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21st Month ♥

For the past two months, we've been spending our monthsaries in service. Last month, we were in Navotas for the San Roque Unit CLP Orientation. This month (today), we had our sector service meeting in the morning and went to Padilla in the afternoon for SFC Far East's Covenant Orientation. As I've shared with my household, service in the community, particularly in SFC, can do two things: It can either strengthen or break relationships. In our case, I admit that there are still misunderstandings, may mga tampuhan din minsan, but at the end of the day, we always find ourselves growing in faith and in love. Who we are and what we have now, we owe to the many opportunities God is giving us, opportunities to serve, to journey, to witness, and to love. Ours is not a perfect relationship. But it's solid. And it only gets stronger and sweeter with every trial we overcome by the grace of the Lord. :)

It's our 21st month, and there's no better way to spend it than giving back to God what He has abundantly blessed us with - time, talent, and treasure (yes, marami ako niyan! treasured memories, treasured people). :) And of course, hindi dapat mawala ang quality time. Before going to Padilla, we had a quick date at St. Therese and SM Masinag. :) Inikot lang namin ang simbahan, nagnilay saglit, nilanghap ang hangin, at nilibot ang bawat palapag ng SM Masinag. :D We even saw one of his grade school classmates. He was with his wife who is pregnant with their second child. :) Happy lang. At mas happy pa dahil sa super cute gifts ng aking Love. :) Gifts which he won from the dart game at Prizes! Prizes! :D To follow na lang photos because we were not able to bring Blue kanina.

And that's how we celebrated our 21st month. Simple. Fun. Full of love. :)

21 months na pala. Parang kailan lang. :)

First International Trip Together - Global Leaders Summit, Bangkok :)

His first time in Iloilo. :)

Tagaytay. Just because he wanted to eat bulalo and tawilis. :)

Thank you, for the past 21 months of love, friendship, fun, and service. God knows how grateful I am to have you in my life. You are my best friend, my travel buddy, my mission partner, my shield from the lightning, my clown, my editor, my counselor, my brother, my love. You are my God's greatest gift. I love you so very much. And I know you love me more. :D ♥

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Kwento ng Pag-ibig ♥

After our monthsary date, we went home to spend time with our respective families, especially with our mothers. :) I went home a little late dahil napahaba ang homily ni Father Mark. Pero gaya nga ng sinabi niya, sinadya niyang pahabain ang homily dahil ang tunay raw na nagmamahal, hindi binibilang ang oras na inilalagi niya sa piling ng kanyang minamahal. :) Thus, if one truly loves the Lord, he won't mind spending more than an hour with Him in His very temple, the church. :) So there, around 10pm na ako nakauwi. And it was only then when I had dinner. I never liked dinuguan. But tonight, I feasted on dinuguan for dinner. Guess who cooked it. Not Mama (she's a very good cook, though) but Papa. :)

And this is the story behind the dinuguan.

Yesterday, nagpaparinig daw si Mama about Mothers' Day. She was asking Papa to treat us to Mang Inasal or Chicboy. Sabi niya ang tagal na raw niyang hindi nakakain ng dinuguan at puto. Napa-compute naman si Papa kung magkano ang magagastos namin sa Chicboy o sa Mang Inasal sakaling mag-order nga kami ng dinuguan at puto. So Mama was expecting that he will treat us for dinner.

This morning, Papa woke up earlier than usual (he wakes up late during Sundays because it's his rest day) and went to the market to buy the ingredients for dinuguan. He didn't treat us at Mang Inasal or Chicboy, but he made this day even more special for Mama because he cooked dinuguan for her! :) And I find it really sweet and cool. Love doesn't need to be expensive. :) And it's better expressed with concrete actions done with effort and passion. Because love can never be equated with any amount of money. :)

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And that ends my Sunday. Such a LOVELY day! :)

Thank You, God! Thank You, Love! ♥

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