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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Eat Pray 'Work' Love

This is probably one of the best years I've had since I came back in 2008. My world has expanded quite a bit from my virtual world through blogging to my work place and my mom's group in our neighborhood. I met the finest people in both worlds. 

As I leafed through the different chapters of my life, I saw how God worked on many areas I've grown comfortable with.

Should I say I was lucky to watch a movie adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert's masterpiece,
Eat Pray Love just before the year ended?

I led this kind of sabbatical period for ten years...

and I realized that it's something I could reflect about each time I wish to have a reality check on my
zest for life!

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December's probably the best month especially after my October hibernation.

I used to ask,

 " How could two people who were so in love not end up happily ever after?"



Piano piano my eyes were opened...

I ceased holding tightly...



I took my drawing pens through Roy's invitation to illustrate for his Christmas book. It paved the way for me to search things in another direction...


Hazel's photo

2011 has highlighted two issues of our journal (that means busy April and October preparation). It also took me away from the net for awhile and figure things out in the real world.





My sister's presence for the holidays brought a unique touch to our, otherwise, traditional Christmas celebrations.

We prepared chicken with herbs, pasta with meatballs and blueberry cheesecake.

Belle had her share of the dessert by preparing fruit salad with graham biscuits.



We had our make overs for Christmas day...







and we finally had our family picture taken after so many years. 

We've been through thick and thin together...

It isn't perfect but
 all I can say is
a family is a family is a family.




We were  also blessed with a new niece this month...

photo of  Rhea and Jaspreet by Michelle Tandoc-Alamil 


One of the best features of this year is having the children gathered every Saturday afternoons for catechism. 

I truly wish more for them... so I hope the generous ones would open their hearts to these kids.


I'm not really fond of attending parties but last 18th of  December, we were included in SAMAKA's party. 

Angel, Araceli and Mitzi 

with Mama Rosie, SAMAKA President
Arvy



God has led me a long long way pretty much like the Hebrews in the desert.  The journey's  far. I have always thought that God wanted me to marry soon but I guess He has other plans for me at this moment.


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"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. 
But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life."

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In this road along with my co-travelers, I learned these words...

Forgive me ~ for all those moments I've failed to reflect God's love...

I love you ~ the best moment to say it is always NOW...

and

THANK YOU

God for all Your blessings...
for our family and friends...
for the graces and crisis...
for those who left and those who chose to stay


Adesso,

ATTRAVERSIAMO...






Friday, December 30, 2011

{One Friday Moment}



{One Friday Moment from Symphony of Lights}

A single photo, capturing a moment.
A simple, special extraordinary moment.
A moment rummaged from my leisure days at the Ayala Triangle December 2011 that I want to pause, savor and remember.




"This Moment" is a ritual on Life inspired by the Wee Man adopted from SouleMama which was introduced to me by Roy Durham of Roy's Garage Sell and Auction

 If you wish to participate, post your picture on a Friday and leave your link in the comments.
Remember to shout TGIF...it's almost 2012 afterwards ;) YEY!



Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Saint Nick

photo credit: Syed Alfandi Syed Mansor

"Do you wish to know the secret of happiness?" Several years ago in the agony column of the London Times this question was asked, and all those who replied received an envelope-containing two verses from Saint Matthew:

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened to unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

-Andre Maurois' The Art of Happiness

Dear Santa,

Oh how have you been? I haven't written you for a long while. I hope you still remember me...

Christmas Party 1983
I was just seven when we first met and I was thrilled by the thought of seeing you in person.

I wasn't sure what it is that I asked for Christmas the other years... but what I know now is, I shouldn't tremble by the thought of asking you what I truly want on the day Jesus was born.

Oh, you know about the playground I've been proposing to my mom ages ago for the children in our street. I know it would be next to impossible UNLESS one of our rich neighbors offer space where the children could run and play...

Arvy's promised Communion ~ hmmm, I truly need his baptismal certificate. I pray that his mom will find ways to give me this so he could receive Jesus by next year. He's turning thirteen. Imagine all those years he missed!

More kids and an assistant for Catechism. I just raised another plan these coming years ~ I wish I could attend Theology and Human Formation classes again. And I hope they'll open it on weekends too since I have to go to work.

Lectio Divina on Sundays. Hmmm... I hope we could start it with our SAMAKA group...I'd even thank God if five people show interest in sharing God's Word and deepening it with us.

Youth Program. My mom says nobody wants to lead since it entails time and a lot of responsibility. I truly pray to engage the youth in activities that will enhance their relationship with God, themselves and with other people. 

Please give this a lot of thought. I've first proposed this with God... I know two heads are better than one. So if more people will pray with me for my wishes, then God will lead me the way.

Hmmm... oh! You wish to know what I would like for myself? Maybe you could listen to the video I prepared for you ... Thanks Santa!



Our wish list changes with the years and our experiences in life... 

Santa, where are you going?


Tita... Look !






Monday, December 19, 2011

YouTube Tuesday


It's...


a day set aside for sharing our favorite video.
           Thanks to our genius Josh at Its Tiger Time 


I received a video from DaySpring Devotions this morning...

it was the same time when I was asking God how come tragedies happen around the day He was born...

and this is what I heard...


THE CROSS IN CHRISTMAS
by Tammi Dryden




Coming to the manger ... and finding the Cross in Christmas.

Christmas cannot be bought.

Christmas cannot be created.

Christmas cannot be made by hand.

Christmas isn't a product to wrap, but a person to unwrap.

Christmas can only be found in the creche, in the cradling trough, in the mire and the stench and the unexpected and unlikely and only in the person of Christ.

The mystery so large becomes the babe so small - and infinite God becomes infant.

Christ, the babe, comes in Christmas as Christ the Savior comes on the cross --- seeking only our embrace.








Friday, December 16, 2011

{One Friday Moment}


{One Friday Moment from Art Works}

A single photo, capturing a moment.
A simple, special extraordinary moment.
A moment rummaged from my leisure days at the mall that I want to pause, savor and remember.




"This Moment" is a ritual on Life inspired by the Wee Man adopted from SouleMama which was introduced to me by Roy Durham of Roy's Garage Sell and Auction

 If you wish to participate, post your picture on a Friday and leave your link in the comments.
Remember to shout TGIF afterwards ;) YEY!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Star


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I have seen them happy on our Satur-dates but not as MUCH as they were this week...


I keep noticing that they become extremely lively when we start singing and we've been practicing their presentation for the Christmas party in our street.


They even invited their dolls and stuffed toys to be with us. They chided, "Teacher, look! Now the classroom's filled with kids..." 

How lovely!

I do miss MJ and three-year old Carlo. I wish they were there to share our joy. Some of them have not been attending regularly depending on their family's activities for the day.

A doctor friend asked if we could formalize our Catechism classes, however, it still depends on the group who initiated this.

~I am still praying for a companion to assist me with the smaller ones, a program for both the youth and the seniors and a playground.~

While it's true that they could be unruly at times, I'd look at them with so much love and their presence dispels all the weariness I feel over a week's work. 

They are so simple. God I wish I could be like them.

Through those Saturdays that we had, I'd listen to them reciting their prayers and God made me realize that they could memorize (*pray) better by singing.

"Singing is praying. When one sings one prays twice - so said the great Saint Augustine"
 http://www.missionofjesus.com/divine_centre/frame_t.htm

Who knows one day we could form our own children's choir. But for now, I have to teach them a variety of Christmas songs. I heard them singing the same "Star ng Pasko" last night.


Me: "So who are we waiting for this Advent season?"
Children: "Santa Claus !!!" ~ hmmm...

(after two weeks)

Me: "Who's the Star this Christmas?"
Children: "Jesus!" 

(Oh, thanks God !)


Friday, December 9, 2011

{One Friday Moment}


{One Friday Moment from My Adventures with J}

A single photo, capturing a moment.
A simple, special extraordinary moment.
A moment rummaged from my retreat days that I want to pause, savor and remember.




"This Moment" is a ritual on Life inspired by the Wee Man adopted from SouleMama which was introduced to me by Roy Durham of Roy's Garage Sell and Auction

 If you wish to participate, post your picture on a Friday and leave your link in the comments.
Remember to shout TGIF afterwards ;) YEY!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

{One Friday Moment}


{One Friday Moment from the Memoirs of a Young Traveler}

A single photo, capturing a moment.
A simple, special extraordinary moment.
A moment rummaged from my old chest that I want to pause, savor and remember.






"This Moment" is a ritual on Life inspired by the Wee Man adopted from SouleMama which was introduced to me by Roy Durham of Roy's Garage Sell and Auction

 If you wish to participate, post your picture on a Friday and leave your link in the comments.
Remember to shout TGIF afterwards ;) YEY!