Potty/Toilet Training

At long last… 

I’ve been trying to potty train my son for almost a year now and I have to admit it was a struggle on my part. I get frustrated and almost gave up months ago because I was scared he might step and slip on his own pee while I am working.

December 18 ( Sunday)

While preparing for his bath, my little man wasn’t wearing a diaper and he suddenly shouted pee! We both hurried to his potty and to my surprise he really peed! I cheered loudly after he did it and was really happy.  After a few more minutes, he told me he was going to poop and I didn’t have to ask him to sit on his potty–he did it on his own. Again, we clapped and cheered for him and he looked so proud of himself so was I!

Finally, he was ready! The struggle is real but it was worth the wait!

His dad asked him what reward does he want to receive, we all laughed when he said: “Phone, big phone!!!” He meant to say, borrow mommy’s big phone.

Thank you Lord for this achievement! All things are beautiful in His time. 🙂

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Season of Giving

Christmas Time…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! Two more days till Christmas and I can feel the holiday cheer everywhere! People are busy (holiday rush) with parties, buying gifts, meeting up friends and so on. This is definitely my favorite season, I get to be with the entire family, I love buying presents, I don’t get tired looking at Christmas trees, lights and decors and not to mention the food! The endless partying made me gain a few extra pounds and speaking of fats, I need to lose them by 2017 (let me add that to my personal goals next year).

It’s the season of giving, we’ve been blessed by God tremendously and as our way of giving back, we had a little contest on Facebook.  Last December 11, my husband and I created a video announcing that we will be giving away one Starbucks Planner 2017. To win the planner all you need to do is to answer this question:

What is your greatest challenge this year and how did you turn that challenge into an opportunity for growth?

It was fun reading entries from people who joined. Deadline of entry submission is December 23, 2016. The winner will be announced on December 25, 2016.

Another activity we had this year was the shoebox project year 2 last December 18. This is an outreach program originally started by the Briges Foundation, founded by our Pastor Ian C. and his fiancee Nary. Last year, 100 kids were given gifts by sponsors and this year the numbers doubled. All thanks to the kind hearted, generous people who gave gifts to almost 200 kids this year.

A big surprise came the next day when I opened my Facebook account and saw a post of me and my husband on the Freeman Cebu newspaper front page cover. All I can say is, WOW Lord! It was only a matter of hours when I asked my husband about generosity and God answered my small humble request. God of Surprises indeed!

I hope you guys enjoy your Christmas and New Year with your family!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 🙂

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#PaulParcs Toddler Vocabulary

Toddlers have their own way of communicating but most of the time they learn by mimicking what adults say and do. As much as we would like to understand what they’re trying to tell us, let’s admit it that we don’t get it all the time. Often, this can frustrate your toddler and may be a source of their tantrums. Be patient with your toddler, if you don’t understand the word try to ask them leading questions. It took me months to finally figure out my toddler’s vocab so here are examples of his cute toddler words:

“Ti-tap!” (Wake up)

“Mowning” (Good morning)

“Eeh-t” (Eat)

“Didark” (It’s dark)

“Bi-do” (Ambulance siren)

“Nayt” (A place he’s been to)

“Cameer” (Come here)

“Die down” (Lie down)

“Chacher” (Soccer)

“1,3,9” (Learn the numbers video)

“Lookahdis” (Look at this)

“Abyu” (I love you)

“Tanchu” (Thank you)

“Bah-lons” (Balloons)

“Phoon” (Phone)

“Vijos” (Video)

“Me/Me too” (Yes)

“One/Mihlk” (Milk)

“Dizard” (Lizard)

“Moona” (Luna – moon’s name)

“Eyoww” (Eww)

“Go-ross” (Gross)

“Shrabi” (Crabbie his comfort blanket)

“Taptap” (Laptop)

“Bee-ball bells” (Jingle bells)

“Chrishmas” (Merry Christmas)

“Eh-men” (Amen)

“Jeshash” (Jesus)

“Chuya” (Kuya / Big Brother)

“Chobe” (Kobe / ShihTzu Dog of My Sister)

“Shalut” (Salute)

“Shplay” (Play)

“Blafly” (Butterfly)

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An Open Letter To the Tired Moms Everywhere
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An Open Letter To the Tired Moms Everywhere

Dear Tired Mom Like Me,

You are incredibly amazing and you’re doing a great job!

You may be sitting in front of your computer scanning through photos of friends posting about their latest vacays and parties. Ah! Sounds so good and yet there you are just like me, wishing and hoping to visit places and be alone even for just a day. Your hands may be full, it doesn’t matter whether you have clingy toddlers, shy preschoolers or rebellious teenagers. We’ve been there once but having children will make you go through it all over again. I guarantee you that crying helps sometimes, oh wait! Maybe most of the time, it is the answer to ease the tough times you are going through and have to go through every single day. It is okay to cry lady; it’s not a sign of weakness. I always thank my tears for washing out my mind clouded with doubts and negative thoughts, they stir my creative juices again making me braver to face the day ahead.

I know you’re tired; maybe you don’t even have time to finish this letter. Let me tell you that I am tired too; in fact I don’t know how to start or end this letter for you. I just wanted to say that I understand where you are coming from and that we are on the same page, (for the most part). You may be down and feeling blue, you may get to a point where you don’t know what to do; you have no one to turn to, no one to talk to or listen to you. I get it everyone’s busy living their own lives and there you are staring blankly at the wall, tired and overwhelmed.

On most days, your schedule probably look like this: prepare breakfast, wash dishes, take care of the baby, do the laundry, do groceries, clean the house, take care of the baby, work, take care of the baby, cook lunch, do errands, take care of the baby, cook dinner and the cycle continues…

What do you have there for yourself? Your coffee gets cold all the time, you never finish a movie, you missed the latest episode of The Walking Dead, wait did you just say it already ended? You look at yourself in the mirror and saw strands of your hair in all the wrong places. You held the same book for months now, your normal sleep pattern is down to 4 hours each day or worse they are usually I-N-T-E-R-R-U-P-T-E-D sleep. At the end of the day, you’re exhausted and just want to crawl up in bed and get a good massage.

Losing your patience and showing your anger doesn’t make you less of a mom. Kids will love you for being you just as you love them for being them.

Don’t worry tired mom, you’ll soon get your life back but you’ll surely miss the days when you have to deal with tantrums, pukes and scattered toys. Children grow up fast with just a blink of an eye; I know that deep inside that tired, weary soul is a tender loving mother who would willingly and undyingly do anything and everything just to keep them safe and secure. You may be the type of mom who just like me would rather miss a concert, skip social events, lack sleep and nurse an aching body at home just to be with your kids.

To me nothing is more special than watching cartoons with my son, play with toys and make learning fun for him, going to coffee shops together even if it means calling his attention from time to time, chasing him around and dragging him to our travels.

After all that’s been said and done, one thing’s for sure—we are tired but happy and fulfilled being a mother and it’s all worth it.

Thank you Lord for the strength you give the mothers everywhere. Proverbs 31.

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Go and Make Disciples!

When Pokemon says go, you GO! When God says GO, would you?

Today was my first time to play Pokemon Go. Although this game have taken the world by storm, I am personally not “lured”, not a fan and not interested to download and play it at all. My husband was driving when he convinced me to play it on his behalf so he can get more Pokeballs (or Razz Berries) everytime we come close to a Pokestop. These terms sounded so out of this world to me considering I have not watched Pokemon when I was a kid.

The submissive wife that I am gave in to my husband’s request with a few sermons (don’t play when you’re driving or you’re just wasting your time playing this nonsense). Though I was a first timer, I was surprised that it was actually easy to play with. It’s a child friendly game that even my 26 months old son can play it so well through one time tutorial.

I got curious why it was called ‘Pokemon Go’ but playing it I quickly got the idea that you really have to go, catch Pokemon, get cool items from Pokestops and explore the world!

This may seem like a good game telling you to stand on your feet and walk around, I can’t help but ask how many Christians do that nowadays in order to make disciples?

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Psalm 96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

It’s easy to get lured with what the world has to offer but why is it hard for us to do the will of the Father? The command was simple, God said to “GO and MAKE DISCIPLES” and here we are walking around in circles, questioning God what does he want us to do? We always have an excuse whenever we get invitations to go to church, join small groups or reading the Bible, but watching movies, going out for a walk to play Pokemon Go and scrolling our Facebook news feed for hours doesn’t bore us.

God is only asking a few minutes of our time each day and we can’t seem to give it to Him. He wants us to GO and make time for Him in reading his word and He definitely wants us to GO and meet his people to fellowship with one another. Stop procrastinating and make time for the Lord.

Matthew 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Prayer:

Dear God, teach me to walk in your ways and do what you say. It is often hard for me to understand your will but in trust and obedience I will do as you please. I will not let earthly things take its toll in my life, I find no pleasure in them. I pray that love and compassion for the lost will take its place in my heart that I may go and make disciples in your name. In Christ name I pray. Amen.

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He Reveals Himself to Those Who Seek Him

“I revealed myself…”

I do not like it at all when my toddler begins to whine instead of telling me what is it exactly that he wants. Every morning we remind him to say “good morning” before crying or if he wants to drink milk, he has to say “tatay or mommy, milk please” (which he does by the way). Though he’s only 2 years old, I believe he is capable of understanding what I am telling him to do and he is able to verbalize or communicate what he needs so I can give it to him.

We may not realize it but adults can be like toddlers too. We want a lot of things in life and we are hoping to get answers right away. If we don’t get what we want, we whine, complain, get mad, we blame and so on… When we grumble, we stumble and fall… Unbeknownst to us we are blocking God’s extravagant blessings in our life.

Matthew 7:7 reminds us to: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Isaiah 65:1 speaks the same thing: “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.'”

Whatever is it that you are going through right now, it could be a conflict with another family member, loss of a job, financial instability, maybe you’re stressed out with the people around you or having a strained relationship with your wife or husband, etc.

Friends you are not alone in this fight, God is with you–he is waiting for you to call upon his name. Stop complaining and start seeking the Lord! You need to shift your focus back to Him and prepare to receive God’s best. When you do, He will reveal himself to you in ways you cannot imagine.

Isaiah 59:1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.

Prayer:

Father, teach me to walk in your ways and to trust in your unfailing love. May my heart desire for more of you and less of me. Reveal your glory as I continue to seek you and knock on heaven’s door. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

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R A I N – K I S S E D

P L U V I O P H I L E – (n) a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days…

I don’t admit being a pluviophile but today after a million light years away I found myself playing in the rain with my toddler.

We were watching a TV program when rain began to pour down, my son climbed up a chair, looked out of the window and watched the rain shower on the ground. To his delight he shouted “RAIN, RAIN, RAIN!” and looked at his father signaling him to go out with him and play in the rain. Both of them are pluviophiles and would always go out to play every time it rains and I don’t mind that my son is wet as long as he is enjoying his time, it makes me happy too.

My son stepped down from the chair and danced while saying “rain” and we laughed at him for being a comedian! My husband and I just stared at each other and debated who among us two will accompany our son outside of the house.

We both ended up letting him go out and play in the rain alone while watching on the side. Good thing my nanny’s 2 sons arrived, drenched in the rain wearing their school uniforms and played with Paul. Eventually, I gave in to my toddlers request when he said “mommy join”. I had so much fun soaking myself in the rain and splashing water on my feet. It feels good to be a kid again.

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