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    WAITING PATIENTLY

    Author: Unknown There was a man who had four sons. He wanted them to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them on a quest, one by one, to look at a pear tree. The first son went in winter, the second in the spring, the third in the summer, and the youngest on in the fall. When they had all gone and returned, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent and twisted. The second son said it was covered with buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said it was…

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    ALL ALONE

    Joaquin’s taking a nap. Janina and Ryan are out with Vanilla, our lab. Nathan’s at the internet cafe with his friends. Paolo’s at a cafe preparing for his message tomorrow for church. And I, I am enjoying this moment of peace… (but not for very long. Joaquin’s starting to stir) 😀

  • My kids' journey,  photo

    NATHAN TURNS 15

    The day 15 years ago is still very vivid in my mind. I was sitting on our bed in our townhouse in Valle Verde 6 when I felt the first contraction, which signalled the start of a 23-hour labor for our firstborn. Paolo drove me to St. Luke’s as the intervals of my contractions got shorter thinking Nathan was soon coming out. Little did I know that we still had to wait many hours in the labor room. It was very confusing for us first-time parents, inspite of our childbirth preparation classes. I would feel cold one minute, then very hot the next. I would ask Paolo to massage my…

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    THE SMELL OF CHRISTMAS

    Whenever I smell peach potpourri, I am always reminded of my 18th birthday because my give-aways at my debut were little baskets filled with dried barks of peach fragrance. Isn’t it interesting when we walk into a room and smell something that triggers certain memories from the past? How often have you gotten a sniff of a particular scent and it fills you with nostalgia and brings back feelings from a particular experience, whether pleasant or unpleasant? “Scents have an uncanny ability to trigger memories because they are the only sense that directly connects to the part of the brain that stores emotional memories“. Because of this, I always use…

  • anecdotes

    WAKING UP GRUMPY

    I am not a morning person. I am usually the last one in the family to sleep , and I wake up in the middle of the night several times, hence, the last one to wake up in the morning too. Unlike some of you, I really cannot function effectively without my 8 hours of sleep. Honestly, I’d rather sleep in than do anything else in the morning. And my family over the years has realized that I am much happier when I am not disturbed during my beauty rest. 😀  Our 2-yr old Joaquin demands that I stay beside him in bed every morning which is a perfect excuse…

  • Family Activities

    A TREE OF MEMORIES

    Every year, we kick off the Christmas season by decorating our tree together as a family. It warmed my heart when Janina exclaimed how she loves our tree because of the different ornaments we have collected over the years and said that she wants to continue the tradition with her own family. This tradition was inspired by our pastors Steve and Deborah Murrell, and it gave a more special meaning to our Christmas tree. Our kids always look forward to opening our box of christmas decor and reminiscing memories attached to each ornament. Decorating our tree is only one of the different activities we do as part of our Christmas…