Welcoming Year 2017 with no HouseHelp

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Happy New Year Everyone.

Its already 2nd week of January since we welcome year 2017 with a big bang and cheerfulness. First time to celebrate new year in our new house. First time to celebrate new year at a distant from our families in our hometown. Its kind of “mingaw” or lonely but at same time proud for this achievement.

We are back to the daily grind and this time without a house help/yaya.

We survived the two weeks. Yet tiring.

Our house help/yaya decided not to stop working as per her husband’s advice. Her supposed replacement didn’t show up. Last week, the husband and I had to take turns attending to our kids. This week, I am thankful for neighbors. We are blessed to have good neighbors that offer help. So, apart from our neighbors watching over the kids after school hours while we are still at work, me and husband shared the house chores.

House chores are not new to me. However, when you were used to have someone do the chores for you, it definitely has an effect.

Growing up, we didn’t have a house help and together with my siblings, we do the mundane tasks at home. There are still chores to carry out when I decided to work miles from home. But as a yuppie, you get used to sleeping late, waking-up late and decided to eat breakfast at work, overtimes, piled-up laundry, going home late — meaning you get to perform those chores…on a later time. Then we have weekends that were spent sleeping or malling — not minding the chores.

When I had my eldest, I didn’t quit my job for financial reasons. Aside from the fact that work helps us pay the bills, for food and house expense, it is of great comfort that the our works suits or likes and passion. Try Online Resume Builder to help you create an excellent resume now. Anyways, because of work, we hired a nanny and even though her focus is to take care of my baby, she also takes care of us. This time less chores.

But now, with no house help, we do the chores!

Having no house help may be a good thing as it teaches me to become what a wife and mommy at home really is. My kids get to learn house chores as well as taking accountability of the assigned tasks.

While we can’t afford to let go of my work (job) yet and while the neighbors are still willing to help us, might as well embrace this opportunity to personally do the house works.

Honestly, it drains me. While chores are done and the kids are at school, we had to prepare for work. When you want to rest from 9-10 hours work and traffic, you think twice since you can’t just yet coz there are still homework and chores to finish before you go to sleep.

It is fulfilling, yet exhausting.

Anyways, let’s see… but for now, got to go, need to sleep as I still have to wake-up early tomorrow.

C on my son’s report card

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My kids attended a traditional type of education system.

It is a teacher-centered approach wherein the teacher is equipped with all the necessary knowledge needed to be imparted to the students. The teacher is the focus of attention so students are expected to listen and grasp the concepts imparted by the teacher. Exams are given usually after the topic has been discussed. This is to assess if the students understand the concepts being communicated.

My kids school, being a traditional setting has the following feature:

1:20 teacher to student ratio.

Not bad comparing to schools having bigger teacher-student ratio. But isn’t it amazing how teachers able to handle 20 students talking at same time or misbehaving at the same time. Most importantly on how to impart new concepts to a 20 students of varied capacity to absorbing new topics discussed.

Focused on academic excellence.

Heard good news that students from this school excels in universities and state colleges. Their curriculum is so advance that they are using books of higher grade level and — stressful!

Focused on character development

Personality traits of the students are observed. They are focused on improving self-discipline, independence, responsibility, work ethics, respect and faith. They have “buddy-buddy” system which everyone is responsible for his/her buddy thus developing care for each other — this hopefully avoids bullying.

Assignments

Lots of assignment. Students are given assignment during school break. According to the school, this is their way of the students remember the lessons even during school break.

Motivated by grades

Like any traditional school, students are assessed based on their grades so competition between students is expected. Students are rated based on Academic and Personality.

The school’s first trimester period was completed thus we were informed that the report card distribution will be last weekend.
I requested the husband to picked-up the report card.

Minutes after, he came home disappointed that the eldest did not make it to the honors list. He was even more upset that the youngest rated low in academics and worst had a C in Discipline, one of the trait observed by teachers to rate student personality.

He was upset.
He worries.

C in Discipline.
C for Satisfactory.
One wrong move means we fall to the next level below.
One wrong move and he will get an F for Failure.
One wrong move and surely he’ll be evicted from that impressive school.

The struggle is real.
My son just turn 5yo last month.
He was just 4 when their class my asked to write their names 5 times or write the alphabet letters both big and small 3 times in a Grade 1 sheet of paper.
He had to remember blue-to-blue and red-to-blue rules, and oh, they had to be careful and avoid lapses.
Then he had to learn know how to read 3-letter words, differentiate when to use a or an, knows when use He, She and It, learn proper use of grammatical gender, or identify a phrase from sentence.
The feedback we received from his teachers was that my son talks a lot or keeps roaming within the classroom. He just love to talk. They even had to transfer his seatmate because instead of listening to the teacher, they talk. When reprimanded, he will stop for a while and then talk again.

So how do we discipline him from being too talkative?
Or is the difficulty paying attention a misbehaving trait?

When I was in Kindergarten, I only remembered classroom activities like singing and dancing nursery songs, the recess time and washing our cups and saucers, the nap time (we literally sleep on our mats) or the story-telling time and talk.

The eldest spend her preschool years in a different school which has one-in-one teacher-student session. In this way each child is being supervised and monitored.

Or could gender be a factor — do girls behave better than boys?

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Having a C in his report card makes us, his parents, realize the need to allocate ample time every day (after work) to guide and supervise him.
More involvement!
I get it that he needs to cope up with the fast pace class discussion and had to adjust to conform to the norms of the school’s system so we should be there for him to let him understand it but I also hope that teachers need also to adjust and find different approach to cater all students especially to those hyperactive talkative ones. I believe kids are given a chance to express themselves, so rather than suppress these potentials I’m hoping for support from teachers too.

Before this day end, a big shout-out to all teachers.
Thank you for planting the seeds that lasts a lifetime.
Happy Teachers Day :)

LDR

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Its been a month that its just me and the kids, though not literally just the three of us coz with us is my kid’s yaya, also, since the house is not fully finished, we requested my dad to stay with us for awhile. What I mean is that the husband is on business trip for a month and yeah… its a long distance relationship situation of me and kids with their dad.

As of this writing I realized that I am not good at anything, that I miss the husband and that there are many things that needs to be done at home. My husband is good in dealing with the kids, he’s our kitchen master and the family’s financial manager and he drives.

Woke-up early this morning to make breakfast, thankful our yaya helps me with it.

Still had to bathe the youngest while the eldest can manage to bathe herself.

Then, we had to be sure breakfast is available after their morning bath. Preparing breakfast meal is also tough as my youngest is a picky eater. Just to speed things up, I sometimes feed him with processed foods. These processed foods however affects my eldest who has hyper-acidic tummy. Tough for me :)

As soon as they are ready for school, had prepare myself for work as well, I commute my way to the office and if possible able to travel during “truck ban” hours because of heavy traffic.

And during office’s break period, had to make my way the grocery store – thankful that the company allows lunch breaks outside the office.

Then had to go home early since the kids doesn’t sleep without me — this I don’t mind since this a chance for me to ask about how their day turn out, homeworks, story-telling session, pray together too.

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In this short “Long Distance Relationship” moment, these are my realizations:

High Regard on Single Parents
– Amazing they were able to juggle two roles as dad and mom, everyday. A great responsibility that single parents manage to carry on.

Communication is at Risk
– During the past four weeks, I’m too busy checking my phone in the morning and too tired to look through it especially when the lights are out at night. An exchange of pleasantries may not be enough but I am reminded that I am not just a parent but also a wife and the husband is also alone on the other side of the world waiting for a our greetings and newly uploaded photo from me and my kids.

Too Much Dependency means Missed Opportunities
– I missed lot of after-work events because I’m not comfortable going home late alone. I missed the get-together with friends at Handuraw. We missed the birthday party of my friend’s son because I’m not comfortable bringing the kids on a commute ride on a very hot weather (its a 4-ride commute on a jeep or 1-ride thru taxi). Want to try the new cafe somewhere in Banilad or thought of putting new shelves inside my youngest’s bedroom but I need the husbands approval. Petty things, right? There is always a risk, right? Explore and have fun, right? These I need to learn to handle.
Ranilo and family, Promise I’ll make it up to you!

It takes Two to Couple
– While its good to have my Me time, its much better to have that Me time with your significant other. And I honestly don’t know what I am good at because I need him that time when I don’t know how to discipline the youngest for the same mistake he committed, I need him when the eldest ask about her Math assignments, when I run out of ideas on what to have for breakfast, snacks and dinner. The youngest requested for a piggy ride last Sunday and I can’t even give him. They miss their funny clown papa too :) I need him to spoil me and argue with and be easy with me and my lame ideas.

Hahaha… so much drama! Well, few more days and he’s home, weeeh!

Happy Father’s Day Papa Taniel

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Dear Papa Taniel,

Thank you is an understatement word for all the love, dedication and perseverance you give to our kids. But this Father’s Day, I still wanna say Thank You.

For forcefully getting up from bed just to prepare their milk.

For the out of tune lullabies just so they could have a good sleep.

For lunchtime and afternoon calls to ask them on how they are doing.

For correcting the kids’ behavior and instilling in them the positive outcome.

For calmly bring them to the hospital in the wee hours to ensure their health.

For teaching them that studying and doing school works are fun and entertaining.

For sparing precious times just so you could play, sing, dance or just talk with them.

For injecting in them the advantage of delayed gratification and that NO means NO.

For being a clown and bringing laughter and joy in the house with your jokes and amusing antics.

For letting them explore the world (I mean, the neighborhood), make new friends and play with them and that a wound and an argument with friends is nothing but part of childhood.

And most of all, for reminding them to always be grateful for the goodness and everything, for good health, for guidance. For reminding them to pray everyday. I know for sure they will grow to be good kids because you are their dad and because you ask guidance from the Greater Dad above.

As I’ve told you, I’m no superwoman when it comes to parenting, but still love taking this crazy wonderful journey with you, being you as my superhero, and being my kid’s superdad. We are not yet halfway there and praying and hoping by the grace of God for more years of being together so we can create more memories with the kids and (we may have flaws but) hoping and praying we can guide them especially in their teen and adulthood years.

Thank You.

We Love You.

School is Out, More Cuddles are In

So school is over and still I haven’t got a chance to look for summer classes that is closer to home… and its been 3 weeks already and the kids are getting bored.
The 4yo wants to go with me to work if not let me stay at home and not work at all. He never accepts my explanations in fact retorts back that bringing food to home is his papa’s job.
Ohh! How tempting! But with school fees increasing and loans and bills and everything seems so expensive these days, I still can’t give up this job. I know I missed a lot of my kid’s growing years but I..we can’t bear not bringing food or providing shelter or giving education for them either. So while we are blessed with these jobs as our main source of income, might as well be thankful and instead find a way to accommodate and spend quality time with our adorable kids.

When school is out, I had a chance to spend more or less 2 hours in the morning and another more or less 3 hours in the evening with the kids, plus a few minutes in between calling them if I can and ohh that is without considering those time when I check my phone or them playing on their gadgets or us watching TV. I do admire the husband who really can spare time to make a call and talk to the kids.

Thankfully, these kids still gave me hugs and kisses as I arrived home from work.
The 10yo has always something to say… stories and jokes and complaints on how her brother behaves while the 4yo likes to snuggle saying he missed me so much and that he and her ate are in dispute on some toys or on the iPad. It melt my heart when he requested me to not to go to work instead stay at home and play. How bittersweet.

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But while I can have their hugs and cuddles and while they still love to snuggle beside me…
Might as well enjoy it very very well.

Mommies, enjoy that hugs and kisses from your kids, now :)

Pregnancy and Birth Story of my Second

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My second child’s pregnancy was planned.
I delivered my eldest thru CS and it was one traumatic experience. For the fear of enduring the same ordeal again took us awhile to have another baby. 5 years after, we thought we gave it another try, we thought its about time. My OB told me to wait until 3 years before having another baby but I thought 3-year gap is too short thus considered 5-year gap instead.
However, seems like a 5-year gap between siblings is a bit long. My kids though close with each other, seems to be disconnected at times. Each kid adjust to fit. Common scenes like the eldest had to watch and sing nursery rhymes with the youngest or the youngest would watch minecraft videos with the eldest. They blend for awhile I guess until one had to do another thing. Plus gender thing has another factor too — like the eldest wants to sing Taylor Swift while the younger one wants to play and watch Lighting McQueen movie. Being pregnant after 5 years was still a best option, besides I’m not getting any younger, so of to baby number 2.
We were careful.
It was carefully planned.
Had to prepare the nest. Frequent visits to my new OB/Gyn Dra. Ebao. Choices on good food for proper nutrition. Exercise. We wish for a boy thus we seek for advise. Though there’s science, we rely everything to God and faith and hope.

SUBCHORIONIC HEMORRHAGE
5 years ago, first week of January and after the third pregnancy test showed 2 red thin lines, we now have a reason to go back to my OB. However our excitement was cut short when my first transvaginal ultrasound showed that I suffered subchorionic hemorrhage. I didn’t fully understand it, all I know was that there’s a blood clot in my uterus and it could possible affect my baby. My OB advised bed rest and medication for two week.
Two weeks becomes two months…

APAS
With the blood clot that was still evident even after months of rest and medication, my OB/Gyn later requested for additional lab test to checked if I have APAS (Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome) disorder. It is an auto-immune disorder. I don’t really understand the technicalities, as far as I comprehend, my body’s antibodies failed to recognize the fetus inside my tummy thus tried to destroy it as it is mistakenly identified as a harmful object. Fear of the diagnosis, I went back to my first OB/Gyn, Dra. Atoc (the one I consulted during my first pregnancy). Nothing wrong with being sure, she reminded me, so she still request to perform those additional requests.
Results shows I had Mild APAS.
Anything for the baby’s safety.
Even if our energy and finances were drained, we had to find ways and strength to do for the baby. Thus, I took the APAS screening tests even it costs a whole month’s pay. The tests includes CBC (Complete Blood Count), ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate), CRP (C-Reactive Protein Test), T4 (Thyroxine), TSH (Thyroid-stimulating hormone), ANA (Antinuclear Antibodies), Cardiolipin Antibodies IgG and IgM, KCT (Kaolin Clotting Time), PTT/APTT (Partial thromboplastin time / Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time). Lots of blood sample it is. We were referred to an immunologists for further analysis of the result. According to the immunologists, I had mild APAS and aspirins (aspilets) was added to my long list of medicines to take.
Additionally, my OB/Gyn this is quite busy that schedule visits and appointments are often postponed, thus the need to look for another OB/Gyn on my last trimester. So I met Dra Bevs Hermosisima, my new OB/Gyn.

HOPE
Her assessment was that since I don’t have history of miscarriages and that my baby, though small in weight, is so fine inside my tummy, everything will be alright with proper nutrition, medication, being careful and lots of positive aura. This gives me hope.
And yes I remember Jeremiah 29:11:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

CS DELIVERY
Had wanted to do normal birth delivery this time. I had to take the 8 stairs going up every morning to my workstation…for endurance and able to hold breath for a longer period of time. But cervix didn’t open even after series of IEs. Had to cut open again on my due date. Once a CPD, is really a CPD (Cephalopelvic disproportion). Believe me, I’m scared being cut again that I had to one the hands of the attending nurse for comfort until I hear my son’s cry and close me.

THANKFUL
It was not a smooth sailing drive but thankfully it went well by God’s grace and guidance… and family and friend’s support. Holding my baby

Everyone! Meet my second :)
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New Home over Vow Renewal

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Last year was our 10th year anniversary of being married. Can you believe it? Seems like yesterday?

Being sentimental, I asked for a renewal of wedding vow ceremony as a way of thanksgiving. You know, being thankful for the 10 years of togetherness, patience and the decision to still stay in love and that despite our differences, we choose to stick with each other and let God guide us.
I ask to wear again my wedding dress after 10 years.
I ask for a ceremony in front of our family and close friends.
I ask for wedding photo shoot since we were not able to try it 10 years ago.
I ask for a new wedding ring since ours are already big for our middle finger. Yep, we didn’t earn extra pounds, instead we lost some!
Too fancy isn’t it?
Yeah! I think it is!
And a not so practical to those with limited budget.

My hubby is not into it.
He has other things in mind.
And a much more practical!

Yep, we don’t have the luxury to spend on this renewal of vow ceremony.
He is too occupied of thinking ways how to save for the future. He thought he had enough paying house rents cause its “sayang” (waste) expense.
He thought it is time to have a home of our own.

Why not?
With the kid’s increasing school expenses, sooner or later we might not be able to meet the demands considering we don’t have educational savings yet. Plus, being a corporate slave is not so secure either. We may have jobs today and can bring foods to our table but we are not so sure for tomorrow. Just last year, there was an announcement that our company is seeking strategic alternative and is for sale.

And God laid everything us.
5 years ago, we were able to purchase a lot from a low-end subdivision just outside the city yet near to a school we plan to enroll our kids on their primary years. Its has a 0% interest scheme as long as it will be paid within 5 years. A year after the purchase, hubby was affected by the company’s Work Reduction Program. He was one of those retrenched. It really was a surprise and we worry because we don’t have savings or emergency funds. Good thing a severance pay was given and he’s been keeping the compensation for the better use. 2 months after, he was blessed with a new job though not as the same as his previous company but enough to meet our daily expenses.
Last year, the subdivision’s developer completed its road and drainage installation. With our parent’s prodding too, hubby thought it may be time to invest in building our own house. He prayed. We may have limited budget but setting it one step at time, we took the risk.

It has been a month in this new home.
Its not yet fully complete but we can managed living on it.
We run out of finances but by God’s grace, we know we can make it through.

I asked for a renewal of wedding vow.
Hubby give a new home for the whole family.
Carefully planned by Almighty and of course by His grace.

Hello 2016

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Happy New Year!

Before January 2016 ends and I know its already late but its never too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope by God’s grace that everyone will have a blessed 2016 ahead of us.

Wohoo!
I’m excited for this year and I’m inviting positivity :)

For starters, January 2016 is already been a busy month for us. Its more than halfway and I still haven’t got a chance to get back on track with blogging. Last year I purchased this new domain. As a way to improve my blogging stint, Mommy After Work (lotusshiella.com) is created yet I’m not yet done setting it up. Also, I’m still weighing things if I have to let Balot’s Chatter go or maintain both blogs.

Then there’s decluttering and packing. Come moving day and it still was not completed thus have no choice but to pack those unsorted stuffs and decide to sort it out later. We moved to a new home we now call our own. Its been 4 days in this new home already but some of our stuffs are still in the boxes. TV are not yet setup. No Internet connection yet! Globe personnel are so slow :( Ssshhh! And because of it,  had to make this post here in the office, good thing sprint demo is already done. Still figuring the interior’s arrangements (char!) We only have minimal furniture so I guess it would not be a problem.

Then there’s work, been busy lately too. Need to complete tasks before deadlines, there’s organization re-structuring and transitions and new strategies plus an advise to double time for career development’s improvement. Busy, huh!

Kiddo’s third trimester exam is fast approaching and we haven’t started reviewing yet.

Wohoo!
And the year has just started.

No problem being busy as long as its worth being busy with it… and find joy with it too.
Again! Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a Happy Prosperous New Year!

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Pregnancy and Birth Story of my Eldest

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July 5, 2005, 17 days after our wedding day, two red lines from the pregnancy test faced me. I smiled knowing I’m gonna be a mom but scared knowing that I’m gonna be a mom!

For my first trimester, I don’t have food cravings. As far as I remember, there is only one crave I requested from hubby, that is to let him buy a Kit-Kat chocolate wafer for me and unfortunately he bought Knick-Knacks chocolate biscuits. Not a big deal for me, I still ate the Knick-Knacks 😀 Since its my first pregnancy, we are kind of OC – you know like being extra careful in everything stuffs and lots to avoid of. Good thing my OB is Dra. Atoc who is based at Mactan Doctors Hospital, a conventional type of doctor yet open to embrace new techniques and approach to caring pregnancy.

5 months later, I quit my job and went home to our hometown. Nothing can help me relax than the comfort and support of my family especially my parents. I know I should stay with hubby and give birth beside him but him at work and me home alone all day seems scary. While at my hometown, I had anyone. This time Dra. Paano-Go is my OB, she’s recommended by a very good friend and my cousin, Annalie, who at that time is also pregnant. Dra. Paano-Go is also her doctor so that alone is a big comfort. My cousin and I happen to have same expected delivery month.

On the night of March 6, 2006, I felt contractions every after ~20 minutes and because I cannot sleep, I asked mom to bring me to the hospital. But the resident doctor who checked my cervix informed me that its not open yet. Talk about false alarm. I tell you my tummy is in pain that night! That same night at the same hospital, mom told me that my cousin is on the delivery room about to gave birth. That makes me wanna push so we can have same birthdays on our daughters 😀  (some wishful thinking eh :D) The following days, hoping to get dilated before my due date, I took long walks. By the way, I was told that walking exercise will not make you dilate instead it will prepare your breathing as you make your big push.

On my due date, March 12, still there are no contractions :( We waited for 2 more days and still no progress so I went to check with my OB the baby’s status. My ultrasound results then showed small particles beside my baby. Afraid that it might be the baby’s first droppings (meconium), my OB recommends induced labor on that day. I went home, called hubby, took a refreshing bath (mom said, I should at least be presentable :D) and checked again our hospital bags and relax (coz really I’m excited and at same time in panic mode). By 7pm that day, accompanied by my sisters, we’re at the hospital ready for induced labor. Late in the evening, the resident doctor check me and I’m 1cm dilated, I think I don’t sleep well as I already feel the pain due to contractions yet when the resident doctor check again, it still 1cm. Yes, just the resident doctor, I haven’t seen my OB that night.

The following day, still no progress with the dilation but its comforting to know that hubby is home. Also, my OB’s presence. She personally checks my cervix and yep its still 1cm. Its so upsetting bearing the pain for almost 8 hrs already and yet no progress. My water broke by midday, we were told that those particle seen in the ultrasound are not my baby’s feces. I forgot to ask what were those particles.

By 8pm that night I was told I’m 5cm dilated but seems like I cannot take the pain anymore. I heard my mom asked me for something and I can’t answer her straight. According to her, seeing  how I respond to her makes her conclude that I cannot wait longer for 10cm complete dilation, thus, she decided to tell my OB and hubby to proceed with cesarean delivery. Yes, I also agreed to perform CS since being in pain for ~24hrs is so unbearable.  I remembered being wheeled to the operation room. They have to let me curled so they can give the anesthesia, subconsciously I followed their instructions. Have heard their questions yet I vaguely remember my answers but I swear I heard my baby cried and I heard my OB’s comment that my baby is clean. Next thing I know, I woke up and asked dad about my baby.

By morning, OB checked on me and inform me I could visit my baby at the baby station and I should start breastfeeding my daughter. All the pain vanished as I held my little baby for the first time.

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Original Post at Balot’s Chatter.

#AttitudeGratitude: 30 Things I’m Grateful For

Since it still is November, a month for giving thanks, I wanna share with you my #AttitudeGratitude 2015 posted at Balot’s Chatter (my first home). Enjoy Reading 😀

The Western World will be celebrating Thanksgiving next month. Isn’t if fun if we celebrate it too? No! I’m not talking about the turkeys and the pumpkin pies, instead just a simple gestures of acknowledgement and being grateful for the blessing received.
Boring huh!
Well, not for me. Channel of channelmarie.com inspired me to list down 30 things I’m grateful for. I’m no famous person but for the chance to exist in this world is definitely worth it. Also this makes me notice that blessings are everywhere and it only takes a little of my time to stop, appreciate and be grateful with it.

30 Things I’m Grateful For

1. Parents
They are not from a well-off family and raising 6 kids is one of the hardships they probably endure but they did it! I heard some relatives offer to raise one of us, thankfully they never given us up.

2. Siblings
Aside from knowing that household chores are divided among us, you can have someone you could put the blame to when something messed up at home! LOL 😀 Kidding aside, siblings support each other. They stand by each other no matter what. They are the first to respond whenever help calls for it. We may often fight over petty things but we patch things up easily and forget why we fought. En, Da, Eu, Jing, Gie — I miss you much. Hoping for a get together soon.

3. Cousins
Teasing and bullying are not new to me, because it somehow train me to face and deal it. Hand-me-down clothes? I have lots of them thanks to my cousins. Wandered to other places? Overnight? This I could only do with cousins. Older cousins are also good influences too thus this give assurance to our parents that all is well when we are with cousins.

4. Neighbors
Good neighbors watch each other’s back. They are willing to help when there’s problem. They give you yummy dishes even if there is no occasion. Watch over your kids when something urgent is needed to do. How’s that?

5. Friends
I don’t have as many friends as others have yet I’m thankful for those who remember, those who asked if I’m still doing okay, those who loves to spend time with me, those who doesn’t mind the comforts as long you have a lot of fun, those who not only stick through happy times but also through my sad times. You know who you are. Thanks.

6. COCS
The school I attended during my primary years who molded me both in academics and in character.

7. MPSC
Where I spend my high school and college days. Though not as prestigious as the other private colleges or universities in our place, I’d still say it still is one of the respected school back then. For P80 per semester, you have all the privileges every state college student enjoy.

8. Teachers
For their passion and dedication to instill knowledge and inspire to go through the difficulties.

9. Classmates
Those Bible verses are easier to memorize with you. Studying together, being punished together, climbing trees even in skirts, eating cacao beans at the back of the church, eating clover chips with ketchup, watching movies at someone’s house — I tell you these are precious memories. Classmates are willing to share snacks, notes, papers, pencils, crayons and even share secrets and gossips about crushes. Those were the days.

10. Hubby
My friend, my enemy, my partner, my lover. Who, despite my flaws and abnormality, never gets tired loving me. You may not hear it often, I love you too and thank you.

11. Books
For knowledge, entertainment and develop one’s creativity.

12. In-Laws
Who is always on your side even if you are wrong… hahaha.

13. My Kids
Quite mischievous at times but I have to admit it I find it very amusing. I can’t get enough of their tantrums, their kisses, their way of reasoning, their hugs, their loud cries, their cuddles, so while they still shower me with it might as well enjoy every bit of it.

14. CS Delivery
Whoever discovers Ceasarean Section as another method of giving birth, I am truly thankful. Don’t take me wrong, I have always consider normal delivery as my first option and I even waited for my delivery due date before opted for CS. I even tried induced labor but my pelvic bone just didn’t want to cooperate.

15. Work
It help me and my family financially though we’re aiming to go away from the rat race, we can’t deny the fact that work is a blessing that really helps bring food to our table, give comfort at home, send kids to school, pay bills, help family in need.

16. Nanny
Being at work for more than 9hrs a day for 5 days a week is not fun but knowing that your kids are in the hands of those who will take good care of them as their own children is a big assurance.

17. 5 Senses
Eyes to See. Ears to Hear. Nose to Smell. Tongue To Taste, Hands to Touch. Isn’t it amazing being able to see and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation? Or isn’t it amazing being able to listen comfort words of loved ones? Or appreciate and distinguish bad and good smell? Or get to satisfy one’s palate? Or touch or hug? Wonderful isn’t it?

18. Holidays
Whole year of work and no play makes me dull :) I’m thankful there are rest days or Philippine holidays. Its a venue for de-stressing and spending time to those who matters most. It is the time to talk and listen, laugh on jokes, cook together or sleep together.

19. Nephews and Nieces
They are cute and loud and funny and adorable just like my kids…hehehe

18. Oven and Baking Stuffs
My happy pill!

19. Nature
Oh, what a beauty!

20. Natural Therapy
I’m thankful that there is a holistic option other than using synthetic medicines. Though I am not against these synthetic medicines (we take some) but I like the idea of using natural methods such as use herbs or foods or even exercise before resorting to chemicals or conventional medicine.

21. Internet
Makes communication with family and friends easier.

22. Music
Soothing to my ears. Make me feel loved too!

23. Home
There is no place like home. Its our happy place. Home is where the heart is 😀

24. Good Health
For keeping me in good shape and not a burden to my family.

25. Grandparents
My spoiler :)

26. Transport
Earth is the most beautiful planet ever created. Exploring its beauty is best and I am thankful for all modes of transportation that makes you safely go to one place or another.

27. Blog
It has become my outlet at some point. It washes away loneliness and homesickness. It open a new door to meet new friends with their unique stories.

28. Bloggers Community
For inspiring and sharing your knowledge through your beautiful and powerful words. Sharing your experiences about motherhood, food, travel, backpacking, technology and even fashion.

29. Jesus
For His Love and Sacrifices so we can be save.

30. God
and His Grace. My creator.

How about you? What are you grateful for?

#iBlogForCebu #iBlogForCBC
Original post at Balot’s Chatter