Real Simplicity. Life on the Fast Lane or Life in Slow Motion?

 

Everyday has now become a blur of fast-paced activities and need to complete to-do-lists. With technology all around us, they all encourage us to multi-task – read while watching news on TV, while waiting for dinner to simmer, while sitting with the kids doing homework, all while your mind gives you a list of what you might have missed to do today.

I know it wasn’t chance when I got my hand on the book Real Simplicity written by Rozanne and Randy Frazee. The similarities with this author is just uncanny. Author had four kids, juggling parenting, work, home and everything in between. Don’t get me wrong. I am not in any way complaining. If I were to have a chance to relive my life, I am definitely sure I would have made the same decision to have chosen the life I am living now. What with four differently gifted, brilliant kids, a loving husband, the best spiritual family and the best and yet most mom-friendly job I can have, there is nothing else to ask for. Today’s cherry on top came with good news that my eldest passed the exams for a Science High School.

So I went on asking God : what do I believe Him for, for 2016? For today’s post, we will look at just one word Simplify.

Real Simplicity. Get Creative. Memories need not be Expensive.
One does not need to step out of the house to have utmost fun. I always write that the best moments I have in my memory bank are those that I have spent at home. So on weekends where I get to have full days with the kids, we get the drawing materials out and build dreams. Kyle dreams of taking a Science course (it is a mix of Industrial Pharmacy and Marine Biology). It is fun to watch him weave and draw fictional stories with made up characters, away from Science which he usually tackles most parts of the day in school. It is the talking over coloring/drawing part that I enjoy the most. It takes me to a level of familiarity and comfortability that I get just enjoying how my kids are so different from each other.

 

Real Simplicity. Get Moving. Memories need not be Noisy.
With gadgets and electronics keeping our kids attention away from meaningful conversations, we can always opt to do activities that do not require any sound. Yep. Like biking around the village while enjoying everything around you. David who has recently learned how to play bike and now never fails to be out of the house keeps me encouraged. Just the other day, he has learned to get one of his (bigger) playmates on his bike while he drives.

 

Real Simplicity. Get Playing. Memories are not always with Toys.
Last Christmas, we found ourselves with family games we can play right at the comfort of our homes. Games where we can introduce sportsmanship, values that say It is okay to lose or we can’t always win at everything, we gather around Uno cards, Stacko, Skribbage and even loombands!

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It is our prayer for this year that no matter how busy our life gets, we will never miss to pause and enjoy family and relationships around us. After all, Jesus did not just move in yesterday, He has always been in our homes and all it takes is to introduce Him and His peace/comfort to everyone.

Let us thank God for 2015!

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In the coming weeks, we will see a wave of year-enders from all around, your TV shows’ episodes in a capsule, 2015 lists of top sellers, box-office hits, and even breakthrough news. Looking back, 2015 has been a year that has given all of us more than enough reasons to thank God for. If you share the same set of blessings, feel free to share 2015 blessings in pictures. As 2016 approaches, it is time again to believe God for what He has planned for the year. Dare to believe for 2016.

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Answered Prayer #1: Opportunities to spend time with my husband and kids. I always say that the best time spent this year were the ones we spent at home, but, it was also fun to explore new places with the entire fam! It is when you oohh and aahhh at the same time for the beauty that God has created all around us. Most, if not all, of our best travel time weren’t the most expensive, they were as frugal as going with a long drive to somewhere we have not visited. Remember that it is the experience and lasting memories you are trying to build, in the same way, the most fun activities we have done as a family were the ones that didn’t cost us much (e.g. climbing the biggest tree in Asia, looking at the windmills in Bangui, trying halo halo in Vigan).

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Answered Prayer #2: Celebrations, milestones, and breakthroughs were shared over food for 2015! Remembering thanking God with the team over food for my son’s first mission trip, our traditional midnight birthday greetings are usually capped with a simple celebration breakfast the day after, and of course, opportunities to spend time with the best people for our Christmas traditions. It was also fun to take on food projects that took me to enjoying food to a different level. It brought the blessing of upping my taste for flavor and valuable conversation over food!

breakthrough3Answered Prayer #3: Thanking God for being part of a spiritual family that encourages, equips and empowers you. It is also a spiritual family that never go blind with the communities around it. The same love we are getting from Victory Nova has stretched to houses, families and campuses in San Jose. It has taught us how to be a better parent, a better husband/wife, reminding us that everyone is a work in progress, teaching us to respond as how God responds to us in love and generosity.

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Answered Prayer #4: Going thirteen years in marriage, it has opened our eyes to regard each other in love, forgiveness and acceptance. It has allowed us to choose which values we want our kids to have, to prioritize or limit the influences we want our kids to be exposed to, all while enjoying each other, discovering each other and not getting tired of each other. Moments when my husband would ask me to close my eyes and dream before God are priceless moments in marriage I will never trade with anything else.

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Answered Prayer #5: Just as I thank God for what my husband does as a calling, I also thank God for granting us the best mommy-friendly job I can have. I thank God for the blessings of being part of the best team at work, I thank God for allowing me to learn everyday at work, and to always be on the lookout to push for better things whether for our customers, our employees or for my colleagues. It is my prayer that we can continue to steward the best jobs we have been given whether it is work we need to do at home for our kids or duties we need to perform from our workplaces.

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Donate-A-Diaper Drive Project

rsz_1mbp_pinkChristmas is always about giving and sharing the same love and blessings we have received. I know that you are all on the lookout to spot an opportunity to help. What better way to share your blessings than taking part of changing a newborn’s life?
Donate-a-Diaper Drive 2015 is a collaborative project of 3rd Quarter Pinoy Babies of 2015 and Rookie Mommy PH‘s First Time Moms PH Facebook Community and Shop at Oonaghs.
You can donate a pack of newborn – small diapers or you can also donate money and we will be the one to buy the diapers on your behalf. Donate-a-Diaper Drive will run until January 15, 2016. Recipients of the diapers will be the babies who are in NICU at Philippine General Hospital.
If you’re interested to donate, you can email us at rookiemommyph@gmail.com or you can also send us a private message on Facebook.
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God’s Encouragement For You!

rsz_1mbp_pinkNovember officially starts and this gets everyone counting the days till Christmas. First November weekend was family weekend. For us, November 1 and 2 meant spending time with things that last, meeting up with my hubby’s and my extended families. It also meant playing all the games we can play with the kids while we are off work. We have nothing against trick or treats but my kiddos and I have also opted to spend the weekend with bringing home chicks (which never stop chirping!), go to the movies, all while taking the time to celebrate the life and blessings of one great woman I look up to (Ate Pazee!) and visit one of our favorite newly-weds at their new home. Yep, creating late night visit traditions to all our wedding inaanaks (will get to everyone on the list soonest). May seem trivial to most but these are what make up fabulous weekends for this working blogger mom. Loving my job so much but I love it even more when it creates opportunities for me to balance life outside of work (Number 1 Telstra advocate here, thanks to the fabulous Assurance Team!). Just as I have completed my me-time for the week (thanks to my handsome hubby for me-time-budgets, wink wink!), I got creative and used our own gallery of pictures to share God’s encouragement to all my readers. Read along and feel free to let me know which encouragement you are most thankful to God for.

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You may be wrapping too many gifts this Christmas and will surely receive several, too, but the greatest gifts we have received are those that do not come wrapped in boxes. We have God to thank for answered prayers, kiddos milestones for the year and of course, the lessons learned from 2015.
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May seem like nothing is happening with the things you are believing God for, but God is never late and never too early. Look back at 2015 by end of December and you will realize you do not have enough space to write on the countless blessings you and your family have received for the year!
My youngest David on his first picture, wrapped in blanket from the Nursery.  Points me to the fact that our children have a great future ahead that God has planned even before we give birth to them!
My youngest David on his first picture, wrapped in blanket from the Nursery. Points me to the fact that our children have a great future ahead that God has planned even before we have given birth to them!
flowers from my husband - thankful for the gift of marriage, friendships, work, kids, and yes, even for the things that did not go the way we planned them to be. God is a purposeful God who keeps us safe in the shelter of His own embrace.
flowers from my husband – thankful for the gift of marriage, friendships, work, kids, and yes, even for the things that did not go the way we planned them to be. God is a purposeful God who keeps us safe in the shelter of His own embrace.
At the end of the day, whatever we focus on will define everything in life. What we focus on will define our future destination. At the end of the day, our strongest display of our hearts are never our words, never our pictures or never the size of our followings, but it is going to be our own kids, our marriage, our homes and our relationships.
At the end of the day, whatever we focus on will define everything in life. What we focus on will define our future destination. At the end of the day, our strongest display of our hearts are never our words, never our pictures or never the size of our followings, but it is going to be our own kids, our marriage, our homes and our relationships. It is God who will take you away from unnecessary distractions and unwanted influences. Never miss to count the blessings around you.
Our smiles are an extension of our joy at home, our vigor at work and our assurance from God. Be generous with your smile and never consider yourself better than others. Celebrate each other and ask each day why did I do the things I did today? And if the answers point us to anything other than our primary priorities (God, family and our calling), calibrate with God and never miss the chance of letting go of unnecessary roles you may be playing.
Our smiles are an extension of our joy at home, our vigor at work and our assurance from God. Be generous with your smile and never consider yourself better than others. Celebrate each other and ask each day why did I do the things I did today? And if the answers point us to anything other than our primary priorities (God, family and our calling), calibrate with God and never miss the chance of letting go of unnecessary roles you may be playing.
Recently changed directions? Do not fret because you may be in the brink of a breakthrough. Life's delay does not mean failure, it can mean fruitful waiting time we can spend in joyful worship. Remember that there were survivors of 911 who had to be late for the day (one stopped for doughnuts for his turn to buy breakfast in the office, the other one had to stop to buy bandages for his sore feet, and then there was the other one who was caught in traffic).  You just don't know what greater things God may be preparing you for.
Recently changed directions? Do not fret because you may be in the brink of a breakthrough. Life’s delay does not mean failure, it can mean fruitful waiting time we can spend in joyful worship. Remember that there were survivors of 911 who had to be late for the day (one stopped for doughnuts for his turn to buy breakfast in the office, the other one had to stop to buy bandages for his sore feet, and then there was the other one who was caught in traffic). You just don’t know what greater things God may be preparing you for.
write from your own heart, hear from  your conversations with God, and it will quiet your fears and it will grant you 200% peace to be joyful at all times.
write from your own heart, hear from your conversations with God, and it will quiet your fears and it will grant you 200% peace to be joyful at all times.

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