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Color-coded Family Pics

Dear Elisha and Meimei,

One of the traditions that your papa and I started when we reunited as a family in 2007 was our FAMILY PICTORIAL on special occassions.  By reunited I am referring to living together under the same roof.  As you know, I stayed in Bacolod from March 2005 – May 2007 while your pa worked in China. He went home once in 2005, twice in 2006 and in 2007 June 1, ahia and I moved to China with him.  Since then, we took the time and spent extra for the studio pictorials.  Oh well,  I would always ask for it and your pa would willingly obey. 🙂

Here’s our first studio pictorial taken on EJ’s 2nd birthday.
NOTE: Take a look at Papa 🙂

July 2007

The second was in 2008, still on ahia’s birthday.

NOTE: Still, observe papa 🙂

July 2008

In 2009 we went back to Bacolod for Meimei’s birth and stayed there for over a year.  This picture was taken on EJ’s 4th birthday and Meimei’s dedication.  We didn’t have the time to go to the studio since your papa only stayed for a short time, just to be here for these 2 special events.
NOTE: Check out papa again…

July 2009

In 2010, we all went to China after ahia’s birthday so we had our first studio pictorial (first with Meimei that is) on papa’s birthday.
NOTE: Do you seem to notice what I’m talking about papa? 🙂

Aug 2010

WHY do we do this you may wonder… Although we have lots and lots and I mean really lots of family photos, I make sure we have these studio pictorials simply because I like having photos taken in the studio.  The lightings are fantastic and you get to wear really nice costumes, which are out of the ordinary I must say.  You’re both growing really fast and when you see these pictures that we have, you’ll see happy memories growing up…

Here’s our latest studio pictorial as of this time taken on Meimei’s 2nd birthday, here in China.

April 2011

NOTE: You see, as you grow, papa GROWS too… 🙂 hihihi…

AND if you notice, we wear coordinated colors in all of our photoshoots, haha.  Oh well, as what I always tell our family and friends, that’s one of the things that your papa has to live with… AND that’s what you get from having a “ma-arte” mama 🙂 So you see? Being “ma-arte” has it’s advantages when put into good use 🙂

I love you both!

Mama

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Birthday Month

Dear Meimei,

Your birthday month is April so for your 2-year old birthday, we decided to have a month long celebration which covered all the weekends of the month.  Each weekend we had some fun activities or trips as you like going out very much!  You would often ask us to “GO OUTSIDE”.  You like the ourdoors very much.  Here are some of the places that we visited.

Hangzhou

shanghai zoo

Peach Flower Garden

I’ll post your other photos next time because you’re already calling me to go outside and watch your favorite – Barbie.  This time it’s Barbie Mariposa we’re watching.  It’s the 10th DVD of your 18 DVDs Barbie Collection.  Will blog about this next time.

Love you!

Mama

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Purple @ 31

Dear Elisha and Meimei,

Meimei, this picture was taken on my 31st birthday last 2008. You’re 4 months in my tummy so this is my first birthday with you if I may say, hihi.  And of course, I’m wearing my favorite color 🙂

Purple @ 31

And look at you EJ… you and papa gave me what we call the samwits kiss… Oh how I love this happy family kiss that we always share, usually at bedtime but done anytime we feel like it 🙂  We each take turn to be in the middle and it’s so much fun doing it that you sometimes would like to have 2 turns 🙂

Happy Family Samwits Kiss

And since we were in China at that time, we just had a simple celebration with our “family” away from home – Auntie Imee, Auntie Cathy and Uncle Jon. Auntie Cindy wasn’t able to come so we missed her that night.  These friends have been with us through our toughest times and because of them, life in a foreign land became more beautiful.  I miss them very much.

China Family

EJ, they all love you… Mei, auntie Cathy is your ninang 🙂  So kikay and inta just like your mama, hihi.

Love,

Mama

My entry for:

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Birthday Pictorial

Dear Meimei,

This is my first time to join PINK FRIDAYs and for my 1st entry, I’m posting your pictorial when you turned 2 years old… I would want to expose you to other colors, specifically purple (as it is my favorite color), but then, most baby girl stuff given to you and on sale are all in PINK! So right now, your favorite color is also pink 😀 Whatever color you like is fine with me because I think as long as you wear that pretty smile on your face, you’ll always look beautiful sweetypie 🙂 Together with this pink dress, you also had green bunny costume and your floral dress for our family picture. But since it’s PINK FRIDAY entry, I’ll just post you in your pink dress in this letter.  You look lovely my dear.

Your papa and I started this traditional studio pictorial when your ahia turned 2 years old here in China.  We always start with the family photo followed by the costumes pictorial.  We hope to go on with this for as long as we have the resources to do so. When you’re all grown, you can look back and see how your faces have changed over the years.  You can also follow this when you both have your little ones as well. 🙂

Love,

Mama

my fave pic

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Teachable Two

Dear Meimei,

Yippe! You’re officially in the “tiny tot” age! And what does that mean?  Some people describe it as a terrible two stage, and there’s even a website labeled terribletwos! But that’s not how I look at you sweety pie.  Even with your ahia, I can honestly say he was never terrible as what those websites declare.  It was even a big time for him to adjust because we moved to China when he was 23 months… yet in spite the new environment, your papa and I didn’t have problems with him.  Yes we did have difficult times, but hey, even us adults have those days we don’t feel good and we just want to be ourselves or even do “not so nice things”, but that doesn’t mean we’re TERRIBLE…  So when you become a mom someday, never label your kids terrible two ok?  It’s a matter of perspective and the more we believe in the best in our kids, the more we’ll be amazed at how wonderful they could really become at this stage.

According to Erik Erikson, this is the WILL stage wherein you learn to develop wither Autonomy – a sense of being able to handle many problems on your own, or Shame and Doubt if your caregiver, (of course it’s me and papa) refuse to let you perform tasks of which you are capable, or ridicule your early attempts at self-sufficiency.

Cooking Soup 022311

Your pa and I allow you certain limits but in areas where we know you can handle, we give you freedom to try to do it, no matter how many times you have to try, we patiently wait until you get it done right. 🙂

You are very teachable plangging.  The day we went home from your hospitalization on your 3rd surgery which was the colostomy closure, you immediately pooped in the toilet bowl! You were only 10 months and now at age 2, you are 85% toilet trained.  Considering that you’re an IMPERFORATE ANUS baby, this is a miracle because many articles say that kids like you can be expected to be “delayed” in toilet training. For the record, you sat on the toilet seat earlier than your ahia did! 🙂

first time 022210

At 1 year and 3 months you already knew how to blow your nose!  I just showed you how it’s done then you did it on your own.  The older you get, the more teachable you become.  A few months back I started teaching you how to beat the egg and your ahia how to break it.  So now every time we cook and there’s egg, ahia breaks it and you beat it!

beating egg 030811

Given a paint and a brush, you can paint on your own.  Given paper and pen, you can draw on your own.  Given toys, you can also play on your own.  However, there are still times (of course) that you say, “MAMA TEACH ME PLEASE.”  I know you just want to spend more time with me, or I guess, you like the tickle time which is usually part of our play time. 🙂  You also like to read and study. I can go on and on with the list, but I won’t.  You’ll discover them from time to time as I continue to write these letters my dear.

My prayer for you little one is that in the coming days, months and even years, you will be more and more hungry to learn new things, in every area of your life.  Every minute with you is a teaching moment.  I think the only time we stop learning is when we’re sleeping, haha.  But more than anything else, it is my heart’s desire that you and your ahia learn and hunger for God’s presence in your lives, that’s why worship and prayer in each day are never absent.  Every morning, we start the day with watching worship videos, we sing and dance as we worship, and we end the night with prayer.  You already know how to worship God and have memorized our bedtime prayer since you were 16 months. Right now you can declare healing upon family members who are sick and even declare healing upon yourself by saying: BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS I AM HEALED!

I will be forever grateful to God for giving you to us, you are a MIRACLE sweetheart.  Each time we see you, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, provision, healing, love, joy and many more.  You are a living reminder to your papa and me that God’s goodness will follow us all the days of our lives.

Happy 2nd birthday Meimei… You are indeed, God’s promise of JOY.

I love you.

Mama

eating your birthday spaghetti

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15 More Days

Dear Meimei,

Today is April 1st and it’s only 15 days away from your 2nd birthday! Am I excited? Kinda! Not because we will have fancy celebration but because you’re gonna be officially stepping into the trainable, teachable, terrific, talented, talkative and totally trendy two year old! Everyday you amaze me with new things and who knows what you’ll be capable on the day you turn 2 years old. You’re learning really fast and now more than ever is the best time to train you in the way you should go as written in Proverbs 22:6.

Initially, your papa and I planned that we will have our Shanghai trip on your birthday since it’s on a Saturday. But since your ama and angkong are coming over on the 22nd, we will just have a simple gathering on your birthday and hopefully the pictorial and will postpone the Shanghai trip to the ZOO when ama and angkong are here. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as you really love watching animals in your videos, so it’s time you’ll see most of them for real! And if we will be allowed to touch them, it’ll be more exciting!

Aside from 15 days away from your birthday, today is also very significant as I will launch this blog into the open 🙂 This is my first entry for this new blog. My previous letters for you and ahia came from my other blog SheWritesYouWrite. It took me 2 whole days and nights transferring them and formatting this blog! But now it’s finally good to go! It is my prayer that not only I and your papa will write letters for you and your ahia, but also family and friends can share and express their love for you both.

It’s now 11:11pm and we’re all still up! You and papa are watching GLEE on the big tv, your ahia just finished writing his letter for me 🙂 and here I am, writing this letter for you.

I love you Meimei, more than you’ll ever know sweatheart… Goodnight!

Love,

Mama

Brush Painting

P.S.

This was taken this morning after breakfast. This is one of your favorite activities, painting. But this is the first time for you to hold a real brush 😀

 

 

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HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY ELISHA JOEY

Dear Elisha,

For my birthday letter for you, I want to share with you how you came into this world… Ooops, not really the details of HOW you were made, but just a background of the things that took place before, during and after your birth. So read on ok? 🙂

It was in the year 2002 when in my prayer time a little voice whispered to me that my first born will be a boy and that his name shall be ELISHA JOEY. Elisha is a prophet in the Old Testament and his name also signifies double portion anointing. Joey is obviously from your papa’s name. So in short, your name means double portion of your papa, but of course, with a touch of me 🙂

When your pa and I got married in 2003, we decided to have a baby after we have taken some time to enjoy our being couple but also, before I reach 27 years old. We started our baby project September of 2004. Your papa was already 27 and I was about to turn 27 also in December so we were on the last trip. I remember very well I had a pregnancy test end of November and the result was NEGATIVE… I prayed so hard and reminded God I am expecting that on my 27th birthday, HIS birthday gift to me will be a POSITIVE result! December 10, 2004 came. I woke up 6am and immediately did my pregnancy test. I went out of the toilet running and almost wanted to shout because indeed it was POSITIVE!!! I woke your papa up and told him I was pregnant! Well, knowing how “palatulog” he is, he simply said: ” That’s already my birthday gift for you!” Of course he just wanted to annoy me by saying that… 🙂 Around 10am that same day I visited my OB and had another pregnancy test in her clinic and again it showed POSITIVE! yippee!!!

March 2005 I had an ultrasound in Bacolod because at that time, your papa was on his way to China and before leaving, he wanted to be sure of the gender of our child. And the result showed, of course, a boy. Your papa was very proud and happy because you are the very first male LO in your generation. He was so excited to share the news with your Ama, Angkong and Thima. By the way, one of the reasons we decided to have a baby already was your papa wanted so much to give them their grandchild so they can enjoy you while they’re still strong and able to run! 🙂

On your 8th month, I attempted to change your name to GIAN JOEY or GIAN ELISHA. As you know, all my brothers have GIAN in their names, as well as your cousins in the Boyero side. So I wanted you to be “in” and carry that GIAN too. However, God has other plans… One early morning I woke up and in my heart I felt like God was telling me NOT to change your name so I obeyed. That very same morning, your papa (who was already in China) told me that during his prayer time the same thing was impressed in his heart and that is NOT to change your name. It was then final, we shall name you ELISHA JOEY.

July 23, 2005 at 08:36pm you were born into this wonderful world. The moment my OB was done, I immediately asked for my phone and told your papa that you’re already out and we’re both safe. Thank You LORD! 🙂 During your birth your Auntie Isis went in the Delivery Room and took a video of me giving birth! So even if your papa wasn’t around, he was able to see how you came out! 🙂 Your Tita Lenlen also took a lot of pictures and videos in the nursery. I am so thankful they were there to document your first few hours of life outside my tummy.

July 23, 2005 at the nursery

I’m not sure if it was that night your Koko Gigi sent photos to your papa. The following day he called me up and asked me this exact question: “NGAA KATIGULANG SANG TSURA SANG ATUN BATA HAW?” I still smile everytime I remember that day because if you really take a look at your photos when you were newly born, you’ll know what I mean 🙂 It’s funny because at that time, I thought you were so cute! But after you’ve grown, whenever we watch your photos, we would laugh! hihihi…

You’ve really grown EJ… Your papa and I are so proud of you. We are confident that as long as we train you up in the instructions of the Lord, as long as we teach you how to love, honor and worship God, you’ll grow to be the ambassador that you were called to become. At a young age you have shown traits and potentials of becoming somebody great in your generation. Our heart’s desire is for you to be a testimony of God’s goodness in our lives and that you become a man who fears the Lord. Always remember that you are not an accident and you have a destiny to fulfill. No matter where the road leads you my son, be strong and take courage, do not fear nor be dismayed… For the Lord our God will guide you and His Word will light your way.

We love you son… Happy birthday handsome 🙂 (wink)

5th birthday with Jollibee

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