We are together now. After four years and five months of a long distance marriage, H and I are finally moving in together. E will grow up in a two-parent home. Tonight, we will be fixing our new home. I pray that the Lord will guide us so that we will thrive in our new home.
We left the house we boughtwhen we first found out I was pregnant with Ethan. The house that witnessed the growing pains of a new family. I will miss our old life, the afternoon walks around our subdivision, the visits to our neighbor’s pet monkeys, birds and iguana. Santorini-the place where our hopes and dreams were built.
As of June 1, 2015, a new family will be ushered in. While I am saddened by this change, I too am excited about the direction our life is taking. H and I are free to build a life together now in each others arms. Life is good indeed.
“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” Robert Munsch
Tonight, I arrived home from work pretty exhausted. I had a whole morning full of hearings and an afternoon spent preparing a position paper. There was just so much more that needed to be done. Work does get overwhelming sometimes. I have another round of hearings tomorrow and I am weary just thinking about it.
I get home and go straight to baby Ethan’s room. He looks so peaceful in his sleep, like he’s resting on clouds and walking on rainbows. I gaze at him and catch him smiling just as if he’s seeing fluffy dogs and adorable cats – seeing the kind of things beautiful dreams are made of. The weariness is lifted off my shoulders. I am reminded of how rich and wonderful the world is. Indeed, how wonderful or miserable your life is depends on your perspective.
I realize how shallow I was to complain about work. I am blessed to have a job where I am paid to help people. I have a little boy who looks at me like I am the world to him. I have a hubby who keeps encouraging me to go biking/swimming and running with him (because it just is so much fun to do all these strenuous activities…(hehe). In other words, I am loved…
I say a quick word of thanks to the Lord for the reminder. I have so many concerns but my God so much bigger. I cast all my cares upon Him. Tonight, I will sleep well. He will take care of me and of my problems just as He has done my entire life. I have nothing to fear.
My baby is now about 22 weeks old. He is a sweet little thing…He has preferences now. His favorite toy is Tiger, an orange (yes, you guessed it!) tiger.. with a rattle on his right hand and a ball on his left. Tiger never fails to get him to blabber. I imagine Ethan confiding in Tiger and telling him how his day went. He loves to play with fingers. He spends minutes observing my fingers when I offer them to him to play with. He loves to jump on my lap and I am most happy when my silly antics are rewarded by a smile or a giggle from him.
I wish I could spend my entire with him but I have a career and for mothers like me, it isn’t as easy. Still, I am luckier than most. I am blessed with the gift of sleep. I can sleep immediately, anywhere and anytime. So I co-sleep with my baby and wake up when he wakes. It’s no big deal for me as like him, I fall asleep the moment my head rests on the bed. I like to gaze at him when I sleep. I am filled with wonder at this little angel that lived in my tummy for nine months and is now a breathing, living being beside me.
I thank the Lord for making me a mom. Life has changed for hubby and me. We haven’t travelled in a long time, the last one being when we visited Prambanan and Borobudur when I was about two months pregnant but there is nothing like this adventure with Ethan. I look forward to the day when we can take him on one of our backpacking trips. =) Already, we are training him to get used to all kinds of environment, to sleep wherever he may be and in whatever position. 😉
Indeed, my heard is full. And yet my heart is not at peace. Someone close to me is going through something and we have to be strong for her. I am thankful that it’s early yet and that the Lord is taking care of her. I pray for her healing and I pray for our family that we may help each other and be there for each other and for her especially. “Life, oh life, oh life..” I know though that everything happens for a reason. I know that the Lord sees us and knows what is in our hearts. The beauty of life lies in its imperfections, in the unexpected changes, in the trials that come our way. I thank you Lord for your blessings. God bless us all always.
It’s been 3 months since we began our greatest adventure yet. It still feels surreal. We both feel like we’ve been married forever. (in a good way) You know, the kind where you’ve found someone you wouldn’t mind being trapped in a foxhole forever with (not that I’m wishing for that to happen!). I am reminded of why we started this blog…our desire to give back..to let people know that a budget beach wedding is an achievable goal.
We chose Boracay or rather, my Mom chose Boracay. On a whim, she broached the idea of a December Boracay wedding and the idea just took over our hearts and minds. When she changed her mind later (following a discussion with dad and after realizing that most of her friends wouldn’t be able to attend), we wouldn’t budge.
First off, we moved our wedding date to December instead of November of this year (2011). The move was caused by the following factors: 1) hubby’s sister and entire family were visiting for the holidays from the Netherlands; 2) we couldn’t afford a Bacolod wedding (we’d have to invite a lot of people plus December was wedding high season and we didn’t feel like having to compete for venues given the 2 month time frame). The Boracay idea had everything going for it: 1) we had a legitimate reason to keep our wedding small and intimate; 2) a quick call to the Holy Rosary Church in Boracay revealed that we still had a date; 3) hubby and I have always been spontaneous adventurers and loved the idea of a spontaneous wedding, 4) who could say no to having the white pristine waters of Boracay as the wedding backdrop plus 5) a beach wedding was just so romantic;
We started on a 30k budget and went on to spend at least 6x the original amount. Still, it was a steal compared to a typical Boracay wedding. This is how we did it:
1. Holy Rosary Church and Fr. Placer – Contact Number (036)2883219 -The first thing I did was call the Church, after all, we couldn’t get married if we didn’t have a church and a priest who would marry us. Google came to rescue, and I obtained the number in the net, called and found myself speaking with Fr. Placer who graciously said “yes, I’ll marry you” and gave us a date too – December 28, 2010. The use of the church inclusive of priest stipend and choir cost 10,000 php. (I hear that that is the going rate 🙂
2. Venue for the beach reception: Boracay Plaza Resort, Station 1 – 09189089808 – Now that we had a Church, we needed a venue for a wedding reception. We called them all..but the rates were just too stiff. After making several inquiries and realizing the mammoth rates that would be charged (we had decided on 50 to 70 guests and the usual rates were for 30 guests, any additions would be costly), we were getting desperate. Earlier, we had decided that if we couldn’t get a similar rate to Bacolod, we’d just let our Boracay wedding go.
Fortunately,we got to talk to Ms. Vicky of Boracay Plaza Resort, (who just happened to be the sister of hubby’s college schoolmate) . We’d stayed at Boracay Plaza on one of our summer trips and felt that it’d would be perfect to have our reception there. The thing was, Boracay Plaza didn’t cater for weddings. That’s when Ms. Vicky suggested that we get a caterer from Caticlan and introduced us to Ms. Christy of Quency’s, our caterer…
Quency’s, 09209517729 – Ms. Christy of Quency’s is a success story of sorts…She is an inspiration to people like me as she transformed herself from someone who knew little about cooking to being the premiere caterer of Caticlan and Boracay,catering for the likes of ex-pres PGMA and ex-VP Noli De castro. She even has a cafe at the D’Mall in Boracay where you may feast on her sumptuous cakes.
To be continued…
Hubby is back in the island across the sea and I am left missing him. He called awhile ago. It’s been 3 months and the transition from boyfriend-girlfriend to hubby-wifey hasn’t been completed yet. When he calls me, like he did earlier today, I still get giddy with excitement…or twitterpated as dear old Bambi would describe. Our plans about our future are as uncertain today as it was before we got married–that is to say that we have a million plans =)…We’re not worried about that though. Life’s uncertainties is what makes it beautiful.
A weekend affair, distance builds up the romance, then we love again.
I love DIY projects…thing is, I’m not very artistic. I’m a very good researcher though. While researching wedding ideas for my own wedding, I came across pictures of wedding signposts. I fell in love with the concept. Luckily, I have a sister who’s quite crafty and a groom who’s super supportive (He had their carpenter build a sign post for me..oooh…love). =) So, here’s the finished product!