Archive for July, 2012

Dog Profiles

Let me introduce you to the babies of our clan – our 2 pet shih tzus!

The lighter one is Maxx. He just turned three 2 months ago. He is playful and loving—only to his owners! Maxx can be a bit of a snob and is totally high maintenance. He doesn’t eat from any other plate or food container. He wants you to feed him from your hand. He also only cuddles at night, when he is very sleepy. Nevertheless, he is completely behaved. He just sits and lounges in the house all day and goes out only on weekends. His favorite spot is Eastwood City in Libis.

The darker one is actually Maxx’ son- Joaquin! Joaquin is one year and 5 months. He is a voracious and ultra-playful dog – also a true blue alpha dog! Unlike his dad, Joaquin creates a lot of clutter in the house, tends to ransack the garbage bin, and is so hard to toilet train. However, Joaquin is very loyal and loving. he loves to cuddle and kiss. He is very affectionate.

These dogs are opposites in terms of behavior and demeanor. Yet, they are father and son. And we love them both! They are the loves of our family. And they know know that we love them so well! 🙂

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Last Friday was my 30th birthday. There were a lot of firsts last Friday.
Since I only/already turned 30, it was my first birthday in the line of 3. Hehe.
It was also the first time that I was greeted by approximately 198 people thru Facebook, SMS, or in person. That’s a blessing 🙂
It was the first time that my mom was not around on my birthday as she’s already in heaven. It’s particularly strange and anti-climactic to be celebrating a special day without the presence of a loved one. Even my eldest sister verbalized that over family dinner last Friday. I realized it wasn’t just me. The entire family was feeling the void of my mother’s absence.
For the first time ever since I started celebrating birthdays (a Filipino tradition), last Friday was particularly striking because emotions were mixed and admittedly, I felt that there was a lot of ambiguity in the air. I felt happy and sad at the same time. There was hope and uncertainty as well. I felt that I was living life on the fast lane but at the same time needed some sort of recharge. I thank God for this facility in Antipolo City where I could just spend some quiet time, which I got to do the whole day yesterday.
The Lord gave me a very special message this morning. On my way to work just this morning, and while playing with the dogs, I was able to gaze at my mom’s flowers just opposite the living room window. My mom loved flowers and gardening while she was still alive. And when she entered eternity, I thought that it would also just be a matter of time before her plants started withering one by one, as neither my father nor any of my mom’s children were into gardening. We could only water the plants and there’d be many days when none of us would remember watering them.
But this morning, I noticed that the plants had again flowered-and that most of them were in full bloom. My mother would always deliberately make me notice that when she was still on Earth, and she’d be very proud and happy. How she loved her plants when they started to flower.
It is different now that the plants had started to flower again. Nevertheless, the Lord did not make me dwell anymore on my mom’s absence. See, this morning He gave me a very special message.
The Lord likened the flowers to me and to our family.
“My son, look at the flowers now. They are still very much alive and beautiful even though your mother’s no longer around to attend to them. No downpour is so heavy that it could easily wash away the flowers’ beauty. No sunlight is too strong to quench and steal the life away from these plants. Because I created them, I also cultivate them. Because I created them, I also nurture them and take care of them—because I love them.
“My son, you thought the flowers bloomed in the past only because your mom was busy taking care of them. You thought that the plants only managed to show signs of life because they depended on your mother’s care and nurturing. BUT the truth is, the plants only flowered because THEY DEPENDED ON ME. I am the One who gives them life. I am the One who makes them flower. Your mom was just an extension of the love, care, and nurturing that ultimately comes from ME.”
“And not anyone’s absence or presence can stop me from pouring out my love. Will it be too much if I let you start this week and your 30th year by reminding you of how much I love you?”
–Thank you, God Immanuel.