Last Sunday, 44 families lost sons, brothers, and husbands who sacrificed their lives for our country in the recent Maguinadano clash. I will never understand the grief of these families, not even an ounce of their pain. It is beyond words. I join them in mourning for their loved ones and praying for their souls.
I was saddened by the news itself, but when I saw photos of families crying beside caskets, especially children, I just lost it. May the truth prevail and justice be served.
Let us continue to pray for these brave souls and their families, that they may all find peace and healing with God.
Quezon City, January 7, 2015
Celebrities Precious Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz, Niña Corpuz-Rodriguez and Delamar Arias, all share one thing in common with every other mom out there – the desire to protect and secure their child’s future. All three are also among the growing number of mothers who have made the life-saving decision to bank their children’s umbilical stem cells. And they came out to share why they made this choice during the recently-held launching of Cordlife’s new and bigger facility at the Crowne Plaza last 18 November 2014, hoping to inspire other expectant parents to follow suit.
Ever since I became a mom, eight hours of sleep became rare to me – more like non-existent. It’s like they suddenly added unicorn hair to the list of ingredients to a good eight hour sleep, and no matter what I do I just can’t seem to find that elusive unicorn. See? I haven’t slept in the last 24 hours and now I’m talking nonsense. My son is 18 months old now and we follow a strict bedtime routine, but I still have sleepless nights because of conflicts at work, Ethan getting sick, never-ending chores – situations that call for supermom’s cape.
I’m not talking sleepless nights anymore – I’m talking sleepless DAYS, days when the universe does everything in it’s power to not let you doze off and enter Dream Land a la Gandalf. But hey, WE’RE MOMS. We survive, we pull through and we conquer. But at the end of the day you might leave yourself thinking, “How on earth did I do it?”.
I’ve been seeing several articles lately about the possible trends in baby names this 2015. Browsing through the lists suddenly made me remember how we came up with our Little Troublemaker’s name.
According to Baby Center, the top five names for 2015 are Liam, Noah, Jacob, Mason and Jackson for boys (Ethan was number 6!) and Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella for girls.
Although “Ethan” seemed to be a trend even last year in baby names, we did not choose it from a list. It was purely coincidental.
One of my resolutions for 2015 is to get organized.
Last year, I bought myself a generic planner and tried to use that to track everything – from bills to shopping lists and to-do-lists to party plans. It did not go well. Not only did I end up neglecting my planner halfway through the year, but all my notes were over the place and I was nowhere near organized.
This is where I realized two things:
1. I need a “pretty” planner – nice enough for me not to forget about, unlike that plain black planner I bought from a bookstore that disappeared somewhere in our house
2. I need pages that are specific to certain tasks/topics – budgeting, meal planning, etc.