

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Good Bye Summer, Hello to Fall Season in 2014


The End of Summer is approaching. Fall is here. College Football started! It's time to say good bye to Summer. I hate to see Summer season to leave but a new season has arrived. A few precious moments this past summer 2014. Enjoy!






























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