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Thursday, December 1, 2016

First Family Trip



TALAVERA, CABANATUAN
11-26-2016

Hi FlyNyles! It's been a while ... its the last quarter of the year and we finally had our very first family road trip!!! Wohoo! Zephrine is now 4 months old. We are so excited to show her more colors, lights and sounds of the world around her! Chee Yeah for our " Little Miss Travel Lady"!!!

We decided to attend our close friend's wedding reception in Talavera, Cabanatuan. Jonar was Michael's roommate in Manila when they were still attending MYSA Ward together. He is my favorite! We used to chat a lot in English. Yes in English because he wanted to enhance his English Vocabulary. He is also an Engineer and a Man of God. And what made it more awesome is his wife, Odessa and I served in the same mission under President Schmutz, Cebu! What a beautiful couple!

We also got our Ergo Baby Carrier so we are now certified #ergobaby!
Happy Babywearing to us!



The reception's venue is at Crystal Waves Hotel and Resort. Here's Michael feeding baby Z while at the parking area. We only had 1 stop over at Jollibee, Friendship Hwy to grab our brunch! We left our house past 10:00 AM and we arrived around 1:00 PM.






Congratulations to the newly weds! 
It's a blessing to witness their union's celebration. It reminded me of my own Wedding Day. Truly, you will love your spouse more as the days go by. I also met the Empay Family. We were planning to sleep over at their house. But fortunately, Sister Ruth gave us a free accommodation at the resort. Wow! What a treat! I guess this is the beginning of the many travels to come in our little family! 





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Happy 5th Anniversary Sister Person of Cebu




What My Mission (the Lord's Mission) means to me?

I just recently celebrated my 5th year Anniversary as a Returned Missionary. I served my mission for 18 months in the Philippines Cebu Mission. And this privilege to serve changed my life forever.
My mission or I should say the Lord's mission since this is His marvelous work and His time taught me a lot of life's greatest lessons. It constantly guides me in all of my decisions.
It led me to where I am today.This mission is everything to me.
The best lesson I learned from serving is to love God above all things.
When you are on a mission, you are married to the Lord. Your loyalty to Him is a reflection of your faithfulness to your spouse(future spouse).  Missionaries are not perfect. But no matter what disobedience you may commit, your love for the Lord will always turn your heart to repentance. You will not depart from your missionary purpose. This love will keep the fire burning in your heart so you can successfully return home with honor.
It will push you to work harder. It will strengthen you when times get rough.
When we arrived in Cebu, Mission Home, our mission mom gave each of us a copy of a talk by President Spencer W. Kimball entitled "Lock You Hearts". I love this talk. It was my reminder to lock my heart unto the Lord. Truly, when we are called to serve---
we should serve Him with all of our hearts!




LOCK YOUR HEARTS
Spencer W. Kimball

If there are problems in the mission that you can give me light on so that I can help your president and help you, that's what I'd like. If there are situations that are difficult, if there are problems that are unknown—let me give you one example.

In one of the missions I found a bad situation. One or two missionaries had been breaking rules (as the president has talked about this morning). They began to break some rules, just—all they did was to just go over to a certain home every Sunday night for a dinner. The president didn't know anything about it. It wasn't very serious—they should have been home studying—but it was a regular thing every week. After a little while these missionaries were bringing others and pretty soon they were dancing on Sunday night, a few of them. And then they were doing a little flirting and then a few of them of to playing cards there every Sunday night. And then they were dancing in the dark with some of the Saints' girls!

The next thing we knew there was an excommunication. I came there and the things were revealed. found at there was only one boy who had actually gone to the extreme where he had to be excommunicated; ere were about eighteen missionaries in this area who had followed like sheep over the ledge. They had not intended to do anything wrong, but they had just kind of followed the leadership. They had gone there to the meals, and they had gotten into little flirtations—not too deeply, but the thing is that there were eighteen missionaries who knew that this boy had gone too far. They knew that he was necking and petting, but not one of them would ever tell!

When I interviewed them and visited with them, I said, "Why didn't you tell the president that conditions were bad?" One of them said, "Well, that's none of my business! This elder can do as he pleases! If he wants to wreck his mission, that's okay with me, it's his business, it's his mission! If he wants to ruin his life that's up to him; it's his life!"

And then I said to these elders, "Well, what about your mission? Isn't this your mission too? Are you willing that one person will do more damage than you can repair? Are you willing to have some missionary nullify all that you've done here? You've spent twenty months here, Elder, and done remarkably good work. Are you willing that one scandal—one scandal in this out-of-the world place should neutralize all that you've done? All of your efforts? That's what happens! Are you willing to do that?" He said, "Well, I hadn't thought of it like that."

"But that's what happened, isn't it, elders? This is your mission! This is your Church! One scandal in a community is enough to annihilate the work of all of you, maybe all the work you do cumulatively, for all your two years—neutralized by one scandal in the community! Do you think that you have a loyalty? Where are your loyalties? Are you loyal to yourself? Are you loyal to your companion? Are you willing to let him go on, and on, and on until he breaks his neck?"

When he was excommunicated, it was a sad day in that mission because he was a fine young man and all the missionaries loved him; and some of them were weeping at day. I remember! Some of them were weeping tears. Their brother was being excommunicated from the Church and sent home in disgrace!

And then I said to them, "Elders, do you know who excommunicated is boy? Not me, not your president, not the elders' court. It was you! You excommunicated your brother. How? Well, if you had gone to this boy when you saw him breaking mission rules and you'd said, 'Elder, let's not do at. That disturbs our whole program. We lose spirituality, all of us, when things like this happen!'" Now suppose that he didn't yield, and you said to him again, "Elder, you shouldn't do that. We can't be doing those kinds of things."

And then suppose you'd gone a third time and said, "Elder, I'm sorry, but if you don't desist I'm going to have to report to the mission president, because I'm not going to have you destroy yourself. I think too much of you. I'm not going to have you destroy this mission. I think too much of it. I'm not going to have you destroy my work. I've worked too hard to have it all go to the wind. If you don't desist I'm going to tell the president, not as a tattle-tale but so that he can protect the whole program."

You see, there is nothing ugly about that, is there? That's the way it should be because our loyalty is first to the Lord, to the Church, to the mission, to the world, isn't it?

One more little incident that is connected: In one United States mission, one day a neighbor came into the home of a new member. The neighbor was not a member, but she came and she was just used to walking through the door—you know, she didn't always knock. So she came over to this house one day and she saw her friend, the Latter-day Saints sister, sitting on a chair here and an elder at her feet—this will shock you—trimming her toenails or painting her toenails or something.

Well, now, that isn't unpardonable sin, but it was indiscreet, wasn't it? Even if nothing else happened, he was sitting on the floor and didn't have on his tie and coat; and here was a woman partly dressed, and he was painting her toenails or something! Anyway, that city was closed, absolutely closed to missionary work for twenty years! Do you think missionaries could go into that city? Why, of course, they couldn't! Because there w still the memory of this indiscretion. They hadn't committed sin; at least, I' quite sure he had never committed an immorality. I think it wasn't any more than an ugly indiscretion. It was ugly enough, wasn't it? It was what it led to—you see.

That's why I say this mission belongs to you. There are 150 of you, and this mission belongs to all of you. If anything happens to any part of this mission it gets a black eye. It makes it more difficult for us to get missionaries in. It makes it more difficult to do anything! And it makes it more difficult for you to go into the homes where they have heard ugly things about the Church. That's why one elder isn't by himself. He can't be a loner. He has got to fit into the program, hasn't he? And every one of you is interested. Every one! And you can't afford to let your companion or anyone you know do anything very serious because it all brings trouble to you and to the whole program.

Well, think about that a little because some people say, "I'm not going to be a stool pigeon! I'm not going to tattle. I'm not going to be telling on people." It isn't that at all. It's a reporting, just as if you saw a couple of robbers going into your neighbor's home. Would you say, "Well, I won't tell on the robbers. I won't do anything about it. Let them go. It's up to them. It's up to my neighbors." No! We do become involved. We'd rush to the telephone, we'd call the police, in every case, wouldn't we?

If we saw somebody being injured, being killed—in New York, some time ago, a girl was stabbed and cut all to pieces by some maniac; and there were many people who saw it and did nothing about it! She yelled for help, screamed for help, said, "He's killing me," but nobody would move. They didn't even call the police, and there she lay—finally dead on the street. Nobody would involve himself.

It's time we begin to get involved when involvement is proper. And when any missionary in any mission begins to break mission rules, it's time that all his companions should become involved. It doesn't mean that they take over. It doesn't mean that they get ugly and mean. It just means that they are interested and involved. There is a nice way to do it. I tell you that there wouldn't be very many broken rules if one missionary would just say to the other, "Brother, let's not do that. Let's not stand there and talk to those girls. That isn't good."

And if we stop it when it's fresh—when it's young you can stop it, but when it gets deeply entrenched, that sin is awfully hard to dig out. And many times we have to send missionaries home to their families in disgrace, with excommunication frequently because maybe their companions didn't love them enough. Maybe their companions weren't helpful enough to say, "Well, now, you're getting off the line just a little here. Let's not do that! Let's get busy and do this, and this, and this."

This one program we are all concerned about. These mission rules, you see, are very important. We've had 137 years of experience. Now, that ought to be enough experience to prove something, shouldn't it? Through 137 years we have come to the conclusion that if two people will stay together, the chances for sin or serious trouble are reduced about 98 percent. Once in a great while two companions will both go sour at the same time, but it isn't the usual thing.

If missionaries will, when they leave Salt Lake City, the Mission Home, the day they are set apart—if they will just lock their hearts! If you've got a girl in there, that's all right; lock her in. But if you haven't got one in, then lock it against all other girls of every description! Though the same applies for young women, I am talking mainly to you elders. You lock your heart and you leave the key at home. And you never open it here. It's impossible to fall in love with someone unless you open your heart. Your heart is the only organ that has any ability to get into love, you see; and when a missionary says, "I just fell in love with a girl," well, that's as silly as it can be. Nobody falls in love unless they want to, unless they're trying to. Nobody does, nobody ever did.

So we just don't fall in love unless we are fooling around. We never fall in a crater unless we are somewhere near the edge of it. I have been up to Vesuvius and on a number of craters and volcanoes, and I know you just don't ever fall in a crater unless you are on the edge of it. And so you just keep your hearts locked. I said lock them in Salt Lake when you leave the Mission Home, and don't give a thought to it. But if you go around and say, "Well, she is kind of a pretty girl. She surely is a sweet little thing. She's a nice girl. I'd like to talk with her—I'd just like to visit with her," well, you are in for trouble and that trouble can bring you a lifetime of trouble, a lifetime of regrets if you continue on with it.

So, can I impress that again? Lock your hearts and leave the key at home! Wherever you live, leave the key home with your folks. And your heart—it's only that part of it that deals with people generally that you open up. We just can't tolerate it, can we? We can't individually, we can't totally.

Someone said, "Well, is ere any harm in marrying a Mexican girl if you are working in Mexico?" No, that isn't any crime, but it proves that some missionary has had his heart open. He has unlocked it. Is it wrong to marry a German girl when you have been on a German mission? Why, no, there is no crime in that, if you met her some other way. But when you meet her in the mission field and you have opened, I tell you it isn't right! And you have shortchanged your mission.

Just keep your hearts locked. Your whole thought should be missionary work. How can I make it more plain and more important than that? I'd like to because there is no reason whatever for any missionary to ever become involved, not even in a decent way, with any girl in the mission field. It isn't the place! You guaranteed, you promised. You went through the temple. You remember what you did in the temple? Remember you promised you'd do all the things the Brethren request of you, to live the commandments. That's one of the commandments when you go into the mission field: "Thou shalt not flirt. Thou shalt not associate with young women in the mission field, or anyone else, for that matter, on any other basis than the proselyting basis." You promised, and you would not want to break a promise you made before the Lord in the Holy Temple of the Lord. And when you wrote your letter (of acceptance) to President McKay, that was implied in it. You knew, of course—every missionary knows— that he isn't going out to court, at he isn't going out to find a wife. He's got plenty of opportunity when he gets home, and the mission field isn't the place.

Sometimes we find a young man who has not been popular at home; he has been very, very backward at home and he hasn't had many dates. And so when he gets out into the mission field and somebody flatters him a little—some girl shows a lot of interest in him—why, he's flattered. He thinks all at once, "Well, that's whom I should marry." I say this once more by repetition and for emphasis: you lock your hearts at home, and if you haven't done so, do it now and send the key back. You will not permit any impression, any romantic thought or impression in your mind. For two years you have given yourself to the Lord, totally to teach the gospel to the world. When you have done this perfectly for two years and then you go home, you are infinitely more attractive, more able, more dignified, more mature to make those important decisions for your life in the matter of personages to enjoy eternity with you.

Well, I didn't intend to get on that, either, but I've been on it, and I hope I have not been offensive in it at all. But I hope you got the spirit of it. And should you know of any problems that are aborning, problems that are beginning to develop, some missionary who is getting off the tract, some group that is getting a little careless about mission rules, you can talk to them in a sweet, kindly way. If they persist, then there is something else to do and you have a loyalty to it.

God bless you, missionaries, and I hope to visit with you a little longer later.


(These remarks were made by President Spencer W. Kimball, then a member of the Council of the Twelve, while on a mission tour in Latin America sometime in 1967 or 1968. They were spoken prior to Brother Kimball's interviewing the missionaries in that mission.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Labor and Delivery Story


"The Day I became a Certified Mother"

One of my greatest fears in life is to give birth. Every mother who passed through it attested how painful it was. However, the excruciating labor pains to the great pushing minutes creates the most joyous and glorious feeling of officially becoming a Mommy!
Giving birth is truly a miracle!!!
It is somehow comparable to the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. 
He came to the earth with a purpose of saving all of us from our sins. He knew that He would passed through great sorrows, hurtful persecutions, unfathomable physical and emotional pains.
But despite this knowledge, He still chose to do it so all of us will have the privilege of living with our Heavenly Father and our loved-ones for time and all eternity. 
Likewise, knowing how painful labor and delivery would be, every woman who is blessed to bear a child still choose to pass through it.

***
It was around 5:30am when mild contractions every 5-10 minutes woke me up last July 15, 2016. 
The pain was uncomfortable. I told my husband to go with me to the bathroom. After I peed, I had spotting and very little bleeding. Michael was shocked when he saw the blood. He changed clothes right away. I knelt down and prayed. He then came back to me and placed his hands upon my head to give me a priesthood blessing. From that very moment, I kept telling to myself to be strong.
This is it Nyles! You were born for this. Heavenly Father will be there every second of the day!

My husband was convincing me to go to the hospital but I was hesitant. I wanted to be sure that this ain't any of those false labors since my due date was still in 2 weeks (28th of July). I called my Sister Val who is a nurse. She told me to stay calm and to wait till my water bag breaks. I then called my Mother and Sister Patch while waiting for other signs. Their reaction was opposite. They advised us to go to the hospital right away. My husband got more anxious. We decided to follow my mother's advise. Luckily, our hospital bags were ready in our trunk.

T'was one of the most memorable drives we ever had so far.....
I texted my family, my sister Ivy and Iroal. I also asked my bff Jacquie, who is closest to us in distance to come over and accompany Michael while we were waiting for our families. 
Michael drove so fast even though the hospital was just 5 minutes away from our house. He was honking all the way to the emergency room. I was trying to calm him down haha! When we finally arrived, he screamed to the guard,  "Boss, Mangangank na Misis ko!"
 (My wife is about to give birth).

Inside the ER, they checked my blood sugar and it was so high. They asked me if I was high-blood, and I responded to the nurse, "No, I'm just nervous!" Then they brought me to the Labor/Operating Room. I put on a hospital gown. The nurses placed a monitoring device on my tummy for baby's heart beat. Then they checked how far was the baby from the womb to where she supposed to come out, it was 2cm. It was crazy!!! There were other pregnant women on labor too beside me, (only curtains divided us from each other). I was hearing their cries. The pushing table was also close to us so I could hear a mother delivering her baby. The OB was like, "OK, hold your breath, Inhale. Ready... Push!!", and then she counted from 1 to 10.
That scared me. Why am I hearing all these? But in the end,  I was grateful. It was like a labor class.

From 7am to 9am, it was still at 2cm. Contractions slowed down. I told my baby to sleep with me first because I was exhausted. My OB instructed me to go home, walk some more and drink the thing that would open my pelvic (pampahilab). I agreed with her because I was very hungry too. So I came out from the Operating Room shamefully in a wheelchair. Michael was sitting with all the other fathers and relatives of those mothers on labor. It was very funny. He was carrying all our stuff. When he saw me, he was like.. "Okay, where are we going now? What room?" and I was like, "come here. Come closer. We are going back home! False Alarm."
The Nurse who assisted us told us that if this was a true labor, I wouldn't be able to smile.
So, we drove around the city to relax. But the pains didn't cease. We ate at Jollibee. I told him I wanted to sleep at home.

***
My Sister Ivy and her family finally arrived (from Bulacan). Ate Iroal also came right away from Pasig.  She went to the hospital. She insisted to the receptionist that she was there for Nyla Burgos. She didn't know I was sent back home.  She called me and asked for my room number. I was like, room number-bahay (house).  Their support was full-force. I was one lucky sister. Mama Lydia, Michael's mom was still on her way from Tuguegarao.
We were laughing and laughing as I related to them our "false alarm story".
I took a hot bath/shower and wore a beautiful purple dress from my Mommy. I now called this my labor gown. The contractions didn't stop. Light bleeding continued.
Ate Iroal told me to be ready any time.
I kept talking to my baby the whole day.I told her to be good, to be cooperative and to come out today.I had a strong feeling that I will deliver my baby at 38th week. I just knew it.

At around 4:00pm, the back pain got intense. I ate and kept walking.
4:30 PM - I was crying. I told them to get ready, and we shall go to the hospital.
I ate some more bread. We dropped by Mercury Drugs to buy the rest of the things we need. We arrived at the hospital around 5:00-5:15 PM. I headed straight from the Emergency Room to the Labor Room. Michael was cheering for me all the way.
He was like, "Go Nyles! Kaya mo yan! (You can do it!)

It was a perfect timing! My Ob was there with her team. They were preparing for a CS Operation scheduled at 7:00 PM.  What a glorious day! So when she saw me, she hurriedly assisted me. It was a 7-star service. I was at 6cm already! I love how they were all calm and very encouraging to me. I was shaking and chilling. I couldn't explain the feelings. I was excited, trying to stay strong. I was so nervous. Clueless. It was very painful and I just wanted to get through it so bring it on. It was like a dream!! I told my baby to stay strong and that we can do this together.
Hugging and kissing each other is just hours away.

The contractions progressed until I reached 9cm. I decided to get an epidural. The anesthesiologist was awesome. I didn't feel anything when she injected the pain reliever. They broke my water bag. Finally, the time has come! I was transferred to the pushing table. I was feeling a little calmer now. I even managed to take a selfie before I pushed.
My Ob was full of poise. She was relaxed. Her voice was soothing.
We started to push. Baby had 2 cord-coil. After 6 to 7 pushes, she finally came out.
We took some photos.

It was 6:51 PM. We became officially a family of 3.

My last 3 consecutive pushes were so memorable to me. I called Heavenly Father for help on the last one. I felt His love encircled around me. When I saw my baby, I couldn't explain the overflowing joy. When I heard her cry, it was the most beautiful and magical sound! I felt a different kind of love , a love that I have never felt before, a mother's love. 

Welcome to the world Zephrine! I now have someone I can call "my daughter".

Our first photo. Forever the most special.









11 Strategies for Managing Stress -repost

11 Strategies for Managing Stress
Evaluate your stressors to better cope.
John H. Ostdick  April 7, 2014
The root of stress management is realizing stress is information that we can examine and use, and the first step in understanding that data is becoming mindful of our stress and its impact upon us, says Kathleen Hall, founder of The Stress Institute in Atlanta.

While the subtleties may vary in stress management sources’ tips on how to manage stress, there are a number of constants. The following covers some of the universal ground, and a few wild cards.

Related: 7 Thoughtful Ways to Stress Less

1. If you can’t avoid a stressful situation, try to alter it.
Often, this involves changing the way you communicate and operate in your daily life. Express your feelings instead of bottling them up. Be willing to compromise but be more assertive. Manage your time better.  (Helpguide.org)

2. If you can’t change the stressor, change yourself.
Reframe problems. Try to view stressful situations from a more positive perspective. Look at the big picture. Take perspective of the stressful situation. Focus on the positive; this simple strategy can help you keep things in perspective. (Helpguide.org)

3. Take a break from a stressor.
It may seem difficult to get away from a big work project, a crying baby, or a growing credit card bill, but when you give yourself permission to step away from it you can gain a new perspective and feel less overwhelmed.  It’s important to not avoid your stress (those bills have to be paid sometime), but even 20 minutes of self-care is helpful. (American Psychological Association)

4. Breathing is the foundation to de-stress and heal.
Our normal shallow breathing starves the body and brain of oxygen, which affects the immune and cardiopulmonary systems. Develop the practice of taking several deep diaphragmatic breaths in a tense moment; it clears the mind, body, and soul. (The Stress Institute)

5. Scientific research supports the practice that quieting the mind, body, and soul offers great health benefits.
Find a quiet place, get comfortable, focus on a one- to five-word phrase you fancy and repeat it over and over. Take deep diaphragmatic breaths, in and out, in and out. You may want to set a timer in the beginning for 10 minutes so you won’t worry about time. The practice sends healing hormones into your body for relaxation and health. (The Stress Institute)

6. Be aware of your unhealthy coping methods to dealing with stress.
Turning to food, alcohol or drugs often just turns one set of problems into another that can balloon out of control. It’s better to avoid those unhealthy coping mechanisms from the start, and find good ways to keep your stress under control. (Psych Central)

7. The practice of journaling has health benefits.
Journaling reduces stress by removing the worry and thoughts racing over and over in your mind. You move these worries, concerns, hopes or dreams out of your body onto the paper. (The Stress Institute)

8. Affirmations can affect our health.
Research indicates every thought and emotion creates a chemical release into our bodies, which affect our mental, physical and spiritual health and well-being. Negative self-talk can be damaging; giving positive messages wards this damage off.  (The Stress Institute)

9. Friendships are strong indicators of mental, physical and spiritual health.
Friendship is not a luxury, but is essential to work-life balance and your health. Studies show that isolation decreases immune functioning and increases mortality risk. (The Stress Institute)

10. Exercise regularly, sleep, and eat a healthy diet.
Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Aerobic exercise does wonders for releasing pent-up stress and tension. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Reduce caffeine and sugar. Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

11. Heighten your awareness of the moment by focusing intently on an object.
Notice a pencil’s shape, color, weight and feel. Or slowly savor a raisin or a piece of chocolate. Mindfulness leads to relaxation. Realize that managing stress is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Everyone is different, and reacts to stress differently. (Multiple Sources)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pregnancy Diaries


Life is worth recording! #journalkeeping
THE 9-MONTH DATE BOOK
Hi Baby! Thank you for coming into our lives! We are so excited to meet you very soon. For now, I will keep writing you letters, and I hope someday you will feel how much you mean to me and Daddy! I love growing with you. Thank you for holding on so tight and for being as healthy as Mommy. Daddy takes good care of us so well! He is deeply grateful for you! You are a reminder of God's love and His wonderful plans for each of our lives.
You rock baby!! We will study the gospel together, listen to LDS Hymns and go to church with Daddy while you are inside Mommy's womb! Take care my little one!


Hi Baby Boo! Today is our 16th week. We successfully passed our 4-month mark! Cheehoo!! Did you know that you are Mommy's "Birthday wish"? I asked Heavenly Father to give me you right after I blew my birthday candles.  Daddy also prayed for you when we went to the temple last October (2015). You are a gift. ! Know that I feel extremely grateful that you came at a very perfect time just like how Mommy and Daddy met.

1Samuel 1:27,  "For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

#Sharegoodess at Philippines Manila Temple

Our FIRST MONTH together was unnoticed. I didn't know that you're there already! Mommy was enjoying her nightly jog with Daddy and water therapy. I remember one time when I felt so tired after running for less than 5 minutes which was very weird because Mommy could run longer than Daddy. So I decided to rest and walked home. I kinda got a feeling that I might have you inside.
We had our temple date this month with Grandma Trudee, Auntie Ives, Uncle Denz and Daddy Mike. We spent almost 2 whole days at the Manila Temple and performed ordinances from Baptism, Endowment to Family Sealing for Grandma's parents, siblings and grand parents. It was so special feeling closer to our dear ancestors. I was blessed that I had this beautiful experience in the house of the Lord with you! 

Our SECOND MONTH was glorious! I found a part of my heart I didn't know existed. It was after Daddy's haircut when we bought a Pregnancy Test from Mercury Drug. I took the test and left it on our dining table. I asked Daddy to check the results for me. Then he said, "Nyles, there are two negative lines. You're not pregnant." I got confused so I checked the results for myself.
Our first ever ultrasound at Sacred Heart Medical Center
Daddy didn't know how to read Pregnancy Test.My heart beat faster. I knew it.
I was pregnant. Daddy cried for joy.  He prayed straightway to thank our dear Heavenly Father for giving you--- a very special blessing! We waited for you! Did you know that Mommy and Daddy weren't able to sleep the whole night after our Pregnancy Test? Yes! We were thinking about you. Dreaming about you---"our little family to be!"

This month, I started to feel more sick. I had nausea. I was bloated most of the time. I had minor headaches but everything was under control. Daddy was so caring. He was very helpful in every way! He did mostly all the household chores. He made sure we had enough rest, water, proper nutrition, and vitamins. He made us our milk every morning and every night.

Christmas 2015 at SM City Clark, Pampanga
Our THIRD MONTH was a treat! It was the holiday season. We celebrated Christmas with your Lola Lydia, Nanay Suting, Tita Iroal, the Santiago Family and with your cousins Denzel, Dwayne, Daniela and Iya. Then Tito Bernie and Tita Val came over from Ozamis for the New Year's Eve.
What a blast! We had a Christmas Program at home and Dad was one of the 3 Kings who gave baby Jesus and all of us exciting gifts. Although Mommy got tired easily most of the time, she couldn't control her energy when the people she loves are around her. We can't wait to spend this moment with you! We also did a lot of shopping and organizing for ProLook's Christmas Party. Did you know that there was one night when we had to ride a tricycle from SM San Fernando to our house in Angeles? It was a 1 hour+ travel! Thank you for being such a strong baby!Thank you for holding on so tight.
I am deeply grateful that we passed our first trimester successfully with flying colors. Lastly, Daddy & I celebrated our 1st Year Wedding Anniversary too! What a month full of special days! Just how you are to me- so special, so precious!



ALOHA SECOND TRIMESTER!



Angeles Ward 2 Valentines' Day Party
Our  FOURTH MONTH was full of love.This month we had many challenges together: physical, emotional and mental but guess what my dear? You were even stronger than Mommy! There were rough and gloomy days but I found a new antidote for any kind of stress? It is the sound of your heartbeats plus your kicks and moves! Whenever I feel you, I feel so much love! Indeed, "when a mother is pregnant, she is never alone!" Mom & Dad were also interviewed by President Angelito Bondoc for stake callings. I was gonna say "No" but Heavenly Father taught me one great lesson through this call. I learned that the best time to serve the Lord and to express to Him our love by following His will for us is when we are least capable to obey - when we think to ourselves that we simply couldn't do it, that we are weak and helpless, or that we are not enough. The atonement of Christ is there to enable us to accomplish the extraordinary. We give our best, He will do the rest. I love that my setting-apart blessings were extended to you. I felt more confident that I am going to have a healthy, easy and blessed pregnancy

MARCH. Our FIFTH MONTH was exciting! We were scheduled for our Congenital Scan, actually we could go for the usual ultrasound to find out your gender but Daddy wanted to count your fingers, check your eyes, and everything! He told me that you're his dream and he's so excited to meet you!

Gender Reveal Teaser (from our Engagement Collection)
It was a beautiful Sunday, March 20. The line was so long at Robinsons Mills, San Fernando, Pampanga. We weren't able to attend church. We waited from 10am to 3:00pm for our turn. I laid on a bed and my heart was pumping so fast. I prayed. I couldn't wait to know if you are our princess or my Nehemiah.... and so the scanned started. I was by myself with the Doctor, little did I know daddy was just right next to us, behind the curtains that divided us from him. He was watching you at a different TV/Screen. The Doctor showed me your head and heart, and measured both. They were perfect! She said your eyes were in a good condition, lips formed well, and the bridge of your nose was starting to develop. You were so "malikot" (moving so well), then you showed us your fingers both in your hands and in your feet. You have long fingers! We counted each and they were all complete. The Doctor commented, your baby is such a poser! See? She is showing us everything! (and I was like in my mind, "Like Mother, Like Daughter!). Then, you opened your legs, then the Doctor asked me, so what do you think? Is it a boy or a girl? I knew it from the very start that you were a girl but I just said, a boy?' and then she said, "No, she's a girl!" YAY! I have now a "mini me"!!! Three times she re-confirmed that you are a sweet baby girl!! We also checked your legs, arms, bones, ribs, back bones, and your other organs! Everything was growing normal and right! At the end of our session, she congratulated Mommy and Daddy for a healthy YOU! We were so excited to break the news! I told Grandma Trudee and the Person Family right away when we arrived at our house. Then Daddy announced it to the Burgos Clan. I also told our boss Dusty since he was here in the Philippines at that time and he texted us to tell Him. hahahaha! Everyone was so excited especially to see how we will be partners in crime but I am more excited to have you as my little assistant! We gave thanks to our dear Heavenly Father for this news, for you -- "our unexpected blessing".

Hi Mommy at 23 Weeks,  @Tita Jac's Wedding.
3/24/2016: BABY GENDER REVEALED

























Our SIXTH MONTH was Fantastic! I was finally convinced to buy a brand new car. We were actually looking for a quality secondhand car since January of this year but I didn't like any of our prospects. We bought a 2015 model, Honda Brio Amaze, #everydayamazing. We love everything about this car! Heavenly Father is ever so gracious to all of His children. We can now go to places faster and safer. The best part is we can serve the Lord and magnify our callings better. I can't wait to visit our loved ones, friends and the beautiful places in our country with you baby! We named our car "Lucky". Adventures await you my dear!




EMBRACING OUR 3RD TRIMESTER TOGETHER

Mother's Day @Angeles Ward 2




SEVENTH MONTH, May 2016. It was a very spiritual month for Daddy and Mommy. We had our first long distance road trip when we attended the Youth Conference in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. I am so proud of Daddy as he develops his talents and especially his testimony of the gospel. We started to be more involved with the Youth Activities, getting to know each of them and meeting with the youth leaders per each ward. I enjoyed our stake visits as well. My favorite part of being a leader is the privilege to share our light through our testimonies, faith, wisdom and good examples. I feel extremely blessed to serve in this calling with my husband, and most of all with you baby while inside my womb. Together, we will build the Lord's Kingdom and empower our dear young friends. 





EIGHT MONTH, June 2016 . It was a fun, 
creative month. Mommy had a surprise baby shower by the Relief Society. It was so beautiful. It really touched my heart. They prepared lots of foods, games and gifts for us. Tita Patch and Tito Kev sent us a package of gifts for you too. We got all we need from baby clothes, gears, feeding stuff, toys, books and all other paraphernalias. Bishop Dan and his lovely wife gave us a pair of clothing. Tito Jeremie gave you a sleeper and a bag of clothes. Blessings were overflowing this month. We didn't need to buy a lot of things for you. Everything was provided by grace and love. I also started to make DIY organizers for your stuff. Nanay Suting stayed in our house this month. We helped her with her medications, making sure she's healthy before she left for Ozamis to assist Tita Val. We love Nanay! She is a heroine. Daddy and I were always doing our best to spend "babe time" together before your arrival. We went to Clark Museum and Parks with the Santiago Family. We were able to attend a temple session too and had our "Maternity Photoshoot" there by Ronuel Paredes. Yea! Let the good times roll! 




NINTH MONTH, July 2016. It was a workaholic month. The first week was our launching for the company's new websites and uniform builder. Jared, our CIO from Utah came over to lead this event. It was successful. We had a feast!!!! Second week was our team building at WhiteRock, Subic. There was a typhoon during this time but it didn't stop us. We had a blast! Daddy and I spent one night in the resort. I love this moment with him. This is going to be our last date before we become a family of three. Look at you baby! You were just too energetic and smart inside mommy. I can't wait to meet you! The following days, Dusty, our CEO from Utah arrived. We planned, planned and planned until you finally came out and said Hi to this world. 



My dear baby, this 9-month date blog went by so fast. You have taught me so much. You taught me to take good care of myself. You developed more patience in me. You strengthened my faith. You added joy to my life. And you gave me another reason to wake up each day with the perfect brightness of hope. I want you to know that I love each day of this pregnancy. You rock baby! 

Sincerely,
Your one and only, "Mommy Nyles-cee"



Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bucket List: 100 Things To Do in the Philippines

1. Visit Minalungao National Park in Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija and go swimming, cave exploring, raft riding, and cliff diving.
2. Attend the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark, Pampanga.
3. Swim with the whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu.
4. Revisit history at Intramuros, Manila.
5. Experience Discovery Trail at Masungi Georeserve at Tanay, Rizal, where you can get in touch with nature.
6. Go white water rafting on Cagayan River.
7. Learn to surf at Baler, Aurora.
8. Go wakeboarding at Nuvali.
9. Try the trapeze at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
10. Experience fake snow at Baguio Country Club Christmas Village in December.
11. Eat pastel for days at Cagayan de Oro.
12. Explore Siargao Island.
13. Ride the Extreme Edge Coaster at Crown Regency, Cebu.
14. Go on a staycation in Picasso Boutique Residences at Makati.
15. Eat-all-you can at Spiral in Sofitel, Pasay.
16. Escape the metro and spend time with family in a Tagaytay weekend getaway.
17. Indulge in a rejuvenating stay in The Farm at San Benito at Lipa, Batangas.
18. Spend Christmas and New Year at Baguio.
19. Eat bagnet and Vigan longganisa at Ilocos Sur.
20. See the Bangui windmills first hand in Ilocos Norte.
21. Take a selfie at the Patapat Viaduct in Pagudpud.
22. Go kayaking along Port Barton in Palawan during sunset.
23. Climb the rock formations at Biri Island, Northern Samar.
24. Release some turtles into the sea at Turtle Island, Sulu.
25. Visit Zamboanga City’s Pink Beach in Sta. Cruz Island.
26. Swim in Dinagat Islands’ Bababu Lake.
27. Feed a giraffe at the Calauit Safari Park in Busuanga, Palawan.
28. Get a beer and watch the sunset along Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan.
29. Do free diving along Apo Reef in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
30. Feed the monkeys of Bud Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.
31. Do skydiving in Bantayan Island.
32. Visit Manila's 10 best contemporary art galleries.
33. Go motorbiking at Sagada.
34. Try cliff-diving at Siquijor.
35. Bike around Batanes.
36. Play with stingless jellyfish at Sohoton in Surigao del Norte.
37. Enjoy picking oranges in Sagada.
38. Release turtle hatchlings back to the sea at Montemar Beach Club in Bataan.
39. Take horseback riding lessons at El Kabayo in Subic.
40. Learn how to climb a coconut tree.
41. Drive a jeepney for a day.
42. Go strawberry picking in Baguio.
43. Party all night in Boracay during the summer.
44. Visit all the islands in Hundred Islands National Park.
45. Go on a pilgrimage at Antipolo.
46. Experience the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
47. Join the street dancing at Sinulog in Cebu City.
48. Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan.
49. Try to eat raw tamilok in Palawan.
50. Eat authentic Cebu lechon.
51. See the wondrous Magellan’s Cross.
52. Climb and conquer Mount Pulag.
53. Go snorkeling and see giant clams at The Giant Clam Sanctuary in Samal.
54. Go spelunking in Cantabon Cave in Siquijor.
55. See butterflies at Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary.
56. Stand in wonder in front of the Old Enchanted Balete Tree in Siquijor.
57. Drive a car with a full tank of gas and see where the road will lead.
58. Stroll down the historic Escolta Street in Manila.
59. Be transported back in time by exploring Calle Crisologo in Vigan.
60. Trek to the Bantay Bell Tower in Ilocos Sur.
61. Ride a bike from Manila to Baguio.
62. Take a tour of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.
63. See the Rafflesia mira flower in bloom at Mt. Candalaga in Compostela Valley.
64. Walk the road of the Bataan Death March.
65. Eat sinuglaw in Cagayan de Oro.
66. Explore the Taal Heritage Village in Batangas.
67. Take a trip to the Vanishing Island in Samal.
68. Experience healing at Tierra de Maria in Tagaytay.
69. Go wind and kite surfing at Bulabog Beach in Boracay.
70. Cliff dive at Ariel’s Point in Boracay.
71. See the Christmas on Display (COD) at Greenhills Shopping Center.
72. Attend the UP Lantern Parade.
73. Watch the Oblation Run.
74. Try out wakeboarding at the Camsur Watersports Complex.
75. Explore and relax in Dako Beach in Siargao.
76. Hike to Tuddingan Falls and Balay Anito Falls in La Union.
77. Ride the MRT-3, LRT-1, and LRT-2, end to end.
78. Have dessert at Kabigting's Halo Halo in San Fernando, Pampanga.
79. Visit Betis Church, Sistine Chapel of Pampanga, in Guagua.
80. Find the Ghost Town in Sabtang, Batanes.
81. Go ghost hunting at the Diplomat Hotel in Baguio.
82. Relive childhood at Enchanted Kingdom and Star City.
83. Conquer Mount Apo.
84. See a Tarsier in Bohol.
85. Witness the flight of the Philippine eagle at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao.
86. Enjoy an awe-inspiring view of Chocolate Hills.
87. Help build homes with Gawad Kalinga.
88. Take a picture of Mayon Volcano.
89. Visit the BenCab Museum in Baguio.
90. Eat a hot bowl of Bulalo on a cold rainy day in Tagaytay.
91. Watch a show or performance at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
92. Trek to catch a majestic view of the Banaue Rice Terraces.
93. Watch and bet on a cockfight.
94. Walk along EDSA during an intense traffic jam.
95. Score a great bargain in Divisoria.
96. Go camping in Anawangin Cove in Zambales.
97. Fly an ultralight plane at the Angeles City Flying Club.
98. Go bungee jumping and take “The Plunge” at E.A.T Danao Adventure Parkland in Bohol.
99. See wildlife at the Calauit Safari Park in Palawan.
100. Ride the ferry in Pasig River Ferry Service.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Youth Activities 2016




QUARTER 2 - 3

After being called as the Stake  YM 1st Counselor, Michael is now the new Stake Young Men President for Angeles Philippine Stake. The call was unexpected. But it brought a lot of growing for the both us. My love for my husband becomes stronger as I learn to support him effectively as a wife and also as a Young Women Leader. 
Our first activity as Youth Leaders was the Youth Conference 2016 last May in Gabalbon, Nueva Ecija. We also attended the Stake Seminary and Institute Graduation that same month. Those activities were very special to me as they both rekindled the joy when I was like them, a teenager.
We had our "Back to School Activity" for the month of June. It was a one day Sports event. We had basketball, volleyball, badminton, chess, and other relay games. Sister Lazatin led our exercise/warm up dance. We were so lucky because that same week, we had sets of rejected volleyball and basketball uniforms (because of minor details) from the factory where we are currently working at and had them as prizes. We also gave away football and other uniforms. It was a successful activity. Everyone enjoyed it even I myself being 8th month prego. We love Sports!

**** JUNE ****
Volleyball Champion
Basketball Champion
(reversible uniforms)

                 **** JULY ****
July was a spiritual month. We had our fireside. The theme was about Social Media and How to Use it based on our Church Standards. This was to remind the Youth that Social Media could either be a tool for spiritual progression or could serve as Satan's traps. 

I was tasked to give a short introduction of our theme. I started by sharing a thought from one of my business classes. My professor told us that students in a University are grouped into 5 looks/outfits; students who do not care about their looks, the hot/sexy students, the kikays or the fashionista, the unique styles, and the professional looks.  Then he concluded that those with a professional look are most likely the ones to succeed.  Our looks is majorly affected by our choice of Social Media and Entertainment. We look like the people we admire. We consciously or unconsciously imitate them. Then, our looks gradually becomes a part of our character  and personality.  I concluded with these guidelines from E. Bednar, 



**** AUGUST ****
Coming Soon Activity




Monday, August 8, 2016

"Our Baby's Naming and Blessing Day"


ZEPHRINE
("Prynne")


As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormons), we baptize children at the age of 8 years old. "The Naming and Blessing of a Child" is a non-saving ordinance performed during Sacrament (regular Sunday meeting) for new born babies in fulfillment of the commandment recorded in the Doctrine and Covenant 20:7,

“Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name”

Naming & Blessing of a Child
Today, our daughter was presented to our dear Heavenly Father and received her name. She shall be known as Zephrine Person Burgos. Her name meaning is "BREEZE". We chose this name because she is the wind beneath our wings. With her by our side, we know that we can reach our potentials and eternal destiny. 
We feel extremely grateful for Heaven's trust and for giving us a "fruit of our love."

Blessing was proclaimed by her father, Michael by inspiration from the Lord together with Bishop Arlan Ong (Angeles 2nd Ward), Dennis Santiago (Uncle), Jeffrey Van Merkesteijn and Niloj Manalo

Her Baby Blessing Dress from Tita Irene. 

***THE BLESSING***

Heavenly Father, by the power and authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood which we hold, we present to you this child to give her a name and blessing, and her name is Zephrine Person Burgos. 
Zephrine, bilang ama binebless kita na maging masunurin ka sa commandments ng ating Ama sa Langit at ni Jesus Christ. Binebless kita na maging healthy (saka) hanggang saiyong pag tanda. Binebless kita na maging full of wisdom, na maging matalinong bata at maging active sa church, maging masunurin sa  mga leaders, local and sa ating general leaders natin, sa ating prophet. Binebless kita na makahanap ka ng isang lalaking magdadala sayo sa temple, makapag serve ka sa Panginoon kung sakali. Binebless kita na maging safe ka palagi. At ito ay iniiwan namin sa iyong ulunan sa pangalan ni Jesus Christ. Amen 




#SHEflynyles
Motherhood is becoming more real to me.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How Could Someone Loves You Just the Way your Mother Does?



"My Nanay Sofie"
(Soterania Salgado)

Being a working mom myself, it's indeed very hard to find a reliable, trustworthy someone to help you raise your kids and loves them just the way you love them. Now that I have my own 2-week old baby, I could finally say that this is one of the most precious times of my life yet it is also the most challenging. This is my Nanay Suting. She was Mommy's assistant when we were still babies while she was working as a full-time executive secretary for IRRI's General Director, Nyle Brady. Nanay taught me the real meaning of service. She never spanked me nor hurt me.  She bought me my favorite candies whenever Mommy needed to go to her office to stop me from crying. Nanay knew my favorite school uniforms and since there was only one, she washed it every night so I could wear it everyday. She knew my favorite foods and favorite toys.  There were days when we didn't like our viand, then she'd secretly cooked hotdogs/any cold cuts or eggs and hid them under our rice so we can eat our veggies with it. We had lots of trips to the market and hospital appointments together whenever I got sick. She told me that there was one time when Mommy and her had a fight and she decided to leave us. But then she returned back because of her love for me and my siblings. She was worried that no one would be there for us. Her genuine love is so evident every time she does extra efforts beyond the ordinary acts of love. She even wasn't able to marry because of her devotion to our family. 
From then on, we called her our second Mother.
"Nanay is more than a blessing to us, she is a miracle." I am very grateful that I was able to spend a whole month with her last June of this year. It was a privilege for me to show my gratitude and charity towards her. I love her with all my heart and soul. 




 












We had so much fun with Nanay Sofi! 
I also learned 3 powerful lessons from her during this short period of vacation:
1. The best time to help and extend our hands is when we are least capable to do so. Being pregnant  while helping Nanay finished all her treatment and medications was challenging. I found myself helpless, sleepy and tired. But my love for her sustained the energy I needed so I could serve the mother who unselfishly gave herself to us. I also monitored her diet and we achieved our goals!
2. Do your best each day to avoid regrets. Regrets are real!!!!!! Nanay taught me that we will have less regrets if we focus on the things that matter most. We will always make mistakes but we have the choice and power to correct them. A beautiful life is never by chance nor  by luck but it is a result of our consistent obedience to the will of the Father.
3. Read the Book of Mormon daily. Nanay is an inspiration! She is an example of how we should endure to the end during this mortal probation. She does the "basics" of the gospel of Jesus Christ every single day. 


The best thing about memories is we can create it.
...and we can create them with our families and loved-ones.
God be thank for His priceless gift of TIME.
-xoxo-

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Our Maternity Photoshoot


By Ronuel Paredes

Last June 29, 2016, we had our Burgos Family Temple Trip with the Santiagos. We also decided to do our "Maternity Photoshoot" before #BabyA comes. I love pictures!!! It's the best way to capture and preserve memories. My husband and I are doing our best to spend time together before we become a family of 3. Our temple session was so special. I love learning how Adam and Eve treated each other. How they loved and supported each other. It always touches my heart. How beautiful!
Here in this temple, we were sealed for time and all eternity.
Here as well... We Prayed for this Child.
Heavenly Father is a generous dad. He loves to bless and gives reward to His faithful children.
I am a witness of His tender mercies He graciously extends to all of us.
However, He is also full wisdom. He knows the perfect time for every worthy purpose.
Waiting for His right time makes a blessing extra special.
For waiting purifies the heart and sanctifies the soul.

Love is meant to be an adventure.

-Gordon B.  Hinckley



WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO REJOICE! 

-Lynn G. Robbins


"No other work transcends that of righteous, intentional parenting."

-Russel M. Nelson










"Great marriages are built brick by brick, day after day, over a lifetime!"

-Dieter F. Urchtdorf



FAMILIES CAN BE TOGETHER FOREVER
through Heavenly Father's Plan..




Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at HOME...

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf