Friday, August 31, 2012

My cup overflows

It's been a busy week in the office. This means larger eyebags and less time for wedding preps. Before I went home this evening, I had the biggest smile ever...because I reached my goals. Sent 3 reports and 2 write ups for our upcoming publication. Now I have more time for wedding preps. :)

It feels good also that our family is really complete on weekends. Kuya is home and we could not ask for anything more than his jolly presence.

Thanks so much Lord. You fill me to the brim.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

“I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine.

I believe in love, even when it isn’t shown.

I believe in God, even when he doesn’t speak.”

We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will only last a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.” -2 Corinthians 4:18

(from Max Lucado's UpWords)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Friday without deadlines

In our office, Friday is the busiest work day because we are sending a newsletter to some 1.3M subscribers. But today, we have no boss no deadlines for articles because we issued a press release which was written by our big boss. Haha. Napapraise God talaga ko when my boss sent me a text message yesterday that I didn't need to write articles. :) This is gooooooooood for me because I'm sick and I have to go to the office because I've been absent for two days this week.

Tomorrow is another great day because my brother is finally arriving from Riyadh. :D Can't wait to see him and witness how Alika would react upon seeing him again after almost two years. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Bundle of joy x 2 years

Alika is now 2 years old. I can't imagine how our lives would have been without her. She filled our hearts with so much joy from the moment she went out of the operating room smilling up to now she has learned the craft of getting everyone's attention by her cuteness.

For me, she's a big bundle of joy, of blessing, and of grace. She indeed lived by her name Alika Carys, which means most beautiful love. Thank You Jesus for this love.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

It's a journey

During our canonical interview, the priest asked me why am I getting married. I answered him using the explanation given by our catechist, aba syempre nag-review ako noh. :) I did not give him the reason coming from my heart. If he would ask me again today, I'll ask him to read this blog post.

We have about a month to go before receiving the gift/sacrament of marriage/matrimony and I noticed that each day comes with different surprises and challenges. Sometimes I just want to stop and rewind to the day when my fiance proposed to me and all I could feel was the wind at cloud 9. Yes, I'm still at bliss about the wedding but I can't help but worry about some things. 

And this morning, after reflecting about the very bad dream, I had a realization that more than anything, getting married is a spiritual journey. It doesn't matter how pretty I would be (given na yun eh, haha) on THE day or if everything will be organized and I will have the "dream wedding" that I have conceptualized when I was still in high school. What matters most is how God has been involved in our preps, and how we have reacted in the things that God allowed to happen. The wedding preparation is like the first flight going to another destination. And if you won't make it there, you won't make it in the next BIG thing. 

I thank the Lord for his guidance and presence in our lives especially these days. If we weren't Christians, we would probably see this wedding as any other occasion or just an interesting chapter in our fairy tale book. May our journey be part of His story.

So dear friends, please be part of our journey by praying with us and our preps. Thank you so much in advance and may the good Lord bless your hearts!

41 days to go

I had the worst nightmare in my entire life. Yes, it was about my wedding. I didn't care in the dream if I looked good or what. My concern The curse was that everything was not in order! It all started when somebody gave me my bouquet and it was a big sinamay rose in color orange! Then when I entered the church, the singer was busy and I had to call her to give her the cue. After the ceremony, I went home to cook rice and bake brownies. Ano ba naman 'yon?!? When I arrived at the reception venue, there were just few guests and I didn't know any of them! And the worst part of it was that I did not see my groom! :(

When I woke up, I shouted "D'yos ko, salamat po panaginip lang pala 'yun!" :)

"You are my source of joy."-God

I will never forget one dream I had when I was still a child. In that dream, I was running carefree in a field while laughing. When I looked at my back, I saw young Jesus laughing with me and running fast to catch me.

May we all be reminded that we are never alone. Jesus is always there to pursue us non-stop. Jesus is always there to laugh with our joys and cry with our sorrows. Jesus is here. May we have our sweetest dreams tonight with Jesus, the Greatest Lover we could ever have.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Simplify to magnify

Half day at work. I went to the office at around 9am to work with the hope that work will be cancelled anytime. So I took the chance to accomplish as many tasks as I can. Sipag mode. :)

Meeting one of my favorite YFC titos. One of the best things about our wedding preps is that having the chance to see old friends during distribution on invites. Since work was cancelled in the afternoon, we headed to San Pablo to visit one of our Ninongs-Tito Bobot. It was a joy to see him again and hear his punchlines. That man really made a mark in my life and I will forever be for him for adding color to my life.

Human Nature trip. We also passed by HN branch to purchase my orders. Grabe ang ganda! Sayang I forgot to take pix but they took a photo of me. Haha. Like my pic on their FB page. :) As soon as I finished dinner, I opened my HN packages to repack them. HN makes me feel giddy to take a bath in the morning and clean up in the eve. Their products are so bangoooo making you feel so fresh, clean, and pretty all the time.

Totskie's suit, check!!! Men are so unbelievable. Totskie thought of passing by SM to check the suits at Onesimus. In less than 15mins in the store, he had already chosen which coat, pants, and tuxedo shirt he would buy. I didn't want to check him while he was fitting the suit but I had no choice. So I just stored his looks in my short term memory so I would still be surprised about how he'll look like on our wedding day.

Devotional reading. It says that we must simply our lives to magnify God. So let's check our old clothes in stock and give them to our needy neighbors affected by this heavy rain.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Words of love are the most powerful

This message just blew me away. Tita Tess is Totskie's aunt and one of our ninangs. <3

Totskie's family loves me. Now I have more loved-ones.  :D Thank you Lord!

Must be SUPER grateful

Yes, there are days when we fail to see how grateful we must be. We choose to see the rain instead of the rainbow and the mist on the flowers and leaves. And such days just passed. So here I am, off my "lazy bed" and down to counting blessings once again. (Thanks to my dear friends who prayed with me and even scheduled dates with me this passed weekend. You know who you are and how much I love ya!)

So let me enumerate the best blessings I got this weekend:

MOM'S COMFORT. My mom is the best comforter next to God. Though there were times when we don't agree with some issues but when we're talking about deep serious heart matters, my mom really knows what's best and how to express her motherlily care to the maximum.

TITA LINDA and Totskie's relatives. We visited Totskie's aunt/our soon-to-be ninang, Tita Linda, last Saturday. She's one of our wedding consultants. We told her about our plans and I was just so amazed about how she can add more colors and glitters to our plans. And while we were in their house, two other Titas were there to share our excitement about the wedding. With special number pa ni Rowill, Totskie's cousin and our Bible bearer. He just won 3rd place in a school declamation contest. Super galing, he must have been the 1st placer!

TITA SYLVIA and JO. We had lunch with Toskie's mom and brother at Chowking, the best fast food in the Philippines. Hehe. Then we went to their house to fix the invitations for their relatives and look for Totskie's (super funny) childhood pics. I won't elaborate on how he looked then, I'll just post the video after the wedding. :D

MY COUSIN, BEVS. She used to stay with us last year from September to December while she was looking for a job. She's like a little sister for me. :) And after her work contract ended last summer, she's now back to LB to look for a job. She had her interview this morning and she'll start training tomorrow. God is gooood!

HUMAN <3 NATURE. Thanks to Eyna, I'm now a dealer! I love their products and I also share their beliefs about our country. :D Gumaganda ka na, nakakatulong ka pa sa Filipino farmers, san ka pa! is good. Even if it's raining. :) Thank You, Jesus.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sleep in peace

I've been planning to sleep early (11pm is early is our home) starting this week but I've failed for the last 2 days. I'm just so thankful that tonight I could sleep early. I've been on my bed since 10:30 and I just embraced rest. Some things are also not in proper places now but I thank the Lord for the unquestionnable peace that He has given me. Jeremiah 29:11 speaks wonders to my heart once again.

Yes God, I know that You know what You are doing. And I trust you.