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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Busy Days

Just been busy these past few days doing chores in the house. Yesterday, Toni and I went to the store to buy some baby stuff for the baby shower of the 2 ladies in our church who will be giving birth soon. The baby shower will be this coming Saturday for Joan and on September 5 for Elizebeth. Another lady, Alicia will be giving birth on January. So there will be three babies to be added in our church soon and that's a blessing. I've been busy cooking today. I cooked banana nut muffins after lunch and then I cooked the veggies from my garden for our supper. Yesterday after I got home from the store, I made some lumpia so I can stock up my freezer with it. I run out of wrappers so I asked my hubby today to buy 3 more packs of lumpia wrappers. I will continue making lumpia later. We were not able to attend midweek service today because hubby's back is hurting, tired from work. I gonna give him a massage tonight to relieve him of that soreness in his back.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Muffins and Bread

I'm in the mood to bake banana pecan bread and muffins today. I have to use the bananas before they rot or else they'll just go to waste and I don't want to waste anything. My parents and my grandma used to tell us when we were kids not to waste anything. So today we have a lot of snacks and my hubby would be glad when he comes home and see all the muffins and bread that I baked. He's always happy when I baked muffins and bread. He loves to eat them.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Oklahoma trip

I've been to Oklahoma several times but this short vacation we had is really an enjoyable one. We went there with Bro. Hugh and Ms. Mareta who invited us to attend the Balloon Festival in Tallequah, OK. What I really like most in this trip is the cottage house that we stayed for 2 days. It's an old house but it's been renovated and it's really cute and clean and it's situated in a very peaceful and quiet town in Cookson. Infront of the house is a 102 year old pear tree. It was also my first time to see all those big, colorful balloons and I enjoyed seeing them at night when they had the balloon glow wherein they lighted the ballons and had it twinkled. We also went to see the classic car show and the extreme wheelin show. But most of all, I enjoyed our meals that we had at Pancho's mexican buffet restaurant in OKC, at Charlie's Chicken restaurant in Tallequah and at Mazzio's Italian eatery in McAlester. We really enjoyed this trip.

balloon glow

the cottage house where we stayed

underneath the 102 year old pear tree

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Balikbayan Box

My sister Violy called me today and told me that they just received the balikbayan box that we sent them last month. She asked me to go online so we can see them on the webcam while they open the box. So I logged online but there was a problem. I can't see them on the webcam because they are still using the older version of YM. I asked Jhun, my brother-in-law to download the latest version of yahoo messenger and it took about 15 minutes. I patiently waited and when it was already downloaded, I was able to see them on the webcam. My hubby and I both watched while they opened the box and all of them there were so excited to see what's inside. I put names on most of the items in the box so they know whom to give it. My youngest nephew Mak-Mak showed the toy gun that he got in the webcam and when George saw it, he went to get his pellet gun and showed it to Mak-Mak in the webcam. It amused me to see my hubby playing with Mak-Mak online and showing his pellet gun too. When they got to see all the contents and each got their share, each of them showed what they got in the webcam and we chatted for a while. We saw all their smiles on their faces and they all said "thank you". George and I were so happy to see them all happy and they appreciated all the things that we sent them. Seeing all of my family in the Philippines on the webcam makes me homesick and want to go back there soon.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Great Is Our God

Did you ever marvel of how great and awesome our God is? Everyday of my life I can’t thank Him enough for all the things that He has done and all the things He’s going to do in my life. As I look back in the past, I remember my life before I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I had big dreams, like I wanted to finish my studies, find a good job to help my family and also get married and have a family of my own. I also wanted to get rich, have a nice house and go abroad. My parents have no riches to give us except our education. My mom passed away before I graduated in high school and my dad had no stable job but I thank God that we had a grandma who was so loving, generous and willing to support my education and also my siblings. I can say that I really did good in my studies because from elementary up to my high school years I was a consistent honor student. I wanted to prove something that even though I came from a poor family that I can be recognized in the school because of my achievements. Then when I was in my college years, the Lord had began to deal with me. My great aunt had been inviting me to go to church with her but I always had an alibi not to go. Then I asked her to sew a blouse and dress for me because she was a dressmaker. She didn’t want to charge me but she just wanted me to go to church with her on Sunday so I went with her. I remember that I was even ashamed to carry my Bible. I went there a few times but my heart was hardened and not yet ready at that time to receive Jesus in my life. I just went there just to return the favor that my great aunt did for me. It was a few years that I went there on and off. Then they had this revival and I attended it and that was December 1987. I was touched by the message of the preacher and during the invitation, the Holy Spirit convicted me to go to the altar. My heart was pounding, then I walked my way in front of the altar. I kneeled down and right there and then, I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was there at that moment that I realized that even though I have all the talent, intelligence, education and achievements in life, they are all void and meaningless if I don’t have Jesus in my heart. I realized that everything here on earth is just temporal and life without Jesus is void and empty. I thank God for He has waited on me. I was lost and He found me. There has been a lot of trials and temptations in my life but I thank God because He used those trials to transform me from being a baby Christian to a mature Christian with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Being a Christian doesn’t mean that I will be free from all these things. The Scriptures tell us in 1 Cor. 10:13 that God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. Looking back now with all the trials I’ve been through, I’m amazed that God has been so faithful to carry me through. His grace is sufficient for me, because it’s when I am weak that I am strong because He is my strength. There were also times that I committed mistakes and sinned because as long as we are in this human flesh we tend to commit sin but I went to God and ask His forgiveness. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Our God is a loving God but he hates S-I-N. I thank God for He has given Jesus to die on the cross for my sins so I will be reconciled with Him. I thank God for all the trials in my life because it increased my faith in Him. I thank God for He has changed me, my outlook and priorities in life. I thank God for the joy of my salvation. I thank God for I know that I’ll be with Him in heaven someday where there will be no more trials, no more sickness and no more tears. The Lord ain’t done with me yet. I believe He has more plans in my life and I asked Him to use me and my hubby to share the gospel to the lost. The Lord knows our hearts’ desire. We want to magnify the name of the Lord and serve Him all the days of our lives. Nothing can compare with the joy and peace that comes in serving God. God is awesome! God is great! No one else like Him.

Monday, August 6, 2007

My Birthday

It was my birthday yesterday and praise God for adding another year in my life. God is the source of my existence and without Him I am nothing. Wasn't it only yesterday when I was just a kid and don't have many problems because mom and dad took care of everything? Now I'm a grown-up woman and over the past years I faced many trials and problems in life. Mom and dad were not around anymore to lean on during those times of trials in life because the good Lord had called them home. But one thing I'm thankful of, I have my Heavenly Father who is always there for me when I needed Him. I just call on Him and talk to Him through prayers about all my problems and trials in life and He's always there to listen. He love me so much that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus to die for me so I could be with Him in heaven someday. I am so thankful that despite all the disappointments in life, God did not leave me alone. He's seen me and carried me through during those times. Life is not always fair, but God is always faithful. Bless the Lord O my soul!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

It's August!

How time flies! It's already August. This is the month of my birthday, on the 5th to be exact. My late mom was born on the 3rd and my aunt on the 16th. It was in the wet season in the Philippines when I was born. But during this month, it's summer here in the US. In fact, this is the hottest month here where the temperature hit the 3 digit mark. Hmmm...It's good that this summer is just mild compared to last year. It was soooo hot last year that I stayed in the house practically all summer. I didn't like to go out because of the heat.