Three-mendous JOY!

Now Three…

Be gentle, be kind, be good, be nice, be generous and be wise. Words would not suffice for all the things I want to teach you. Time is not enough for me to teach you values that I want to impart to you. Parenthood comes naturally and it amazes me how your tatty and I can teach you things one at a time or sometimes at the spur of the moment. I am always reminded to be a better, kinder and loving person towards other people because of you.

Although I don’t want to admit this, I hate seeing you grow up so fast… (sigh…) but you have to and while you’re growing up I need to learn how to let go of you so you can go and fulfill your God given destiny. That you may do great things in life because you are a planet shaker and a world changer!

I always tell you I love you ever since you were still an infant, now that you’ve grown older it’s your small voice that I can hear whispering to my ears I love you too mommy. You’d plant kisses all over my face, hug me and ask me to play with you like there’s no tomorrow.

I have these memories kept in my heart forever, if only I could hold on to you forever my little one, my Paul! That’s why mommy likes to take lots of pictures to capture every milestone, every smile, every move, every laugh you make and every single thing that we do together. There’s nothing like the love a mother has for her child!

Now that you’re three, we will have more funny moments, do lots of adventures together with tatty (Legoland here we come!), we will spend more quality time and just do spontaneous things that we all can enjoy and remember for the rest of our lives. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you in the future!

I love you Paul. Your tatty loves you and so many other people because you all make us happy. You’re a joy giver! Three-mendous joy. Jesus loves you so much!

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You are Worth It!

14 years ago I was a teeny bopper who signed on my TRUE LOVE WAITS commitment card to be sexually abstinent until I get married. I even wrote a love letter for my future mate, intended only for him to read after we got married and a love letter for our future baby too!

By God’s grace I kept my word and the love letter was for Rocky’s eyes only on our first night together as married couple. He was deeply moved and we’re both teary eyed as we read it.

If you ask me how the road to purity was when I was still single? It was not smooth sailing and…

Was it easy? NO.
Was it worth it? YES!

Understanding the word purity never dawned on me until I grew older. I have always equated purity with virginity but the difference between the two is quite big. One can be a virgin and stay committed to being sexually abstinent but purity in itself is something we need to fight for everyday, be it in the words that we speak, our actions or even in our thoughts.

Purity is not a thing of the past, it is here in the now where struggles and temptations are real but we have a choice and we must choose to protect it no matter what it takes. It is a gift from God. To pursue purity means we need to trust God and admit that we are in need of a loving Savior. Purity is all about what Jesus has already done at the cross.

Have a surrendered heart to God, renewed mind and begin to reflect on the purity of the Father.

Trust THE ONE to give you the one! Your worth is in Jesus Christ!❤️❤️❤️16830791_10210020348319446_2176892143491298269_n

Sweet Summer Memories

Summer Fun…

We’ve been living in Cebu for 8 years now and looking back from where it all began I always wondered how it feels like to be in a place where I don’t know anybody (aside from my sis and bro in law). The Bisaya language that used to sound so gibberish to me became second nature and when I met Rocky my journey in this once strange place automatically changed. We both explored Cebu like never before and it is now more enjoyable with the three of us doing adventures together in the Philippines famous Pearl of the Orient Seas.

For our little family, the most valuable possession we will ever have are the shared experiences and memories that link our hearts together. Making memories doesn’t have to be expensive and can be done planned or unplanned. Having Rocky and Paul means having an instant and constant travel and adventure buddies.

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His nothing box…

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Ready for Easter Egg Hunt

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Mommy and son moment…

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My love!

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#PaulParcs the mighty sandman…

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Blessed…

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Everybody look to the left.

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To more family summer adventure!

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These two are the funniest!

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I love our skin color!

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My favorite boys!

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Beach life!

The One

God’s Best…

Ladies stop looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Perfect! Believe you will receive God’s best, he may not be your ideal guy, not the one you see on the magazine, not a Justin Bieber look a like, not the crush ng bayan and definitely not prince charming! Don’t run after the one who has a nice car, rich, good looking, athletic or musician. Pray for someone who loves God more than anything and anyone else and that means more than you! Pray for someone who will bring you closer to God and while waiting, make yourself a beautiful woman serving the Lord and all else will follow. STOP WISHING AND START PRAYING and God will give you someone better than any of your hopes and wishes! Thank God I found mine.

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On Boys and Toys

Playtime… Quality Time…

Lately, I’ve been struggling to balance work and play with my son. It’s been a constant battle between blogging and feeding that I always end up not getting a thing or 2 done until he is asleep at night. I sleep late and wake up early with only 4-5 hours of restful eye shut (2-3 feeding interruptions) every night . I get grouchy and find myself follow suit my toddler’s crankiness. I’ve always wanted to spend more time with Paul but work permits me not as I have deadlines to catch up and I am almost always tempted to say that 24 hours a day is not enough for me and that I need more time.

Working at home is a blessing but the struggle is real, believe me! I always end up with a toddler in my lap watching a video while his hands are all over the place, tapping my laptop’s keyboard or throwing toys. If he’s not quite satisfied with the attention I am giving him, you’ll find him latching, sticking his fingers inside my mouth and hearing him say “mom-my” 10x in one minute. Oh how I love to hear him say that and I don’t mind hearing it repeatedly.
It is a pleasure watching my son grow every single day. He is one show I enjoy watching over and over again. I love how he looks at me for comfort after bumping his head or tripping down the floor. When he wants milk he says “mah, mah” or if he’s taking a bath he says “sho-wah”. He plays with bubbles and calls it “ba-ba-ba-bubbles”. Paul is a breath of fresh air! He completely surprises me and his tatay day after day.

He can play on his own and still enjoy himself. He goes to his play area and pulls out books to see pictures and pretends that he’s reading them. His imagination is wild and very creative! He puts a plastic from his diaper on his shoulder and thinks he is flying like superman. He makes helicopter sounds and flies the airplane. He knows different animal sounds and is interested in learning the Alphabet and solar system. He is such a wise guy at 1 year and 3 months!

He is my daily workout and my constant companion at everything. He is my audience when I pee or take a bath, he’s always right behind me while I do something in the kithen and he’s like a waggling tail who follows me wherever I go around the house. Even when he does that, it is just so cute and I don’t find it a nuisance! When he started walking, I have to use thrice the energy I have to keep up with his high energy level; he amuses us with a peek-a-boo game, he climbs our sofa and tries to roll down, he loves to run and get chased, he likes rolling on the bed, do tumblings and go down by himself. I only realize at the end of the day how exhausted I am.

Nevertheless, motherhood is an experience I would never want to trade in.

   
    
   

On What Really Matters

Then and now…

The social media world has truly reshaped minds and redefined society today. Years ago, life was so much simpler with people just letting each other know what time they will meet up and where. There was no mobile phones to text and say “hey, I’m on my way” or “I’m here!”. No social media to broadcast your whereabouts, what your latest gadgets are and what you bought from your shopping spree. Times have changed tremendously that it scares me to think that someday my son will witness in his generation the fast turn around of modern technology. Probably, there will be no more touch screen gadgets, only the mind controlling it without having to say anything. People will be less active and interaction may be completely GONE (it is evident nowadays, how much more in the future?).

I have to admit I am glued to the internet most of the time, it’s part of my job and I get to scroll my social media always. Whenever I check out my news feed, I see friends and relatives show off their latest travel destinations. I felt a pang of jealousy and I got dismayed because I can hardly do any of those for the reason that we have no budget for a trip right now.

Luxurious living is nice, who doesn’t want that? I dream that one day I can bring my family with me for a European trip or spend a week in a cruise ship. Then I read an article from another blogger who shared same sentiments with me. I am reminded again that life is not all about material things, because money alone will not make us happy. Thank you Lord for the open rebuke! It’s only a matter of perspective. What do you really need right now? Will a vacation to Europe make me satisfied for life? Or will it only bring me temporary happiness? After getting what I want, what’s next?

Social media has magnified every single thing people do. It gives us the idea that no one should ever live a miserable life that’s why we post what will make us look rich, or good and pleasing.

When others see it, they will start to feel like they’re not living the so called ‘perfect life’ by comparing the life they have with others.

I pray that our joy and contentment will be found in Christ alone (this applies to me too).

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Let us focus on eternal things rather than temporary ones. Temporal things may give us happiness but only for a little while, when we seek contentment in God, we will find that this pleasure will last us longer than we could ever imagine.

I am grateful that there never was a day that my family went hungry, God provided for everything that we need and he will continue to do so.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33

I will still continue praying that God will one day fulfill my dreams of travelling around the world, having our own house and car. I will never stop dreaming. As I’ve said, it’s only a matter of perspective. God knows our heart’s desire, he knows our intention like the vary palm of his hands. It may not be answered now or anytime soon, what matters is all our needs at the moment are met. That’s who our God is, faithful and true.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

All glory to him who is able! 🙂

Tired but Happy and Fulfilled

The Best Feeling Ever!

I used to think that right after giving birth I will get a chance to sleep well with my baby beside me. WRONG. I got it all wrong. Since Paul came, my life changed overnight and it’s been more than one year that I don’t get to sleep well and there wasn’t a time when I wouldn’t wake up in the middle of my restful sleep. I could count the number of times I wake up at night just to feed him or to check if he is in a comfortable position, if he is sweating, I do check when his chest is rising and falling and most of all I stay wide awake just to see his angelic and cute little face.

I am sleep deprived and this often leads me to become moody and irritable. I have not only given up my own comfort but my career and social life too. My life took a 360 degree turn when my little boy came and all that gave me a lot of reasons to become #momemotional. There were moments in my life when I couldn’t help but think what my life would have been had I chosen my career in the corporate world rather than staying at home and become a work at home mom. Will it be nicer having office mates around to laugh with rather than playing with toys, singing nursery rhymes and doing some baby talks? How about working as a manager in the clinic rather than managing my own home, cooking meals and doing chores? I think it’s also rewarding getting compliments from clients and receiving words of appreciation from my boss instead of little hugs and kisses from my baby? Yes, how about wearing fashionable clothes, wearing make up and looking my best every single day rather than wearing my house clothes and looking like a mess after wrestling and playing with him?

When I think of all these things and look at my baby, everything else fades away. I can’t imagine myself being anywhere in this world than here with my boy and having to see him grow is more rewarding and fulfilling. I have to admit, becoming a mom has made me so tired, so exhausted than I have ever been in my entire life but it has also made me so so happy and so so fulfilled!

When I browsed through my Instagram account, I realized my photos are all about Paul and my husband and I. While my friends are humbly bragging of their whereabouts around the world, travelling here and there. It may trigger me to become envious of their life but there’s no way I would exchange any of it with my life now, my world is right here. NO REGRETS.

It always amazes me how some mothers gave up their promising careers to become stay at home moms like me, this too has given them such delight and something tells me I did the right thing and it is an assurance for me to know that I am not alone in this. I have God with me, my supportive husband and a full force of other moms willing to extend help when I do need one. I want to take this time to thank God for giving me a job that allows me to work at home and take care of my baby too. Not all moms get that privilege but I do.

“Lord, may I always have the heart to say ‘THANK YOU’ for all the things you’ve done and the things you are about to do. Sometimes, I may fail to see the positive side of it all, remind me that my purpose here at home is great and that my baby needs me more than anything else right now. At times when I do not know what to do, help me lean on to you and seek for wisdom from you that I may know how to deal and act on certain situations. You are the best person to run to and I trust that you will always be here for me when I need a good and loving arms to cheer me up. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen”

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