Thirty Six Years of a Wonderful Life

Thirty Six Years of a Wonderful Life

Five days after my father-in-law’s passing, I didn’t know how Kris and I would celebrate my birthday. But if there is one thing I want to do on my special day that would be to have a family picture with my boys. This, for me, has become my ‘birthday tradition’. As much as I want an outdoor kind of shoot, time was limited so we ended up with these ones;

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And because Kris knew that I like opening gifts, he made sure that I get to open not just one but five little gifts. I never thought such small things could make me cry because of the thoughts he lovingly put in each tiny piece he carefully chose for me.

I never imagine I could cry over a pair of scoongies, panyeta, pocket mirror, a bracelet and a gift card. And yes, who would have thought of giving me such things other than the man who knows me full well.

I have everything that I have ever needed in my life but I love how my husband taught me how to keep my feet on the ground. I thank God because He has given me the ability to appreciate the smallest of things and for guarding my heart from wanting things that the world dictates.

I thank God for thirty-six years of a wonderful life He has blessed me with. He made sure that each year is made of experiences that taught me about the greatness of life and filled it with opportunity to bless others.

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Thank you to each and every one of you who remembered my birthday and send messages and sweet thoughts. I am blessed because of the people God surrounds me with.

Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Goodbye Daddy

Goodbye Daddy

Our New Year started differently as 2015 took place. On January 2nd my father-in-law passed away who suffered from complications of his stage 4 prostate cancer.

We are thankful that my husband’s family was able to spend time with him before he finally ‘left’. Days before Christmas Day, his children from abroad came home to celebrate the holidays with him. On New Year’s Eve the whole family checked-in in a hotel in Bonifacio Global City, and shared Daddy’s favorite food in a Japanese restaurant in Bonifacio High Street. The next day, we had a good time over breakfast. Who would have thought that it was his last?

I guess Daddy knew that he’s ‘going home’ already as he passed on peacefully in his sleep. We are grateful that he didn’t have to die struggling and that he will no longer feel the pain.

2015 begun on a sad note for our family but in a way we are relieved knowing that Daddy is now in peace.

There are so much more in this New Year that is worth looking forward to and that is what we focus on. We thank God for the life of Daddy, for the love, the lessons and the legacy that he left all of us with. We are also thankful for all the people who sympathized, visited, prayed and comforted us during the times we are grieving.

2 Corinthians 5:8  We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.