Stage Mother

Stage Mother MomentsLast Sunday was my son N’s first time to join a church presentation. So giddy and excited because it used to be me and his daddy up there as part of Sunday School before. This was one of those moments that I’ve long been waiting to happen.

He was a bit shy, not moving much but at least he didn’t have any tantrums. (Anak, bigger movements next time. Haha!) I woke up early for this. We were at ICS by 7:30AM. That’s a feat considering we’re always late for the 10 am service (Sorry, Lord). That morning I realized that this is what parents are supposed to do: support their children in their activities, be present in the lives, and start them young in glorifying God—even if it means waking up early! Honestly, it was difficult for me to get up but I just had to. I’m his mother. Accompanying him in all three services even when I had to go home after the 10AM presentation because I needed to sleep (I only had 2 hrs, btw) was something I willingly did because he is my child and I want him to learn how his mommy and daddy met the Lord in church and what serving God means.

I was in the background this time and not up there on stage. It’s my child’s time now. I’m not sure if he would like to perform someday but I know I’d see him on stage someday, somewhere doing something.

We have yet to discover but my husband and I are determined to help nurture his talents. We know that he’ll be into music just like his mom and dad. How come? He couldn’t study without music playing in the background. He already has preference in music requesting for music with “boys only” singing, classical music to put him to sleep, and songs with lots of drums and guitar playing (Snarky Puppy, yeah!). Sometimes, he would request songs “for God and Jesus”. I think he already knows that music can evoke so many feelings.

If N wants to play the guitar, he can have all his daddy’s “toys” and more. That’s why I don’t mind if his dad “invests” in stuff because our son would be able to enjoy them someday. For Christmas, we gave him an electronic drums set–an Alesis DM Lite Kit. Too much a gift for a 5-year old? Well, much of the deciding factor was that it’s also his daddy’s reward to himself. Hihi.

Alesis DM Lite Kit

Sometimes, I think N has this recorder in his brain. He could easily remember songs. I know music but his daddy who’s got a sensitive ear for it and who is very musically inclined says the kiddo can sing out the melody perfectly. He’s not a prodigy but I know he’s gonna be good in music. Needless to say, he’s got a big potential to be like his daddy.

Is it too early to say I’m such a stage mother? Maybe. I just know I will always be there to support him. I think I’m gonna be a soccer mom. Hehe. His dad and I will be there for him–always.

We’ll be there in the backstage or on the front rows, on the bleachers, on the sidewalk, with him on stage, or wherever. We’ll be there for our child. All by God’s grace.

Being a parent is already a ministry. I believe that any Christian parent must first minister to his or her child before going out of great lengths to minister to other people. Right now, this is my place–to minister to this child, teach him the ways of the Lord, discipline him with love and grace, take care of his needs, and simply just be with him.

I also know that this is a privilege–to be able to take care of my husband and son. I see this as a gift–His GRACE in this season of my life.

“Point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost.”
Proverbs 22:6 (The Message)

Dance With My Father Again

I saw this video uploaded by a certain Sharla Talonding on YouTube. Great cover. I don’t know the name of this kid but I was moved to tears reading the lyrics.

I miss my dad. So many new things are happening in my life, as a wife and as a mother. I always wish I could share my experiences with him. I always think about what he and Noah would be doing whenever we’d visit him. I bet he would be showing Noah magic tricks. Or they could be fighting in a cute way just like with Nav.

Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me
And then
Spin me around ’till I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure
I was loved

If I could get another chance
Another walk
Another dance with him
I’d play a song that would never ever end
How I’d love love love
To dance with my father again

When I and my mother
Would disagree
To get my way I would run
From her to him
He’d make me laugh just to comfort me
yeah yeah
Then finally make me do
Just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he
Would be gone from me

If I could steal one final glance
When final step
One final dance with him
I’d play a song that would never ever end
Cause I’d love love love to
Dance with my father again

Sometimes I’d listen outside her door
And I’d hear how mama would cry for him
I’d pray for her even more than me
I’d pray for her even more than me

I know I’m praying for much to much
But could you send her
The only man she loved
I know you don’t do it usually
But Dear Lord
She’s dying to dance with my father again

Every night I fall asleep
And this is all I ever dream

God, I miss him.

O Holy Night

Christmas is just around the corner. However, not everyone now is looking forward to celebrating it.

Despite the atrocities we heard over the weekend, we believe that there is still a God. I am deeply saddened by the senseless killing of 20 innocent children and six adults in Connecticut. I’ve cried so much because I could feel the pain of the parents and I couldn’t imagine losing my own kid.

We ask “Why?”. We’ll never have our questions answered but all I know that my God is sovereign.

I know life must go on but I also believe major changes need to be made. I’m not giving any suggestions to the government and other parents but I’ll start with myself first by thinking more of the things that really matter.

May we not lose faith in God. May we not lose our hope in Jesus, Our Savior. As Christmas day approaches, may we remember the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross to save us from our sins.

Here’s another popular Christmas song my husband recorded a few years ago. I’m posting the lyrics here. Read the words and see the beauty of His coming to the world.

O Holy Night
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

The song talks about how the world has become sinful and our need for a Savior. God sent His Son to save us from our sins. Jesus who became man, understands how it is to be human. He feels our pain having suffered Himself on the way to the cross. He Himself faced rejection, hatred, and even experience physical pain many of us won’t even experience.

Now, we are called to live a life pleasing and holy to God and to love one another. It will be a life-long challenge but His grace will enable us.

For a child has been born—for us! the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over  the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor,  Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.
Isaiah 9:6 (The Message)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

On this first day of the Christmas month, allow me to share a song from that one Christmas album I share every year:

A Christmas Album by Joshua Padla

My husband recorded a Christmas album years ago. I can’t find the original cover but this one I made last year. I’m thinking of designing a new one for this year and give away. 🙂

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Joshua Padla | Listen HERE

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of his music. I’m his number 1 fan! 🙂

When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
Genesis 9:16

 

Holidays Rule 2012 Christmas Album

I’m currently listening to the Holidays Rule 2012 Christmas Album:

Holidays Rule available on Amazon and iTunes | $6.99

I came across this album while again, browsing Relevant Magazine. I was listening to a podcast featuring Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay and this funky ‘Jingle Bells’ song played. Looking at the episode music list, I discovered it was by the “Sugar & The Hi Lows”. Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate their music (read: couldn’t download) so I  checked out the other artists. A simply search on Youtube led me to this Holidays Rule album which features Christmas covers by various artists. I’m not a music buff unlike my husband so I only know Paul McCartney and Rufus Wainwright from the list. Continue reading Holidays Rule 2012 Christmas Album

Teardrops on My Guitar

This isn’t anything about Taylor Swift. Nothing about teardrops on my new guitar either but I almost cried when Noah hit the new guitar less than 30 minutes after I brought it home. He was the one who cried because I was shocked and I was keeping myself from shouting. Oh well….it’s not his fault anyway.

I bought that guitar. Husband and I almost forgot about the Handog Sale of Yupangco this year. I went on the last day, on the last hour–October 31 at around 5PM. The store closes at 6PM and I went out of the house at 4pm. Traffic was already heavy along Shaw Blvd. After 15 minutes or so of walking and hailing a cab, I got one. On  my way, I discovered the ARQ Curtain Bodega Sale which got me excited.

I knew what I wanted to buy so I just asked one of the guys there for the Washburn guitar on sale. He led me to the area where guitars in boxes are stacked on top of each other. New shipment came in the morning according to him. He tested the guitar and off we went to the cashier to pay.

While at the cashier, I asked one of the employees if they know Mae. I told the lady that Mae replied to my blog. And then she remembered, “Ay ma’am kayo pala yun.” Then she started telling the other guys. The sales guy who assisted me said he read my entry. It was cool that Yupangco staff remembered. I was so happy!

I also bought a pair of NOVA drumsticks by Vic Firth for the little boy and new Fender strings for the husband. 😀

Ay, sorry ang labo…excited lang.
Dun..dun..dun..dun..
Di na pwedeng bumili eh…

Continue reading Teardrops on My Guitar

ROCK with NOAH

HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY NOAH!

Has it been 3 years?

My son turns 3 today. I wish to share a lot of new things today about my son but one day won’t be enough. I have a number of posts on draft already but I have no idea when I’ll be able to finish them.

I just want to enjoy this day with my son and husband. No big party this year…just a small one at Jollibee with family next week.

Planning a “small party” is more challenging than planning a big one. I could still remember Noah’s 1st Birthday party when I went all out. I promise to feature his Rockstar Themed Party preparations but I can’t find the time yet. But here’s a video to give you an idea:

Music was by 13Needles–my husband’s old emo-rock band- where he was the bassist. Video by my friend Richard Samellano.

That’s only the video invitation. Hee. 😀

And here is 13 Needle’s Cab One video:

Spot my husband. 😀

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord, let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Psalm 95:1

Mumford & Sons

I’m currently digging Mumford & Sons. I discovered this band via Relevant Magazine and I immediately downloaded their latest album entitled Babel. I’m not a music critic and I know I cannot so this isn’t a review. It’s one of those mornings when I can’t sleep so I search the web for new music.

I love their music. My husband doesn’t always agree with my taste in music but I know he will like this one. Mumford & Sons reminds me of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Yes?

Mumford & Sons - Babel Album
Mumford & Sons – Babel Album

There is no way either that this can be a sponsored post. When I like and believe in something, I am more than happy to share them with you. Continue reading Mumford & Sons

Remembering Steve

It’s no secret that I’m an Apple fan girl. It’s true when they say, “Once You Go Mac, You Can Never Go Back”. My first Apple gadget was a blue iPod Mini which I asked my cousin to buy in Singapore. I fell in love with the blue iPod. I got another green iPod Nano, an iPod Shuffle, and then the white 13-inch MacBook which opened my eyes to the wonders of OS X.Then came the iPhone 3G, the iPad, this 11-inch MacBook Air, and the iPad 2. Continue reading Remembering Steve