what good moms do

Just what does it take to be considered a good mom? Apparently, in order to be part of this tribe, it's as easy as learning our A-B-C's. Here's something I found on Pinterest. I realized I've been practically doing some of these things on the list. So, I'm almost there. Hopefully, I should be able to apply what I've missed out on.
Gotta do what the good moms do! :-)


feeling so loved every single day

One of the best and the greatest feelings I have as a mother is knowing that someone is always eagerly waiting for me to come home. Besides my husband, I am feeling so greatly loved by my daughter! This is the reason why I am inspired and motivated to complete everything I needed to do at work so I can also resume doing my next role at home, that of being a mother. This is something I look forward to every single day and something that gives a huge smile to my face. When she starts to plant kisses on my cheek, any symptoms of weariness I may have at that time completely goes away. I most definitely find fulfillment in being a mother. I am quite grateful to God for letting me raise a wonderful and terrific daughter.


went home scared

Yesterday, the little girl was out to play with the kids at the neighbor's house, just a few steps in front of ours. It was already an afternoon routine for her and her playmates. Not long after she went out, she went home scared and crying. One of her playmates informed me that one of the older kids showed her a toy that really looked like a real snake. Boy, she was shaking, sweaty and in so much tears! The kid (a girl) who scared her with the toy went to the house and apologized and explained to her and us that it's nothing real because it's just a toy. She showed it again in front of her. Feeling assured, she has already calmed down and was ready to play again after I let her drink some water. I told the kid that regardless that it's a toy, she shouldn't play with it (although it's really her choice) because she might see a real one and think that it is still a toy and not mind picking it up. She said, she has already seen a real one.Tough one! Reminded her not to do that again to my daughter because she's scared of it. Anyway, when the kid left, my daughter Dippy told me she shouldn't have bought a toy like that. Jesus will not be happy seeing her play with a creepy toy like that. One way or the other, I really thought she made sense. Oh, the wisdom of a five-year old!

is a morning serenade old school?

I wonder why I woke up too early today. It sure looked like I still have time to get back to bed and enjoy more hours of sleep; however, my eyes are telling me I've already had enough. Wow, and it's not even 2am yet when I last checked the watch! Watching my little girl and my husband in deep sleep can't even lure me back to sleeping mode yet. So, I guess this is Internet time for me, huh!. Gosh, I really wish someone in the neighborhood is having a birthday right now so I can join the thoughtful neighbors in their mañanita. Being waken up to a serenade at dawn on the day of your birthday maybe a bit of an old school but this thoughtful gesture still works and can touch the birthday celebrant's heart right to the very core. It is for this reason that my good neighbors started this mañanita gesture. It's really cool when you have cool friends like this in the neighborhood, don't you think? It doesn't matter if they own a musician's friend guitar, or whether the songs are sung beautifully or not, because it's really the thoughtfulness that matters to any celebrant. I have yet to join them in their future serenade, though. It's a shame I wasn't able to join them the last time they did this because, besides missing the night rehearsal, I wasn't able to wake up early. But now that I'm quite perfectly mañanita-ready, nobody seems to be celebrating a birthday in the neighborhood. How lucky can you be?

Incidentally, as I am writing this, I realized that a good friend and high school buddy on the other side of the world is celebrating her birthday. She's one of my high school buddies before. Now I'm having this throwback of my high school time. I remember every year we used to go to the bishop's palace with the rest of the choir and the nuns to serenade the bishop on his birthday, which happens to be her birthday as well. I wish her the best of things on her birthday - blessings of good health for her and her family.


still finding the right balance

It's been months of not blogging anything, I know! Like always! Truly, it's hard to find the right balance between and among everything else. I really have to make way for several priorities. I spent the last few months trying to make up my mind about giving up blogging but then again, I couldn't really bring myself to do it permanently. No, not yet! Not when my husband still wants me to. I'll definitely hold on to my two blogs for as long as I can and for as long as my husband is okay with this. Perhaps there will come a time when I would be able to sit and blog regularly, eh! Crossing my fingers here. Meantime, I'll just have to enjoy every single blogging chance I can have.

It turns out my last update was last March. Our little girl did really well when she was in Nursery. In fact, she was asked to render a thank you message during their "moving up ceremony". This year, though, we decided to enroll her for kindergarten in a different school. Although the new school is a little farther to our home than the previous school she last went to, we still wanted her to try being there so that she can also experience having more than just three or four classmates.  Besides the intellectual aspect, we also recognized the need for her to develop and improve socially. Hopefully, she can overcome her shyness and be able to deal with different types of personality while in school. So far, she's already well-adjusted in her new environment.