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.

***

***
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!

***
"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
***
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
***
journey with me...
...where windmills turn.. and images freeze.... -bangkang papel
***
Song: Trust His Heart - jsharene
***
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
***
THANK GOD, THERE IS GOD
My life is not my own
It all belongs to you
-View From The Ivory Tower
***
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean)
-Dream Is Music and Life is the Dance
***
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
***
"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
***
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." ~

***
"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
***
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
***
"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

----------------------------------------

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

Friday, July 18, 2008

MOTHER, FAMILY

I've been busy joining Forums and Communities lately to add some spark to my new hobby, create some traffic with Pinay Moms around the globe, make noise with Christian music enthusiasts across the pacific, but there is this one community where my soul and spirit are really at home. Martin, one of my friends in that site sends his personal poems [and I think some quoted poems too] as message to his community friends, and he really got into me through this one. Maybe because I am married now and with kids. And, maybe because I am really tolerant with other people's shortcomings, but I tend to be too strict on ST when it comes to wearing her slippers, keeping herself tidy and all that. I am just glad I have a mom to look up to. She really raised us her four girls in patience and love. I cannot think of anybody synonymous to the word sweet. She indeed is the sweetest for me. Hopefully, I will grow more to be like her in this new career of motherhood. Mommy Marl's the first school I have in Parentology 101, while good baby books and godly counsel of beautiful women in the church have become my professors. I really praise God for giving me these helpful gifts in raising my two cute bumble bees.

May we all be reminded of our calling in the Lord as members of our families through this meaningful poem. Ponder on this with me.CH

Mother

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
'Oh excuse me please' was my reply.

He said, 'Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you.'

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
'Move out of the way,' I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed, God's still small voice came to me and
said,

'While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse..

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.'

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
'Wake up, little one, wake up,' I said.

'Are these the flowers you picked for me?'
He smiled, 'I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue.'

I said, 'Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way.'
He said, 'Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway.'

I said, 'Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.'

FAMILY

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
that we are working for could easily replace us in
a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss
for the rest of their lives.


And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
into work than into our own family,
an unwise investment indeed,
don't you think?
So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU

God will bless you!
martin

Thursday, July 17, 2008

WELCOME TO THE "NEW" REALITIES SITE!

Colored Heart apologizes greatly for the inconvenience. Yes, www.coloredheart.blogspot.com was deleted due to a permanent error in its html. Learning costs much. However, the Moderator thinks this three-column Minima template is more functional, more flexible and [user]friendlier. Kindly save REALITIES in your blogroll or link list or whatever you call your roster of friends' URL. Simply add "my" to the first URL of Realities.
http://mycoloredheart.blogspot.com
CH intends to make REALITIES' new home another must-hopped site in the world-wide web by kindred blogger friends. Nothing fancy... just pure realities.CH

WHAT YOUR TASTE IN MUSIC SAYS ABOUT YOU

What My Taste in Music Says About Me

Colored Heart,
Your musical tastes are upbeat and conventional.

You are an easy going, optimistic person.
Family and friends are very important to you.
You enjoy caring for and helping other people.
You thrive in a tranquil environment, and you do your
best to keep things peaceful.
You enjoy your life. You have your priorities straight.

What does your music say about you? Take the test!


It was difficult to tick the answer for the four questions. It would have been easier if they provided wider choices for enthusiasts who are avid listeners to more than two genres. Anyways, the result was something I expected, and I am happy to be affirmed. Try the test yourself. Have a musical day!CH

TAGGED: INTERROGATE ME!

Got tagged by Mommy Ruby of BLESSINGS AND BEYOND!
Players: Vannie kathycot buhaymisis whenmomspeaks kathycotcooks my precious niche just me.. eds edsmommylife Me and Mine Creative in Me For the LOVE of Food Little Peanut Pea in a Pod Sugar Magnolias When Silence Speaks Etc Atbp Deranged Insanity Blessings and Beyond REALITIES your site

Now, I am tagging Roselle, Jean Chia and Aleli. Hope you can play with me guys!!CH


1.WHAT DATE IS IT?
:: July 17, 2008

2. WHAT TIME DID U WAKE UP?
:: 7:00 am. I slept at 10pm last night.

3. DID U GO SOMEWHERE YESTERDAY?
:: Nowhere.

4. WHAT DID U DO THERE?
:: Just rested. I got sick (Allergic Rhinitis).
Skype with Pastor Nicky and Sister-in-law Mymes, and Chikka with Aleli

5. HOW OLD ARE U?
:: 31 going on 32 on August
I'm hiding no more.

6. ARE U MATURE OR IMMATURE?
:: Mature in some aspects, and Immature in some. ;)

7. WHAT DO U CALL UR MOM & DAD?
:: Mommy and Daddy

8. ARE U AN ONLY CHILD?
:: No. 4 girls and 1 adopted boy

9. WHERE DO U GO SHOPPING?
:: SM City (North), Circle C (Congressional)

10. DO U LIKE SCHOOL?
:: Very Much! It really does excite me!

11. DO U LIKE BOOKS?
:: Very Much! Spiritual books mostly.

12. DO U WANT TO GET MARRIED?
:: I AM!

13. WITH WHOM?
:: The MAN of my dreams.
God does send beautiful gifts in beautiful packages too.

14. ARE U SPOILED?
:: No. That's a blessing!

15. WHATS THE MOST FLATTERING COMPLIMENT U EVER GOT?
:: I am a better writer now.
Compliments from my sister-in-law and my husband! Woohoo!

16. ONLY GIRL/BOY IN THE FAMILY?
:: No! (for the second time)

17. IF U WERE TO MARRY A CELEBRITY, WHO WOULD IT BE?
:: No, thanks! I'll end up so insecure.

18. WOULD U LIKE TO MEET Josh Hartnett?
:: Sure. No harm in meeting. :)

19. Where do u think ur bestfriend is?
:: (girlfriend) Working in her local church.
(husband) Working hard in the office

20. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME U TALKED TO UR BESTFRIEND?
:: Friendster
When he bid goodbye this morning

21. U THINK SHE/HE NEEDS U NOW?
:: Don't know.
He always does.

23. WHAT DO U WANT FOR UR BIRTHDAY?
:: To finally know our family's call, take the steps to get there,
and live a full life by doing God's will. Ah, that's heaven!

25. IF U WERE TO BUY A CAR , WHICH CAR WOULD IT BE?
:: Something big to accomodate our family and friends and yes, "less on gas".

26. A DUET WITH HEART EVANGELISTA?
:: Not really.

27. DO U WEAR MAKE-UP?
:: Sometimes, when I refuse to look poor or sad.

28. WHAT LIP BALM DO U USE?
:: Vaseline

29. WOULD U GET A TATOO?
:: Never.

30. BELLY PIERCE?
:: Never.

31. HOW MANY KIDS DO U WANT?
:: I've got 2... quota!

32. DO U HAVE ANY HOMEWORK?
:: ST does have now. We enjoy doing them together!

33. ANY SONG THAT YOU’RE LISTENING?
:: I don't listen to music when I'm working. I do it leisurely. Listening distracts me because I end up singing the lyrics, or for instrumental, the melody. I'm very picky when it comes to listening. When I have nothing to do, that is the time I enjoy listening to Classical, easy jazz, and pop.

34. DO U BELIEVE IN SPELLS?
:: No...I only have faith in God. (same answer with Mommy Ruby)

35. WHERE DO U WANT TO GO NOW?
:: Eternally, I just want to be where my ABBA is.
Temporarily, I can't wait to go to Israel or Japan either for work or leisure.CH

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

RAVU, HAI!

Two nights ago, my darling MP gave me a copy of Japanese Katakana (the Japanese Alphabet), the characters derived from the traditional Kanji. Kanji is the writing system of Chinese Characters introduced during the Han Dynasty, which are translated to romanized writing called Romaji. The chart is really fascinating, although at a first glance you will find it difficult to differentiate a character from the other. Good thing the Romaji or the roman letters beside the Katakana and Kanji based on how they are pronounced were provided.

Why the interest for Japanese? Well, we started contemplating on living in Japan when I had a strange vision about it last week. It was not far-fetched since my husband who is working for a Japanese company already had a good number of visits to Tokyo for work-related purposes. I do not believe in coincidence or luck because I am certain that everything in the life of a Christ-believer happens for a divine purpose. No definite plans or moves yet; just a vision and my hubby's Japanese 1 class resources. His company encourages its employees to study the language for their possible out-of-country assignments particularly in Nippon-kokku. Thus, giving them language class scholarship. I really think that his Jap1 class was not a coincidence.

He described this island country as truly blessed with natural beauty, ideal climate, rich cultural and culinary heritage, and keen sense of order. The air is clean and crisp. The streets are spotless. The buildings are symmetrical. The office people are disciplined to its core reflected in their work ethics. He said they do not move around for chikas (short talks) or take a break before the official break time. What a contrast to most of the corporate people in our big cities. These are a few of the things he cherish about the Land of the Rising Sun. But for me, few bars of their dark chocolates with any nuts is enough reason to want a Jap experience.

Before I get into another round of yada-yada about this country's finest, I would like to zero in to its writing systems: the Romanji and Katakana. These particular systems unlike Kanji and Hiragana are used for non-Japanese terms or loan-words. They represent 48 basic syllables and 71 diacritics or combinations of syllables from the basic characters.


romanji, katakana, kanji



Variations represented by diacritics or combinations of syllables

It is interesting to know that they have developed many ways of writing any English term/name using the closest syllable pronunciation available in their Alphabet. Below is my Romaji name.

Colored Heart = Ko-ru-do Ha-ru-tsu
[look at the chart for its Kanji and Katakana

Interesting, huh? My next attempt would be to write it in characters, then to be able to post it on this site's heading. Help? Anybody?
By the way, Japanese language does not have "L". Can you guess what syllable combination to use in writing the word LOVE [] in Romaji?CH

A MARITAL SCALE AND RANDOM QUESTIONS

60

As a 1930s wife, I am
Superior

Take the test!


Thank you Mommy Roselle for this tag. I really enjoyed doing this. Look at my score, I got even lower than yours! That does not matter, right? :)

Now SHIELA and VIRGIE, it’s your turn :)

***********

RANDOM QUESTIONS

The rules are simple. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Working.Very active in theater, church ministry and choral performances.

2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list today?
1. )Post an article about Japanese writing system
2.) Assist ST in doing her homework
3.) Fix the layout of my new blogsite
4.) Assist cooking for three meals
5.) Study pieces for our church concert (vocal and conducting)


3. Snacks I enjoy: bananaQ, Pan de Manila pandesal, orange juice, iced tea, burger, cold choco
drink, chocolate bar (dark choco with nuts)

4. Places where I lived: Philippines [Novaliches, Heroes Hills, San Francisco del Monte, Congressional Ave.]

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:

* First I will give back the 10% to the Lord (too!)
* Buy a house and lot
* Put it in an investment (Insurance/Business/Bank)
* Travel (local and abroad)
* Give to my relatives and missionary friends

6. People I want to know more [in the net] are Roselle, Shiela, Virgie, Aleli, and many others (too many to mention)

I'm glad I was tagged. This made my day eventhough this allergic rhinitis slowed me down big time! I hope my tagged bloggers are ready for some 1930's test.CH

Monday, July 14, 2008

TAGGED: FOOD TALKS

Tagged by MITCH

I'm officially tagging REFLEXES and PINAY MOMMY! :)
Grab these questions, mommies!CH

1. Chicken at McDo, Jollibee, or KFC?
:: KFC!

2. Pepsi, Coke, or rootbeer?
:: Rootbeer

3. Greenwich, Pizza Hut, or Yellow Cab?
:: Yellow Cab

4. Adobo, sinigang, or nilaga?
:: Adobo

5. Beef, pork, or chicken?
:: Chicken

6. Starbucks, Coffee bean and tea leaf, or Gloria Jean’s?
:: Starbucks

7. Cornflakes, Honey Stars, or Milo cereal?
:: Cornflakes

8. Goldilocks or Red Ribbon?
:: Goldilocks

9. Tokyo Tokyo, Teriyaki Boy or Rai Rai Ken?
:: Teriyaki Boy

10. Take Out or Dine In?
:: Dine In!
:)

Players:
kathyrazzi| kathycot| buhaymisis | whenmomspeaks | kathycotcooks | when silence speaks | etc atbp | realities | your site

SUDOKU FEVER

I think my family had Sudoku fever!

I say "had" because it subsided a bit. During its height, I did not catch the virus because I think I got a shot of the Sudoku vaccine before hand. It's like my left-brain gets jammed up each time I hold a puzzle and try to fill out the empty boxes. The reaction was more like an allergic attack. No kidding! The constriction of my logic muscles is instantaneous! It's debilitating!

Once, my hubby encouraged me to try it by explaining the object of the game enthusiastically and making it look so easy. He usually gets me to participate with that tactic. But this time, not one part of my brain signed up. I remember giving MP a nervous laughter after a loud cheer for accomplishing a not-so-easy edition from the newspaper.

I sometimes felt funny watching my in-laws seated an arm away from each other while silently unlocking the mystery in every puzzle on the table. I know they enjoy it, and I'm happy that they get mentally stirred like that. I just feel I'm too right-brained for it. Helping my daughter color her Winnie the Poo and Dora books is a better destressor.

Please don't judge me. I really tried to know more about the game. I even researched in the net about it. Wikipedia gave me a thorough information from the history and strategies - scanning, markup and analysis - to its numerous, interesting variants. I learned that it has a background of diverse influences which made it not all-Japanese at all.

Many publications sort their Sudoku puzzles into three or five rating levels. An easy puzzle can be solved using only scanning; an intermediate puzzle may take markup to solve; a hard puzzle will usually take analysis. - Wikipedia

These are the kinds of puzzle published in the newspaper and Reader's Digest, and in digital Sudokus. Though I do not intend to play the game, I am amazed of its intricacies. Mind-boggling!

If to understand it is through literary art, then this "verbal caricature" (as the author Meera would call it) can help shed some light to my featured engaging mind-game. I liked how she paralleled Sudoku to life. It helped me appreciate Sudoku somehow.

The Sudoku poem

Numbers in columns

invisible digits
Numbers in rows
or however one sees it…

See them
amble, glide
dart, slide.
what solace
when after a brief tussle
they snuggle into place…

But sometimes
when I am all but done
or think it was sheer fun
two twos side by side
push, shove, bay
and my bliss turns to dismay…
Or when a six can be here
or there or anywhere..
When most numbers are fluidly mobile
my mind is less agile
doesn’t it trip and trudge
till the Sudoku is but exhausted fudge…

But the Chronicle brings challenge and hope anew.

Isn’t Life such too?
Issues, choices
dilemmas, voices
problems solved by insight
others achieved by default
things learnt in hindsight
some unlearnt, unresolved
others too messed up
steps impossible to retrace
Perhaps just to be glossed over with grace.

Never mind…

Life has a Daily Edition too.

If you have some time to spare, try having a quick stop for SUDOKU somewhere here at my site!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

RYB, THE PRIMARY COLORS?

These three are the primary colors we learned from our first math and art classes in school. ST did not have a problem memorizing these three colors including the secondary. We bought her a color wheel poster after we did a project on this. And, her favorite, like most toddlers, is Red.

Since she likes squeezing herself between my two arms as I work here, I thought I might as well make this site attractive to her. So here, as a token of my deep appreciation to my daughter's regular visits to this site, I give her my new Red, Yellow and Blue REALITIES.


"Red, yellow, and blue, skies over you. Mama says, Papa says, 'I love you.'"

However, I am quite bothered by my hubby MP's comment on the lessons they teach kids in school about Primary and Secondary Colors. As an IT guy working for a company known for its cameras and printers, techy stuff about colors are what he breathes in and out in his office, aside from bits 1 and 0. According to him, technically, Red, Blue and Green are the Primary Colors. So, what happens with Yellow and Blue makes Green?

If the three colors of light can be mixed to produce white, they are called primary colors and the standard additive primary colors are red, green and blue. - Hyperphysics

If this is the standard fact about colors, then why are the textbooks in preschool and elementary levels still teach otherwise? I remember ST asking why there is no pink in her giant eight-color crayon box. Really now! After looking at the picture up there, I strongly believe that Cyan and Magenta (which is still pink in the eyes of ST) should be in the first crayon set of every baby artist.

So, what will happen to my RYB (the historical set of subtractive primary colors) colored blogsite? I researched theories on colors, about the possible benefits of the three colors of my home. Fortunately, the benefits are more than the disadvantages, so I intend to keep them.

Yellow Color Yellow

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. You can choose yellow to promote children's products and items related to leisure. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design. Men usually perceive yellow as a very lighthearted, 'childish' color, so it is not recommended to use yellow when selling prestigious, expensive products to men – nobody will buy a yellow business suit or a yellow Mercedes.

Red Color Red

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red brings text and images to the foreground. Use it as an accent color to stimulate people to make quick decisions; it is a perfect color for 'Buy Now' or 'Click Here' buttons on Internet banners and websites. This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, items related to sports and high physical activity. Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.

Blue ColorBlue

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity. You can use blue to promote products and services related to cleanliness (water purification filters, cleaning liquids, vodka), air and sky (airlines, airports, air conditioners), water and sea (sea voyages, mineral water). As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect. Use blue to suggest precision when promoting high-tech products.

Here are my suggested sites for Color Meaning and Color Diet.Hope you like my new look! If not... I hope it will not keep you from hopping here!CH

Thursday, July 10, 2008

DOES O.T. REALLY PAY?

MP has been coming home really late since he arrived from Japan last month. I have to admit that OT or Over Time work is not something a housewife would like to hear over the phone from a husband who reports to her in the middle of the day. My husband is a very responsible person and one who is committed to excellence. I understand when he says the work is not yet done and that he has to extend few minutes (which actually means "hours") to complete his day's list of tasks.

My children really enjoy weekends with him because apart from weekday, he is really full of energy for new tricks and tiring dance moves. He is my ST's fave dance partner in cha-cha, waltz, ballet and "silly" dancing. Sometimes, I wish he has 3 days off for us.

Does OT really pay? When he comes home past 11pm, tired, and sometimes hungry, I get anxious because I know his day is not yet done. ST does not sleep unless she talks few minutes with her Papa. The little boy ZT, on the other hand, wakes up at around 1am for his early morning milk, and another between 5 to 6am for another doze. In both times, he wakes up to either keep the baby from rolling or to simply shush the baby to sleep. After that, the boy climbs up to him and starts to slap his face, his arms or if he gets unfortunate, his butt.

MP can't resist our kids' call for attention though he could, and that is why I can't help but feel pity and anxiety for the minimal rest he gets versus his long waking, working hours, plus travel hours. I know I have to be grateful for the provisions we get out of his hardwork. I also know for a fact that it is his joy to provide for the family. But there are times when I really want him out of his job even though our family's comfort will be at stake. It is a sad reality that a paying job like that will always demand so much from a loving provider like our Papa.CH

PHOTO#1: SCHOOL CRAYONS


Here's my photo entry for the week:
ST's school crayons shaped into a heart.CH

MY MOTHER-IN-LAW: A PRELUDE TO AN ODE

IN THE BEGINNING

I chanced to meet my MIL or Mother-In-Law for the first time when my buddy, turned boyfriend, turned husband brought me to their house one Saturday afternoon for some sound tripping. I was the usual rose among the thorns, though I was treated by the boys more like their gardener. She stopped by the sala from the kitchen to ask for my name and proceeded to her room. That was it! From the very beginning I found her very practical and straight-forward... "I do not know you, what's your name?" I feel funny remembering the first things altogether. We had a unique history, she and I. But yesterday is yesterday. If I valued her and her opinions before I and my hubby got married, I value her now more. I mean, big time! She has become an inspiration. A woman worthy of an Ode from a DIL... at least from an in-law who can start writing before the other in-laws write theirs.

I am a very forgetful person... where was I again? Oh! Here, trying to compose a Prelude [before the Ode]. I could have written an article about her long before we became close because I got good things to say about her even then. But, I did not have the guts to write for someone who is so well-versed in any form of literary composition. I thought of writing a song instead, but still, good grammar and sound thoughts are required in composing impressive lyrics. Panic attack! However, if I don't start writing, I might start forgetting the things I have been meaning to share with my avid readers (which is -for now -just a few of my internet-connected family members and three friends) about how special she is to me and my nuclear family. She has truly become a special woman to me. Besides, I am not out here to impress her! I think I just want to affect her favorably.

AMAZING COINCIDENCE

Conicidentally, my MIL's name is like a cropped version of ST's names. My MIL's first two letters S & T are obviously the first letters of my daughter's two names, and E, L, L, A are the last 4 letters of her second name. I think this is partly the reason why the two are so specially bonded. STELLA, according to www.thinkbabynames.com, is...

of Latin origin, and its meaning is 'star'. Mostly literary use until the 19th century, when the name became popular. Linked in most minds to the movie "A Streetcar named Desire" (1951), where Marlon Brando bellowed 'Stella played by Kim Hunter!'


Disclaimer: I did not quote this info for the purpose of giving away her approximate age, or to insinuate that I am way too young for not knowing the movie "Streetcar". Yes, I have not watched the Streetcar, and I do not know Marlon Brando or Kim Hunter. However, I just want to share plainly that her name was popular during her parents' time, and probably may have influenced them to give her the name. I do not know really. I do not remember asking her about it. Remember I forget easily?

STELLAR HOME-MAKING

She was indeed the "star"for being the only girl in her family, and maintained her luminous stature up until today for being the ever reliable queen of the kitchen and the rest of the home. "Oh, what will my FIL do without her?!" Such is an exclamation that should be followed by a sigh, then a smile. I had the impression before that my Father-In-Law was the underdog. But being a part of the family for 3 years now, I have witnessed how her sharpness in the things she does especially with regard to managing her home gained props from the family. I realized how wrong my assumption was. He was, all along, the head while she, the neck.

My husband has an array of childhood stories about her mom being overly protective, meticulous, disciplinarian, and other things mothers are for the love of their kids. Now that I am a parent of two beings whom I have yet to know, it is not easy to imagine how difficult it was to raise four equally smart kids with different personalities. She must have had the faith of a staunch hero, not giving up even after knowing that "with great power comes great responsibility." If she knows now how to measure perfectly the ingredients of raising the best kids ever like the way she does with her pasta and saute' dishes, I think she would turn back the time. But, looking at how her kids are, I say God had His hands on this one star.

She really has a way of paving light to our lives in times of difficulty and confusion through her wise, practical counsel. She's a great lola to my kids. Moreso, great in dealing with insect bites, allergy attacks, unsewn hems, trimming pants, hair coloring, hair cut, sanitation, dog grooming, cat feeding, gardening, etc. Name it, she has something for it. I think this is the result of her being a well-read person. In fact, I am a beneficiary of her newspaper cut-outs on remedies, preventions, business opps, weight maintenance and child care. Almost everything important in the household come in handy. I am amazed of how she influenced people in the family to read and improve their lifestyle. Though this is not a religion, I am a self-professed convert, but not as much as the last helper they had. I remember how the teenager Bells once read the paper on the floor while the Shih Tzu's on it. If that is not conversion, I do not know how else to call it.

STAR-FLOODED SKY

It's amazing how my renewed faith in God has enabled me to blend in the household where my MIL is the queen. I feel like a star myself, not for being a lone girl for we are four girls in the family, but mainly because I am the eldest. Eldest child has the reputation of "getting what she wants", the birthright of being a firstborn. As a child, I saw the sky as to where all colored "follow spots" are hung, pointing at me. When I got married to my husband and his family, her domain somewhat moved me to a momentary backstage, another place to see the sky from a different perspective. From there I saw how she performed with or without the spots. God allowed me to see while a wide spectrum of light pass through in her seasons of celebration, sadness, grief, rest, work and play. Then, a realization dawned on me. The spotlights can also be the different colored people who come our way either to shine God's light on us or to dampen our spirit. We may be thankful for the presence of these people, but their presence or absence must not change the fact that there is only one Source of light. That our actions and reactions must not depend on whether there is light, little light or no light at all. I am happy to witness the seasons she goes through, for there I always see God's light.

POSTLUDE

An Ode is supposed to be a lyrical song intended for a chorus. It has to have three parts to be a legitimate Ode: the strophe, the antistrophe, and the epode (Wikipedia). Since it looks like I will need a second wind to gather my thoughts and compose something as meaty as my Prelude, and because I cannot write a demanding piece of art such as an Ode while babysitting, I will have to postpone my entry till next week. And, while you wait, please kindly pray for my dear MIL's health and disposition as she goes through her Autumn.CH


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

MUSIC TO MY EARS: WHEN ST SPEAKS

WHEN [MY 2YO] ST SPEAKS...

THE ROLL CALL BEFORE SLEEPING
"Dear Lord, please bless Papa and Mama and Ading, and
Auntie Jessa and Auntie Joy (our househelps),
and Tita Ninang Myma..." (and so on and so forth)
***
BEFORE MEALS
"Dear God, bless this rice, and chicken, and water,
and ketchup..." (and so on and so forth)
***
FEW MINUTES AFTER COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL
"Mama, where's my assignment?"
"I want my assignment! Where's my assignment?!"
***
DURING MP'S SHORT BUSINESS TRIP
"Mama, where's Papa? In Japan? Buy chocolates?"
***
BEFORE GOING TO BED
"I want teethbrush, yes?"
***
WHILE HOLDING A BOOK; NO OCCASION
"Thank you, Mama. Thank you for the gift"
***
WHILE HANDING ME A BOOK TO READ TO HER
"Read to me this one. I like YOU read this one."
***

WHILE I COMB MY HAIR IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR
"Mama, you so BEHYOOOTIFOOL (as pronounced)!
***
IN THE MOOD
"I love you, Mama."
***
WHILE WAITING FOR MP PAST MIDNIGHT
"Where's MY Papa?"
***
POINTING AT HER GOLD SANDALS IN THE RACK
"I want the sexy sandels! Yes! SO sexy!"
***
WEARING HER NIGHT GOWN; FACING THE MIRROR
"Ooh, look Mama, I'm sexy!"
***
WHILE BEING TAGGED TO TAKE A BATH
"Huwag mo lang, Mama! Huwag mo lang!"
***
FEELS LIKE PINCHING ZT
"Ooh, I love my baby brother!" (gnashing her teeth)
***
AFTER I READ THE BIBLE TO HER
Mama: So, Sophie where is Jesus, again?
Sophie: (pointing to her chest) In my heart! Remember Jesus?
***
DURING A PLAYTIME WITH HER PAPA
"Papa, I am the BIG bicycle! And you are the BIG, BIG bicycle!"

(To be continued) Part 2 - WHEN ST SINGS...CH

1,2,3 BOOK TAG CHAIN

~ Start Copy Here ~
Instructions:
1. Pick up the nearest book of at least 123 pages.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences after the tag chain.
5. Spread this tag to as many people as you can.

Book Tag Chain:
1) Only The Good Stuff, What Simply Works
2) Reflexes
3) Gracey's World
4) REALITIES


~End Copy Here~

Here's my entry...

WHAT TO EXPECT THE FIRST YEAR
by: A. Eisenberg, H. Murkoff, S. Hathaway

"Eating and sleeping patterns are upset by the crying -
the baby frantically seeks a nipple only to reject it
once sucking is begun, or dozes for a few moments only
to awaken screaming. But few infants follow the textbook
description exactly the same pattern and intensity of crying
and associated behavior, and no two parents respond in
exactly the same way. Colic generally begins during the
second or third week of life ( later in preterm infants), and
usually gets as bad as it's going to get by six weeks."


My son ZT is still colicky. Maybe because he is drinking soya milk. I'm grateful though that my husband provided for his nanny, and we're blessed that God handpicked the right girl for our darling boy. I mean for a nanny! She is Auntie Pam ("Am" for short!) is a teenage pastor's daughter.
This book is very helpful, but quite expensive. It was an early Christmas present from my hubby, and a delightful addition to my Mommy library.CH

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

WISDOM'S WIND, PRAYER'S PEACE

My daughter's two names mean "wisdom" in Greek and "a direct petition or short, sharp cry of a distressed heart sung out in supplication" in Hebrew. A few seconds after I read the positive sign on the pregnancy kit, a powerpoint presentation-like vision came to me. It flashed wisdom and prayer. Right there and then I felt that strong nudge to seriously consider these two words in naming our firstborn.

We were just a month-old, married couple when ST was carefully formed in my womb. We learned of her existence when I was two months delayed. My hubby was thrilled! I was nervous. Thank God for the vision which helped me accept the pregnancy. It was a rollercoaster ride alright; but now that I have her, after all the pains I went through, I wholeheartedly say the ride was all worth it!

THREATENED ABORTION

I almost lost her from excessive bleeding during the 4th month. I remember MP and I were watching the late Sunday replay of the 2005 NBA finals on the local TV station when I had the painful lower abdominal cramp. I went to the bathroom to see what gushed out of me, and I almost fainted at the sight of blood. It was a little past midnight when we got the strength to rush to a hospital. But to get a cab, we had to walk few blocks away from our apartment. It was like a staggered walk to Golgotha minus the mocking and whipping. Well, it was my fault. I insisted to go with MP and did not want to be left alone. Fear was written all over me. Alas! The OB's verdict was a month-long complete bed rest. For a sociable and outgoing person that I was, this was worst than a house-arrest! I was not allowed to sit, stand or walk. I'm just so blessed that my husband was there with me all the way. If mine was a walk to Golgotha, his was a daily crucifixion! He had to wake up early morning to cook a meal good for breakfast and lunch, and to bathe and clothe me before going off for work. He made sure I had enough water (when Maynilad could not deliver) for the whole day. He did the washing of the dishes every night, the weekend laundry and house-cleaning, and even the cutting of my toenails since I was not also allowed to bend, not even to carry things or move around. My boy-next-door looking hubby successfully matched the demand for sacrifice and hardwork for the love of me and the baby. How else could he have succeeded but through divine grace. After a month, I was asked to remain slow and continue with the meds.

MY PRESENT COMFORT

God used my baby's names to comfort me during the whole term of my perilous pregnancy. I remember what my Ninang Ellen, a faithful intercessor and mentor in prayer said. "Prayer should be a non-stop belief on God's power. And after uttering your petitions, you must decide to embrace His peace." That is true dependence. If not for the peace I embrace in every prayer, I could have succumbed to depression. I cannot even begin to think where that would have led me. Family and church friends were very helpful through prayer and fellowship. We were just cautious not to laugh too much or do anything that may induce contractions. In other words, no prolonged LOL's!

Before we knew of ST, I was into a deep study on the books of James and Psalms. According to the Bible scholars, James is the New Testament's wisdom book while Proverbs is the Old Testament's. I think God meant for me to learn about wisdom for the circumstance that was to come. "Even before this valley, He has gone before me in triumph." A profound thought like that would need wisdom to understand. He preceded me! Like a wind, He passed through me, and went ahead of me to where I was going. Then, He met me again just when I needed a second wind.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Names are very important to us. We want our kids to see themselves destined for greatness by the names they bear. I am glad my husband and I were spared from asking around or buying Naming books just to have the right pick. Although I also spared some time researching for the appropriate foreign translations just so my daughter would not end up being called "Wisper" (a hypothetical nickname if I combine the two English words). Since the Bible was originally written in Greek and Hebrew, we thought it best to search Greco or Jewish terms that sounded feminine enough for a name.

OUR BUBBLY ST

ST, now a two year old pre-nursery pupil, is a strong headed girl, very opinionated and talkative, sometimes to the degree of being boisterous. She likes to sing, dance, and read aloud (or, should I say, "pretend to read') on top of her lungs, on top of any platform - a chair, a stool, a bed, even a table! She is so adorable! Someday, if she sings or delivers elocution before an audience of a hundred or more, I think she may pull it off for simply performing without the aid of a microphone. But, more than the possible glam she may gain from being a natural performer, I pray God will make her a wise and prayerful woman who would bless others with God's wind and peace.CH

Friday, July 04, 2008

BABE SMILES AND LAUGHTERS

A week after giving birth to our little "baby ball" (as we fondly call ZT who is now eight months old), my small family decided to have a week-long stay in the ancestral house of my husband MP. Our moving day was exactly ST's second birthday. Because of a bad fall during the sixth month of my pregnancy, my right hip and thigh had to undergo physical therapy. And since MP's house is closer to Capitol Medical Center, we preferred staying there - MP, me, ST, two nannies and our newest member, ZT. I have to mention quickly that this entry is not about how I walked again after my painful CS. This is actually about our baby boy who cooed, smiled and laughed as early as two weeks old.

SPONTANEOUS SMILING

His older sister ST was a happy infant, too. But unlike ZT, her smiles were what the Infant Behavior and Development categorizes as spontaneous smiling. ZT had those too like the first two pictures displayed at the left. His tita, MP's youngest sister, took these still-shots the day we arrived at their house. But few days after, he was already smiling back voluntarily!

His first "real" giggle was when he was a month old babe. I remember playing with him - pulled my breast while he sucked, and just when he expected for it to be in his mouth, I pulled it out again. I thought he would cry, but he did not. To my surprise, he giggled, and giggled, and giggled!

When we brought him to the Pedia for his first check-up, he gave the doctor a good stare. He managed to have an eye-contact, then smiled and cooed! I asked the doctor if that was normal. It was already quite disturbing that I had to finally pop my Q not minding if I would sound silly. I discussed with her my comparative observations on ST and ZT, and told her that I have not heard of anybody seeing a 1 month old baby communicating so early. She kindly gave me a pacifying look and said, “Mommy, maybe he’s just advanced compared to your first baby.” The doc and ZT had a long cooing session afterwards. I was relieved.

PAPA'S ALARM CLOCK

Up to this day, we still have the early morning sleep disruptions, but ZT’s happy disposition makes our waking time a fun time. He cries until he gets his morning milk; and when we are not so fortunate, he would stare at us with his chinee, wide eyes as if to say, “so what’s next?!” That is now the cue for a morning playtime.

He actually became his Papa’s alarm clock for consistently waking up at six. He loves looking at the flower prints on our beddings and curtains, and often, reaching out to them would cause him to fumble. Good thing He has not fallen off from our bed yet, and hope he never will. He is blessed to have a very protective Papa and a grandma who bought a nice, padded crib for all the grandchildren. ST was the first, and now it's ZT's turn. And we are making sure he will pass it to the next in good condition. Hopefully, the next babies will NOT come from us!

LESS CONGENIAL FOR NOW

My bumble bee can now recognize people, and cries often at the sight of unfamiliar faces. He still gives that please-talk-to-me look occasionally, when he is in a really good mood; but, some people who enjoyed his congeniality earlier are now sad to see him terrified at their presence.
I’m happy that we were able to take some snapshots of ZT's days-old precious smiles. These pictures serve as a proof that God gave him the gift of smile from the day he was born. Who knows, he could have practiced his facial and vocal muscles probably days before his due... while he was still in my womb.CH

Thursday, July 03, 2008

10 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

Rules:
1.Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves;
2. Bloggers that are tagged need post these rules and and their ten things on their own blog;
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 10 people to keep the tag going;
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged!

Thanks to Reflexes for the tag.

Here are some random facts about me:
1. I inherited one old piano from my Dad and Mom.
2. I have two lovely kids: ST (2 years and 8 months old) and ZT (8 months old).
3. I went to three Colleges: first to take theology, second to major in Voice & third to major in Choral Conducting.
4. I've sung for four great Philippine choirs: His Sounds, AILM Chorale, Philippine Chamber Choir & San Miguel Master Chorale.
5. I've sung for five great Philippine choral conductors: Pizana, Velasco, Hermo, Palaruan & Navarro.
6. We've introduced our son to six flavours of infant cereal already.
7. Our family keeps the seventh day of the week our family day.
8. We've had eight helpers since the time we got married; two are still with us.
9. We had nine pairs of Principal Sponsors in our wedding.
10. My hubby MP & I are turning ten years now (6 years as friends & turning 4 years as husband & wife)!

*Though this tag asks for 10 facts only, I must mention that twelve is my favourite number!
HEY! If you've read this, you are tagged!CH