Last July 2014 marked the homecoming of my husband from Dubai. It has been more than a year now that we are physically together here in the Philippines. We’ve gone back to doing simple pleasures together like dining out and doing the weekly grocery. He has fixed things in the house being the handyman that he is. His presence added the joy and laughter brought about by his funny, amusing ways.
But all these and more will come to a halt momentarily. Unforeseen circumstances in his current job brought about a change in plans that he has come home for good. Reality bites! Though he intended to find new employment locally, the opportunities can be found where else but in the overseas.
So the decision has been made. For our family’s future’s sake, the sacrifice has to be faced courageously but prayerfully to be apart all over again. Perhaps, this time around, things will be a bit easier for us. If there’s any consolation, his unlimited contract allows him to come home every year. That’s something to look forward to.
May the goodness and mercy of the Lord be upon us as we embark on another challenge in our family life…God bless everyone!
From me to all of you who remembered my birthday today, thank you so much! I had flashes of good memories I spent with you in the past. I am grateful even more for still having contacts with you through FB and being kept in the loop with what’s going on in your lives.
Thank you for having been part of my life, these past many years. Don’t ask how old I am. ;-) I’m old enough to have an elementary child, if I’d have married earlier. Hehe…
But no regrets. I am where I am right now because God placed me here. So there, thank you to my family and to my circle of friends who made my birthday extra special today.
Most of all, thank you Lord for another year in my life and for all the blessings You have given me, though I am undeserving of such grace and love. May I bring glory to Your Name each day. ♥
I used to fret a lot when there are invitations to speak before a crowd. Yes, I joined a lot of declamation contests when I was still a student. I was always on stage back then as I became part of choral competitions, debates, and other sorts of contests. But just the same, there was always the feeling of stage fright. I remember my friend telling me, stage fright is a good thing because it leads you to depend on God and God alone. She said, it just means you are not putting your confidence in yourself but in the God who gave you the talent.
If all plans push through, my husband and I will speak before the youth in our church a few weeks from now. When we were first invited for this, my heart tugged again in the direction of saying no because of fear of public speaking. But after some moments, I realized this is an opportunity to bless others by sharing the blessings God bestowed upon us. Our saying yes to this is an act of our worship to the Lord. It is also giving back to the church who nurtured our spiritual lives as husband and wife.
May we be a blessing to the young people as we share to them the love story God has especially written for us.
Remember the tomato and bell pepper I planted days ago? Well, my tomato is already sprouting. Thanks to the sun and water. It is growing steadily each day. I will wait for the bell pepper to become a seedling as well. As for now, I got to go and plant my chili peppers. Ciao! ;-)
Tamarind, as some may call it. This sweet sampaloc becomes more tasty when dipped in salt. These are the fruit shavings from my afternoon snack. Tara, let’s eat.
Tara na’t magmeryenda muna tayo sa gitna ng malamig at maulang hapon. Salamat sa toasted siopao na binili ng aking asawa at sa kapeng hiningi sa aking Ate. :-)
Inspiration to try gardening in containers hit me from nowhere. I figured, I use bell peppers and tomatoes everytime; why not grow them myself in my own backyard. I hope my gardening ventures will be a success. May the sun shine on my seeds. May the water bring growth to my plants. ;-)
I was a complicated person when I was younger. Maybe it was because I think too much a lot. Or perhaps it was because I put meaning to everything I experience before. Somehow, growing up and being with someone I love who tempered my character changed me in many ways.
Just like a while ago. I declared today is a worry-free day for me. This happens very seldom in my life before. So, this new outlook calls for a celebration. My ever supportive and affirming husband treated me to the simple pleasure of eating out and shopping for some Christmas gifts. Eating out is actually not the treat here. It’s eating out and shopping with the one I love.
When we got home, I wrapped our gifts which gave me the simple happiness that Christmas brings. Actually, it is sharing whatever blessings we have that gives me true joy.
I married a simple man who taught me to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
It’s been four months since I last had my blog entry about the arrival of my husband from Dubai. Much has happened in so little time. I haven’t even noticed that Christmas is just around the corner and I’m very happy that this season, I’ll be celebrating it with my whole family. :-)
I realized I haven’t had the chance to update my blog during this time. We had some settling down to do. Now that everything’s in place again, I get back to my first love – writing. So, in a nutshell, here’s where I’ve been:
- Returning home to Davao, where my husband’s family resides, was our top priority. We had our own Samal Island experience before meeting with the entire family.
- My next stop was at El Nido, Palawan. This time, I ventured into the place with my sister. It was truly a great opportunity to have seen the different islands and rock formations.
- After having to two out-of-town trips, my husband and I decided it’s time to have myself checked with an OB-Gyne doctor. So far, by God’s grace, I am cleared and healthy with all of the medical procedures I’ve gone through (except perhaps for a polyp or two that has been found). We decided to wait on God’s timing and not resort yet to any fertility treatment that our doctor has been advising us to do. We claim God’s promise that He knows what the future holds for us. He knows what’s best for us. If it is God’s will, then God will be the one to make a way. We just have to trust Him.
- To distract myself from thinking too much about having a baby, I try out preparing and cooking new dishes my husband will enjoy after a hard day’s work. This is my joy now – discovering the ‘chef’ in me.
Vacation trips, doctor visits, cooking ventures – these keep me busy the past four months. Life just seems perfect now. I thank the Lord for keeping me and my husband in His care. I am sure Christmas will bring smiles to my heart. I hope your heart will smile too. Merry Christmas! <3
Last time we Skyped was Saturday. He still didn’t know then when he will come home to the Philippines. We had been waiting for almost three weeks for his exit visa to be processed. It seemed ages as we waited for the day to finally come.
Sunday, he followed up at the office as to the status of his coming home. No luck. He decided to go to the mall to while away his time, then suddenly, he received a call from the office saying he’s gonna fly that night back to the Philippines. His plane ticket awaits him. In a rush, he went back to his accommodation to prepare his stuff. Good thing, most of his baggage was sent through LBC way back last June.
We constantly communicated until he boarded the plane – Malaysia Airlines at that. So I prayed that no harm will befall all the passengers, with the recent events that had happened with that particular airline.
12 noon of Monday, the plane had its touchdown on Philippine soil. Blissful arrival after two long years of being in a foreign land. He was welcomed with a rainy weather, a wonderful respite from the hot temperature in Dubai.
2 pm, he arrived at our house. We were so happy to be finally together again. First hug, first kiss, first meal after a long, long while. It felt so good to be beside the loved one I so missed terribly.
He’s back and he’s here to stay (hopefully), because we still got a baby project going. Pray with us on this will you? We fully trust that God will take care of us here in the Philippines as He did when He took care of us when we were temporarily apart.
All praises to God for being our provider and protector! :-)