Where have all the years gone? - It just seems like yesterday when I first held you in my arms. You were so small, innocent, and fragile. And you had totally turned my whole world upside down! - I have never imagined/expected motherhood to be sooo exhausting and crazy. I must admit, I almost gave up and was tempted to just leave you with a nanny. I wanted to escape the constant and unending demands of motherhood. I wanted to have my life back. I wanted to quit. I was selfish. - I cannot even recall how many times I've cried to your dad, saying I can't do it anymore. Yet, here I am.. still doing the exact same thing. I had a choice (because that's how supportive and understanding your dad is). And despite of it all (my struggles and the desire to jumpstart my career), I still chose you. - And just like that, similar to a blink of an eye, you've grown to be the happy, friendly, and helpful boy that you are now. I am so proud of who you have become! - You may not need me as much anymore. And in a few more years, you may totally not need me at all. That's fine. Tanggap ko na 'yun! As early as now, I have already accepted the fact that I will be the love of your life for only a FEW good years. Truly, the days are long and the years are short! I am so glad to have been given the chance to share those crazy, short, but memorable years with you! Thank you for teaching me what motherhood really is about! You are my life! #RafaelLuisRV
Yung gusto mo mag bath tub pero mahal ang tubig 🤣🤣🤣 - #JoaquinGabrielRV at 15 months
Living my dream. - It has always been my dream to be a full time mom -- to witness my kids' milestones, to shower them with a million and one hugs & kisses, to teach them discpline, values, and life skills that they will need in the future, etc. Sounds easy and really not so important (compared to earning moolah) but in reality, it's scary. - When Ron and I got married, we made a vow before the Lord that we will raise as good Christians the children whom God will give us. So whatever will happen to these kids and whoever they will become, that's our biggest RESPONSIBILITY as parents. That's what makes it scary! - Oh, the joy and worry of a mother!
When commuting is life.. - - Moving to Oz has made me appreciate living a simple life. Gone are the days when our family used to enjoy the comfort, convenience, and luxury of Abu Dhabi. I must admit, I miss the madame lifestyle in the Middle East but I am still thankful for where we are now -- inspite and despite of all the challenges that come with it. This is, after all, what we asked/prayed for. - I remember, even before we were granted a PR visa, my husband already mentioned to me that he prefers to settle in Adelaide (because it is a less expensive city to live in compared to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra). And here we are! God granted us the desires of our hearts and we can't be more grateful! Indeed, He is good all the time! 😇
Hindi ako mashopping na tao, pero para sa ikatitipid ng electric bill namin tuwing winter, sige na nga... kumita na naman ang Uniqlo samin! (Hope these heattechs work! 🤞)
Minsan nakasabay namin sa bus yung classmate ni Rafa.. Sobrang saya nya, kwento sya nang kwento dun sa bata.. tapos out of the blue, sinabi nya (in a loud and proud tone): You know, I want to become a bus driver when I grow up! Yung mga pasaherong kasabay namin napangiti.. Ako naman, in defense, nag-explain dun sa nanay ng classmate nya na naglevel-up na yung pangarap ni Rafa kasi noon gusto lang nya maging garbage man.. Kaya yung mga pasaherong napangiti lang nung una, di na napigilan tumawa 🤣🤣🤣 - Hay, kids and their big dreams nga naman! - - #RafaelLuisRV at 5y3m
When I was growing up, I used to have an overly conservative father who imposed strict rules re: curfew hours and sleepovers, thus I never experienced parties, night outs, and out-of-town trips. My teenage years was boring and I often felt envious of my friends/classmates who were freely allowed by their parents to travel and explore the world. Some people would ask, Mabuti hindi ka nagrebelde?, to which I would reply in my head, Why would I? - Having seen my parents' sacrifices in order to provide us with everything that we need is far more than enough reason for me not to be a rebel child. I love them so much, I don't want to be a cause of their disappointment. And I would rather choose to miss out on a barkada getaway than see my mama and papa sad and hurt. 'Coz really, there's no way I can enjoy a walwal or yolo kind of life at the expense of disobeying my parents. - Fast forward to this day, I have come to realize that it actually pays to be an obedient child, for I have been blessed with a kind and hard-working husband who did not only fulfill my dream of being a full-time mom, but also gave me the opportunity to travel to countries I never even imagined I could possibly see in person. Thank you, my love, for the happy married life! - So if there comes a point in your life when you feel like your parents are being unreasonably strict, remember that they only do things which they believe is best for you. You may not understand them now but you surely will (in the future) when you've become a parent yourself. - Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Ephisians 6:1-3)
Made an effort to make this special day a little bit extra. Happy Birthday, love @ronnievendil! Hope you liked our simple birthday breakfast surprise for you! 😘 - #kmartparty #kmartpartydecorations
Today, we celebrate one of God's greatest gifts to our lives. Happiest birthday to the love of my life, the man of my dreams, and my answered prayer! We love you!!!
Lost my favorite earring while waiting for last night's Australia Day fireworks display.. 😭😭😭