let's play pretend! =)

Kuya's been into pretend plays lately :) from cleaning the house, answering the phone, to eating and cooking! =)

i can only imagine

Crying so early. Seeing this Earthly Dad do the odds for his son, can you imagine what Our Great Dad up there can do for us? Thanks Kukai for sharing this in facebook! Keep sharing some more! Hugs...

A Gift Friendship Series: Part One

I am serious when it comes to friendship. So far, I have had many disappointments. There are times I cry to my hubby over something most of you may just laugh at. But more than these occasional down times in my friendships, I am blessed to have real ones. Some are my friends from way way back the elementary days, some I just met.

Let me honor them. This is in no partucular order hehehe...

Friend no 1. She lives in Sawmill. She knows all about me. I believe 99.9% of me. When we were young. Still in elementary, I would run to her house to ask for toothpaste when we run out of it. I wash laundry with her in their laundry area. We used pump well then. We danced together to the tune of Regine Velasquez' Urong Sulong. Giggle about crushes. I was among the very first to know when she became a mother. She is the Ninang of my son. The last time we talked? A few days ago. Too bad she does not facebook though. I love this friend of mine. I will make sure she knows it.

Friends no 2. She lives in Wisconsin. She used to be my co teacher. We spent many times together. Mostly with food. We used to borrow money from each other. It was I who borrowed more. I love her being so cute and funny. She has her way of telling me my weaknesses without being harsh. I was with her the the first time I went to Boracay. She knows my embarassing secrets. She celebrates when Im victorious. Cries when I fail. I cried to her while I had miscarriage. She hates the people I hate. Hmmmn. Im not too sure. Basi gina pa lipay ya lng ko. hehehe. She watched Miguel's first solid food via webcam. She was supposed to be my maid of honor. But she was far away during that time. I learned later on she was actually in town that day. I hated her for that. I am the happiest when she got engaged. I miss her everytime I fight with hubby. We say I love u to each other in YM. Yes friends can be cheesy. The last time we talked?Yesterday.

Up next. Friend no. 3

To be continued....

at 1 year, 3 months...

you can:
walk a few steps
dance to whatever tune. slow or fast.
stack blocks
push a trolley
read a few letters
read familiar words
wave bye bye
do flying kiss
nods "yes"
say a few words:
dah (daddy)
beh (bird)
buh (balloon)
kah (water)
kah (fountain)
kah (drink)
keh (cookie)
keh (eat)
eee (stroller)
you love:
kuya (super)
chips (and i don't like it)
you hate:
you like:
playhouse disney

i love:

Baby's toes on Kuya's page :)

rock with you by: michael jackson

I just love love love love this song of MJ. Dedicated ni sa akon crush :)

paano kung may facebook na sa panahon ni Rizal?

Please click the page for larger and clearer version. Thanks Margaret for sharing this hilarious page! Excuse me usa kay ako sa sila i add lol!

The FINAL Analysis

The FINAL Analysis
Written by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are often unreasonable, illogical,
and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone
could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the FINAL analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway

_end of poem_


If you're struck by this poem
because you feel that the author seems to
talk about how you really feel at the moment,
Then I want you to know...
I feel exactly the same.
Be happy anyway! :)
God loves us. He knew we will be needing
this kind of comforting messages
once in a while.
Courage! We are never alone.

P.S. Thank you Teresia for sharing this beautiful message!

Why God Made Mums

My hubby sent this to me via email. Perfect gesture for a very imperfect mood I'm having. Im disappointed with some fair weather friendships I have. I wish I can get rid of it. Sorry, doing WWJD is just too difficult at this minute. Maybe a bit later.

Thanks Baby for making me smile today by forwarding this cute article. And thanks for being my friend. The consistent one.

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the sticky tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mum just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mum?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's Mums like me.

What kind of little girl was your Mum?
1. My Mum has always been my Mum and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mum need to know about Dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mum marry your Dad?
1. My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mum eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My Grandma says that Mum didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mum doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because Dad's such an idiot.
2. Mum. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mum is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What's the difference between Mums & Dads?
1. Mums work at work and work at home and Dads just go to work at work.
2. Mums know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but Mums have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Mums have magic, they make you feel better without medicine..

What does your Mum do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't have spare time.
2. To hear her talk, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mum perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. You know, her hair. I'd die it, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mum, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mum smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Thrifty Thursday:Joint Celebrations!

One of the coolest things I have ever done with the Gmoms (Gorgeous! That's how we call our selves. We are the wives of our husbands who work/used to work in Fairchild) is to hold joint parties like the "Colors and Dots", the "Stripe-it-up", the "valentine" just recently the "11-in-1"! It has been a tradition to celebrate birthdays together, thus, saving money while having fun! We all help each other with the details (I love this part so much!) and each family brings one or two dishes making our parties a feast! The highlight of each party is the "tapaw"! That's when we bring home plenty of left over meals :)

nagging thoughts

I miss teaching. I really do. I miss teachers field trip (to tagaytay, boracay, etc). I miss receiving my paycheck. I miss co-teachers chika breaks. I miss nappping on the faculty room's reclining chair during my vacant periods, and being teased by Miss tuble. I miss being called "Ms. Badilla, Teacher Gen, Teacher Bebang." I miss LCC. I miss magsungay. I miss the flowers every teahers day. I miss the free meals when kids have cooking class! I miss the smiles, the hugs.

I have a different calling now. Being a mom (and a teacher too!) to my 2 boys. And being a wife to my GBG. If God wants me to continue my teaching profession, in His time, I don't know. Maybe when the kids are a little older. One thing I'm sure is, I want to be with them now. In their formative years. The temptation to earn dollars is always nagging me. It keeps coming back. But then again I have to convince myself to sacrifice a few more years. Anyway, I still get hugs (and more) every single minute of every single day and night. I must admit, those are a lot more valuable than the paychecks! Now i have to go get a few :) Ciao!

Daily Mass Readings for July

Thanks EWTN.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Blessed Junipero Serra, OFM Priest (Optional Memorial)

First Reading:

Genesis 21:5, 8-20; 2:1-8
Psalm 34:7-13
Matthew 8:28-34

The reason why sometimes you have asked and not received, is because you have asked amiss, either inconsistently, or lightly, or because you have asked for what was not good for you, or because you have ceased asking.

-- St Basil

Thursday, July 2, 2009

First Reading:

Genesis 22:1-19
Psalm 115:1-6, 8-9
Matthew 9:1-8

But the counsel of the Lord standeth for ever: the thoughts of his heart to all generations. To deliver their souls from death; and feed them in famine.

-- Ps. xxxii. 11,19

Friday, July 3, 2009
St. Thomas, Apostle (Feast)

First Reading:

Ephesians 2:19-22
Psalm 117:1-2
John 20:24-29

All the glory of the king's daughter is within in golden borders, Clothed round about with varieties. After her shall virgins be brought to the king: her neighbours shall be brought to thee.

-- Ps. Xliv. 14, 15

Saturday, July 4, 2009
Independence Day

First Reading:

Isaiah 58:6-11
Psalm 107:2-9
Matthew 25:31-46

Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not. And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.

-- John 21:18,19

Sunday, July 5, 2009
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Second Reading:

Ezekiel 2:2-5
Psalm 123:1-4
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Mark 6:1-6

We live poverty by filling the hours of the day usefully, doing everything as well as we can, and living little details of order, punctuality and good humor.

-- St. Jose Maria Escriva de Balaguer

Monday, July 6, 2009
St. Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr (Optional Memorial)

First Reading:

Genesis 28:10-22
Psalm 91:1-4, 14-15
Matthew 9:18-26

The wise man should show his wisdom not by his eloquence but by good works; the humble man should not proclaim his own humility, but leave others to do so and recognize that the abilty to control their desires has been given them by another. To Him be glory for ever and ever.

-- Pope St. Clement l

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

First Reading:

Genesis 32:23-33
Psalm 17:1-3, 6-7, 8, 15
Matthew 9:32-38

Always bear in mind this determination to die rather to fail to reach the end of the way, if God ever causes you to suffer from thirst as He guides you this life, it is because He will give you drink in plenty in the next life, without any fear of it ever failing you.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

First Reading:

Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24
Psalm 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19
Matthew 10:1-7

The faith of those who live their faith is a serene faith. What you long for will be given you; what you love will be yours for ever. Since it is by giving alms that everything is pure for you, you will also receive that blessing which is promised next by the Lord: the Godhead that no man has been able to see. In the inexpressible joy of this eternal vision, human nature will possess what eye has not seen or ear heard, what man's heart has never conceived.

-- Pope St. Leo the Great

Thursday, July 9, 2009

First Reading:

Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5
Psalm 105:16-21
Matthew 10:7-15

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard And hushed their raging at Thy word, Who walked'st on the foaming deep, And calm amidst its rage didst sleep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!

-- From the U.S. Navy Hymn

Friday, July 10, 2009
St. Veronica Giuliani, Virgin (Feast)

First Reading:

2 Corinthians 4:6-11, 16, 17
Psalm 59:2, 10, 17-18
Matthew 16:24-27

God could have given us the Redeemer of the human race, and the Founder of the Faith in another way than through the Virgin, but since Divine Providence has been pleased that we should have the Man-God through Mary, who conceived Him by the Holy Spirit and bore Him in her womb, it only remains for us to receive Christ from the hands of Mary.

-- Pope St. Pius X

Saturday, July 11, 2009
St. Benedict, Abbot (Memorial)

First Reading:

Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-7
Matthew 10:24-33

Love tends to union with the object loved. Now Jesus Christ loves a soul that is in a state of grace with an immense love; He ardently desires to unite Himself with it. This is what Holy Communion does.

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday, July 12, 2009
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:

Second Reading:

Amos 7:12-15
Psalm 85:9-14
Ephesians 1:3-14 or 1:3-10
Mark 6:7-13

Whoever does not love does not know God. Why? Because God is Love. What more can be said, my Brothers? If one did not find one word in praise of love through this epistle, nor the least word through out all the other pages of Scripture, and we heard only this one word from the voice of the Spirit of God: Because 'God is Love,' we should seek for nothing more.

-- St. Augustine

Monday, July 13, 2009

First Reading:

Exodus 1:8-14, 22
Psalm 124:1-8
Matthew 10:34 -- 11:1

The essence of virtue cosists in the doing what is good rather than what is difficult.

-- St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin (Memorial)

First Reading:

Exodus 2:1-15
Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34
Matthew 11:20-24

Free your mind from all that troubles you, God will take care of things. You will be unable to make haste in this (choice) without, so to speak, grieving the heart of God, because He sees that you do not honor Him sufficiently with holy trust. Trust in Him, I beg you, and you will have the fulfillment of what your heart desires.

-- St Vincent de Paul

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
St. Bonaventure, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Feast)

First Reading:

Isaiah 1:10-17 or 1 Corinthians 2:6-13
Psalm 16:5-9, 11
Matthew 5:13-19

No one really wants to sin against God, even though we do all sin without being forced to do so.

-- St. John Climacus

Thursday, July 16, 2009
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Optional Memorial)

First Reading:

Exodus 3:13-20
Psalm 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27
Matthew 11:28-30

What Revelation makes known to us is confirmed by our own experience. For when man looks into his own heart he finds that he is drawn towards what is wrong and sunk in many evils which cannot come from his good Creator. Often refusing to acknowledge God as his source, man has also upset the relationship which should link him to his last end, and at the same time he has broken the right order that should reign within himself as well as between himself and other men and all creatures.

-- Gaudium et spes

Friday, July 17, 2009
Votive Mass of the Precious Blood

First Reading:

Exodus 11:10 -- 12:14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18
Matthew 12:1-8

How can a man say he believes in Christ if he doesn't do what Christ commanded him to do?

-- St. Cyprian of Carthage

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Saturday Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First Reading:

Exodus 12:37-42
Psalm 136:1, 23-24, 10-15
Matthew 12:14-21

The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.

-- Lateran Council IV

Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Second Reading:

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23:1-6
Ephesians 2:13-18
Mark 6:30-34

The very tradition, teaching, and faith of the Catholic Church from the beginng, which the Lord gave, was preached by the apostles and was preserved by the Fathers. On this was the Church founded, and if anyone departs from this, he neither is, nor any longer ought to be called, a Christian.

-- St. Athanasius of Alexandria

Monday, July 20, 2009

First Reading:

Exodus 14:5-18
Exodus 15:1-6
Matthew 12:38-42

What has a person to fear who lives in the arms and bosom of God?

-- St. Paul of the Cross

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Feast)

First Reading:

Wisdom 8:9-16 or 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Psalm 67:2-5, 7-8
Luke 9:1-6

As God recognized each of us before we were born, and called us by name, so too may we recognize the value of each human life and pledge ourselves to continue to defend and nurture God's greatest gift to us.

-- NCCB 1992 Respect Life Manual

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
St. Mary Magdalen (Memorial)

First Reading:

Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15
Psalm 78:18-19, 23-28
John 20:1-2, 11-18

Truly we are passing through disastrous times, when we may well make our own the lamentation of the Prophet: "There is no truth, and there is no mercy, and there is no knowledge of God in the land" (Hosea 4:1). Yet in the midst of this tide of evil, the Virgin Most Merciful rises before our eyes like a rainbow, as the arbiter of peace between God and man.

-- Pope St. Pius X

Thursday, July 23, 2009

First Reading:

Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20
Daniel 3:52-56
Matthew 13:10-17

It is important that you choose your career with care, so that you may really follow the vocation that God has destined for you. No day should pass without some prayer to this end. Often repeat with St. Paul: "Lord, what will you have me do?"

-- St. John Bosco

Friday, July 24, 2009

First Reading:

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19:8-11
Matthew 13:18-23

Zeal without knowledge is always less useful and effective than informed zeal, and is very often dangerous!

-- St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Saturday, July 25, 2009
St. James, Apostle (Feast)

First Reading:

2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Psalm 126:1-6
Matthew 20:20-28

Religious pictures of themselves will not make a family good. Only when they are contemplated upon, are they a practical way to help true Christian sentiment, and to a true Christian way of living in the family.

-- St. John Vianney

Sunday, July 26, 2009
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Second Reading:

2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18
Ephesians 4:1-6
John 6:1-15

Right reason, that is, reason rightly exercised, leads the mind to the Catholic faith, and plants it there, and teaches it in all its religious speculations to act under its guidance.

-- St. John Henry Cardinal Newman

Monday, July 27, 2009

First Reading:

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34
Psalm 106:19-23
Matthew 13:31-35

You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

-- St. James the Apostle

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

First Reading:

Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9, 28
Psalm 103:6-13
Matthew 13:36-43

Grant, O Lord, that my heart may neither desire nor seek anything but what is necessary for the fulfillment of Your Holy Will. May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or contempt, humiliations, leave my soul in that state of perfect detachment to which I desire to attain for Your greater honor and Your greater glory. Amen

-- St. Ignatius Loyola

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
St. Martha (Memorial)

First Reading:

Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99:5-7, 9
Matthew 13:44-46

The prophet refers to some men saying: When they say to you: You are not our brothers, you are to tell them: You are our brothers. Consider whom he intended by these words. Were they the pagans? Hardly; for nowhere either in Scripture or in our traditional manner of speaking do we find them called our brothers. Nor could it refer to the Jews, who do not believe in Christ. Read Saint Paul and you will see that when he speaks of "brothers," without any qualification, he refers always to Christians. If they say, "Why do you seek us? What do you want of us?" we should reply: You are our brothers. They may say, "Leave us alone. We have nothing to do with you." But we have everything to do with you, for we are one in our belief in Christ; and so we should be in one body, under one head.

-- St. Augustine

Thursday, July 30, 2009

First Reading:

Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38
Psalm 26:2-3, 9-12
Matthew 8:23-27

You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.

-- St. Therese

Friday, July 31, 2009
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest (Memorial)

First Reading:

Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37
Psalm 81:3-6, 10-11
Matthew 13:54-58

Even though you possess plenty, you are still indigent. You abound in temporal possessions, but you need things eternal. You listen to the needs of a human beggar, yet yourself are a beggar of God. What you do with those who beg from you is what God will do with His beggar. You are filled and you are empty. Fill your empty neighbor with your fullness, so that your emptiness may be filled from God's fullness.

-- St. Augustine