From My Heart to the Heaven | Sending Greetings

 photo 885684_68498368.jpgI wonder if people in heaven are still blowing candles and singing birthday song. Will our age grow in number? Are we even going to remember the date we said hello to the world? I think nobody knows, until we get there. I’m not even sure if it is written in the Bible. Anyway, back to the real world. Today, my mind wanders as my father, whom have gone to be with Jesus, marks his supposedly 62nd birthday. It is sad celebrating this day without his presence, which we missed. But I don't want to be melancholic because I know that God was never wrong taking him “home”. Though pain sometimes creep in, but I chose to believe that you are in a much better place. So today, I would like to celebrate and remember his life – life was tough for us, but he chose to persevere for us to have a good life. I hope you could see up there that we are living the life that you desired for us to live. Had you not willingly chose to be a good & a loving father to us, my sister and I, would never become what we are

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A Mother’s Note on Mother’s Day

 photo IMG_5715_zps496kwcse.jpgHonoring the Mother's today. Hooray to the beautiful, courageous & most loving being in the universe! I am truly blessed, that God entrusted me two wonderful bubbly boys who gave me the right to be called Mom - a tough, yet heartening and gratifying role in my existence. I am glad that I took this path. The road may not always be smooth, sure there were bumps along the way and I'm sure there are more, but for the last 5 years, it has been a pleasant and memorable journey. Those bumps, had made me the kind of mom I am today. For that, I will continue the journey as long as I can. I may not be the ideal mom though, but I will always try to give my best shot on mothering my kids. Happy Mother's day to all moms in the world!
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What’s on your Name?

 photo 23a8904a-6f07-4311-85b7-045cb3874c53_zpsomn70drj.jpgI have been contemplating writing about this topic years ago, but it didn't happen until today, as we are touching nouns on language arts subject. One of the goals is to let the student understand what name is. I printed their names, and have them colored it. But before they do, I let them know the meaning of their names. When I conceived to our eldest son, picking out a good name was not easy. I was like, it should sound good, distinctive and most of all meaningful. Baby's name is significant. It's not only a huge part of their being but, will also help shape how they'll perceive themselves and how others will think about them. So before picking out your baby's name, think of it carefully, make sure you and your spouse will do a research before you decide. My husband and I thought of giving our children a name whose meaning will impact their lives. Our eldest name is Zoe Yechekiel. Zoe was taken from his dad's name, which means life. Yechekiel is from the hebrew name Yechezqel, which means God strengthens. So his name will translate to "A life that God strengthens." Zian on the other hand has a

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When a Kindergarten Asks About Salvation

 photo 3e60c647-eee2-4ce3-a8e9-8da9104c6ae3_zps0ayilkx2.jpgWe were studying the story of Hanna, and we started with a memory verse from Hebrews 5:9, it says, the Lord gives eternal salvation to those who obey Him. I wasn’t even done reading the verse, a question has already been raised by Zoe. I was actually reluctant answering as I may not be able to explain it appropriately to his understanding. But this not so little boy was persistent and was asking more questions. My mind wasn’t that quick, and I’m ashamed to say, that I even forgot to ask the Holy Spirit to help me answer the questions, instead I quickly pick my phone and googled. What is eternal? Was his first question. While trying to pick the right words, dear husband uncertainly answered “life after death” then I, followed by telling him it’s never ending, it’s like forever. He was staring at me and was attentive, I guess he was getting what I was saying. As we go through the memory verse, comes another question. Salvation! What is salvation mommy? Again, my mind was like, how? How am I going to  explain salvation to a 5 year old? I wasn’t trained to evangelized kids, especially a 5

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A Bobbing to Blissful Year

 photo 23e3064a-d8a0-4e51-9f14-ea80be77815b_zpsitrd6scm.jpgI looked at the calendar today, and saw that there is only 1 more day left for the year 2015. I’ve got an opportunity to write today, so I thought of sharing how the year 2015 went our way. Well, there are happy and sad events in our family this year. Let me begin with the happy ones. Late last year, my husband was transferred into a new work place. So, we started our 2015, with a desire of moving the whole family to his workplace. This has always been our desire for the last 3 years of being separated due to work. This year, our eldest son Zoe, had a remarkable milestone. Late March, he finished Nursery in a traditional school, ranking third for the whole nursery level. I was happy and proud with the little boys' achievement. But, it was also in this month, we seriously thought and consider homeschooling our children as a preparation for our big move. It was April, when we officially enrolled Zoe in a Homeschool provider. And as we get closer to our desire of moving, anxiety found me. And as I try to think positive and avoid worrying, I got hit by a total sadness.

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When Your Child is Curious of God’s Presence

 photo IMG_49891_zpsrvruz4aa.jpgI was about to hit the sack, when my son Zoe popped up a question “mommy is God here?” Then, with my sleepy eyes I answered yes, He is here with us. He replied, "He can see us, but why we can’t see Him? I told him, that God is in heaven and He is powerful that He can see us from there. I continue by telling him that He also lives in his heart, in his brother’s & dad’s heart and in my heart as well. And that, if you have Jesus in your heart you will be a good person. And again, he blurted another question, “then why there is magnanakaw (thief)? Did God create them?” Astound, I answered, God created humans but not magnanakaw. It’s a sin and satan created it. What is sin? Who is Satan? Those were the follow up questions. So I answered, Satan cause people to do bad things. That’s why when you have Jesus in your heart, you have to share Him to other kids so they’ll be good. And the conversation ended with a question “mom, there is only one God?” John 14:16 says He shall give you another Comforter, that he may

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A New Beginning

 photo new-beginnings-3_zpsrnpa03f5.jpgIt has been a hasty days for the last couple of weeks. The house repainting, the packing of things and few bank errands that needs to be squeezed in less than two week before leaving for UAE. Up until our last few hours in Manila, I felt exhausted, blame it to the heavy traffic in Manila, I should have listened to my sister inlaw's suggestion to leave the house 7 hours before our departure. Normally, if there is no traffic it will only take 30 to 45 minutes drive from our place to the airport. When we arrived at the departure lounge, their was already a long cue for boarding. Thank goodness I was traveling with my kids, so we were able to use the priority lane and boarded the plane with ease. Yes we are embracing a new beginning somewhere where there is vast dessert and scorching heat. I am so thankful to the Lord for making this happen for our family. Being with your loved one is an incomparable happiness. Although there is a sad part of me, leaving a dear sister behind, we will always be grateful of the Lord for this answered prayer. There is so

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A Great Man and the First Man I loved

 photo 481EED14-2ABF-4CAC-8C49-BB85C95EBD41_zpsn37u6kiu.jpgIf there is one great man I know, it's undoubtedly you Tatay. You brought me and my sister along for this Christian journey. You have taught me to pray and love God, to be honest, to be humble, to be forgiving, to respect and be compassionate to everyone. Those lessons have great impact in my life. You have modeled contentment by living a simple life. You were exemplary kind and responsible. I will never forget all the sacrifices you've made to give us a good life despite being a solo parent. You relinquished your own happiness for our sake. And that is soo precious to me. I thought I would have ample of time to show you that I am grateful of all the things that you have done for us. I thought we still have plenty of time to bond together. I thought I will continue seeing your happy face whenever you are with my children. I thought I would be able to take care of you when your knees are week, when you are suffering from gout , or simply when you get really old. It really hurts that without any warning, you went "home" too early. I

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April 8, 2015 | I wish it was all a dream

I thought it's gonna be a usual day for me and my sister. I never thought that it would be a painful day for us. I wish it was all a dream, that when I woke up I would still be able to embrace my father and see his smile full of life. God has it's reason, I may not comprehend it right now but I trust and believe that "tatay" is in a much much better place. I can only imagine him, seeing face to face with our creator. You will be always be loved, and your memories will remain alive with us. I will forever miss you Tatay!
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The Piggy Back Ride

 photo IMG_21811_zpszmmvhnmi.jpgLets transport back to the time when we were kids and your dad gave you a piggy back ride so you can see a parade or a performance on the stage because you are not so tall for you to see that. I guess most of us had that piece of childhood memory. On the other hand, our son Zian was not watching a parade or a performance, he simply want a piggy back ride while we are heading home from Zoe's school. The picture caught me once again after browsing my stack image on my phone. This is just a cool father and son bonding that's why it lands on this page.
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Sixth and Counting.

 photo images1_zps9601fd24.jpgSix years ago, I took Mr. Z to be my partner for life and promised to give him my heart and walk with him hand in hand living, learning and growing in love together. I am so glad that we are celebrating our sixth years wedding anniversary and what makes it more special is that he is here with me to celebrate this memorable occassion. He works overseas that's why being home for our sixth is such a big deal. The past six years may not be a bed of roses, but I am glad that we have passed through rocks together. I know there are more to come, and I pray that as we sail through and learn life better our love triangle with the Lord will grow deeper. Happy 6th!
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Fun at Manila Ocean Park

 photo DSC_6633_zps5628f98d.jpgI was browsing my posts and found out that I haven't blogged about our visit to Manila Ocean Park. The trip deserve a post and so here it is. It was sometime in January 2014, few days before husband flew back to work place when we visited Manila Ocean Park. It was all our first visit at the MOP. Yah, I know this is a very late post, but as we know, late is better than never. The boys especially our eldest Zoe was excited when he found out he's going to see shark. He was really looking forward to it that he got bored during the bird show which was our first stop. He turned his back from the birds, took his dad's phone and played instead. After we had our lunch, we visited the Aquatica to finally see the shark. Although we didn't had a good photo because of the overwhelming crowd the boys enjoyed seeing the shark. And then the sea lion show, which we all loved. I personally enjoyed it morethan the little ones. The sea lions where smart (though we know they're trained) they've got the awestruck power in me. (hindi masyadong halata na first

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The Family Gallery Wall

 photo 20140321_0611461_zps4e097539.jpgHubby once told me to print out my landscaped photos, framed it and hang it on our walls. I was hesitant as I didn't like the idea so I immediately shrug it off. I am not yet too confident to display my works, I am just an amateur photographer. That was like a year ago, then suddenly I've been mesmerized by frame arts that I've been seeing from this site. And so to give our white boring wall a lift, I decided to have our family gallery wall. I am now hanging some portraits of our son which I took during the time I was still active in photography. As you know, just like what I've shared in my previous post, the photography in me have long been hibernating since we've got two adorable boys. This is an economical alternative of decorating a wall instead of placing a decorative panel or a lattice work on top the concrete wall which is way too expensive. So I am expecting for more print outs this weekend and frames as well.
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Oh Hello Family Pic!

 photo IMG_0309jzz_zps84fe6014.jpgFinally our Family Picture for 2014. We manage to pose for our family picture before hubby went back to Kuala Lumpur. I'm glad that the kids cooperated with the photographer, they have enjoy our short photo session with Great Image.
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Excited for Christmas!

Tomorrow will be Christmas Eve! I am so excited about it, do you wanna know why? Let me share my excitement, first, hubby will be home for Christmas. Yes he will be flying back home few hours before Christmas, I hope the 3 and a half flight from Kuala Lumpur to Manila will not be delayed if not, he will surely celebrate Christmas with fellow passengers and airline crews on air. Second, my father will be celebrating Christmas with us after almost 15 years. This for sure will be a memorable Christmas for me and my sister. It’ll not be a grand celebration, I am only planning to cook simple recipe (oh I only knew a few). What matter’s for me is the presence of the men in my life – my husband and my dad. They both work overseas that’s why being home for Christmas is just a big big deal for me. I wish you all a Jolly Christmas and a Brighter and Prosperous New 2014!    
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