Reading List for 2019

One of my goals this 2019 is to invest more time in reading. I am quite glad that I have finished a few books already. Most of my list comes from the books that my daughter has read or will be reading. I want to understand and be able to converse with her on the different stories she’s read and I don’t want to miss on really good books.

Here are some of the books I really want to read this 2019:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Ides of April
  • Anne of Green Gable series
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Princess Bride
  • Books from Jean Fritz

What titles do you recommend I add to my list?

Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

Every year, the kids and I sit down on the first few days of the year and look back at the year that was and write down our highlights, then we also write our goals for the following year.

This is Toby’s….

The end of 2018 took a slower turn as the year winded down, but throughout the year, there were so many regular activities, like  monthly Learn Group meetings, discipleship meetings, youth gatherings, growth groups and my tutorial work. I also had to undergo eye cataract removal. Thankful that we were able to go to a number of vacations too, like Taiwan, Singapore and the beach. As for personal growth, I was able to read more books and interact with more people.

As 2019  begins, I have listed down my goals:

Be creative.  Learn crochet, take chances in art, decorate the house.

Pursue writing. Take classes, write often in this blog, find mentors to help me, write devotionals.

Grow. Read the Bible consistently, journal, read books of different genre. Pray and believe.

Nurture others. Take care of plants, connect with people. Homeschooling.

Be courageous. Take trips. Try freelancing jobs Invest.


How about you? What are your goals for 2019?


Homeschool Help: Homeschool Organizations

As a homeschool mom, it is of great encouragement to know that there are now many homeschool organizations which I can join and  help me should I need some assistance or support. I’m listing some of those organizations:

HAPI or Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands  was established in 2010. The current HAPI president is Ms. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao.

Mission: To bring together homeschool leaders who will help shape the Philippine homeschool landscape.
Vision: To see home education recognised as an available and respected form of education, shaping leaders and movers who build our nation. (Info taken from HAPI website)

I personally am grateful for the efforts of HAPI to meet with DepEd and let DepEd know the needs of the homeschool community. 

HAPI’s website is


PHA or Philippine Homeschoolers Association was established in 2017. The current PHA president is Ms. Jihan Tan.  PHA  was formed by homeschool co-op families who, after experiencing the benefits of being in a community, decided it was time to give back and pay it forward.


(Info taken from PHA about page)

I am following the PHA discussions and the instagram account and it is encouraging to know that awareness about homeschooling in the Philippines has greatly increased. 

PHA Facebook page:

EFL or Educating for Life is the team of homeschool moms who came together to establish  several of the homeschool conferences in the past years. The members are Michelle Padrelanan, Sanne Unson, Mariel Uyquiengco, and Tina Rodriguez.

Mission: To provide avenues for parents to connect with one another through the various workshops, events, and seminars that are tailor-fit to the homeschool community. (Info taken from EFL website)

I have been to almost every conference that EFL has organized and I am grateful for all the encouragement and equipping workshops that I’ve been to. 

EFL Website is

HOP or Homeschoolers of the Philippines is an online Facebook community group. It currently has 14,000+ members and the founder of this group is Ms. Donna Pangilinan-Simapo

The main reason why this group was established is to be a support group for the homeschoolers in the Philippines. This group was formed in 2012.

There are many FAQ articles, activity lists and books for sale being posted. You also get to organize meet ups in your local area through this FB group. I have greatly benefited from this HOP group over the years. 

HOP’s Facebook group page:

Be Kind to One Another

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Phil 2:3

“No one ever offers to help.” This is a statement we often hear people say and sadly, it is a common scenario in all of our lives. Most of us are often consumed with our daily activities that we fail to see the people around us. They could be a mom who just gave birth, a husband who has just lost his spouse, a brethren who has just lost his job or someone who needs a friend to talk to.

We should look up from our gadgets, and really look around us. The Lord might be presenting an opportunity for us to do something kind for someone. The Lord has created us not to live self-absorbed lives but to be humble, and serve others in whatever capacity we can. 

As the holiday season rolls, this season presents a perfect opportunity to extend kindness and be helpful towards another. Let us make it our goal to make someone else smile. 

Brokenness to Wholeness

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Do you have a deep longing in your heart? Are you looking for a love that completes you? Are you looking for satisfaction? Let me share my story with you. 

Growing up, I had a complete family, everything I needed was provided and my life wasn’t at all difficult.  I did fairly well in school, I never got into any sort of trouble but inside, something in me was broken. I felt unloved, incomplete and broken. I was always looking for love and appreciation – from my family, from my friends and from boys. Eventually, I realized that nothing satisfies. I still felt sad and empty.

Then I met Christ, and I was amazed by the fact that He really loves me. In  my imperfections, He accepted me and even gave His own life for me. It was a love that completed me and revealed who I really was. For the first time, I actually felt what it was  like to be loved wholeheartedly and to have joy and  peace in my heart. 

Since then, Christ has been my true north, my one true love. My anchor as I sail on this journey. There are days that storms come, when I suddenly feel inadequate and broken, but as Christ reminds me how I am now His, I press on forward, because I know He is there and that, is enough for me. I am now whole in Him.