July 27, 2009

In Transience

We are now staying in a hotel in the capital city. Tonight we'll be flying back to our host country. Few hours from now, dear husband will collect our new passports. It was quite a concern when we heard that offices might be closed today because of the nationwide political rally. If true, then we have to rebook (again) our tickets until we get our passports. But early this morning, the news on telly confirmed that only schools are closed. That's a big relief!

I'm still groping for words to summarize our trip for it was also a journey deep to my heart. We'll be posting pictures and stories soon. Thank you for your prayers. God is good.

July 13, 2009

Coming Home

I just finished packing our clothes in 4 suitcases. Five of us are going home tomorrow. It's been 3 years since we last visited our beloved country. Zoe has no vivid memory of it except that she's sure there will be lots of mosquitoes there. Naomi can't wait to play with cousins. Ben finally got the answer to his prayer.

We only have 8 days to spend. It must be compact with all kinds of emotion, both of sorrow and joy ....from embracing grieving relatives in mourning to welcoming newly born babies into families. It's odd to think that I'm going home as a grandma now that few nieces have their babies. Three years have passed.....soon we'll be back in the arms of the ones who bore us.....dear husband to his 83-year old nanay....myself to my 65-year old mama. Hours from now we will be revisiting familiar corners in our old houses, reviewing old photographs hanging on walls....savoring old favorite dishes...chitchatting with siblings..... it's good to be home.

Home, though not perfect, is always a good place to be. But maybe not to all...I know of few who cringe to hear such word....unfortunately, not all have seen what a home meant to be....But there is a place that I know....a place where I often want to go, a place of amazing comfort and peace...where smile is never rare and love is as free as the air.....and everybody is welcome there especially those who haven't tasted home yet. My prayer is for all peoples to be homeward bound to that same place.

July 11, 2009

Wonders Under the Sea

Recently, dear husband and I took our home-schoolers to a photo exhibit. We're not only impressed to see how huge the photos displayed outside a big mall but also well pleased to know that it's all worth the trip.

I so enjoyed all the photos that I thought it's a pity if I couldn't share these to my friends. So I took the liberty of taking photos of photos which made my son ,Ben, puzzled. I wish they're originally mine but I don't think I'll dive deep to see these wonders. So I'm very much grateful to the ones who dared the deep sea to explore God's creation.

Dive in and enjoy the sight.....

The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
Psalm 24:1,2

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Psalm 104:5,24

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Bunnies Update

All six of them are healthy. Each day is a surprise to see them grow so fast. On the 10th day, as expected, first time they opened their eyes. My children were so thrilled. Another lesson learned.

Yesterday, Naomi and Zoe did their little power point presentation to show what they learned during a week of IT workshop. They gave an informative presentation on Rabbits. Their confidence was a proof the they know the topic by heart.

Soon, the four cute bunnies are ready to be given away. It's a real work to keep them happy and healthy so we all agreed to keep only two.

Rabbits are not good nursing moms, according to facts we got from the internet. Some pet lovers don't agree and I also doubt it. I've seen how Millie prepared the bedding before she gave birth.....and thanks to Dr. Zoe for patiently looking after Millie and making sure she feeds her babies when they're hungry.

As I was writing this, dear husband asked, "Is there a need to buy new cages?" I was glad he seemed enthusiastic about it. Unlike when we went out to buy pellets and milk supplements he reminded me of our budget....then I have to calculate again the cost against the kids learning experience, not to mention the joy of playing with them.

That's how we came with the agreement to give away four and keep only two.

When their visiting teacher asked them what comes to mind when they hear the word "home", the word "pets" came easy.

My heart prays as I watch them care for their pets that my children learn to serve and care for others as they grow.....