The boys love my usual sweet spaghetti – the same spaghetti recipe I learned from my mother. Just recently, though, I tried a different way of cooking our favorite pasta. It’s what my Firstborn describes as Italian style. And he loves it. His four other brothers like it, too.
I never walked down the Church aisle. I didn’t wear a fab white gown 16 years ago when I wed my husband. A judge officiated our wedding instead. It was a quick exchange of I Dos. I don’t even have that women’s wedding bands; we just bought a piece of ring in a nearby pawnshop and used my ring to seal our union.
The Promise of a Church Wedding
One time, the husband told me in a matter of fact tone that we will someday wed in a church. Not in the near future but it will come. Which made me revisit my marriage and reevaluate our relationship.
Revisiting My Marriage
My marriage with my husband gave me the opportunity to be selfless and give my time and self to him and our children. The union isn’t at all physical but more on an emotional bond. A sense of fulfillment is met in every exchange of kisses and hugs, done household chores, and dreams met.
The Higher Purpose of Life
The mention of a wedding somehow made me smile and look forward to that day. More than finally wearing even simple wedding bands, the promise of marriage brings in a higher purpose to our life.
With finally swearing by in front of God and being officiated by a priest, the marriage seems to be more geared towards the family’s goal. Because first and foremost, the union isn’t just about each other’s wants and needs but the family’s. That everything we do and will do should be for and because of love. With God as the center, I believe more respect, understanding, and compassion will be present among us.
Wedding Bands from Jeulia
The thought of holy matrimony made me check on some websites offering silver wedding bands. And one site I love the most is Jeulia. They offer the simplest to the most extravagant silver wedding bands there is. Each has its own nice sparkle and shows the high-quality craftsmanship. No doubt wearing any of them merits plenty of compliments from friends and even acquaintances.
Which made me realize that though already old and pretending to be wise, I still look forward to my own church wedding. More than walking down the aisle, wearing a gown, and exchanging wedding bands, this mother is excited to see her boys ‘ smile and perhaps shed a few happy tears. That despite the family struggles and misunderstanding, their parents still look forward to growing old with each other and sealing it with a union in front of the Almighty God.
A good night’s sleep is essential just like eating and exercising. Sadly, many haven’t seen its importance.
I, for one, sleep less. I always sacrifice quality sleep over tons of household and online work. The adverse effect of sleep deprivation is so serious that it can interfere with my concentration, productivity, and performance.
Momi Chooses Barlico, the Healthy Brew
This mother was introduced to coffee when she worked at a public relations firm. Meeting clients and deadlines, and burning the midnight oil for the next day’s presentation pushed her to try and love coffee. Until she stopped when she became pregnant, started to breastfeed, and learned caffeinated beverages could trigger her bile reflux.
How often have you become indecisive, not too sure of the next step to take? Life is like that to us. It usually puts us to the test, pushing us to choose and balance the good and bad that comes with each decision. Sometimes, we let our gut feelings decide for us and at times, too, we can’t make up our mind that we allow others to influence us.
What was medicine like before modern times? My grandmother used to tell me stories that during their time, she would get some herbs by the backyard to use as a soothing ointment or healing drink. I may say I was able to experience that kind of healing, too.
I’ve got an old sticker book when I was a kid. My mom would always bring me to National Book Store Cubao branch so I could buy stickers and complete my Panini Dinosaur Sticker Collection Book. I carried that love for sticker collection until college. I remember that when time permits, my then boyfriend (now husband) would accompany me at National Book Store Ermita branch because it was there we find Panini stickers.
In our household, we always do grocery shopping as a family. I mean, though the boys are all acting grown up, they still join their parents in visiting our favorite warehouse or supermarket. They have their brands, and they also know what their family loves. Thus, on our trips to the supermarket, it is not just about crossing items off our list – it’s about recognizing and respecting what the family loves.
This may not be a beautiful read for some, but this is something – I believe – a practical guide to consider. It is inevitable. Death will happen, and it is prudent to be at least ready when the time comes.
I was pregnant six times. And six times, too, my doctor reminded me to have my daily dose of nutrients especially potassium and folate. These two are vital for a mom-to-be in supplying the nutrition she needs during her pregnancy.