Hey there! Merry Christmas!
First of all, I am so happy that my blogging mojo is slowly coming back. Blogging is something I am passionate about, but so many things in the past two, three years have prevented me from actively blogging.
As life has always been, 2015 was a good year. I count my blessings, and they are plenty.
Nate, whose eczema (atopic dermatitis) was on a seemingly continuous flare-up for two years, is finally getting a respite. His skin has never looked so good in the past 2 years, and he gained some weight too. He volunteered to play basketball (!!!) for their class. Two years ago, he couldn’t even join P.E. class because his skin was so badly flared up. Today, he ate fried chicken without breaking into an itching fit. Seeing him confident and happy gives our family so much joy and gratitude for his newfound wellness.
My Dad passed on middle of this year. Though our family dearly misses his presence, we are comforted by his freedom from suffering that Alzheimer’s Disease and emphysema brought to him. It is a bittersweet Christmas for me. Because Christmas usually means going home to be with him and the rest of the family. Christmas will never be the same without Daddy. And it will take a while for our family to get used to this…
Daughter number 1 turned 18 and went to college… When I started blogging, she was just getting braces. Daughter number 2 is, I think, blooming into a food lover. Not only because she loves to eat, but also because she cooks and bakes! I AM ECSTATIC that someone in this family can finally take over the kitchen soon. I can die tomorrow and be at peace knowing the family won’t starve.
So there, the highlights of the year that was. I look back with gratitude. I look forward to another good year… And to finally filling this space again! Yay, welcome me back to blogging. 🙂
Merry Christmas to everyone!
(This should have been up early this morning, as I began writing it around 2 AM. But I totally fell asleep on the keyboard. Zonked out.)
I know I said I’d announce the winners for the gratitude list contest on New Year’s Day. But the judges had a busy day… And then of course they had to deliberate because it was tough choosing the winners. But finally, they came up with a decision. (Naks, parang Top Chef lang ha!)
Let me introduce you to the people behind the decision – the esteemed panel of judges: my flying sisters Rav (as in Raviowli) and Dav (as in Da Vinci); my 18-year-old niece Adie (wise beyond her years); and ze daughter iPatch. Thank you, judges, for really taking time to read and discuss the comments! Mwah!
I stayed away from the judging so the winners were selected objectively.
Hooookay. ‘Nuff said. Here we go!
Continue reading And the winners are…!
First of all, I want to thank those who joined my blog contest on gratitude. Your comments are so heartwarming to read. Thank you for sharing your gratitude!
Years ago, before I started blogging, I started a gratitude journal. Back then, I felt the need to cultivate the attitude of thankfulness because I felt, I thought my life lacked a lot of things. Maybe it was out of immaturity that I felt that way.
Although I wasn’t able to sustain the gratitude journal very long, I am glad I started one. Opening the journal at the end of a day and writing down all the reasons I can find to be thankful proved to be a very good exercise. I realized that no matter how bad a day it was, there was always at least five things to be thankful for.
Gratitude fills the void of whatever it is that I lack. I realize, when I make a conscious effort to be thankful by writing down my reasons to be thankful, that I am blessed, I have all that I need.
Today is the last day of 2010, and I want to end it with a thankful heart. There are many reasons for the overflowing gratitude I feel, and today seems like a good day to start anew with a Gratitude Journal. 🙂
Let’s end 2010 and welcome 2011 with thankful, grateful hearts. Say “thank you” to that person you must thank. Find reasons to be thankful. If you look hard enough, it hasn’t really been that bad. Life is beautiful; we will never run out of things to be thankful for.
Happy New Year to all of you! Let’s welcome 2011 with grateful, expectant hearts. 🙂