Category Archives: HOME, FAMILY & FAITH

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Rean here…

On May 27,2011, the whole family embarked on a life changing 7 day journey: our very first missions trip! At first it seemed like any other trip our travel seasoned family had in the past. However, as the days went on, it wonderful things happened. After traveling and coordination with our local contacts in HK, our family went for our very first prayer walk together as part of a team of dancers, teacher and parents from Acts Manila. God showed us things about the city that we should pray for. His revelation flow was so strong that it activated the prophetic in many of our team members. After that experience it was like we were wearing military rings because of God’s favor upon us.


Finally, after months of trying to find the elbow room to have our car shocks fixed, we did it! DH is out today having it done. Yey!

I’m not a car geek and I have a limited understanding about anything that goes under the hood of a car much less a CTPL or 5th wheel insurance. I just ride and go. lol But I do have this weird thing where I know when the tire pressure on our tires aren’t the same. I sometimes can even tell whether it’s the left or right front/rear tires that aren’t right. When that happens I tell DH that we need air for our tires and true enough, the tire pressures aren’t equal. How does that happen? I don’t really know. I’m a human tire gauge, I guess. lol

What is greatness? Do we wear it like lapel pins on our collars and parade it around for all to recognize? or is it something the inner soul recognizes and cannot help but respond in awe and reverence?

The 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary gives us this definition of greatness:


GREATNESS, n. Largeness of bulk, dimensions, number or quantity; as the greatness of a mountain, of an edifice, of a multitude, or of a sum of money. With reference to solid bodies, however, we more generally use bulk, size, extent or magnitude than greatness; as the bulk or size of the body; the extent of the ocean; the magnitude of the sun or of the earth.

1. Large amount; extent; as the greatness of a reward.
2. High degree; as the greatness of virtue or vice.
3. High rank or place; elevation; dignity; distinction; eminence; power; command.
4. Swelling pride; affected state.
5. Magnanimity; elevation of sentiment; nobleness; as greatness of mind. ex.Virtue is the only solid basis of greatness.
6. Strength or extent of intellectual faculties; as the greatness of genius.
7. Large extent or variety; as the greatness of a man’s acquisitions.
8. Grandeur; pomp; magnificence. ex. Greatness with Timon dwells in such a draught, As brings all Brobdignag before your thought.
9. Force; intensity; as the greatness of sound, of passion, heat, &c.

A great singer, a great song, a truly Great God… watch and enjoy:

Rean here…

We recently rushed our daughter to the hospital after she had a convulsive seizure last wed dawn.  We really didn’t expect it because benign fever convulsions normally don’t happen to 8 year olds.  Anyway, we brought her to the Las Pinas Doctors Hospital where we are stockholders.  So far her condition is stable and she hasn’t had any more seizures but we’re having other aspects of her physique checked.  The difficulty in hospital admissions though, is the logistics involved in hauling your stuff.  Do I have enough clothes? Where are our personalized travel mugs?  How long are we staying? Things are the normal fare for hospital stays.  Whew!

Rean here…

Being home in Davao last week brought back some childhood memories. In spite of all the busyness the folks’ golden anniversary gave, I had a few moments to reflect. Old pictures brought back scenes of wooden swing sets, climbing tree houses and running in the yard during a time of innocence.  As you slowly go back to the present, you also pass through the pains that formed you into the person you are now.   In all of these, you see the hand of God faithfully molding you into his image. And wonderfully made are we indeed.

Rean here…

My parents recently had their golden wedding anniversary in Davao. Yep…it’s been 50 years since my folks tied the knot.  Typical bridal gowns for this occasion would be white with streaks of gold.   Mom had a gold gown made with other accent colors.  All of her entourage had similar gowns as well.   Didn’t really notice this until folks kept telling us how beautiful the gowns were. Gold is indeed a majestic color for a bride walking the aisle.

I remember that in my own wedding, Tes and I had gold suits.  People usually choose white as a symbol of purity.  For us, we thought white spoke more of naiveté and innocence.   So we chose gold because it spoke of our faith as a couple tested and refined by fire.  I look forward to the day when Tes and I would once more walk down the aisle in suits of gold.

Rean here…

I’ve always wanted to live in a sustainable home.  To build an Earthship is in my to do list. I’d like to use garbage for my walls and bamboo for my rafters.  I’d harness the sun for electricity and heat.  I’d reuse my sink gray water to grow my own food before sending it down the toilet as black water.  Perhaps, I’ll even use a Saniflo toilet so waste can be better decomposed in the exterior garden.  Oh how I wish I had the time and resources to do this now.

Camille here with a little Pet Talk 🙂

We missed the “free rabies shots for parishioners’ dogs” event a few weeks back. We look forward to those because it’s the only way our little (not really) Juniper Joe gets her shots. But my mom mentioned that even if we knew of that event, we wouldn’t be able to take our dachshund there. “She’s too heavy. I can’t carry her by myself,” my mom stated.
You might think, “What? It’s just a dachshund!” but the truth is, our dog is overweight, and therefore, heavy. She doesn’t get any exercise (no one walks her) and she just sleeps all day (just like most people in our household, hahaha). I am aware of the health risks she faces, but she’s a real big eater. She’ll probably hate us if we put her on a diet.
Think diet pills work on dogs? Kidding. I guess if her owners themselves won’t diet, I suppose she won’t either.

Camille here again with one of my Me and my MOMents teehee 🙂

“Look, excess baggage.” My mom complained as she stood in front of the mirror holding onto her saddlebags which were noticeable in the tight shirt (mine) she was wearing. Her tummy wasn’t that big before. It’s because she kept going to her old high school classmates’ get-togethers and eating too much, I said.
“Hmph. I’ll just use the slimming wrap your aunt gave me,” she huffed.
A final brush of her hair and some last-minute instructions, she left for another one of those reunion thingies. I asked her to bring home doughnuts.

Camille here again! woot woot!
I need a new pair of jeans. Most of my old ones barely fit me anymore. And jeans shopping is absolute torture for me. I can’t seem to find ones that fit my body type (small waist, broad hips). I absolutely don’t like skinny jeans, which unfortunately are the ones most stores seem to offer. “It’s because your hips are too big. You should try to lose weight,” my mom once commented. I refused to give up food for dieting, and even with the option of having the safest diet pills that work, I still won’t do it. I don’t look good skinny.
Maybe I should try looking at skirts now..

Yey, my first post! I’ll be contributing here starting today.  (clap) Here goes… – Camille

“I want a new flatscreen TV for Christmas,” I told my mom when we were out window shopping in a nearby mall. Our more-than-a-decade-old TV needed replacing.
As we were browsing in the appliances section, I noticed that most of them were LCD TVs. Only a few CRT-type TVs were around, and I wanted the CRT-type. One that fit on our TV stand. Well, most  of those LCD TVs don’t need TV stands anyway, as they can just be conveniently mounted on your wall. If only those LCD TVs weren’t that expensive and a nightmare to our electric bill.
My mom and I left the appliance store, sighing and semi-plotting to make my brother pay for a new TV.

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Today, October 15, is Blog Action Day. It’s an annual event  where bloggers all over the world post about the same issue on the same day  to spark a global discussion about that issue and move people to action. This year, it’s all about water. Right now, the timing couldn’t be any better in this part of the world because  the weather bureau just issued a typhoon warning re a storm that is about to enter the country. With Ondoy still fresh in our memories, the threat of another massive flood has triggered (in a good way) awareness and therefore local officials are prepared, hopefully, more than ever. Images of cars floating in flood waters and malls and steel buildings submerged to the rooftops still linger in our memory. No one person can do the job alone. It takes a collective conscious effort on all of us to make a difference. If you want to make a difference in your part of the world, bloggers unite! It is BLOG ACTION DAY today!

I recently attended a teleconference and met my new teammates in a new project I’m working on. We introduced ourselves to each other and it’s funny how a lot of us are working in jobs that don’t match our college degrees. I think the workplace has significantly changed over the last five years where it is no longer strange to flourish in a career other than what you earned a degree for. Nine-to-five careers like banking jobs or office work are optional. The emergence of the home office and remote access is now commonplace. I personally, prefer that because it contributes to reducing our carbon footprints all across the globe. How about you? Are you working in a job that  you really like? or would you rather be doing something else?

Really! I don’t know how many times I’ve moved houses already but it is sooooooo not easy. If you are single and bedspacing, I guess it’s not as hard. But if you are married with young children, it really is a difficult task. Right now, we are in the process of uprooting ourselves from our present abode and planting ourselves a few houses down the road. Just looking at the baby stuff we accumulated through the years makes my head spin. I’ve lost track of books, toys, clothes and household stuff we’ve given away  and still, it’s like a bottomless well of STUFF! But no matter how hard it is… the bottomline is, when the cloud moves, better get packing and go. Makes me think if we should just do what the Israelites did… have donkey…will move. 🙂 I badly need U-Haul right now. hahaha

Seriously, it really isn’t so bad… difficult but not bad. I like the thought that it’s like having a new house every X number of years. It’s an excuse to go to our local surplus supply warehouse and see if we can find a good bargain.. maybe find some Kichler lighting or some previously loved retro chair that’s really worth a fortune. I told dh it’s like getting married and starting all over again. After a while, I realized that you don’t even have to own a house when you get married. Renting is fine because so many things happen along the way as you raise a family. Needs change, occupations change, locations change, dreams change and because change is constant…you need to be flexible. I’ve learned to embrace this constant…that change is permanent. What made it easier to accept is the thought that my life and my family are in the hands of an unchanging constant – God. What is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal. To me, having a permanent home address (that which is seen) does not equal security nor stability anymore. Sure, I may never realize my dream house in my lifetime but the faithfulness and unchanging nature of God (what is unseen) assures me that whenever He says stay or He says move, this is always the best place to be in at any given time anywhere in the world.

Now, back to my packing. 🙂