All posts tagged: family

The 30-day Praise Challenge for Parents

Why I am embarking on this 30-day praise challenge for parents

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The Sunday Currently, Vol. 15: A week after my eldest officially became a teen

reading Sue Townsend’s The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year and Ruth Soukup’s How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul. Both are interesting reads and have been on my reading list for quite some time now. The first one’s purely for entertainment purposes although it’s not something that I would really recommend others to read; whereas, the latter is to equip me when it comes to blogging, especially now that I have subscribed to WordPress Premium Plan. And, yes, I would recommend Ruth Soukup’s books to anyone interested to learn more about blogging without selling their souls. 😉 writing stories randomly. As usual, there are lots of them in my drafts folder, and one even got accidentally published earlier, so I just went ahead and did the final edit. Now I’m wondering whether I should still write that love letter to my new teenager, who turned 13 last Sunday. What do you think? listening to Sesame Street songs. Well, they’re actually for my 10-year old daughter, who still couldn’t sleep even after I’ve read a …

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 10: Celebrating Papa

Today, instead of feeling sad, I chose to be happy, to celebrate my father’s life and all the blessings God has given us through him. He and Mama are no longer with us, but I am certain that we will all be together again in heaven someday. reading one book after another this past week. Call it taking advantage of the free books on Kindle and taking the time to relax as well. The past week had been a busy one for me, running errands and more, and reading was my sweet escape from the demands of being a housewife and full-time mom. Not that I’m complaining, but I really think I deserve to take a little break and enjoy one of my favorite activities. writing emails to fellow volunteers and business letters as well as translations seem to be the only things I do lately whenever I would turn on my laptop. Hopefully, I could get myself to write about other things too and soon. listening to the usual sounds of my surroundings. Come to think of it, …

Praying for my daughters’ best

I’ve been married for nearly 13 years now, but it feels like my husband and I have been together way much longer than that. We’ve probably already talked about everything under the sun except our daughters getting married someday though. As you already know, we have two daughters, now ages 12 and 9, and as Christians, one of the things that we are taught to do as parents is the importance of praying for our children. That includes not only praying for their health, a heart that would always want to seek God, discovering, developing and using their talents to serve God, and more, but also praying for their future marriage, the person they will marry someday (and whether it is part of God’s plan for them to be married). I have not started really thinking about them getting married one day, and so you can say that I slack when it comes to that prayer aspect until I had an opportunity to speak with one of my friends’/mentor’s only son recently. Somehow, after that …

Welcoming Anya

My family’s excited to receive the newest addition to the family as a guest in our house. A close relative gave birth earlier this morning and she accepted our invitation for her and her newborn to stay with us for 1–2 weeks. Her husband’s away, she has no helper, and not only do we have some space in the house, but so much affection and excitement for the baby, too. As I was preparing the house to be ready for the baby’s arrival, I also looked for my husband’s childhood pictures, which he needed for a certain activity at the office. I realized that he was such a cutie when he was both a baby and a toddler that I suddenly longed to have a son, who would look exactly like him when he was that age! As much as I love my husband though, I’d say he wasn’t a looker during his pre-adolescent years, and not even just before I met him. (Yup, I’d like to take credit for whatever improvement in my husband’s …

Sister love

My sister is on her way back to the US this evening. We accompanied her to the airport, but we didn’t stay long – just enough for us to have a couple of group hugs and have our picture taken. I have no idea when we would see each other again, Facetime aside, but I’m really hoping that I’d get to visit her and my niece (and some of my friends) in the US in two years. The past few days, we tried to spend as much time as we could with each other. Finally, we became close as sisters could ever be, sharing confidences over good food, sleeping late into the night, catching up. It was an answered prayer for me, yes, but I didn’t expect that it would only come around after the death of our father, although we have started to get close to each other long before she first left for the States. I remember my sister always giving me candies as pasalubong whenever she got home from school when I was a toddler. I …