We’re at Starbucks and “Our House” starts to play. Time stands still right now as Perze works on his laptop and the girls drink their fraps, playing games on the iPhones and teasing each other. Emma is face-timing her friend from her old school. I’m the only one that stops, or should I say, try to stop time, because it’s going way too fast. We just moved into our new house this month, and my view of things are so new. For example, every day, the girls strap on their blades and skate up and down our long driveway, without me having to watch their every move. They navigate their small radius around our house, in and out, making playtime decisions without me. They bring food outside to the deck and read books, contain themselves inside the peapod hammock, water the plants that seem to be grasping for life…all without asking me for permission on their every move. Because this is their house. They aren’t contained inside, and I love that they are all of age to enjoy this small step of freedom, without me right in front of them. Our house is slowly becoming home. It’s slowly becoming us. […]
Dedication of our godson, Eli. Really proud of these two. They gave their testimonies before God and guests of their challenges and thankfulness. We are more than honored to be godparents to Eli. To God be the glory.
Friends, Three weeks ago, our family traveled to the Philippines to witness and celebrate the wedding of Perze’s youngest brother, Joshua. We didn’t expect that at our arrival, we also got the news that Tatay Perl, Perze’s dad, had suffered 2 heart attacks just prior his arrival to Tagum. He immediately was admitted to the ICU of the city’s hospital. For two weeks, under doctor’s orders, he stayed to regain strength so they can transfer him to another hospital in Davao which dealt with cardiac surgery. Tatay and Nanay unfortunately were not able to attend Joshua’s wedding, an event ambivalently filled with joy and sadness. We had to leave the Philippines filled with such uncertainty, leaving Tatay to the medical team, and the rest of the family to pull together in unity to help each other through this tough time. Since then, we’ve been praying for God’s provision and help, clinging to hope, and trusting that God loves Tatay, and His love covers our fear. So far, we’ve seen people act as such amazing blessings in this story. I wish I could name them all, but thinking about them really moves my heart as I write this. People have been […]
Encountered some milestone while in the Philippines. On this trip, Zi learned how to swim using her forward strokes above and in the water. She also learned to combine back strokes into forward strokes as well as jump into the deep end and swim into the shallow part. Now all she needs to learn is to tread water. ?? This is about the same age when Emma learned how to swim. The day of Isabel’s birthday, we went to a bicycle park for Isabel’s birthday. They all chose bikes ? to ride around this surprisingly breezy day. Emma was frustrated, but persisted to learn to ride a bicycle. So after a few scratches, some tears, falls, she learned how to ride one!
Some stills I took on my iPhone. I hardly took pictures because I was a part of the wedding. I wish I took more pictures of Perze’s and my families…but truth be told, my 3.5 inch heels were killing me. Here are just some from my IG. My little flower ? girls. This is their 5th wedding they’ve had the honor of being in, and they love it EVERY time because of the poofy dresses, picture taking, hair dids, and the make up. Every 5 minutes, Elle kept asking if her lipstick was still on. Really honored that her Tito Joshua and Tita Rose Ann trusted Emma to play the violin during the bridal march, a piece entitled “The Bride Wore White”. This was her first time playing at a wedding, and the violin had to be borrowed a few days before the wedding. Nevertheless, she took directions professionally. Really proud of her. My parents’ first time in Davao. ? We couldn’t tour too much to see what Davao had to offer because of dire circumstances, but I’m thankful they were able to attend Joshua’s wedding and accompany us for a week. I’m thankful of their generosity, their care for […]
Mr. And Mrs. Joshua Ababa. What a whirlwind of circumstances in just a couple of days, but what I love is how his family will cling together and cling to God’s sovereignty and goodness, despite and amidst everything. Weddings are a perfect reminder that one day, God will come for his bride, and there we will find rest, love, and abounding home. As Joshua and Rose Ann made their promises together, their smiles reaching to their future, I couldn’t help but pray for the years that will follow this day, the harder days that will come to test their hearts and mettle to hold each other and trust God. They’ve had a foretaste yesterday as Nanay and Tatay were not able to be present. Under the circumstances, we praise God for their happy union, with a beautiful day and blessed wedding. To God be the glory for the end of their dating story and the start of their life as one.
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