2012 has proven to be one of the unforgettable years. I went under the knife this year for an unexpected emergency gall bladder removal procedure. That must have been one of the scariest moments in my life. I was in too much pain that fear took a backseat since I just wanted that pain to go away. One of my best moments was when I opened my eyes after the surgery, I saw Marchesa who was very pregnant with Elle at that time, Emma and Zi, waiting for me. Elle also came to us this year. For me, this was the experience topper of them all. We didn’t know who she was and what she was going to look like. After what was a very difficult labor, she was there and memories of Emma came flooding through. The two looked so much alike, it was uncanny. This has also been a year where we saw God’s faithfulness in our families, our church, through our friendships and even my career. I look forward to tomorrow where I know there is that promise of hope. Happy new year everyone. I hope yours is just as good or perhaps even better as mine.
We look back and give a big bear hug to 2012 because of all the incredible things that have transpired by God’s grace. Just to name a few, we give you our top twenty! 20. Emma started violin lessons. 19. Perze visited his family in the Phils. to celebrate Nanay’s 60th birthday. 18. Zienne was completely potty trained before she turned 3. 17. Emma was chosen “Peacemaker” for 1st grade and 2nd grade. 16. Our sister Kristie got engaged to Mike. 15. Our brother Freddie got engaged to LJ. 14. Emma visited the planetarium, Smithsonian Space Museum. 13. Marchesa conducted SJBCI through “Hope of the Broken World”. 12. Zienne learned how to write her first and last name. 11. Emma started piano lessons. 10. Zienne was a flower girl for the very first time at her Tita Michelle’s wedding. 9. Perze serves in SJBCI as chairman of the Board of Trustees & Marchesa in the Music Ministry 8. Our family started sponsoring our 2nd friend who is in missions. 7. Zienne is starting to read! 6. We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary! 5. Perze was interviewed and featured in a testing magazine. 4. Emma and Zienne sang their first duet […]
I don’t understand why it took me this long to write about you. Just like your older sisters you set your own timetable as to when you are coming out in this world. We had a couple of scares before that and thought you were going to come out early. To be honest with you, I really wanted you to have the same birthday as your Mom. That would have been great but you picked your own date, and that date so happens to coincide with my Alma Mater’s foundation day. Yes Elle, of all the days you had to pick, you chose September 1st. Something that will always remind me of where I’m from. Among your two older siblings, you were the biggest. It was very scary seeing your mom go through all that pain. Then you came out and you reminded me a lot of your Ate Emma. It was like looking at the past without my hair loss and hives (a different story, ask me about it will you?). Your mom can barely hold you because of exhaustion. After the doctor took you from your mom, I finally mustered enough courage to cut your umbilical cord when […]
Our darling Elleonai Summer was dedicated on our Twevlesixteen 2012. Having only had a month to plan, we set on just getting the invites sent via online- specifically Facebook so we could rush the notice out to people faster than snail mail. With Perze gone til the end of November, it only gave us a couple of weeks to really plan, and having three girls now and a newborn, I admit I don’t have the luxury of getting on photoshop for more than 30 minutes. So I was able to do most things on my iPhone. We chose 11 Godmothers and Godfathers this time around, knowing that Elle would be our last child (Godwilling). We really wished that we could fit in a lot more who are close to us, but there’s got to be a limit, right? So we chose friends who have always been close to us, who have shown their involvement with our kids, who we respect, who go out of their way to help us in so many forms, and who have built a friendship so encouraging to the both of us. Most of all, we knew that these individuals would do their best to pray […]
Gathering thoughts… ———————————————– COLUMBINE STUDENT’S FATHER 12 YEARS LATER !!Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national l eaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript: “Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers. “The […]
Emma had to put items in a shoe box that dealt with a specific topic, all of which she had to talk about in her class, so she chose Philippines. I’m really proud of her for choosing this all on her own, even excited with all the things she had in mind to show her classmates. So we found and included the following for her presentation: a picture of her at Camiguin Beach: to show the pristine white sands and clear gradient of the water of the Philippines a picture of her at Bukidnon, ziplining: to show the attractions and adventures, hot spots for tourists a picture of dancers in Marawi: to show the rich culture of music and dance where her dad grew up pastillas candy: to show the love for food, with delicious treats and tastes handkerchief: to display the beauty of the textiles and patterns of the Phils. a Mindanao State University shirt: to show her pride of where her grandparents work and where her dad grew up and studied This was a great way to show her even just the skim of who she is…I hope little by little, she will have the curiosity to learn […]