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Busy October, Sweet November, and 3 Epic Years

A wave of long-overdue blog posts are coming out of my drafts within the next two weeks. But before that happens, I thought I’d say something about the (almost) 2-month gap in my posts. This blog has always been like a timeline of sorts for me, and I don’t want the past two months to disappear from my archives. After all, October and November of 2015 have been nothing short of awesome.

01 | Crazy October

October was seriously my busiest month ever this whole year, and this is where the month went—

  • Pursuit Manila. We had not one but two Pursuit Manila gatherings in October, and since we decided to have the year-ender gathering early in November, that meant we spent the last weeks of October preparing for the gathering. I’m breathless just thinking about it! But you know how much I love doing ministry with these people, and working with them is surely worth all the crazy.
  • Work things. I launched two big design projects in October too, one of which was Carla’s blog. This is on top of my usual Content Marketing work, which is a entirely different world of busy. I also had the opportunity to talk about Leveraging New Media at the Every Nation Staff Summit, and I love love love being able to use my profession and expertise to empower missionaries, youth leaders, and kingdom builders. Definitely the kind of “work” I won’t mind doing again and again.
  • Passion Cards & Chasing Dreams Shop. After a short hiatus, the shop is back up with the new holiday edition passion cards. Can you believe it’s been a year since these passion cards went into production? The shop will take a scheduled break in December and will resume sometime next year. So if you’re planning to buy some passion cards to give away as gifts this Christmas, now is the time! :)

02 | Sweet November

We’re halfway through November at this point, and while my to-do list is still not any shorter than October’s, this month will always be a favorite. It’s a time to breathe before the holiday rush takes over, a time of transitions, of leaves turning and wardrobes changing. It’s the last chapter before the last chapter, where the story wraps up and culminates for the big finale.

Ever thought of November that way? 

Also, Friday the 13th. Those pink gerberas in the photograph above were given by my husband, because Friday the 13th happens only a few times in a year.

The last few weeks of November are going to be as busy as ever, but they’re also going to be the sweetest. I just know it.

03 | Three Epic Years

And then the twins turned 3 years old, which means we are also officially 3-year old parents. But this, deserves a separate post, so I’m going to end this right here. ;)

How have YOU been? Are you ready to wrap up 2015 in a pretty bow? 

3 Beautiful Things, Love Life, Married Life, Mommyhood

Day 26: Cancelled movie date, chocolates, and Valentines

Family Portrait, February 14

1. Cancelled movie date. We reserved seats to watch Warm Bodies (yup, zombie love for Valentines!) twice and cancelled them twice too because we couldn’t leave the house. We couldn’t find a babysitter, for one. We have one yaya, but we need at least 2 people watching over the babies if we have to be away for a long time. On top of it, these two girls are keeping us glued to their crib with their smiles, and their cries, and all the little noises they make. But hey, how can we complain?

2. Roses & chocolates. D came home with a single-stemmed rose and some Ferrero chocolates for me. We have to admit, no matter how cliche flowers and chocolates and teddy bears are, it still makes us, women, feel warm and fuzzy inside when we’re the recipients of these traditional symbols of love. Yes, even on an overrated occasion such as Valentines Day.

3. Loves of my life. Our movie date may have been cancelled, the single-stemmed rose dried up, and the chocolates consumed, but the best part of Valentines Day was ending the night squeezed in our queen-sized bed, with these two wide-eyed baby girls who don’t have any idea that we’re sooo in love with them. At the risk of sounding like a bad Hallmark greeting card, everyday is like Valentines day at the Oyos home.

30 Days of Gratitude, Day 26.

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Day 23: Memory Lane, surprise visit, and someone dreamed about me

Memory Lane

1. Memory lane. I finally got around to processing the photos from our Tagaytay trip. And by memory lane I mean both relieving memories from that day, and the name of that quaint little cafe we visited in Tagaytay. One of these days I’ll post more photographs, you know, blogger that I am.

2. Surprise visit. My recently married friend Ivy dropped by to visit me last Monday with a pint of ice cream and lots of stories to tell. One thing I love about this friendship is, no matter how little we talk lately, we can always catch up whenever time permits. I’m glad she appeared at our doorstep last week. We updated each other on what’s happening in each other’s lives, talked about our dreams like we always do, shared what God has been teaching us lately. It’s good to look back and see how the topics of our conversations grew up with us through the years. If you have friends like this in your life, you should know that you are so blessed.

3. Ninang Nory’s dream. She said she dreamt about me. In her dream I was at home, with the kids, I was glowing like I was wearing make-up, and “everything was well and good“. I’m excited to find out what that dream means, and see how it unfolds in real life.

30 Days of Gratitude, Day 23.

3 Beautiful Things, Faith Walk, Family & Friends, Love Life, Married Life, Mommyhood

Day 22: Leading worship, speaking to the youth, and lovin’ my family

February 10 at Lifex

1. Leading worship. My husband was assigned to lead the praise and worship in church last Sunday, and I stood up there with him again (at his request). It’s what I would do too when I’m the one leading worship—I’d ask him to stand up there with me. Not that we couldn’t do it apart from each other; it’s more of, we simply love doing this together. It doesn’t feel like a long time ago when I was just praying to have someone I can grow in faith with and worship the Lord with. God answered those prayers beyond my imagination. Not only do I get to worship with D now and all the days of our lives, I also get to do this ministry I love with him.

2. Speaking to the youth. Later in the afternoon, I delivered a message at Lifextreme, our church’s youth worship. The last time I had the privilege of speaking to the young people in church was February last year, where I talked about, well, marriage. And then I got pregnant and took a little hiatus from speaking in front. One year later, last Sunday, I spoke about loving your family. Funny, these topics they assign to me. Someone’s getting old.

So I told them the obvious, that we get to choose our friends, who we hang out with, and in a way, who we work with. But the family we’re born into.. now that is something that God chose for us. It’s a gift, something that we should nurture and take care of even though, and especially because, these are the people who know us for who we are. And these are the people we’ll go through life with, whether we like it or not! Be kind to the ones you do life with, says Bobbie Houston. I stood up in the pulpit for 30 minutes speaking about this topic that means so much to me, especially now that we’re starting a family of our own.

3. I love my family. I could never get tired saying it. I love my family. I love the family I was born into, and I love this new family God has blessed me with. The thing with speaking about topics like this is, as you study your passage and review your notes, you also get to look into your own life and have a deeper appreciation of what you have. I feel so blessed beyond words.

*The rest of the 30 Days of Gratitude shall be posted with dates backtracked. Like I anticipated, it’s easy to list down blessings, but to find time to post them here.. it’s more challenging than ever. I just need one uninterrupted afternoon to get those drafts out, so watch out for a flood of posts soon. ;)

30 Days of Gratitude, Day 22.

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Day 19: Day off, married friends, and coming home

Married Couples' Day Off

1. Day off. It was the first time we went out-of-town without the twins, and the farthest we ever got away from them since they were born. Lola Norma came to watch over the babies while Mommy & Daddy took a day off with some married friends. It almost felt like we just got married last week—excited, in love, free. Not that we don’t feel that way anymore now, we do. Just that, having babies around makes you feel those things in a whole new level.

2. Married friends. When we got married, I remember wishing my friends would get married already for the selfish reason of wanting to talk to them about married life. Wish granted! An avalanche of friends’ weddings happened in a span of 2 years, one after the other. Last Thursday, six of us went to Tagaytay and spent the day splurging on good food and hopping from one hangout place to another—Memory Lane for afternoon snack, Pamana for dinner, Cliff House for mochi and coffee. We took a lot of photos, and  freely talked about *cough* stuff we avoided talking about when we were still singles. :) It’s a blessing to have people we can grow with, whatever phase in life we are. Last time I was in Tagaytay with this same group, we were scouting for a wedding venue for Robert & Tin, and now they’ve tied the knot too. So much has happened in a span of a few months!

And so many blessings all in just one paragraph.

3. Coming home. We made the most out of the day and by the time D and I came home, it was already past 12 midnight. The babies were still up and a little restless, but were mostly just waiting to be tucked in. It took me less than 30 minutes to get both of them to sleep, making me think that they really just waited for us! I enjoyed the day out with my friends, no doubt. But nothing still beats coming home and ending the day with the loves of my life.

30 Days of Gratitude, Day 19.

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