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Thanksgiving 2011

I am GRATEFUL for…

the GOD in my life-
WHO has blessed me with so much.

our FAMILIES- for all the love no matter the distance...

a good HEALTH for myself and my loved ones...

a few old  genuine FRIENDSHIPS and the few new real ones...

those from afar who are continually praying for us 
and our new church family here 
who made it all easy for us to adjust to this new-found home.

a JOB- that taught me to embrace
and be contented with all its difficulties
as much as I love and enjoy the perks that come with it.

multi-purpose TRIP to windy CHICAGO- that made us accomplish 
the renewal of our Philippine passports 
and explore the city more than what was planned

frequent TRIPs to MINNEAPOLIS- that reconnected me 
with a great friend from MUM 
through our never-ending chats, laugh trips, 
wii games, swimming, short walks, shopping and food.
I miss you, Ma’am!

quick VISIT to Nanay Linda, Crystal and Pat..

the superb 3-Oh SURPRISE  from my amazing man!

and a LOT more.


Post 3 Ohhh!

Because I was born in the Philippines,
this entry is two days late and
my celebration yesterday was belated as well.
I was overwhelmed and still am
with so much joy in my heart.

The amazing man that I married
talked me into eating lunch with him at home,
RATHER than going Mexican as originally planned.
I agreed only because-
1.      I was expecting some lovely packages,
which he informed me earlier have already arrived,
and 2. He seemed flexible about postponing the Mexican plan for dinner.

The apartment smelled some YUMMY-licious seafood!
As my tummy angrily growled,
I quickened my steps
to uncover what’s for lunch…

But surprise, surprise!

Thanks to my mahal... 

Hubby sweetly prepared
a candlelight lunch.
Too ecstatic and extremely impressed
with his amorous tendencies,
I was speechless.

Hastily opened some more sweet surprises,
posed for some more shots

 and hurriedly got back to the office,
without actually opening the most awaited packages
that I went home for.

At night...
we went to church for
a revival service with the Romaines
where the Lord’s awesome presence
was evident, so sweet.

Then capped off the day with
a slice of  my red velvet birthday cake
and a toss of red grapes sparkling juice.

once again!
Thank YOU Lord,
thank you all,
 for all the L♥Ve!


I’ve been slacking again- all for the love of work.
I’ve been wrestling with two issues from different customers.
Both demanded my undivided attention,
often calling my name even in the wee hours of the night
when I’m supposed to be relaxing and refilling my vitality.

Okay, before even getting uberly exaaggg, 
all I really wanted to say is- 
But I promise to itemize as much stuff as I can 
to share/log bygone highlight of events to date.

NLT Fall Festival 2011

NLT (New Life Tabernacle) is our church family
and their existence in this expanse of the world
compensates the sometimes lonely
and tough reality of being far from our loved ones.
And of course, the warm and sincere friendships
sure made a difference in coping with the extreme cold here.

PAC is the MAN!

Photo courtesy of
Manny Pacquiao bagged an almost unbelievable victory 
against the Mexicanos’ pride, Juan Manuel Marquez, last Sunday. 
Although he did not make every Filipino 
or even fans worldwide as proud this time, 
I am one of those who believe that Pacman 
doubtlessly deserved this triumph over Marquez. 
Just because this opponent seemed to be the hardest of them all 
doesn’t necessarily mean that 
our Pambansang Kamao (National Fist)
ought to be mocked for being declared the winner. 
Go figure the ringside punch stats 
before even starting to whine 
with his overall performance or 
comparing it to his previous fights. 
I can hardly muster enough enthusiasm 
for boxing even if it is Pacman’s fight, 
neither am I an avid fan.  
However, I have enough respect for the man 
who earned more than enough merits for our country. 
And I am glad, so glad,
Pacman WON.

Our Little Friends

Pictures taken from their first visit
to what they call a Filipino house of ours.
These are the Miles and the Fancher kids.
It was challenging but fun-filled Sunday afternoon with them all.

VERY. I have to emphasize,
not just because it’s thanksgiving month
or because it’s my birth month.
Just very grateful
for everything and anything I can think of
 and all else that I can hardly remember.
Thank You thank YOU, dear Lord.