Thursday, August 21, 2008

I am thankful too for God's precious PEACE! Praise Jesus, our Prince of Peace! Please click HERE for my thankful list. I'm sorry for signing at Mr. Linky with the wrong URL. Please read further. Shalom!

My TT post:
http://coloredheart.blogspot.com/2008/08/thankful-thursday-shalom-pacem-peace.html

Child Dedication Service Program

It was a pleasure to have Mhel come by to ask for some tips on Child Dedication. So, here is the actual program flow and the details of my son ZT's Dedication Service and other suggestions, sort of a Part 2 of my earlier post, PROJECT: CHILD DEDICATION.

I. Meditation / Preparation (on a program leaf)


“Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.” (Psalm 127:3-5)


A Renewal of a Godly Tradition

The arrival of a new baby is a time of rejoicing for any family. The newness of life brings a special freshness towards all of life. Often, during this time, parents want to do something in the church to celebrate their joy with others and to present their child to God for blessing.


Bringing Babies to the Lord
The joy of Jesus' birth was shared with the people in the house of God. Like most Jewish parents in that day, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the temple to be presented to God. Long before this time, godly parents presented their children to God. And to this day, the practice is still done also to ask God's blessing.

Some Christian churches baptize infants by sprinkling them with water. In those churches, the covenant of baptism is seen as being similar to the Old Testament covenant of circumcision. Other Christians don't baptize infants. Instead they dedicate babies to God. There are several reasons for this.

First, there are no clear incidents of infant baptism in Scripture. Baptism seems instead to be an evidence of Christian faith. Furthermore, while some groups suggest that baptism imparts a special grace to children, there is no real scriptural support for this. Finally, in our society, often adults who were baptized as children desire to be baptized again as an expression of their decision to receive Christ as their Savior and Lord.

For these reasons, Christian parents like [father's name] and [mother's name] are encouraged to dedicate their children to God. During this Christian Child Dedication service, a beautiful and solemn promise is made before God and the Church to care for this child as unto God. Let us join them this afternoon in giving back [baby's name] to God, the Giver of Life.

II. Praise and Worship Singing (led by a Song Leader)

Lord We Welcome You (Album : Rivers of Joy by Don Moen )
Welcome To The Family (Psalty Kid's Praise Album)
Great is Thy Faithfulness (Hymn)
Jesus Loves The Little Children (Sunday School song)
Jesus Loves Me, 'Tis I Know (Sunday School song)

III. Video Presentation: God's Little Prince/ Princess

Can be done with pictures of the baby from birth to present
and background music from Christian children's albums
or
Let the husband or a member of your family talk about the blessings on having your baby in the family, unique character of your baby, trivia on his/her name, prayers or wishes, etc.

IV. Special number (song or poetry)

Suggested songs:

Bless My Son - for baby boy
(Bless My Little Boy sung by Rita Baloche)
Bless My Daughter - for baby girl
(Bless My Little Girl sung by Kelly Willard)


V. Exhortation to & Commitment of Parents, god-parents and congregation

Done by the Minister, in our case, ZT's grandfather who happens to be a Minister. Here, the Minister talks about Mary and Joseph dedicating Jesus, the role of the Christian parents in nurturing the child as unto the Lord for His future use, the role of the god-parents as second parents of the child, and the role of the church/congregation/family members in making a community of love to which the baby now belongs. Everybody will be asked to stand as a sign of their commitment to the Lord.

VII. Dedicatory prayer

Can be done by the Minister or parents.
In our case, I sang a dedicatory prayer song from the album
Bless My Little Son entitled Dedication Song.

VIII. Benediction & Closing Song

Done by the Minister
Suggested songs:
Now Unto Him (Tom Fettke)
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (chorus)

XIII. Reception

We chose blue color theme and Fiesta ambiance.


Invitation


















Tarpaulin





















Certificate of Dedication (signed by parents and godparents)


We, Papa _________ and Mama __________

Commit ourselves to the loving, Christian nurture of

________________________

Entering into this commitment at

Capitol City Baptist Church

As members and bondservants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Committed this day, August 10, 2008.


All our printables were done by just a little magic and tons of patience using Word, Paint & Nova Development Photo Explosion. There are a lot of high-end softwares for photo editing which you can choose for your projects. I was just feeling frugal, and did not have the leisure to look around when I started preparing a week before the event. A full-pledged crammer am I.

So, there. Thanks for the visit Mhel. Hope this helps you. My last word would be, let your family and friends join in putting up this event. Having them around will not just make things easier. It will guarantee fun!

For give-aways and cake ideas, visit my son's godmother Mrs. V.V.Palarca of Memoirs of a New Missus. Her generosity made wonders on our blue, blue day! God bless you!

TAG: WHY DO WE NEED FRIENDS

Thanks dear Sheila for your friendship and for this sweet tag. So thoughtful of you, sister! :)

We need friends for many reasons,all throughout the season.
We need friends to comfort us when we are sad,and to have fun with us when we are glad.
We need friends to give us good advice.
We need someone we can count on,and treat us nice.
We need friends to remember us
one we have passed sharing memories that will always last.

Spread the poem of friendship.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wordless Wednesday: Red-Veined Visitor

We just parked the car for a short while to buy some groceries, and guess who decided to park on the antena? This particular beauty resting here is called the Red-veined Dropwing. I wish ST was with us when we saw her. Nowadays, it would be a 1 in a hundred probability to see a butterfly or dragonfly in the middle of a busy street in Quezon City. Ah, what an unexpected stranger!


My hubby discovered her resting.
"Thanks for watching the car for us!"

Trithemas arteriosa

What Olympic Sport Are You?




I AM A VOLLEYBALL!

You enjoy a fast paced, somewhat chaotic life.
You don't like to over think things.
You like to act in the moment.

You are good at solving problems
at the very last minute.



Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday: After Gift Opening

My son's Sunday child dedication went really well. Only we weren't able to open his gifts till Thursday when we were all settled in the house after a weekend stay in the hospital. Since our living room is the most spacious part of the house, I decided to divide it into two areas. In this picture, we are seated at the sofa between the TV area and my work/receiving area. At the back are the TV and the crib, while on the other side are the piano and the center table where I work on our laptop.


Tada!

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Miracle Monday: My Hi-5 Miracles

Not that I only have five blessings since last week, but that God has highlighted for me 5 things I know made Him smile. When he smiles, I believe there are times when I am not smiling at the on-set of a not-so-pleasant circumstance. But after a while, when everything makes perfect sense, I think of His awesome power. Then, I smile. Am I making sense?

Hi-5 is my daughter's most favorite children's program among her favorites such as VeggieTales, Barbie movies and Barnie. Even though we only have 6 episodes in our collection, I think my family has grown to love this program and the 5 performers (the premier cast) mainly because we can sing and dance along with good music/singers and dance moves/dancers. Good is definitely an understatement! We should really consider burning them for back-ups especially now that my 2 year old is exploring the DVD player already and could possibly scratch our few precious copies!

I would like to take the challenge of categorizing my sweet miracles from the Lord based on the 5 "supah dupah" 1998 characters: Kathleen de Leon, Tim Harding, Charli Delaney, Kellie Crowford and Nathan Foley. Woooh! Here goes...

Kathleen de Leon-Jones,
a former member of Hi-5, is a
talented Filipina singer and dancer. Her segment was on dancing, crafting, and puzzles with a playful puppet named Jup-jup that either stole objects which Kathleen is working with or leaving her gifts. Her plans always get thwarted fortunately and unfortunately when Jup-jup unexpectedly meddled. My Kathleen miracle last week came to us during our son's Dedication day. ST's accident almost made us postpone the Dedication, but when God nudged us to proceed as initially planned, we found out that blessings were waiting to be unwrapped! The event became more meaningful to us, and more prayers were uttered for ST which is definitely why we were able to leave the hospital soon to pay only P190 [$4] from the total of P18,000 [$440] hospital bill!

Tim Harding, the former band performer of an
Australian group called Compos Mentis and now an ex-member of Hi-5, had his segment on making music either on musical instruments or on the turn-table. He is the composer/singer who did not seem to be the dancer in the group, but definitely moved boys and girls to groove with his music. My Tim miracle would be the extraordinary strength I and my hubby MP had yesterday to serve God on stage with our Fil-ethnic team. We see ourselves as the not-so-talented vocal singers with unrefined skill in playing our assigned instruments, but each time we stand on the stage to do our assignment, I feel God's affirmation. Yesterday's "worship" gig needed a miracle because our kids slept really late last Saturday, and our son extended his early morning feeding. We were bit wary on being late and tired, but He woke us up with wholly awake minds and bodies. Aside from serving the 2 morning services and baby-sitting our 2 little kids in between, we also had to be with our co-leaders for the afternoon launch of Reaching Out. What a challenge! MP who was overtaken by weariness and sleepiness already begged off to serve the Vesper, but God, his dad and his mom encouraged him to do this last stretch by faith. I was happy that he experienced his day's miracle. Just like Tim, we sure had a swell time making blessed dum-duh-duh-duh-dums, but not just for pleasure. It was for God who is the source of our strength.

Charli Robinson-Delaney, the beautiful singer, actress and yoga instructor from Newcastle, New South Wales who is also a recent ex-member of Hi-5, had her segment on encouraging body coordination and skill development through dancing, hopping, jumping and stepping. She has become my favorite Hi-5 for her cute kiddie moves, cute voice, cute smile, cute body and cute personality. She is just sooo cute! When ST sees her, she would jump off the sofa to dance and sing alolng. She reminds me so much of my theater life. Ah... I miss performing! My Charli miracle is definitely my singer, dancer and actress daughter coming back to life! Not that she passed out or anything worse than that, but that she's so alive again as if nothing happened! Her strength and wellness is truly a miracle! If I think of the many stories I've read or heard about how childhood falling caused an amputation, kidney failure or anything of permanent damage, I can only thank God for His miracle on my darling ST.

Kellie Hoggart-Crawford, a former teeny-bopper of Teen Queens, still performs with Hi-5 along with Nathan Foley who broke up an engagement with her. Kellie and Chats' segment of the show promotes and educates children on language skills and recognition of sounds and noises. We can say that among the 5, she has the widest experience in television. And, regardless of her husky-to-almost-hoarse voice in singing her assigned songs, the children's show has greatly benefited from her versatile acting and magnetic presence. My Kellie miracle must be my blogging career. Writing is definitely out of my league. As I always say, I am more of a talker than a writer. My husband and few friends have now started to notice my blogs, and I am amazed that I could get some of them to comment. To make my readers stop, read, and think are already great. But it is "grandest" when they chime in. I really love them chimming in! Writing my thoughts down in such a manner that will affect others is a miracle. Thank God for His encouragement, and hopefully I could earn a living out of this. WHAT?! Writing as a profession?! That would require a bigger miracle! LOL!

And last but not the least...

Nathan Foley, another veteran of Hi-5, is the most versatile performer in the band. He started performing at the age of 10, and for me, is the most talented. He is only 27 years old, the youngest in the group, but already gathered numerous awards both in solo and Hi-5. His genre ranges from Rock, Soul, R&B and Jazz. He is the best dancer in the group and has the widest vocal range, singing as the formidable Tenor. This guy from Liverpool, New South Wales has his segment on blue-collared work, handicrafts, play and movements. My Nathan miracle is the few but special opportunities I am still given to use my professional skills. Sometimes, I pray that opportunities to do what I really love doing - teaching voice, conducting a choir and singing in a really good choir - would fly by. I do not regret getting married and having my kids, it's just that being a mom is already a full-time job. It can really make me wonder when the next time would be. Plus, there are not much part-time job opportunities for my line of work here in the Philippines. God is just generous to give me Spratleys here and there once in a while.

These are the things I boast in the Lord, my big and little Hi-5 miracles from heaven. I am praying for a simple miracle now for me and my family - that God would send Hi-5 in the Philippines for a concert. What do you think? Will it be granted? *wink ;)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays: IF I COULD

My daughter ST met an accident early morning of last Sunday, the day we were to dedicate our baby boy ZT. The memory is still fresh. This week, there were moments when I battled with regret... if only I was there until she dozed off that tragedy would have not happened. Here's a song from Barbara Streisand that bears the exact words that my heart would like to sing for my children.

I am not the Almighty, Omniscient One, but sometimes I am tempted to want to be the super-mama who would like to protect them 24/7. Ah, if I could, I would take away the lump from ST's forehead, bear all the pain from the bumps, and all the pricking from the injections. If I could...

But, I am only human. I have to accept that they are not mine to keep, just a loan of love from Above. I can never be there for them always. So, here is my song for ST and ZT. Mama loves you very much. Please click here to watch the video.

If I Could

If I could
I'd protect you from the sadness in your eyes
give you courage in a world of compromise
Yes I would, If I could
I would teach you all the
things I've never learned
and I'd help you cross the
bridges that I've burned
Yes I would, If I could
I would try to shield your
innocence from time
but the part of life I
gave you isn't mine
I've watched you grow
so I could let you go
If I could I would help you make it
through the hungry years
but I know that I can
never cry your tears
But I would, If I could
If I live in a time and
place where you don't
want to be
you don't have to walk
along this road with me
my yesterday won't have to be your way
If I knew
how I'd try to change the
world I brought you to
and there isn't very much that I can do
but I would
If I could, if I could
I would try to shield your
innocence from time
but that part of life I
gave you isn't mine
I watched you grow so I could let you go
If, if I could
I would help you make it
through those hungry years
but I know that I can
never cry your tears
but I would
If I could, yes I would
Yes I would, if I could.


More details here on what happened to my daughter ST.
For more inspirational posts, visit Amy Wyatt of Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

PROJECT: CHILD DEDICATION

My son, ZT, has just turned 10 months today. I am left with 2 days to complete my checklist for my bumble bee's much-awaited Dedication day. In our church, the parents mark a date in their infant's life when they will publicly dedicate him before the Lord. This is what Joseph and Mary did to their boy Jesus (Luke 2:22) at the temple. When we dedicated our firstborn, I remember doing a lot of scrap-work, designs for the program and invites, crafts for give-aways, practices for the special numbers and community singing, contacting of visitors, and coordinating the venue and participants in the program. I can say I was really well prepared then. But with my little boy, I feel guilty for buying too much time. I was such a procrastinator! Good thing I already have a checklist based from our first time. I hope this list will somehow help you in your preparations if you intend to dedicate your child in the Biblical way.

Let me share with you my checklist of materials/elements for this event:
1. Invitations - electronic or paper card
2. Give-aways
3. Program leaf
4. Tarpaulin
5. Food/catering/restaurant
6. Balloons
7. Dedication cake
8. Sound system/lights
9. LCD for video playing
10. Guest book
11. Minister
12. Musicians/Special number
13. Photographer/Videographer
14. Venue coordinator/decorations

And here is a sample of the creative worship program flow on Child Dedication which we intend to use for our bumble bee this Sunday:

I. Meditation time (reflection message in the program leaf on Dedication)
II. Simple community singing (praise and worship team, led by a worship leader)
III. Congregational reading of the Scripture on Dedication
IV. Special number (song or poetry)
V. Video Presentation
VI. Exhortation to the Parents, god-parents and congregation
VII. Commitment of Parents, god-parents and congregation
VIII. Dedicatory prayer
IX. Parents' message
X. Closing Prayer
XI. Benediction
XII. Closing Song
XIII. Reception

You are definitely free to customize everything as long as you keep the main thing the main thing - to honor God by dedicating your child to the Lord with a pure heart. It can be as simple as a dinner gathering with your family members in the house and inviting over your pastor for the exhortation from the Word, or a more elaborate one -- with dancing, singing and buffet. Just keep the main thing the main thing.

For more details on the Child Dedication Service and materials, click HERE.

If you have any ideas you wish to share, by all means, post a comment.
Your tips might just help a blogger who will be led by God to bloghop to this post.
Blessings!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

GOD SPEAKS

Today, the rain did not stop pouring in Quezon City, the city in the Philippines where I live. God spoke to me through the changing shades and temperature of our surroundings. The weather here shifts quickly. This week, there were days when our mornings were very gloomy while the afternoon skies were bright. Then, evening comes and the rain pours again. We had something like this picture which I just downloaded from Google images.

"Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these days, He has spoken to us by His Son." Hebrews 1:1
God actively speaks. Through this picture, I was reminded of God's love etched in almost anything He and His Son has created even before mankind was born. God speaks in many ways that is why the Holy Spirit's guidance is crucial. I need for Him to make me sensitive both to His written and unwritten words. Jesus through the Bible, God's body, prayer and circumstances are all being used by God to speak to me. He speaks. He communes with me. And, I must stop. I must listen.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

My Daughter's First School Exam!

What is this? My Pre-Nursery daughter is having an exam?!

Actually she already finished her exam this morning.That was my exclamation in my ridiculed tone. I honestly got stressed out thinking of ways to help my 2 year old ST understand her Pointer For Review which was given to her 2 weeks ago. The 300-Item Evaluation covered her class subjects Reading, Language, Math, Science, Writing and Music & Movements. I feel like sharing the scope of ST's evaluation and what she got. So here goes...

Test 1 - Reading (50 points)
a. Identify same objects (2 questions, 10 points each)
b. Identify what is different (2 questions, 10 points each)
c. Identify the things that go together (1 question, 10 points each)
ST's Mark: Satisfactory

Test 2 - Language/English (50 points)
a. What is your name? (25 points)
b. How old are you? (25 points)
ST's Mark: Very Satisfactory

Test 3 - Mathematics (50 points)
a. Identify red, blue, yellow and green (5 colors, 10 points each)
b. Identify square (10 points each)
ST's Mark: Very Satisfactory

Test 4 - Science (50 points)
Point and name the parts of your body. (10 items, 5 points each)
ST's Mark: Excellent!

Test 5 - Writing/Fine Motor Skills (50 points)
Demonstrate the correct coloring/writing position
ST's Mark: Very Satisfactory

Test 6 - Music and Movements (5 points)
Sing the song "Good morning, Teacher/Classmates" associated with clapping of hands
(to the tune of Happy Birthday To You)
ST's Mark: Very Satisfactory

All in all she got a VERY SATISFACTORY mark! I am more than satisfied for the mark she got. Aah, thank God she remembered all that we reviewed although that one with Satisfactory mark was something we expected to be a bit difficult for her. No pressure though; she has another year in Nursery to learn the concepts of "same" and "different". For most of her VS marks, it helped that even before she started schooling, we already taught her those items. The mother in me is very proud of her performance yet, somehow worried for the new lessons which are a bit challenging to teach. But, of course, we will not put pressure on her. As much as possible, we try to present every lesson in a light, playful manner so she will enjoy learning more. We have to remind ourselves that at the end of the day, our homework-driven daughter is still a baby. She can just speak out her mind louder than the other babies her age.CH

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Christian Blog: CLAY IN THE POTTER'S HAND


Clay has no plans of its own, no aspirations for service, no reluctance to perform its given task. It is just clay. Moldable, pliable, totally submissive to the will of its master. It is not a noble task being clay. There is no glamour to it, nothing boast worthy, except that it is exactly what Almighty God is looking for. Compliant, moldable, yielded clay. -Blackaby, REALITY

When I joined the Ringsurf Christian Communities, I realized I have so much thoughts to share too about the things Christian bloggers write about. I do not claim to be good in writing, but I find joy in processing what I have learned from God through the Word and His children so far. Now that I have successfully resurrected my URL http:coloredheart.blogspot.com, the former home of REALITIES, I thought it best to announce it here as well, in case you would like to meet new Christian friends in the net, please come and visit CLAY IN THE POTTER'S HAND. So far, I only have 2 entries... hehe... but I am excited to write more and have new acquaintances of my same wave length in the aspect of Christian parenting and godly womanhood from other Christian Communities .

I invite you to join me and the other ladies AT THE WELL "In Pursuit of Titus 2" every Mondays and "Thankful Thursday" every Thursdays.CH

Friday, July 25, 2008

Providential Resources Attending Your Every Request

Chelsey, one of my new spiritual teachers on the net shared about the book her husband is reading to their children in the evenings entitled, “The Sword the Ring and the Parchment” The Terrestria Chronicles by Ed Dunlap. The "Thankful Thursday" is hosted by Sting My Heart.
Today, I’d like to share with you another portion of this wonderful series. Again, we’ll join the story in progress, but you’ll pick it up quick!

As Josiah watched, Sir Faithful lifted a small parchment from the book. Written across the top of the parchment in bold script were the letters “P-R-A-Y-E-R.”

The young prince stared at it. “What is that?”

“As a child of the King, “Sir Faithful replied, “you have the right to send a petition to his majesty at any time. Let me show you how to do it.”

“Sire, what is P-R-A-Y-E-R?” Josiah interrupted, pointing to the letters at the top of the parchment.

“Providential Resources Attending Your Every Request.” The old man replied. “Any time you wish to send a message or request to your King, simply write it on this petition, and it will be delivered immediately to His Majesty at the Golden City.”

Josiah was puzzled. “How?”

Sir Faithful smiled. “I’ll show you. Is there a message that you would like to send to His Majesty right now?”

Josiah’s face lit up with delight. “There certainly is!” He thought for a moment. “I’d like to thank him for setting me free from Argamore and from my chains, and I’d like to thank him for adopting me into his family.”

The old man handed him the parchment and a quill pen. “Then why not send the message to him right now?”

The young prince took the parchment and began to write… He looked up at Sir Faithful. “There. I just hope the King Emmanuel can read my writing.”

The old man smiled. “He will understand you perfectly. Send it to him.”

“How do I do that, sire?”

“Roll the parchment up and then release it, “ Sir Faithful replied… “Just open your hand my prince and see what happens.”
Josiah did, and to his astonishment, the tightly rolled parchment shot from his hand and disappeared over the castle wall faster than an arrow from a longbow. He stared after it. “What happened to it?”

“Your petition is now in the hand so of His Majesty,” Sir Faithful answered, his eyes twinkling with amusement at the look of astonishment on Josiah’s face. “He has received it already.”

The idea was almost more than the young prince could comprehend. “You mean that the parchment has already reached the Golden city?”…
If you find this story interesting, I invite you to read further by clicking here. God's wonderful gift of prayer is for everybody especially for us mothers whose lives are dedicated in building the values system of our children unto fear of God and righteousness. Prayer is one legacy we can leave to them. My personal prayer is for every Christian mom to be champions of prayer.CH

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. " 1 Thess.16-18

Thursday, July 24, 2008

SOMEONE SPECIAL ONLINE... YOU

~Start Copy Here ~
1. Copy from start to finish
2. This letter should be pass on to your closest friends online.

3. Add your name and URL blog HERE!! .
1. Wheng2. Hazel3. Janeth Vicy's Life Journey4. Cecile's Life is Good and Beautiful 5. Journey And Journal 6. Life is A Gift 7. Colored Heart's REALITIES 8.)your site here
4. Get back to Me [Vicy] and leave a comment once you’ve passed on the letter. Will then visit your site to make sure your links are complete and proper.
5. To ensure everyone receives equal link benefit, UPDATE your list regularly!


It's true I have never seen you and we have never met.

Never shaken hands or even truly hugged and yet!

I know for sure you care for me by the kindness that you give.

And our keyboards keep us together doesn't matter where we live.

So I give you this gift to put a smile on your face .

And to let you know in my heart you have a special place.

~End Copy Here~

BECAUSE YOU ARE SPECIAL TO ME...

I would like to thank my good friend, Mommy Virgie of Life Is A Gift and Journey And Journal from whom I snag this tag. Also, to Vicy the author of this tag. Through this, I would like to honor my few faithful blogmates for sharing your bloglife with me. You are my teachers and inspiration. I hope to become better in this art of writing. I still am restrained by my fears and limitations, but reading your blogs opens my mind to many things I think I can share my thoughts about. Blogging has now become my inner world, and hopefully, I will find myself earning somehow (hehe) from few opps available for moms like most of you.

I, therefore, honor YOU with this tulip-ful vase (based on who came to visit REALITIES first) my dear mentor/friend Roselle, Joy Burlinson, Lovejoy, Mitch, Shiela, Jean Chia, Peejay, Achi, Mommy Ruby, Rach, Jill, JSharene, Myma, Aleli
and Revy. REALITIES basically exists because of you! Thank you for making my blogging a worthwhile addition to my colorful life. Keep visitng!

Hope you could find time to share this tag to others. God bless you!CH

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

TAGGED: 7 FACTS ABOUT ME

Thanks to Mitch of Etc|Atbp for this tag!

The Rules:
A. List these rules on your blog.
B. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
C. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
D. You’ll have to read on for my 7 facts and see who I tagged.

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SUMMARY: BIRTH, SIBLINGS, PARENTS, HUSBAND,
PROFESSIONS, BEST FRIENDS, FAMILIES

1. I was born on August 12, 1976. They said I am a Leo in the Year of the Dragon which makes me a born leader, a fighter and a "lucky" person. I say God already had me in mind before He even created the whole universe. That makes me a somebody! I am... by the grace of God.

2. I have 3 other siblings, all are girls. We are really tight! They said no one will deny the fact that we are sisters because we are look-alikes. We chose different professions, but we are all singers/musicians in our own right, and equally active in serving the Lord. God gave our family the gift of music.

3. My father is a retired teacher of CAT and PE, while my mom, a retired elementary teacher turned School Directress. I did not experience poverty growing up even when teachers' noble profession was paid meagerly during my parents' time. Ingenuity was added to our small family income through poultry, gardening, and a small preschool. The combination of my father's magical green thumb and my mother's big heart made the ends meet. Presently, our family is running a Christian school for preschool, elementary and high school. Indeed, God blesses the sacrifices of His children.

4. I met my husband in our church. I was the choir conductor, and he, he was one of our bass singers who later appointed himself to be my personal piece page-turner (when I accompany the rehearsals on the piano). To make the loooong story short, we repelled, then compelled, then... propelled! LOL! Ours was a roller coaster ride. In the 6 years that we were together as friends, we had 6 splits... a ratio of 1 break-up per year! We became more stable in the last year before we decided to tie the knot. Many church family and friends prayed for us when we entered the engagement stage. I believe that cemented our commitment.

5. Before I became a housewife, I was an active church conductor, a singer for a paid professional choir, a member of a touring choir, a theater practitioner, and a voice and piano instructor. Because of the hectic scheds of the usual performances and nocturnal nature of my "professions", I decided to quit them altogether when I got married. It was an act in honor of my new husband and my new profession as a wife. This decision was affirmed by God when I found out how delicate my first pregnancy would be. I got pregnant immediately after our honeymoon. So, in the first year of our marriage, I have enlisted two great people to shout ENCORE on my stage especially during meal time.

6. I was a very sociable person. I think my motherhood has tamed the loud and proud me. When I was still single, I have had numerous acquaintances whom I treated like best friends. That is how show-business is. But now that I spend more time in the house with my kids, I realize that there were only a few with whom I really got "intimate": Ghieghie in grade school, Ajeen and Esterlee in college, and six other girls in the church whom I will not name anymore so no one gets jealous in case they visit me here. Peace!

7. I love the families God gave me! My family, the family of MP (inlaws), our church family and of course, my family with MP are all precious to me. I really think it is going to be difficult to live apart from the families I now have. If ever God sends us to some place afar from them, I see myself doing all possible means to connect. However, I am willing to build new relationships to create a new family where I can feel belong. That would be easy with the help of the spiritual brothers and sisters scattered around the globe. Koinonia power!

I may not be able to pass this tag to 7 people because of my very limited blogroll. But to the few namely Jill, Shiela, Jean and Eigriv, would you be so kind to answer this tag, and let me know when you are done? I would love to know you more. Graci! Pacem!CH

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

BLOGGER, INTRODUCING "MYSELF"

Before I became a Blogger blogger, I was first an active Multiply and Friendster user. That is where I learned about the wide, WIDE web of blogging. And everytime I "bloghop" or visit a site whether in Blogger or wherever, I make it a point to peep into the prepared write-up of the blogger about himself/herself before clicking the x box. I really find it amusing how each of them wrote about themselves the way they wanted to be known by their readers. This is a blogger's privilege: to be known by no other means than to be read on the blog. Safe!

Often, a site's author describes himself/herself based on his/her civil status, occupation, important relationships, recent life changes, hobbies, etc. Some start by stating what his/her blogsite is all about. Notice how these experienced writers have carefully chosen their words to hook their intended audience, and hopefully make the difference or the"traffic" they so desire in their choice communities or forums. What is a writer without a reader?

However, there are those who have chosen to post their fave quotes of wisdom, Bible verses, anecdotes, poems, songs, or simply pictures that for them describe them best. Here are some of my blogmates' profile which I have fondly read... and remembered. See, I remember!

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"When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can erase it." -Aleli's Site
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LOVE IS MY RELIGION...
1 CORINTHIANS 13:13 "These three things continue forever: Faith, Hope, and Love. And the greatest of these is Love." - Faith, Hope and Love
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journey with me...
...where windmills turn.. and images freeze.... -bangkang papel
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Song: Trust His Heart - jsharene
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I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy
I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthly list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy
Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one...
- The Woman At The Well
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THANK GOD, THERE IS GOD
My life is not my own
It all belongs to you
-View From The Ivory Tower
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"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean)
-Dream Is Music and Life is the Dance
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WISDOM IS THE RIGHT USE OF KNOWLEDGE. TO KNOW IS NOT TO BE WISE. MANY MEN KNOW A GREAT DEAL, AND ARE ALL THE GREATER FOOLS FOR IT. THERE IS NO FOOL SO GREAT AS A KNOWING FOOL. BUT TO KNOW HOW TO USE KNOWLEDGE IS WISDOM. (Charles Spurgeon)
-to listen in an effort
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"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man I put childish ways behind me." (1 Corinthians 13:11)
-Another Chapter Begins
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PSALM 49:4
"I fine-tuned my ear to the sayings of the wise,
I solve life's riddle with the help of a harp." ~

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"My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be..." (Holy Bible)
-Lemuel's site
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For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it.
For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it.
For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it. (Ivan Panin)
-Tambay Ka Muna
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"I believe in God like I believe in the sun. Not just because i see it, but because I can see everything else" (C.S. Lewis)
-Masie's Site
to be continued...CH

OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL

AWARDS ON MY REALITIES came as a tidal wave. I am blown away by your kindness, dear Mommy blogmates, for the out-pour of appreciation and acknowledgment that I am indeed a certified blogger now. This is a great encouragement, and I proudly receive them! Woohoo! My very first AWARDS are here! Keep them coming! Woohoo!

A STRONG CUP OF COFFEE AWARD

SWEET BLOGGER AWARD
KADAMO AWARD

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A STRONG CUP OF COFFEE AWARD
Thanks so much to Mommy Roselle and Mommy Ruby for sharing this award with me!
I may not be a strong coffee drinker, but I will not resist a good cup if shared by special people like you. You make my blogging life a colorful one.

I now share this award to my sisters Jill and Terry who are certified coffee drinkers! Mga mare, kape-kape tayo very soon!
Also, to the two among my fave bloggers namely Shiela and Jean Chia, I share this award with you! Thanks for your very gracious visits! Blessings!


SWEET BLOGGER AWARD
Big thanks again, REFLEXES, for sharing this award with me. I would have not considered blogging as an addition to my long list of career if not for Roselle's consistent visits at my multiply site. Your rich, family-oriented site is an inspiration. I give you this award with a little twist...here's a SWEETER BLOGGER AWARD for you!

I would like to share this award too to Mommy Ruby, Shiela, and Joy Burlinson for making your home a sweet home for your family. May you grow more loving and godly as wives and mothers for God's glory. You are precious beings indeed!

Sweet Bloggers:

1.) Janeth Vicy’s Life Journey
2.) My Precious
3.) Just ME.. Eds
4.) Eds Mommy Life
5.)FunFierceFabulous
6.)Me,Myself+2
7.)Supermodel Wannabe
8.) My Life in this Wonderful World!
9.) My Online World!
10.) In Depth
11.) ISL Family
12.) Charmdestiny
13.) Mommyallehs
14.) A Mother’s Journal
15.) Collect and Connect
16.) Reflexes
17.) REALITIES

18.) YOUR SITE HERE!

KADAMO AWARD
Salamat Kamado Roselle sa pagtitiwala at paghihikayat na ako'y maging marapat na KADAMO! Ang saya-saya!

Dahil ikaw ay isang sertipikadong blogger, itinuturing kitang matalik kong “KADAMO”. Maraming salamat sa walang sawang pagsubaybay, Virgie, Mitch and Mommy Ruby! :)

MGA KADAMO:

1.)Janeth Vicy’s Life Journey
2.) My Precious Niche
3.) Just Me.. Eds
4.) Eds Mommy Life
5.) ISL Family
6.) Me and Mine
7.) Creative in Me
8.) Little Peanut
9.) For the LOVE of Food
10.) Pea in a Pod
11.) a matter of tEys.T
12.) The Bottomline
13.) Little Kite Studios
14.) Collect and Connect
15.) Reflexes
16.) REALITIES

17.) YOU!!

:) "...for God blesses the cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7