What Can I Do To Make Your Day Better?

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I was surprised to see this note tucked in between my planner yesterday. My daughter Kyla has inserted this note as she remembered the challenge posted by the pastor (who is her dad) last Sunday.

“What can I do to make your day better?” Such a simple question that we rarely ask inside our house as all of us are busy with our own chores, our own interests and our own little corner. Because of this, we are reminded to intentionally connect to other people and do something to make them feel better.

We are called to be less self-absorbed and think of others more. Just as Jesus did as described in Philippians 2:7 “but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” This is but a simple way of loving others more and ourself a little less.

I answered by telling her I’d like to her take Charlie for a walk while she replied that she wants us to play a boardgame together. I didn’t realize that it was so simple to make someone’s day a lot better just by asking this simple question.

Now it’s your turn, tell me, what can I do to make your day better?

 

 

 

 

Kyla’s Ballerina Dreams

My daughter has joined Acts Manila’s Runway Dance Collection 2016 Recital a few days ago. This is her 6th ballet recital with Acts Manila.

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I was so happy that she danced gracefully and confidently in the CCP a few nights ago. She surely has blossomed in her dancing!

It was her first year to be under the intermediate class of Teacher Chelo Gemina and she has greatly improved her skills already.  But more than her dance, I am very proud at how she has been diligent and persevering as she faced difficulty and trials that come her way in achieving her goals.

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She doesn’t easily give up and has a teachable heart so the training that she has been receiving is more than just dancing gracefully and beautifully but she is becoming a better person inside, all for the glory of God.

When we joined the intermediate classes in Alabang last May, I wasn’t very confident that we’d be able to sustain it. Intermediate classes runs daily and I didn’t know how she will be able to join classes daily since my husband has work and I don’t drive. I also didn’t know if we can afford the monthly tuition and the recital fees.

But God has been truly faithful. We have surrendered this dream of Kyla to Him and totally entrusted this to Him. If He wills that Kyla continue on with her ballet training, He will sustain us and provide for the fees. One year after, I can see that God has always provided for us and even allowed us to find a way to go to daily classes via carpooling with other students in the area. Not only that, Kyla will be joining the Junior solo competition in the coming Philippine Dance Cup in July.

 

Continue on my daughter. May the good Lord graciously guide you as you pursue your dreams. Never lose sight of what truly matters and keep your eyes focused on Him, always! He is the one true audience that matters. I love you! 

 

Music and My Daughter

My daughter has been playing the keyboard for the past few years though she has never had formal training classes, she has learned to play several songs via reading notes and later on, by watching and listening to YouTube tutorials. I’m also thankful to apps that encourage her to play more skillfully. In time, I know she will learn how apps like fruity loops work and she will record her own version of her favorite songs.

Hopefully, she will be able to attend some formal keyboard classes which can further enhance her skill and someday, may she be able to use her God-given talent to edify the body of Christ.

Acts Manila Ballet Recital 2015

Kyla has just performed her 5th ballet recital with Acts Manila at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater last week. It is her first time to dance using pointes!

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She has been attending ballet classes under Rean Tirol in Santa Rosa Laguna for the past 5 years. We have seen her mature on stage and push herself beyond her limits. She wants to continue dancing ballet and hopefully get to dance as an aspirant of the dance company of Acts Manila someday soon.

I am grateful to God that He has been providing for Kyla’s ballet training through the years. This journey is a testimony of God’s faithfulness in our lives. To God be the glory!

 

Art Video Project

As part of her 4th quarter art portfolio, I asked my daughter to create a video about her drawing and this is what she came up with.

Video was made using iMovie.

What do you think?