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Mama, the Original #GirlBoss

My Mama, Mom, Mommy.

She is the original #girlboss. I grew up with an amazing female role model. She showed me that a woman can be many things – a leader, a boss, a wife, daughter, sister, mother, friend. She is strong and smart, loving and caring.

Amir and Arkin are soooo lucky to spend a lot of time with Grandma.

I am thankful for my Mama!

Guevara Cousins

I am thankful for all the time we’ve been spending this year with my husband’s side of the family, particularly, his Guevara cousins.

There’s always someone celebrating a birthday so every month we pick who hosts but everyone brings something for potluck dinner and drinks.

These gatherings have been fun. There is always a lot of laughs, and some dancing too (just them, not me). There have been animated discussions about the state of the country (not everyone has the same opinion), ideas for business ventures, and many many more.

*This post is still part of my 30 Days of Thankful series.

Pet-a-Holic

Thankful for the good vets, groomers, and staff at our neighbourhood pet shop and clinic – Pet-a-Holic!

Stitches & Words | Pet-a-Holic

They have been taking care of our babies since 2015 and we are happy customers. They send out SMS reminders when shots or follow ups are due for any of our critters, and that’s been really helpful for us to stay on top of these things.

Pet-a-Holic is a one-stop-shop. They sell pet supplies, accessories, food, medicine, and supplements. They also have a clinic that can provide ultrasound, X-ray, and other such services. If your pet needs to be confined for 24-hour care, they also have that. Grooming services can also be availed, as well as room and board in case you’re going away on a trip.

We are there almost weekly for dog food, and now every 2 weeks for the required shots for the puppies.

Sa totoo lang, our fur-babies are more up-to-date with visits to the doctor than their hooman parents. Hahahaha. 🙂

Dad and Kuya

I am thankful for my Dad and my Kuya.

Through them, I’ve learned what good men are supposed to be like.

My prayer is that they become stronger and healthier for many many more years so they can continue to be fine examples for my nephews Amir and Arkin. They truly are the type of men anyone would want their sons to grow up and be like.

Stitches & Words | Dad and Kuya

Photo from a few months ago. Accidental #stripesday for us three 🙂

The Gift

I cannot imagine NOT having books. I am so grateful for books, for the love of reading, for second-hand/pre-loved books, for old-book smell, new-book smell.

I am never lonely, for as long as there are books to read. They are gateways to other worlds. Stories to dive into. Characters to get to know.

Stitches & Words | You’ll never be lonely surrounded by books

I read The Gift while taking a break from Earthsea.

The husband is away on an overnight trip with his team. Apart from the dogs keeping me company (or is it the other way around? After all, there’s seven of them and only one of me), there are a lot of books here to read.

While taking a break from Earthsea, I decided I’d read Cecelia Ahern’s The Gift. Lou Suffern’s story is a good reminder to look at how we are living – are we constantly in a hurry? Always feeling the pull of having to be in two places at one time? What is it all for?

In the seemingly endless juggle between work and family, I guess there is a case for such as a question as this: is it juggling if you constantly choose one over the other? Always choosing work, thinking that family cannot fire you. But is it true?

At the end of our lives, not all of us will have the opportunity to make things right. Not everyone will have the chance to make that lasting positive memory that we can leave behind. So why wait til the end?

Time is a gift. One that we cannot earn back or buy more of. Money can be earned, lost, then earned back. Just think about that for a moment.

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