Our Journey to Forever Begins

It is only at my blog’s platform that I thought it best to share for the first time our wedding video highlights. It’s not as good and impressive like most cinematic videos out there but we had to make do with whatever limited capabilities our supplier has got. Like most weddings, it was not devoid of flaws and mishaps. But the sanctity of the Marriage Vows was pure and perfect. After all, it is not about the wedding but the marriage that matters the most.

For a new emigrant like myself with very little time in my hands for the wedding preparations, looking out for suppliers in a First World and expensive country was no mean feat. I barely had no idea how and where to start. I felt so lost and in total confusion which ones to book for appointments. I literally was groping in the dark! I only relied mostly on outputs and internet reviews. With the help of our entourage, I was able to pull it through. I can only be grateful for all the support they had extended to me during those stressful and crucial times.

Watching the video all over again brought back the memories of that special day. I wanted to relish at that incredible moment and cherish it forever.

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It is just the beginning of our long journey to forever. Be with us as we sojourn together!

Our Journey to Forever

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Show Your Jayhawk Team Spirit!

If you’re a Kansas Jayhawk fan, no doubt you want to show your team spirit. For the opportunity to browse all kinds of Jayhawk fan paraphernalia, just click here, at http://jayhawkspirit.com/, and take a look at the many great ways you can express your enthusiasm.

The Kansas Jayhawks have admirable records in football, basketball and other sports, and those achievements are celebrated through a variety of products. Jayhawk fans can drink their morning coffee in style with a KU Jayhawk stainless mug, or show their pride in what they wear. You can sport the Jayhawk logo on t-shirts, jerseys, hoodies, sweatshirts, shorts, pants, socks and hats. Jayhawk Spirit carries sports fashion for women as well as men, including a t-shirt dress and fashion scarves decorated with Jayhawk insignia. Even the youngest Jayhawk fans can find cool fashion wear, from actual Jayhawk costumes for infants and toddlers to t-shirts sporting fun slogans like “They don’t make Wildcats this cute.”

Jayhawk game day is celebrated with a variety of products perfect for a day of cheering on your favorite team. You can find umbrellas, can holders and water bottles here, all celebrating team spirit. For the Jayhawk fan who wants to show his team pride at the office, you can also shop for classy gifts like letter openers, ballpoint pens, pen and pencil sets, door hangers and tape dispensers.

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100 Years of God’s Glorious Blessings

This weekend is a very special and holy occasion in our Church worldwide. We simultaneously held the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) Centennial Thanksgiving to commemorate God’s 100 years of glorious blessings to His Church that initially emerged in the Philippines with lowly and humble beginnings but amazingly proliferated to different parts of the world.

Photo grabbed

Photo grabbed

Like always, we had to attend devotional prayers a week prior the momentous worship services. Braving the nasty winter cold nightly was a real sacrifice but it’s all for the glory of God.

On another note, it made me miss my own mother who is a Church deaconess back home. We used to go together in the wee hours of the morning. I have a supportive and loving husband here who drives me to and from Church for me to be able to perform my Church obligations while my mother is all alone in the Philippines faithfully attending to her Church duties. But I know, God is always with her and will bless her a hundredfold.

With my Mom and I on Thanksgiving

With my Mom and I on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving 2012

God’s divine blessings are certainly outpouring. The space here may not suffice for everything that He has done for me and my entire family. But for the sake of blogging, please allow me to cite just a few:

If there is one thing I am grateful for to have been born in the 20th century, it is for the reason that I am able to witness the Church’s Centennial celebration and be given the right to partake and perform my duties to the best of my abilities. I personally consider it a huge privilege and honor.

Me, myself and I

Me, myself and I

With F9 beauties at Western Sydney Congregation

With F9 beauties at Western Sydney Congregation

Happy day!

Happy day!

Beautiful ladies in the Finance

Beautiful ladies

Waking up everyday with a new lease of life with my loving husband beside me, seeing the sunshine, and all other beautiful things that my eyes can see, my ears can hear, and my touch and heart can feel; it is such an overwhelming blessing amid the many unspeakable tragedies and calamities that befall man these days.

My awesome and wonderful husband

My awesome and wonderful husband

The beginning of 2014 is a phase in our married life where we experienced pure grief and painful loss; I could not even find the right words to console myself but three months after such tragedy, I guess we are now OK. It allowed us to grow in faith together and made our love even stronger for each other. Healing comes with time, slowly but surely. I shall talk about “it” in detail when my heart is ready. In the midst of it all, it was only God who ultimately comforted us, continually held our hands tightly, and showed us that there is always a rainbow after the rain. For that, I give back all the glory to Him.

Tried and survived

Tried and survived

After Thanksgiving

After Thanksgiving

It is only but a pure stroke of luck that I had my own share of laughs and joys but even in my pains, sorrows and griefs; God’s overpowering presence in my life is absolute. I can never repay God’s infinite goodness for even the very life I have truly belongs to him.

I can only continue to “walk by faith and deeds and not by sight, in trust and dependence upon Him and allowing Him to lead me”, knowing that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1)- and that’s the thereafter where there is tears and pains no more; a heavenly promise that’s embedded in my heart.

Happy Centennial Thanksgiving to all INC brethren worldwide!

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Weekend Special #7: Prelude to Mother’s Day

Just a day prior to Mother’s day was a time well spent with my Mum-in-Law (MIL). My Prince and I took her to the Cook Park at Brighton Le Sands. It’s about two hours drive from home. My MIL’s long time pal B also tagged along with us.

On our way to Brighton Le Sands

On our way to Brighton Le Sands

If we have been lucky not to have been stopped by Highway Traffic Police Officers the last time we hit the road, this time around we were not. If it was some kind of warning of what’s forthcoming, we had no idea then.

Police Car

Police Car

The Police Officer

The Police Officer

The weather was perfectly beautiful. It was a sunny day and not brutally cold like most days in Autumn. We felt blessed that the weather itself cooperated with us.

We thought of getting some finger food for lunch to bring out at the park. The park is situated close to the airport. It’s overlooking the beach and we can see airplanes from where we were heading towards the direction of the runway all set for landing.

I believe it was not my MIL’s first time at the park as my Prince had brought her there for the same occasion some years ago.

It was a fun day! My MIL was all game for each photo takes. I loved how she posed whenever I snap the camera! And like always, my Prince was such a sneaky terrorist taking video captures of us while we were busy creating mementos (I have yet to upload this).

Wacky!

Wacky!

3  Musketeers

3 Musketeers

Wacky!

Wacky!


Some people were all too nice offering their services to take some captures of us. We never had to ask; they simply offered to take these snaps.

Happy smiles

Happy smiles

And just when we thought we’ve had an absolutely perfect prelude to Mother’s Day celebration, we were fined for not parking properly. What a way to ruin a beautiful day-out! My Prince was too upset at himself for failing to read the signs.

My Prince failed to read this sign

My Prince failed to read this sign

It was such a bummer and it cost us a hundred bucks!

$101 fine

$101 fine

Lesson learned: “Read each signs prior to parking cars.”

Sans the fine, it was an absolutely beautiful day spent with family.

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My Pretty Mama’s Awesome Birthday Celebration

I shall go back to how my very own Pretty Mama celebrated her birthday this year. As can be recalled, I wrote a birthday tribute in her honor which was published H E R E. My Prince and I wanted her to have a relaxing day; so we deemed it best to give out a birthday dinner treat. That way, there is no more need for her to prepare for her own birthday as had been the case in most occasions. We also wanted her to buy a nice dress for herself and have her photographs taken professionally. This idea was adopted from my friend Juliana over at Juliana’s Lair. It’s a wonderful way of celebrating life by virtue of the medium called pictures. Beauty and youth is preserved. This reminded me of what my Prince used to say: “You’re only young once. Savor and enjoy it while it lasts and if you have it; flaunt it!” Unfortunately, she is on a different wavelength. She never had it done for reasons unknown to me.

Unknown to my mother, I was discreetly planning her birthday with my SIL. I could not recall anyone giving her a bouquet of flowers in the past except for my father before he passed away. I connived with my brother and SIL to make sure she gets one and of course, the birthday cake is a must with emphasis on the many candles to blow.

The birthday celebrant with her bouquet of roses from my Husband and I

The birthday celebrant with her bouquet of roses from my Husband and I

Birthday cake from OZ with love

Birthday cake from OZ with love

One more cake from my cousin Ally and her family

One more cake from my cousin Ally and her family

However, my younger brother M had other things in mind too. It was him who brought up the idea of having a small celebration at my mother’s hometown where she can have double happiness with her sisters and some relatives. Her birthday fell on a holiday, Labor Day in the Philippines, so it’s a very opportune time for everyone to hold a mini-reunion of some sort.

They had the birthday dinner treat from us on the eve of her birthday. Incidentally, one of my cousins from Davao City was with them while awaiting for her family to arrive on the actual day of my mother’s birthday.

With my cousin Yra Lee and my adorable nephew, Morning Dew

With my cousin Yra Lee and my adorable nephew, Morning Dew

With Morning Dew and his lovely Mamie

With Morning Dew and his lovely Mamie

My fabulous Momma on the eve of her birth anniversary

My fabulous Momma on the eve of her birth anniversary

Isn't she gorgeous?

Isn’t she gorgeous?

Now you know where I got my trademarked poses. Hahahaha! ;-)

Now you know where I got my trademarked poses. Hahahaha! ;-)

Finally got it right!

Lovely pose but one little photobomber wreaked it, LOL

Lovely pose but the one little photobomber wreaked it, LOL!

Finally got it right!

My mother is one blessed soul. She has got generous sisters who were more than willing to shell out some cash for this event to materialize.

The famed duck face with her sisters

The famed duck face with her sisters

Selfie with my brother

Selfie with my brother

Happy faces by the pool

Happy faces by the pool

From the bottom of her heart, she is ever grateful to her elder sister in Davao City for sponsoring the venue in the resort, accommodation and “lechon” among others. My mother truly appreciated the gesture. They had to travel 3 hours from Davao City to GenSan- one way. Tell me if it’s not love. I’d say that’s one of the unspeakable perks of being the youngest amongst 11 siblings. LOL! Gratitude also goes out to my loving Tita Naidz for always ever ready to give support, monetary or otherwise if need be and to the rest of her siblings and relatives, thanks for being there.

On my mother’s behalf, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who have made their presence felt for my Pretty Mama’s birthday. You simply made her day triple extra special!

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