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Life's surprises, awards and some good-byes...

Last night was one of those nights that reminded me that life is full of challenges
There are incidents in my life that I wish didn’t happen,
but I can’t change time and undo the wrong paths we’ve taken;
Sometimes there seems to be crosses that I have to bear.
At times I question, why us, why them, why me?

Can I blame all that to a greedy lawyer that took hundreds of thousands of dollars, or can the blame be on us for trusting those who gave us false hopes?

Back then, we weren’t google-ing for information that would have prevented such tragedy in our lives.
Life is unfair sometimes… or is it – life is what we made it to be.

I'm definitely stressed out when I woke up because I ate 3 cupcakes, half of the blueberry pound cake, portabella and goat cheese panini and banana bread
(compliments of my daughter's bf's bakery).

I lost my zen last night that prompted my 8yo to ask questions he wouldn't understand the answers for.
When he was asked, "What are you waiting for?"
He answered slowly inunciating every word, "I am waiting for nothing"

And in his 8yo wisdom, he suggested, "Mom, you should write to the Governor.

I can't let my family in the Philippines wait for nothing, so maybe I should do just that.
I don’t know if I can handle such responsibility and last night’s overseas phone call is a reminder of such a hefty task.

Please do pray that my family and I continue to have the faith and strength to get through these challenges.

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing" - Denis Waitley

When I opened my email Monday morning, I was pleased and surprised by 2 thoughtful bloggers who were sweet enough to share their awards with me.

1) Dee of “A Mom’s Journey”, thank you for the Lovely Blog Award;
2) Ty of “Mama of 3 Munchkin”, thank you for the Kreativ Blog Award;

Most friendships begin with a compliment. - Peter M. Brown

“Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. - Anonymous

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." – Buckminster Fuller
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." – Erich Fromm
"The world is but a canvas to the imagination." - Henry David Thoreau:

There are a few “pals” I’ve made online that have always brightened my day – by their visits, sweet thoughts, witty blogs and always thinking of me by sharing their awards.
I would like to share these awards with them and to new pal-bloggers that will definitely put a smile on your faces and artists that will make you go WOW!
So hope you go take time to visit:

Veronica Lee of Of Mice and Ramen
Tami of Diary of a Mad Woman
Felicia Kramer of Another Bright Idea
Jodi of A Beaded Path
Chris of Prayer
Alicia of More Than Words
Paula – A party of six
Leyda of From Mom to Mom
Suzanne of Shabby Chicks
Sandy of Momisodes -
Jennifer of It’s a Beauty Filled Life -
Buckeroomama of Mamahood, Among OtherThings
Nikki of Crazy Times of Being a Mom
Marla of Green Adoptions
Mara of LetKidsPlay -
Pam of Mom’s Mutterings
Brandie of A Journey of 1000 Stitches
Helene of I’m a Living Proof that God Has A Sense of Humor
Deb of Life with Birk -
Anita of Anita McCants
Lori of When We Listen
Cluck and Tweet
Brown Eyed Gal Steph of Furious Five
Cindy LaFerle
Moderm Mom of How to Survive LIfe In Suburbs
Melinda of Coming Clean: Confessions of an Imperfect Mom
Obnoxious SAHM

Thank you all for making me smile with your sweet thoughts!
Excuse me if I'm not going to be around to visit for a while, I'll be here and remember that you have already made a difference in my life!

Please do take the time to visit these wonderful pals - they made time for me and hopefully you will, too.

Keep smiling =D


  1. Jenjen, you are such a great blogger buddy. I have more awards to share with you for your lovely blog. Please grab them from

  2. Hi Jen!
    I'll be praying that everything works out w/ your family back in the PI!!

  3. JEN JEN!

    Your so thoughtful, so caring, and a wonderful blogging friend. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers, and know things will go well. With a man like GOD behind you, how can it not?!

    Thank you for awarding me! WOW! =)
    I love awards! LOL.

    HuGZ My friend

  4. Hi Jen,
    So sorry about your encounter
    with the greedy lawyer. One
    thing sor sure, people like
    that do not live in peace.

    Thanks for those kind words,
    and the invite to my blog.

    I pray that things get better
    for you and your family.

  5. Hi JenJen,
    In the midst of all you are going through, you still found a way to spread the love to others. That is what makes you such a beautiful person and cherished friend. Thank you so much! I will be thinking of you and your family and will keep all of you in my prayers.
    Hugs, Suzanne

  6. JenJen, thank you so much for including us. You have such a great heart and I know that that counts for a lot. We're thinking of you. Keep us all posted.

  7. Thank you so much for giving a shout out to my blog! You have been such an encouragement to me as a new blogger.
    I am so sorry you're going through a rough time right now. It is so hard to know exactly what the "right" thing is to do when it comes to finances. I will be praying for you and your family -- for wisdom and peace.
    I'm so glad our paths crossed in cyberspace! ;0)

  8. Jen - I'm running out the door for an appointment but will be back to visit later. Thanks so much for the awards - you are special!
    And my heart aches for you whenever you post about your family struggles. I pray that it all comes to a very happy ending for you very soon.

  9. JenJen
    Your heart sounds so heavy right now. I do hope things get easier for you and know that all your friends here in the blogging world will be here for you if you need us!

  10. Thanks so much for the awards. You have been a blessing to me as well.
    I will definitely be praying for you and your family in the Phillipines.
    Please keep us updated and know that we all care about you!

  11. Hugs to you Jen and I hope things get better for you. I will be thinking of you while you are away. Don't stay away too long :o(

  12. Awwww thanks so much! You are great! Hugs!

  13. Jenjen....I am so sorry about your situation right now. I am praying for you and your family!!!

    THank you so much for thinking of me...I cant tell you how much it means to me!
    You are such a sweet blogging friend and one of the first people that was so kind to reach out to me and my blog!!! Thank you!!

    I will keep you in my thoughts....

  14. You know what... I have a motto in life that will give it to you as a gift...


    I always repeat myself many times until feeling it...

    "Divine Order... Everything is Perfect"

    This was with me the day my brother died, the day we almost lost our house down hill with the heavy rains, the day I had to leave my son in PR for 4 months, the year my husband had no job, the year we lived by $1,500/mo (with two houses to pay, cc debt, and normal house spending), the day of my PhD Qualifier exam, the day my son had a surgery, the day I started my PhD, the day we sold everything to come here... and you know which other day.... the day my son was born, they day I got married, the day I said yes to my husband, the day I got my dream job, the day I finished all my course work with excellent grades, the day we bought our first house, the day my son went to school for the first time, the day he learned to walk, the day my husband got his dream job, the day he got accepted in grad school and me too, the day my family stepped in to help financially without us even asking and them demanding to pay back... You know which day? EVERYDAY I repeat to myself there is something much higher than us that has everything in order and we need to trust it and open our eyes to see it show us the way to go. Those ways sometimes might be difficult to cross, but we can cross them with the DIVINE ORDER by our hands. Like when you learned to walk by your parents hand and YOU TRUSTED THEM!


    "Divine Order... Everything is Perfect"

    Thanks for the awards! :) HUGS!

  15. Thanks for your encouragement, Jenjen, and I'll be thinking of you!

  16. Thanks so much for including me -- I'm honored, and have enjoyed your blog as well! Like you, I'm finding June to be a crazy month, so I am sorry for not responding sooner. Have been out of town and not checking mail or blogs as often this week --
    thanks again!

  17. Oh, JenJen. I'll be praying that things get resolved soon.

    (Thanks for the awards. You're too sweet!)

  18. JenJen,

    You are so sweet. Thank you so much for being my blog friend. I appreciate the kind words.
    Take care, hope to hear more from you soon.


  19. Hi everyone,
    Thank you so much for all your kind words, prayers and words of encouragement.
    I do hope for a happy ending soon.
    Have a great week!

  20. Hi, JenJen-I am so sorry to hear of your difficulties! You and your family are in my thoughts. I hope that things work out soon for you all. It must be tremendously difficult for all for you.


  21. Thank you Jen for the beautiful
    awards. You are so thoughtful
    and sweet. :D

  22. Jen, thank you for these wonderful awards. You are beautiful, kind and strong through and through. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts. Feel free to write me if you ever need a virtual ear or hug. I'm always here.


  23. Thanks for the award! I will pray for you and your family, especially for your father's health. Hope all is getting better.

  24. Jen...alot of your fellow pals and bloggers gave you some good advise and suggestions and mostly alot of good support and prayers. i can too, but today, I choose to...

    ...give you a hug!

    (((((((( JENJEN )))))))

    I think you pal Ivic really gave you some true inspiration!

    Trust HIM! Believe in Him! Have faith in HIM!! ...and all things will work out for good!

    Safe hugz,
    A Mom's Journey

    PS Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  25. Stopping by and following from MBC followers. I'm back online but with a new url. :)

  26. I know you have been given the award once already, but I feel you are a wonderful person and friend and deserve to be recognized again. Please visit when you can to receive your One lovely blog award from me.

    Thank you,

  27. Jenjen, Thank you so very much for sharing the awards with me. Very sweet of you.

  28. Oh Jen, I'm sorry you're going through difficulties right now. I'll be praying for you and your family! (((HUGS)))

  29. @Veronica, you’re always thing of me and I’m blessed because you’re such a great pal!

    @Alicia, thanks for the prayers.. Don’t you wish PI is just a ride away?

    @Tami, you’re an inspiration. God is on my side..I just have to listen and pay attention more..

    @Anita, glad you stopped by…thanks for the prayers

    @Suzanne, I’m flattered.. glad to see you here again 

    @cluckandtweet – Love your new site…you deserve the awards!

    @Melinda, I was a newbie 4 months ago and there are so much thoughtful friends here who endlessly share every time!

    @Felicia, I’m a big fan of yours and thank you for your prayers – and yes, I’m hoping for a happy ending soon!

  30. @Momisodes, glad you stopped by – and thanks for such thoughtfulness!

    @Pam, thanks for the prayers..Still waiting for news..Glad you’re here!

    @Furious Mom, big hugs I’ll take any day!

    @BrnEyedGal, I’m glad you’re here, too! Love your new design!

    @Leyda, lovely …and worth repeating!

    @Momica, glad you stopped by for a visit!

    @Cindy, I’m so glad to share the award with you. You’re an inspiration!

    @Buckeroomama – you’re a great friend!

    @Lori, Anita, Onna I’m glad we’re friends too..I love that you stopped by!

    @Chris, thanks for the prayers!

    @Dee, you’re right – and thanks for the award again!

    @blueviolet, welcome back!

    @Lori, thanks for the award. I never tire getting awards. I love awards!

    @jodi, you’ve very creative. I love your beads!

    @Jennifer, thank you – and I just wish Phils is just next door!

  31. Jen Jen,

    I am checking in with you to see how you are doing? I am very behind in getting my awards on the blog and past back out, but it is my mission to tackle this weekend.
    You are such a sweetheart, I wish the best for you and your family.

    See ya soon,


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