November 24th, 2013
I haven’t been sharing here as much as I would want to. A lot of things have happened in the past couple of months I don’t know if I can summarize it all in one entry. I will endeavor to, I promise.
Everything in our lives at home changed last May of this year. We learned my brother’s then girlfriend was pregnant. Naturally, we wanted to get them married before the baby came and so we went on a whirlwind, frantic wedding preparations that took place in a little over two months. My stress level shot up in those two months we were going back and forth to place, searching, weighing, deciding, and spending. A LOT OF SPENDING! I can’t tell you just how much I’ve worried, budgeted, worried some more, and eventually released the money I had with me. The whole family pitched in and I am happy to say now that it all culminated to a beautiful wedding day.
My new family!
Yes, I now have a new family. Mine plus my sister-in-law’s. I thank the good Lord my brother married into a kind family. And I thank the good Lord even more that my brother married a woman who values family the same way we do.
After the wedding, in a little over two months, another addition to the family came…
My younger brother with his newborn son.
My newborn nephew came into this world last November 7th at 1:11 in the morning via normal delivery. All of us prayed that my sister-in-law would give birth safely and that both mom and child would be okay. We are all grateful that our prayers were answered! We had two scares that took place within a month. We thought baby would come out prematurely. But the good Lord listened to our prayers that nothing untoward would happen to our beautiful baby.
Christmas will be totally different for the whole family now, that’s for sure! Two new additions to the family… what a blessing from above! And times two!
*Blog Your Blessings Sunday
*This entry is also for Orange You Glad It’s Friday. I hope I am not too late to join OYGIF.
November 23rd, 2013
I really hate it when I make a mistake in buying an item for the house. My brother and his wife together with Dad and I went to a furniture store in the city to buy a sofa set and a dining table. We chose cheap ones to make sure that their budget will be more than enough to cover all of it.
You know what? It turned out the cushions on the sofa set and the dining table chairs are not of great quality! Now I have to get foam padding from foambymail.com to get the chairs upholstered with new cushions for comfort to the bottom!
We have to pay extra for the foam padding and the upholstery. It’s a hard lesson learned! Better spend a few more bucks to get quality items.
November 23rd, 2013
When I heard that you lost your mother, it felt like losing my mom again.
I know the pain of losing the very woman who gave you life.
Nothing in the world can compare.
No words can comfort.
Condolences are just mere whispers of sadness expressed but it can never be enough to ease the pain or to erase it.
It means nothing to someone who is grieving.
I know that because I’ve been there.
Just grieve. Let the pain wash over you. Don’t rush into being okay because it will take a long while. You thought you’re already okay but one memory can trigger an onslaught of pain again. Take your time in healing. It really does take time. And then one day, you will wake up accepting everything fully. A lightness will envelop your heart because you can now let go.
I am so sorry for your loss, sis. But know that you Mom is in the Lord’s hands now.
November 22nd, 2013
I am now halfway through my Christmas list. Opposite each name is a list of three possible gift ideas for that person. It all depends on my budget by the end of the month what my choice will be for each one. The only certain gifts are the birthstone rings for my sisters and sister-in-law. I will give each one of them a ring and I will also buy myself one, of course!
I am preparing for Christmas earlier than I did last year. This year, we have two new additions to the family. I am also anticipating the arrival of my brother’s in-laws because I am sure they would want to celebrate with their daughter and grandchild.
I am praying it will be a very merry celebration for all of us!
November 11th, 2013
He is nervous about the first march of the band. He is playing the saxophone and he doesn’t want to be the cause of failure so he’s practicing nonstop ever since they were told that they will be marching in the upcoming parade. Since then, that was five weeks ago, he keeps locking himself in his room so he can concentrate on practicing his part in the band.
He is hoping to get a scholarship in college. That is also one of the reasons why he wants to perfect his playing the instrument assigned to him. He is studying hard as well because academics will play a part in his scholarship application.
But the parade will come first…
November 8th, 2013
One of my cousins told me that there is a very skilled music artist living in our neighborhood. He’s a bit of a recluse so we don’t see him as much but he plays once a month in a local pub not far from where we live. I thought I saw a low pass filter once being delivered to his house but then I wasn’t sure. Now, I am sure that it was what I saw.
I now told my sisters and brother to set aside that day in the month when music-artist-from-the-neighborhood plays in the pub. We will go watch him and see how good he is! I told them that it’s worth repeating to friends and other people so that, well, who knows. Music-artist-from-the-neighborhood might be one heck of a performer and he can be famous in the near future!
November 5th, 2013
It was one Saturday when, out of boredom, my siblings and my cousins thought we’d go to one of the aunts. We went there, brought our gadgets with us, bought some food along the way, and our overnight bags. Childless and always happy to see us, my aunt opened her doors to us. We stayed there for the night and had so much fun!
Do you know what we did? We turned on the TV first and had fun watching a gag show. When it ended, we run a movie and watched it with tubs of popcorn and bags of chips. When that ended, some of us went to sleep already while the rest of us who were still wide awake brought out our netbooks and laptops and decided to spend the rest of the night playing card games!
Truth be told, we grew up seeing some of our elders playing card games during gatherings. Oh, the elders would play the traditional games and not the one online that we the younger ones know. But we learned the game watching them play and when we were older and were allowed to join, we also enjoyed it a lot. So now that we can play it ourselves, it is one of our go-to fun activity when we find ourselves together in one place.
So we all went online using our own netbooks and laptops to play card games on the net. Good thing the aunt has a good wifi router that we were able to use or we would have found ourselves in a nearby internet cafe. Turned out we didn’t need to go out as the five of us still awake were able to connect to the internet easily. And the card games went on and on. It was so much fun, we were creating so much noise, that the ones who were supposed to go to sleep went back to the den and watched us play.
It was surely one fun time with the family!