• parenting

    WHAT MATTERS MOST

    When I attended a wedding in Ayala Alabang Country Club a few weeks ago, the ballroom next to our venue was holding a really big birthday party for a girl in her tweens. The ballroom was all dressed up in a Popstar theme and I told Paolo that this was the sort of party our daughter will enjoy. This sort of party must have cost a lot! How I wished at that moment that I could afford that kind of extravagance. To be honest, there are so many things i want to give my children that I really can’t afford right now. But it helps to always keep things in…

  • parenting

    ADOPTING A CAT

    When Janina was a lot younger, she would often pick up stray kittens around our village and take care of them in our house. She did this quite a number of times until she was scratched by a kitten and had to be given rabies shots. Since then, I banned all kittens from the house. Over the years, Janina’s love for cats hasn’t waned. She never failed to let us know how much she would love to have her own cat. I never thought the day would come when we would finally own a cat. Well, that day came. Last week, we went to PAWS to have the kids adopt…

  • marriage

    MACHONURIN

    Men are meant to lead, cultivate and protect. Wives and all the single women who are reading this, let us support the men God has given to us, our husbands, our sons, our fathers, our brothers, even our male friends, by encouraging them everytime they take a step to lead, cultivate and protect. Too often, we find ourselves criticizing them and judging them, thinking that what they do is not good enough. No wonder we see a lot of passive men, who have just given up trying and have turned over the reins of leadership to women. Whenever your husband steps up, you need to step aside and let him…

  • anecdotes

    DEAR GOD

    Author: Unknown Dear God: Are you really invisible or is that just a trick? Did you mean for a giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? Instead of letting old people die and having to make new ones, why can’t you just keep the ones you got now? I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that ok? I am American. What are you? Please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now. If we come back as something, please don’t make me to be Jennifer Horton, because I hate her. If you give me a genie…

  • parenting

    WIDEN THEIR CIRCLE

    There are 3 relationships in our kids’ lives that we need to develop. More often, we focus on the first two: our relationship with them and their relationship with God. But there is a third relationship that is very important: their relationship with others. This is what the authors of Parenting Beyond your Capacity, Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof, meant when they said we need to widen our children’s circle of relationships. As much as we are the most important relationship in our kids’ lives, we are NOT the only influence in their lives. As hard as it is to admit, there will be times when our children will be…