i never got to tell my engagement story on our twelvesixteen.net…not yet…hahah it’s actually quite funny, cuz last sunday as i was giving a haircut to one of the youth girls, she asked me why i never told her how perze proposed. so during our hairdid session, i recounted how perze was really slick enough to propose to me without me ever finding out, or even having an inch of a clue that he was going to propose that day, month, OR season! hahaha after being married now for 3 years, it’s still a wonder to me when someone asks me of our proposal story (or any chapter of it). when i finally had finished, she asked me if i could show her the exact place we got engaged (since we’ll be having our family retreat there this year [awesome, rite?]). i hope they never take it down. this year, we get to take a picture now with our firstborn. valentines day never meant so much until 2004, because that’s the day perze proposed to me @ sandy cove. that week, he talked to my parents, bought a ring, told a close friend, and planned one of the most memorable […]
this is for our friends and family. so yes, you. take time this day, not just to celebrate mushy love twitterpations between a man and woman, but also love for your parents, siblings, and family. some chocolates for your friends. sweet nothings to your grandparents. handwritten poems to your children. and most of all, celebrate the graciousness of love itself- one of the greatest mysteries graced to us! i also just want to take this time to share verses about the ultimate manifestation of LOVE. john3:16 "for God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." mark12:30 "love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."
The commute yesterday was just nasty, today on the other hand was just stupid. It felt like being stuck in an alleyway where there was an overturned 7-11 slurpee truck. Major slush on the roads! It sucks even more because I usually walk now to the bus stop. For some reason this is one of those snowstorms (you can’t even categorize this as one) where all meteorologists talk about and the local government units just acts surprised and acts very late. When I came out of the apartment this morning, major slush all over the place, nobody plowed anything. So I probably looked like the grinch as I was walking to the bus station, tip-toeing all the way. It really sucks when your socks get wet. Once I got to the bus, there was this middle aged south asian lady who looked at me, had the widest smile and started conversing with me. Lady: Hey, I didn’t know you take this bus Me: *Fixes Coat* Hmmm, yeah? Lady: Since when? Me: Not … too … long … ago *(am i supposed to know this woman?) *Lady realizes that I wasn’t the person she thought who I was, Looks down and […]
sunday morning, as Perze was leading Praise and Worship, we received a call from the Philippines informing us that Lola Mildred (the mother of Perze’s dad- Perlen Ababa) passed away that morning. She was very much loved by her family. Condolences to the whole Ababa family. Please remember them in your prayers, for comfort and peace, and also for the preparations regarding the funeral and burial. But we rejoice that she’s now in a better place probably singing and dancing, sharing in God’s glory w/ loved ones.
It was so ironic when I got the news of my Lola’s death. I was standing in front of the congregation playing for Praise and Worship. Kuya Cliff was segueing from the first to the 2nd song when I felt my phone vibrate. The first was a text message from my sister Milfe, a second later was a phone call from my sister Zen. When I saw my sister’s number I knew then and there that my Lola was gone.Ironically, the song that we started singing was "O Praise Him" by the David Crowder Band. After praise and worship I went down to the kids room to tell Marchesa what happened. She kind off already knew because when I didn’t pick up my phone my sister started calling hers. I refrained from calling back because I knew what was going to happen, they are going to tell me the same thing I already knew. So I waited to call until we got home in Plainsboro, where I can get my privacy. We were still in South Jersey when I started writing the first blog about my Lola. The point where I envisioned of her being with my Lolo after 10 […]
"1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. […]
It’s been 4 months since I’ve seen you. A mere shell of what you used to be. I remember when you used to take care of me, put up with my craziness. You were one of the reasons why I knew how to read at a very young age. You saved word puzzles for me from Liwayway magazine and wouldn’t let anyone use it because you know that everytime we come and visit i’d always bury my head and play with those things. There was never a time that I’ve seen you not reading a book. One time I asked you what you were reading, as you were showing the book to me, a picture of Lolo fell, you reached for it and jokingly said … oops it’s my boyfriend. I’m sure he’s very happy that you are with him after over 10 years of being apart from each other. What a reunion that must be. I’m sorry I couldn’t be by your side during those times that you needed someone. I’m happy you got the chance to meet my wife and my daughter, know that Emma has probably as much spunk as you when you were growing up. I […]