I was going over my previous blogs when I realized that my blog pages have been missing a lot of interesting stories which my friends and followers liked a lot; and that out of convenience, I posted those stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and never been transformed in a real blog. From September of every year to my birthday in January after New Year, my calendar days are normally blocked off, almost all in red, due to social engagements and special occasions in the family. Last November 11th, hubby and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. The series of celebration extended to our son Zecheriah's (Strong) birthday on November 20th. Not only that we have the longest Christmas in the Philippines, we also have the longest birthday or anniversary celebration. Believe it or not, we had been booked to five more parties over the last two weeks with our family, friends and loved ones in celebration of our wedding anniversary and Zecheriah's 9th birthday.
Anyway, for my personal record, and whether you like it or not, hahah, let me share with you this poem-letter I posted for my husband on Facebook:
AN OPEN MESSAGE TO MY BETTER HALF (14th Anniversary Edition 2014)
Dearest Hubby Wilson, For pampering me like a princess each day For the trust and support you’ve given me all the way For fearlessly choosing to be honest, That you humbly share with me your deepest secrets For your faithfulness and loyalty despite life’s most extreme tests
For considering my happiness above all else For giving me the kind of respect as promised since before For being mindful of me in every major decision you make For your constant sensitivity to understand how I feel For teaching me to settle marital issues without fighting For strengthening me in times of weakness or exhaustion For being my ultimate best friend whom I can always rely on For assuring me that I am your forever “adobo” And that you won’t ever need “kare-kare” on the side For your silly proposal to post “I LOVE MY WIFE “ sticker on your car windshield On the condition that I also post "I LOVE MY HUSBAND" on mine (epic!) For being naturally funny that you make everything so light Most importantly, for giving me my two loving adorable sons, And for completing my life … “THANK YOU!”
I’m so blessed to have you as my lifetime partner. And we have every reason to celebrate another year together. Congratulations to us on our 14th wedding anniversary. Praise and glory to the Lord our God for all his favor.
In addition to my personal journal,here are some Mommy stories I wrote on my Facebook status this month:
DEALING WITH TEENAGERS: My 13-year old son Zekie and I were in the mall yesterday to meet
with a client in a coffee shop. While walking,I didn't notice that I was holding him by the hand as if he’s a little kid being guided by the parent. Hence, my son called my attention and whispered to me: “Mom, you don’t need to hold my hand. You see, I’m now a teenager. I mean, I know where to go. I’ll just follow you.” At the first glance, he might have sounded right. And if fact, he was right. However, as parent, I wanted to show him another perspective where I said: “Yes, you don’t need my hand anymore to guide you; but, I need your hand now to ensure I don’t trip, fall, or slip. I’m wearing heels and my vision is blurry, too.” He looked like he was thinking. Then I added: “What a nice gesture it is for gentlemen to practice escorting the ladies and the elderly, or opening the door for them.” Without pressure... and voluntarily on his part, from then on that day, my young man escorted me everywhere I went.
LEARNING FROM THE KIDDO. I was checking on Zecheriah's lunchbox and saw some leftover cookies; unopened, though.These are the extra packs I send him everyday. ME: "Strong, you're growing up and you need to learn to organize and clean up your things."
And so, he grabbed the lunchbox, collected and placed the chocolates and cookies in a plastic bag.
ME: "So, where are you throwing all those?" STRONG: "Mom, these are clean food and unopened. I'm saving them for the poor." He left the scene, carried on with his computer games, without realizing that his innocent utterance of "I'm saving them for the poor" had been a remarkable lesson for the mom.
DECLARING A HOLIDAY FOR FAMILY BONDING. Late Spa and Dinner on our 14th Anniversary--Zecheriah: Is it holiday on Tuesday Mom? ME: No. Why? STRONG: Because it's your anniversary, remember? ME: Ah okay. Then, let's declare a family holiday on Tuesday,
HONORING THE LORD IN OUR FAMILY
My boys at Sunday Night Service--Why only in flip flops? Because they just had pedicure!
As per Pastor Ed Lapiz' message last night: " So what's wrong about having your hair curled or finding yourself in a beauty salon when end times come? Life must go on. Don't fear the future. Fear God, keep His commandments and entrust the future to Him."
Thanks for reading. Let's celebrate life and be grateful for all things!