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The Unexpected Turn

24 Jun

Here I am typing this post at exactly 1:54 am this June 25th. I wanted to finish draft posts but I am too sleepy to review any product. Actually, I am just troubleshooting the printer and laptop connections because I had to print out materials for work.

Speaking of work, yes the right work finally came. I was not really looking for one with a high pay. I looked for a job that would still allow me to be a wife and a mom, so I can still take care of my family and our home.

It came just at the right time. I don’t earn much… but I am happy with this new career I have. I am a Registered Nurse but this career shift is very much fine by me. I am a preschool teacher now to Senior Nursery students, with age 4 and 5. Plus, I am very much grateful for all the perks – free ride and free tuition fee for my preschooler. These are a big help already. Of course my daughter studies in the same school I teach, only with different teachers.

So there, maybe I would have less posts this time since work came in addition to my priorities. I will still try to keep this blog active as much as I can.

Here’s hoping you get the unexpected turn in your life too!

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Moving Out and Moving On

10 Apr

Leaving the house I lived in for 13 years was such a heartbreak for me. We moved there April 1, 2001 – I was still a freshman in high school. Though it tugs my heart to leave such a place, I have nothing else to do. We were just renting the apartment and the owner of that place was selling the whole lot (and quite probably going to build a townhouse) so all us tenants were forced to vacate the area.

For the past 4 months, every night I had became sleepless. Waves of worries washed me… Where will we move? Is the place we’re going to move in as safe, accessible and within budget? Can I still have the life I used to have in the new place we’re moving? What will happen to me, to our family? Glad I have my hubby to talk to and somehow he keeps everything pacified. We are exact opposites, really. Being the worrier that I am, stressing over every detail, hubby on the other hand is the laid back, what-will-happen-will-happen kind of person. He just tells me to continue doing what I do best – and that is to pray. It helped that I am part of CFC and LECCOM which somehow helped me in prayer.

For days, I asked every one in my contacts and those who live nearby if they know any house we can inquire. We walked around our area, searched for available houses, and BAM! A block away (exactly three houses) from my parents’ house was for lease. I prayed that God let us move in that place if that new house is really meant for us. Yes, there were troubles but nothing hubby and I can’t surpass.

We moved in to our new place last March 30, 2014 (Sunday). Hubby and I gave our house a soft blessing wherein I used Holy Water, a drop of oil of Miraculous Infant Jesus de Providencia. We prayed over our house to be a safe home filled with happiness, love and good memories.

Only yesterday we had our house blessed by Fr. Chito Bartolo, OFM Capuchin. He is the parish priest of National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes (NSOLL). He was very accomodating and witty!

Bittersweet and all, this new chapter in my life is definitely a milestone for our family. This gave me the realization that even if life is filled with changes and situations that will keep us moving forward, there is only one thing that will remain constantGod’s love for us. With God’s love always present with us, we just need to keep living a life filled with goodness and love.

 

Blessings and Beyond | The Unexpected Answer to my Prayers

13 Jun

Choosing to be a full-time mom to my now 28-month old toddler has been one of the drastic decisions I have made in my entire life. I have big dreams of finishing my Masters then applying to work overseas to fulfill my dream of being a Nurse Anesthetist. I’ve heard of this title while I was a scrub nurse on a major cleft lip and palate operation. I asked about it and I knew that a position like that is not available in the country since we have Anesthesiologist here.

But in the middle, well almost at the end of my masters, a big news came up! I was up for a staff nurse position in Brunei. I was caught in the middle of working abroad and finishing my degree. I was praying very hard because I wanted both. I prayed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit… I prayed that if it’s really for me, then I’d be ready. My parents were pushing me to go already because as they say, opportunity comes only once… I prayed more and more because a part of me didn’t want to leave. Then God answered my prayers in a very surprising way… I was pregnant.

Breaking the news to my family, especially my parents, was hard for me too. [But that’s another story that I won’t be telling…] Being pregnant led me to a different path – a path where my dreams were pushed away for something greater. All of my goals were put to a halt because I have to serve my purpose… to be a wife and a mother.

It is true that opportunities knock only once. These opportunities may come again, but after a long while. We may cry over spilled milk and may have so many “what ifs” at the back of our minds. It is perfectly normal for us to do so. But if we look close enough, they may not be what they seem. My opportunity to work abroad may just be a test of my faith in Him. Maybe something terrible might happen to me if I pursued going and God prevented me from it… Things happen for a reason. These reasons may be incomprehensible for us, but we just have to learn to TRUST that Someone is more powerful than us. Let me put in here one of my favorite lines in one of my favorite movies (A Walk to Remember), “Maybe God has better plans for me than I have for myself.”

 Looking back to these things make me realize that I am truly blessed. With this experience, I realized that God is in control. Yes we choose our destiny but God has His ways of bringing us back to His will. We just have to trust Him and continue praying… We just have to let go…and let God.