I am a mother and a happy one. I’ve got four boys and had missed abortion three years ago. In each pregnancy, I’ve experienced difficulty and for the first trimester was under bed rest. I gave birth to my boys through normal delivery and should I’ve known the natural way of birthing, I might have opted for that.
Despite the pregnancy hardship, I consider my motherhood journey a happy one. Not because life has always been too generous and kind. Perhaps it’s because I am surrounded by mommies who are more than willing to lend a listening ear, share a bit of wisdom, and even laugh at my flaws and antics. They comfort me and make me understand that motherhood is both exciting and challenging, or it may be heartbreaking but heartwarming as well. And most especially, they remind me that motherhood is inspiring and fulfilling.
A mother is one of the greatest gifts from heaven. Her role in our family is so important that I believe no one could ever replace her. Beyond giving birth and life to her children, she nurtures and loves them and wishes all the best for her loved ones. She can be that selfless.
As a daughter, I have seen 30 plus Mother’s Days come and go. I have gifted my mom several flowers and made her dozens of cards. I gave her several bedsheets and anything she could use in her kitchen or bathroom. And on each occasion, she has always been grateful.
This Mother’s Day, I would like to gift her something just like her – a glistening diamond that even from afar, invites the curious to take a glimpse of its captivating charm. And once inside, anyone has become so attached that she wouldn’t want any other place than what she has just discovered.
I have four boys and they are all playful, outspoken most of the time, and sometimes hardheaded. On some occasions, I would lose patience. At times, I would just keep mum.
The quail eggs I was preparing one early morning taught me how to handle my children. It was only then when I’ve realized how a mother should think, act, and talk.
Ever since the good heaven sent us our Yael, this mother has become extra careful with her choices of home fragrances, fabric soap, and even dishwashing liquid. As much as possible, I would like my family – our little one especially- to use products that are safe and of course effective. Products with artificial scents and harsh chemicals are a no-no.
It was on our visit to the Baby Company Grand Baby Fair last January that I learned of a natural dish soap designed to be tough on germs but gentle on skin . Initially, I was hesitant to get as I have come to love our brand. But upon learning that this dish soap is gentle enough for use on a baby’s bottle and utensil, I told myself to give it to try. I brought home three bottles, each with distinct scents.
Oh, by the way, the product I’ve been telling you all along is CUSINA Natural Antibacterial Dishwashing Liquid.
My 10-year old son would always help his momi with the cooking or baking. He would do the batter for our pancakes and waffles, and would even blend the milk with other ingredients for our refrigerated cakes or pies. So when I learned that Brotzeit will be having a Junior Chef @ Work workshop for kids, I readily enlisted my boy. Brotzeit, by the way, is a restaurant just outside Shangri-la Mall and offers world-famous German beers and authentic bavarian cuisine.
That same day after the workshop, he relayed to me on our way home that it was one of his most memorable summer activities. This mother was all the happier to hear the good news.
Let me recount the fun activity for you. You might also want to enroll your kids at the Brotzeit Junior Chef @ Work.
Anecdotes from tots is a compilation of those fun moments with my Second son, then six years old.
ANECDOTES FROM TOTS ON AT AGE 6, HE WANTS TO BE A SOLDIER
Araw ng Kagitingan 2010
We visited a gun shop.
Second son: Are those for soldiers?
His father nodded.
Second son: May I try one?
At age six, second son is indeed serious about being a soldier.
Before we sleep, the boys and I used to gather in one bed then exchange fun stories or anything we would like to share. Sharing with you some of those bedtime talks with the boys.
12 February 2010
Though I had an emergency appendectomy, God turned that misfortune into a blessing. I got to spend more time with the kids. Our usual after-school activity would be coloring posters and books.
With overflowing posters neatly tucked inside a box, we then decided to display everything. This would even inspire the kids to draw more, color more, and enjoy art.
We converted the boy’s idle bedroom wall into an art wall. Posted are some of the kids’ colorful arts.
My boys so love SPAM that we always have a few stock in our pantry. And anytime I feel not cooking, I just open a can, heat over a low fire, then serve to my kids.
The boys love to eat them with fried eggs and rice, and it doesn’t matter what time of the day. Sometimes, I partner the SPAM with soup so as to add flavor to the dish.
This morning, though, I thought of cooking their favorite SPAM differently. And then I also prepared a brothy Picadillo to go with it.
The boys are all still sleeping and I can’t wait for them to wake up. Though just a simple meal, I am sure this morning will be a feast at the small house.
For the leftover SPAM, I cut them into tiny cubes then made my mother and husband a SPAM pita bread.
A happy morning, every one!
A compilation of some of my Big Bunso’s anecdotes when he was just about four years old.
THE SMALL PRESIDENT
April 5, 2010 / Monday at the big house.
News about GMA’s birthday celebration was on TV. Bunso asked, “why haven’t she aged yet?” With an encouraging smile, I told him, ” She’s already old, baby. She is just small. and she’s our president.”