Growing Together

Thankful for Today

September 14, 2015

I know I am not a great person.
I have my own weaknesses, mistakes with which I often think of as a disparity of what my parents told me when I was still younger.
I grew up in a simple family in the Philippines with meager ways of living.

I can't seem to think of it as a life I wished for but for sure I knew it was a life I wanted to improve.
I had a vision.
A vision to help my family.
As the eldest amongst four siblings, I had my fair share of the household chores to baby sitting my younger sister and brother.
The scene from my memory is not at all flattering.
It was very tiresome for me.

Time to be positive and ultimately Lean on to God for all the challenges my way.
I see it as challenging since my life now and my career does not seem to work to well but I know and I trust in God for everything.

I am thankful that despite all the mistakes I have had committed, I can still recover from it and that there is always another chance to bring myself up.

Just so as this blog who has been my daily companion, this blog has become my strength to go on..

I know I don't have much , but I know I have the world to tell of what life can be.
It can be hard, it can be frustrating, but that's just how it is.

We are winners after all.
We all have our own battles to fight and win.

Let us all stay strong and have a lot of faith.
For we know that God's love will never cease.

Share the love my fellow mommies.
My fellow workers.
My fellow bloggers.
My friends from all over the world.

As you read this post, think of the things that you have and what you are grateful for.
Appreciate all of life's complexities and circumstances.

Breathe. Get up and Live!


I missed blogging!!!

September 5, 2015

Hi mommsies!
Been quite some time already that I haven't posted. I misser you all. Many things have been going on for me and my family and finally I am happy to say that A and I gave finally fulfilled our plans of getting a church wedding.

It is a dream come true for us.

I missed my blogging life so much. My life has been work and home. So many things are going in the office plus my momma duties. I feel so jurassic and stagnant already. I will do my best to post weekly na promise.

I wanna tell you more if so many things guys.
But lets keep it that for now.

By the way, i am thinking of doing a wedding series of some sort here (i just want to document our journey and hope to share some relevant things in planning for a church wedding - wedding bells .. hmmm )

so, i do hope you come visit my blog again.

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

A little somethin'

April 9, 2015

 Hi mommsies !

How was your week so far? Mine has been a bit busy as I just got back from the office right after my appendectomy operation.

Anyways, I just wanted to share with you all just a little bit of an update.
Our company where I am currently working at had recently launched its new brand logo and had the corporate rebranding worldwide. I was glad that I was able to make it to work and proud to be a part of its momentous event. I definitely look forward for more achievements and milestones for our organization. If you are a working mom like me, it's really important that we are able to cope up and properly balance our time and efforts in particularly about everything.

So far, I can say that this has been my best days after the battles that I had just a fews back.
I felt that after overcoming my appendectomy ordeal, I felt even more stronger. I needed to do it.

That I wanted to be a stronger person for my son and my family and for my work.

It was hard for me at first. Feeling so sudden. Having to go through that was both self realizing and depressing. It is bitter - sweet.

All I can say is that, life is fragile.
That just one day I was all happy and having my zumba in the morning at home and then after a few, I'd be feeling that really strong pain in my abdomen and then eventually went to emergency operation.

It has been two weeks and the memory of my surgery is still so fresh in my head.
Just like the scars and the wound. They are healing now, but I still feel that slight pain.

I pray that all of us, go through life's challenges and that all of us will really stay healthy not just for ourselves but most of all for our loved ones.

Just as what Ina Raymundo posted via her IG account. She shows off her battle scars.

source: instagram
I have them too from my previous pregnancy and my CS operation scar.
Now my battle scars are here to stay and I will forever be reminded of how I went through.

We will WIN in this battle mommsies!

In life We need a little somethin':

  • to remind us that we are only human
  • to remind us that there are people who truly loves and cares
  • to make us feel strong
  • to help us grow
  • to discover what we can do that we thought we could not

May your week be blessed ahead!

Looking back: My Motherhood Journey in Pictures

November 24, 2014

I still yearn for those days, the moments...
A baby just grows up so fast .. I wish i could turn back time through these still images.
This has really been the most wondrous moment of my entire life and i would not change it for anything.

What's your treasured moments with your beloved lil ones mommas?
Care to share?

have a great awesome day ahead! and thanks for reading!

Momma Guilt: What I did wrong...

May 19, 2014

Talking to my son...

It has been a challenge. A constant one lately.

Adi has acquired a skin disease recently out of the frequent itchiness and one that's out of the summer heat.

we had brought him to the pedia for the last couple of weeks and had been inducing antibiotics on him.

the rigid process of having to force Adi to drink the meds is frustrating - but i learned to master it in a way.

I gave him water afterwards, just so the bitterness won't stay on the taste buds.

The big ones in that picture went away after seven days.

There were puss. I couldn't stand looking at his situation. what my little baby boy is going through.

But i just reassured myself that everything will be okay. that all the irritabilities he is having.

the sleepless nights of having to cradle him to sleep after he's woken up by the itchiness.

i'm thankful for Allen's patience and constant reminders.

my mom's never ending support for me all through out the process.

Lately, momma brought Adi to the Bisaya healer, 'Binisaya', 'paspasan ug dahon'. is what we call it.

Adi will get yet another stroke of these again after that incident long ago when he has hid rashes on the neck.

ate soledad said, 'ugahip man ni!' (this is ugahip).. and the puss needs to go out and the blood.... i was at home catching

some sleep and momma brought him there.

I wished for it to go away!

The dreadful thing on Adi's forehead.

sometimes, i just have to endure all of it!

talking to Adi now, in a slow and in a more 'lambing' way. (I have learned that He responds more to it. He stays calm and sleeps soundly. and that makes me an accomplished mom to him, I feel great that I was able to do it. That I was able to control and refrain myself from shouting at him, that I'd be more tender towards him. )

A soothing moment for him. Reassuring him that everything will be Okay.

That WE will be OKAY.


I will be posting pics of the Handamay leaves soon... and the rest of Adi's journey until the healing of his ugahip.

Dear Me: Letter to the 16 year old Me

May 4, 2014

If you had the opportunity to write to your 16-year-old self, what would you say?

Dear 16 year old Gracina,

I know what you are thinking right at this very moment.
Hmm... I don't even know what to say to you anymore
since you're thinking that you know everything already.

Yes, you are at the Senior year of your highschool life.. yet you are still so 
full of dreams and aspirations for the future yet to come.
Well hey! Don't you worry for I have seen the future! 
I am here. Smiling as I look over you.

High school life is never easy.
But holds a vital part of your life as you grow and become what you 
ought to be...

Thinking about college and the trailing battles ahead is overwhelming.
Don't think too hard!
Think happy thoughts.
Your journal says it all. ^-^

How much you like to take unto having relationships.
Don't rush.
But think about the joy of having to wait for Mr. Right.

What you think about life is not the way it will turn out.
Your heart is vulnerable and not everyone will like you.

Always remember that everyone is gonna hurt you.
You just have to know who is worth all the pain.

Follow your heart and let it guide you.
Trust in the Lord, He will provide and lift you up.

Being a good daughter comes with all sacrifices.
Be the best and never ever give up.

Be the strong person that you should be,
cause everyone is going to depend and look up to you.

Be the greatest big sister that your siblings are going to have.
Although, when you fall be sure to always Learn and Discern.

Love yourself.

As much as i love you.

P.S - just wait till you see your adorable cute lil son's dimples!

Always and forever,

28 year old (chubby face) self - Gracina

Becoming Active

April 30, 2014

It is here... the time has come for me and my son to once again explore this crazy world of ours!

Being a working momma for me is very EXCITING and CHALLENGING at the same time.

Exciting in a way that I get to catch every single moment of Baby Adi's growin up moments.
Well, here is me wishing on a STAR. 

I know for sure that I will never ever have that moment,

( not until I quit my 9.6 hours day job) 

Well Baby, momma's not gonna give up yet!

So to more challenges with you, cheers!

More moments to capture and more determination to store.... 

getting giddy up every morning strollin with
his pretty equally adorable cousin Therese =)
ans just when you thought that you can keep up..
Climbing on the table when I was watching a TV program.
Ang Kulit!!!

Son, there will always be memories like this in my heart. 

In my mind and in my tired bod... It's quite tiring to try to keep you behaved and tamed.

But that is just what you are - a pretty little hyper active baby boy indeed!

Thanks for showing me the strength and perseverance i never knew i had in me.

Love lots,


New Year with a New Baby Routine

January 10, 2014

Ever since I've been a mom to Adi, I've had to go several routines most especially that I am a working mom.
I know I had to specially knowing for the fact that babies have that their baby routines and changes as they grow up.

Ah, the Joys and Joys of motherhood. =)

As of the moment, Adi sleeps very late, sleep transitions from 7 pm to now 11 pm.
I have to lull him to sleep and put him on my legs just for "lalong" what we usually do is like rocking him but instead of a rocking chair I use both of my legs and sway from left to right and vice versa. He's gone heavier since then and I had to endure a lot of back pains (as far as I could remember.)

His waking moments are about from 6 am to now 8 am, which brings to my attention that he is our live alarm clock, it's a bit funny since I wake up to him pinching my cheeks eyes or just slapping my face. He is still breastfed for at most already 1 year and 5 months already since Aug of 2012.

Going to the office early has been an option for me now. I know I had to move faster so I can make up for lost time and head to office before 10 am. So, what I do I take him up on watching this, Monster's University. I think I have seen this for the nth time already. haha! But it is fine, I loved it too just like my Adi does, too.


While he watches, ( a few meters away of course to protect his gentle eyes ), I hurry up and take my bath, change, prepare and head on to the office often skipping my breakfast just to be able to get early and knock off early so I can get to him, cuddle, play, breastfed, give him his vitamins and then watch Monster's Inc or Monster's University and the list goes on and on, whichever comes first.

I know that my life will never be the same again, that I don't get to read my fave novels often and spend more time being with friends. But, I will never trade it for anything. Being a mom is way cooler and tougher but what the heck it's pure fun. =) Just like what this quote from momcenter says:

who doesn't love being a mom?

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