Thankful Thursdays

For a shoe-full of perspective.

This week I find myself in someone else’s shoes. I messed up my knee and I’ve been hopping around wearing a brace and on crutches. The temporary interruption has brought to mind the countless people who live with disabilities, namely those who come back from war all mangled up. It is a challenge for me right now to do certain things, I can just imagine (although not fully) what a challenge it is for those permanently disabled.

The reality is that most people are fighting some type of battle, be it health, economic, or social in nature, and we shouldn’t have to find ourselves in their shoes, literally or figuratively, to be compassionate and understanding. Empathy should kick in regardless. But, I tell you what, when that literal shoe fits, what a dose of perspective you get!

I thank the Lord for the continued lessons, and pray He fills me with compassion…always.

In whose shoes have you found yourself walking? And what are you thankful for today?

“It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack
But no one can rate a burden’s weight
Until it has been on his back.”
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes isn’t as much about the walk or the shoes; it’s to be able to think like they think, feel what they feel, and understand why they are who and where they are. Every step is about empathy.”
-T. Sorenson



Thankful Thursdays

For the unmasking.
This week we’ve been away enjoying most of our time where the latest accessory is not needed. Ahhh…the freedom.
I hope and pray soon we’ll be able to return to hugging, dining, traveling, working, and learning without the need for this accessory. When, without a doubt, we will do all those things even better than before.
For now, for this week’s unmasking and time with family, I am thankful.
What are you thankful for today?
Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.
“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”
-A.L. Huxtable


Thankful Thursdays

For employment in the time of Corona.

Yesterday during our weekly office web meeting many of us expressed how grateful we feel to be employed during these challenging times. Most of us know people who have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. It’s gotta be tough, and we pray for them.

So I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Every morning when I log in and connect to my office, I say “Thank You Lord! And thank you, White & Case, for having our backs.” I am grateful for the chance to be part of this company and to work with such a great group of people.

For employment in the time of Corona, I feel so very blessed.

What are your thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

P.S. Please remember we are fundraising for St. Jude. Click: Team RxfortheSoul

“Tough times don’t last. Tough teams do.”

Thankful Thursdays

For those who make a difference.

It has been a difficult year for all of us so far. Imagine what it’s been like for cancer-stricken kids and their families.

The annual St. Jude Walk/Run is going VIRTUAL this year. Once again, I have signed up Team RxfortheSoul to participate in this event which will be held on September 26th (wherever we choose to walk/run since it’s completely virtual). This is a great and important cause. By donating to St. Jude you can make a significant difference in the life of another.

Thanks to your gracious donations last year, we were one of the top fundraising teams in Miami. Now we need your help to reach (and hopefully surpass) our goal for 2020. You know all those blessings in your life? Well, here’s a chance to pay it forward. Thank you!

To visit our page and donate click: TeamRxfortheSoul

Apart for now. Together always in hope.




For you who make a difference, I am thankful.


What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“God doesn’t just give you resources for your own enjoyment, but to make a difference in the world around you. God never blesses us just to sit on what we have. He blesses us so we can bless others.”
-Rick Warren


Thankful Thursdays

For more wag.

We recently got a dog. Well, more like Lauren showed up with a dog and we somewhat reluctantly allowed it. But now we love Beni. What I love the most about this animal is how happy he gets when he sees us, hyper-wagging his little tail off. And you just can’t help but to smile. It instantly pauses, defuses, and soothes a moment. It’s a total mood changer.

Anyway, I was thinking that in the midst of these stressful times when everyone seems to be a bit more on edge than usual, it would be wise to put into practice more of our “wagging” and cut out some of our “barking.”

To those people in my life who choose to wag more and bark less, I say THANK YOU.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“My son, sweeten thy tongue and make savory the opening of thy mouth; for the tail of a dog gives him bread, and his mouth gets him blows.”

Thankful Thursdays

For that Higher Power.

What are we in control of, really? These days more than ever we make ourselves crazy over the things that are not going our way. I know I do. But let me share with you a little exercise I use to put me in my place. Please repeat after me: “There is a Higher Power, and I am not it.” 

This plainly means that we must do what we can and leave what we can’t in the hands of He who can and will. Period. I have experienced that letting go of what I can’t control has proven to be in my best interest. And that handing over my worries, concerns, and stubbornness to God (as difficult as that may be) leaves space in my mind for happier and more productive thoughts.

For that Higher Power today and always, I am thankful.

How do you “let go and let God”? And what are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
-Matthew 6:34

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
-Steve Maraboli

Thankful Thursdays

For awakenings.

Last week I had surgery to remove my gallbladder (because 2020 wasn’t exciting enough). Would have preferred to have kept it, but it wasn’t in the plan for me. As I sat in the recovery room and my body and mind awoke (that anesthesia was the bomb), I was immediately thankful to be awake, and grateful for the doctors and healthcare workers who had a hand in seeing me through the process. Today, I’m also thankful for my squad at home who are taking such good care of me.

But I’m mostly thinking about, and praying for, those going through much more serious health issues than a dysfunctional gallbladder. May the Lord heal you. Keep the faith. Stay strong.

What are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“The First wealth is health.”
-R.W. Emerson

“There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.”
-H.D. Thoreau

“The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.”
-W. Fields


Thankful Thursdays

For Mom’s angel.

Lazara Ortega was unlike anyone I have ever known. She came into our lives shortly after my grandfather passed away in 1992 when, through a friend of a friend, she was put in touch with us about renting my grandfather’s apartment, which connected to our house. Instantly, we took a liking to her. It was impossible not to. She had a kind and noble disposition.

Lazara came from Cuba many years ago and the closest she had to family was the people she worked for. She was no stranger to hard work. In fact, that’s all she did her entire life, work hard. Always for others. Cleaning, cooking (boy could she cook!), babysitting, etc. With barely a second grade level education, she relied mostly on strength, experience and wisdom to tackle everything in life. As admirable as that was, what impressed me most about Lazara was her no-matter-what unwavering faith. It was worthy of envy. God in her lips all the time, no matter the circumstances. In her early 90’s she’d still walk to church daily for morning Mass, rain or shine – – that worthy of envy.

She adored Lauren and Danny and often, even after a long day’s work, would cook a meal for them and either send it with Mom or show up at our doorstep, pots in hand. Just the other day on the phone she said to me, “Les voy hacer una comidita.” I’m going to make them a little meal. Never mind she no longer had the strength or health to do that, she had the will.

Through the years, she and Mom became very close. They looked in on each other, had their afternoon cafecito together, shared stories, treated each other’s ailments, and celebrated milestones together. Mom would tell everyone Lazara was her angel. “Ella es mi angelito negro,” she would say.

Today, I’m posting about Lazara in remembrance of her life and the legacy of humility, strength and faith she leaves behind. She left this world a few days ago as the saying goes, “Con los zapatos bien puestos.” With her shoes firmly on. A warrior. She was 96 when the Lord summoned her. I am sure in a “Beam me up, Scotty” sort of way. Heaven did not have to wait long for that soul to reach it. Not a woman like her.

For Mom’s angel, and ours, I am thankful. Rest in Peace, Lazarita. You will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Do you have an angel here on Earth? And what are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
-Ephesians 6:15

Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Matthew 26:13

Thankful Thursdays

For interim spots.

The dining room has been their interim home office for four months now. She never would’ve imagined that, she said. Anyway, in this interim office, she has the best spot. It’s next to the bar and faces the blooming Crape Myrtle. From this spot, she can see Amazon, UPS, FedEx, and USPS without wondering who that annoying thing they call the Ring camera is picking up. From this spot she also gets to see walk-by neighbors she didn’t know she had. Me too! And I see Nelly, their cat, being Nelly. One day…just wait.

Lockdown sucks, but this view’s not bad. I’m really enjoying it. For this spot, and the blessing that my human family is still employed, today I am thankful. – Beni Heinz Perez

What’s your lockdown spot like, and what are you thankful for today?

Until next Thursdays post…si Dios quiere.

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” -J. Wooden

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” –T. Roosevelt


Thankful Thursdays

For skills discovered.

Cooking is not for everyone. It’s definitely not my cup of tea, that’s no secret, and my family can attest to it. Sadly, I didn’t inherit Mom’s love for cooking or her skill for creating her amazing meals. I really never had an interest for the craft, to be honest. For me it was more of a task, so I tended to look away whenever she tried to teach me. She cooked everything ojo and the most I managed to pick up were guesstimations here and there to put together a quick meal.

Knowing well I was culinarily challenged, she gave us a famous cookbook shortly after we got married, dedication page and all. But, no matter how inspiring Mom’s inscription, whenever I considered taking on one of the dishes in this book, I’d quickly reconsider after reading the recipe. It was just as comedian Rita Rudner would say: “I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself ‘well, that’s not going to happen.’”

What did happen was the lockdown and the boredom and the extra time, which forced the flow of some creative juices I didn’t know I had. All of a sudden, I found myself trying my hand at some of Mom’s pinches of this and dashes of that, and creating some inventos of my own. Que?, I actually can cook! That, by the way, has been confirmed by my closest critics, my husband and kids. This trio is raw honest when it comes to food taste, sin pena, so when they say, “Wow, this is pretty good,” trust me, it must be. They’ve stopped adding Sriracha sauce and Ketchup to most of the food so I’m feeling quite accomplished.

Before lockdown, how can I put this…we ate. During lockdown, it’s more like dine. “Ya era hora,” Mom must be saying from above. Thanks, Mom, for the cookbook, I love reading the inscription. I think I’ll start reading the rest of the pages.

For skills discovered, today and always, I am thankful. What skills have you discovered during your lockdown? And what are you thankful for today?

I dedicate this post to my husband who celebrates a birthday today. Happy birthday, babe 🎂🎉 thanks for never complaining about my cooking (or lack thereof). ❤️

To my dearest children, Connie and Jose:
There’s a very old saying that says: ‘Love enters through the kitchen.’ I know very well that your love is blessed by God and is true and beautiful. In this book there are many easy and tasty recipes, I hope to try some of them.
Save this as a reminder of someone who prays every day for your happiness.
Receive a thousand kisses and hugs
from your mommy

Until next Thursday’s post…si Dios quiere.

“You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.” -C.S. Lewis

“The only reason I have a kitchen is because it came with the house.”