Time check is 12:40 AM, March 20th, Monday. I just got off the phone with Dane. We had a little "tampuhan" and I'm happy it's finally settled. We talked for about an hour and now he's prepping to go back to work. The weekend so busy for all of us. As I write this, I recall what we did during the weekend.
I like to start with what happened last Friday. I was with Nate and my sister, Ashiel in the Philippine Heart Center to visit our missionaries. A baby named Rowen Heath is currently confined there because of a congenital heart disease. The doctors performed a surgery last Thursday and he is now recovering. He is one (1) week old.
Three things about this occurrence: the strength that baby Rowen's family is showing is unimaginable. They have stayed strong despite this very challenging time. Second, the power of prayer. Everyone is praying for baby Rowen and is waiting for an update online all the time. The surgery that was expected to last for 12 hrs only lasted for about 8 hrs - I believe that is not luck, it is the power of God and the prayers of our co-believers. Third, life is too short - it can be taken away from us anytime. So we should try to make the most out of it.
Smart Parenting mom workshop
The day after that, as much as I'd love to visit the Heath family, I could not because I have already made a promise to attend the Smart Parenting workshop. Not that I was forced to join because I really had a great time, but I wish I could go to 2 places at the same time, you know? :)
At the workshop, I learned about taming toddler tantrums. I'm happy I tagged Nate and my sister along. I'm happy to meet the other mommy bloggers during the event too. I was with Reylen, Lally, Berlin, Neri and Michelle (whom I met for the first time). I will talk about this more in a separate post.
Baby Rowen's dad, Robby and his grandpa, Ptr. Ben Anderson (our International Director for Things to Come Mission, Inc.) worshiped with us in the church today and everyone was a happy camper. Rob preached about the importance of working together as a team to do the work of the Lord. And for someone who has a son currently confined at the hospital, I don't know if I can still preach an encouraging message like that! But Rob did, and we praise God for his life.
I went home tired and exhausted since I woke up at 4 am to review the lesson that I would teach the Young People during our Sunday School. Then we brought a lot of stuff home since we bought stuff in the market. I had a mild headache when I was in the tricycle so I slept immediately when we got home. I woke up at around 9:30 PM and talked to Dane.
These are the things running through my mind now. And over the weekend, I learned was reminded of so many life lessons:
-prayer is powerful.
-there are still genuine people who are willing to help.
-dealing with a toddler is not easy but is fulfilling.
-there's no 'one man work' in the ministry. Teamwork plays a very important role.
-confront any issues with your spouse.
-forgive and remind each other of your love again.
That is it for now. Time check is 1:10 AM.