I am SO blessed. I am so BLESSED. “Since I started for the Kingdom, Since my life He controls, Since I gave my heart to Jesus, The longer I serve Him, The sweeter He grows. Chorus The longer serve Him, the sweeter He grows, The more that I love Him, more love He bestows; Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows, The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows. Ev’ry need He is supplying, Plenteous grace He bestows; Ev’ry day my way gets brighter, The longer I serve Him, The sweeter He grows.” I post this every year on my birthday. It is my heart’s song on this day of every year because it is so true to me. I cannot create new words that easily depict how I feel, so this hymn will always do. Thank you to all my friends who have greeted me, my church who supports ministries I passion after, my families who yields such power through prayer, my innocent Zienne- who is learning in leaps and bounds to love me, my Emmanuelle- who has shown me truly what an unconditional loving heart can change a giant, and my devoted husband Perze- who shows […]
When Emma first introduced herself to us in the hospital, July 1, 2005, Perze and I were floored because we had no clue as to who she was. She was a completely new entity, yet inherently connected to us, loved unexplainably because we were chosen to take care of her life. As the days progressed into months, into years, and as her personality emerged, Perze and I found ourselves discussing how much of a blessing it was raising her. Her deep love for the learning, arts, nature, technology, playing, and family amazed us. Her growing understanding of life, her growing capacity to love, and her growing need for answers to her curious nature led us to understand her more and who she was, who she’s becoming. We categorized her personality (and even physical traits) into Perze and Marchesa-like shelves, Fabila or Ababa, and realizing that the left over uncategorized traits were hers alone. Those uncategorized aspects are what I’m looking forward to the most, to see them nurtured and mature because they are neither mine nor Perze’s. Today’s her 4th birthday and as a young parent, I am amazed to learn just how much a four year old knows, their […]
We had my dad’s 65th birthday party last Saturday. To honor my dad, known for his numerous hats and signature moustache, the theme was “Big Hats and Moustaches.” People were requested to bring either or both. We want to thank those who were game enough to take the physical challenge, so here’s a blog homage to those brave souls. To view all the pictures, go to our twelvesixteen.net photo gallery. Thanks for everyone who came. We’re blessed to have friends that support our dad, and blessed to have a dad who is an integral source of love for his family.
Pre-labor I experienced mild contractions the night before, thinking they were mere Braxton Hicks, so I went to sleep, only to wake up to my water breaking. I woke up Perze, who quickly acted, worried we wouldn’t make it to the hospital on time. Usually, I’m the one to calm him down, and we were able to get Em ready, call my OB, pack the last minute items, contact my family, and get to the hospital. Perze initially called my OB, who wasn’t familiar with Perze’s voice, so once I got on the phone with him, his positive jolly attitude made me a little more comfortable not to panic. He said the baby was right on time for mother’s day…and he was right. His ending conversation went something like “Ok. I’ll meet you at the hospital and let’s have a baby. What a great present for mother’s day.” I laughed because he sounded like we were going to six flags to have a grand day. Weeks ago, we had hoped Baby Z would come out sooner, almost losing hope that Z would come out before the due date. But looking retrospectively, I couldn’t think of a better day to have […]
So Perze is now 34 this year. Even though he says he likes getting older, I can tell each year catches him by surprise since the first time we met, he was a bachelor who didn’t have a care in the world. Now, he’s a dad of two, a husband who has to learn the five love languages, a hard worker to his company, and a ministry leader. He has a lot of pressures and responsibilities… But despite all the seriousness of life’s dictates, I’m really thankful that he is still patient, easy going, and still has a sense of humor (or according to our pastor- a sense of ‘horror’). He still can play like a kid, play with kid things, and can still appreciate my own childish/playful nature. That’s us on his birthday. It was the warmest spring day so far, so we went outside to take pictures. That night, he chose to eat sushi/Japanese. It was a very low key day. I just want him to enjoy it…and thankfully, his ideal day is to just be with family. I love you, Mahal. I continue to pray diligently that you will remain a Romans 12:1 man. **Pictures of his […]
for the record: i want to say happy dearest birthday to my close childhood friend jacob christian deleon. he is very special to me because he is one of the funniest people i know who never fails to make me laff. times together are filled with amusing hypothetical and sometimes fantastical imaginings, but that’s what makes him funny…his crazy way of imagining things…hahah…even right now, i am thankful for this year that he’s discovered his hand that can play the role of many people we know. it amuses me greatly. thanx jerkob. happy birthday!
today, i woke up and sat on my bed. the first thing i did was smile and pray for you. thank you for taking me out for my birthday…and for not taking me out on the actual day, but the day after it. dun ask me why this made a difference to me, but somehow, in words i don’t want to try to describe, it has. what i appreciated was when you tapped my head while i was curled near you…hiding from the unexpected thriller of “Signs”. what i admired was your calmness when i told you about how i felt that night about my disturbance with information you witheld from me. i wish there was a way i could capture your expression that nite in my LG cell phone. there are so many things i want to say to you, but i’m gonna have to wait until God allows me to open the floodgates. there are so many things i want to tell you and reveal about myself. i can only pray tho that you can accept me…never have i been scared for someone to know me, because i just don’t want to lose you. something i’ve never thot […]