• parenting

    A ROOM FULL OF BALLOONS

    The last thing the party host said was “Goodbye everyone! And you can take all the balloons you want!”. Ryan immediately ran to the front and grabbed one of the 2 big balloon arrangements decorating the stage. The first thing that entered my mind was “Why in the world would you want to bring that home?” He got different kinds of stares from people as he walked across the party hall carrying that big balloon tower, that was at the very least twice his size. Some looked amused, some looked puzzled, but he couldn’t care less. All he thought was “I’m bringing these balloons home!” The balloons wouldn’t even fit…

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    WHAT IF I GET IMPATIENT?

    Conversation in the car: Janina: Mom will I ever get famous? When will I get famous? Mom: Yes you will! But I don’t know exactly when. Do you remember the timeline you made for your school project? God has His timeline for your life mapped out even before you were born. Janina: What if I get impatient? Don’t we all relate with her question? This was a good time for me to explain to Janina what it means to wait upon the Lord and not go ahead of His will. I don’t like waiting. Whether it’s waiting in line, or waiting for my husband to pick me up, or waiting…

  • anecdotes,  My kids' journey

    RYAN’S 3rd QTR ANECDOTE

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Punzalan, As part of our ongoing communication with each parent, here’s an update on your child’s progress during the 3rd quarter. Below is a story that I would like to share with you regarding Ryan. I hope that this will give you a glimpse of how he is doing in school. Thank you and God bless! In Christ, Ms. Jas — Everyone was so excited to open their gifts during the Christmas Party. When they had opened it, their attention was only on the gift they had received. They were so happy and I couldn’t even get their attention back. Realizing that I wouldn’t be able…

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    KEEP OUR EMOTIONS IN CHECK

    After-school conversations: Janina: “Mom, I gave away all my Pixie sticks to my classmates!” Me: “That’s good Janina. The Bible says ‘It’s better to give than to receive.'” Janina: “Why don’t I feel good about giving them away?” Me: “It’s ok. It’s not about what we feel. But about doing what honors God.” Ryan: “Mom, I always carry Janina’s bags to the car.” Me: “Wow, that’s good Ryan. You’re serving your sister.” Ryan: “Cause it’s fun to carry a lot!” Me: “What if it’s not fun anymore? Will you still help her?” Ryan: “Of course!” Feelings or emotions are powerful. God created us with feelings to help us discern many…

  • parenting

    CHILDLIKE FAITH

    Since late last year, our whole family has been praying to go for another vacation to the US. We cut down on trips and some expenses to start saving up. At the start of this year, I’ve been calling Delta Airlines to book our award flights from our mileage. I was hoping to get 3 free tickets from them so we would have to pay for just 3 tickets instead of 6. After 2 weeks of trying, there haven’t been any slots available. I started to feel discouraged and talked with the kids and proposed if we could just go to Hong Kong this year, and to the States next…