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Throwback: Invites to Dawn & Rain’s Dedication

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Design Projects

Looking at some of my old design projects I found these, and thought, why didn’t I blog about these before? It’s been almost two years since Dawn & Rain’s presence have totally changed up our game, and the sight of these invitations made me all the more excited about their birthday soon!

Twins Party Invitations

Dedication and Baptism Invitations for Twins

Twins Birthday Invitation, Baptism, Dedication

(Except for the top photo which is a mockup, these were the actual for-printing versions. Too lazy to change them up for this post, sorry!)

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll remember that I blogged about their Dedication back then but intentionally didn’t post photographs because I got my heart caught up in my throat (or my fingers!). I decided to just post one photograph that I felt summed up the entire occasion for me. Remember?

Remember also that I blogged about DIY-ing decorations for the party? I obviously got a little too carried away about that.

DIY Party Decors

Of course we weren’t really thinking about birthday themes when we came up with Rain & Dawn’s names, but I love how their names make for really fun party themes, don’t you think? :) And yep, I was going through a PINK and GREY craze at the time.


I offer web, logo, and branding packages for creative people who dig dreamy and minimalist designs. I also like creating pretty things, just like this one^. Feel free to message me if you like what you see. Read my Design Process to know more. Let’s create something beautiful!


Here are more details from the party, almost two years ago. (Really, it’s been that long?)  (more…)

37/52: Purple, Shiny, Extraordinary

| Posted in Dawn & Rain

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

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Someone’s not in the mood to have her photographs taken last Sunday! Guess who? :)

And someone’s a little speechless tonight, too. (Guess who?)

The past week was just one of those ordinary weeks, but not really, because come to think of it, nothing’s been “ordinary” around here since these two became a part of our lives, which I guess makes the past week extraordinary in a way.

I suppose that’s why I’ve been staring at this post for the past 30 minutes, smiling to myself, unable to caption these photographs, thankful beyond words for everything I can’t quite put to words, and grateful to God for the extraordinariness of each ordinary day. You know what I’m saying?

Hope the past week left you feeling speechless too. Have a great week ahead. :)

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

Recently: Unusual Monday Morning

| Posted in Married Life, Mommyhood, Recently

Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel

There was this moment, waking up in a room at Tune Hotel on Monday morning, that was strangely familiar. It happens every time we’re in an unfamiliar place, and I look around to see my little family, and I suddenly have this overwhelming rush of emotions, and I know right then that home is right there with me.

Power went out at past 7:00pm Sunday night, in the middle of a storm, and we found refuge in a nearby hotel where we evacuated for the night. Have you ever tried out Tune Hotel? Very affordable and impressive, I must say. Even though we only stayed half-a-day, the price was very reasonable and certainly worth it. The room was small but very clean. There weren’t a lot of amenities, but the pillows, sheets, and towels were top quality. For an emergency accommodation, we sure got our money’s worth.

We heard the electricity was restored in our area at around 2:00am, but D and the girls were already sleeping soundly by that time.

I woke up on Monday morning, sunshine coming through the glass windows of our small room, and I knew I just had to preserve that moment. I said a quick prayer to God, thanking Him for keeping us safe, and warm, and dry; and for being our shelter in the time of storm, both literally and figuratively.

I looked at my family, still sleeping, squeezed in a queen-sized bed which was our home for the night, and my heart swelled with so much love. Will I ever get used to this (not so) new life? The girls have grown so much, and D and I have been living together for over 3 years, and yet, it still sometimes feels like it hasn’t really sunk in yet. (Are they really my daughters? Is he really my husband? Is this really my life now?)

Anyone can relate to this feeling? Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way.

36/52: Lovin’ Kate Quinn Organics

| Posted in Baby Fashion, Dawn & Rain

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

Kate Quinn on Dawn & Rain

Few weeks ago, Dawn & Rain, together with two other kids of Make it Blissful moms, had the privilege of modeling some items from Kate Quinn organics through A.Ka Shop, the exclusive distributor of Kate Quinn products here in the Philippines.

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What I love about Kate Quinn products: they’re very soft, comfortable and stylish. Made with 100% organic cotton, the girls loved playing around in their lounge dresses; and although they couldn’t care less about looking so chic, this proud mama here totally loved it! These lounge dresses are some of Kate Quinn’s best sellers, it seems. I’m not surprised. I love the style and the color, and I love how the dresses fit even though they’re one size bigger.

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And as always, I just couldn’t stop taking photographs! I took as many as I could, making the most out of the natural light and cozy interiors of our favorite neighborhood cafe, La Creperie.

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Kate Quinn on Dawn

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Thank you A.Ka Shop for these dresses! We love them.

Kate Quinn Organics are perfect for mommies who are after quality eco-friendly and stylish products for their children. For more info, visit the following:

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35/52: Birthday Dresses

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Mommyhood

Photographs of my daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

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We bought them these dresses from Periwinkle for their first birthday party, and in a classic budget-conscious mommy fashion, I bought dresses that were one size bigger (18months) so that they can wear them for a long time. True enough, they’re turning 2 years old soon, and they can still wear these dresses!

Which is swell, because they didn’t exactly have a lot of nice pictures from their first birthday party. At least none of them smiling or enjoying their party like we imagined they would.

And then we realized that maybe first birthday parties are really more for the parents than for the kids. We’re celebrating their birthday alright, but mostly we’re celebrating ourselves for surviving the first year of parenthood, and for God’s infinite grace and guidance and provision to us as we went through this first year of stretching, and learning, and growing.

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It’s been almost one year since that first birthday. How can time fly so fast?

Blogging about Bella & Sam’s birthday party last week reminded me that it’s about time we start thinking about Dawn & Rain’s 2nd birthday party too. We’ve been putting so much thought on how we want to celebrate this year, especially now that Dawn & Rain can already interact, and have fun, and appreciate attention and love around them. Nothing grand. It’s going to be a small and sweet celebration, but just thinking about the smiles on their faces is already making my heart burst with joy.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

34/52: What Keeps You Grounded? (Mommy Edition)

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Faith Walk, Mommyhood

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

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I was having a rough day when I took these photographs and the girls were my instant pick-me-uppers. I have found the key to keeping my sanity and peace of mind, and that is to take a break from everything and just spend time with my girls.

I have a theory: As mothers, doing our mommy duties is the easy part. Personally, I can wipe noses and change diapers and sing “twinkle twinkle little star” all day long and not feel tired doing it. I’d be happy to do it, even. I would spend every single waking hour with the twins if I could. I’d trade places with our yaya in a heartbeat, if only it’s possible.

But I think what makes it challenging is, aside from being mothers, we also have to be other things—we have to maintain a career, sustain a business, be a boss / friend / sister, wash the dishes, manage the household, cook dinner, and so on. Once in a while we have to face extra challenges too, like having to deal with difficult people, beating a major deadline, getting stuck in the MRT during rush hours, and [insert other struggles that you dare not say here.]

All of these consume a huge amount of time and emotions, draining us and taking away the energy that is meant for our kids and our family. It’s not that it’s a bad thing, it’s just the way life is. We have roles to fill, and in retrospect, the Lord uses our circumstances to make us better persons, and better mothers.

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Toni recently blogged a really nice piece on how to keep grounded and centered, and I found myself reflecting on the things that keep me grounded too:

  1. God. And the fact that He’s real, and Sovereign, and that He holds my life and my future in His hands. Even though some days are tough, and other people don’t understand; even when criticisms are aplenty and affirmations are scarce, I’ve seen enough miracles in this life to believe that God is the God who vindicates, He’s my reason for living, my anchor, and my refuge. Holding on to His Word and to His promises is my source of joy and hope, in good times and in bad.
  2. My husband. He keeps me calm, he makes me smile. He’s my punching bag, my prayer warrior, my comfort pillow, my best friend. All these while also being my defender and protector. I always find comfort in knowing that we never have to feel “alone” in our challenges, anymore. God has blessed both of us a partner to go through this life with, for better or for worse.
  3. Dawn & Rain. They literally just, take my sadness away! Seriously. I can’t even begin to describe the joy these two bring in my life. Their smiles, the silly things they say, their innocence.. not only do they make me indescribably happy, they also make me brave and keep me strong.
  4. A handful of friends and family. I don’t need a lot of friends, I’ve proven that enough; but I do know that I can’t go through life without my small circle of support, with whom I don’t have to explain myself or pretend to be someone I’m not. Family who’s always there on call. Girlfriends who are a Viber message away. My cell group who inspires me to be better, so that I can inspire them to be better. Such comfort to know that I can count on them when I need a break (or a coffee break, yes!), or prayers, or a shoulder to cry on.
  5. This verse: Colosians 1:16-17. “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

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When I focus my mind on these things, all my frustrations disappear into nothingness, leaving only the things, and the people, that truly matter.

How about you? What keeps you grounded?

Linking up with Toni.

33/52: Daddy’s Love Letters

| Posted in Dawn & Rain

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

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He wasn’t planning to do it every month, but somehow it became a tradition of sorts. On the 24th of each month, D would change his Facebook cover and caption it with a love letter for Dawn & Rain. He would write about their milestones, and anecdotes from their little lives, and how blessed we feel to witness them all. This month, his cover photo is one from this set.

They’re 22 months old now, which means D has been doing this more or less 2 years. Not counting the times he’s written them love letters when they were still two small holes in my ultrasound print.

I have to say, I may be the self-proclaimed writer between the two of us, but my husband surely writes better love letters (and songs!) than I do.

One day, when I find time, I will compile all of these love letters and cover photos, and put together a memorabilia for Dawn and Rain. Just thinking about it is already making me tear up! These two don’t know it yet, but God has blessed them with such a sweet and amazing Daddy who’s so in love with them.

Someday they’ll know. In the meantime, we keep writing, and taking photographs.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

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