Momi Berlin and her little 20-month-old son read the story of the Lion and the Fox. Very timely that a recent incident similar to the Lion and Fox’s story happened at the small house.
For today’s story, I read to my 20-month-old son the story of The Goat and the Goatherd. After reading the Aesop’s Fable, I made this entry straight away. A similar incident happened two days ago which my boys need to understand and learn something from.
The Goat and the Goatherd
A Goat strayed away from the flock, tempted by a patch of clover. The Goatherd tried to call it back but in vain. It would not obey him. Then he picked up a stone and threw it, breaking the Goat’s horn.
The Goatherd was frightened.
“Do not tell the master,” he begged the Goat.
“No,” said the Goat, “that broken horn can speak for itself!”
The Car and the Firstborn
I am 27 weeks pregnant and I plan to have a water birth at Shiphrah Birthing Home. A birthing place in Taytay Rizal, Shiphrah Birthing Home is run by missionaries and midwives. Their goal is to help empower pregnant women and guide them to make informed choices.
At first, I opt for a water birth at Shiphrah because I would want to be practical and save our family from the high hospitalization cost. As I compute it, we will be needing more or less P100,000 for my normal vaginal delivery. At Shiphrah, we will not even pay half or one-fourth of my estimated birthing cost. And as I read more about water birth, the more I am encouraged to experience a more mother-focused birth. This means it would be I who direct my labor and birth with the help of welcoming midwives. Plus, there will be no pain-relieving drugs or medical intervention during my labor which, I believe, is both beneficial to my baby and myself.
Sadly, though, my mother and husband are not in favor of my initial decision. This made me doubt my own choice and go back to the traditional way of childbirth – normal vaginal delivery.
Not until I met again and this time had an inspiring quick chat with Ms. Betty San Luis, CD. She is a certified doula and the main childbirth mentor of Birthing is a Blessing. Aside from conducting childbirth preparation classes, she is trained to assist a mother during childbirth giving the mom an empowering birthing experience. I saw her again at the recently concluded Smart Parenting Baby Shower in Crowne Plaza Manila Galeria.
Last Holy Week, my Second Son has been very busy. He serves as an acolyte in our parish and has gained a number of friends. Sometimes, his friends would go to the house to fetch him so they could go to church practices and meetings together.
My mother used to warn me of Second Son’s two new found friends. She described the two as “someone you should not trust.” They unlawfully occupy an unused land and claimed it as theirs. Their father has no decent job as well.
Last Thursday during the Washing of the Feet play at our parish, I noticed that Second Son’s two friends weren’t there. Then I learned from my mother that the two boys were kicked out from being sacristan. Their father went to the church one day and made a scene. Our parish priest did not like what happened and ordered the two not to attend anymore.
Second Son and his two friends
This reminded me of an incident before. Second son came from a church practice, and instead of going home, he went with his two friends to play basketball near their place. After the game, they let my boy go home alone without even giving him some water to quench his thirst. My son walked real far.
Yesterday, April 8, an earthquake hit Batangas province. The quake measured 5.9 on the Richer scale and was the second and strongest of three that occurred over a 20-minute period. No reported casualties, but the power was cut off in several areas, including in our place. We live in Quezon City.
Given this, Momi Berlin shares this helpful infographic on How to Prepare your Family for Earthquake. Also included is a list of important necessities one should put in his emergency bag.
How to prepare for earthquake
Earthquakes are inevitable. But the potential damage can be lessened. Preparation is essential to surviving a disaster. Start today than putting off until tomorrow what you can do today.
And stay safe.
My husband and I share the same vision. We love to see ourselves financially able in 10 to 15 years from now, and just enjoy our kids or perhaps grandchildren. Of course, we have already established that foundation that supports street children who do not have home and food for the night. It is our dream. We do not ask for gold and fame, but only what is enough for our family to enjoy and for others needing our help.
Thus, two years ago, I broke free from being tied up in the corporate world and followed what my heart desires – be with my boys. With husband only bringing food to our table, life has been hard. We made adjustments, and that includes our four children cooperating with the new system. While the head of the family works even beyond his usual 8 am to 6 pm, the mother takes care of the house and the boys and does a few writing gigs. The children, on the other hand, focus on their studies and help in the household chores.
Momi breaks free
I’ve found that true happiness can never be found in money. True happiness is a choice. If I wanted to be happy, I can choose to be happy whether I had the money or not.
– Don Soriano, Break Free