there is life in winter

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Do you ever dream of winter? Living in a tropical country, I think most of us at one time or another, have wished for a snowfall, and have imagined how it would be to make a snowman and throw snowballs. When we lived in Russia during the early part of our marriage, I realized one thing… winter is really not a lot of fun. For the first few days it felt enchanting, yes, but after that, it became really, really cold and gloomy. The sun would only show up for a few hours each day, if it did show up, and all those winter clothing I imagined wearing became heavier and heavier by the minute. And then you start longing for spring. When we visited our friends, Joel and Jennie Magpantay, in Michigan a few weeks ago, this twig in their living room caught my attention: Our friends explained that […]

mother’s day surprise

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I really appreciate how my kids always make the effort to make me feel special during the special days of the year like my birthday or mother’s day. They are not extravagant, it’s usually something simple that they make themselves but it is always enough to put a smile on my face. This year for mother’s day they prepared breakfast for me. They decorated our dining area with pink ribbons, made me a crown and prepared a special chair for me to sit on. I truly felt appreciated. My kids are not perfect but they are the only kids I have and I love them for everything they are. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!

don’t you just love being a mom?

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Two nights ago, Ryan came to our room asking if he could sleep with us. Occasionally, one of our kids will knock on our bedroom door in the middle of the night, pillow and comforter in tow, saying he had a bad dream and just wanted to be with us. It is for this reason that I have a spare mattress in our room. I love it that we are able to give them the comfort they need. Joaquin, who has been clingly the past days, told me yesterday “Mom, don’t leave me ok? You’re mine, ok?” That just melted my heart. Last night, after we had a family group hug, Janina asked us “Don’t you just love having 4 kids?!” And I exclaimed, “It’s the best!” Tonight, Nathan said that he wants a Kindle for his birthday and Janina gladly volunteered to pay for half of it. It gave […]

looking for a job?

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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. […]

a person of contradictions

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Many mothers would agree that motherhood has changed them. It has changed me. If for the better or worse, I can’t say yet. What I know is it has made me a person of contradictions. Let me try to explain. Motherhood has made me more patient, yet so impatient. Patient with my child while he puts his clothes on all by himself but not with the ER attendant who’s taking so long while I hold my sick baby in my arms. Motherhood has made me more calm, yet more hysterical. Calm in the midst of 4 kids running and shouting around the dining table, yet hysterical when my son doesn’t show up on time when I pick him up from school. Motherhood has made me more organized, yet so disorganized. I can remember details about my breastfeeding schedule, kids’ medicine and school activities yet forget so many other things like […]

all alone

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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) 😀

being a mom could be a 6-figure job!

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If mothers were hired to do all that they do, they’d be well compensated, says one survey. ( determined that a stay-at-home mother might be paid as much as $134,121 for her contributions as a housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, janitor and CEO, among other functions. (See full list below.) The stay-at-home mothers surveyed said they logged a total of 92 hours a week performing those jobs. It’s funny but it was Paolo who showed this to me. The first thing I told him was “I want my salary!” Maybe we moms should start a union and demand a monthly paycheck. And maybe we can go on strike whenever we are overworked. Of course I’m kidding! Being a mom is a privilege. And its compensation goes beyond what money can buy. Hearing my 1-yr old call me “mama”, being able to kiss an ouchie away, getting cards with […]