It was only middle of 2016 but I’m already looking forward to the long Christmas vacation because this year has thrown so many curved balls on me and I really wanted an escape to all of those. Little did I know that I’m a target to a next huge surprise – the news of Baby#2 came and put me to an immediate isolation to the world around me – I was put on bed rest due to threatened miscarriage and was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). I was only given bathroom privileges, that’s it… that’s all I can do outside of bed. Imagine my distress – who will prepare food for us? I have a lot of never ending work at the office. Who will handle my tutees at the tutorial center? How are we going to do our homeschool routine? Who will wash the clothes, dishes and clean the toilet? How will I spend the coming holidays? I’m totally unprepared for this, I’ve never been sick or incapable of doing things on my own for more than three days (that is when I gave birth to our first child) and now I’m not even allowed to get my own water from the kitchen? I feel so pathetic.
Well at least we’re given unlimited internet connection at home from our office so I can do some essential work at home… so you might have seen me online most of the time… specially on Facebook because that’s the only part of the world that I see aside from the four corners of our bedroom. Aside from that, I’m so fortunate my boys were more than capable of taking care of themselves, the house, our small business, some of my work and most specially me (and the baby inside me)… they have no complaints and never get tired of assisting me and my needs. I love you two. 😉
I browsed thru most of the Halloween, All Saints Day and early Christmas celebrations that popped my newsfeed. Something I don’t usually do (I’m mostly unplugged), but what else can I do aside from sleeping eh? There I saw an invitation from the Mommy Bloggers Philippines (MBP) to members who were not able to join the Thanksgiving Christmas Party. They had to participate in the MBP Gift Swap where in you will have a chance to receive a gift from another mommy blogger (just like a simple exchange gift but more extravagant because there’s a chance to win prizes from wonderful sponsors). I immediately signed up, I thought that’s just perfect to set me on a festive holiday mood even though I’m just here at home (on bed I mean) and the chance to win delightful items our family also love and patronize.
While waiting for my gift to arrive, of course I sent my gift… it wasn’t that easy but I don’t want to dwell on that since she loved it and I felt great about what I gave her. I was sort of excited and nervous at the same time while thinking of what kind of gift would I receive from my gift swap partner. If I would be asked maybe I’ll ask for a lancet or blood glucose test strips perhaps because that’s what I really need at the moment or a huge bottle of laughter to cheer me up ‘till the year ends or till I’m allowed to get up and go out. Anyway, I know whatever gift I will receive I will like it and put it to a good use.
Finally the gift from Mommy Maan Laxa of joyfulmess.com was given to me, and it was The One Year Devotional – Worship the King book… I was so moved by her gift and the mere coincidence of her blog theme to my current condition, Messy but Joyful. Why do I keep looking at the messy inconvenience of not being able to go outside when I should be appreciating the joyful gift that is inside me? Why am I so focused on the mess this situation brought on my well planned and organized life and why not focus on the enormous blessing and huge joy this baby (that we’ve been praying for more than 3 years) has finally arrived? And why am I looking forward to messy vacation planning this holidays and not on the joyful moment I get to consciously spend with my boys and our baby#2? And why am I wishing for laughter now when I simply have a joyful life then, now and beyond? Oh this whole thing is a big blessing to me and my sanity. Thank you again Mommy Maan for the gift of increasing my devotion in time when I really need it the most, to Mommy Bloggers Philippines for the gift of community and for organizing MBP Gift Swap activity, it was such a wonderful activity that we’ll truly remember and to the generous and superb sponsors (Contadina, Tupperware, Lorenzana Lorins Patis and Lorins Bagoong Alamang Guisado, myphone watch, Villa Del Conte chocolates, Arla, Poetry Magnets) of this program for the tremendous support. Again, Thank you.
Happy Gift Swaping Everyone.