Family Getaway to Palm Beach, FL!

Hi! Hope everyone is doing well! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I’m sure you all enjoyed reading Roman’s latest post about his amazing trip to Israel! What an incredible blessing that his mother, Doni, and himself were able to partake on that spiritual journey together. I’m looking forward to the day that I’ll be able to experience the Holy Land myself! 

Recently, Roman and I went down to Florida with both sides of our family! We traveled with his parents and met with my parents and his grandparents in Singer Island, where we stayed the entire time. First off, a big thank you to Roman for planning the whole trip and doing an extensive amount of research. The way Roman executed everything was perfect. So thank you, Roman!

What made this trip even more special was that it was my parents first time meeting Roman’s grandparents so that was very exciting!!!

We stayed at the beautiful and luxurious condo, Ritz Carlton, that’s located right off the beach. Pictures don’t do justice– we highly recommend staying in this place to truly see how elegant and lovely it is in person!

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One of the buildings of Ritz Carlton. We stayed on the 25th floor!

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Balcony view that oversees the inner part of the island

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With my love!

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My parents loving the view!

 

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LOVED the kitchen, especially the stainless appliances!

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The kitchen window overlooks the beach

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The interior design of the place is beautiful. Loved the wooden and elegant look!

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Masters bedroom. Overlooking the beach and has access to the beachfront balcony!

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View from the master bedroom! Breathtaking!!

I was not able to take a picture of the other rooms, I must have been deep in “the moment” and forgot to take pictures! Lol however, I was able to take pictures of the movie room and the social room!

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Private theatre room

What’s nice about the movie room is you can rent it out and it’s completely private! Unlimited movies and a whole private theatre, what more could you ask for?!

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Pool table located in the Social Room

The Social Room included a pool table, a library, and tables to just sit and relax! It was neat to see all the amenities the condo had to offer.

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One of the two pools at the Ritz Carlton

 

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The “infinity” pool overlooking the beach. Our favorite! We swam in this pool almost everyday!

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Candid photo of Roman just relaxing in the pool

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Overlooking the ocean with my mahal!

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Say cheese, Mark and Doni! 🙂

 

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Nan and Papa Ken relaxing under the shade!

 

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Fun fact: my parents, just like any other Filipinos LOVE to pose for the camera and take lots of pictures! lol

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See what I mean? Always posing! Lol

We spent majority of our time relaxing by the pool but we also LOVED being in the water! Roman in particular loved to swim in it– I didn’t want to get my hair wet (such a girl problem lol) so I didn’t go in as much as he did but I know he definitely had a great time!

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Good life…More like BLESSED life!

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Roman and I did a little bit of walking and ended up at this nice little peaceful spot!

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Heading into the water!! Lol

 

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My mom admiring the pretty view!

Being by the beach is always an amazing feeling. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and pure bliss.

One of my favorite bible verse is from Psalm 36:5-7 NIV

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

 

The ocean will always be a reminder to me of God’s unfailing and unconditional love for us. How blessed are we to have such a loving God!

Everything about the trip was such a blessing. One of the main highlights though is simply being with our families, all together, just enjoying each others presence and having a great time! And in Florida!!! From California, to Northeast Pennsylvania, New Jersey— we were all able to be in Florida all together. Family time is the best time! God truly blessed Roman and I with such loving families and for that, we are forever grateful! Here are some of my favorite pictures with them!

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Group picture with Roman’s grandfather and Katie after breakfast!

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My parents and Roman’s parents! LOVE!

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Selfie with the lovely Nan!

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At CityPlace in West Palm Beach

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The Rubando’s!

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Playing golf!

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Jupiter, FL!

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Roman with my mom and I!

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My love

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With my dad!

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My lovely parents

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Smile! 🙂

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Smiling before getting ready to devour the food!

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@ Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church

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Fountain from Jerusalem

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Courtyard @ Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church

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Beautiful Doni!

SO. MUCH. MORE. PICTURES and that’s just a small gist of it from our one week trip! lol

Knowing Roman and how he LOVES to plan our trips, he already had it all planned out that we were definitely going to see a basketball game in Miami and as always, he kept his word and we were all able to go watch the Rockets vs Heats! It was a great game and it was my first time being in Miami, as well as my parents, so it was an awesome experience!

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Roman got us GREAT seats! Thanks my mahal!

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So excited! lol

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Selfie with my love, of course!

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We were so close!!

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Hey, AllStar!

The next day, my aunt from the Philippines messaged me and told me that she saw Roman and I on TV! Lol what are the odds! She sent us this picture and it was so cool to see!

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A little blurry but yep, that’s us!

I looked up the Instagram of Houston Rocket’s the next day and saw us again!! Lol

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In addition to Roman’s list of “must see in Miami”, he took us to this AMAZING and AUTHENTIC Cuban restaurant! He first heard of it while watching the travel channel sometime last year and it was exciting to finally try the place and see what the hype was all about. Everything was delicious!!!

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Group selfie!

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Hopefully in the near future, we’ll be having Cuban food in Cuba! It was so yummy!

And speaking of yummy, we literally had the BEST steak of our lives at the Flagler’s Steakhouse. I am not exaggerating when I say it is the best filet mignon that I have ever had in my 23 years of life and I think it’s safe to say I speak for everyone else as well. I can’t get over how mouthwatering and enticing the food were!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Menu at the Flagler’s Steakhouse.

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Everything was delicious

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Hello my handsome!

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Excited to try the Filet!

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Group photo!

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Everyone was stuffed and happy! lol

Although my parents were only able to join us for a few days, we were blessed and thankful that they were granted the time off from work and was able to come and spend time with us all!

Upon the day of their departure, was the arrival of Billy, Mitch, Gloria, and Dave!! It was a sad goodbye to my parents but a happy welcoming to our family friends! We went out to dinner to a nice pizza place the night they arrived and it was a nice little Giant Floor reunion in Florida!

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Billy has been with Giant for over 50 years and Mitch is on his 25th year!! That’s dedication!!

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Giant Floor Crew!

We had a great time spending quality time with everyone! Roman’s grandfather took us out deep sea fishing the next morning. It was my first time and oh my goodness, it was so fun!!!

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Fishing boat!

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Grandpa with grandson 🙂

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Excited to catch some fish!

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All smiles before departing out to the deep sea!

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Watched them filet the fish!

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Look how pretty the water was!

There were actually pretty big waves and 90% of the people on the boat, including myself, were seasick! BUT despite the 5 ft waves, I caught a fish!!!! Lol I was so excited!!!

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How cool! My first catch–ever!!!

Billy and Mitch caught some fish as well so they brought it back to the condo and grilled it! I’m sure it tasted fresh! lol

We all had such a wonderful time and can’t wait to do it again!!

We spent the last few days in Florida just relaxing and having a cookout right by the pool, swimming in the beach, and having dinner cooked in the condo!

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Deep talks in the jacuzzi 

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Billy taking a little snooze after swimming! Lol

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Can never get tired waking up to this view!

Thankful for all the great and new experiences and being with amazing company during our trip. It went by so quick, but words can’t express how much fun we all had!!

God is so good for making it all happen! 

And Roman,

THANK YOU! Thank you for all the long hours you put in planning and making sure everything was perfect. All your hard work and effort are very much appreciated.

Mahal Kita, Roman Marcus! 

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Fall is in the air!

Hi everyone, hope all is well!

I cannot believe it’s already November 1st! Thanksgiving is in 3 weeks and Christmas is just right around the corner. Crazy how quickly time flies by. One of the many things I love about Pennsylvania is the foliage. It’s mesmerizing seeing the colorful, vibrant leaves on the trees sway back and forth from the light breeze. It’s just a beautiful time of the year! This year, this season has been warmer than usual and we aren’t complaining at all. Roman and I are definitely soaking in all the cozy, fall fun while we can!

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One of the colorful trees in our neighborhood!

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Look at all the leaves on the ground!

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Love taking strolls with Roman during this time of the year

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@ Glenmaura National Golfclub 

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Practicing my golfing skills lol

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Beautiful sunset

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Father & Son

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The background is absolutely breathtaking!

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Selfie with Roman on the golf course!

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Smile, my love!

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Roman took this nice shot of the sunset! 

And more fall festivities!

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On our way to dinner at The Settler’s Inn!

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This restaurant hand carves such BEAUTIFUL pumpkins!!!

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Look at the details! Wow

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So many pretty pumpkins! lol

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This porkchop was delish

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Roman got the filet and he loved it

Hope you guys enjoyed some of the photos we have from the foliage! If you have yet to experience it— you need to go visit the East Coast ASAP! lol

Have a great and blessed rest of the week!!!

Love, 

Jess

Our First Novena at St. Ann’s Basilica

Hi everyone! Hope you all are doing well! A lot has happened this past month but one thing that’s very special and dear to us is being able to do the Novena this year! It’s our first one together and we are truly blessed to be able to experience it together and at one of our favorite church, St. Ann’s Basilica!

For those who are not familiar with the Novena, it’s practiced in the Roman Catholic Churches which goes on for 9 days and it’s a form of worship consisting of special prayers. It starts off with regular mass and then followed by the novena and guest speakers from all over the world!

Despite our busy work schedule, we managed to go for all the days! There were days where I worked a 12 hour shift after attending the mass and novena which lasted for at least 3 hours but the sacrifice every single day was well worth it!

Our faith has gotten so much stronger since the first day we met and we give all credit to the Lord for never leaving our side and always giving us strength to overcome anything and the best part? He has blessed us with one another to go through the trials and tribulations together.

I am thankful for my partner in Christ. There’s not a day where he does not pray for me, our faith, and our relationship. Attending this novena together renewed us spiritually, mentally, and it healed us.

Here’s a few photos from the novena! St. Ann’s Basilica is a BEAUTIFUL church and the service was outside when the weather was nice and they had food sale every single day so we ate there literally all 10 days lol!

 

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Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a great week!!

Love,

Jess

A Birthday Celebration For A Very Special Woman

Dear Nan, 

Happy Birthday! Roman and I’s prayer for you is to find more peace, wisdom, guidance, and pure joy. May God continue to have His hand on your life and be your refuge. You deserve nothing but the best! We love you!

You are special, loved, unique in every single way and is a big blessing to countless people. 

You are an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend.

We are all truly blessed to have you in our lives and we are forever grateful to the Lord for placing you in all of our lives! 

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to emphasize our love for you and we hope you enjoyed the special celebration of your birthday. 

We love you (Nan) Audrey Page! 

On to the celebration post!

Roman and I, along with his parents Mark and Doni took a day trip out to New Jersey to celebrate his Nan’s birthday! It was not too bad of a drive; only took us about 2 & 1/2 hours without traffic!

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Entering New Jersey!

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Fun fact: George Washington crossed this same exact river on December 25, 1776, during the Revolutionary War. 

We went to Vidalia’s Italian Restaurant to meet with Nan and Papa Ken. It was a beautiful place and the interior as well as the exterior designs caught my eye.

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The outside patio area had a nice ambience!

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Roman with the birthday girl!!!

It was so nice seeing Nan and Papa Ken again since the last time we saw them was early December. We were excited to catch up and enjoy a nice meal with them!

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Doni enjoying her citrus salad!

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Every single one was DELICIOUS! The chef is amazing. The chef is actually the owner and if you’re ever in Lawrenceville, NJ, we HIGHLY recommend Vidalia’s if you’re craving some Italian food!

After lunch, we headed down to Princeton and had a nice time strolling around. The weather was great so it was perfect to walk around and see the little shops.

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We went to a place called the Greene Street Consignment and oh my gosh, I could stay there for hours! They had the cutest clothes, shoes, bags– everything! Mark recommended the place since he’s been there before and the deals are great. It’s high end products for a steal price. I saw many designer stuff for less than $20 in almost perfect condition!

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The famous Green Street

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Doni and I trying on some shoes! Roman found these beautiful, sparkly heels but unfortunately they were a size too big for me! I tried them on anyway. Lol

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If only they weren’t so big, I totally would’ve gotten them! 

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You can’t really see in this picture, but Mark found an AMAZING deal on this spiffy blazer– only $18 for this designer and it retails for $300+ how awesome is that?! And actually, Roman was the one to spot it also. He has such a good eye. Lol 

Once we were done shopping around, we did some more walking around and came across this one bookstore. We had to stop and purchase some books!

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We ended the day by going back to Nan’s house. We gave her birthday gifts and she cooked for us her famous lentil soup and hummus!!! THE BEST LENTIL SOUP AND HUMMUS I HAVE EVER TASTED. It was delicious! I’m craving some now just as I write about it.

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Gift from Doni!!

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Stylish lightweight pants!

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Gift from Roman and I! 

Roman and I bought her an essential oil humidifier. For Christmas, I gave one to Roman and he absolutely loved it and can’t sleep at night without it so we figured she’d love it just as much! We gave her some essential oils as well and we set it up for her right there and then and she was thrilled with it!!

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BEST. COOK. EVER! Thank you for all the yummy food!

Nan showed me some of her painting that she’s done in the past and look at this painting!!! She is beyond talented. I wish I got a picture of the other ones she did. She’s a true artist!

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Baby Roman with his pretty grandma!

Isn’t that baby picture the cutest?! I just want to pinch Roman’s cheeks!! Lol we went through some of Roman’s baby albums and my heart was melting the entire time. So cute!!

We ended up leaving around 8pm and got back to Pennsylvania around 10:30.

We had such a wonderful time! Loved every single moment celebrating Nan’s birthday with her in Jersey with the family.

Happy Birthday once again, Audrey Page!

Lots of love,

Roman & Jesci

 

 

 

Spontaneous date to Books A Million

It’s currently 2:36 p.m and Roman and I just got back from our lunch break. We went to Chipotle for lunch which was much needed because we have not gone in what feels like forever! Afterwards, we spontaneously decided to go to Books A Million since it was just down the street and we were so glad we went! It was my first time going and the last time Roman went was when I was still back in California and he shipped me some of the books he got which included cook books, daily devotionals and a bunch of inspirational journals!

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Peanut Butter & Banana Frappe!

I’m not sure if Books A Million is only in the East Coast because I don’t think I’ve seen any in California. My go-to bookstore back in SoCal is usually Barnes & Noble so I was thrilled to go here!

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Book heaven!

I felt like a little kid in a candy store. Roman was happy seeing me happy, because he knew he did a great thing bringing us here today! Lol there were so many selections, I just wanted to stay for hours and browse around.

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Christian/ Religion section

The first and main section we looked at was the Christian Living Section. There was an abundance of books that stood out to me and I was just way too excited. Roman felt the same exact way and he actually picked up more books than I did. One book in particular stood out to me and that’s the Daniel Fast! The first time I heard about the fast was from Mack‘s post about a month ago about how her church was doing the fasting based on the Book of Daniel and I was intrigued! I never got the chance to look more into it but when I saw the book– I did not hesitate on getting it!

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Excited to read this!!!

What is a Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast referenced in the Bible, particularly in two sections of the Book of Daniel:

  • Daniel 1:12, which states, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.”
  • Daniel 10: 1-2, which says, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

Daniel Fast: Food List

With a quick google search (pre-reading the book), here’s a list of food you can eat while on the fast:

BEVERAGES

  • Water only-must be purified/filtered and spring or distilled water is best.
  • Homemade Almond milk, coconut water, coconut kefir and vegetable juice

VEGETABLES (should form the basis of the diet)

  • Fresh or cooked
  • May be frozen and cooked but not canned

FRUITS (consume in moderation 1-3 servings daily)

  • Fresh and cooked
  • May be dried like raisins or apricots (no sulfites or added oils or sweeteners)
  • May be frozen but not canned

WHOLE GRAINS (consume in moderation and ideally sprouted)

  • Brown Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Barley cooked in water
  • No Wheat, ezekiel bread, others bread, flours, or pasta

BEANS & LEGUMES (consume in moderation)

  • Dried and cooked in water
  • May be consumed from can as long as no salt or other additives are contained and the only ingredients are beans and water

NUTS & SEEDS (sprouted are best)

  • Raw, sprouted or dry roasted (no salt added)

The reason I want to learn more about the Daniel Fast is for spiritual reasons. I want to strengthen my faith even more and to detox and be cleansed.

The following paragraph is found on draxe.com

When you fast and pray—two words that go hand-in-hand in scripture—you pursue God in your life and open yourself up to experiencing a renewed dependence on God, but it isn’t easy.

It is a spiritual discipline that requires denying your physical and mental self because your stomach and your brain will most likely work overtime to remind you when and what they want to eat!

I know this fast will help me to focus more on Christ and I am ecstatic to begin on in this journey and hope to document it all with you!

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More books! Roman got Moving Mountains, The Call, and Man of God

I only got one book and Roman got three, so I’m excited for him to start reading and finish them so he can tell me all about it and that maybe I’ll even read it for myself too!

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My forever date! Thank you for getting us the books my love!

Overall, this was a nice unexpected trip to Books A Million! I love how Roman and I were able to squeeze a little date in between our lunch break and just spend more time together.

I hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Love,

Jess

A day in paradise: Antigua 

Hello Antigua!

We arrived at the beautiful island of Antigua on December 24, 2016. This was our pretty view from the balcony! The sun was beaming and radiated positive vibes right when we stepped out on the balcony for some fresh air. Roman and I knew we were going to have an amazing day on this beautiful island!

Roman with his yummy breakfast

My breakfast plate

Before we got off the ship and ventured off the island, we had a scrumptious breakfast that fueled us for the day! The food definitely did not disappoint on this cruise ship– every single thing was delicious and fulfilling.


When we got off the ship, we walked around and explored some local shops. They had music playing and everything was lively!


We were on our way to the beach via taxi and we were excited!



When we arrived at the beach, we were truly amazed with the color and clearness of the water. It was quiet, peaceful and very relaxing. We felt so much at peace and enjoyed every single moment. We loved the whole island feel especially when this kind gentleman offered us a fresh coconut and opened it up right in front of us! It reminded me of being in the island in the Philippines because fresh coconuts are a must when you’re by the water! 


It was so fresh and yummy!


In addition to fresh coconut, he also cut open some Aloe Vera and put it all over our skin! In this photo, he was putting some on Doni, Roman’s mom, and she loved it. Being pampered in Antigua– absolute best!

It was a blessing meeting this man. He was singing Christmas Carols and his heart was just so pure and genuine which radiated nothing but love! I wish I had a better picture but I snapped a quick photo and was completely mesmerized by his beautiful voice and enjoyed being serenaded to!

After we got done relaxing and having a blast at the beach, we headed back towards the ship and Roman wanted to stop by a few jewelry stores before boarding. I’ve mentioned countless times how much of a romantic man my boyfriend is but let me just emphasize once again because he is just the sweetest thing ever! For his Christmas present, he bought me a diamond cross necklace as a reminder of what the true meaning of Christmas is all about; the birth of Jesus! He wanted me to have the necklace because it symbolizes many things such as how we met through Christ and that as I wear it everyday, it’s a reminder that Jesus is always with me!Thank you again Roman Marcus for this beautiful, thoughtful, and heartwarming cross necklace. My very first one! Having you in my life is one of my biggest blessings but having you as my ultimate partner in Christ is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Thank you for leading us closer to God every single day and being the man of Christ that you are! You inspire me everyday, I love you!


And we boarded the ship afterwards! Our experience in Antigua was truly one for the books! We’ll never forget this memorable experience; God is so good for making this trip possible!

Thank you for reading! Roman and I are hoping to be fully caught up on our cruise posts– life has been crazy busy but praise Jesus for all the blessings!! ❤️

Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Love,

Jesci

 

Christmas time in NYC

I’ve always dreamed of going to New York City around Christmas time and I was beyond ecstatic when Roman told me he had plans of taking me first weekend of December! We had an amazing time despite the chilly weather. Roman’s mom went with us too and it was a nice day trip spending quality time with the both of them!

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On the bus!

We decided to take the bus instead of driving out to the city because we did not want to deal with looking for parking as well as paying a crazy amount of fee. We’re glad we took the bus because it was so easy. Literally got to the bus station around 7, boarded 10 minutes later and 2 and a half hours later, we were in NYC! It was my first time traveling via bus and I liked it lol Although, we actually almost missed it because we left the house pretty late. When we arrived, the tickets were sold out so we were put on a waiting list, however, a lady approached us and offered us her extra round trip tickets for half the price! God is so good because everything worked out. We like to consider that lady an angel because she helped us out and came in at the perfect time!

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It was packed but not as bad as we thought it was going to be! We were able to work from one block to another with no problem. Roman did some shopping at Polo Ralph Lauren and he got some great deals. Afterwards, we walked to the Rockefeller Plaza to see the beautiful tree!

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It was huge and the picture does not do justice of how beautiful it was especially with the lights. We did not stay in the area so we did not see it at night but I’m sure it’s just as beautiful–if not more!

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Love all the details

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About to do some more shopping in Macy’s!

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We had lunch at the Trump Tower and the building was beautiful!! Security were on a whole different level and they were very strict but we were able to get inside with no problem and we came at a good time because it wasn’t too crowded inside!

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Inside of Trump Tower

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Selfie with my favorite person

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$28 for a three-course meal?! That was a great price and the food were all so yummy!

After lunch, we made our way down to Central Park and had a nice carriage ride! It was a short 20 minute ride but it was lovely.

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Carriage ride through Central Park

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More selfies!

When our little tour was over, we headed down to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and unfortunately, because of the traffic and the struggle of finding our Uber driver, we missed the mass. However, we made it just in time during communion so we were happy we were able to at least receive communion! It was a BEAUTIFUL church and just being inside gave me a feeling like no other.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral Church

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There were thousands of people and it was so nice seeing the church so full with people from all over the world loving on the same God, our heavenly Father!

Once church was done, we were walking down the street with the intention of getting our Uber to head down to Little Italy but one little dress boutique caught my attention and we went inside just to look inside. Since our cruise is next Monday, I was getting worried about finding the right dresses for the Captain’s dinner and other formal dinner nights that will be taking place on the ship. When we went inside the store, Roman’s mom and I were stunned when we saw all the beautiful evening gowns. I don’t have any photos from the shop but everything was so lovely and I was debating whether or not to get anything but Roman’s mom insisted I try on some dresses. After trying on a few, we were falling in love with all of them and she surprised me by buying me all the dresses! Not just the dresses, but she also bought me gold heels with an abundance of silver and gold jewelry to match! Isn’t she the sweetest?! My heart was touched and I am oh so grateful for her. I seriously loved every single thing. I no longer have to worry about formal nights on the ship anymore, I am all set!

After our spontaneous shopping, we headed down to Century 21 and Roman did some more shopping! We went to Little Italy shortly after and had some amaaazing Italian for dinner.

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It was a nice restaurant called La Nonna’s and if you’re ever in the area of Little Italy, we highly recommend it!

We had dessert at the famous Ferrera’s and when we got inside, the line was so long! That’s how you know the place is really good.

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At this time, it was around 10 pm and our bus to get back home departs at 11 pm. The line was so long but we decided to stay anyways and by the time we got done paying and getting our Uber driver, it was 10:40!! We got stuck in traffic, had to take detours, looking for where our bus was and dealing with the crowd.. we thought we were going to miss it but again, God is so good because we made the bus within a minute before it left! God had us encounter so many Angels who helped us find our way and make it possible for us to make it right on time.

Overall, we had an amazing time. Everything worked out for the best and God was looking out for us the entire trip! But that’s no surprise because God is with us all the time! 

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Jess