People may judge you in a glance without knowing the road you’ve been through. May throw you deep inquiring stares… you don’t have to answer every question. If they couldn’t understand, they don’t deserve you. Smile and continue walking, you have your own life to live. Straighten the road you’ve chosen. Get up if you slipped. Live your life well and let them stare once more! ~ enjoyingthefamilylife
Before, I don’t know how to express my feelings in words. As far as I remember, I don’t often say “I love you” or “Take care” aloud. I guess I thought showing it in action is already enough. However, I have known the importance of it when I met my husband. He is an expressive person. He always says “I love you” whenever he has the chance to. He says the word when we’re sitting on the couch, eating a meal, before going to sleep and right after waking up in the morning. Before, I don’t respond to this statements as often as he says it but eventually, I got used to it, have felt the pleasure of the words and respond with the same words every time I hear it. Now, I always say I love you to my daughter and to my other half as often as I have the chance to. I realized that it greatly adds to the value of how you are feeling towards the person or how much you value the person. If you do show your love and care in action, the words emphasize and confirm it. It eliminates doubts and confusions. It gives that person being addressed an assurance that the things you do, mean the same with the things you said. It also gives the feeling of release and relief for being able to say to the person what you dearly feel about him or her.
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We had a party for my baby’s 1st birthday today and it was a long day. Since we’ve been hard saving these past few weeks but still had budgeted funds for this occasion, I’m proud for my husband and I that we’d managed the day without any embarrassment. I helped for the food preparation with our cousin, as the official cook. I did most of the shopping and organizing. I’m also glad that my husband did his share by doing the chicken barbecues and ensuring the availability of the finger foods.
It was not much of a fancy party but relatives and close friends came and had fun eating and chatting. We are grateful that they celebrated this special day with us. Pictures were taken with mostly have my baby frowning on it. I think she’s confused with all the fuzz and the people. I managed to carry her on my hip most of the day while entertaining the guests. I just want this day to be memorable to us as family. This moment, this party, may just be an ordinary one for most people but someday, I know it would be a big part of my daughter’s past. She will have signs of us celebrating this special day of her life and special moment of our parents’ lives. I could look at the photos someday and reminisce this first birthday of my first daughter. How we truly made the effort to make this day especial to us.
One of the many lessons I’ve learned from past experiences, is to celebrate every occasion like birthdays, family holidays, special events, even just with little food or gifts or plain dating out. This event how little it maybe will be remembered and appreciated as part of caring for the person and keeping the good relationship towards each other.
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My baby’s turning one year old this coming December 7th. She’s growing so fast now, from a crying baby to babbling baby and soon to be a talking child 🙂
So far here are her preferences or favorite stuff:
- Cartoon show: Sesame street
- Cartoon characters : Elmo & Abby
- Fruit: Banana
- Meal: Cooked rice with smashed egg and squash
- Skill: Shouting and dancing
- Game: Drop n’ Pick , Paper-tearing
- Word: “hindi”
- Pet: Cat/s
- Pacifier: Outdoor strolling
These are few of the moments I’ve happened to capture within the first year:
Gillian @ 7 months
Smiling Gillian @ 5 months