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How It All Began…

I write this to commemorate our 15th Civil Wedding Anniversary (January 2, 2012) and 15th Church Wedding Anniversary (January 4, 2012)…more blessed years with you, My Prince! ūüėÄ

Me! In High School… ūüėČ

Once upon a time in an island shaped like a sock (check your Philippine Map!), a Princess in Pink (duh! what else? hahaha) was walking in an open field (it’s now a parking lot, sigh). ¬†So young, naive and innocent, she is like a little child even in her teens. ¬†A protective pair of eyes follow her wherever she goes. ¬†The Princess may not have known it then but a promise has been made at this time. ¬†She was marked to be a wifehis wife.

6 years later, the doorbell rang, the Princess opened the door to see a man. ¬†She wonders why this man who is a stranger to her eyes doesn’t seem to be a stranger to her at all. ¬†All through the night they talked. ¬†It felt right. ¬†They clicked. ¬†They were comfortable talking about anything and everything as if they have known each other all their lives. ¬†Though they were in a group, it looked as if there were just the two of them. ¬†They ate the same thing. ¬†They sat together. ¬†Laughed together. ¬†The man was asked, “Where will you spend Christmas?” ¬†He jokingly answered, “with her”, pointing to the Princess. ¬†She also went along the joke by saying, “yes, call me on Christmas Eve, he’s with me.” ¬†Both meant it as a joke but it was a prophecy. ūüėČ

The man never for once left her side that night. ¬†The night ended with a smile on his face and a wonder on her mind. ¬†What does this mean? It didn’t end there as they met again a week later. ¬†This time it’s just the two of them. ¬†The Princess was uncertain if she will go with him but the man was persistent. ¬†So they went on their very first date. ¬†As with their first meeting, their conversation was easy and spontaneous. ¬†Though the man was more demonstrative with his feelings…by the way he tries to hold her hand, the way he looks at her, and even when he walks with her. ¬†This did not escape her attention. ¬†She felt it. ¬†She just knew it’s special. ¬†It’s different. ¬†Like he said…it was Chemistry. ūüėČ

The Princess has met her Prince. ūüėÄ

our theme song!

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Are you listening?

Have you heard this before? ¬†If you did, it’s a sign that the person talking to you felt¬†that you were not paying attention. ¬†What actually matters in a conversation is making the other feel that you are present at that moment – both mind and body. ¬†Not just physically present but mentally absent. ¬†Most of us are guilty about this. ¬†In these times, we have so many distractions. ¬†Sometimes we think about what to say next. ¬†Sometimes we’re thinking about something else like errands to do, things to settle, and other endless lists. ¬†Women also talk more than men. ¬†We talk in any occasion and in every emotion, whether we’re happy or sad, excited or depressed. ¬†The other person doesn’t even need to dispense advice. ¬†We just like to feel being listened to.

Kids, especially teenagers, are particular about this.

I hope that as parents we can learn to be there for our kids before other people do.  How sad it will be if they get this attention from strangers.

It happens to married couples too.

 

How many marriages have been broken just because somebody else listens to their spouses more. ¬†And how many arguments, fights and wars could have been avoided if ¬†people just listened more. ¬†Even with our prayers, most of us think that it’s a one-way street, we do all the talking (usually asking God for blessings). ¬†We forget that God speaks in a still small voice and we have to really take time to be quiet and listen to Him.

The Bible reminds us in James 1:19 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” ¬†This Christmas, may we learn to give time to our loved-ones.¬† Time to listen. ¬†Time to know them more. ¬†It’s something you can give for free but you will surely reap great benefits. You’ll be surprised of new things you can discover about them… if you just only listen. ūüėČ