Our baby is one-year old today. Although each day, particularly the more trying ones, seems long, the year was indeed short. I can’t believe that it’s been a year already…from that period of so much impatience…emotions were high not only because of what we’ve been through in our ventures but also because of two false alarms that just made our anticipation for her more intense. God must’ve really been testing our patience by putting us in a situation that we just had to learn to accept the things that we have no control over.

One of the reasons for traveling to Luzon is to have Nadine baptized and to present her to relatives and friends in Laguna. This happened on Palm Sunday, March 28 at Immaculate Conception Parish, Los Banos, Laguna.

The reception was held at Kamayan Sa Palaisdaan in Bay, Laguna to celebrate both her christening and first birthday.  Everyone enjoyed her chocolate cake from Mer-nel's, the most popular bakeshop in the Los Banos area.  More photos are in our travel blog.

It was an opportunity to reestablished ties and friendships. In choosing godparents for our kids, we have at least one pair who are relatives (brother, sister or cousin) and two to three pairs who are close friends. For Nadine, we vouched for friends from our college years.

Our first two kids had nice invitations as memorabilia, while Zeki had seedlings of fruit trees as giveaways. Nadine has these lovely key chains as souvenirs custom-made by one of her ninangs, Christine Joy.

Note: You may email us at phen009[at]gmail[dot]com if you’re interested in these custom-made key chains that you can use as giveaways for any occasions.

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About Us (circa 2009)

Our journey led us to this place. A little more than 10 years ago we began our journey as husband and wife. Three years later, we found ourselves with two bundles of joy- a daughter and then a son. They're the children we've dreamed of having.

About five years since the birth of our son, an unexpected gift came- a younger brother to our school-age kids. And soon enough, a baby girl arrived to round the family membership.

Brave was a term used by a friend to describe us. Challenging... and loving it -- yeah, this journey is not for the faint of heart.