Life is a Choice Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:51:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Life is a world of challenges Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:51:15 +0000 We do encounter lots of difficulties and trials in life.  It makes life more challenging. Though it makes it wants to give up especially when the trials are too heavy for us to take.  We sometimes asking why it happens to us?  But we must know that those difficulties won’t be given to us if we cannot handle it well.  Burdens makes us wiser and stronger.  We just must believe in ourselves that we will get back and surpass whatever trials and difficulties we are facing. And most importantly, we should keep the faith, continue praying and call God’s guidance always.

My brother is facing another trial now.  His second daughter was admitted in the hospital last Monday.  I feel his pain and feel so sorry for him.  He even said that he is the unluckiest person on earth.  It is not good to say it, but I understand that he said it out of desperation and frustration.  I know that my brother is a strong person.  He can handle whatever trials comes in his way.  But just recently, he just felt it is too much.  As a family, we extend our arms for him.  Give him comfort and encouraging words for him to not lost faith and believe in God.  Everything happens for a reason.  Maybe it is God’s way of testing him on how long the brother will be able to handle it and his faith to Him.  To my brother, do not give up and continue moving on.  We are here for you.  And will help you as much and we could.

]]> 0 Will continue the therapy after the summer class speech therapy Sun, 04 Jun 2017 12:00:30 +0000 The nephew has just finished his summer class of speech therapy.  He got four smileys from his teacher and we are so proud of him.  We are glad that the nephew shows development in speaking.  He can slowly communicate with us now and we are so happy for him.  He will continue his therapy for six months for him to develop more.  We were advice by the teacher to enroll the nephew in regular class for him to interact with other kids.  The decision of the sister to have home schooling for the nephew is cancelled.  Because we will enroll him in regular class because he is normal just that his development is slow.

The sister is seeking advices from friends and co-teacher about her son’s condition.  And home schooling is their advices, and then go to developmental pediatrician for evaluation.  However, the nephew’s teacher at speech therapy class told us to have him enrolled in regular class. And told us that the nephew is now ready to go to school and be with other kids, provided that the student in his class should be at most 15 students.  More than 15 students are not good for him.  It would be more crowded for him and he will not be able to concentrate.  The nephew is now enrolled and their classes will start on June 13, 2017.  The nephew will continue his therapy for six months, and it will be once a week since he will attend regular class on weekdays.  Good luck to the nephew.  Long way to go and we are sure that you will go well and will make us all proud of you!

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Enrolled and not ready to go to school yet Fri, 26 May 2017 15:17:03 +0000 The classes for the school year 2017-2018 will start in two weeks.  The kids are already enrolled and we are glad but the kids are not.  Why?  Because they are not yet ready to go to school.  They said that their vacation is too short and they want to play more than going to school.  However, they do not have any choice but to go to school.  Tomorrow their parents will buy some of their school requirements and uniforms.  My niece and nephew will go to a new school. It will be a new environment, new people, and new classmates to make but I am pretty sure that they will do well in their new school and can adopt easily.

Aside from the kids, I am not ready yet for this school year.  I haven’t rested well I guess.  I haven’t had my me time for the entire school vacation because the sister is too busy attending seminars here and there.  I just have to breathe in and breath out and pray that God will give me more strength to do all my jobs with the kids.  It will be more tiring for me because I have my seven months old niece.  I just crossed my fingers.  Sleeping late and waking up early is coming up.  I need more vitamins and energizer.LOL

Are you or your kids ready to go to school?  Or still, have vacation hangover?

]]> Everything happens for a reason Wed, 17 May 2017 15:06:31 +0000 Two months ago, my future sister-in-law was announcing that she is pregnant.  The brother and her was the happiest person on earth.  They have been waiting for this wonderful gift from Above for two years.  The prayers has been answered and we are so happy for them.  This is indeed a wonderful blessing for them and now we are planning for their wedding.  This year would be a great year for the family because of these two big events, the wedding of my brother and future SIL and the coming of their baby.  Indeed a good reason to celebrate for these very nice gifts.

Everything went well, until an unexpected thing happened.  The sister-in-law had miscarriage a week ago.  It was very unfortunate.  I am so sad when messaged me telling this sad news.  I felt so sorry for them.  I felt the pain she had at that moment.  I wish we were there to comfort her and the brother.  We just new about the sad news few days ago.  She already discharged from the hospital.  I still comforted her through facebook because they live far from us.  I really felt her pain and sadness.  I just told the SIL that everything happens for a reason.  Maybe it is not time yet.  They will soon be blessed with another one in God’s perfect time.  Always have faith and pray to God.

Six Months Therapy Sat, 06 May 2017 15:39:42 +0000 With all the developments on the nephew’s after a year as pre-schooler, the sister (his mother) still think that the nephew is lacking.  He still needs improvement to be able to cope up with other kids.  The sister brought him to the child therapy center.  The director told the sister that the nephew is to shy.  He did not belong to the special cases, but he is at risk.  If we will not enroll him in therapy class the nephew may belong to the special child cases.  We felt sad for the nephew, and again the sister partly blaming herself for what happened to her son.  If only she is not a working mom, she my give more time to her kids.

Anyways, the nephew will undergo six (6) months therapy sessions.  He can enroll in normal class but with at maximum of 20 students only.  The nephew will go to school in the morning and therapy in the afternoon.  The nephew starts the therapy last month and so far the nephew has development.  If the nephew will get better before six months, we can stop the therapy and we will just do it at home.  The director will conduct seminars to the parents and guardians for us to know how to do the follow up therapy at home.  Hopefully the nephew will get better soon and he will be less shy.

Looking for a house near the city Mon, 01 May 2017 05:27:12 +0000 My older brother and his family are living with us for more than a decade.  Their kids have grown up with us and I am glad that they are living with us because the house would be so lonely if only my father and me in the house.   My father always told me that it is best for my brother to live their own so that they will have freedom to do what they want and for them to buy their own stuff.  My father has a point, however, it would be so lonely without kids running around.  I’d rather choose a messy house than the lonely house.

Two days ago, the brother told the sister that they are looking for a house.  They are thinking of moving out because the house is too far from the school.  They prefer to get a house near the city and the school so they do not have to ride in public vehicles.  It short, they can save money living near the city.  The brother is still looking for a house though but thinking about it makes me so sad knowing that they will be moving out anytime time.  The kids do not like the idea but they have to choice.  To be honest, I am hoping that the brother will not get a house so they will stay and not move out.

Wish You Were Here, Says Orlando! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:42:05 +0000 If you were granted a wish to visit a magical place where you could have unlimited access to theme parks, water sports, adventures in space and amusement rides the whole family would love you’d probably find yourself in Orlando, Florida.   It would be the perfect place to tick off all those boxes.  The only problem is, which amusement park would you choose?  Well, if you go to the Groupon site and search for the Best of Orlando, you’ll find all the information you’d need to make that decision.  The Best of Orlando posts the most up-to-the-minute information on all the attractions in the Orlando area, so you don’t have to search through site after site to find the deal that’s best for your family.

The Best of Orlando is a convenient way to find information on the theme parks in the area along with nearby lodging, restaurants, and info on other tourist attractions.  It’s like a little chamber of commerce on your smartphone.  You can actually buy all the theme park passes you need from the site, and if you purchase them through Groupon, you can save lots of money.  Groupon has deals that will save you 30% off the most popular Orlando destinations like Legoland and 40% off nearby hotels.  And it’s the best way to plan your Orlando vacation.  They have deals for Universal, Disney World, Sea World, Cirque du Soleil and more.

You can take advantage of a BOGO or better, and still have money for all the neat souvenirs you’ll want to bring back to share with family and friends.   You can save $60 off an Orlando Flex ticket that gets you unlimited admission to all the Universal Studios properties like Wed ‘n’ Wild, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Universal Studios for 14 consecutive days.  That’s the best deal in town, and it’s yours when you shop Groupon.  Groupon makes all this so easy to do.  You just search for the Best of Orlando from the Groupon site and select the deal you want, activate it and prepare your family for unforgettable adventures.

There has been a surge in the number of people who visit Florida in recent years with a whopping 112 million estimated visitors last year.  Orlando has certainly drawn the lion’s share of those folks and with great deals like these on world class amusement and unique family fun who can blame them.   So don’t just wish you were in Orlando, search Groupon and get the Best of Orlando.

The wedding preparation Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:59:50 +0000 As part of the Filipino tradition when a man wishes to marry his girlfriend, the first thing he should do is to visit the family of the girl and ask permission from the parents of the girl.  And that is what we are going to do this Sunday because my brother wants to settle down and marry his girlfriend.  They have been in a relationship for three years and living under one roof for two years now.  We are so glad that finally, they decided to tie the knot.  The girl, my soon to be sister-in-law is two months pregnant.  It is a blessing because they are waiting for this moment before decided to get married.

This Sunday also we will plan for the wedding and prepare what is need to be done for their big day.  This moment happens one in their life, so as much as possible we want to make it extra special and memorable.  Though we are not into an extravagant wedding, just a simple one that fits the bride and groom.  I also extend my help to my brother, I am not a wedding planner and don’t know much but I can search online to get an idea.    I am so excited for them.  Congratulations in advance to my brother and future sister-in-law.

Finished with honors Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:07:18 +0000 One of the most important parts in the life of a student is to be recognized for the job well done after a year of studying and going to school.  This is the much-awaited event of their life.  All the sacrifices of the students and parents are paid off because of the academic awards and merits of their children receives on the recognition day and graduation day.  It is indeed the happiest day of their lives.  To be able to finish the school year and graduate is the best gift that we could give to our parents but with awards and merits is the sweetest.  They sacrifices and difficulties will surely vanish.

This is what I saw in my brother’s eyes because his two daughters finished with honors during their recognition and graduation day.  His kids always make him proud since kindergarten.  They always make their parents happy and I am so proud of my nieces and nephews.  Good job kids.  It will be a long and rough road ahead of you but I am pretty sure you will go a long way because you have the determination to go farther and have dreams to become successful one day.  Continue what you are doing kids and always pray to God.  Congratulations again!

Good to see her smiling again Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:20:34 +0000 Every day my life becomes lighter because of my four months old niece.  Seeing her smile brings more life to me always.  I do not feel tired after doing the household chores because of my bubbly niece.  I am her temporary nanny while her parents are still looking for a nanny.  While I am her nanny, I spend more time with her, kissing and hugging her.  Savor every moment with my niece and taking lots of pictures.  I always miss the niece’s contagious smile.  Last week, the niece is not feeling well.  I so missed her smile I must say.

She has a fever for four days.  We almost brought her to her pediatrician to check her up because we are so worried that it is dengue fever.  I am glad that her fever subsides after five days.  But sad because the niece’s body is full or rashes.  She keeps on crying maybe because she felt very itchy.  The rashes give the niece a hard time.  Her mother (my sister) give her antihistamine.  The niece feels better now.  The rashes are gone and she is back to being a bubbly kid.  I can see her pretty smile now.  I really missed it.  Thank God that the niece is okay now.  It is really good to see her smiling again.