Raising a Family Is Hard Work

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We want to develop a family that is close-knit, a family that loves unconditionally and a family that loves the Lord above all, but a family like that doesn’t happen naturally. Sad to say, this doesn’t happen overnight as well. It takes years and years of character building and making home a place where everyone can bloom and fail. It is a place where we can all practice the fruit of the Spirit towards one another.

As parents, our children need to see how Jesus is at the very foundation of everything that we are and we aspire to be. It is because Jesus loves us that we can love Him back. It is because of Him that we can strive to be the kind of family that will be a blessing to one another and to our community.

We must not grow tired of investing time and memories with our children, especially as they grow up. For these years will be the foundation of the life that they are building. We need to instruct, correct, encourage, praise and communicate with our children intentionally.

We must also be authentic in our own walk with Christ. Let us admit our mistakes, ask for forgiveness, draw strength from the Lord for our weaknesses and surrender our lives to Him.

There are no short-cuts. Raising a family is hard work but this is what needs to be done, all for the glory of God.

Fun Farm at Sta Elena

We celebrated my daughter’s birthday and our wedding anniversary a few weeks ago at Fun Farm at Sta Elena in Cabuyao Laguna.

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This was our 2nd visit. Our first visit was 5 years ago when my daughter celebrated her 4th birthday there. We had to call to reserve our slot as they do not accept walk-ins. They are usually fully booked so it is best to give them a call if they can still accommodate you.

When we got there, the first thing that the kids did was to feed the rabbits!

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Then we went for a carabao ride around the farm.

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The kids also enjoyed horse back riding! IMG_5648

Then we went fishing in the small pond. My husband and I weren’t able to catch any fish but amazingly, both my kids caught one tiny tilapia each!

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We eventually let them go back to the pond.

The next thing we did was to ride on the boat. IMG_5669The boys had their own time riding their bikes and going around on their trails.

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While we girls walked around the farm and enjoyed nature!

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The kids enjoyed the day at the farm. We even had a picnic together in one of their nipa huts!

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It was truly a wonderful place for the whole family to visit. Unwind from the busyness of daily life and enjoy nature!

Entrance fee is 300 pesos per person and it includes unlimited use of all activities in the area. The people were very friendly and accommodating. The toilets were clean and there are many tables where you can enjoy your picnic! We arrived a little before 9 am and went home by noon time. The kids were all tired from the outdoor fun but it was what they had hoped for, maybe even more!

Aladdin The New Stage Musical

When I was young, I remember my parents always took us to watch shows at Araneta Coliseum, especially during the holiday season. I enjoyed those shows and whenever I think back, I always have good memories about watching shows with my parents. Now that I have kids of my own, I want them to have good memories of their own when they get bigger so as young as they are now, I love watching shows with them.

One of the recent shows we have watched as a family is Aladdin The New Stage Musical from Atlantis Productions.

If you are familiar with the Disney movie Aladdin then you know how the story goes. We enjoyed the show and was quite impressed with the stage production. The magic carpet ride was truly unforgettable too!

We watched the 8PM performance and I was surprised that both my kids didn’t fall asleep the whole time. A few days after watching the musical, both of them have been talking nonstop about it! They truly enjoyed it.

I love going to musicals together. Aside from the family bonding, they get to appreciate arts and all  the other aspects of life as well. I thank the Lord for wonderful family bonding opportunities like this one!

Summer Days Are Here

Now that our daily classes are over, the summer season has officially begun for my kids this week. We try to make each day an interesting day by creating a summer daily schedule. It includes days where we learn about math, reading, geography, arts and music. Of course, it also includes field trips. Hopefully, we would be able to visit places that my kids would really love. They also want to go swimming. We haven’t planned on visiting any pools yet, whether those with pool lifts or not, because we are quite short financially. I really pray that we would be able to save up and get to visit some nice places this summer time!

Our Family Photos





These were taken at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati.
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