December 20, 2010

The Law of Success Part 23


If you must give expression to prejudice and hatred and intolerance, do not speak it but write it; write it in the sands, near the water's edge.

When the dawn of Intelligence shall spread over the eastern horizon of human progress, and Ignorance and Superstition shall have left their last footprints on the sands of time, it will be recorded in the last chapter of the book of man's crimes that his most grievous sin was that of Intolerance.

Life is not a goblet to be drained. It is a measure to be filled.


Intolerance binds man's legs with the shackles of Ignorance and covers his eyes with the scales of Fear and Superstition. Intolerance closes the book of knowledge and writes on the cover "Open not this book again. The last word has been written."

It is not your Duty to be tolerant; it is your Privilege!

Sowing the seed of Intolerance is the sole and exclusive business of some men. All wars and strikes and all other forms of human suffering bring profit to SOME. If these were not true there would be no wars or strikes or other similar forms of hostility.

December 14, 2010

Used Tires as My Vegetable Garden

A friend of mine gave me used tires supposedly to be used as fish pen. Our house is near a river and my husband thought of placing the used tires underwater so we can have these fish pen. Six months has passed but he was not able to push through this project. During that time it already keeps on raining in our place. I've heard of the news that many people were already sick of the dengue fever. I know that the used tires can be one of the breeding grounds of mosquitoes as these are piled only outside our house. The rainwater have already accumulated inside the tires. The other day, December 12 2010, it came into my mind the idea of using the tires as my little garden. I have remembered what I saw in one of the houses in our neighboring place. They put soil inside the tires in a lying position. They planted different kinds of seasonal vegetables like okra, tomatoes, leafy onions, pechay and the native bell peppers. As of now, I have 30 pieces of available used tires. I have also a big deposit of loam soil at the back of our house. With all these materials needed, I started my vegetable garden with my used tires. Initially, I planted leafy onions and the native bell peppers . After I can have my seedlings of the other types of vegetables, I will continue to use the remaining tires. If this idea will click, I will expand my vegetable garden in the near future and maybe a flower garden specifically planting different kinds of roses.

December 10, 2010

The Law of Success Part 22

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December 8, 2010


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is a time of giving -
an antidote to human

God exemplified
genuine giving when
He gave His Son to die
for the unworthy people
on earth.
Such gift can never
be repaid.
Such is the message of
the Birth of Christ.

It is better to give than to receive.
Give Love on Christmas Day.

Hoping that this Christmas and the Year Ahead,
May bring added joys and happiness and the best of everything.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everybody.

December 4, 2010

Spiritual Reflection

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I got this from one of my readings. It's nice to share this with my readers of this blog. I hope you like it.

When St. Louis Bertrand, of the Order of St. Dominic, resided at the convent of Valencia, there was a young Religious in the community who attached too much importance to profane science. Doubtless letters and erudition have their value, but, as the Holy Ghost declares, they should yield to the fear of God and the science of the saints. "There is none above him that feareth the Lord." This science of the saints, which Eternal Wisdom came to teach us, consists in Humility and Charity. The young Religious of whom we speak, while but little advanced in Divine Science, allowed himself to reproach Father Bertrand with his little knowledge, and said to him, " One can see, Father, that you are not very learned!" "Brother," replied the saint with meek firmness, "Lucifer was very learned, and yet he was dammed."

The brother who committed this fault did not think of repairing it. Nevertheless, he was not a bad Religious, and some time after, falling dangerously sick, he received the last Sacrament in very good dispositions, and expired peacefully in the Lord. A considerable time elapsed, and meanwhile Louis was nominated Prior. One day, having remained in choir after Matins, the deceased appeared to him enveloped in flames, and prostrating humbly before him said "Father, pardon me the offensive words which I formerly addressed to you. God will not permit me to see His face until you shall pardoned my fault and offered Holy Mass for me." The saint willingly forgave him, and the next morning celebrated Mass for the repose of his soul. The following night, being again in choir, he saw the deceased brother reappear, but radiant with glory and going up to Heaven.

December 1, 2010

A wishlist for Christmas

Yay! December is here and its time to think about presents. Well, I already thought and bought my presents a few months ago for my family in Philippines. I am glad that it arrived well there last month and they are planning to divide it on Christmas day. I already sent my brother the money he needed for his schooling and some money for their Noche Buena last week. I have two siblings and my mother is unemployed and my father is a security guard there, so I want to make sure they get a good Christmas celebration too. My hubby and I are quite tight in our money now because of the accidents plus we are expecting another baby. Overall, I just lift these burdens up to God and He will be the one to do the rest. I do not work so we can not send thousands nor millions of dollars to my family either. I am just glad that my husband is very understanding enough to carry my burdens.

My husband is not particular to the practical things he need. He is not a handyman either. I try to pick up manly things for him, but later on, I found them unopened nor used. So, I learned my lesson that I will buy what he really wants. He wants cds and music stuff that are his Amazon wishlist. He likes arts stuff too. I think he really wanted to have that GIMP book in Amazon which is around $66. He is very much into computer stuff and I guess I can buy that for him as a special material Christmas present. I also bought him 2 new jackets that I bought online last Black Friday sale. I was able to save $20 and a free shipping for a total of $80 for both jackets in He is very picky when it comes to jackets too. He always wear his old jacket which is around 8 years old already and so many wear and tear in it. I kept on telling him we have to buy him a jacket, but it kept on being put off because we are too busy. Now, I got my chance and I can not wait to see him with it when the packages arrives soon.

Me, I usually liked to be surprised before, but now, I learned my lesson not to anymore. I remember my brother in law gave me a big frozen fish, wrapped in a gift wrapper during the Christmas day. While I was opening it, it was cold, wet and smelly, I do not understand what I felt when I saw what it was, I felt mixed humiliation and surprised about it. So I told them, give me a nice DVD movie or something for winter clothing. There are times that I get ambitious in my wishlist in my other posts, but theres nothing wrong to wish for those big things right? If they do not come to me, so be it. I am praying to Baby Jesus that I can save a good amount of money so I can also visit my family in Philippines with my kids after 3 years from now. That is my simple wish next to this wish above all, good health and happiness to our family and loved ones.

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Inspirational quotes of the day

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks; for this is
the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
~ I Thes. 5:16-18
"As long as we are persistent in our pursuit
of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow.
We cannot choose the day or time when we will
fully bloom. It happens in its own time."
~ Denis Waitley
If you want to be successful, it's just this simple.
Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing.
And believe in what you are doing. ~ Will Rogers

The picture above is during my Nurse capping and badge ceremony in 2005.

November 30, 2010

Pondering a dream

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The other day, I woke up panting and remembering a dream. I dreamed that I was in my Uncles house in Bohol. It was raining hard, very hard with thunder and lightning. My family is in one room, we grouped together because we felt cold and the wind was strong. Suddenly, there was a sound of broken glasses and plates in the kitchen. When I went there, I saw a small head of a snake. But it went creeping inside, it saw me. Its body grew longer and bigger. A yellow snake with black prints in it. I ran to the living room, I told my family to flee to our neighbors house. Let the snake aim to me. Then I went out, wet and raining hard, I ran and ran, and when I looked back, the snake was fast catching up to me. Then suddenly I flew on the top of the electric pole. The snake is trying to climb. I said to myself, hey, I can jump this high, so I can jump to the top of those high gates of our neighbor. The snake is getting pissed. It curled like a spring and tried to jump high as it can. There was a jeepney, that I thought it might hit snake, but the snake was able to get away from it. Still eyeing on me. I jumped to the roof of our last neighbors house. I was tired, cold and wet, catching up my breath because I jumped too high and long distance. When I looked back, the snake was already in font of my face. Its mouth opened wide, very big mouthed for a small headed snake. I went inside its mouth in a charging position, then I remember how Captain sparrow killed Kraken in Pirates of the Carribean movie II. Then I remembered some sword fight in Kung Fu movies, I felt I had two swords in my hand. I slashed with the swords and divide the snake into two. All of a sudden, I woke up. It's Sunday, thank God, No  paper route. But man, what a dream!

Have you woke up one day remembering your dream? My mother used to interpret my dreams. She said, if I dream about snakes, it means someone is in deep envy to me. I can not think who. But I hope, who ever he or she may be, hope we can meet and spend fun time together for a while.

November 29, 2010

Inspirational Quotes to Remember

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When life gets difficult,
When task becomes tiring,
When you are about to give up,
Remember that the snail get to Noah's ark inch by inch.



In the same house live the two
The Soul and the Lord
Even in each other's company
And yet how strange
They never speak the one to the other.

Guru Aryan Dev

November 23, 2010

Couples corner: What we are thankful for

We are thankful to God for all the blessings and the trials and pains we have passed through this year. I am thankful that me and husband are still intact and we are going stronger everyday. I am thankful to my husbands love because it has been the fuel of my love tank. There are times we have fights, but I am thankful that we mend our hearts easily back to each other through patience, perseverance and prayers. I am thankful to all of our friends who kept us in their prayers. Their love and support makes us stronger too. I am thankful to our dear loved ones specially to our families who kept on reaching their love through wisdom and prayers and all the support they gave us as well. They made us feel loved. And I also thank God and keep on praying that we may continue in good health and spiritually nurtured through His divine passages and guidance.

November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving inspirations

I asked my husband one time why is it that you are all celebrating Thanksgiving season here in America? He told me a long winding story of the past about the pilgrims, indians and harvest. Anyway, I thought of passing this few lines that I read in the Thanksgiving holiday section article of

"The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. Their first winter was devastating. At the beginning of the following fall, they had lost 46 of the original 102 who sailed on the Mayflower. But the harvest of 1621 was a bountiful one. And the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast -- including 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. It is believed that the Pilgrims would not have made it through the year without the help of the natives. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true "thanksgiving" observance. It lasted three days."

I asked him, do people celebrate their thanks as well to God? I am thinking of how we feast in Philippines wherein if there is a Saint or patron of the catholic church, every houses prepare food to their visitors of any kind. He said, sad to say, only a few think that way.

I am touched of the article in the MOPS newsletter I got last Wednesday. It said the following,

"We teach our children to say please and thank you as rediments of courtesy, yet it is so easy to be rude and unthinking toward God. How often we forget to gratefully acknowledge his goodness towards us."

What a very mindful wisdom, I thought. In this world, many people are busy, busy preparing celebrations and buying presents, but we also have to think to spend our days in church. We have to personally visit and thank God in the Blessed Sacrament, for all the blessings that He has bestowed to each and every one of us alive. I notice a few people do it, even after mass at church. We should not forget to genuflect, even for a short sweet and heart to heart time with God, in sacred places where we see Him, including in our home altars.

Anyhow, as the Christmas season arrives, we will also not forget to honor the sweet Baby Jesus and His Holy Family, who sacrificed their lives for Gods love to all mankind.

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November 14, 2010

Marina: Inspirational Quotes



What is initiative? I'll tell you: It is doing the right thing without being told. But next to doing the right thing without being told is to do it when you are told once. A great philosopher once said: "Initiative is the pass-key that opens the door to opportunity." I do not recall who this philosopher was, but I know that he was great because of the soundness of his statement.

"What helped you over the great obstacles of life?" was asked of a highly successful man. "The other obstacles," he replied.


November 12, 2010

Mirror on the Wall

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I got an article that deals with this issue:

The title is How Females Look in the Mirror.

Age 8: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty.

Age 15: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty/Cheerleader or sees fat/ugly. (Mom I can't go to school looking like this!)

Age 20: Looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too/short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but decides she's going anyway.

Age 30: Looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she goes anyway.

Age 40: Looks at herself and sees" too fat/too thin, too short/ too tall too straight/ too curly" but says: " At least I'm clean and goes anyway.

Age 50: Looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to.

Age 60: Looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: Looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability goes out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

That's the way to live life.

But why wait until 80 to develop this attitude?

Beauty is in the character not on the skin.

A wise guy says: Beauty always comes from within- within jars, tubes and compacts. That's not what I mean.


True beauty is that which reflects the beauty of Her Maker.

A godly life and a great positive disposition.

Who can resist such charm?

You don't need those low waist-hip hugging-panty revealing jeans to be beautiful.

Show the love of Christ and exhibit His character by being a woman of virtue and I can assure you you're BEAUTIFUL anytime all the time.

So relax. Be happy and be beautiful.

November 9, 2010

Winter inspirations

Hi guys, I just looked back on the pictures I got in winter last year. Welcome to our house. The first picture is the entrance of our cozy home. Somehow, it made me wondered why the winter is slow to start this year. It is not because I am excited, I do not like winter either, it is because that it means it will be a long winter ahead of us? Oh well, I look forward on Spring next year when winter comes. Here are a few winter inspirations from what Ruth Seebeck, passed in my email today.
 To everything there is a season, and a time
to every purpose under heaven. ~ Ecc. 3:1
 If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
Prosperity would not be so welcome.
~ Anne Bradstreet
No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn.
~ Hal Borland

November 8, 2010

Seasons and my Life

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I was touched by the email I got today. It is from Ruth Seebeck, a Christian Life coach. I was able to hear her as a speaker when I attended Mothers of preschoolers in our area. And I am glad that I was able to subscribe her email to receive wisdom and  inspirational thoughts. I just thought of passing my insights here in this blog.

She spoke of "Seasonal change" about the weather in her area lately. She then compare and contrast that seasons happened to her life as well. I was moved by that, since the title of this blog is about Seasons and seasonings. My Mama and I agreed about it a couple days ago and she wanted the old title to come back instead of the new title that I changed a few weeks ago. Anyway, that is how I reflect my life too. It's a series of Seasons. There are spring and summer times, like the successful achievements and happy moments that happened to my life. There are Autumn and Winter times, like the struggles and whenever obstacles come to my life. The seasons helped me reflect of how my life is progressing. It also helped me to be patient on its changes.

How about you guys, do you feel the same way too?

November 2, 2010

Couples corner: Glimpse of our future (Pre-wedding)

My husband and I knew each other through a mutual close friend of my family. He was in his venture to find a woman whom he can spend with his life with. And me, I was in my pure singlehood. I'm serious and no boy friend what so ever. I'm a late bloomer really. My relatives even teased me that I will get married early, and I guess they're right. Anyhow, my Papa is very strict. And my Mama is different from him. She is broad minded about the idea of me to have at least a boy friend someday because she don't want me to become an old lady. By the time my husband wrote his first letter to me, I was in my 19th age. I was really nervous because I even didn't know how to handle a relationship. But then, I didn't give up and time had it's way of space that our friendship bloomed from a rose bud to a full beautiful flower. As we exchange snail mails, email, text messages and calls during those times, flashes of pictures came to my mind. I read marriage books and was so high in my ideals. I observe married couples and their families. Then I thought of doing ballroom dancing together when he told me that he can dance. I thought of bike riding together, me in his back while he drive. I thought of he can fix things in the house like my father. I thought of listening piano music all day because he knows how to play piano. I am even getting nervous to meet his parents and friends because he is more mature than I am and they might look down on me because I'm so young and just a beginner about handling relationships. And then, I keep on dreaming, like we could probably have kids someday. Yay, a mixed breed! Then we could eat, play and pray together. He will be the head, and I will act as a vice president in our family and etc. Geesh! I am too ambitious, don't I? Oh well, it took lots of patience for us to tie our knot after 2 and a half years of getting to know each other. Madali nga lang if I just count it with two fingers, but for us, it's like it has been a long time. Thank God, we survived!

Rodliz’s Nest

October 30, 2010

Words to Live By

Before I went to the Cathedral in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines to attend the 12 noon Holy Mass, I bought some food for my lunch. I happened to see some beautiful writings. I want to share this with my readers of this blog. I also posted a short history of St. Simon and St. Jude Thaddeus.

"Life is a gift of God.
In the process, God wants us to be happy.
Happiness is a consequence of rendering service to others.
To serve others means making their lives useful, caring, meaningful and joyous.
To serve others is to touch other people's lives."
Isidro D. Cariño
"MONEY is the bottomless sea
in which honor, conscience and truth may be drowned."
"Don't dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope.
To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Last October 28, 2010, is the Feast of the Apostles Saint Simon (the Zealot) and Saint Jude Thaddeus, a brother of St. James the Less, a cousin to Jesus called Lebbeus (the Courageous) preached the Gospel, the first in Egypt, the second in Mesopotamia. They both suffered martyrdom in Persia in the first century. St. Jude wrote a short Epistle in which he exhorts the faithful to beware of heretics.

October 27, 2010

Couples Corner: I will do it tomorrow

I miss joining Mommy Liz's Meme! Been busy po talaga because I'm attending Art classes. I'm settling down with my schedule now. Will make it up with you guys. I will be visiting you.

My hubby is a prompt kind of a person. If what's needed to be done, he will do it before the deadline. If there's something he feels he can't, he will ask if he can do it on the next day. But that's rare to happen. Like washing dishes, if he sees it. He does it. I am the one who always stay home so there are things that I schedule for like laundry on Wednesday night and Saturday night. But most of my time, I spent reading craft books that I want to try and oh yes, tantararan, blogging. hehehe. I admit, self study on crafts and blogging is time consuming, but I love it. It's the only fun thing for me to do aside from juggling George on my side or horse back riding with him at home. I should really get myself more organized.

October 22, 2010

Oh so colorful Autumn

I am fascinated with our area's Fall season this year. So much light and colorful leaves! Here are my pictures to share. Here's also a lovely poem by Robert Savino's "October Opal."

October is here, once again,
barely transcending the threshold of autumn.
The maple is turning yellow to orange, to red,
soon to be bared by winter.
Ah winter, when blankets of bliss
cover spoon-fit bodies,
flickering sparks to flames. . .
until love of spring gardens
becomes the rapture of summer bloom.

 And looking from outside-in,
beyond recognizable beauty,
the ruby of jewels glows bright,
pumping currents of rivers red,
deep into the wells of every extremity.
Our chest fills with laughter.

 When apart, even so brief,
this season stays with you,
whether I am or not
and your voice with me,
through wind’s immutable breath.

October 18, 2010

Autumns Best Quotes

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
~George Cooper, "October's Party"
 Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.  ~Elizabeth Lawrence
 Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes.  Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.  ~Samuel Butler
Have a beautiful Fall season everyone!

October 15, 2010


Last Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, I went to the office of my lawyer. This is in connection with the preparation of a Joint Affidavit for the conversion of the body of my multi cab from pick-up to a passenger type. We were waiting for a while because there were some clients ahead of us. During my wait, something catches my attention on the frame that they hang on their wall. I would like to share this with my readers of this blog. It reads as follows:









October 4, 2010

The Sun and Its Task as Manufacturer of Vitamins

Who will be able to live without the sun? How sad this world would be if the firmament were all clouds! The earth lacks "something" when the solar rays charged with mysterious energies of life, do not shine on men and animals and all nature with all its trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and herbs.

Is it only the salute it wants to give to the earth that the sun shine day after day? Or does it continue its restless appearance yet" for another better end?" Surely! Since the light sent by GOD gives strength to all living things on this earth, whether they be men, animals or plants. All takes "something" from the sun. Even the air and the very atmosphere always need the solar light which gives life so that they do not become paralyzed in their work as carrier of the very important elements of life, like OXYGEN.

Should the sun cease to appear, the consequences are lethal. The earth would freeze, there will be no oxygen, all vegetables will dry up and all living things will perish. All this is due to the mysterious "Something" that will disappear if the sun will not shine. We should like to call that "something" energies of life. These God-given solar energies of the life are transformed to SUBSTANCES OF LIFE, as we like to call them as they penetrate vegetables and other products like berries, fruits, and cereals.

Science calls these substances "vitamins." There are various kinds-- 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E'. etc.

Vegetables, fruits and cereals contain vitamins but not always in the same amount. Some contain vitamins that are completely lacking in others. The percentage of their contents of vitamins can be distinct. From here it is clearly seen that solar energies of life in their development to diverse kind of "substances of life" (vitamins) depend also on the material in which they penetrate. God placed everything in its proper place, and everything has to do its predetermined work. Here we again see the wonder of God.

Without these "substances of life" life could not exist for a long time, whether it be of vegetation or of life in general, of men and animals, neither could the earth continue to exist if the sun placed by God as the mother of light, "of heat" and "of the energies of life" which we call, THE DISTINGUISHED MANUFACTURER OF THE SUBSTANCES OF LIFE (VITAMIN) , will not shine.

All countries without exception, punish thieves and assassins. But not one country punishes food manufacturers (who are always inspired by the prospect of gain) who add chemical products into fruits and vegetables and in the process remove their natural substances which are developed under the manufacturing power of the sun. What the manufactures do no explain to the buyer of their food products is that they eliminate the natural substances of the fruits or vegetables derived from the sun. In their attempt to make the rice look as white as possible, they grind, peel and polish the rice and separate the husk from the grain. In the preparation of food cereals, the substances are further removed in the process of cooking. What many do not know is that there is nothing to be gained by adding too much hot and prejudicial spices to food. When cooking stew, cover the pot well so that the substances are not wasted away.

Civilized man eats more than necessary, in effect over working his intestinal digestive organ. Instead of introducing 50 to 70 grams of protein daily, the majority take double amount. Instead of eating only 50 to 60 grams of greasy substances, everyday they consume 100 to 150 grams. Such eating pattern causes damage to the body METABOLISM and results in the formation of GALL STONES.

Lack of vitamins causes poor health, inflammation in the mouth, hard and stiff articulations, hemorrhage, scurvy, decayed teeth, irritability, lack of vigor, and retarded growth.

Vitamins should be taken immediately. They are found in the juices of orange, lemon, raw cabbage and tomato.

September 30, 2010

Couple corner: What do we want to each other?

I agree with Mami Liz's talk in Couples corner, that living with someone is not easy, there are lots of adjustments. Patience, understanding and compromise is needed so things will work out to for us and that our relationship will remain stronger as time goes by.

When me and my husband new each other way back in 2005, we discuss many things about ourselves and it was a slow process. It's like having autography wherein you seek likes and dislikes of a person, but in a serious and loving manner. Our relationship grew from frienship for 5 months and after that, he courted me and waited for my answer on my birthday. My answer is quite obvious, isn't it? I told him, "I sensed that you're a very serious guy. I bet you're a perfectionist." It's not that I want a perfect guy, I like the way he handle his seriousness. He also didn't asked God to be a rich guy. All he wants is to remain stable in his job as a senior computer programmer and that he will be able to provide his own family's needs.

I was strucked in his first letter he wrote that he has a dry sense of humor. I even told our friend who bridged us, about that. But she just laughed. And she told him about it and that led him to ask his friends as witness about his humor that although there's that dryness, there's still humor from it. They emailed me that he's a funny guy. The poor thing really wants to win. But in our phone and chat conversations, he is serious and sometimes funny. For me, I don't have a problem about that. I don't know if I'm a joker myself, but many people say that I'm a joker and so funny. Ok, when I'm writing, I'm serious. But if I talk face to face, I can be serious and I like to mingle with other people in a funny and courteous manner.

I want my husband to stay the way he is right now. I mean, what he has inside---his humble heart, religious faith, money saver, patriot to his country, kind towards others, responsible and loving husband and father. I want him to love me after God. I want him to be a good father to our little pumpkin. I want him to stay good in his job. I want to be happy till death do us part.

I do have some frustrations. I want to be a good housewife to him and good mother to our children. I want him to know that "He is my HERO". "My knight in shining Armor". I mean, not the glamourous type of super hero or prince, but I do admire his principles in life. I want to support him with all that I am.

One other thing that we discussed today is that we want him to lose weight. We are struggling hard about what to do about it. He gained a lot after we got married. It's probably because of my cooking. But I still want to support and encourage him to lose weight rather than criticizing his actions. I will try not to criticize. Dang, it's so hard that winter is coming soon and hiking or exercising outdoors will soon be closed. I want to be stern and supportive in his aim to lose 30 lbs before he turns 45 years old. I want him to stay healthy and live long time with us, his family.

Rodliz’s Nest

September 28, 2010

The Law of Success Part 21 (QUOTES)

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Parent Talk Book Chapter review #1

"By carefully choosing and using words and phrases that build self-esteem and encourage self-responsibility, you can help your children become more capable, caring human beings." ~ Chick Moorman, Author of Parent Talk Book.

 I am a novice mom of a toddler. I want to learn ahead on how to raise my child (and his future siblings) in a way that our communication is active and rich with good values and results good behavior. I am mindful of what personality will my child learn and grow up to. I want to avoid my negative personalities that may bring him harm or grow up resulting bad behaviors.

The common learning that I observed as a starting mom is that all parents should be "Good" role models to their children. No matter how simple and easy to think and say that, still, it's a challenge to do it. My impatient side do come out, so quickly that I might just shout "No! Don't do that!", "That is wrong!", "You are a bad little boy!". Sometimes, if the misbehavior of my child is too heavy for his age, there comes my "1-2-3 spanking". My MIL observed me and says, "But he is still a baby." I still hold on to my own right, as a parent to teach my child that he will notice what he has done is not good. If he cries, I let him cry. And once he's calm down, I hug him, tell him what's wrong with his actions and sometimes I sing Hail Mary or Salve Regina. There are times that my other me (the Confuser side) says, "Hey! Will your child really learn from his actions that he's too baby to understand what's he doing?"

I know, that is a weird thought. But what I believed in my actions is that I'm doing this for his own good.

I know, for my part, I am not good enough. I am still a beginner in parenting. I know that there's still lacking in my actions. I want to seek and to learn those good parenting skills. I want to apply the ones effective for my child. And so I thought to journal this online, the things I will learn from this book called "Parent Talk: How to Talk to your Children in Language that builds self-esteem and encourages responsibility By: Chick Moorman".

As I was reading the introduction, I learned her technique is different from mine. She use the power of "words, phrases and sentences" as a strategy to parenting. She hopes that this book will help parents and guardians to become more conscious of the words to use---and aware of the power to weild when using words that praise, nurture, and empower as well as words that scold, shame, and criticize. There are 291 pages, and the contents has 11 chapters that will touch about Choices, Response-ability, The search for solutions, Learned Helplessness, Praise, Criticism, and Self-Esteem, Parent talk at its worst, Intimacy, Feelings, Increasing conflict, Reducing conflict, and the Odds and Ends. This really got me interested and so I want to digest slowly each chapter of this book.

September 23, 2010

Quotes for the Day

" When GOD measures a person He puts the tape around the heart and not the head."
" Plan ahead. It was not raining when Noah built the ark."

"The beauty of the House is Order"
"The blessing of the House is Contentment"
"The glory of the House is Hospitality"
"The crown of the House is Godliness"

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September 19, 2010

Biblical Inspiration


From Luke 9:25-26 - What will it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?

Yes, indeed, what will it profit us to own mansions and business enterprises, the goods of the earth and all comforts and conveniences of the body, if we do not live up to our faith which tells us that there is still life hereafter?

Let us think of the life in the next, not of material things that will only bring us worry. What counts is the salvation of our soul not the preservation of material things which we cannot bring with us when we die to the life hereafter. Sometimes we are favored with earthly goods but our hearts should be detached from them; let's use them to promote the good of our soul, and let's share them with our needy neighbors. What will they profit us if they keep us away from love of God?

September 15, 2010

Couples Corner: Who's Sensitive?

"Is it you or your spouse? How does being sensitive affect your relationship? Sometimes, being overly sensitive can ruin a relationship." 
 I think both me and hubby are sensitive kind of a person. But the ones who's sensitive the most is my husband. He get's jealous once there's a guy who's trying to get my attention. He quickly noticed them. Aysus, I will never find anyone else like him. My love, you're the only one for me, the apple of my eyes. :) The only thing that I'm sensitive that will brought us some arguments is about MONEY. Yeah, I don't blame him to be frugal, but me, I want to send money to my family in Philippines. He does share something though, but I make sure to save my money earnings through my blogging on the side, paper route, and doing art crafts first before I tell him on what I'm going to do with my money.
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Quotes to Ponder #2

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a
human being can alter his life by altering his
attitudes of mind.  ~ William James
 Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but
one thing; the last of human freedoms is to choose
one’s  attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one’s own way. ~ Viktor Frankl

September 13, 2010

Mommy and Me: To the picnic and To see The Bounty tall ship

George and I in this picture are preparing ourselves to have family bonding time with Daddy. The three of us had a picnic last Saturday. George these days has been wearing his sandals and shoes when he go outside the house. He's been busy walking and running!

We went to Erie, PA after church yesterday to see tall ships. There was a long line of people going to that classic replica of the Bounty tall ship behind us and we're one of them. George was out after that. It was a long day. Whew! But we are so happy during our bonding times and trips.
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September 10, 2010

Remembering September 11th

I got  my email subscription from Ruth Seebeck today. She talked about how to value life and see how blessed you are that you're living today while others didn't make it since the first plane hit the World Trade center. Why not take a moment to remember and pray for those poor victims this Saturday? If you see someone in uniform, why not take a moment to thanks them for their service that they offer you protection? Why not thank God for giving you a precious life, living in this world? Let us pray for His divine love and protection over our nations, especially America and to all our loved ones.

September 9, 2010

CC: Trust, Faith and Loyalty

My trust to my husband is strong. I probably feel relaxed about it because I already met his collegues in his work. And I think there is no potential temptations there like another woman and etc. My faith to him is strong. He's a religious man, I even thought I married a saint. Hahaha, I just run to him whenever I want to know deep things in the bible. He loves his faith, we're the same, and I admire him so much primarily because of that. It's like I'm in heaven! My loyalty to him is strong. I even gave up to work. He said he is still afraid for me to work because I'm young and doctors in the hospital has higher wages than him that they might try to tempt me. Hahaha, I laughed at him, deep inside it hurts, a little bit. As I've said in my previous CC posts, we talk things out even though it hurts. Like best buds, we talked out many things, here and there. We also had some fights. We also had jelous times. And those things are so easy to know, because of the different behaviors that we might show in front to each other. He will say, what's wrong dear and that...I refuse to say first but in the end, I open it up to him. Notice that the word strong in my post is not less or more, it's moderate. We've been married for three years and counting. We are hopeful to make our marriage last long time. I know it's not easy. But I believe that trust, faith and loyalty in marriage should start and ends with LOVE; that's why we married our husband/wife in the first place right? Spark up that love everyday like everyday is the best day. Be your LOVE TEAM.
Rodliz’s Nest

September 1, 2010

Couples Corner: How Do We Help Each Other?

When I'm down, hubby lift my feelings up. And when he's down, I try my best to lift his feelings up too. I am giving my best to be of service for him, primarily. He's my big baby, the second important person in my life after God. Without him, I will never be complete. By complete means, not material things but the value I have in life, as a woman. He seeks completeness to me too, he needs a helpmate. And that's me. None of us are perfect, but once were together, we feel strong and great love team. Whew! We know for sure that as we seek comfort, affection, faith and hope to each other, it is shown with love, even though it hurts because we have so much to sacrifice. Marriage is a sacrifice. And as for me, I have no regrets that I entered in this life. It is my burden of love.
Rodliz’s Nest

August 30, 2010

Mnemonics: What is Depression and how to alleviate it?

I just stumbled reading again my nursing notes. Since depression is so common to people, here's what I got for it's brief synopses and some interventions on how to lessen it's occurrence:

D - ependency. People who are depressed have low self esteem.
E - ncourage to write. Like writing a blog for example. Lot's of people online are always ready to hear you. It's a  way of expressing concerns.
P - rovide nutrition, hydration, sleep and proper medicine.
R - estructure activities and environment. Join social gatherings or go to a park and enjoy nature.
E - CT (Electro convulsive therapy) in severe cases, done by a medical person.
S - upport system. One has to encourage somebody who is depressed. One can be encouraged in a group activity.
S - uicidal and homicidal tendencies. Check to see if the person has these tendencies.
I - ntrojection is their self defense mechanisms. The person has the tendency of blaming himself.
O - ffer structured activities of daily living. Offer a lay-out for daily activities.
N - ever appear so jolly and happy when attempting to help or giving interventions.

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Quotes for the Day

“I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have
found myself, my work, and my God.” ~ Helen Keller

The more you recognize and express gratitude for
the things you have, the more things you will have
to express gratitude for.” ~ Zig Ziglar

August 26, 2010

What do your man wanted you, as a wife, to know about them?

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I was reading the last chapter of the "eye-opener" book, "For women only" by Shaunti feldhahn. I got a new learning and inspiration after I read the result of Shaunti's multiple choice survey for men to write the things that was important to them. The top five responses were these:
  • 32% -"I want her to know how much I love her"/There's nothing I can't tell her."
  • 18%-"I wish she'd make more of an effort to take care of herself."
  • 15%-"I need more respect, in private and public."
  • 10%-"I need more sex."
  • 10%-"I need her to understand my burden to provide/how draining my job is."
As a wife, I should not really take for granted what my husband needs. I know, tough times. But, knowing this result made me very much aware of what he really need as well as knowing his love language too. Boy, entering in a married life seemed to be like seeing so many fireworks at the first moment we got married. We thought we got into lots of challenges already after our friends-courtship-engagement life. But, still there are more obstacles and challenges in our stage now that we're married for 3 years. There are still lots of love languages that we are yet to be explored as well as learning and understanding the needs that we wanted for each other so our married life will bloom marvelously. No wonder "Marriage is a school of love."

August 18, 2010

Couples Corner: When we want something

Hi fellow moms, welcome to my third blog. I was enjoying reading Mommy Liz's host entry today.

When he wanted something, and I don't easily get the hint, he raise it up gently during our conversations. He always want to get my opinion first, like watching movies for example. If I refuse it, he agrees though he really want it, especially if we went to his parent's place to watch it and the time includes going home late at night and it doesn't fall on a Saturday. He is also frugal and wise in spending money.

When I want something, Hubz easily gets the hint. Like for example, I'm really worried of something, then he suggests directly if it's time to buy or get that something done. Like this new laptop I got last Monday, I thought of buying a new one instead of spending money to let other people fix it. I mean, our laptops before are windows xp and even though we already have a high speed internet, it's still slow and his laptop is running on linux right now which I really don't know to operate. As what I've said a while ago, he is frugal into using things, but me, I'm the one who's demanding when it comes to important things like the computer. I just told him that the blogging earnings I got a few months will serve the half the payment of the computer we bought, but he insisted to pay it from our bank savings. Oh well, I didn't want to explain any further to him as long as I told him on what I can do, he has his own plans. When it comes to money, we measure it according to budget and discuss on how to cope up with the expense later on. I gently demand things to him though because I don't want to abuse his gentleness and kindness. Sometimes I feel guilty if I should really talk to him the things that depressed me. But I just tell him those things, and vice versa. We always believe on Honesty is the best policy and helping each other as a team.
Rodliz’s Nest
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Be not the "Prey"

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"The severe truth is, Satan hates your marriage and makes its destruction a nearly daily aim."

I just thought of passing along the wisdom and passages from the book that inspired me today. I read Gary L. Thomas's book "A year of weekly devotions for couples". My heart got strucked and my mind got reminded again of the quote above. I have heard so many married couples these days who have gone separated after having a long married life, mostly, after 10-15 years. Like in this book that I've read, physically; some couples separate because one is flirting with an office mate, viewing pornography, getting so busy that they have little or no time to work on their marriage, and spiritually; refusing to forgive, holding a grudge, neglecting to build spiritual intimacy.

"A married couple's relationship is the inner fortress in a cosmic spiritual battle. This fortress is not limited to just a man and woman; it also protect the children who result from that union. Even more than that, it protects generations of grandchildren and great-granchildren, who will be influenced by their ancestors."
 I felt sorry and depressed about their situation. And so I took time to evaluate my married life with my husband. We are married for 3 and a half years compared to them. Life has been tough. We have been through misunderstandings and arguements. But then, I steal myself to never be anxious about material things, instead, I have to strengthen myself to be vigilant in my prayers to God, that He'll give me the wisdom so I will know what to do especially in nurturing my married life and that it won't lead to destruction like other couples are experiencing. Hearing other people having troubles in their married life alarms me. There are time's that there's nothing I can do for them but to pray for their spiritual strength no matter what happens. 

Reflection: "Flush out all of it today, Ask God to give you a forgiving heart, a loving heart, and a pure heart. Keep moving forward toward your spouse. Ask God to close any doors you have foolishly left open. Guard what God has given you; give Satan no place to enter."

August 9, 2010

Mommy and Me: It's Beach Time!

These pictures were taken last Saturday. We went to one of the sand beaches in Presque Isle peninsula in Lake Erie, PA. It was our second time visiting the place. And at that time, we swim and enjoyed our stay in the beach longer. As you noticed, George seemed to be feeling acquainted with the water in these pictures. The first time we went there, he was just crying and feeling afraid to be near the water.
He is not afraid to hear the loud splashes of water anymore.
Mommy and Son, having good time together in the beach. 
It was a warm hot sunny day, whew! Glad to have that skirt because the Sun is getting wicked to my skin.
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August 6, 2010

Skywatch Friday: Sunset at Presque Isle

My first time to join SkyWatch Friday. I just can't help myself to share this wonderful pictures of the sunset at Presque Isle Beach in Lake Erie, PA. I thought it's romantic!
I love the pastel colored pink and blue of the sky. When the sun set down near the waters, there were some splash of purple color in it. It was fascinating and it made me remembered again of how beautiful God made the world.

August 5, 2010

Digesting Time Management - - - Part 1

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Well, here's another interesting book I've read today, Time management for Catholics by Dave Durand. I just grabbed the book from my Husband's computer desk because I felt the need to have a time management mfor myself. I read Chapters one to three in this book.

How Harried are you?
The author of this book provided nine questions related to the question above. It helped me digest and realize how much of my time is eaten up by unnecessary things. I answered yes to the questions below:

  • Do you find it hard to relax because you keep thinking of everything you have to get done? I don't know, it always pop up in my mind and sometimes I wander away of what I'm doing because I need to do the other thing.
  • Is your desk or work area piled high with papers? Well, not papers but lots of stuff because I'm afraid that my little guy will tear them.
So much so, these are the questions that struck me. There are more questions in the book but none of them struck me so much, like the following:
  • Do you put off important tasks (or even unimportant one) and then have to rush to get them done?
  • Do you accept responsibilities and do things when people ask you, while inwardly groaning about the added drain on your time?
  • Do you often arrive late to Mass, as well as to work and social engagements? Not often because we usually have to wake up early and travel 1 hour and 30 minutes to St. Bernadette's when it's Saegertown Sunday mass and yes, we got late once or twice a month if it's St. Michael's church Sunday for us.
  • Do your daily responsibilities cause you mental and physical fatigue? Well, I always stay at home so my mentally and physically I get moody because I felt like a prisoner in the house but then it will be gone afterward because I can lay myself in our couch or bed to rest or sleep.
  • Do you put off prayer because you're too busy with other things? For me, when I encounter somebody who needs prayers, I pray silently during the moment I am heartily touched so to prevent forgetting about it.
  • Do you turn on the TV and flip channels of habit. Well, we don't have TV but we watch movies together once or twice a week in my FIL's house.
  • Do you stumble across notes telling you to do things - long after the deadline has passed? I don't put notes in sticky notes, I use a notebook.
The author said that if you are say yes of the four questions above, then you need to take stock immediately and begin to manage your time better.

What's really obligatory?
At this chapter of the book, I realized that I should go back to myself in writing my "Thing to do list" everyday in my notebook. It doesn't have to be a diary but short notes and check them when I got to fulfill them in the day.

What is your mission statement in life?
My mission in life is to love and honor God and to worship him all the days of my life. I pray that may He sink down to my soul so that I will have the grace and wisdom to whatever I do and think. In his grace, I will remain committed to my husband and raising my children to love God with all of their hearts.

I find my self-esteem raising after I realized on how to digest my time management. So how about you? Have you got time to digest your time management lately?

August 3, 2010

What can a 14 month old baby do?

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Our little guy in house just turned 14 months old yesterday. We were surprised that he did a few steps on his own, he was walking four steps back and forth towards me and his Daddy. Boy, he sure does stand a lot these days, he can do it for long time while hanging on to furniture. And oh, he has been busy taking down the stuff above the tables and ripping out our wallpapers. How I wish we didn't have a wallpapered house. He even chew on the torned papers and my gosh, I made a sign of the cross for him because I thought he's choking. He can now do a high and low five, clap his hands and responds when his name is called. I've been trying to teach him the ABC's and 123's but he laughed at me when I do it. His Dad laughs at me too. Well? This is how we teach a child, we should go down to his level.

July 31, 2010

Enjoying Presque Isle beach in Lake Erie peninsula

Last June 29, 2010, we went to Presque Isle beach in Lake Erie peninsula, PA. In the picture above is one of the hisctoric marks where Commodore Perry had his U.S. battleships assembled to fight against British war. We went biking for 2 hours by the time we arrived there. It was 1 hour and 45 minutes from Warren, PA to get there. My skin look burned in these pictures as it was a very hot sunny day. George seemed not bothered by it because I made sure he had the sunscreen lotions as his delicate skin is not thick as mine.
George seemed to be happy in these times. He liked the fountain nearby and walked on the side of this giant fountain monument.
After our biking, we went swimming to the beach. They have natural light brown sand there. Brings back memories to me when I was in Philippines after I stepped on the sand beach. The scene was like in the beaches in Bohol, but the water is not salty. George didn't like it though. He seemed to be so afraid of water. At least he got his first dip and maybe next year, we'll come again and teach him how to swim. The board in my background of this picture is a true map of the Presque Isle peninsula. At first, I thought of it like a picture of a gallbladder (and I don't know why,lols).

I think this is one the best shots that my husband took of the dramatic sunset that day. It was not that distant on how this picture look like. The sun was super big and very red and the orangish tinge of cloud background of this picture was supposed to be pink to purple and the sea blend in with a pastel blue color. It was just magnifiscent scenery. And I love to go back there again, someday.