• 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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    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…

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    TRUE RICHES

    Paolo and the kids were driving through one of the exclusive subdivisions in Makati yesterday. Janina commented that a lot of rich people probably live in those big houses. To this, Ryan said “I may not be rich with money but I am rich with God’s presence.” What a profound truth from a 7-yr old. There are a lot of wealthy people out there who don’t enjoy real peace, joy and security that can only come from the presence of God.  God’s presence offers us more than what money can buy. It is never too early to teach our kids that money is not the answer to everything. True riches…

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    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…

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    ONE HOT GRANDMA

    We were having a teachable moment with our children about one facebook status that said “—— is sooooo hot!!” Paolo/Me: You know kids, there are better ways and words to describe other men or women. You don’t want to say “hot.” The Bible says we need to treat other men and women as brothers and sisters, and with absolute purity. Ryan: But I heard grandma use the word “hot!” Me: What do you mean? Ryan: Last summer, I was in her house, and she said “I’m sooo hot!!” Everyone: RYAN! She was talking about the summer heat!

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    LOVE OF MONEY

    Earlier today Ryan was stressing over how much money he had from his chores, allowance and birthday gifts combined. He wanted to get a few toys. I told him “Did you know Ryan, that the love of money is the root of all evil?” And then he answered, “Exactly! That’s why I want to spend it all!”

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    Janina, who just turned 11, was relating some of her experiences to me from the last schoolyear. She made a conclusion that made me laugh out loud! She said, “I think girls are the more advanced species.” LOL

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    WILL YOU EVER SEPARATE?

    A conversation with Ryan, our 6-yr old as we were driving home: Ryan: Why do couples get married and then separate? Paolo and I try to explain the different reasons. Ryan: Dad, Mom, will you ever separate? Dad, Mom: Of course not! We love each other very much and we will stay married until we die! Ryan: That makes me sooooo happppyyyyyy!!! 😀 It is my hope and prayer that every couple realizes how secure their children feel when they know Dad and Mom love each other and will stay together. Security is not found in material things, but in the relationships that really matter.