Things I am Thankful For Everyday not Just on Thanksgiving Day

Quite a number of shoutouts on Facebook greeting everybody a Happy Thanksgiving Day! Well, while that sound amazing and caring, they thank as if they don’t have to be thankful for everyday.

I am thankful everyday silently and say it directly to my Lord! I am not so vocal with it. Today, let me write down the things I am blessed with and it is just right to be thankful for all these not just today but everyday as long as I am alive.

1. Healthy Marriage. For over a decade I am married to my husband, that’s a long time for me and that’s one of the greatest blessing I have.

2. Healthy Family. My children and my husband are my world, big bonus they are healthy and well everyday. Children are happy and have joyous hearts. As a mother, that make me content seeing them giggling, laughing and playing.

3. Safety. We’ll never know when’s our last time here on Earth especially the kind of job my husband has. So seeing him coming home every afternoon safe and sound is something I pray for every night and God keep him safe. I am very thankful for that you know.

4. Financially Well. While we don’t have the latest gadgets or late model cars, we are financially well compare to most American families. We don’t have a debt nor car and mortgage payments every month. Thank God to that!

5. Stable Job. I am thankful for my husband’s stable job with great benefits. We are a one-income family yet we are able to live a comfortable life because of him. He works hard and bring in enough money to support our needs. We also live within our means and don’t buy things we cannot afford.

6. Shelter and Food. Are the very basics of life. We are warm in winter and cool in summer in our house. And we never ran out of food! Such a big blessings to us. My girls not experiencing hunger in our home.

7. Life. I am thankful  to God for giving us a “new life” everyday. As we wake up in the morning, I remember I am alive and well and able to live another day in order to experience great things life has to offer.

How about you? What are the things you are thankful for not just on Thanksgiving but everyday?

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Modern Family We Are

Here’s a typical scene of our weekend. Nothing special, just simple living everyday. Upon waking up in the morning on weekends, this is what we usually do. Everybody gets on the internet and each just do their thing. If the girls aren’t on the computer, they’d sit in front of the t.v or play with toys. Both parents are on their respective computer as well.

In our household, it is quiet, sometimes chaotic, less drama and minimal fighting between the two girls. Other than that, we are normally sane people living in this humble abode of ours! A family that is like any other family but rest assured, we have something that others don’t. I so love my family that I built for ten years now. Thank God for my beautiful girls and a husband who works hard to bring food on the table and provide us a cozy shelter during cold winter months.

Just a simple life like this is very well appreciated by me! So thankful that I have them in my life.

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Something to Look Forward to this Weekend

I love it when we have a schedule or activities to do in the weekend to come. It bores me to death that the only thing I could think of when the weekend is here is to clean the house. Not that I am complaining but I also need a little bit of a change of my routine, you know? It gets tiring too doing the same chores over and over again.

We will have 4 days off starting tomorrow. It’s teacher’s Prep day tomorrow, it’s my firstborn’s birthday and yes, it’s a good timing so we can sleep in! Saturday, we plan of bringing the kids to Chuck E Cheese’s as promised and meet up with two other friends there, head to a Japanese restaurant afterwards so we can all sit down together and chat.

Sunday, we will be attending a birthday party in one of the Filipino neighbors whose child is celebrating his 7th birthday. This is important that we can go because the child is my firstborn’s classmate in Pre-K and she considers him as a “special friend”. Both of our girls are excited for the upcoming fun they are going to do this weekend, so do I because I get to go out the house for a while and not to mention, we will have a long weekend.

It is the Season of Giving

Christmas is the time of sharing and giving. Though we may not have enough money this Christmastime yet we manage to put food on the table, buy presents for ourselves and most of all keeping up with our bills. I can still say we have been blessed though we may not realized it. God used his instruments to bless us with the things we need.

With that being said, I want to be a small blessing to two people. As my way of appreciation of my daughters first grade teacher, I gave her a set of Victoria’s Secret hand cream. She was so thankful and the look on her face when she thanked me was awesome.

Second person I handed a gift to is the older lady crossing guard at my daughter’s school. We learned that she lost her son to cancer last year. Who would have thought she’d experienced such a terrible loss because everyday we passed by her, she manage to flash her smile to parents and always ready to wave hello to all of us. With that alone gives me inspiration. That no matter how hard life is, we still need to smile to be sane. So I gave her a box full of personal care, photo shown below. Those aren’t much but I hope those help her a bit this Christmas.

Today, I want to pause for a moment and give thanks to the Lord above for giving us good health always and safety everyday of our lives. We have a choking legal fees of $22K but we are thankful because we are fine marriage-wise and we’re all healthy.

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Too Many Online Things to Do

Wew! Looks like it is gonna be a pretty busy day for me online. I received quite a blogging tasks, a resume to make and a photo slideshow to be done today. I am confused what to do first as I am the kind of person that don’t allow my jobs to sit and wait for one day. Gladly, I have all my time whole day today and I should get started as soon as possible.

Another thing, my stomach is growling like crazy. When I am hungry, I can’t quite function. I can’t complain though as I am earning a bit doing some of these tasks. Hopefully, the little Princess won’t be as demanding like she normally are keeping me stand up from time to time. Anyway, gotta keep busy and do multi-tasking now! Have a good one you all guys!

Some Help is Greatly Appreciated

I don’t know yet but I have been praying for two things to happen. The one that I sincerely pray would be over soon is the lawsuit for it weighs heavily on us! Despite of that, my husband is managing well between providing his family proper financial support to paying our monthly bills, paid off our loans and keep up with the drowning legal bills every month that we don’t know when it is going to stop.

Thankful to the Lord above too for the gift of good health, all of us have been just absolutely healthy, aside from that He had given my husband another way to earn a few $$ when he’s off duty. I couldn’t be more grateful because of what has been going on with our life, yet we manage, financially wise!

If there is some help, big or small coming our way, that will be greatly appreciated. Whatever it is, I don’t know and have no idea. I just have to accept it wholeheartedly when it comes. Thank You daan Lord for it! You are so good all the time!

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Life is Beautiful and Too Short

Every single day that we wake up in the morning is a blessing. That alone, we should be thankful to God for it. A brand new day means you are given another day to live your life on Earth to continue doing the good things you love to do, spend it with your loved ones or to those people that matter to you the most. If you are married or having a partner with you, tell them you love them everyday, hug as tight as you can and laugh as hard as you can for you’ll never know when your time on Earth expires. And when you do, the sweet memories of you will forever be remembered by those you touched.

A week ago, I woke up to this very shocking, scary and unbelievably surreal news of someone who we never thought would die that early. He was someone who I used to hangout with. I viewed him as a nice, ever smiling and full of life person who loved his wife and life. Then all of the sudden, a Facebook posting from our common friends announcing his death. Days after, we learned that he had died of heart attack while at the gym. So sad for the family he left behind. How could such a “gym enthusiast” person suddenly died of heart attack while working out?

People and friends of his are expressing their grief on Facebook and with that you can tell, a number of people whose lives are touched by the deceased. For sure, they will all be present on his funeral service, and that will be tomorrow. I am hoping that I and my family can be there too to pay respect and say our final goodbye to him.

Homesickness Kicks In

It’s that time of the year again when I feel so homesick. I don’t like this feeling and I don’t think I will ever get over it. Summer is my dreaded season of all. This is also when I feel alone in my own battle. Over 8 years being here yet I still get homesick.

I miss everything about my country. Yes, America has all the conveniences has to offer but as they say, “there’s no place like home”. I miss the beach, fresh seafood, I miss walking on busy and chaotic streets of my hometown. I miss talking to my friends and seeing old familiar faces back home. I miss the sound of chickens/rooster early dawn. I miss my family and most of all, I miss my simple life I left behind.

Right now, my soul is wandering at my grandmother’s place. Where fresh air, lush green mountain scenery and beautiful waterfall can be seen from her balcony. Argggsss…. it sucks. I wouldn’t be able to overcome this until summer is over and that will be two months to go.

Anybody who is out of the country or have been living abroad for a long time can surely relate with homesickness although there are a few who have no room for homesickness in their mind because they are too busy working! Sadly, I am not one of those!

Hangout with Filipinas

In a world I live in today, there’s just me, my kids and my husband. I don’t get to hangout my Filipina friends often and I honestly, miss talking with folks who speak the same language as me. Life in America is way too different from the country I came from.

Yeah, I know a number of Filipinas around here yet, it could take months before I could see and hangout with them. They have their own family and are busy doing their business. Besides, they live a couple of minutes from me and I am not brave enough to drive to their places.

I have a great life here in America but as a human being, I still find flaws being here. My social life is DEAD, very dead! I wish to change this in the future, maybe when I get a job, I will start making new friends that are close by and have time for frequent hangouts.

Do you believe the last time I went out with friends was over a month ago? That was when we had a 2-night sleepover at Annie’s place in Bedford. Since then, I have not been out again and can’t see any chance anytime soon. I must admit, I feel bored now that it’s summer. I feel trapped and stuck at home. Nowhere else to go!

I will just have to content myself looking at these photos below during my hangout with friends last June. I had a great time with them, we ate, we laughed, we went swimming and had endless talk about life, our family, children and etc.

These are the kind of people I am comfortable to be around with, they are mothers like me and are dedicated housewives. They are simple and could have a pajama party and need not to be dressed up when we gather together. I should say, they are of the same feather as me that’s why we relate with each other.

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Alive at 31

I don’t normally take solo pictures of myself, not unless I have to. I often update my Facebook wall with photos but not of my face but of my kids, food, flowers or other interesting shots of things I see beautiful. Anyway, since it’s my blog, I am entitled to love myself a little bit by posting these photos taken a day after I turned 31 for remembrance purposes.

As much as possible, I take photos of how I look each year I celebrate my birthday so to compare them from previous years. Oh man, I’m really 31 now! I remember, when I was 17… I was rushing to be 18 so that I won’t scare men of my age. I was itching to find a serious man at that age and when I told them how old I was, they seemed to back out and never chat with me again. When I was 18, I was the happiest. A couple of years later, here I am… amazed at how the years went by so quickly.

Yes, I am 31 and a secret to confess, I have not had an experience working from outside the house. I mean, I only had a brief 3 months paid occupation when I was single and that’s it. All I was focusing in my younger years was to find a man to marry.

I found the one for me and now have a close-knit family of my own. I am a full-time mom, a blogger and does a job that pays so little online. I don’t complain being at home though. Not all mothers have the privilege to stay home, take care of their kids and have no boss around. Some are forced to work just so to make ends meet, I am not. My husband provides for the family and consider myself lucky because of the stable job he has.

Thankful to the Heavens above for the life’s blessings He poured into me and to my family. For all the greatness life has to offer and for granting me my biggest dream in life.

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