THE STORY OF US

Not so long ago, God created this cute little boy. Though he was named Paolo, which means small, God destined for him to do great things for Him! Yet, God said, it is not good for him to be alone.
baby jenn
So six months after, Jennifer was born. She was to become, among others, Paolo's helper and companion, who is just right for him.
Over the years, God's plan unfolded in their lives. Through all the ups and downs of their childhood and growing up years, God has prepared them for this thing called marriage. And when the time was ripe, they were joined together and became united as one.
16 years and 4 kids after, their story continues. It hasn't been perfect, but it's been quite a journey. God knew what He was doing when He brought them together.

Happy Anniversary Paolo! You have made so much difference in my life! Given the choice, I would marry you all over again! Can’t imagine living without you! I am looking forward to growing old with you!

And to my God,
I sing to you Lord, a hymn of love
For your faithfulness to me.
I’m carried in everlasting arms
You never let me go through it all.

THE HARD FACTS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING

Imagine for one minute how it would feel if your child was taken from you, brought to a faraway province or even to another country and repeatedly used in horrible ways. I cannot even begin to describe how I would feel.

My husband and I, along with our kids, attended an awareness training class conducted by the organization Called to Rescue, which aims to stop child trafficking and rescue kids from slavery. Every year around 1.2 million children are sex-trafficked all over the world. That’s 2 children every minute. The shocking fact is 1 out of every 10 children that is child trafficked is a Filipino. 70% of the children are girls, 30% are boys. Some children are kidnapped, some children are lured by the recruiters or pimps with a better life or promise of a job.

What can you do to stop this? If you are reading this, if you are a mom, a dad, or a single person, there is something you can do.

First, let me give you the Called to Rescue hotline: 0906 306 3889. I encourage you to save this on your phone. Your text or call can save a child. If you see anything suspicious in the mall, or your barangay, or the school of your children,  if you see a man or woman trying to entice a child to go with him or her, or even physically snatch a child, please call the hotline. Be alert! There is a story of a person who called the hotline because he started hearing a little girl’s cries from their neighbor’s house and he knew they didn’t have any children of their own. His call saved this 3-year old girl who was being repeatedly raped right next door to his house.

Make your children aware. Remind them never to talk to or accept anything from strangers. Teach them how to protect themselves. Tell them how to kick and scream when someone tries to take them by force. Monitor their cellphones and internet usage. Do not leave them alone with your driver, or for that matter, with anyone that you don’t completely trust. Don’t allow them to go to the mall or parties without adult supervision. Do not entrust your children to anyone unless you really, really, really, and i mean, really know that person.

Tell everyone you know about this. Tell your friends, your relatives, your officemates. Awareness is a major step in preventing more child trafficking in our country.

Pray for our children and the next generation. Pray for God’s supernatural protection to be over them. Pray for deliverance for those in captivity. Pray against this wickedness.

Let us be proactive. We can never be too safe when it comes to protecting our children. For more information, please visit the website of Called to Rescue.

with Cindy Romine, the founder of Called to Rescue
learning some self-defense moves

Psalm 35:10 (New Living Translation)
10 With every bone in my body I will praise him:
“Lord, who can compare with you?
Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”

Meeting once a month with these single ladies is always full of food, laughter and tears! I thank God for each of you! (L-R: Tere, Yasmin, Crez, Ria, Me, Jane, Mikkie, Ria and Iya)

Oh Time, Would You Please Slow Down?

Nathan getting ready to leave for the airport
Janina off to boot camp with her friends Justine, Niq and Julia.

As I write this, my 3 older kids are out of the house. Nathan just left for Macau for a mission trip, Janina is in Caliraya for the summer boot camp and Ryan is at his best friend, David’s house. (While Joaquin is in the room with me chanting Miska, Muska Mickey Mouse 🙂 )

This brings me back to the nights when our kids didn’t want to sleep in their own room, always wanting to be with us even at night. And even when they were already tucked in their beds, they would constantly find reasons to get up and come to our room, like being thirsty or getting an insect bite. But tonight, and the following nights, I will miss those disturbances.

Janina's Littlest Petshop Collection

Last Sunday, Janina gave away one of her most prized toy collections, The Littlest Petshop, to her cousin. How was it that she was able to give them up so easily? Haha It was me who was not ready to let go. I remember the countless trips we made to toy stores and how she would excitedly look over the rack of Littlest Petshop so she could pick out the right one to add to her collection. If only I had a house big enough to store all their toys and not give them away, I would.

I need to face it. My children are growing up. And with that thought, I firm up my resolve to set my priorities right and maximize the little time I have left with them.

LOOKING FOR A JOB?

I was preparing for a parenting seminar when I came across this interesting, funny article. LOL!

Job Description for a Parent
by Annette Clifford

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long-term player needed for challenging, permanent work in chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work evenings and weekends and frequent 24-hour shifts. There is some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Must keep this job for the rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule. Must be willing to tackle stimulating technical challenges such as gadget repair, sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must handle assembly and product safety testing, as well as floor maintenance and janitorial work. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and levels of mentality. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute and an embarrassment the next. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

ADVANCEMENT: There is no possibility. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining or retraining so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required, but on the job training is offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES: None. In fact, you must pay those in your charge, offering frequent wages and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 and attend college. When you die, you give them whatever income you have left.

Don’t you just love being a parent? 😀