On Finding Dory and memories for my girls

Our family watched Finding Dory last week and my girls loved it. It was Xiana’s first time to go to a movie theater. We were surprised that she stay seated throughout the film. Xiana enjoyed watching and eating popcorn. I think she enjoyed the movie mostly because of the popcorn. She is our eating monster in the family.
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I liked the movie too , actually I liked it better than Finding Nemo. But I am not here to talk about the movie or give a critic of the film. I just like to highlight one scene that reminded me of what we are doing as parents to our children. It was the scene where Dory’s parents placed shells for her to follow home as a way for her to cope with the short-term memory loss.
Carlo and I have a list of life principles and values that our children should learn or remember when they grow up and when we are no longer there to guide them. These are the things that we want to be in their hearts. One is for them to always or would like to come home to our family. If we won’t be around anymore, well at least for them to go to each other as sisters. That wherever they will be they would always miss home and would like to see us and come home. Coming home meaning wanting to see each other as a family. Not coming to a house itself because as missionaries God can put us anywhere.
This week I bought a chalk board that I placed on the wall by our dining table. I wrote a Bible verses so that our whole family can memorize it and be reminded of it as we go through our day. I would like my daughters to remember the verse not only to be reminded of God but also so that every time they will see that verse or recite that verse they will be reminded of home.
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This is our memory verse for this week from their Sunday School.

My prayer is that if ever they would get lost, or when they are on their own, or when we would not be there for them, these Bible verses will be like the sea shells that will bring them back to God and to remember our home.
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On Xielo and her feelings

 

One 6a00d8341c652b53ef01901e9e1733970b-800winight Carlo disciplined Xielo because of disobedience, she cried but asked for forgiveness. When she was feeling better she got ready for bed, we were about to sleep and say goodnight to each other when Xielo said ” You know Tatay, you really hurt my feelings”.

On my daughter as my fashion critic

We were at the mall after the holiday because a lot  of the items in every shop are on sale. Carlo was looking at some11377795_1485223715102288_1863810974_n
of the pants that he likes in Forever 21 while I was with Xielo and
Xiana waiting for him. Then  Xielo said to me ” You know mom you are so sexy and beautiful but you need to buy these kinds of clothes (pointing to the clothes displayed at the store). ” I was speechless.

On New Year’s resolutions,fasting and being fit.

When I was in college I developed a habit that whenever new year comes I would have quality time with God and seek Him through His word on what I can claim to live by for the whole year. Instead of new year’s resolutions I would study my verse and list the things that I need to do or remember for the whole year through that Bible verse. Thus my year verse was born. This is a verse/verses from the Bible that I will hold on to whatever is happening in my life. May it be a rebuke, a reminder, a promise, or something that i need to learn. I would hold on to it until I can go through my whole year.

This year, my year verse is in Luke 2:52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (NIV). Of course, I want to be like Jesus but I want to be more like Him this year by focusing on some areas of my life. I want to grow in being physically fit. I want to be healthy and fit even as I get older and be with my children as they grow. I want to grow emotionally by stepping up in serving our community in IGSL where I am a missionary. Lastly, I want to grow more spiritually through prayer.

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Physically Fit

Whenever I am pregnant I would gain 15-20 pounds but eventually lose it once I start breastfeeding. My last one for our second child, Xiana, I lost more. I actually went down to my weight pre-dinosaur era (a.k.a. College days).  But once my baby starts weaning, the weight starts coming back fast. I am in my heaviest again for the second time. So I am announcing it here to be accountable to you that I will start to lose weight again. I did it when I gave birth to my first child and lost 40 pounds. Hoping that I can do it again this time.

Emotionally Fit

After giving birth to Xiana in 2014, I was on a leave as a missionary to become a full-time mom.  I would help the school once in a while but on project basis only. But this year I am stepping up to help more. I have been thinking of writing stories about our school. Since I became a missionary or started working at IGSL, I sometimes wonder where does my college degree in mass communications fall. I know God is sovereign, but there are times that I think maybe it was just a way for me to go to college and become a Christian there but that I would never use whatever I learned from college. This year I think God is opening an opportunity for me to use it. I know I am not that good but I think our school doesn’t have a choice because I am the only one who is interested to do it.

Spiritually Fit

Our school has a yearly prayer and fasting. I have never participated since they started it because I was either pregnant or breastfeeding. Since Xiana is weaning this year I am going to do it.  I know this will be hard but because I want to grow in my prayer life, I think fasting is the best way to start.

I am excited with what this year holds for me and my family, but most specially I am excited about how I can be one step closer to God at the end of this year if I will be faithful with my year verse.

How about you? Do you have new year resolutions or some things that you do at the beginning of the year? Maybe you can share it with me so I can learn from you.

On being a likeable mom and separation anxiety

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It has been hard for Xielo not seeing her friend KK on campus and not playing with her often (Her friend moved out of campus) . These past few weeks we’ve been into some up and down of emotions. We saw a lot of crying over simple things, being sad and some disobedience. So we have been disciplining her quite a lot. I can say that it was not the best mother and daughter kind of weeks. Maybe she is having a separation anxiety and that’s how she was coping up on missing her friend.

But last Friday when I was giving her a bath before going to school she said “Mom my classmate was eating rice and egg and he is using his hands. I told him to stop eating and use his spoon and fork and then he was so mad at me.” Then she started laughing and I was laughing with her too.

We were still talking and giggling then she said, you know mom I like you today.

On meetings and potty chair

Woke up late yesterday so I prepared breakfast and Xielo to school like the Flash. I need to put Xiana for a nap so I can prepare and go to a meeting with our school’s leadership team. I had a hard time putting her for a nap and when she finally did I r got my bag, rushed to the meeting and run to the office. At the meeting they were talking about schedules so I opened my bag to get my tablet to check my schedule. Instead I saw a foldable potty chair, wipes, Diaper, used Diaper and Biscuit crumbs. I got the wrong bag. I handed the potty chair to Kuya Eric AGUSTIN (one of my boss)  and said this is my schedule.
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