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 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.
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.
Photo from a few months ago. Accidental #stripesday for us three 🙂
Stitches & Words | Street-view of our family compound. You can’t see our actual house from here. There’s home improvement on going at my cousin’s, at the moment.
We live in a family compound.
We’re practically rent-free (thanks Mom and Dad!).
We’re near a hospital (there are two hospitals within our barangay, and there are 2 more that are also very near us).
If we ever have human kids, they can walk to school where I walked to school! (Oh well sige na nga, there was a time when Papa (grandpa) took us to school, then my Daddy would also take me (and also sundo), and there was a time I took a school bus too. Pero walking distance talaga sya, so in high school I mostly walked to school. Hahaha). Oh, we don’t live in the same house from when I was a kid, but it’s in the same Barangay.
We have so many memories in this compound.
It’s very accessible. I really feel like we are in the center of Metro Manila. (Okay, so not the street our house is on, but this area in general)
Work can be under 10 minutes away (after midnight, no traffic, and if work is in Centris or Cubao). Makati is 30 minutes away (also late at night hahha).
If I seem to have fallen off the face of the earth and you can’t get in touch with me on social media or thru my phone/email, it is highly likely that there will always be someone here who would know what was up or how to pass along a message. When you fill out forms asking for a Permanent Address, this is it.
We have a small house, but there’s just the right space for our dogs. And the hubby even gets to have a Lego room! And you might not believe how much books we’ve managed to stuff in here.
It’s messy more times than it’s all spic and span, but it’s where I find comfort. There truly is no place like home.
So is this our forever home? Maybe. I still dream of a big house with a pool, and a garden that would have lots of flowers, and vegetable plots too. I still dream of living in the mountains, or near a clean and swimmable body of water. But right now, I am thankful to have this place to call home.
The beginning of November is especially dedicated for remembering loved ones that have gone ahead of us. We visit their graves, bring flowers, light candles, offer them food and prayers.
And we gather ’round with our remaining relatives (and hopefully the family keeps on growing!) to reminisce, and to make new memories.
Today, the 4th of 30 Days of Thankful, I am grateful for having experienced loss.
It’s from having lost people that I love and who have meant so much to me that I have gained a deeper appreciation for those family and friends who still live. And observing All Souls Day is a yearly reminder to take every opportunity to show our living family how much we love and appreciate them. To not waste time, and to recognise the value of each day as the gift that it truly is.