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

Ryan's gift 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 to get their attention again, I decided to just give them the rest of the time to play and enjoy the gifts they got. When it was time for them to go, Ryan stayed in the classroom for a while and helped me clean the mess. I told him that he can already go but he said that he wanted to stay and help first since his fetcher had not arrived yet. He picked up even the smallest part of gift wrapper and threw it in the trash can. Having Ryan around to help tidy things up made things easier for me. I really appreciated the way he sacrificed the time he had to play with his classmates just to do some extra work like cleaning up. I believe that this young lad has a servant’s heart.


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 for me to stay in bed. Thankfully, my husband has assumed the role of “mom” in the mornings and has breakfast with the kids, does daily devotions with them and brings them to school. I am only woken up in cases of emergency, like when Janina’s hair needs to be fixed a certain way. Hehe…

GrumpyI remember when Nathan was in grade 1, he brought home his Filipino exam for me to see. One of the items in the test said : Use “bugnutin” in  a sentence. (Bugnutin is the Filipino word for “grumpy or cranky.”) Nathan wrote “Ang nanay ko ay bugnutin tuwing umaga.” (My mom is grumpy in the mornings.) Ayayay! I couldn’t refute what he wrote because it was so true. That was 8 years ago. Hopefully, he’s found another way to use that word again today.

Lamentations 3:22-24, says “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him’.”

I thank God that He is not like me who is sometimes grumpy in the morning. I thank God that every morning, He greets me with love and favor. I am thankful that whatever kind of mood I am waking up in, I know that that our Heavenly Father is so loving that every morning He blesses me with new compassion and mercy. I know that no matter how stressful my day will go, that God is right there with me, enabling me to do what I need do.

Let us start each day with Him.


True RichesPaolo 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 is not worldy wealth. True riches are what only God can provide… our salvation, grace, faith, a relationship with our Heavenly Father.


Author: Unknown

Dear God:

Dear GodAre 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 lamp like Alladin, I will give you anything you want except my money or my chess set.

I think the stapler is one of your greatest invention.

I bet it is hard for you to love everybody in the whole world. There is only 4 of us in our family and I can never do it.

If you watch in church on Sunday, I will show you my new shoes.
Dear God 2

I would like to live 900 years like the guy in the bible.

We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school, they said you made it. I bet he stole your idea.

If you let the dinosaur not extinct, we would not have a country. You did the right thing.

I do not think anybody can be a better God. I just want you to know that and I am not saying it just because you are God.

Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.

I hope you had a good laugh! Have a great day!

Jeremiah 33:3 (New Living Translation): 3 Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.


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.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicRyan: 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!


Image and video hosting by TinyPicEarlier 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!”

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


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.


Joaquin woke me up at 5am this morning with a kiss on the lips. When I checked on him, he was fast asleep again. I love being a mom!