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The Story of Dawn & Rain’s Names

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Moments Like This

Hosea 6:3

We’re on Day 7 of Pursuit Community’s Seek Devotional, and yesterday the reading was from a verse that’s very close to my heart, a promise that my husband and I remember every single day because they run around our home in the form of two energetic toddlers named Dawn & Rain.

Hosea 6:3—

“Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of the dawn
or the coming of rain in early spring.”

The thing is, we already knew we would name them “Dawn” & “Rain” before we found this verse!  (more…)

52/52: It’s a Wrap!

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

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We were at a 4-day family reunion during the last week of the past year, and it was a perfect culmination to the awesomeness that 2014 was. It was also a time of rest, slowing down, and reconnecting with relatives from literally all over the world who we haven’t seen for so long. Both my husband and I came from big, wacky, closely-knit, Jesus-lovin’, God-fearing families, and we praise God that we get to raise Dawn & Rain in the same values that both of our families uphold.

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These photographs were all taken through my phone camera, because as always we didn’t have enough hands to carry a bulky DSLR around. Just the same, I’m happy with these blurry, grainy, imperfect remembrances of those perfect moments. Definitely for keeps.

So.. this project has been good for me.

I only wanted to preserve memories for Dawn and Rain, but in the process, this project gained me more than just a pile of photographs. I discovered that taking photographs of them has become an instant pick-me-upper, especially when bedtime routines are dragging on way too long, or we’re having a rough week.

The truth is, I started the project thinking I was doing something that Dawn & Rain would appreciate in the future, only to realize that I did it for myself, too.  (more…)

51/52: Christmas Gifts

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Faith Walk

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

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It’s true what Jodi once said, something about this project feeling like a countdown of sorts. Here we are at Week 51 of this 52 Week Project, and I still can’t believe how fast the year has gone by. Here are some photographs from the night before Christmas, which, by the way, also went as fast as it came.

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It wasn’t exactly an easy Christmas season for us, having to move to a new apartment at the start of the month, with all the packing, and cleaning, and transitioning. Our yaya went away for a holiday break too; which means my husband and I had to divide the house chores among ourselves on top of everything.

Just the same, we have learned to embrace these occasional opportunities to spend quality time as a family, just the four of us, especially during this time of the year.

It’s been a tough month, but just one smile, one song, one hug from these little humans and everything becomes a lot easier to bear. We wrapped them some presents and placed them under the tree, but the truth is, they are our real Christmas gifts.

“Children are a gift from the Lord,
they are a reward from Him.” ~Psalm 127:3

This Psalm has never been more real to me than now. More specifically when the children are throwing a fit, or being unruly, and there’s a pile of dishes and chores and tasks waiting to be dealt with. I keep going back to this verse to remind myself that these children are gifts from the Lord. They are a reward from Him! And indeed they are. No amount of chaos in the house can take away the sense of wonder and amazement that God has “gifted” us these two happy, curious, energetic children that we so love.

And then again there was this beautiful Child, who was sacrificed as a ransom for our sins, and it blows my mind all the time, especially now that I’m a parent, to realize how huge of a sacrifice that was for our Father in Heaven. Surely, nothing can top that priceless gift we have in Jesus Christ, if only we would open our hearts to receive Him.

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Merry Christmas!

Behold, the photograph that became this year’s Christmas e-card. Smile, Dawn! :)

I hope you had a meaningful Christmas yourself, one that’s filled with happy children, meaningful conversations, quality time, lots of hugs and kisses, God moments, unspeakable joy, love. 

51 sets of photographs down, one more to go. This is it. See you soon, 2015.

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

50/52: Cebu

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Destinations, Faith Walk

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

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It was a weekend of firsts. First plane ride, first Cebu trip (for David and the kids), first boat ride, first island-hopping experience. We’re happy to have an “excuse” to try out flying, something that we’ve been putting off because we were unsure how to handle long trips and plane rides with two toddlers. When our cousins who were visiting from Australia (you’ll remember them from these posts), invited us for a long weekend in Cebu, we knew we just had to take the plunge. And we’re soooo glad we did.

You realize time and time again that you have to dare to get out of your comfort zone, otherwise, you wouldn’t really know what you’re missing. And that Cebu trip was just that for me. It began with a truck load of worries and fears, but it ended with ZERO regrets and a mental smack in the head for even worrying at all.

We had a lot of favorite moments from that trip, but these photographs were from our island-hopping experience, which the kids reallyyy enjoyed.

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Remember their first time to swim and they didn’t like it? This time around, in Cebu, the girls loooooved it! They loved walking on the beach, they loved swimming in the pool, and true enough we had a difficult time pulling them out of the water.

The Cebu skies and seas, and the company of this family we love, were good for my soul. There were so many personal realizations, God moments, divine revelations, and a hundred reasons to praise God for.

Thank you, Ninong Mitch, Ninang Dots, Jonah and Zaki! We’ll remember this trip forever. “Jehovah-Shammah”, we won’t forget. ;)

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

49/52: December Wedding

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

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December 1, 2014. The same old story: It was a special day (it was my cousin’s wedding), in a special place (back in the good ol’ Fernbrook Gardens), and I made sure to bring our bulky DSLR in hopes that I could capture blog-worthy moments. In the end, of course, my plans were once again overruled by these toddlers who can’t seem to stay put in one place!

Good thing, our photographer friend, Ian Fornoles, had some great shots of the twins from that day. Thank you Ian! 

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A beautiful day and a beautiful wedding such as this one is easy to remember, with or without the photographs. Just the same, I’m glad we get to take home memories from that day, and from a professional photographer no less. (Score!)

A little word about the photographer—I’ve seen Ian grow from a little boy running around our church into this remarkable designer and photographer that he is today. I’m so proud of this guy, and would highly recommend him for all your lifestyle and wedding photography needs. Visit his Facebook page, you guys, and check out his work.

All photographs in this post are by Ian Fornoles Photography, except for the first one, which I took with my trusty iPhone.

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

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