May 22, 2015. Shared in the memory of TJ and Genny’s wedding last Friday. It was an honor being a secondary sponsor, as well as having Zienne and Elle as flower girls. I’ve known them since they were preteens. Genny was one of the young believers that I taught as a youth leader. Seeing her as a bride, walking down the aisle and saying her vows made me very emotional, feeling a bit of pride and happiness that she has found her way. She has paved her path to where she is today, and she is smiling, beaming with hope. What a wonderful way to start a marriage. Genny, TJ, thank you for the honor of having us at your wedding and participating in the ceremony. We will also be there for you in your marriage if you need us. God bless you both. We love you.
It is a sincere pleasure seeing all the posts of mothers for Mother’s Day. The sentiments are all so encouraging, seeing husbands give endearing words, children acknowledging their sacrifices, and families and friends reaching out to encourage each other in the beauty and struggle of motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day esp., to my mom, Ruth Fabila, who will always be a constant source of strength andlove. To my mother in law, Zenaida Ababa, who remains as an example of patience and prayer. My sister Stephanie Ng, who I see sacrifice so much of herself for her kids who love her. To my younger sisterMK Fabila Cornett, who is now learning the ropes and clocking in as a new mom, and my sister in law, LJ Fetalvero Fabila who will soon join in on the journey and chaos. To my sis in law Sweetie Nez who sacrifices so much to raise and love my sweet niece. And to the moms out there in my extended family, church, and friends who are now moms themselves, who I see lovingly raise their kids and nurture their homes. God bless all that you do! I am so encouraged by you.
There’s so much I remember 6 years ago. Time is a constant exam to see how far your memory stretches, but from the first day, I made sure to memorize it despite my fatigue. Because on days like today, there is a story I need to tell you about you. I love you, Zienne. But first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I watched you as you slept last night, wishing I had kept you up until 12am so I knew I had those last few minutes seeing you smile and talking with 5 year old Zi, but you were so tired from you daily activities. It’s ok; I made sure I took your photos yesterday of 5 year old zienne, asked you to answer your yearly interview questions, hugged you and asked you my yearly request of staying that age, and told you how proud I was of you- of 5 year old you. Me: Zi, do you really have to turn 6 tomorrow? Zi: Do you want me to? Me: No. It will make me sorely sad. Zi: I dunno how to make it stop. This was you, yesterday after school. You chose your own outfit and fixed your hair by […]
Before the picture above (left), Zienne adamantly refused to get in the water to snorkel due to fear. After some coaxing, she mustered up the courage to jump out of the boat to join everyone. This was her at the back of the boat, not even scared if she’ll fall off. I was so proud of her. Today, she came home from school with the news of going up a reading level to I level, the first in her class to do so. I’m just as proud. That’s the picture on the right. My little nut.
I loved this song for as long as I can remember, and through many years, I’ve heard so many covers, but nothing can ever top the original. How one could ever conceive a song that is recognized even by the first few bars by its bassline and a message that resonates in everyone is brilliance. Ben E. King “Stand By Me” RIP 2015