Kids Say the Darndest Things (Lia@4)

Some of my most interesting conversations lately have been with my four-year-old. Here are some snippets of our more interesting discussions. While I was pregnant: Lia: Mommy, what is Sam doing inside your tummy: Me: I don’t know, sweetie. Lia: When I was inside your tummy, I liked looking at your bones.   While giving…

Fading Memories

This was an essay I wrote years ago about my brother who passed away. He died twenty-five years ago today at the age of twenty-six. I can’t find it in the archives of Inquirer anymore but fortunately a blogger posted this, so I was able to copy and repost here. —————————————————— YOUNGBLOOD Philippine Daily Inquirer…

Remembering Ondoy

Eight years ago today, Sidney and I got up early after a restless night to assess the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy. We’ve experienced our fair share of floods before, but never anything like this – reaching more than 6 feet inside our house. Eight years ago today, we found out we lost a lot…

The Birth of Samuel Part 3 – The Handprint of God

This is the story of the birth of our second baby – Samuel Timothy – and how all things really work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). I went into great detail because I like to reminisce, and this is my way of reminding myself how things went down. You can…

The Birth of Samuel Part 2 – The Miracle of Birth

This is the story of the birth of our second baby – Samuel Timothy – and how all things really work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). I went into great detail because I like to reminisce, and this is my way of reminding myself how things went down. You can…

The Birth of Samuel Part 1 – The Decision

This is the story of the birth of our second baby – Samuel Timothy – and how all things really work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). I went into great detail because I like to reminisce, and this is my way of reminding myself how things went down. You can…

Things I Learned from Courageous Catie and Her Courageous Parents

When I first read about Courageous Catie, I immediately wanted to give something to the family. So when my brother-in-law and sister visited them (at the request of my cousin, who knew the parents), I decided to tag along. When we got there, I saw Catie’s mom was rushing out to look for a place to stay. Catie’s dad couldn’t…

A Two-Year-Old Asks about God

Lately, Lia has a few questions about God that is beyond me. -oOo- Lia: Mommy where is Jesus? Me: He is here with us! Lia: But you said He is at church? Me: Yes… He’s there too. Lia: And He is in my heart? Me: Yes… (wondering where she’s going with this) Lia: How does…

A Mother Says Goodbye – Joey Feek & Courageous Catie

Lately, I’ve been tired, and stressed out, and working long hours, so I thought I’d take a day off last 29 February 2016 to relax and just hang out with my husband and daughter at home. No plans to go anywhere or do anything – just stay in. One of the first things I read…

Answers to Some Very Specific Prayer Requests

Eleven days before I gave birth, I wrote a post about some very specific prayer requests (read the original post here) I had with regards to the delivery. Here’s an update on God’s answer to my requests. 1. That my hubby will be at home (and not at work) when I have to be rushed to…

Good Gifts

Today, baby Lia and I were taking our afternoon nap together when I started to hear her whimper. It was feeding time, so I slowly (somewhat reluctantly) got up to heat up the expressed breast milk that I put in the fridge earlier. By the time it was done, she was already crying at the top…

Our Baby’s Name

We’ve finally decided on a name for our baby girl, and it’s Eliana Grace. Until the day of my delivery, the name was supposed to be Eliana Tabitha, but before my hubby could register her birth at the hospital, we decided to change the second name to Grace. I first suggested this name to him…