Everyday is a blessing!

No matter how yesterday was, everyday is a blessing!

Since we receive a blessing that moment we open our eyes each morning, it is but right to be thankful. I must admit, I have only fully accepted this fact when I became a Mom. It was a futile realization I must say. So, if stress has made me skip saying a prayer before bedtime, I have to say it upon waking up. The thank you prayer has to include that I was awakened, I was me as I was yesterday and have another chance to make myself better. This time, it is not just for myself but for my family, most importantly.

Last March, our Facebook news feed were flooded with recognition and graduation photos and congratulatory statuses. I am just one of the many proud parents who added new photos. Every time I see a photo of a medal or award/s, I know there is this smile in my face. I can somehow feel the parents’ happiness with the little and big awards our kids achieved. I told K that even if she did not end up in the honor roll, I am so proud of her. Her achievements since Kindergarten surpassed my expectations. When she entered Grade school, I started teaching her to be self-reliant but she still have me around for hand-on reviews. When she reached 3rd grade, we were both heartbroken with the loss of my mom and slacked a little. She went on with her independence during exams while my everyday activities were divided to her toddler (back then) sister, household chores and home-based job. It worsen as bigger challenges were thrown upon us… upon me. I was reminded by K of a promise I made to her, a promise that I have already forgotten. I told her that it will be hard but a promise is a promise. A tight hug after a mother-daughter conversation served as a seal that we were in it together. So, fulfilled promise- K graduated at Marian School of QC. My closest friends and family knows how it was a struggle – physically, emotionally and financially. But as I have mentioned, everyday is a blessing! And, blessings come in different forms, sizes and sometimes in disguise. Sometimes they can move, talk and even dance. Life’s drama has just made my little miss K stronger than she think she is. She has matured and learned how to be happy for the blessings she receives. And to be happy for another person’s happiness and achievements too, especially her closest friends. I sometimes ask her if she gets jealous, and each time, she answers back with a question: “Why would I be?” I always end up smiling.

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I am aiming to teach my kids how to see and feel things from the perspective of others. Knowing how to empathize is one of the firsts, in many life skills a person should learn. With Roey, this is still vague and might be a long process. With K, I just have to be here as a constant reminder. My success in this parent challenge will be my future leaders’ success as well. Knowing how it is to have none, to be inferior and to have a sense of contentment with what we have will sure help them be successful leaders. Successful and genuinely happy leaders in whatever field they may take.

My tears flooded after reading K’s letter to me they handed during their graduation ceremonies. As soon as I saw the letter in her hands, tears were ready to flow. Same reason why I had to read it at home when they were all asleep. That same letter is the exact reason why I have confirmed that no matter how yesterday was, everyday is a blessing!

Congratulations again my dear Keanna, my first baby. Please remember that you are the very first reason I believed in love at first sight, I believed in hope and that real beauty shines from within. Never doubt Mommy when I tell you are beautiful, because you really are. You are a blessing and I could not be thankful enough.

I love you so much!

5 things a simple SMILE can do

You have heard that “Laughter is the best medicine!” but did you ever wonder why?
You must have already found the answer from Google or from a medical book maybe.

Admittingly, since I have had dentures years back, I feel awkward when I smile. So, when I give a polite type of smile, I (most often than not) also let my eyes work – a wink, a smiling eyes or a quick raise of the eyebrows. But sometimes, I feel that I am not really giving it (smile and what it meant in whatever moment there is) 100%. I am haunted by that feeling for sometime, really! Especially when I became a Mom. My daughters would gladly smile at me with zero hesitation, or awkwardness at all. So, I had let go of that in-confidence and share my own different type of smiles. Well, yes, I have read that there were indeed different types of smile. I even found myself in front of the bathroom mirror smiling and counting! Ha! Ha!
You may find a lot more things a smile can do to yourself or to someone else but here is my top 5.

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1. A SMILE is contagious.
2. “Every time you smile, it is an act of love – a gift …” ~Mother Teresa
3. We are all rich of smiles, be generous! A warm smile can touch and enrich the ones who receive it and it won’t cost you a thing.
4. A genuine smile is an asset! It attracts attention and promotion. It brings out an aura of confidence and positiveness which people find to be attractive.
5. Smiling is a stress-reliever! You are more relaxed when you smile. And because of its stress-relieving property, your immune system is strengthened and thus, smiling can actually prevent colds and reduce blood pressure.
So turn that frown upside down, Smile! Do something good to yourself and better things will happen to you!

To Do List: Yes I Can!

I have been joining FatMumSlim’s Photo a Day Challenge and so far, I have not skipped a day. Yay! If I’d be able to complete the January challenge, I know I can do it for the rest of the remaining months too! As per my daughter K, “Push it Mom!”

Today’s challenge, or theme is actually a “To Do List”. And this is what I have submitted:

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I think I came up with this idea from a thought that came into my mind Saturday afternoon as I was walking back home after I bought something from a nearby store… these are better said (or written) in Filipino as it gives depth to its meaning. This is also more of a realization for me.

At the end of the day, it is best if everyone can sleep with a peaceful mind and heart.

Yung tipong hindi mo man na-resolve anumang problema mo sa buhay, may peace kang mararamdaman at nakakabawas ng stress yun. Dapat pala ituro ko sa mga anak ko na at least may 3 bagay tayong dapat na-a-accomplish a day.

a. Gumawa ng (kahit ano) kabutihan.

b. Magkaroon ng bago o magpangiti ng kaibigan.

c. At night, magpasalamat sa makabuluhang araw na nagdaan.

In English…

At the end of the day, it is best if everyone can sleep with a peaceful mind and heart.

That even if you were unable to resolve whatever issues or problems you may have, you make it a point to at least feel peace and feel a little stress free too. I should teach my kids that we should accomplish 3 things everyday.

a. Do something good (any kind of good).

b. Make new friends or at least make a friend smile.

c. At night, give thanks for the significance of the day that past.

After several minutes, I had to somehow correct myself, I realized that my list should be updated. I’ll post the better version tomorrow!  How about you? What’s you To Do List? Have you joined any photo a day challenge? Don’t say you can’t because I can!

 

Recommended: My Jinga Juice!

Why we highly recommend Jinga Juice?

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Thought you’d never ask!

WHEATGRASS alone is a powerful detoxifier and bloodstream protector. It restores alkalinity to the blood and can double your red blood cell count. Wheatgrass is perfect as it contains Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems.

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Perfect for kids! Jinga Juice is something they would surely enjoy!
Now you know!

 

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Mother

Mother

Last May 6 was my Mama’s 70th birthday …could have been, I mean. I thought of scrapping to give tribute to her. Credits to Studio Flergs and LorieM for the paper and embellishments I used.  Here was my FB post then…

 

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Happy birthday MAMA!
I know, if you were only alive and with us today, you would have been so happy to celebrate your 70th year. I could have granted a great wish of yours or perhaps brought you to a place you’ve never been.

These will no longer happen, but in my heart, I know that you are in bliss! You are in a much happier place than in any place here on Earth and I could never surpass the greatest gift you have now – being with HIM. I LOVE YOU, MA! I am wishing on your behalf now, that somehow, you have never forgotten that, even if we’re no longer together. You know what? It makes me smile when I look at the mirror now and see our resemblance. I would not forget how we make fun and joke about our appearances when I was young and no matter how hard we pick flaws at each other – we end up agreeing we’re both petite and beautiful. There’s a lot more to reminisce Mama, and if it is possible there in heaven to get a free movie on your birthday, hope you’d pick to see our life together.

Remember the kidnapping attempt of a demented woman when I was 3? I am just sooooooo thankful & happy it didn’t succeed – I got to be with my remarkable MAMA. Again, just what I have told you years ago… I would never trade you! You are the BEST mother for me and your granddaughters. We LOVE you so much! Mwah!

And again, with all our hearts – Happy Mother’s Day too!

For me, as a Mother – you have got it all!

In the Kitchen: Merienda Galore

What is one best way to spend time with the family? During merienda!

Afternoon snacks besides night chats is one part of the day I enjoy spending with my kids. My kids don’t have high levels of appetite (especially my elder daughter) but they have all the thrills and giggles whenever I serve something for them. We call it “Takaw-Tingin” here in the Philippines. It is summer and kids are out for vacation and as we all know, kids nowadays are unstoppable. They make it necessary for us parents to prepare something new for them, be it food, games, toys or unlimited number of activities so as to keep their nerves and minds busy! That somehow makes parenting one best way to explore and continue to learn. Hey! I have to somehow dig the internet for creative ideas from snacks to kiddie activities. Here’s one I imitated from a Pinterest pin – a unique way to serve ice cream!

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Maybe I can say that our country is one of the many places where you can go on food exploration and pig out! Since kids this summer is most of the time at home, we bond by eating together. Check out these afternoon merienda I served them one time. You will definitely crave too!

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Uplifting Our Spirits

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Last February, we have welcomed the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary at home. We have offered our prayers and lifted up to her our heart’s desires. A week of praying the rosary truly lifted our spirits. I am but glad that my daughters, at their young age, willingly prayed the rosary with me. My elder daughter even invited some friends to pray with us. Having the Blessed Virgin Mary’s image at home brought back a lot of memories to me. I have once been a member of Block Rosary and Legion of Mary back my High School days. I was very active during my sophomore and junior year in fact. My childhood friends and I would always pray and join the Block Rosary prayer brigade.

“Block Rosary is a Mother’s call to her children. Block Rosary is designed in Heaven and brought to earth by the Mother of God. Block Rosary neighbors PRAY together; Block Rosary Neighbors STAY together.”

(*source – Block Rosary Crusade Nigeria website)

With this, it gave me a feeling of wanting to have both my kids be as active as I was at church before. It wouldn’t  just bring them closer to Him but also would definitely bring out the best in them. Most parents would agree with me in that fact for sure.

This really calls for the Stef that was… thanks for the Blessed Virgin Mary’s visit and I hope it won’t be the last.

 

Candlelight: 2013 Earth Hour

 

We have once again participated to this year’s Earth Hour. And just like with the part year’s “tradition”, it gave us (me and my kids) a good feeling in doing so. We once again had a little fun while we “Dare the World to Save the Earth”, as what the Eath Hour Community featured. For an hour, for just last March 31, we turned off the lights and lit up a candle. We somehow, in out own little way, took part of history.

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It just makes me wonder, if millions of people around the globe can do it, and whole-heartedly participated in it, why not make this particular event be at least twice a year? Or perhaps, once a month? That would be so much better for the Earth, right? Imagine, there were even some of us who went beyond the hour. It was an “extra mile” and it was good… a very good sign, in fact! I just would like to extend my “pat-on-the-back” virtually to the people behind this event. These people has just proved me right one way or another, that there is good in each one of us. Kudos to everyone who participated this year’s Earth Hour! I know all of us enjoyed the candlelight during that dark (literally) Earth hour. We will be more than happy to participate again next year.

 

KidsDoodle Apps Inspired Ate K

My elder daughter, K , has always been interested in arts. She is into painting and drawing. I have saved some of her old artworks (when she was still younger) and some we can no longer find. From the mess of watercolors, pencils, markers and crayons, her interest in drawing has evolved. Now, she’s enjoying her ability either using MS Paint or this application I got for her from Google Play – KidsDoodle!

Here are some of her doodles using the said application…
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Besides K, my younger daughter showed interest too. Roey can already write letters from A to D and has been doodling too using crayons and water color. Her big sister once showed her the KidsDoodle application and out of curiosity, she tried using it too.

So, last but not the least, here is something my 3yo daughter, Roey, created…

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In case you are wondering what that is, she drew a letter A and a W. As I have mentioned, we were practicing writing and currently at the letter D but she has already learned W in advance. Hooray for that, hooray for her drawing and another hooray for being able to use the apps without further instructions. Kids nowadays…

Losing a Mother

Losing a Mother

Yesterday was my Mama’s 2nd death anniversary. We offered a mass for her soul and dropped by the cemetery. I’ve been dreaming of her almost every week which made me truly miss her. These adjectives aren’t enough to describe how wonderful she’s been not just to me but to my kids and so as my friends. A lot can testify on that.

Losing a Mother is really though but it has made me tougher as a person and a Mom too. I could not thank my Mom enough for all of what she taught and imparted me. As go on with life, I feel so blessed and lucky that I was once her baby. If given another chance to live, I would like her to be my Mother again.


Mama, I miss you! We miss you!

We hope that you are so much happier now in heaven!

We love you! ?

 

 

 

 

* For the scrapblog freebies, special credits to:

LorieM
Shery K Designs
JoniGray