Happy Birthday to Me

imageThank you for giving me another year of life. No celebration, no cake, no gifts, I am grateful though for the inner peace in spite of our current situation. Today I am reminded of so many things.

Life is very short.

Meeting You is getting nearer. Each day past is one less of the number You set for me.

Time is precious.

Material things are just but “things”, having You is having everything.

Each day is a gift and an opportunity to glorify and seek you.

I want You more than anything else in this world.

If you ever ask me to choose between riches and salvation of my entire family, I will choose the latter.

And here’s my birthday wish:

First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord ?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. (Proverbs 30:8, 9 NLT)

I wrote 38 things that I’m thankful for, yes I’m 38 years old.

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Jesus

Salvation

Parents

Husband

Children

Sister,nephew, brother-in-law

Grandmother

Aunties/uncles

Cousins

Relatives

In-laws

Friends I met in high school, college, my former work, my church(Philippines/HK/China), China, social networking, ACM

Best friends

Godchildren

Pastors

Former bosses

Degree

12 years of being an auditor

Traveling

Country/nationality

China

Second life

Savings

Trials

Problems

Struggles

Imperfection

Wisdom

Grace

Weakness

Strength

Provision

Protection

Health

Church

Life

Prayer-partners

Body/age

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So teach me to number my days, That I may present to You a heart of wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)

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Happy Birthday Bethany

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou just turn three today.  You’ve been our source of joy, we’re so blessed to have you in our life. We are forever grateful to God for entrusting you to us.

We pray that the Lord may  fill you with wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

May He shower you with gifts talents, skills, and may you use those to glorify His name.

May you be healthy mentally, physically and emotionally as you grow.

May the Lord favor you and be with you always.

We pray that the Lord may preserve you until the time of your marriage.

May you entrust your life to Him even at the young age and  serve Him for the rest of your life.

We pray that may you be generous and loving.

And most of all we pray that even at the young age may you learn to find happiness not in material things but in the things that cannot be bought by money.

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I’m still learning to let go and trying to embrace your childhood, accepting you for who you are and not forcing you to be the person I want you to be. You have a strong personality, you like to do things on your own. Your independence is astonishing. Your beauty is unique. Your intelligence is amazing. We are always proud of you. We love you unconditionally.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jie jie!

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Happy Birthday Kristine

IMG_20120708_170722A year ago I gave to a another cute little girl, yes it’s my second daughter’s birthday today. How quickly that year has gone by.

I was due to give birth on the 4th of July. I remember how worried and stressed I was when she didn’t come out on that day, the doctor told us to induce me if  I will not give birth after a week. I thank the Lord for she came out 4 days after, I was afraid and didn’t want to undergo induction.It was a smooth delivery though, a 3 hour labor.

I remember drinking soda and eating chocolate and fries inside the delivery room while having contractions, I was allowed to eat anything while in labor. My husband wasn’t allowed to stay inside the DR, we’re using sign language and from time to time they phoned my husband every time they wanted to tell something to me.

I was relieved when I heard your first cry, we didn’t know your gender until the nurse told us, you’re a girl. You were so tiny, tinier than your sister. You have been more a blessing to us, you bring so much joy in us. We love you so much and can’t wait to see what else God reveals to us through you.

Happy Birthday Mei mei, it’s just so sad that your great-grandmother passed away yesterday and wasn’t able to see you. I’m sure she’d love to see you. It is my prayer that you’ll meet her someday in heaven.

It’s been our prayer even before you were not born yet that you will entrust your life to Jesus our Lord and you may choose to have a personal relationship with Him. That you may serve Him wholeheartedly and passionately for the rest of your life.

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This our prayer to you and to your sister.

We speak God’s blessings upon you.

May the Lord give you a heart to love Him, a mind to know His will, strength to obey Him and a soul to fear Him.

May He grant you wisdom and understanding of His word.

May your hands do the works that He has ordained for you; may your feet walk the path He has prepared for you.

May you see things beyond the naturals eyes can see; may you speak the truth in love; may your ears hear His voice alone.

May He prosper you spiritually, materially, physically, intellectually and emotionally.

May you always worship Him in spirit and in truth; may you serve the Lord passionately.

Above all may His Spirit be with you always.

You are truly a wonderful blessing from the Father.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER

36962_1230622264582_2877701_nHappy birthday to my one and only sister.

You are the most amazing sister anyone could ask for.

I am so honored to even call such incredible, loving, generous, beautiful, selfless woman my sister.

You are God’s gift to me. I am indeed blessed to have you.

It is my earnest prayer that the Lord will give you long life, well body and a sound mind.

I miss you my sister.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday because you deserve every bit of it.

Stay safe.

WE LOVE YOU.

I Can’t Believe It’s been a Year already

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My daughter turns one year old this month, ah time flies too quickly. It seems like yesterday when she was like this, tiny, little, cute baby.

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Ahh those sleepless nights. I can still remember the fears we have, the questions like how much should she eat? How many time should she burp? How would I bathe her? How often should I change the diaper? Why is she sounding this way, is she okey? We questioned everything and worried too much. Our life has never been the same since she came into our life. It’s been much better and a little tougher. It was sometimes frustrating but it was without a doubt an exhilarating experience.

I guess she’s no longer a baby, she’s a little girl now. She can walk, run and climb.  Photobucket

She has 4 teeth. Ah I’m just completely amazed with the changes. She’s gaining independence constantly. She knows what she wants as well as she does not and she’ll tell you.
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She knows how to manipulate. She wants to go there,  get that, try this. When you’re holding her too long she gets angry. She’s curious with everything and trying to imitate the things we do.
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It’s pretty amazing experience watching her grow and learn. And wouldn’t trade the experience for the world.
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Random Blog

Feels like forever since my last post… and it probably is! I have just been busy with other things. I don’t have the luxury of time to stay long in the computer, besides like other sites (facebook, twitter, blogger, etc) wordpress is also blocked here; it made me lazier to blog. Another reason is, since my angel started walking I need to always keep an eye on her.

One week before Christmas we moved to another apartment, it’s much nicer but more expensive that our previous place, it’s near my husband’s work though. It’s a walking distance to my husband’s work and to the house church where he’s attending.

Christmas was just an ordinary day, we didn’t celebrate the way we celebrated it in my country, we went to church that’s all that we did, and so with New Year.

Chinese New Year, we were in the Philippines, we stayed there for 11 days. We spent most of our time in my family in the province; we just stayed in Manila for few days to see my nephew and brother-in-law and to settle some important things. We really didn’t have time to meet our friends, except for some. It was a brief encounter, we really didn’t have enough time to talk.

Our province is very remote; from Manila we traveled 45 minutes by plane to another city。

and from that city we travelled 20 minutes again by plane to my place, unfortunately when we arrived in that city, there were no flights anymore so we need to stay there overnight.

That’s the airplane we rode going to my hometown, it is a 5-seater plane.

Ready to board.

It was my husband’s first time to visit the place. He likes the place so much, he likes the simple life. It’s a small coastal town. Life is so simple.  Electricity runs from  5PM to 9PM, no cars just few tricycles, no pollution. I guess that’s the reason why my husband wants to settle there. It would be a stress free life, a laid-back life an organic life.

We rode a small boat from the town proper to my mother’s place.

She’s enjoying the ride.

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My Parents’ place. She has a sari-sari store, sari-sari means “variety, a convenience store only found in my country.

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She sells rice, gasoline, sugar, etc, etc.

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Some of my cousins

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During our stay there, the weather wasn’t so good, it didn’t stop raining. When it’s raining it would be hard for the plane to fly, so we’ve been praying non-stop also. He is an answering God, when it’s time for us to go back to Manila, the rain stopped and we’re able to fly back.

Our trip was great but traveling back to Manila was a disaster. We didn’t book our ticket from another city to Manila because we didn’t know what date we could return, the weather in my hometown is unpredictable, we tried to buy an airplane ticket when we arrived in that city but it was absolutely high. My husband was upset, he didn’t want to travel by bus, imagine traveling 14 hours by bus and we had a one year old baby. We didn’t have choice anyway. It was really hard. Nevertheless we were so thankful that we’re able to visit my hometown it was God’s miracle indeed. Travelling during that time of the year was really hard because it was rainy season.

That’s our airport in my hometown.

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That’s the airplane we rode from my hometown to another city, it’s much bigger huh, and from that city we took a bus and traveled for 14 hours going to Manila.

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We were thankful during our stay, food was abundant, my husband was able to eat sea foods, unfortunately I couldn’t eat much sea foods because I am pregnant.

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Back in Manila, my brother-in-law treated us in a restaurant; at the same time we celebrated my daughter’s 1st birthday.
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She loves her cake:)

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It’s My Husband’s Day

It’s my husband’s birthday yesterday,  we’re thanking the Father for giving him another year and praying for 60 more years to come. We visited a museum and a King’s tomb in the morning(weird ha, I mean the tomb:) and went to a park in the afternoon.

At the museum

At the King’s TombA t the Park



It was a tiring day but we indeed enjoyed it. Simple things yet we felt blessed.

Happy Birthday My Dear Husband!

Happy Birthday To My Dearest Nephew


We speak God’s blessings upon you.

May God bless you and protect you. May God’s face shine toward you and show you favor. May God look favorably upon you and grant you peace.May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:20)

It is our prayer that you will entrust your life to our Lord when you reach the right age, that you serve Him and love Him with all your heart, soul and mind.

May He prosper you spiritually, materially, physically, intellectually and emotionally.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEZAN. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU!