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From the Heart

Kismet

[noun] from the Turkish and Arabic word, qisma : fate; destiny; a power that is believed to control what happens in the future. Do you believe that destiny plays a hand in how our lives will turn out? That everything happens for a reason and is part of a grand design? Well, I do. Here’s … Continue reading »

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A note of thanks

At the start of 2013, I took on a challenge posted by one of my online friends on facebook: a gratitude jar or box. The idea is to fill the jar or box with notes about things or events — big or small — that make one grateful. But because there’s so much to be … Continue reading »

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Daddy Dearest

It’s been almost a month since we lost Daddy (my father-in-law). It took me this long to muster enough strength to write about it. His demise didn’t come as a shock to us for he had been ill and weak for so long, but no one is ever really prepared to lose a loved one. … Continue reading »

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Eighty-eight

Exactly 8 years ago, on his 80th birthday, I wrote Daddy a letter that started this way: One of the best things about being married to Caloy is having you as my second father. That is still very much true to this day. Daddy is precisely the kind of father-in-law that every woman can only … Continue reading »

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Letters to Bea (3 of 3)

This last installment was written by my husband, Caloy, on the occasion of Bea’s first birthday. It came with a Bible for Toddlers book. My husband is normally not very vocal about his faith, which is why this letter is exceptionally wonderful. * * * June 5, 2005 My dearest Bea, On this, your first … Continue reading »

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Letters to Bea (2 of 3)

The following letter was published in the Lifestyle Section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (page D-1) on May 4, 2005, just days before Mother’s Day. * * * Last Valentine’s Day, I opened my eyes and saw my sleeping eight-month-old baby Isabella beside me and I smiled. It was her very first Valentine’s Day and … Continue reading »

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Letters to Bea (1 of 3)

Today is my dearest father-in-law’s 87th birthday (We love you, Dad!). I want to share with you this letter that he wrote to my daughter Bea just a few months before he turned 80. Dad intended for Bea to read this letter when she turns ten, but Bea read it by herself for the first … Continue reading »

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Her Name is Sally

She was born with that rare classic beauty that transcends time and generations. When she turned 18, she blossomed into an exquisite rose and captured the heart of the handsome Naning. At 20, she marched down the aisle as a stunning bride, and at 21 became a first-time mom. Five sons and one daughter later, … Continue reading »

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