I Am Thankful On Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Faith & Spirituality

Every Mother’s Day seems hectic to me.  It’s has never really been about relaxing and taking the day for myself, after all I have several mothers that I need to celebrate in the process.

Mother’s Day has always been about:

      • Making the meals for the family.
      • Spending as much time with my husband’s family as well as my own.
Mother’s Day for me has always been about getting the family together.


I know I could say that I want the day to myself, but I’ll be honest, that is not what makes me happy.

I’m sure you would disagree, after all who doesn’t dream about lounging on a beach in paradise while someone serves them virgin drinks (yes I did say virgin).

But Yvonne over at Empowerment Moment’s Blog, has inspired me with her post, Why Showing Mom Gratitude is Good For Her…and You! and realized how fortunate my situation is.



I am thankful because:

      • We live close to myremaining living Grandmother.  My children (at least my older one) knows who she is, and has a relationship with her.  That is a blessing within itself!
      • My husband’s mother lives in the same city as us!
      • My mother is here with us, and able to spend as much time as she likes with her grandchildren (an added bonus, my husband and mom get along)!


I’ve come to learn that Mother’s Day is not really about me.  Yes, I am a mother, but it’s a time where I can also appreciate and say thank you to the mothers who stood before me.  These are the women in my lives who have helped shaped me who I am today.

It is times like these that I can look down at my feet and know who has held me up.  I know my foundation and my platform; I can see them, I can touch them, and I can still say,  “Thank you, I love you.”  

I pray, that while I am still surrounded by loving family, I show my children how we love our parents.  After all, that is how I learned it by watching my parents show their respect and love for my grandparents.

The day will come when my children will be old enough to understand all of this, and everything will make sense to them.

For now, since they are young and do not understand yet, I’ll spend the day with my family doing something I love–watching my kids smile.

As for all the mothers out there who are celebrating Mother’s Day,


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LTML-18: A Mother’s Surprise

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Photography

Hey everyone!  This Life Through My Lens Thursday is somewhat bittersweet for me.  It’s the last post that I will be doing with Linus.

Why?  (of course you asked)

Well, you see…Linus broke :-(  and in a way where I cannot put him back together.

Since we received him for a Christmas gift many years ago, I’m going to have to search really hard and long for a replacement.  I haven’t even broken the news to Zee yet.  

She liked the photography I was doing with her toys, but I’m not sure if she was as attached to Linus as I was.  I know I’ll do more photography with her soon–after all, she loves taking pictures with the toys that set up.

Also, this could also be a sign for me to remove my toy photography off this space.  Not too long ago, I asked if I should do it, but I think this will be the perfect time to change.  After all, I can’t see me do Life Through My Lens Thursday with another toy.  Well…I could…but it would just feel wrong–oh so wrong. 

Even though my toy photography will be off this space, I’ll still be posting pictures (of course) of things.  Maybe turn my LTMLT into a real LTMLT; but I’m sure that will bore you guys to pieces.

Without further adu…here is Linus’ last message (at least for now)

Linus and friends wishes all the mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day, and yes Linus…we’ll be reunited soon.

With that being said, if you’re interested in following my photography journey, you can find me on Tumblr.  

Besides, that space is really growing on me for my photos.

Until next week. 


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Remembering You

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Faith & Spirituality


I love the rain.  It is calming and forceful at the same time.  Even with the noise of two kids playing, nothing can drown out the sound of the rain.

A few weeks ago, when it was raining, I was sent to the store to buy a cup of coffee.  Outside of the store, there was a man who was asking for money.

From what my eyes could see, he was down on his luck.

Now where I’m from, the first thing that usually comes out of people’s mouths when they see a beggar is that they are going to spend the money on a habit be it alcohol or substance abuse.

In many cases, this is true, but I have to believe that this is not true in all cases.

When I walked in the store, he asked me for some change.  I didn’t have any at the time, since I had to “make change.” But I told him I will come back to him.

When I left the store, he wasn’t where I left him.

It wasn’t until I looked both left and right that I spotted him.

When I called to him, he was startled, and said, “Oh! I forgot all about you.”

1 John 3:17-18

If we have all we need and see one of our people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God.  Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.

How is it to go through our daily lives asking for help, and knowing that most days we will be ignored?

How would we feel being the underclass of society, and truly forgotten?

You see when he said those words, all these things has come to my mind, but it wasn’t the first thing that I said.

My response:

But I didn’t forget about you.


He mattered.  He was worth remembering.  I didn’t want him to forget that.

I gave him what help that I could, and I directed him where he can go to receive more.

I have to believe that:

      • What help I give him is going to help him and not hurt him.
      • No matter what, Jesus doesn’t want us to forget about those who are less fortunate than us.
      • Even though I am not well off, that I can still help those that are not where I am today.

I believe these things because I know I am loved by God.  I know that God loves me just like he loves the beggar in the street.

This man was doubtful, and asked me, “Really, you didn’t forget me?”  To which I said, “No.  I remembered you.”


I wish that I could have done  more to help him.  I wish that I could have offered more assistance than I did, but it was the idea that someone thought about him that startled him the most.

Whether it was a test of my devotion, or just a sign from heaven, I will never forget the look on his face when I told him that I didn’t forget him.



Dear Lord,

Soften our hearts for those who are less fortunate than us.  Let us take pity on them and have faith that they crossed our paths for us to meet and do something about.  Let us not just talk about love but let us live the example that Jesus has shown us.





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Week 17: Like A Photo Booth

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Photography

For this week of Life Through My Lens Thursday, I don’t have a story to tell, but I had thought of shooting my character as if he was  in a photo booth.  Of course it would be no fun to be in a booth alone, so Sally joins him. :-)

An odd concept, but I wanted to see where I can go with it.  




Two friends.




One is a philosopher, the other is laid back.



Yet, here they are. Friends.




Always connected.


Thoughts about these pictures:
      • I’m not too sure if I like the grain in the pictures, it seems to add an “old” feel to it.
      • If you didn’t know (now you know) I was also playing around with Photoshop and some of the objects (hence the frames) but next time I think I’ll remove the frames.
      • These characters are just way too small for me to get up close and personal with, but I’m not going to stop trying.
      • I think my favorite picture is the second to last one–it looks as if Sally is walking towards Linus.

 Anyway enough about me, what do you think?

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Defining ‘Bold’

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Dignity of Life

As you know, my word this year I have chosen the word: BOLD and as the first quarter of the year is at a close, and I’ve come to a lot of conclusions and insights on what this word means to me.

A harmless word when taken exactly for what it is, but a word that I did not interpret right.


(of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous.
When I originally picked the word BOLD I was already doing something out of the norm for me.  
I am not a bold person.
I plan.  
I think.  
I look at both sides of the coin before making any and all decisions.
I originally thought that BOLD meant going against my instincts and do something new.  
It didn’t take me long to find out that bold for me was something that I was doing already.  To be bold (at least for me) is to live and accept all facets of me.
Anything else would be a lie.
This is actually harder than what it sounds.
Confidence is Going Against The Grain.
Last week, I asked if we were sharing too much.  I asked this question out loud because this was a question that I had asked myself.  I have an Instagram account, and every time I open it, I question my use of it (which any my followers can tell you, I really don’t use it much).
Despite that I write posts from the heart here in a public space, I still see myself as private person.  Many of the things that makes me who I am happens in my thoughts.  
I could snap a picture of me folding laundry, but that picture will not tell you what I was thinking about.  It cannot tell you my thoughts.   To tell you my thoughts I need a bigger space, and a caption box is not enough.
To tell you my thoughts while folding laundry, I need to sort out what I’m thinking first.  Question it, search it, meditate on it.
None of these things you see while looking at my picture. All the picture will show you is my inspiration for my thoughts.  And a picture of folding clothes is not very “exciting.”
I’ve come to learn that Bold for me is:
      • Allowing myself to become detached from a lot of things.  
      • Being okay with not wanting to jump on all social media platforms to get my platform out there; and even removing myself from a few to stay true to myself.
      • Not look externally for my happiness or definition of ‘self’.
      • To talk about heartfelt things during the week, and change it up one day with something light-hearted.
      • To disconnect to hear my voice and appreciate it.

For me, it’s the last one that is really hard to accept.  After all, if you’re online and have an online presence, there is this deep urge to always be connected.  However, in my continuous urge to connect and be connected, I end up picking up different energies that are not my own, goals that are not my own.

In moment of weakness,  other people’s goals becomes my goal, and subconsciously,  I find myself moving in that direction even thought I had no intention of going that way before.  I find myself removed from my center, and know it’s time to disconnect.

It is in those moments of disconnect that I appreciate the most.  Those moments of being offline, I can hear my voice and feel myself become realigned with my goals.

The beautiful thing about this lesson, is that I know it’s not over yet.  This is what I’ve learned about myself in the first quarter of the year and I suspect that there’s more to come.
How was your first quarter of your year for your one word choice? Did choose a one word to focus on this year?
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Finding The Perfect Words

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Faith & Spirituality

With the pull of television, and things that called for my attention, I found it hard to sit down and just read The Book.

So instead of snuggling up with just one Bible in my home, I used to go out and search of the “perfect one.”  Over the course of many years, I have owned many copies, of many different versions and translations.  

Desperately searching for the one that made sense to me.


Because, the way that I saw it, if I had the Good Book in my hands but didn’t understand it completely, then how was I to learn from it?  How was my relationship with God supposed to grow?  

How was I going to appreciate everything that Christ did for me if I cannot understand the words on the page?

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. — John 5:39-40

You see in all my searching for the perfect words so that I could understand the scriptures in order to be close to God; it didn’t occur to me that I needed to go to Him first to truly understand them.

I was looking for answers, but not going to the main source to find them.

I used to search for the perfect words.

Now I realize that it was not my eyes that needed to read the words, but my spirit.


Dear Lord, please help us grow in spirit with you.  Let us open our hearts to receive you completely so that our spirits can translate Your words to our hearts.



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Week 16: Linus vs The Dinosaur-Dragon

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Photography

This week on Life Through My Lens Thursday, Linus find him self in a hero role, as Sally is in need of a rescue from a Dinosaur-dragon.  Let’s find out what happens!


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Linus has traveled far and wide to find this castle.  Finally, he draws near.  But oh, no! The drawbridge is up and there’s no other way inside!



With his trusty shoes, he draws near and beings to hear the voice of Sally calling to him from above.


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“Linus, my hero!” She exclaims.  “Please, be careful of the dragon that’s guarding the gate.  The only way to get in is to defeat it!”  Linus was just about to say, what dragon? until the dinosaur-dragon appeared out of nowhere.


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“Rooaarrr” said the dinosaur-dragon, “You cannot come through!  Sally is my prisoner, and you will be too!


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Linus smiled to himself, there is no way this dinosaur-dragon is going to defeat me.  I KNOW I can win!  

“I accept your challenge dragon!” Linus yelled back.

“Dinosaur-dragon to you!”  (Apparently, this dinosaur-dragon liked formality).

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They circled each other sizing each other up….or out… and then the battle began.

Linus pounced first.

Dinosaur-dragon stepped back, and swung his tail, trying to trip his enemy.

Linus anticipated the move, and stomped on the dinosaur-dragon’s tail.

The creature fell to the floor in pain. 

How can this be? The dinosaur-dragon thought to himself, He’s only a Linus?!


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“You will not harm anyone anymore, Dinosaur-dragon, instead you will go home and think about what you’ve wrong.  Like keeping people prisoners in their own home!” Linus meant business.

Why do I always get a time-out? The dinosaur-dragon sulked home.  

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Now that the castle was free of the horrible dinosaur-dragon, the drawbridge opened up and he began to make his climb up the castle.

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Sally cheered him on as he made his way inside.

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Once at the top, Sally and Linus looked over the lands of their kingdom, promising each other to not let a bully keep them trapped ever again.

Through his bravery, Linus saved Sally from the Dinosaur-dragon, and managed to do it with a smile on his face!


Thank you to everyone who answered my question last week.  I was seriously debating about putting him elsewhere like Facebook or something like that.  Everyone made such valid points as they were all true: he would get lost on there, and I just couldn’t do that to him!

So I think he’s going to stay here.  I enjoy these posts a lot, and it’s a nice way to get into the lighthearted mood before the weekend. 

So if you liked this post (and it made you smile), share it, pin it, tweet it and I thank you in advance! :-)



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