Happy Thanksgiving…

it’s Thanksgiving once again… (Celebrated October 12th in Canada)

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yesterday, the church hosted a thanksgiving luncheon and also farewell for me and Dersky… i love my church… i am so blessed… in the morning, we attended our last church service after 8 years of building up friendships and fellowships, before flying home and as i sang with the praise team up in front, i was a bit in tears, looking at our church members who i came to love especially the seniors, they are in their 80’s and 90’s… the good bye they gave me was… “see you in our Father’s house”, telling me that it won’t be long that they will soon be called home.. 😥 i am going to miss them.. 

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we aren’t totally done with packing and clearing our apartment, i can’t believe we have accumulated so much in just 8 years!! first we dumped everything in the bedroom, it’s where we choose which ones to throw away, which ones to give away, and those we will bring home, we dump in the living room… now it’s the second stage sorting haha,, asking each other, do we really need this? so, until we trimmed down our stuff to those that we want to bring home then we pack them.. 

last week i was in San Francisco, i came across a book which i almost bought, good thing i didn’t but i guess Miss Fate wants me to have it when i saw it here in B.C. at 25% less the price.. i think i have to read this through now that we are starting again once we arrive in the Philippines… friends say cluttering runs in our family, i am in denial, but, guess what,, 60 to 70% of what we packed were all mine.. Dersky’s not complaining though… i still deny it that i am a clutterer.. i am just senti-“mental”… he he..

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the book that might cure my sentimentalism

our flight is tomorrow night, so my target is to finish everything by noontime tomorrow before we call our landlord for a walk through..

a big big sigh… once we land in Manila, this will be over.. it’s back to business,, life goes on again… just move on, move on… 

i am tired, but thank You Dear Lord, for sustaining me.. i am grateful for each day that i am able to accomplish things.. You have given me much, i truly believe You have been looking after me and Dersky with so much grace and mercy and LOVE.. 🙂

meantime,, i have to ready myself for the 13 hour flight, stopping in Taipei, Taiwan for 5 days before heading to Manila for another 2 hour flight….. whew!! 

are you tired?  ask God for strength, He will definitely keep you going as long as you allow Him to… surrendering is the thing to do.. 🙂

“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.” ~Habakkuk 3:19

M.

Labor of Love – Christmas Feed the Homeless 2014

Here is my article about my experience with Labor of Love Project in West Covina, California:

from B.C. with Love….

at first i thought three weeks’ stay in California will be a bit too long to be away from my Dersky (my significant other) who is in Beautiful British Columbia, where we are based. my trip was kind of a snap decision, but God knows better, i had a wonderful bonding time with my two sisters and their families as well as with my brother and sister in law, shirley, and nephew, Kiko.

the highlights of my stay were, spending thanksgiving with my two sisters, bonding time with my special niece, Teresa, who is almost a daughter to me,

and last and most fulfilling of all was joining the 2014 Christmas Labor of Love event that happened on December 5th and 6th.

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not only that i witnessed the preparation of the care boxes, i also went with the picking up of donated items/goods courtesy of In-n-Out burgers and Coca-Cola, two major partners of L.O.L., as well as picking up the apples at the produce market (Choppy Produce) in downtown Los Angeles. staff of In-n-Out were unbelievably kind and all smiles while we were there… such a heartwarming encounter!

since i have been remotely maintaining the blog for L.O.L., it was a wish for me to actually be present in any of their events, Easter or Christmas, and this trip has fulfilled my wish 🙂

it is very humble of my sister-in-law, Shirley, and my brother, Tony, to open their home to strangers, who in the end become friends and part of family of L.O.L. i have seen what they had to do before opening their doors to those volunteers arriving early on Friday, December 05, up to the time they clean up and call it a day. moving furniture, arranging tables, setting them up so that preparing the care boxes will be like an assembly line, and making sure there will be enough snacks/drinks for the volunteers and cleaning up the house after everything is over… of course, kudos too to volunteers, young and old alike, from different ethnicity, profession or what nots, who shared not only time, but also their financial or any kind of contribution.

and, to top it all, very inspiring that they offered their vehicles to drive to downtown L.A. and areas where the care boxes will be distributed, i saw the cul-de-sac, all parked cars waiting to be loaded up with the boxes… isnt that ah-maaaazing!!! but this time, more cars but not enough boxes eh??

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as for myself, i did hand some boxes when we went to the area they called “skid-row”, i even listened to a homeless lady telling me she was drugged, beaten up and face slammed on the concrete floor… so sad. all i can do is pray for the poor lady.

overall, my trip was all worth it.. i thank God for my family, i thank God for taking care of them, i thank Him for my sister-in-law’s compassionate heart, i thank God that He allowed me to be with the destitute, God put them there to teach me humility and compassion. i thank God for all those who worked hard too for this cause. i am JOYFUL! it is an early wonderful Christmas gift…. A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL, from B.C. with love,

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To God be all Glory!

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ~Acts 20:35

M.

bringing home the sunshine…

i ended my 3 week vacation just in time before the storm hit Northern California last Wednesday. though my flight was delayed for 5 hours due to impending strong winds, i was glad to be back home in B.C. with my Dersky.

before the storm, it was mostly sunny in California, yes it rained on some days, which they direly need as they have been having drought for a long time, but after the rain, there was glorious sunshine again. a friend asked me if i have brought wintry weather from B.C., i said, no,, i will be bringing home the sunshine from California.. you see not only it rains in Vancouver, hence earning her nickname “Raincouver”, it is also waaaay too cold.. not complaining though, i know it’s much worse in the east, so, i’ll be happy with what we have here…

my stay with my beloved sisters and brother was a very joyful and heartwarming one, just like the sunshine that greets me each morning…. being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with them, having spent time with my dearest Teresa, (my special needs niece) who is growing to be beautiful, and heavy…

and also the highlight of my trip was joining my sister-in-law, Shirley’s Labor of Love – Feed the Homeless ministry. I will be blogging in detail about this to post here and on their site, www.laborofloveproject.wordpress.com watch out for it.

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i divided my days among my three siblings, a week with each of them more or less.. i miss them so much that i wish they were just living next to my house.. but life is such, we each have our own destinies God perfectly planned and so be it..

soon it will be Christmas, and it is one of those occasions when we reminisce about the happy pasts… especially those spent while we were growing up under one roof, where Mama used to prepare our Noche Buena (Christmas Eve feasts) of pork BBQ and hot macaroni soup and ham sandwiches, the wafting aroma of halaya (purple yam jam)….. yum yum… sigh! these memories bring the sunshine into my heart in this wintry weather, and i feel JOY!!

Have a Blessed Christmas and may you experience the warmth of this season with your loved ones and of course, with the presence of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to Him be all Glory!  IMG_5642

M.

what are you thankful for?

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we celebrated our Canadian thanksgiving last October 13, but, i am in “mostly” sunny California now to spend American thanksgiving with my family, see my niece, Therese again, and enjoy the subtler weather since temperature is dropping in B.C. not to mention the rain… but, hey it’s thanksgiving, let’s see what we should be thankful for.

Sunday morning, i was able to join the service at my sister’s family church here in Prunedale, California, the Grace Community Church, and we had our thanksgiving dinner right after service. before we started with the buffet, Pastor gave us a few minutes to mingle with guests we were sitting with at each table by asking each one what are the things we are thankful for and why. so, usual replies were of course, firstly, thankful for FAMILY, and next was good health. Pastor shared the following (and i added some more) that probably will not make it in our list of things to be thankful for:

>taxes that we pay – it means we have our jobs
>weight gain, shrinking clothes – means we have food on the table
>dusts around the house to clean – means we have our own homes to stay safe
>weeds in the yard – we have our backyard to plant flowers and smell the roses
>flat tire to change – we have the luxury to drive a car
>church mate who sings off key – well, be glad we still have our sense of hearing

me n tiris for me,, i am thankful for having a special needs niece touch my life, for without her, i will never have  the compassion for children with learning disabilities, or mentally challenged like my Therese,  i will  never learn much about epilepsy and seizures, and thus make me understand more about their pain…

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all in all, it is just being thankful not only for the good things that we enjoy in life but also for the little (or big) hassles we meet along the way, because God uses these to build up our character, and therefore, we have to be thankful for everything, good or bad.

so, are you thankful for your leaking faucet? of course! it means you have water to stay clean and get nourished… but better fix that, we don’t want to waste water especially in drought stricken California..

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!

M.

zumba and thanksgiving…


i was on a two week vacation in Manila, Philippines…

the highlight of my stay was the Zumba party i remotely planned while still in B.C. with the BIG help of dear friends from High School. usually for mini reunions, a dinner will be set in honor of whoever flies in from abroad.. a roll call will be posted and any high school batch member is welcome to attend.

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coachbut i thought, how about getting the ladies all together and have fun doing some physical activity… since i was unofficially designated as their Biggest Loser Coach, i’d rather have a Zumba party than the usual dinner. all i needed i said were three things, venue, Zumba instructor, and at least 10 participants..

guess what,, a venue was chosen, an instructor was hired to come, and voila, almost 40 signed up and 30 showed up!!! it was a blast and a really joyful reunion!! those i never thought would do the Zumba, did! we had two who danced the first time.

call time was 8 a.m. some complained of setting it too early, but c’mon ladies, with my two week stay, i wanted to get the most of my time, plus morning exercise is still the best! our Zumba instructor gave us a big thumbs up saying we all danced like we are in our 30s hehe so 50 IS the new 30 eh??

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50 is the new 30!!

after the dance session, before we started with brunch, the hostess (venue owner) shared a very inspiring thanksgiving prayer, mainly for healing/recovery for mates who underwent major surgeries, including Jonathan, a 16 yr old son of my classmate, who just had brain surgery. thanking God that we are all under His care, and what would be the best thank You we can give back is to take care of our physical bodies while we can…

brunch was served afterwards, with delicious menu of rice, eggs, boneless bangus (milkfish) with tomato and onion relish, chicken sausages, bananas, desserts of cake, crepes and waffles… oh dear,,, i hope we didnt overeat, though there were leftovers which was a good sign??

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before 12 noon, we were on our way home feeling joyful…

in 2 Samuel 6:14, “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might…” maybe it would give deeper meaning if the reason we danced was for the Lord… as our thanksgiving to His graciousness and Sovereignty, then it would not be a meaningless swaying and jumping. with thanksgiving season coming up, have you been dancing for the Lord as a thank You to Him? maybe we ought to take the first steps now. 🙂

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men..” ~Colossians 3:23

M.

half the year is over…

a belated Happy Canada Day (July 1st)… and Independence Day (July 4th) to my friends and family in America!!

would you believe? half the year is over!

i am deciding on taking a break from blogging. it has been a good 4 year experience for me sharing how i feel, what i know, what i do, and most of all, sharing my faith in some ways.

for now, i will focus on what to do next feeling that there are plenty of things to accomplish still. they say time is short when you are having fun. i don’t want to one day see my time is over and have not accomplished anything…

i thank you, my readers for taking your time to read what i have to say, may God bless you everyday and give you the inspiration too as He did for me. i may be back, i may not, i am leaving my site open as it is, as i will still continue reading the blogs that i follow… again.. thank YOU!

take care and have a great and blessed life!

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M.

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!!

 

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last year, i remember climbing Mt. Seymour with my friends, Blynn and Phil (this blog: Happy Thanksgiving!). today, my two good friends went to Hollyburn Mountain at the North Shore for a 7km mountain trail hike, and unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control, i was not able to join them.

my dear husband and i stayed home to spend our thanksgiving holiday, watched marathon of “Three’s Company”, my favorite sitcom during my teenage years, and just enjoyed the day together.

what is this holiday anyways? asking my neighbor what their activity will be, she shrugged and said, “it’s just another ordinary day, nothing really special”…

hmmm, in part, she’s right, and on the other hand, it is also good to have a special day to remember everything we have to be thankful for. however, giving thanks to God on a daily basis is way much better, don’t you think?

each day, we go on with our lives the way we are so used to. we often remember to acknowledge or thank God only for all the good things that happen, and when things go awry, we get disappointed, depressed, unfulfilled, and then forget the One who can help lift us up. actually, we should also be thankful to God for our mistakes and unmet expectations. These are actually His tools to help us improve ourselves and it is one way He uses for us to ask what He wants to happen, to seek His approval, to find our purpose.

whether we aced the job or stumbled a bit, it is good to give thanks to God because He knows everything about us, and He never gives us anything that we will never be able to handle.

here’s wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving…  happy counting our blessings!!!

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

M.