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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.

 

Occupation: MOM 24/7

5 Feb

Looking at my planner, I find that there is no date that I have nothing to do. For each day of every week, there are chores and errands to do – cook, clean, wash, mend, the likes. When you become a mom, you surrender yourself to the fact that you work overtime without pay, everyday including holidays. You will be a mother, manager, nurse, teacher, chef, doctor, friend, playmate, planner, artist.

The tasks never seem to finish and somehow they keep piling up. For example, after homeschooling my daughter, I let her play so she can have a break. I was preparing dinner so I let her do her worksheets that I prepared, too. When everything is set for dinner, I find her surrounded with blocks, dolls, cooking sets and teacup sets. She did her worksheets quickly, but got bored so she played with her toys. Before we get to eat dinner, we tidy up the house a little. The little girl will excuse herself because she will read books or do her puzzles. Hubby and I will get to chitchat a little during dinner. By the time we’re done, the house is a mess again! I tidy up a little by picking the stuff and keeping them together, skipping the vacuum and broom, which will be added to tomorrow’s list of to-dos. I leave it that way so I can have at least 5 hours of sleep.

One day, I saw my little one putting on her bag after filling it with trinkets, carrying her laptop on her right hand and a foldable umbrella on her left, holding her toy cellphone and talking to someone.

I asked her, “What are you doing, sweetie?”

She answered giddily, “I have plenty of things to do. I am dressing up like you, Mom!”

I replied, “Do I dress up like that?”

She told me, “No… But you do everything for us. Thank you, Mom. Thank you for taking care of me and papa and the house.”

“You’re very much welcome, sweetheart.”

I hugged her tight, still unbelieving her thought that she appreciates what I’m doing for them.

No amount of salary can pay as high as my daughter’s love for my 24/7 job. 

100th Post: How Motherhood Changed Me + Giveaway Winner

26 Jul

Little did I know what would await me as a mother that moment my little girl was conceived. I just knew one thing and that is trust — Trust in the Lord that I could do it because He entrusted this privilege and honor to bear the child.

Fast forward to February 2011, we were blessed with a healthy baby girl. And once this little stranger came into our lives, I knew that my life would never be the same — ever. I have never felt a love so strong and so complex at the same time. The more I get to be with her, the more I love her. Yes I am her mother and I ought to teach her and guide her, but actually, it is the other way around. I learn from her, and continuously learning with her. Motherhood improved me holistically. I became stronger — physically, emotionally, spiritually. I learned to be better for myself and for my family. The role of motherhood forced me into being a jill-of-all-trades, a woman who does so many yet summing up to one — a nurturer who fulfills my family’s needs.

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