Posted in blessings, books, friends, friendship, tagged and more books, Black Saturday 2017, blessings, books, friendship, Mary Oliver, photography, reading, Richard Paul Evans on April 15, 2017|
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Out of the blue, a friend who arrived home from San Antonio about a month ago called me up and said she is coming over for a chat. Of course,I was elated. Who wouldn’t be? The last time we saw each other was sometime in October 2014. she said her package has arrived and she brought all these gifts for the family. She even gave some cash to Mommy when she found out that Mom is having her birthday on Wednesday.
Two hours of updating on each other’s lives although we always chat on Messenger in between. She brought with her a dozen pocketbooks, baking chocolates, Spam, Skittles and M & M for Nate, a box of Pringles and two hardbound copies of two of my favorite authors Mary Oliver and Richard Paul Evans. Upstream is Mary Oliver’s latest book while The Mistletoe Secret was published last November. To own such copies, priceless. This is my third book of Mary Oliver, the first two are books of poems while this one are essays she wrote. I’ve collected several books of Richard Evans. His latest will be out in the market in May.
Celebrating friendship – the smiles, the laughter, the serious talk about life itself, the many, many things that make friendship beautiful. This is the only time that she is free because she has come home for good and has many things to do. Who says online friends are not real? We used to be online friends at the Catholic site on Facebook where I am one of the admins. it started with just a few chats in a group which my priest friend, our chief administrator created. We saw each other several times in the past. Every time she comes home, we make it a point to see each other. This is one of those blessed days to renew friendship. Just so happy.
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Posted in blessings, blog update, blogging, family, family life, journeys, life, my blogging journey, thoughts and ramblings, tagged blogging, family life, journeys, New Year 2017, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts and ramblings, year-end blog 2016 on December 28, 2016|
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As all things go, there is an end to everything – days, months and years included. And yes, 2016 is about to end and we think of those things we did this year, old and new friends we met, family togetherness, places we dreamed of visiting, lessons learned, hours wasted on senseless thoughts (sometimes) and all the other things that make life and living worthwhile.
It’s been a quiet year for us except those times we went out as a family to celebrate birthdays and those times we had visitors at home to celebrate with us too. It is always nice to get in touch with friends, sharing meals together and being happy just exchanging news and ideas. It is always nice to be with the whole family celebrating togetherness no matter how simple it is. We do find meaning in the ordinary things in our lives, one has to look back, discern, and admire what is before us. We find meaning in our brokenness, those times when we felt so down and everyone cared, we are just grateful for that.
Do you make new year’s resolution? I’ve never been good at keeping one. They always get broken one way or another. So I dream, make some of it into reality and just enjoy what is in store. The days are not always happy, some are like memories blurred at the edges, some are like a closed book so pleasant to discover, some are lovely thoughts waiting to be shared.
Blogging has become one major step to sharing with online friends. It is such pure heaven to meet fellow bloggers who share their lives, their hobbies, their families and their precious photos and memories. Blogging has become a daily exercise that I look forward to, reshaping my views with the world outside. Blogging has become a pleasant tool for friendship. I’ve finally reached more than 2,000 followers including my 90 followers linked at Twitter. Isn’t it nice that every day, the blog stats increase a little more than before? It’s close to 445,000 views now. I made a total of 157 blog posts this year, add maybe two or three more before the year ends. The wonder of blogging. May I just thank you all for sharing with me through my blogs and yours? Thank you, thank you so much.
May the next year be a pleasant, happy and fruitful one for all of us. Happy 2017 guys.
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Posted in blessings, chemotherapy, colon cancer, journeys, life, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, Faith, health, journeys, life, reflections, silence speaks, thoughts on December 6, 2016|
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I remember my last session of chemotherapy done on a December morning at the UST Hospital Benavidez Cancer Institute. It was a Tuesday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. My medical oncologist called it my graduation. Graduation from six cycles of chemotherapy and oral chemo drugs, graduation from the pain brought by the IV injected every three weeks, graduation from various laboratory tests before each cycle of chemo. But it did not end there. I have to go back to my surgical oncologist for regular check-up until five years ago when I totally lifted everything up to God that I am truly cured and well. It was a nice feeling to be able to pick up and do regular routines without having to worry about one’s health, without having to worry about doctor and hospital visits. I hate hospitals. I can’t stand waiting too long outside a doctor’s office with other patients who have their own stories to tell. Seeing other patients is depressing enough.
When you are sick, sometimes depression sets in but your belief and faith that you will be cured of your illness helps to combat those feelings. When you believe that you will get well, you will. I started this blog sharing a bit of what I went through more than seven years ago. I wonder sometimes about those friends I met here who underwent the same journey as I did. Where are they now? I haven’t heard from them for quite a while. There was a time when some of my posts would be full of sharing about their plights as cancer patients and survivors or some members of the family sharing about it. I miss those because I would want to know how they are now.
Some people say things happen for a reason. I believe though that God allows us to feel the pain of being sick so we’ll get closer to Him. It’s when you are at your lowest that God lifts you up. I remember those lines from Footprints in the Sand:
One night I had a dream…
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.
These word often remind me to be always grateful for even the smallest blessing that happens in my life.
In times of our needs, we must look back and remember, He was walking along with us, carrying us on His shoulder. The times we thought we were alone, the times we thought we carried the burden, the times we thought we were so helpless with things which we can’t avoid, the times of need, I believe those were the times He carried us through.
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A friend who is a producer at GMA Channel 7 is coming over tomorrow. They are doing a Christmas series and she will be interviewing me about being a cancer survivor and all. It will be an on-cam taped interview. It’s my first foray into the limelight…haha! I asked her what I need to do and she said I don’t need to do anything except answer her questions. I hope it goes well. Feeling excited. It is indeed a blessing to be in remission this long. God is so good.
Finally I was able to submit my SSS requirements, done in thirty minutes but I have to wait for more than an hour earlier than the scheduled opening of their branch. It’s quite good to be early.
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