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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our July Highlights

It's a month full of fun. July is Zephrine's shining season. We had so much fun every weekend! I learned how to pay our tithes online. Although the rainy season had started already, the weather was still very cooperated on those days we had activities. We started this month (July 2) with a Youth and YSA Fireside with my mission president who is now a member of the Philippines Area Presidency, Elder and Sister Schmutz. It was really amazing that Zephrine met them. What an honor? I learned from this fireside that the most important thing in life is to keep the Lord's commandments. He will always support us in our righteous hopes and desires. We picked up Ate Val & Chummy from Bulacan last July 9th. They were here for a month vacation. We attended church with the Santiago's in Tabang Ward. Zephrine and Chummy played at the cultural hall. They were practicing how to walk by pushing chairs. We also attended the BYU Pathway Fireside after church in Angeles.


We had so much fun this week. We called it Zephrine's birthday week.
Monday, we went to the grocery at Savemore, San Fernando.
Tuesday, we had fun at Kidzoona, Marquee Mall.
Wednesday, Chummy and Zephrine bathed together in a mini pool.
Thursday, we shopped clothes and other stuff at Marquee Mall.
Friday, we shopped again but this time we went to SM Clark. We got floaties for the babies
SATURDAY - Happy 1st Birthday Zephrine! We spent the whole day at Fontana Leisure Park in Clark. We had lunch there and ate Tito King's monggos. We had our dinner at Cafe Noelle, San Fernando, Pampanga.

Sunday - Zephrine's birthday Sunday with the Burgos and the Person families.

On July 22, we went to Bulacan again. We baked some cookies and ate them with ice cream. We dropped by Nanay Sofi. We also learned how to do Indexing. Tita Iroal was there too.
We attended church in Bulaon Ward the following day. I personally love this ward! The spirit is always very sweet.

This week, we had our family jogging at Essel Park for our family home evening. Zephrine's had her monthly check-up too. We were also very excited for the Pasig getaway on the last weekend of the month.

July 29th, we have finally been to the famous Venice Canal in Taguig. We ate lunch there and played. We took lots of photos too. Then we swam and relaxed at Ace Water. We had our dinner in one of the restaurants across the hotel. We checked-in at Sorento Oasis Condotel. We attended church at Ate Iroal's ward. This was our simple celebration for Ate Iroals and Chummy's upcoming birthdays.

Wow!! July was a busy month. I was very excited for Zephrine. I am so proud of her for surviving year 1 on this earth. I couldn't believe that we already have a 1-year-old. Haha! This girl is very cute, sweet, smart and strong. She kisses and hugs us a lot. I am also very thankful that I survived. Being a mom is very tough but I've never learned much until I got a child. I was being emotional this month too. I was reminiscing the day when I gave birth. It was the most fulfilling experience for me. I love being a mom. I love July. Our days were sunny on a rainy season.


Fireside with Elder & Sister Schm

Modeling new clothes

Happy Birthday Swimming for Zephrine's 1s

Family Visit at Venice Canal, Taguig 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017



WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
WE DECLARE the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
WE CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lesson: How will keeping a personal journal bless me and my family?

We talked about journals today at the Youth Sunday School Class. I started our class by asking who amongst them keep a journal or a diary? What do they write on them? Journals help develop our analytical minds. The more we write the better we can judge righteously often because writing trains our minds to always look at the whole picture of a scenario (happening) instead of focusing on a detail. We can read from 1Nephi 9 that Nephi made two sets of record, the small and the large plates. The small plates contain spiritual records of the Lord's dealings while the large plates contain the secular learning and history of the people of Nephi. 

Journals have a special place in my heart. My mom taught me to keep one when I was in grade school. I had a maroon journal and I filled it out with all of my artworks. Right now I have tons of them. I shared with the youth my journal when I was in their age. This journal was so special because this is where I wrote my future hopes and dreams in life. I called it my "Time Table". I shared with them my hopes for my wedding, education, my mission goals and my letters to my future family specifically to my children. I was teary while I was doing it because I had felt how much the Lord loves me as he helped me accomplished each of my milestones. This journal had blessed my life because it served as a reminder for me from time to time so I could keep my promise well. I also shared with them a part of my missionary journals. I told them my set-apart blessing, my feelings when I started and about to finish my missionary service. They were laughing because I even wrote down special dates, names of my future kids and the taxi # of the car that drove us to the MTC. This is one of my many large plates.

The second type of journal I showed them is my small plate. This is my study journal. I made this to organize my thoughts. I wrote down all the topics I wanted to learn and created a table of contents. Then, I numbered each page of my journal and wrote specific topics assigned on top. (example, Page 1- Atonement, Page 23-Honesty). I told them that this helps a lot today especially when I was asked to speak for a sacrament meeting or any event in the church. I am always like, "give me all the topics bishop!" haha! Let us always keep both journals. It doesn't need to be perfectly neat and organized because it is the habit of writing that we need to develop.

We had a little sharing of how their lives are blessed too from keeping a personal journal. They shared with us that our future children will learn from our experiences. They will get to know us in a deeper sense. They can use our wisdom so they can succeed in their own personal challenges. Our memories will guide them to the true path of joy and happiness. 

I love President Spencer Kimball's talk about Journal. He said,
"Your journal is your autobiography, so it should be kept carefully. You are unique, and there may be incidents in your experience that are more noble and praiseworthy in their way than those recorded in any other life. There may be a flash of illumination here and a story of faithfulness there; you should truthfully record your real self and not what other people may see in you." 

I love this talk. It's really funny that every time we transfer house, Michael complains how heavy my journals are but I comfort him by saying maybe during the resurrection or judgment day my journals will rise up and the "ANGELS MAY QUOTE FROM THEM". 

So today, let us do better. Get a notebook and a pen. Our personal journal is the most sophisticated record in the world. We are all writers and God is our Editor-in-Chief. The atonement will erase our mistakes. He will make our stories a happily ever after. Happy Journaling!

"Learning to Dance in the Rain"

It's the time of the year when almost everyone is sick. I know it's a cliche but it's true that when your baby is sick, you'd wish it's you instead. Chummy had a fever for 3 days last August 1st, then right after her, I had "trangkaso" (cough, fever & flu) while Zephrine started to have chicken pox-like rashes which were very itchy. Right when I was recovering, Michael was infected and had 'Trangkaso' next.  What's harder is our babysitter got sick too. Last Friday, Aug 4th, I wasn't able to come to work. It was also Michael's last day of Training at Red Cross and examination. Sister Ticong came. I was coughing really hard while Zephrine was crying because of itch when suddenly Sister Ticong vomited. I called the Missionaries, Brother Ticong and Rhoss for help. We needed Rhoss to drive us over to the closest hospital. The missionaries were so ready. They came right away and gave us 3 a priesthood blessing. Sister Ticong was relieved and she had high blood.

Zephrine and I waited for the doctor for almost 2 hours with Brother Ticong. I felt God's loving arms around me as I felt the added strength to move forward. When finally the check up was done, Dra. Salunga confirmed that it's not chicken pox but some sort of viral infection. She gave us the medication and asked us to feed cold foods to Zep. Then we went home. Patrick Sunglao picked us up from the hospital this time.

Then, I went to the office for "pay day". I was very tired. I was also worried at the same time since Sister Ticong really looked very pale. Then I got a call from Ate Ives and they were on their way to our house. Wow! What an angel! Although she came to check the piano still it was a perfect timing. She was with Denzel and Nanay Sofi. NAnay will stay with us to assist us. Wow! I also got a free massage from Ate Ives. I felt so much better after that. Michael arrived home and was so tired. We were very grateful for Brother Abanggan because he picked us up with his kids so we can check the piano for sale. Then he also drove us back home. I was able to buy lemons and diapers! Oh my gosh! Lemons are gold! I finally was able to sleep through the night through the help of these magical lemons!! What a long day!!!!!!!!! And we survived!

I wrote this day because I just can't stop recognizing God's hands in this experience. He provided all the ways so we can get through all these little challenges. I was worried and tired but He enabled my body and soul to keep going. Isn't it amazing that each day we never run out of things to learn? This experience taught me to be gentle. That even though there are physical infirmities, we can still choose to remain smiley and loving. It was hard though. But it is possible. I was very rude to Michael from time to time especially when my energy got drained. Seriously, he gets better dealing with me. Haha!

I am still sick with a cough and flu. Michael too. Zeprhine is also still recovering from her skin thingy but things are better now with Nanay Sofi. I cleaned the house last night because dengue paranoids me! We are now praying for Daniela's recovery. She got chicken pox and Denzel has a fever. Hays! Go go go kids!!!

The rain is still pouring but I guess I'm still learning how to dance with it. xoxo

Sunday, July 23, 2017

30 Day Stress Relief Journal Prompts

Day 1 - July 24, 2017
"Appreciation Day" 
I am thankful for what I have because... 

1. I have a forgiving Heavenly Father. This is what makes me feel grateful every day. I know that Heavenly Father is always there and that He will never get tired of me. Most of the times, I feel so unworthy of the many blessings I have because I am so impatient. Every day is a learning process. My Father in Heaven makes me feel how patient He is to me especially in those times when I am a slow learner. I am deeply thankful that He never ceases to help me and He never withdraws His blessings from me.
2. The Atonement of Jesus Christ. I was inspired by a sister today. She doesn't know me and I don't know her either but her posts on Facebook touched my heart. I started to hope that one day I can love just like how she loves. The atonement sustains my hopes and my prayers that one day I can be the person I know I should be. Mistakes should never define us. We aren't perfect yet but the atonement will help us become one. We need the people around us to be righteous. We cannot do it alone and by ourselves.  It is through "love" that we can feel the Spirit with us always. I know I need everyone around me.
3. My loving husband. I guess every day we need to appreciate one thing good our spouse did. My goal is to never overlook how amazing Michael is each day. I am thankful because he cooked our breakfast, bought foods for lunch and washed the laundry early morning today!! Wow! Seriously, I need to do this more often. I realized how I'm becoming so critical expecting him to be perfect most of the time just like how rude I am to myself.
4. I am grateful for myself. Just like what I mentioned in #3, I often forget to appreciate myself. I always have high expectations for myself and when I fail, I feel so bad which causes too much stress to myself. I need to be more forgiving of myself. I need to learn how to move on quickly.  I love who I am today. I love my new looks, my talents, and my capabilities. Thank you Nyles for always choosing the right. I know you still have lots of improvements to make but you know what? I am so blessed that you have constantly desired to be righteous. It's never easy to stay strong but you have made it this far. I love myself. I am thankful that I am Nyla Irmamina Person Burgos. 
5. I am so grateful for my healthy, smart and beautiful baby. She is the best baby for me. She is exactly what we need. Every child is a customized gift. I said "customized" because every child is different, and God knows our needs. We are so happy each day because of her. Thank you Zephrine!! 
6. I am grateful for my church callings. I am learning so much about leadership because of these responsibilities. I am realizing that time and being open to accepting tasks helps us improve our ability in leading, managing and loving. Leadership helps us see God's miracles every moment, every day. 
7.  I have a good job. My job is a blessing.  I guess Brother Jojo was right. It's not bad to work as long as your job allows you to be a good mother. 
8.  Because we have good families. I love the Person Family so much and the Burgoses too!!! They are such a great example for us. They are always full support! I hope one day I can help them more in every way. I am thankful for our upcoming bonding!
9. I am grateful for Sister Janet Ticong. She is the best babysitter for Zephrine. She is such a huge blessing for us. 
10. I am very much grateful for Nanay Suting! In one word,  ENDLESS! 

Day 2 - July 25, 2017

"What's going well in my life right now is...."
our good health because "Health is Wealth". I am learning more about self-care lately. And it's true. You have to prioritize yourself so you can function well and take care of the people around you better. 
Let's jog. Let's eat right. Let's rest. Lest unwind.

Day 3 - July 27, 2017

Describe a happy memory. What did you see, smell, hear, feel? 
My favorite happy memory is when we attended a temple session as a family in the Philippines Cebu Temple. It was a dream came true to me since I had that vision before while serving a full-time mission there. I saw eternity right in front me. I heard my father's prayer for us. The smell was just right. It was a glimpse of heaven on earth. I felt love all over my body and a stronger desire to keep going. I recommitted myself to work harder in all aspects of my life. It was a majestic day.

Day 4 - July 31, 2017

Today I will take a break all to myself by sleeping or taking a nap after work. I hope I'll be able to accomplish this today :)

Day 5 - August 10, 2017

List 10 things that make you smile. 
1. My husband successfully finished his training with Red Cross.
2. I am feeling so much better now.  Good health is coming back! Wohooo!!!
3. Daddy Mike's health is also getting better.
4. Most especially Baby Z!!! I love that she's a fighter!
5. I am grateful for the bonus from Dusty.
6. Showtime Ms. Q&A and other Kapamilya Shows make me smile from time to time.
7. Being able to work and see the smiles of the people around me.
8. A revision in one of my callings.
9. Nanay Sofi makes all the difference.
10. My family's chatroom and the convo there is so funny.

Day 6 - August 11, 2017

Appreciation Day! I am thankful for my body because I am simply healthy despite too many stresses around me. I am very much grateful that I've never been hospitalized for a long time now. I love my body. I love taking good care of it. This is the container of my soul. This is my true wealth. I am grateful that I'm recovering from flu and cough quick. My goal is to keep myself healthy. I will post my 10 healthy tips at home today.

Day 7 - August 12, 2017

Today I will enjoy nature by taking a quick swim in Subic. We arrived there around lunch. We ate at  Harbor Point Mall then went straight to Inflatable Island. We didn't try the slides and the floaters. We just swam at the shore. We ended the day with a dinner date with the stake leaders at Tabehoudai.

Day 8 - August 14, 2017

What are two negative thoughts you don't want anymore? What can you do to let go? 
The two main negative thoughts in my head right now are first the memory when I got mad at my husband. The second thought is that I am a bad employee right now because I wasn't able to go to work due to our sicknesses last week. I want to move forward with a perfect brightness of hope. I want to do better both spiritually and socially. I will do my best to let go of these thoughts by being a better wife and employee. I want to work hard and finish all my tasks with excellence. I will also focus my scripture study and spiritual research on how I will support my husband in all things better.
I will repent of my sins.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Our June Highlights

Hello June! It was an adventurous month for us. The little travel lady had so much fun. This month was special to us. We received a new calling which I will write about in my next 'month specials blog'. This month started (June 1st) with a dinner for all the youth leaders of the Philippines Angeles Stake together with the Stake Presidency. It was a simple "thank you token" for a very successful youth conference last month. These leaders' love for the rising generation touched my heart. It is true that in every church calling we have, we do it not for ourselves but for the benefit of others. And simply because of our love for the Savior.

June 3.  Youth Spectacular Night Repeat Performance
As requested by our Stake President, we had our Youth Spectacular for the second time at the Stake Center so the parents and other members could watch the youth performed. This year's theme was James 1:5. The first part of the show was a short clip of the Joseph Smith's first vision.  The story was about "How Mormonism began in the world". Each ward represented a country and shared how the church started and expanded in that area. I learned that the first member from Australia became the first mission president. Wow! There are lots of other amazing conversion stories that were reenacted by the youth. San Fernando Wards showcased our beloved country, the Philippines. Here are the rest of the wards and the countries assigned to them: Angeles 1- UK, Angeles 2 - Spain, Bulaon - Tonga, Santo Tomas - Australia and Arayat - Nigeria.

June 5. Sherizah's Wedding Reception in Cauayan, Isabela.
This was our unexpected trip of the month. It was an 8-10 hour drive from Pampanga but it was worth it. We left at about 2:00 in the morning and arrived at the reception around 11:00 am. Zephrine met a lot of the Burgos clan especially Tita Bhing who came home from the US.

June 12. Independence Day
We went to Nayong Pilipino but it was closed. We decided to go to the Airforce City Park instead. We walked on the grass, played and enjoyed the fresh air. It was our first time to try the slide together with the little travel lady. Our final stop was at Deca Clark WakeBoarding. We watched Daddy Mike and he did a whole turn successfully. cheers!!!

June 17-18. Father's Day Weekend
We watched the Wake Boarding competition 2017 in the morning and slept the whole afternoon till it was the BYU Worldwide Training with Brother Joenee Briones at 4:00 PM. Zephrine was very cooperative because she slept the whole time! Then, we had a special dinner in celebration of Father's Day! We had a short program for the fathers in our ward. By the way, last night I helped to decorate the chapel for this special surprise. I also made the crowns for the fathers. I love it because it's Michael's first Fathers' day so I wanted it to be so memorable.
Sunday, we attended church at Angeles 1st ward (afternoon schedule). We were so tired so we decided to sleep the whole morning. Zephrine and I made a huge card for Daddy Mike. You can watch our complete Father's day weekend on my youtube channel. Then, our last activity was the Pathway Devotional conducted by Brother Joenee and other BYU representatives.

June 24.
We had our 2nd fun run for the year 2017, the Snoopy Fun brought to us by SM Clark. I would like to thank Ate Cynthia for getting us the tickets!!! Wohoo! We run with the Ticongs and 3 young women from our ward. Zephrine was very pretty today.
After our run, we had a movie day with Kim, Jessie and Joycelyn. Then we went together to San Fernando Chapel for the Back to School Party! There were lots of youth who shared their talents during the entire program. They danced and sung. We had pizzas for refreshments! :)

June 26. Daddy Mike attended the 'EQ Lechon Day". He brought home a little for me. Then we went to Essel for a stroll and bought groceries.

Our highlight of the month is Daddy Mike's certification as a legit Safety Office. We feel safer now. I think it was a perfect time since there's a lot of calamities nowadays!

Thank you June for making our year even brighter. I am grateful for the Lord's love and sustenance. I am excited for the next month!! xoxo

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Overflowing Blessings from Serving the Lord

These are my second mission parents, President and Sister Schmutz. We had our fireside with them last Sunday, July 2. It was a very special night for me. It brought me back to the days when I myself was a full time missionary. I am grateful that my eldest daughter met them. This photo is truly a gem to me. Sister Schmutz reminded me to be a missionary 24/7. She encouraged everyone to speak of Christ wherever, whenever and whatever we are doing. I realized that I've been so serious lately because of the negativity around me. When we think of Christ all the time we can remain calm, meek and full of love. We will be like a sunshine to the people around us. We can share the gospel by the way we live. I learned three important things from Elder Schmutz that night: 

1. Our dreams and hopes are important to our dear Heavenly Father. It's connected to the very first lesson I learned from him in the mission. He taught us that the one thing we own that we can offer to our Heavenly Father is our will. This means that if we really love Him, we need to submit our will to His will for us. But how about dreams and goals in life? Do we need to forget them? His message tonight taught me that Heavenly Father is a very supportive dad. I've seen that in my own life. I love negotiating with him. When you tell him your hopes, He will listen and will help you through to achieve them. Elder Schmutz emphasized that we have to know the path to our dreams. And I realized that like the atonement, there is only one way--- even our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

2. Have you ever asked yourself if you are doing the Lord's will for you? Or you are just doing what makes you happy? There's a brother who raised up this beautiful question. He his an active member, has lots of callings and always wants to help everyone but is this really what I should do now? 
The answer was as beautiful as the question, truly we can do a lot of good things in this life, BUT the most important thing in life is to be obedient to His commandments. It doesn't matter how long we have been a member in the church, if you have a good job or fame or have 5+ callings, great teacher. 
However, we should also remember not to run faster than our strength. We must accomplish and magnify each of our responsibilities in faith and genuine love. 

3. Family first. God first. 
When Elder Schmutz was a young lawyer, he had a meeting with his partners. In his field, he needed lots of good partners to be successful. His partners invited everyone to have a dinner thing after the meeting but that night was also his son's birthday party. He needed to choose but he knew right away what to do. He bid farewell to his partner and the senior partners couldn't believe that he was leaving for his son's bday party. The elevator opened like in the movies, and he bid goodbye. 
Luckily, he didn't lose his partners. I believe this is how the Lord tests us. When we put Him first, He will also put us first. 
When we are also in the homes, let us be in the home. Let's focus on spending quality time and teaching our children. 

 What a great reminder! 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Our May Highlights

I love May.  For some reasons, this month always gives me the spring feelings...
Flowers bloom, sunny skies, no more gloom but only summer kisses!

May 1
Today was our family outing. It's a day to relax and  to learn new skill for Daddy Mike. 
We went to Fontana Leisure Park and Resorts in Clark. The place reminded me somehow of Adventure Cove in Singapore. We did the raging river ride again and Zephrine loved it more. I was so proud of our little girl as she bravely walked on the wave pool. She loves the water. 
It was fun watching Michael wake boarding but it's more fun to know he is having fun. I love to see my husband enjoying new things. I love the smiles on his face. Overall it was a great day!

May 9 - 10
Mommy Lydia visited us. She brought us supplies from the Burgos Farm. We got a sack of rice and freshly harvested vegetables. She's very kind. I love my Mother in Law. We are so blessed to have her. We also had a chance to attend a temple session with her as our babysitter and had our Mother's Day dinner in Pasig. We then took her to Ate Iroal's place so she can go to the airport more comfortably for her flight to Dumaguete the following day. It was a great memoir. 

May 14
My First Happy Mother's Day! 
We attended church in Arayat. We had to announce important reminders with regards to the upcoming Youth Conference. It was very hot this day and we had to leave early. Zephrine took a bath at the branch's meetinghouse after the youth Sunday School Class. Being a mom is really tough. It purifies the heart. But truly, it gives the greatest and most satisfying joy in this lifetime. 

May 15 & 16
Wellness Month. Our family did our monthly check up for the baby and the annual physical examination for the parents. It was great to know everyone is in good shape.  I love taking good care of my babies (dad, lucky and Zephrine). I also set a new goal this month to keep our car and my bag always neat, clean and organize for cleanliness is next to Godliness. When everything is clean, life is at peace. 

This Month, Zephrine also started to led wean herself. I'm more relax now as I fully accepted that every child is different. We cannot compare their milestone to anyone. As a parent, we are here to guide them, to cheer them up and to support them the best we can. 
May 22. We got a pair of Red Sox hats from Dusty, our Ceo. Our brand started to sell hats. I am not a hat lover or so but I'm starting to love them. Here's my selfie of the month: This is perfect for summer. 

May 24 - 27
Youth Conference. It was a long preparation but I'm grateful that it turned out so well. It was not perfect but it's beautiful. The mutual theme for this year is found in Jame 1:5-6. It was through a desire to ask God that the true church was once again restored on this earth through a 14- year old boy, Joseph Smith. He was in his youth that he saw God the father and his son Jesus Christ.  We held the event at Raven Resorts in Bataan. Here's a glimpse of our activities: 
Day 1 - Arrival & Billeting, Pathway to Success and Spectacular Night. Our topics and Speakers for the Pathway to Success are as follows: 
"How to get your dream job?" by Sis. Ayo Abanggan 
"How to live the best life?" by Bro. Erlwin Abanggan 
 "Self Defense" by Brother Ramel Ticong 
         "How to install CCTV?" by President Louie Escoto
Our overall director for the Spectacular was Bro. Ezra Magallano. Our theme was "How Mormonism Started in the World? (England, Nigeria, Australia, Mexico, Tonga & the Philippines) 
Day 2 - Testimony Meeting & Devotional with Elder Baquiran. There were lots who bore their testimonies. Elder Baquiran talked about online gaming. He reminded the youth to be careful on how they spend their time. The adversary can use this to drag them down. 
After lunch we had our team building and the dance socials. Our motif was ancient greek and romans. 
Day 3 - Seminary, Gospel Quiz and Missionary Preparation 
It was fun to see how the resource speakers were so prepared and humorous. Brother Ranjen, Brother Brad Pete and Brother Jojo Briones led these activities. It was a great way to learn the gospel.

 Oh I love you May. Thank you for the beautiful days. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Why my mommy is the best?

"Every mom in the world is the best." President James E. Faust once said,  "One of humankind’s greatest blessings is for righteous womanhood to hold “the highest place of honor in human life” and to be “the perfect workmanship of God.” Today on Mother's Day, I would like to share some of the best lessons "my mother taught".  I hope one day my daughter will learn the same things because truly our examples are the best teachers. 

My mother taught me that "Faith" is doing our best and believing that the Lord will provide.
There was a time in our life when my father was laid off. We didn't have money. There was no food for the next meals. My mother asked me to change. She said, "let's go. We will find and bring home food". After we said a prayer, we went to my mom's friend. We cleaned their house and folded clothes. We came home that night with full of groceries in our hands. I learned from that experience that faith is trusting in the Lord's tests. He will be there no matter what. He will never forsake us.

My mother taught me to take care of my spirit and my body. 
These two should and always a combo. My mother's love for health and the word of God is so evident in her day to day life. We had our regularly early morning exercise and scripture study when we were young. We used to wake up at 5:00 AM. We stretched and flexed together as a family in front of our house. My mother taught us to detoxify toxins from our bodies. We learned to eat vegetables and fruits. She also introduced us to a variety of fruits juices and herbs. My mother is the best reflexologist. I never had to drink any medicine when I was sick. Her magic touch was enough. I grew up hearing her say, "Early to bed, early to rise. Makes a man healthy and wise!"
I developed a love for reading the scriptures because of my mother.
In 2nd Nephi 32:3, it says "Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. My mom demonstrated what it means to feast upon His words.  Feasting is a gradual process that starts in "liking" to read because there's someone or something that pushes you to do so, (my mom). Then it becomes a habit. You obey this time because of love. You are "loving" it. Feasting is equivalent to  needing" it. You need to read just like how you need the air to breathe. You feel incomplete without doing it. From like to love, then to need. Feasting is more than reading it daily. It is delighting in the words of God by prayer, study journals, likening and personal applications of the principles learned. Thus, leading us to becoming like the Savior. This is how she studies the holy scriptures.

My mother taught me the importance of education and learning skills. 
When I started school in kindergarten, I never liked it. I was mostly absent and I didn't even attend my graduation. So my first year, first grading period in elementary was worst. My classmates already knew how to read and write fast. I was lost. But I don't remember my mom pressuring me to get A's/ 100% at school but she motivated me to do better by a "reward system". And yes, I was 1st honor at the end of the school year.
She also believed in me. There is so much power in that phrase. I hope every parent will believe in their child because believing is the beginning of becoming. My passion for writing started when my mommy discovered a write up I made when my favorite dog died. She told me that I am a good writer and she kept that little note I wrote. I love that she values what I can do. She taught me how to do laundry, to be clean, to speak English fluently, to sew my clothes and to be organized in all things.

My mother taught me to love music. 
Music runs in the blood of my mom's family. They are all musicians. My mother learned how to play the piano and the guitar by herself. I remember when I was still in primary, my mommy bought a small organ and she taught us the basics patiently. I guess mom was very successful at this because all of us 6 children learned how to play the piano and the guitar plus my eldest sister also learned how to play the drums. We actually had a band named "the Persons" before.
And yes! We had our first voice lesson by mom! She was a choir conductor since I was a baby. And today she is a choir member in the states.
We had so much videoke days when we were kids. Mom usually turns on the TV and the microphone and each of us take turns singing while cleaning the house. Oh I miss my childhood days. There's so much fun because of mom!

My mother taught me to serve the Lord in any circumstance. 
My mother is a servant of the Lord. She has a very valiant testimony. She loves it. She lives it. I will never forget her big bags with all her visual aids, books, scriptures and music sheets in them every time we go to church. My mom is a great teacher. She expounds the doctrines
of Christ very well. She is vibrant and energetic! Fired up & ready to go. We had many days spent at the temple together. We searched and performed temple ordinances for our ancestors. She inspires us to always be willing to act upon and not to be acted upon. She taught us that the more we serve, the greater the power we can receive from the Lord.

My mother taught me to be strong and to learn how to make myself happy.
In times of trials and pains, I never see my mom self-pitying nor in a corner crying. But she's always positive. Faithful people always see things in an eternal perspective. My mom never blames. She taught me that sometimes life can be unfair, we might be unfortunate or failures will come but these should never determine our future. We have the power to choose and change our paths. We can celebrate each day. Happiness is and will always be our choice. I realized that one of the measurements of a successful parenting is to be able to teach our children how to make correct decisions even without our supervision. To teach them to stand on their own with dignity and integrity. My mom taught me that even in darkest times, we can smile! Life can be tough but a good humor will help you get through it.

Finally, my mother taught me to be a mother. 
I feel like I can sit all day enumerating  what she has taught not just to me but to all of us. My mother taught me that being a mother is the best and noblest calling in life. She was working when she had me. Now that I am a working mom, I realized that no honor is better than to be a good mom. I really don't know specifically what a good mom is. But I guess just like how my mom defined it through her ways, being a good mom is to love your child untiringly. It is to be a parent not according to our will but His will.  A good mom recognizes her imperfections and will do her best to keep the Spirit of the Lord with her so she can serve her children better. In the end the bottom line of being parents is to help each child return to God's kingdom safely.

My mother is not a "tropa or a barkada type". She was my trainer, a mentor. In the scriptures it says, "Train up a child in the way she should go, and when she is old, truly she will not depart from it."  (Proverbs 22:6) To my dear mother, know that I feel extremely grateful that you are someone I call, "MY MOTHER". Just like how I used to say it every night before I go to sleep, I love you, I really do.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Our April Highlights


It's a month of training, interviews and evaluation at work.
It's a month of spiritual feast, youth con preps and meetings at church.

April 1. Advance Supervisory Training of Michael's.
April 2. Happy 1st Sunday in Pasig with Tita Iroal.
April 3. How to set up a travel and tour agency Training for me.
April 4. Happy Birthday Brother Nembu! 
April 8 & 9. 187th General Conference

We started our employee evaluation this month. It was fun learning and growing with these amazing people at work. Al though it's really tiring to talk all day, I'm grateful that I have developed my listening skills too. It was remarkable when one of them asked me if I feel fulfilled so far for what I have achieved right now. It made me really think and ponder for a time. Well, I'm glad that it's a yes.

April 13 - 15. We also decided to spend the Holy Week Long Weekend in Clark. We explored inside this area. We went to El Kabayo, had a scoop of gelato at Cream Line, and checked-out Fontana Leisure Park.

We were sick this weekend. We stayed home. Rested.

WEEK 4 - Busy.. buzzy!
Attorney came and we had meetings, meetings and meetings.
The hight light of our week was the QStrike Team Building at Lola Corazon Leisure Farm in Candaba. It was a great day!!!
The week ended with a dry run for the youth spectacular.

Our March Highlights


We had our first international flight as a family this time of the year. We visited the beautiful city of Singapore. It was an unexpected vacation with my High School Best friends. We flew from Clark International Airport after lunch and arrived past 5:00 PM at Changi Airport.
Cedrick picked us up and met Eloi at Marina Bay for dinner. It was a lovely night. We ate pizzas and pasta while serenedad with beautiful songs by a live band . I guess they were filipinos. We also witnessed the dancing fountains show with the bubbles. What a great welcome!
Then we headed to the Montesurs' humble abode.
We were so lucky to have this free accommodation since SG is a very expensive city.

We went to Singapore Zoo + took a photo at the Night Safari. It was so much fun! My favorite part of the day was the Elephant Show and Michael's was the white Lion. It was so nice to see our daughter enjoying all the views and how she interacts and smiles at almost everyone. We also had gelato for snacks. Truly, beautiful places and experiences become more memorable when spend with a loved one. We then met with Von and his family at Marina Bay. We ate dinner there again but this time we tried Singaporean meals. We also saw the current Prime Minister while waiting for them. He was walking around the Bay area to check when we discovered a bunch of people encircling him. We were so lucky that he passed by right in front of us. I was impressed by his humility and simplicity. He only had 2 body guards. He was wearing a casual attire. I learned that a true leader serves.

We attended the 9AM sacrament meeting. It was the first Sunday of the month so we were blessed to hear the testimonies of the members from Singapore. We were planning to share ours too but failed to do so. After lunch,  It was an adventure for our little family on our way to meet Eloisa and the crew in Sentosa Island. We were planning to get a taxi but ended up exploring by the MRT Train. When we were about to take our 3rd train, we saw a sign pointing to cable cars going to Sentosa. So we decided to take it instead. We were so happy!!!!! We made it to Sentosa Island!!!!! It was a marvelous experience for the three of us. The view from the cable car was indescribably amazing!!!!
Plus we received simple gifts of surprises when we reached the Island.

We spent the rest of the day with the best friends and the families at Adventure Cove. This place had exciting pools, slides and snorkeling area. It was Zeprhine's first swimming experience. We rode a floater on a running lazy river. It was so much fun as we passed amazing fountains, caves, fishes, and other statues along the way. We also tried the extreme slides they have there. My most favorite part was the snorkeling experience with the lives fishes. We swam with hundred of fishes!!!
Our day ended at the Gardens by the Bay after a Singaporean Meal for Dinner. What a magnificent view of beautiful plants, flowers and lights!!!  We sat and enjoyed watching the dancing lights.
My heart was full. I felt extremely grateful for this moment.

We spent the whole day at Universal Studios. I started to miss Disneyland right after we entered the park. They have 7 attractions. My favorite so far is the transformers ride. We met a lot of characters too! The water world show was also breath taking! It was a high class performance. We were so tired but everything was fun and exciting.

Chinese for a day on a shopping day! We bought pasalubongs at Chinatown. We tried some Chinese food there too. They had street food like fish balls, chicken balls and etc. Then, we went to Japanese and Chinese Gardens. It was so cool to see all the zodiac signs in this park. I got too excited when I saw Mulan's statue and the other well known Chinese leaders like Confucius. We also saw many temples, houses and bridges. Then we met with the Tadina Family and ate in one of the restaurants at the MRT Station Terminal. It was so nice to meet their beautiful daughter.

Departure Day. We packed our stuff in the morning, cleaned our room and chilled at the airport. We rode an uber taxi Mazda CX5 something like that. It was a very nice car!!!
By the way SG has a cool, clean and nice airport. We got free massage, got our refund from unused MRT passes, ate, played, took some photos and some more photos.
Brother Ticong picked us up from the airport. We reached home at past 9PM.

Thank you so much Singapore! It was a great time!

March 11 & 12. Stake Conference
March 15. Zephrine met Dusty, Jane, Sela & Kj
March 19. Couple Speakers at Sacrament Meeting 
& Stake Youth Temple and Family History Workshop
March 20. Lunch at Hello Kitty Cafe with Attorney Mhe-Ann
March 25. A Sunday with Arayat Branch Saints 
+ Lunch at Mt. Arayat National Park
March 27. Happy Birthday Mother Lydia
March 30. Labor Laws Training at Camelot Hotel, Quezon Avenue