Thursday, August 17, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Million Times

"if i lived a million lives,
i would have felt a million
feelings and i still
would have fallen 
a million times
for you."

-r.m. drake


"you're a flower
and you don't
need to drown
the moment
the rain starts 
falling down."

-r.m. drake

Friday, July 7, 2017

Amy Winehouse - To Know Him Is To Love Him

I love you DRT. 

Your Wife To Be

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Your Mess Is Mine

"You're the reason that I feel so strong,
the reason that I'm hanging on.

You know you gave me all the time
or did I give enough of mine?

This mess was yours, now your mess is mine. . ."

Vance Joy - Mess is Mine

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

I love you and I miss you every single day.

Happy Father's Day.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Losin Control - Story of My Life

"She fell for him & hasn't gotten up since. . ."

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

You Decide

"Love makes no mistakes and people could either be a blessing or a lesson. You decide."

-R.M. Drake

Friday, April 28, 2017

O.G.B at 15 Months

Who This? New Phone. . .

Photo Cred: J. Blickenstaff

Temples & Views

A hidden gem in this overcrowded city. Filled with chanting and scented oils. A place filled with serenity and peace. Marble and limestone walls. Architectural details at its finest. We walked out of there wishing we knew more and more about their religion and practice. It made us realize how naive we are about other cultures. I get to venture and absorb some knowledge, in this case in regards to Hinduism, with my lifetime partner. Ps. You aren't allowed to wear shorts or shoes while walking through the temple. So here he is. . . I think he looks quite handsome in his mundu. Love you baby.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

Happy Easter! 

Be Graceful. Be Thankful.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Born Again

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”

— Gautama Buddha

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Die With You by Beyonce

Last year around October was the first time I heard a snip of this song. It was a minute long video uploaded to YouTube by one of her fans. Beyonce usually plays this song, along with a slideshow of intimate photos and videos of her family, during intermission at her shows. This song gave me some serious aesthetic chills!!

Even before we got engaged, I've been jotting down songs that make me feel a certain way about Him. Die With You was third on my list, for the obvious reason that it wasn't a full song. Well, two days ago, on her wedding anniversary (Beyonce) released the full song!! And now it has easily moved up to first place on my list. 

The first time I heard the entire song was on my way to class and I couldn't help it—a fistful of tears streamed down my face. If my heart could sing a song about the way I feel about Him, the way I see Him. . . it would be this song. 

"I don't have a reason to cry, and I have every reason to smile.
And I don't have a reason to lie, when you're already reading my mind.
And I don't have a reason to be, if I can't be with you.

And I don't need air in my lungs, if I can't sing your song.
No I don't need hands, if I don't get to keep you warm.
And I don't really need myself, if I don't need you.

'Cause darling I wake up just to sleep with you,
I open my eyes so I can see with you,
and I live so I can die with you.

And I don't really need these fingers, if I don't get to touch your spine.
No I don't need these legs, if I ain't walking by your side.
And I don't really need to be, if I can't be with you."

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Night Of. . .

That Tuesday evening, we had plans to celebrate our third-year anniversary. We decided on the restaurant and made plans to meet at his apartment after my class ended. I have class on Tuesday evenings, therefore setting an exact time was a little tedious. My professor usually dismisses us fifteen minutes early but on this particular evening, she decided to keep us a little later than usual. I sent him a text message letting him know I was still in class and that it was better if we just met at the restaurant. He was a little hesitant but agreed.

When I arrived at the restaurant he was already seated at a table. I walked up to him, kissed him on the lips and sat down next to him. He had already ordered us drinks and I could tell by his body language that he was kinda nervous. He was tapping his right foot uncontrollably and his speech was a little rushed. (I later on found out why, of course.) He asked me about class and then joked around about the restaurant, “I take you to the best places, only the best for my girl.” Truth be told, I got on Yelp and found the restaurant. His only job was to show up. Haha

We ate dinner, talked some more and stared at each other the way we normally do. We asked for the check and that was that. He told me he had to stop by the gas station to fill up (typical stuff he does on our hang out night) and we agreed to meet me at his place. I got to his apartment and I immediately took off my heals, I usually put on my pajamas as soon as I get there but I didn’t do so this time. I was in the restroom when he got there.

I walked out of the rest room and he tells me, “Babe, one of the balcony rails is loose.”

Concerned and a little upset, mostly because our children hang off those rails almost every week,
I walked outside and started tugging on all the rails and nothing. . . they were all perfectly fine. I finally glanced down towards the pool and there it was, in gigantic letters, “MARRY ME?”

I gasped and when I turned around he was on one knee, holding up a little black box with the most beautiful ring my eyes have ever seen.

I uttered out loud, “What. . . what are you doing?”

“You are amazing Perla and I love you so much. . ." & before he could finish I ran to him and hugged him while he was still kneeling.

"Yes, babe, yes." I replied. Even though he didn't finish asking me.

I sat on his knee and he held me until I was done crying. I then sat on the couch and stared at my ring and then stared at him. (This went on for a good ten minutes.) He later on told me he had this whole speech recited, so meaningful that it made his eyes twinkle a little when he thought about it. But I didn't let him get to it! & now I have to wait till our wedding day to hear it.

He also told me how difficult it was to time everything. He didn’t know what time I was getting out of class, it didn’t help that I unexpectedly asked him to meet me at the restaurant opposed to his place. He had to hide the rocks with pool chairs prior to meeting me at the restaurant and then uncover them after we had dinner so I could see them. But he said it worked out perfectly. And I couldn't agree more, the night of my proposal was everything I've never dreamed of. 

To Him: I have never known love like this, nor have I loved another human being in this way. And I honestly don’t believe one lifetime together will ever be enough. I love you with all my heart D.R.T.

Your Wife To Be

Friday, March 17, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Someone Like You

"and i was born the
moment i fell in
love with the world,
because i knew
somewhere, someone
like you existed in it."



I love you. #mcm

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Happy International Women's Day!

"Strong women. . . 
may we know them, 
may we be them, 
may we surround ourselves by them."

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

"We love because He first loved us."

-1 John 4:19


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Birthday Fun

Pictures by J.Blickenstaff