Category Archives: My Heart Speaks

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.

(519)

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

Our Journey to Forever

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

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!

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

A Mother’s Day Tribute to my Loving and Beautiful Mom

My Dearest Mamang,

Once again, you cried a river by just reading my birthday tribute to you H E R E. Although it took you seven days after your birthday to have finally read the lengthy article I endeavored to publish as my humble attempt at honoring you, please know that I did not mean to make you cry.

My mother's reply to my article "A Birthday Tribute to my Beautiful Mom"

My mother’s reply to my article “A Birthday Tribute to my Beautiful Mom”

Truth be told, as I was writing that birthday tribute, I can’t help the tears welling up my eyes too. It was my heart that spoke in so many words and it came all naturally.

I have to admit that I will be unashamedly subjective and vividly biased in my attempt to give you a tribute like no other. Looking back, you never had an easy life. You were very young at 18 and was unprepared for marriage and so were the responsibilities that came along with it. Motherhood was the most challenging part especially when you gave birth to three terrorists. But you were able to pull it through wonderfully amidst all the many complaints you get from your children about just anything but I must say, it is mostly when you keep repeating the same kind of food served on the table and the constant (loving) nags we get each time. LOL!

Mother and daughter in tandem

Mother and daughter in tandem

It was not an easy journey; we were deprived of all the material luxuries in life. In typical fashion, we complained and ranted that we could not have what we wanted like most kids. We may have less in terms of material possessions but we have always been rich in love and faith. The values you have instilled in us were incalculable. Indeed, it is not about how much material wealth you have but the pursuit of inner peace and stronger faith in the Lord that’s most essential in life.

You were there for us at all times- where and when it mattered the most. You celebrated with us in our small achievements and triumphs; you cried and felt our pains in our failures and disappointments. Though we were never there for you all the time in your anguish and sorrows, you have remained to be a consistent mother as ever.

My mother and I

My mother and I

You taught us to live a full life without having to be influenced by the standards of this world but to always walk in the path of the Lord. I believe with conviction that it is your greatest achievement as a mother.

My beautiful mother

My beautiful mother

Motherhood is a gift that God bestowed in you. It is a highly esteemed calling that many children take for granted. But from now and always, please keep in mind that we honor and give due recognition to you for being the beautiful mother that you are! My brothers and I are grateful for always sharing your strength, love, and understanding. Thank you for being there for us and for helping us develop resiliency especially in times of trouble and distress. We continue to thrive as a family because of you. You have always been our anchor of strength. I am very privileged and proud to have you as a mother.

My family

My family

I may not be the perfect daughter but my heart is overflowing with gratefulness to you for everything. I wish to give you the world but I am powerless to do that. Like always, I can only pray that our Lord God may always look after you and embrace you with His Divine love and mercy.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mang! Celebrate motherhood and hope you will have a great one!

I miss and love you to the moon and back!

Your loving daughter,
LAINY

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

My Heart Speaks as a Newlywed

Thank you to all commenters who expressed their congratulatory messages and well wishes to my little accomplishments at the post entitled I Did It! A Small Yet Large Triumph of a Filipina in Australia.

My aim in writing about it on my blog is never to brag but to honestly express that these triumphs are nothing as compared to the triumph that I considered large in itself- having a supportive, caring and loving husband.

I have heard a lot of sob stories in cross culture marriages. In fact, I wrote in the past about Cross Culture Marriage – For Better Or Worse and The Perils of a Journey to Forever. True enough, there were a lot of Filipinas who were unfortunate to have been treated like crap in foreign countries and with no family around to seek refuge and comfort.

I remember a friend in the Church once told me that she has the same concerns for me when she learned I have no family around in Australia.

Sis Maureen's message

Sis Maureen’s message

It's rare to find a man who opens the door for their wives- my husband does!

It’s rare to find a man who opens the door for their wives- my husband does!

I truly and sincerely appreciate her concern but she’s right! My Prince is all I need! By the way, Sis Maureen of Decors and Motifs is one of the most genuine friends we have ever had the fortune of knowing prior to getting married.

The Pretty Mommy Sis Maureen and her darling handsome Unico Hiji, Darrell

The Pretty Mommy Sis Maureen and her darling handsome Unico Hijo, Darrell

Sure, there’s a helluva lot of unhappy marriages that abound but there are also heaps that succeeded.

For a newlywed like myself, I am well aware that my Prince and I still have a long, long way to go.

My heart is truly overflowing with gratefulness for the blessing of having a husband like mine. He is well worth the long wait!

Despite giving up my life back home- leaving my family behind, “abandoning” my job in the government while preparations for the 2013 Elections was underway, and breaking away from my comfort zone- these are nothing as compared to the joys that marriage bring and starting life anew. Like with every marriages, how to deal and handle with challenges and trials that come is of paramount importance. Yes, we weren’t spared from all kinds of tribulations. But we were never swayed. Not one bit.

With My Prince that is my husband

With My Prince that is my husband

At the end of each day, we always humbly offer ourselves in prayer to God seeking comfort and guidance that He may always keep us and help us honor forever our sacred vows to each other; that in the moments we find ourselves weak, it is not the persons that we married but the devil that worms its way to break us. 

Marriage has always been a holy covenant that Satan seeks to devour but with God’s help, we will never be easy targets.

This marriage may not be perfect but I thank God that He has molded both our hearts and souls to have magnanimous and perfect acceptance of each other.

I can quickly turn the other way and simply cover my nose when he has stinking “bomb-like” fart episodes or he would only calmly quip “it’s OK” if and when I fart under the blanket. He is normally patient but he easily loses his temper when there are idiot drivers on the road and I would remind him to keep his cool; they are just idiots! Haha! The same way that he keeps me calm and collected when I am enraged about trivial issues which I blame my hormones or my HBP by the way. LOL! Seriously, I am grateful for my Prince for always soothing my nerves and massaging my ego :)

We perfectly support each other. He is my number one cheerleader and fan at the same time in all my endeavors and I am the same for him too.

Indeed, marriage is a long journey with many surprises and not all of them will be good; there will always be bumps and humps along the way but with God in it, there is really nothing much to lose sleep about.

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.

I Thank God for the Gift of Family

Our home is the only place I knew and I have grew up with. I was very privileged to be given the gift of amazing people that not so many are endowed with – the gift of knowing, being known, loving, being loved, passing on faith and values, celebrating triumphs, pains and tribulations, healing wounds, giving hope – all these were learned and experienced by me in our humble abode with the guidance of our parents.

IMG_2732

It is with great joy and gratitude to God for the unspeakable gift of family that God has graciously provided- near and far. It is the family bonds that can not be simply taken away from us by anyone.

IMG_2725

Our family was stricken with griefs and sorrows, struggles, illnesses but amidst all that, God has never forsaken us. We have always been in awe of His mercy and providence the entire time. There were heaps of life changing episodes throughout the year and I am eternally grateful that God’s prevailing love and protection have always been with my family.

IMG_2706

Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family. Having both – is a blessing. ~ Donna Hedges

I cherish my family and love them to pieces. Though it breaks my heart to be away from them but life will continue to move on. The separation and distance can always be bridged with modern communication and technology. I thank God for the simple memories we’ve shared and created for I will forever carry them in my heart and there it shall be embedded to last a lifetime. These memories brought immense joy into my life and will always fill my heart and my soul.

For this and everything else, I am truly grateful and blessed!

Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.