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Our Precious Bundle of Joy

I am really looking forward to having our baby home tomorrow. Nonna is really excited, for want of a better word….because this would be the first time that I will be able to hold him since he was born last November 22, 2012. Allow me to be a little emotional remembering his ordeal in the delivery room. My daughter was in labor for almost a day only to learn that she could not deliver Nate the normal way even if she was induced. They had to operate via Caesarean section to get him out.  He moved his head while he was still inside so he can’t push himself out. An hour after he was born, NICU called and asked if they could talk to my son-in-law. I was alarmed. We were at the delivery room earlier so what was wrong? I learned through his pediatrician that he had  sepsis, a…

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I am having a LSS and for some strange reason, this song keeps coming to mind, playing  silently in my head. I don’t know but every time I hear this song, I can’t stop the tears. It speaks of God’s unconditional love for us. And Josh Groban’s voice is simply arresting.

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord
Who abide in His shadow for life
Say to the Lord
“My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!”

And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand.

The snare of the fowler will never capture you
And famine will bring you no fear
Under His wings your refuge
His faithfulness your shield.

And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand.

You need not fear the terror of the night
Nor the arrow that flies by day
Though thousands fall about you
Near you it shall not come.

And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand.

For to His angels He’s given a command
To guard you in all of your ways
Upon their hands they will bear you up
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand…

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Our Precious Bundle of Joy

I’m just so proud of you baby. You make my heart swell with love. So what they say is true, having a grandson is one of the best things that can ever happen in one’s life.  The joys of  seeing you at last  – unconditional love, immeasurable happiness.

These pictures were taken 11 hours after he was born last November 22, 2012. Officially, I am a Nonna now.

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Only He knows the perfect time when to answer all our needs and desires. Let us learn to practice the virtue of patience in our lives.

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Thanks again Richard for sharing all these lovely words.

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Know what I think? She’s busy impressing me with her flowers – my lovely African Rose!

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It’s always a delight to discover new things in our garden in Patar. How fascinating it is to see these different varieties of tropical plants growing in one corner. Ferns and palms and a sprinkling of other blooms which I don’t have in my small garden.

Sometimes, I sigh in frustration that I could not identify the names of these plants.I am quite clueless, but I simply love the different shades of greens in this set. Then  I learned that Anahaw is our national leaf, hooray!

 

 

They call this Livistona , a family of palms.

A footstool palm or anahaw.

That’s all there is to it, I think. There are around 1,200 varieties of ferns so it’s a lost cause for me to identify all these. My sis-in-law takes charge of our garden in the province. These are just some of the evergreens that we have there.

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Hmm…I think it’s more than that.  My Don Manuel plant lost its leaves and eventually died more  than a month ago, but  I didn’t think of replacing it with a new one. I thought it would be perfect as a Christmas tree for my small garden. And since I am into recycling old decor, there won’t be a problem with using the small ones in decorating it. I just bought some garlands and more small bells for a song when we had our twice a month marketing this morning. It’s crude I know but I love it. I even thought of spraying the trunk of gold paint but eventually abandoned the idea.

And I love the background…..clouds. they are my favorite subjects in photography. And that lamp-post you see has its own attached lantern in a shape of a bell, our whole street have this uniform decor.

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I love garlic. I actually used one whole head for this half-kilo of ground pork adding up a cup of corn starch, one egg and a chopped white onion. Garlic, aside for being an anti-oxidant is good for lowering blood pressure and a proven natural antibiotics. We’re having this for dinner.

Garlic meatballs, anyone?

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We normally put up Christmas decorations at the end of November each year but since my artistic daughter is not around to help, I persuaded my son to bring down some of those decorations we have accumulated over the years. Every year, we buy something new, a trinket here and there, new colors of Christmas balls depending on the color theme that we want to achieve. This time though, I want to recycle some decor that we seldom use. My morning was filled with memories of Christmas past.

Yesterday, I found these lovely wooden carts made of bamboo and rattan and I thought they would be perfect for those old decorations we have. There’s nothing like giving a new face to old things 🙂

Does it look like it was recycled? Except for the wooden cart, everything is old.

We have these flowers two years ago when we decided to have the old green and red motif for our Christmas tree.

It’s all red. I wonder where the other decor got to. I could not even find Christmas lights.

And this is an old jar which I used for  candies at Christmas time. I am giving it a new look too.

The final touch of that small vase I had earlier. I think it deserves a place along with my other Christmas decorations.

This is an all time favorite decor – a musical waterglobe with revolving outer globe by Kirkland, a regular fixture during Christmas for the last ten years or so.

Just a friendly tip, don’t throw away the original boxes of your Christmas decorations, they are easier to organize and keep after the holidays are gone. Even those nice shoe boxes and plastic biscuit tins come in handy for those small and delicate decor. Label the boxes for easy storing and identification.

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