An Answered Prayer

An Answered Prayer

As I recall, year 2014 and 2015 my cousin Cherry Ann keeps talking and planning (sarcastic way) to have their 3rd child. Every time she approach and reach out to her husband we thought that it’s not serious and she is just teasing him. But there is something in the two of them I felt and see that they really wanted to have a baby and I’m talking about baby boy. The couple already have 2 cute and adorable little girls Kish Anne 9, and Kriz Anne 3.

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This year is just a good year for the couple. My cousin found out that she’s pregnant. As we wait for  18-20 weeks (about four and a half to five months) of her pregnancy to know the gender of the baby, I think me and my other cousins were excited about it, more excited I mean. I remember the ultrasound was scheduled after Kish Anne’s birthday celebration (June 18). From the hotel where we celebrated my niece’s birthday, they decided that me, Chummy, Mommy Liza, and Ron will go home first to bring things and to prepare lunch for all of us, while the kids together with Ate Darlene and Ate Lani accompanied Ate Ann & Kuya Don(Ate Ann’s husband) to the hospital for the much awaited revelation.

As we are too busy cleaning up and preparing food for lunch at home, we lost in mind the ultrasound appointment. After an hour they send me message to prepare the food in the table so when they arrive we will eat together. As they arrived past 2 in the afternoon, my cousin (Ate Darlene) and Ate Lani announced the gender of the baby (FYI: they were more excited to split the news than the couple)☺ tadaaaaaan……….. It’s a BABY BOY!!☺♥whatsapp-image-2016-10-15-at-2-42-27-pm

It is really indeed an answered prayer for the family specially for the couple. I remembered when Kuya Don plays with Kriz Anne and he teaches her basketball, football, and war games, he even let her watch war movies (Mista by the Padilla brothers.hahahahah) and Ate Ann is annoyed and irritated about it because Kriz Anne is a girl not a boy.

Anyways, as we keep on counting days, we are all excited for the baby to come out. We also suggested some names. ( I was one of the active name giver) I suggested at first King Ares. I asked almost every time I make visit if when is the due date and is she feeling okay or any pain in her body. Crazy/excited right? Last week of September when I visited them and ask Ate Ann about her tummy, she told me that she feels she will give birth anytime soon contradict to the doctor’s estimation that the due date will be on October 25-26.

Saturday evening(October 1) I went to their flat late and they were all awake. I’m talking about 11 PM. As I ask them whats really going on, they told me that Ate Ann was on labor. They went to the hospital to check if the baby is really coming, and the doctor told them “maybe tomorrow” and they went back home and again go back to hospital for admission. ‘Twas 2 days after we talk about what she feels and think about her early delivery and then baby really came out. October 2, 2016 11:48 AM @ Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi.

Say Hello to our little prince “Prince Marco Sablas Arcadio” 

As the Lord says,

I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessings. -Ezekiel 34:26

Blessed is the one who trust the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. -Jeremiah17:7

Playlist: Letting Go/Holding On

Playlist: Letting Go/Holding On

I had a very paradoxical week and it appears funny for me because of things and memories from the past that had caused me heartaches but then, I am reminiscing them all now and realize the effect of it.

I will share with you why I have a very good Thursday morning. Not because its the last day of work and not about my previous love story but because of my old school playlist that you will surely like too.

Looking back and listening to songs that suites in every situation. From happy memories to heart breaking moments (breakups), and moving on.

►Never Thought That I Could Love by Dan Hill & I Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Love Someone Like Me by Katie Irving – Best songs for firsts. First I love you’s/I love you too’s, first kiss, first sweet moments together and first chills. When you’re from a very horrible past relationship but then you never expected someone will come and change all your what if’s and doubts and then you fall in love again.

►I Wanna Take Forever Tonight by Peter Cetera ft. Crystal BernardI Will Take You Forever by Christopher Cross ft. France Rupelle – Perfect for sweet and blissful moments with your boyfriend/girlfriend. When you sometimes realize that he’s/she’s the one. When you see your future with him/her. When you are really sure that forever exist in your relationship.

►Meet Me Half Way by Kenny Logins – best song for on the rocks situation. 🙂 We’re good but we’re not. Hot & Cold.

►Hard To Say I’m Sorry by Chicago – Ego & Pride do exist. It saddens me when these two appears in the middle of the fight and it may leads to break up. A simple sorry and I love you will do, but we sometimes think that we are always right. We just realize we are wrong when he/she leaves.

►Where Do Broken Hearts Go by Whitney Houston – Road trip to Sagada, Cordillera Mountains. Well, the  best answer to that question is “go to your bedroom and cry out loud” loud as you can. Crying doesn’t mean your weak or fragile, it means that you are throwing all aches and hatred out in your heart. We sometimes feel fed up and tired of everything. We have two options: Drag yourself down and never get up or rise and be strong.

►How Do You Heal A Broken Heart by Chris Walker –  this song actually appears in the middle of letting go and moving on. Good question Chris Walker. Broken heart heals when you feel loved, cared, and appreciated by someone. That someone is not your past boyfriend/girlfriend, that someone is maybe your friends/best friends, cousins/relatives, nieces/nephews, and most of all your parents. Your broken heart will heal faster if you know how to forgive and accept all circumstances. Don’t look for a rebound, it’s not a good IDEA. Trust me. It won’t work and it will totally hurt someone else. Always remember, KARMA exist and nowadays, it’s digital (if you know what I mean).

►When She Cries by Restless Heart – Perfect to someone who secretly likes or loves you. Who knows if your friend/best friend likes you but  then hesitates to court you because you like some else. But now that you broke up with your EX, he/she is just there for you and waiting for your heart to completely heal. (Don’t take this seriously guys, just my playful thoughts) ☺

►Separate Lives by Phil Collins – Bitterness explodes!!! Then you’ll say this “You have no right to ask me how I feel, you have no right to speak to me so kind”. What the heck!! After all the pain he/she gave you then now, he/she is asking about how you feel??? Shame on you! hahahaha #affected ☺ This is when you try to live your life without him/her then suddenly out of nowhere he/she appears. His/Her presence makes you sick out of the thought that he/she broke your heart.

►The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script – Hoping/ Expecting/ Anticipating/ Wanting/ Wishing  for him/her to come back. You always thought of the possibilities. What if’s kills you. Why? Because not all you want you can get. We sometimes thinks that it’s not over, we fight for it, but then you’ll get hurt over and over again but this situation leads you to a better version of yourself. This cruel, nasty, detrimental, and maleficent situation makes you stronger and wiser.

►Someday by Nina – perfect song for someone who hopes to love and to be loved.  Never forget to love. Don’t let hatred consume you. The right person for you is out there also waiting for you. You’ll just have to wait for the perfect timing. God has more better plans for you. Just wait for it. ☺

►Starting Over Again by Natalie Cole – this song suites you when you found love. Not from the past but this time from a NEW L♥VE. ☺ Start your love story in a better version, newest edition and this could be the BEST EPISODE you’ve wanted. Make the most out of it. Enjoy.

►Save The Best For Last by Vanessa Williams – the tittle of the songs says it all. Maybe you had a horrendous relationship, but always remember great things comes to those who waits.

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Daily Prompt: Realize

Daily Prompt: Realize

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you
have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

 

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Daily Prompt: Tree

Daily Prompt: Tree

We sometimes think they don’t deserve to live.

We cut. We burn. We make them paper or even furnitures.

Have we thought about saving them? Make them live and grow strong?

What do people need to understand nowadays is that buildings can’t protect us from flood, but trees can.

Trees can be our shield from heat and can be our source of fresh air.

Trees can also be a filter from pollution.

They need to live. Give them importance.

Save mother earth.

 

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Rebuilding FAITH through SFC

Rebuilding FAITH through SFC

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Earlier this year, my colleague from my previous company invited me to join SFC (Singles For Christ). I had many reasons why I don’t want to join. First, I was too busy for work and I had no time for myself, even my weekend is occupied. Second, I was not ready for commitment specially for church activities. Well, I seldom go to church, Friday mass or Saturday mass or Sunday mass. It always depends on my schedule.

I was actually fed up and almost depressed of all the challenges I encountered for the past 9 months. From my father’s death (14 Febuary 2016), to stressed and toxic environment at work, change of management to unstable salary, and looking for a new job. I can really say that this year is not a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” for me. By means of depression, I almost wanted to go home and spend my life with my mother. But as I think and rethink of what life awaits me in the Philippines, it would be better if  I just look harder for a new job and still continue to dream.

As I was attending Holy Mass at Saint Therese Church, I just prayed to God, as I fully remembered my prayer to him was, I am not worthy for an answered prayer but I just wanted to ask you a favor, help me find a good and stable job with good colleagues and good salary and I will fully come back to you (I know it was a bit demanding but my faith to him never fades) and I will join Singles For Christ. But then God answered my prayer.

I was jobless for 50 days. But that 50 days of no work, I had several interviews. I barely feel unsecured of all interviews I haunt until I received a call and read an email. capture

From screening interview conducted by HR Manager to final interview conducted by General Manager/COO and Finance Manager who were nice and approachable (I guess) at that time, I thank God for a very smooth and relaxed interview. I was like talking to someone I just met and just asking for my biography. After my final interview, they were asking for my documents that I was thinking they just wanted to see it or maybe they have doubt/s on my Residence Visa status. But then I was wrong.

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As I remembered my promise to God that if he gave me a good and stable job with good colleagues although the salary was not that good but I look at it as a challenge so I can improve my self and let the management see/feel that I am worthy of a higher salary ( I hope so) I will join SFC.

I joined the Christian Life Program last 5th of August 2016 . I just can’t remember where I found my guts for me to enter the yellow hall and sit and talk to other people that I haven’t met. But then I was just  thinking at that time “It was my first day in college, and we are having orientation, and they are my new classmates”. hahaha then I had my group.

Talk 1 was about God’s Love.  I was evocative and ashamed. Evocative because I know I was brought up in a well-oriented catholic family with strong faith and love for God but then I was the one who snob Jesus. Ashamed because every time I ask something to God he answers and grant my desires.

Who am I? Am I that special to him despite the fact that I always snob him and I was focused on my goals without him? In fact I am nobody. For the past 9 Talks (which I will share one by one in my next blog) slowly I discover some answers for my what’s and why’s.

God indeed never leaves me. Through my ups and downs, my most breakable moments to my happiest days he (God) was with me all throughout my life. Am I worthy of this? I confidently believe I’am because I am his child and he never leaves nor forsake his child. He forgives and love and he strengthens me everyday.

For all the blessings God gave to me, God deserves my fully strengthen faith and my unshakable love for him .

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Talk 1: God’s Love | First group picture of Chapter B1.