posted by Jennie on Sep 7

It was a joy for me to witness Jollibee making a difference to Lolos and Lolas on Grandparent’s Day at Kanlungan ni Maria. Marissa Sanchez entertained these beautiful seasoned bunch and rendered them  old school songs that they are familiar with. Seeing their priceless smiles and laughters made my day.

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posted by Jennie on Sep 6

 To the man of the house, Happy 39th Birthday! =)

 

1. I love that he cracks the corniest jokes. And follows it up with another spine-tingling-how-do-you-come-up-with-that-so-fast one. It’s unbelievable how anyone can have such knack for words, humor and wit all at the same time. Something our son clearly took after you. And yes, this has to be the first one on the list. :-)

2. I love that he’s just wonderful with our son. He’s such a great father!

3. I love that he easily picks up when I’m a little too overwhelmed in the kitchen and takes over the dishes to wash.

4. I love that he showers me with kisses upon arriving from work even if I do not exactly show approval of getting smothered when the sauna-all-day kinda weather (summer) covers me with sweat all over.

5. I love that he strongly believes I never get stinky even when I sweat! I find it even sweeter that our son is convinced of this “belief,” that it has become household cult. Jeff has been at it since we got married. That’s 13yrs! I’m slowly getting convinced just by how he utters it every time, with conviction. Makes me reconsider getting smothered by kisses in the midst of a sauna-weather day. Haha!

6. I love that he journals his devotions everyday. There is no better security for a wife than a husband whose heart is constantly in tune with the Lord.

7. I love it when I catch him looking peripherally and checks if I step in the washroom for bath and sneaks in the tub with me.

8. I love his broad shoulders. I sleep on either side of his chest since the day we got married. My safe place.

9. I love that even if he professes to be fat, he still looks fit and slim! And I like that he has gained weight, it lessened my perpetual feeling of being not in shape. He’s always been too lean for my ever flabby self.

10. I love that he was such an effective birth-coach when we labored when we gave birth to our son. I look at our birthing photos and I see how he breathed with me through those contractions that progressed from manageable to earth-shattering ones. I still hear the convos of the doctors and nurses surrounding the birthing table, completely in awe of what we were doing. It has been more than 9 years but I still cherish that moment to this day. One of the things that’s forever ours.

11. I love how he strategically organizes my closet in categories, such that I get easy access to my stuff.

12. I love it when he mops the floor for me. He does it half the time I do and more efficiently.

13. I love how he accurately diagnoses the leaky roof, knows where exactly the problem lies and effectively gets the leaks to stop, despite the fact that having an insulated roof downright prevents one to see through it.

14. I love how he’s so good at SEO techniques that I get lost in his jargon and new things he’s been incorporating in his tasks.

15. I plain love his ever active mind. It will only need a few moments with him to get intellectually stimulated. Does that come with being a Mensan?

16. I love how he fathers his niece. It fills my heart to see him love her so much.

17. I love that he always wants to pamper me to a fault. It might not always be practical but it shows so much of his heart.

18. I love that he’s made the most radical 180 degree turn over the past year that it feels like having a brand new husband, only in the body of the same man.

19. I love that he embraces me in his sleep.

20. I love that he regularly scrubs the bathtub that I have forgotten how it used to look like when it’s not clean.

21. I love that he has embraced my crazy, eco-friendly, going green, no-to-harmful-chemical ingredients campaign in the house.

22. I love that he willingly double checks the cooking gas downstairs when I second guess myself if I turned it off before we call it a night.

23. I love that he’s not the same man I married almost 13 years ago. He’s totally turned from a frog to the prince I’ve prayed for since I was 11 years old. Sometimes it takes quite a while before God answers prayers. But He does!

24. I love that he gives the best body massage that I’m sure will give even the most popular spa place a run for its money. I kid him sometimes that he does this on the side and it won’t take time till clients line up like crazy.

25. I love that he’s adjusted well to my ninja-sleeping moves. He used to fall off the bed when we were newly married.

26. I love that he loves everything I cook and bake and peppers everything with superlatives. Either he comes home perpetually famished or I have gotten quite good in the kitchen.

27. I love that he hasn’t gotten over how he loves my feet and all the quirky things I can do with my toes that I never thought were quirky until he said so, from when he was courting me to this day. There are a few reasons why I thank my genes and this is one of them.

28. I love his ever efficient muscles that makes carrying anything such a non-chore.

29. I love his keen ears for music. Only a musical genius like him can tell when a guitar is not in tune from a block away with a single strum.

30. I love how well he plays the drums. Although he has apprehensions that he’s gone rusty, I totally trust that his musicality will bring all the skills back and more.

31. I love his passion in leading our family in fulfilling our legacy covenant.

32. I love that after all these years, he hasn’t lost his touch ( I’ve always thought that I should’ve gotten him figured out by now) and I still get surprised by the little gifts that he prepares for me throughout our special days.

33. I love that he’s athletic. A total opposite of my ever sedentary self.

34. I love how he’s been such a reliable handyman in our home.

35. I love how he nudges and gives me reasons to shop for clothes when I really would rather not spend a cent.

36. I love that he tries his best to be organized even if it’s not a default.

37. I love how he designed our home. He made sure that whatever space we have is maximized.

38. I love how he has grown in the Lord, how he’s totally surrendered all of him at His disposal. I respect the humility of his heart.

39. And last but not the least, I love how he prioritizes his family and makes sure that we know that we never feel to have to take the backseat anymore, ever.

Happy 39th birthday, Jeff love! 

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

posted by Jennie on Sep 5

I’ve tried out a few services that printed my business cards since 2007. Some are okay while there was one that I totally regret having tried. Aside from one taking a couple of months to deliver my order, my cards prints were as substandard as it can get. There are a few that I was satisfied enough but not as much as I am delighted over like I was with the business cards I got from the Thoughtfulness Passes I won via fellow mommy blogger, Vix’s blog giveaway that she ran more than a year ago.

My Business Cards by NikkiPrints! 

Now it’s time for me to get the word out as I celebrate with Nikki and the offshoot of her creative soul, NikkiPrints, its 3rd Birthday with a Thoughtful Giveaway.Truth be told, Nikki is not just a lovely soul that I’ve always had no hitch to transact with, I also totally dig her creativity and the peace that radiates through her Facebook page. You’ll know what I mean when you head on over there in a bit. :-)

 Happy 3rd Birthday, NikkiPrints! 

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posted by Jennie on Aug 29

Manila Workshops, The Learning Basket and Unilab supported by the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) are proud to present the Homeschooling Conference of 2014, entitled Educating for Life: Homeschooling with Passion, Purpose and Confidence. It will be held at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center from 8AM for registration (program starts at 10) to 5:30PM.

Homeschooling is a lifestyle with the goal of educating our children for life and not for grades. This year, the event will be bigger and better as we have an exciting line up of speakers, who will share their knowledge and experiences in this whole-day event. The morning session will be for the keynote speech and a performance by a homeschool orchestra. The afternoon session will have all the talks, with 2 talks to choose from per time slot.

We have invited speakers that we want to learn from, as they are all experienced and passionate homeschooling parents who want to let others know about this great educational option for kids.

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posted by Jed on Aug 26

It was our 9 year old son who chose the book “Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company” by Homer Hickam from amongst the library of Thomas Nelson choices. He finished it a week since we had it downloaded. I’ll take note to have the review done sooner so the story will still be fresh in his mind. Jed finished the book more than a month ago and now I’ll have him take it from here:

Book Description

The Earth is devastated and the worst elements of humanity are determined to take over the moon. It’s up to the settlers of the harsh, gray moon to fight back.

Kidnapped by an evil group intent on the destruction of the world and capture of the moon, Maria Medaris, co-leader of the moon’s richest and most powerful family, initially fights for her life, but is soon dazzled by the promises and enticements of her captors.

Crater Trueblood, once rejected by Maria but still in love with her, and Crescent, a female bioengineered warrior fiercely loyal to Crater, use their cunning and deadly skills to come to her aid.

But will Maria be on their side when they get to her? And what of the Earth itself which is in the crosshairs of a destruction not seen since the massive extinction of the dinosaurs?

The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance.

The book is about a futuristic adventure, which is actually the sequel of two earlier books, Crater and Crescent. The main characters are:

1. Crater Trueblood, of course, I wouldn’t exclude him because the book is named after him.
2. Crescent Claudine Bessette, a crowhopper.
3. Petro Mountbatten-Jones, half-brother of Crater.
4. Maria Medaris, the second highest rank in the Medaris Enterprises and a family member of one of the richest families on the Moon.

What I liked most about the book are the fusers, the tugs, the jump cars, and the warpods. Those high-techie futuristic spacecrafts, especially the fusers, can go up to quarter-light speed. The tugs are kind of small rockets that the fusers require for lift off. Warpods, on the other hand, are like fusers except they need no tugs for lift off and they’re more built for battle than fusers which only have communication satellites, a space cab and a robotic arm that allows them to move cargo into the fuser because it’s more like a cargo ship except that it is only used in space. The warpod and the fuser are the only ones that can reach L5, a used-to-be-empty space which was in that time, filled with asteroids which are launched by tugs. There is a space station there, probably in the middle of L5, where in the story, Maria was kidnapped and brought to.

The story of Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company took my interest particularly because of all the space sci-fi techie stuff that I love reading about. It was an easy read that I got done with it in just a few days. If I weren’t doing my homeschool pacework then I would have finished it sooner.
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posted by Jennie on Aug 20

Aside from homeschooling, the come-and-go VA jobs I’ve had since 2009, the mentoring I’m doing as part of a team of an online Christian ministry, one ritual I do at least once a week (twice a week during summer) is the laundry. While I can do away with homeschooling (during break), the VA jobs (when contract expires), the mentoring of wives and the laundry are tasks that I cannot do away with. The former is a commitment, the laundry is something that’s just plain non-negotiable. Simply because dirty clothes don’t clean themselves and I end up suffering spending a whole day to do more laundry than I ought to the week after. With a limited clothesline I have outside our house, I just don’t have the luxury to wait it out another week.

But one thing I have learned in my years of good housekeeping (not the magazine), is that if there’s something I cannot do away with,  aside from keeping in mind’s Brian Tracy’s “Eat that Frog” mantra (wherein I make sure I eat the “ugliest” frog first – meaning the hardest tasks/hated most), it is always wise to learn to love the things you cannot do away with - one of which is the laundry. It’s my ever recurring labor of love that I do for my family. I’m grateful enough that we have a fully automatic washer that makes laundry easy. Just dump, fill slots designated for laundry detergents and fabric conditioner and hang the clothes when washing is done.

If you will read back through old posts, I kind of take seriously this homemaking career I’ve been blessed with. Take for example my coming up with Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent. I’ve kind of tried concocting my own homemade fabric conditioner too but so far I’ve not come up with something better than Vernel. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Jeff on Aug 15

Are you considering a rent-to-own house and lot? I remember that it was back in 2005 when I, my wife and our less-then-one-year-old son moved in to the fourth residence we rented in our four years of marriage. It was during that time, when we moved in to a 3rd floor apartment in Comembo, Makati where we had to squeeze in our stuff like the dining table, sofa, bed, refrigerator and washing machine through a long and narrow passage way, that we seriously considered searching for homes for sale wherever possible.

I still have the vivid memory of me telling my wife, after helping the movers figure out how to bring our stuff up to our apartment and carrying them, “I hope the next time we move, we’ll be moving in to our own house.” Whether that was out of desperation after moving for the fourth time, a task that I have gotten used to growing up in my own family of origin, or out of real need, we started to seriously pray for a lot and a house that was for sale.

Two years after, in April 2007, all by God’s grace and favor, we moved in to our own house. It was not through Pag-ibig that we acquired our house even though that was the first consideration back then. I did go through the process of inquiring about how to apply for a Pag-ibig housing loan; attending a seminar and preparing the required documents. We also searched for rent-to-own houses, or affordable house and lots in the outskirts of Metro Manila but found none that would fit our budget. Money was a major consideration then since our son was less than a year old. But through God’s special plan and provision we were able to have our house built through a loan and are now half-way through our 14-year mortgage plan.

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The good news is that many middle income families like us can now own a house and lot. The Lancaster New City Cavite, formerly known as Lancaster Estates, is the perfect option since their properties are available through Pag-ibig financing. You can choose from townhouses to single attached homes.

Alice House in Kensington Village

Alice House in Kensington Village

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