Oh yes! If in doubt, ask my kiddos!
My kiddos regularly say I am the best mom.
I know I am not but still I accept with deep thanks their love for me – it’s God’s gift.
I know it is the adult me and other adults who say I am not the best mom, or them not the best mom, or them not the best person.
But my kiddos know better. They appreciate who I am and not look for who I am not compared to others; they appreciate what I can do and not look for what I do imperfectly compared to others; they appreciate my love and not look for another mom.
The more they appreciate me regardless of the condition we are in, the more I feel their overflowing love. The more thankful and happier I am!
We adults have a lot to learn from the kids.
- No comparing. Appreciate the person who loves you.
- The best doesn’t mean perfect.
- No need to focus on imperfection, love instead.
- There can be a billion bests. It only needs people who are grateful enough.
Happy mother’s day to the best mom — YOU ARE THE BEST MOM!
If in doubt, be kiddolike.
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” - Matthew 21:16
Another artsy bonding time!
Last Saturday the kiddos and I were in Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village for the Art In The Park 2013.
My eldest daughter and I were excited on the event. She’s excited enough to invite her two best friends with us. And I am excited too that I reminded myself of the policy, “No buying until I sleep over it for at least a fortnight.”
And so that meant NO BUYING because the event is only for one day! And so that meant bringing in extra towel lest I drool over the inspiring lovely fantastic artsy creations of the artists!
True enough I started to drool on the first booth. Woot! Woot! There was a mosaic owl mirror which could be a whimsical addition to my wall mirrors. But sorry it wasn’t the fortnight yet. Owleave you then, bye.
We haven’t gone far when I drooled again on the potters’ area. I wantttt Joey de Castro’s jumbo cup and saucer! I wanttt Mia Casal’s clay necklace and ring! I wantttt Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn’s tea set! But sorry it wasn’t the fortnight yet. Huhuhu — stop claying you’re a big girl now, okay?
Do I have to mention that the towel was quite wet already when my heart gone giddy yap giddy yap? No, I don’t think there’s a need to mention the wet towel but I have to mention that I shrieked for the horse taka – the same time my youngest shrieked for the rag doll! But sorry it wasn’t the fortnight yet. Poor baby but she knew she’ll have it one of these days – we will make one.
And so you asked, “Where are the photos of these drool worthy things?”
And I replied, “Sorry I was busy wiping.”
But here are some of the photos of other lovely creations.
No, he is not my kiddos’ granddad. He is Pete Jimenez, the artist whose sculptures was wow worthy. Wow worthy enough that we had seen SOLD SOLD SOLD on empty platforms!
Here’s one of his creations for the women. The cheapest ‘Her Mess’ bag but as of our stay it wasn’t sold yet. Could it be snatched by a bag lover should its title was ‘Her Miss’?
My misses – the ones I haven’t bought? But there will be Art In The Park next year — and it’s more than a fortnight by then!
Thank you so much to the Art In The Park organizers and artists — it was another memorable bonding time for the family!
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers. – Exodus 35:35
Will you understand me?
It’s okay if you don’t — at all times.
Because I do not understand myself as well — at all times.
Sometimes I go crazy. Sometimes crazier.
What I don’t understand is I sometimes prefer the crazier me.
Maybe my Creator prefers the same too. Who knows.
Will you marry me?
It’s okay if you don’t — I’m married already.
That is not actually a question. It’s the topic in today’s Sunday service.
Well maybe it’s a question.
The important foundations of marriage were discussed — 5 C’s.
Covenant. Communication. Chemistry. Character. Christ.
I would say that if you only take Christ — He is the strongest foundation there is.
I take this question with me.
Will you now do that chairs stacked in the garage? Is that my conscience whispering?
Got to move then! And so out the messy chairs — red leather seats torn and removed.
These chairs have been repainted and reupholstered twice. That’s a different story.
What I’ll share today is I need to do this fast because my conscience might not make me sleep. Lol!
And so no more reupholstering. I just grabbed the spray paint, brush, and poster paints.
And quickly here it is.
Just like that. It’s done!
Oh the other chair? It has a different question of course.
I will post it next time because I have yet to decide if I’ll include a marriage story with it. Lol!
Will you please share what’s your “WILL YOU?”
No you may not direct the question to me.
You want to ask God, “Will you…?”?
Go ahead please.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33:3
Will you please join me in the fab furni party here?
BUY, PICK, LUST!
Every day I am confronted in the road by screaming billboards. Reminding me that I have yet to own the latest in fashion and technology; that I have yet to achieve the silkiest skin and society’s dream body; that their cake is chocolatier and the chicken is crispier.
It made me breathe less or shall I say that my breathing is heavier, harder — “Chocolate cake or dream body? Latest in fashion or crispy chicken?” It’s hard to satisfy advertisers at the same time — more so if you are not at all interested but somehow compelled to want it.
I dream of regular road travels that will leave me breathless of nature’s beauty and abundance. And today I want to thank Artist Stephen Glassman for his dream of putting a crack in the urban skyline and allow us to take a breath despite the traffic.
Urban Air will transform existing old urban billboards to breathing spaces with suspended bamboo gardens.
To make this come true at least $100,000.00 pledges is needed — and then the project will be funded. Please check the team behind the project in their KickStarter page.
I can’t wait to see similar project here in the Philippines.
I can’t wait to see a whispering billboard reminding me to BREATHE, PRAISE, LOVE.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. – Psalm 150:6
I thank God that I can create things on times when I felt dwarfed by challenges and can’t seem to hear the singing birds.
I meant to make a table out of this scrap wood but for now it will serve as a reminder that I do not need to wait for that future time to serve a purpose – that right now, in whatever state I am, I can serve a purpose, that I have a purpose, that I may be the purpose.
And so while mommy was busy painting seeds of hope, my little girl joined me. She painted her Snow White in the tray. Wouldn’t the dwarfs be happy with that – even Grumpy?
I may be the purpose. To make me understand that if the seven dwarfs had Snow White, I have Jesus – who will wash me whiter than snow. This is true. Not a fairy tale.
But that is not to say that I don’t believe in fairy tale – especially if the fairy is my daughter peeking through the gate made of scrap wood
Wish now and it will come true!
Do I hear you wishing for more fabulous repurposed scrap wood? Close your eyes…wishy, wishy, wishy, wonderful you – your wish now come true! Now open your eyes in Funky Junk Interiors world!
If scrap woods can be made for different purposes, ever wonder why we are made? Let’s hear it and not forget that we are loved!
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
- Psalm 73:25
See their special offer and join — A story in 55 words!
‘I SING, YOU SMILE’ – written on a cardboard beside him.
I smiled and the passers-by who read it.
“Why are you doing this? You can’t even see them?” I asked the singing blind man on the sidewalk.
“Because I want to be the reason for a smile,” he said.
What a very special offer.
When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it; the light of my face was precious to them. – Job 29:24
I am now declaring that I am an artist!
I am an artist because I see extraordinary in an ordinary.
I am an artist because I see beyond the defined purpose of things.
I am an artist because I appreciate each supply chain — tracing back to the Ultimate Source.
I am an artist because I am in love each time I create things — my heart actually giggles!
I am an artist because my kiddos are artists – see some of their lovely works! Hmm it runs in the blood!
I am an artist because my hubby is a great sculpture – my kiddos love his clay dinosaurs! And I love our dining chairs because he repaired and painted them! Hmm it runs in the heart!
I am an artist because I am a child of the Master Artist who created the sky – with changing hues!
I understand that most of us are not comfortable to call ourselves an artist just because our creations are not at par with other artists but does it not matter that God, The Master Artist, is delighted with the beauty that we have created?
The good news is, God is not only an artist — He is also an evaluator and curator – and a Master at those! He appreciates beyond what is seen and heard. He knows genuine Art of Forgiveness, Art of Caring, Art of Giving and all art of the hearts.
I don’t have a shop.
I don’t have a gallery.
Maybe you too.
But we have a home where we showcase kiddos art or table setting or organized chaos.
We have a heart where we showcase love, forgiveness, faith, and much more.
Not comfortable being called an artist? Oh well, let’s call ourselves HEARTIST!
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers–all of them master craftsmen and designers. – Exodus 35:35
looked beyond the lens
confident of devotion
looked beyond the truth
convinced oneself it’s unreal
looked beyond what’s seen
trusting the One who sees all
Life goes on. Despite several endings. Life goes on. Despite several deaths.
Life goes on. Because there are endings. Life goes on. Because there are deaths.
If you are beside me now you’ll know that I am actually babbling.
I am not even sure if I am dazed or tired or both or anything else.
But I am so sure that I am sincerely grateful for all of you.
You who brought love, hope, blessings, prayers, and all good things in here.
Would you bring some too for BAYLIS?
He is a good man with epilepsy, aphasia and Parkinson’s.
He had brain tumor removed and will have a cataract surgery on both eyes next month. Thank you for your prayers.
He was a University Professor and a Pastor (if I’m not mistaken) and so much more — maybe Baylis can tell us.
When I think of Baylis, I can’t help but remember Job — Job who was challenged with difficult circumstances and still kept his faith in God.
Baylis, despite his difficult circumstances, still managed to appreciate and encourage others — like me. Thank you so much!
And I am sure he has a very special smile – maybe he can tell us about that too!
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” – Job 42:2
It is cold inside
Does it have to be outside?
Warm them with your smile
It is cold outside
Does it have to be inside?
Defrost chilly heart
Earlier I had a schedule of breast ultrasound. It was still early in the morning and a weekend. No hurry, no worry.
But the radiologist had other plans. He wanted to hurry, to worry. He blah blah about I should have come earlier.
“But my appointment is between 8:00AM and 9:00AM and it’s only 8:30AM?”
“Yes, but if there are ten of you, only one shows up at 8:00AM and the rest at 9:00AM…blah blah blah.”
Thank God the procedure only takes around 5 minutes. I got to get out of that place fast but not without leaving some words in the reception with the lead amongst the staff.
“I come here for my well being not to seek for someone who will dampen my day. You are well aware that you charge much higher than other health companies, right? And that premium charges must be for a better service?”
“Yes, Ma’am and we’re really sorry. Will you please write here in our complaint form?”
“Write the complaint for what? Don’t tell me that this is the first time it happened because I won’t believe you. An attitude like that must have been well practiced.”
“I would be lying Ma’am if I say that this is the first time it happened with him.”
“What is the complaint form for? How many complaints do you need before you do something about it? If you can give me a figure and show me the number of complaints I will be more than willing to exert further effort.”
“We’re really sorry Ma’am for your bad experience. “
Oh well, it is December already but I remember Gooseberry Garden’s topic for November because of the incident. I need to cool down.
Good that my awesome daughter is with me – wearing an awesome shirt.
Good that my favorite green tea frappe is near.
Good that I have a good book with me – at the Still Point, an inspiring collection of devotional readings by Sarah Arthur. And so I randomly open it and here’s what I get…
I saw the world end yesterday!
A flight of angels tore
Its cover off and Heaven lay
Where Earth had been before.
I walked about the countryside
And saw a cricket pass.
Then, bending closer, I espied
An ecstasy of grass.
(Eschaton by Elizabeth B. Rooney)
See the word bend in there? That made my day! And of course in the thought that sprinkles of heaven are all around if we choose to see!
And so I see the cool red shoes the man is wearing in the table besides us.
And the lovely floor!
And I remember too some of my November blessings…
- All Saints Day and All Souls Day – that includes me and you, think about it
- 2011 People’s Manager Award – deliver results, engage today’s talent, shape the future
- November birthdays that brought my Mom and my son to me
- Family day, crafting days, bazaar
- Feast of St. Julian of Norvich who said:
“all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well”
“God made it, God loves it, God keeps it.” – referring to the nut size thing in God’s hand which is the entire universe
And so much more — including YOU!
From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens. – Job 38:29
Detectives and lawyer
They were my companions in my younger years
Those book characters were with me everywhere
I once imagined myself as
Smart and resourceful Nancy Drew
With brothers as lucky and clever as Hardy Boys
But I think I grew up
With astute logical reasoning as Sherlock Holmes
With an ability to get somebody out of trouble like Perry Mason
My family was hopeful
That someday they will see me in court
A lawyer just like my uncle
But I couldn’t tell them
I just wanted to be a woman, wife and a mom
I haven’t told anyone until now
And so I grow older and took up engineering
And yes I became a woman, wife and a mom
Defending someone, saving myself and trying to be logical
Dream came true? I don’t know. All I know is I could be Hercule Poirot
Who believes that “in the long run, either through a lie, or through truth,
people were bound to give themselves away…”
It’s true. All I ever dreamt of was to be a woman, wife and a mom — all because I wanted to find my way back into love. And how about you?
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
Ghosts haunt the Mommy
Free her from bondage
Jack, Oh let her go
No more tricks or threats
Enough with your rules
For a hollow win
It’s Day 30 of Feeling Good! No more tricks or threats — just truths and triumphs!
Triumph over feeling of insecurities;
Truth is you are wonderfully made.
Triumph over feeling of worthlessness;
Truth is you are precious.
Feel good. Enough with put downs. Enough with self-defeating attitudes.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:32
Comfortable bed, blanket and a pillow
Not everyone have them blessed fellow
Warm cup of coffee any time of the day
Thousands don’t have a cup, much more a coffee
Daily shower, soap, and shampoo
To some, this would be heaven sent – heaven scent
It’s Day 29 of Feeling Good! You know those small luxuries which sometimes go unnoticed, those we may not even consider at all as luxury, IS NOT SMALL TO SOME.
Those are not small to some.
Those are big, a dream, a miracle for them.
Those are not small to some.
And why should it be to us?
Feel good for the miracles you have now.
Feel good for the miracles you can share.
Feel good for the awesome smiles those miracles could bring back to you.
Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Ephesians 5:20
Image from Bluebell Books: Short Story Slam Week 13
“Reading again? You are so lazy to do nothing but read!”
How could she make him understand that she is not just reading?
Her ears were deaf with mockery thus she savors the lines that say she is special.
Her heart was crushed, bleeding non-stop, thus she needs healing with the words.
Her spirit suffered that it wanted to escape thus she needs the pages to stop it.
“Reading again? You are so lazy to do nothing but read!”
Oh how he made her felt so small because she was looked down.
Oh how he made her felt so sad because she can no longer see love in his eyes.
And so she ran outside together with her book of comfort and climbed a tree.
She timed her tears from the moment it leaped out till it reached the ground.
“Reading again? You are so l…”
“Oh no he found me!”
“Reading again? You are so lovely up there!”
He learned how to care and not look down – because he looked up.
It’s Day 27 of Feeling Good! READ!
R-edeem your spirit
E-mbrace its value
A-llow it to soak the Word
D-ay and night
Feel good up in the tree, up in the sky, up to the Highest!
Let this book of the law be ever on your lips and in your thoughts day and night, so that you may keep with care everything in it; then a blessing will be on all your way, and you will do well. – Joshua 1:8
Inviting fragrance of fresh brew awakens you.
Smell of warm pancakes made you took a bite.
You took a shower and enjoyed the scent of soap all over you.
You wish the fresh smell will linger on all throughout the day.
The day is filled with different fragrances.
Each person wears their favorite bottled perfume.
As you go to bed no doubt a good sleep awaits you.
Fresh linens and lavender scented pillows promise you that.
But before you close your eyes think about how must have you smelled.
I mean you, not the signature perfume.
It’s Day 18 of Feeling Good! Take control of your scent you share to the world. Release scent of gratefulness, sweetness, kindness, love…
Don’t you feel good when you smell your wonderful self?
For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
- 2 Corinthians 2:15
You are all about love
You are created with love, in love, to love;
You have something more than a bit of luck
You have The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit;
You are a star
You are recognized and celebrated;
You are saved
You are precious and will always be;
Everything that you are, everything that you have
Embrace it and feel how blessed you are.
It’s Day 9 of Feeling Good! Never ever think that you are unfortunate. You are so blessed. But you got to recognize the blessings given to you. Don’t be too busy coveting your neighbor’s blessings – be busy appreciating and sharing your own; be busy thanking God. You got to feel God to feel good!
Today’s Feeling Good is inspired by Sunny Side Up’s challenge to come up with a five-minute story based on the photo with assorted shapes. Her version is pretty cool – ‘What Am I Fishing For?’ Catch it and join the fun!
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
- Ezekiel 34:26
We are happiest when we are connected
with the Source of Life.
Technology made it possible for us
to connect as people
to connect with life beyond where we are
to even connect with the Source of Life
when we understand the person
when we understand where the person is coming from
when we understand the Word.
It’s Day 6 of Feeling Good! Millions are sad for the death of Steve Jobs. Millions are sad because Steve Jobs succeeded in making others feel good. He offered cool innovations and designs just because — “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” He succeeded in connecting with the heart of people — he made them want what he offered!
No, I am not feeling good because of Steve Jobs death. I am feeling good because there are people like him who never give up and hungry to make things better.
Technology, much is said about it but it need not separate us from God.
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
- Colossians 2:2
Don’t take yourself so seriously
Don’t walk around as if you are carrying the whole world
That it will tilt when you smile
That it will shake when you giggle
That it will fall when you chuckle.
Don’t be afraid
To be funny
To be tad silly
To express yourself freely.
Some people actually wish
That you don’t take yourself so seriously
Because your frown lines aren’t lovely!
It’s Day 4 of Feeling Good! And I have a question for you!
Being the First Lady, what would you do to make the whole nation smile?
Now don’t take the question seriously if your husband isn’t the President, okay?
But hey, you can convince him to run.
Seriously, think about it — to not be afraid to loosen up.
A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
- Proverbs 17:22
Yes, even a little please.
A little sweetness from everyone could dilute
in somebody else’s life.
Have a little sweetness please.
Promise, you won’t get a toothache
but a sweeter life instead.
It’s Day 2 of Feeling Good! Wishing you have a sweet beautiful day ahead of you.
But before you go please be sweet enough to say a thoughtful prayer to Aj, a brave 8 year-old boy, whose face has distorted and the doctor couldn’t normalize it yet. Prayer could heal and let yours count.
Thank you soooo much sweetest!
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.
- Psalm 119:103
It’s official! It’s Day 1 of Feeling Good!
For 31 days I will put together Feeling Good posters.
Feel free to think. Feel free to share your thoughts.
Feel free to smile. Feel free to share your smiles.
Let’s start now.
Would you be so kind to share your secrets in feeling good?
Please do. I might make a poster out of it and spread the virus of feeling good!
How about sharing the link of one of your posts that makes you feel good and might make others feel good as well? Just like this – I GOT A FEELING.
Please do. I would love to share it in one of my incoming posts!
Or how about coming up with your own 31 Days and link it to Nesting Place?
It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful — that’s actually the tagline of that beautiful place. Beautiful!
You can check on my succeeding post for 31 Days of Feeling God by clicking the button above or the one in the sidebar. Got to feel good!
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
- Psalm 37:4
Image from Bluebell Books Short Story Slam Week 11
Blop blop blop blop.
One by one Riva’s bubbles popped. This made her sad.
Earlier she was full of joy, “Blowing bubbles is so much fun! Bubbles are my small wishes! My big dreams! My rainbow future!”
She chased each of her wishes, her dreams, her future and when she thought she reached it — it burst!
“I don’t like blowing bubbles anymore!”
But there is something irresistible about bubbles. It seems to hypnotize her, tease her, challenges her.
BLOP! Riva suddenly had a shift of thought –as if her mind was awakened by the bursting of the biggest bubble there is.
“Where is my bubble wand? I want to blow bubbles!”
Blop blop blop blop.
One by one Riva’s bubbles popped. This made her smile.
She was full of joy, “Blowing bubbles are so much fun! Bubbles are my small worries! My big pains! My psychedelic fear!”
She watched each of her worries, her pains, her fears and when she thought it will keep on floating jubilantly — it burst!
“I like blowing bubbles no matter what age I am!”
Blop blop blop blop.
Just the other day I shared Nesat (Typhoon Pedring), the 16th typhoon that lashed our country for this year. We have not recovered yet but Nalgae (Typhoon Quiel) has already announced its eagerness to be our 17th typhoon in two or three days time.
This regular typhoon honed our skills in rebuilding — properties, dreams, hope, faith, lives…
I believe that one cannot successfully do it without feeling good. Yes, I don’t want to face this regular typhoon news with resignation nor I want to be defeated by each emotional typhoon that will hit me.
From October 1 to 31, please join me in feeling good or do your own 31 days. How to? Please check Nesting Place’s 31 Days of Change – I took the challenge from this beautiful place.
If you like my 31 Days logo, I can make one for you if you want to. On one condition though, you got to smile at least 3x a day.