Month: April 2011

How I met my husband

For Susan Amestoy, may this story merit a space both in your book and website. I’m sorry it took a while for me to write this. I appreciate your patience. To my daughters, yes, this was how I met your father… I was perfectly happy and contented when I met the man who was to be my husband. I was joyfully serving in various ministries at my new church then and I believe he was doing the same. I was determined to enjoy and make every moment of my singlehood worthwhile. Although we belonged to the same church and had noticed each other’s presence, it was not until about a year later that we were formally introduced to one another. We were both attending a small party for church volunteers then and happened to be on the same table. His sister introduced us, but we never really talked. That was August 2001. Months passed before we had the opportunity to get to know each other. Our respective ministries happened to co-sponsor the nightly church service (Simbang …

Leading my child to Christ

One of the most challenging roles that I have to face as a mother is imparting my faith to my children. I am a Christian mom. Yes, I am! But, no, I do not always proclaim this aloud for fear that the unbelievers around me would not take my testimony seriously if they ever witness me sinning. However, what good is being a Christian without shedding Christ‘s light unto the world? Last night, my daughters and I watched “The Passion of the Christ” on our DVD player. However, only my 7-year old girl and I stayed up to watch it; Z, four, dozed off a few minutes after the film started. And to my surprise, my eldest daughter A cried almost the whole time we were watching it. I didn’t realize that the movie would have so much impact to her. Every time the Christ was beaten, she would wail. I was actually afraid that the neighbors might think I was hitting my daughter or something. Well, she sure had a good cry, and her questions just kept on …

Being a mom and playing mom

The past two to three months had been the busiest months for me although not necessarily the most productive. I started working from home on a full-time basis and even received an income that was higher than I used to have when I was working outside of home. I loved my job, but as much as I hate to admit it,  that same job had cost me a lot. Way too much, in fact. I had less (quality) time with my children, I had to drop one of my graduate courses, I was always late in my submission of requirements in my remaining class, even my daughter’s grades were affected, and my children and I had become sickly. I am first and foremost a m-o-t-h-e-r. I always try to remind myself of this when I start to get busy, when I start to work only for money. Indeed, as much as my family needed the extra income, I should never forget my duties to my family, especially to my children whose father is away. With my …

Dreaming of water

It’s one of those days that I just feel lethargic, mostly because of the weather. Of all the days, why did the water company choose today to clean the water tanks and cut the water supply in our village? I don’t understand why they have to do it on a Saturday and again, without prior notice. Even if we have already made plans to spend the day somewhere, we still have lots of chores to perform first at home before we leave, not to mention, activities relating to hygiene. Sure, today’s windy, but it still feels hot! The wind does not really help that much, especially that clean water for bathing, cooking, washing the dishes, and watering the plants is what we need now, including water for pets. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever longed for the pool at my brother’s condo and yes, Boracay–I’d like to go back there–until now. It doesn’t matter if the sun’s glaring as long as I’m dipped in cool water. The heat is starting to make me feel not only tired, …