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Introducing Nicole Ramirez
Hello my name is Nicole and it mean victory of the people, victorious one, and it origin is from Greece.
I am a photographer, author, as well as an artist. This is my first posting here in my blog, and over the next season, i will share from several different subjects so as to encourage you.  One goal I have and intend to accomplish is to share the trials, traumas, and just hard times that i have come through, that i made it this far and you can too.
So, let me start with as i said above....  My name is Nicole. I am adopted and found out as i was raised by my adoptive parents, that my name was given to my by my biological dad. I was born in the 50's, and even though now in the 21st century, when i was growing up there was not one other Nicole i even met, heard of, be it in my life or on television. I never heard the name Nicole anywhere at all.
I was raised by Mr & Mrs Stickler, my adoptive parents, and they adopted another kid, this time a boy, and now i had a brother. We moved ever so much and so i never really got established in a neighborhood, all but for once. 
My dad acquired cancer and died of it when i was 11. We moved back to Pennsylvania, so he could say goodbye to his blood family before he died. After his death we came back to California, and settled in
San Diego County, the home of my moms sister.  We settled in an rural area of the Eastern County, and we stayed in one place, and it was nice to go to one school my entire high school years.
Of course i saw some cute looking guys, and sorta would follow them around. Another guy became aware of me, especially as i started to go to sports events to take pictures. I decided to take photography, for i needed credits to graduate, and that seemed different and maybe fun.  By the end of my junior year, i started dating this guy who was watching me. He graduated that year and 2 years later i then graduated.  He then moved and got his own apartment and i invited myself to move in. Within several months a very good friend of mine, had a dream, and because of the dream, she begged me to watch Billy Graham crusade that weekend on the t.v. (i had gone to his crusades growing up, and watched his crusades lots of times).  So the weekend came and it was December of 1977. I watched the crusade and ended up curled up on the floor crying at the end when the invitation to accept Christ was given. Well that very night, i couldn't go to bed with my boyfriend, i just KNEW it was not good anymore. So i slept in the walk in closet. Within the next week, i moved home with my mom. (she now only had a one bedroom apartment, and my brother had left home).  Within several months my boyfriend whose name was Charles, well he came to invite me out on a date once again, and shared with me he was saved now.  Within 5 months i was engaged, and we got married in June 1979.
I got pregnant nearly immediately and had a son in June of 1980 and named him charles as well. I now called my husband Charlie. The next 20 years were basically 2 more kids, who were boys, and several apartments too.
In 2002 my mom died, and within a year i started looking for my birth mom.  It was (I think) in 2005 that i found my birth dad. I found him for i had always known we had the new paper article in which it was shared the details of my situation..........
Details will be given in the next posting on my blog...........

Monday, April 7, 2014

Numbers, Birds, and more................

I shared before about colors and hope you enjoyed, and even learned some tidbits on this topic.  I am looking forward to hearing testimonies of what colors, numbers mean to you. What and How God communicates to you ................
So here we go for my weekend was unique and awesome. A wonderful cousin contacted me and asked me, Hey Nicole, I want to come pick you up and take you anywhere you want to go. (I thought about South America, but didn't want to pack and get a passport, so close a nearby park).  LOL  We arrive (oh by the way we are both photographers). We get to t he lake and the first thing I notice is they had to cut some beautiful trees down, so as to put in a skate park :(   oh well,  S I G H............
We park and I see the water level is down for our low/drought condition of a season.  :(     I start telling myself to LOOK for the good.  So we start walking and I start hearing those lake/water birds like red winged blackbirds, common yellow throat warblers, some common geese, mallard, American coots, and so much more.  I, well OH my gosh, I feel like I am back home again.  (another story for another time).  We continue to walk and I see those cool white pelicans!  American White Pelicans! I get some cool shots and then they take off and fly, soar, and for the rest of the day, they just seem to become the focal point and subject of the day for both Roseanne and I.  I take my time and just stand behind some reeds and see what "might" peek out of there and sure enough I get to see those little warblers I shared earlier of: Common Yellowthroat warblers. I see some cool herons, and those delightful dancing egrets too. My eyes follow the egrets and see they are making their nests in the tall Eucalyptus trees by the Library. I never knew there were so many nest in such a few trees. WOW! Walking, I get close the end of the lake, and do pray, declare, decree, fill up the Lake, Lord, bring in the rain and fill us up. I repent for taking advantage and not treasuring the land, and just forgetting about her. Amen.  
Next time, I will probably take out my flags and do a rain dance!  It's anointed, so it will work. :)  Let's get back to the walk now. We start back, and choose not to circle the entire lake. We get back and those pelicans are docile now and just quiet.......... AND THEN, these two kids go and scare them. I get so errrrrrrrrrr, but convince myself the birds aren't hurt, just watch.  So I do. These waterfowl choose to leave their sandbar of a peninsula and go to an island like place that is harder to get to. You have to go around the entire park to get there. I start thinking they are smarter than I give them credit for. 
Oh yeah!  I started to share about numbers, for last time was colors. Ready?
As I shared we got to the lake and saw so much life, birds and more. The pelicans became a focal point and subject of the day. I got home and looked through my photography and what caught my attention was the birds in flight ............OH!!!  the next day, for the lake trip was Saturday, and on Sunday I was home, and that is no where near any lake. I am in my backyard and look up and what do I see? PELICANS!!!!    They soar up there for about 10 minutes and take of in 2 different directions. 
So the conclusion of my weekend (which I was fasting "Doing, Doing"  another posting/another time), was the fact 2 different number kept presenting themselves.  The #3, and #4.
Three can mean a variety of things and I do have some Christian books that have helped me, but sometimes numbers can be personal. #3 can be about braiding, something in your life needs more than just you to accomplish it. It can stand for the Trilogy, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, again which is being attached somewhere in God. Many of us have isolated ourselves, and of course use social media, but even on Facebook, you can isolate yourself from having close freindships. The #3 can have to do with conforming. Learning this does take study in regards to what was created on the third day of creation. Oh also this is the first geometrical figure. Again when I look at those lines, 2 lines can't make a figure, and it take 3 to make a figure to contain anything. I look at marriage , I look at friendships, please include the Lord to make that relationship complete. Also there were 4 pelicans in flight at the park. 4 is a cool number, most likely having to do with ruling/reigning. Seeing the pelicans Saturday, they were a focal point and another interpretation of #4 is dominion /dominance. What dominates you? What do you give dominance in your life. So I "could" interpret the weekend that the Lord either needs to be in UTTER dominance over my /our/ you life.  How many of us have given CHRIST UTTER dominance over our lives. I haven't,  I am trying, Trying! God is going deeper and Deeper in all of us that will let HIM.  Shalom~

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