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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.

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


-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

through Heavenly Father's Plan..

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

-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

DIY Mini Baby Stuff Organizer

Another fun project I did this weekend was my "Mini Baby Stuff Organizer". 
I used a shoe box for this one. And this is what I created.

DIY Baby Clothes Organizer

Oh the small stuff!! They are so cute and so fun to organize!!!
I witnessed how my married sisters' lives were changed when their babies came to their families. 
The first 3 months were like a roller coaster ride. It's a 180 degrees turn around. 
You should never expect your life to go back just the way it was. 
But to embrace your new life, new routines and new world. 
Although I will never ever be 100% ready, I desire to be as prepared as I could be.
I made a DIY Baby Clothers Organizer so I can sort things our faster. 
I might not be able to fold them beautifully but finding what I need will be easier. 

STEP 1: Get equal sized boxes. I regret that I cut the cover of these boxes. I am not sure if having these covers as protection from any insects/dirt is better. But I am planning to make one soon. 

STEP 2: Cover with cute colored papers.

STEP 3: Cover all parts with plain,light colored cartolina/construction papers.

STEP 4: Put labels.

STEP 5: Cover with plastic wraps (transparent).

STEP 6: Arrange as desired. 

I enjoyed this project a lot. Thanks to my Sister Patchy for the materials and also to my ever supportive husband.
There you go!! Here's my DIY "Baby Clothes Organizer."