Waiting Game #Weeklies

Week 29/52 #Weeklies

Family and friends have been asking... when will I go home???

When I left our country, Philippines, in 2007. I was simply enveloped by excitement. New country, new adventure, new challenges. 

Then I started dreaming... 

.... to visit Disneyland! It happened... all for free! Check my photos here.

... to have my family join me after a year! It happened! Thank God dreams do come true! Here's the story.

... to visit different states! Yes it happened! Mississippi, Florida, Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, Louisiana, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Colorado, Missouri

... to have green card! (the most important thing!) Ummm.... Ahh.... not quite yet, unfortunately. I shared my story here a long time ago.

But God must have other plans because after 6 years of H1B visa and waiting, 
we were blessed to have been given another visa in 2014.

Our current visa allowed us to stay for four more years with one condition. We cannot go home and leave the country. Not within the first three years, not until we apply for green card after our third year. 

Many Filipino teachers have journeyed the same path, and have been granted their permanent residency already, and went home too. Yes, they too, waited long.

So here we are waiting again... but we are grateful for His providence, guidance and unconditional love.

We can only pray for God to arrange everything for us and our family in the Philippines. 

We trust God will work with time. 

We beg for God's mercy to allow us to be with our families and friends back in the Philippines and to experience joy in togetherness, laughter and camaraderie like old times and to embrace people we love and miss for the longest time as if it was just yesterday.

We can only have this unfailing faith that God has designed something big and awesome waiting for us at the end of this game of patience.

We're coming home in God's time...

All in God's time.

A Lifetime #Weeklies

Week 28/52 #Weeklies

For some reason, I am not fond of drama especially in relationships. The thing is I know I am not fond of it way before I was even in love relationships!

I remember holding on to my belief that if I see "him" I'll know it is "him"! My heart will tell me so. The "him" is of course, my future partner in life. 

So at 15 when everybody was into having boyfriends and dates. I had none. After graduating from college, I still had none. None because I hadn't met "him" yet. 

So I waited... and waited... and waited!!! 

And then... our paths crossed... finally! I shared that story here, I think.

So, on our 7th day of having known each other we went on a movie date, our second time. 

I do not remember what happened but for some reason, we left the theatre holding hands! Then, I saw my officemates from afar, and I finally came to my senses! 

I quickly pulled my hand from his grip, faced him, and told him "You're now officially my boyfriend!"

And that was it!

I guess, it's self-fulfilling prophecy. But I am grateful to God for today, October 8th is our 16th wedding anniversary!

For all the weirdness, sweetness and uncommonness, happy anniversary muy! :)

Looking forward #Weeklies

Week 27/52 #Weeklies

I told my boss who was preparing to leave the office, “Safe travels! Don’t sleep!” The message was for me as just two weeks ago I fell asleep for a second or two and found myself in the sloping grassy median. You’ll find the story here. My boss replied, “Oh, I won’t fall asleep, I’m too excited to go to CafĂ© Rio!” I asked “Why? What do you want to eat there?” He said, “Pizza!"

Funny how one can be motivated by the simplest things!

To Sit Or Not to Sit? #Weeklies

Week 26/52 #Weeklies

While standing in line to pay for stuffs at Walmart, I couldn’t help but wonder how the cashier could stand up for eight hours… all day!   

Fast forward to a year after, I decided to do the same… or tried to.   

No excuses! Customized standing desk! :)

On Hotels and Travels #Weeklies

Week 25/52 #Weeklies

Part of my job running two years now is to visit schools in the state of New Mexico, USA. Needless to say, I travel to wherever schools I am assigned to wherever it is in the state

Raton, NM