A new home.

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I am praying from the bottom of my heart, wishing, hoping, calling on all the saints and angels up in heaven that we be able to find a new home, move into it, before this year ends.

We just want a quiet and safe neighborhood. I am praying we find good, considerate neighbors. I am praying that the new home we will move into is a place we can all grow old in.

And a place where my nephew, and future other nephews and nieces, will be safe to roam around and play at.

A father’s heartbreak.

Have you read about the arrest of Jackie Chan‘s son on possession of prohibited substance? It happened just yesterday, if I am not mistaken. Jackie’s son, Jaycee, along with a friend who is a Chinese actor, were caught with marijuana in their possession. As soon as he could, Jackie issued a statement regarding the matter. He said that as a public person, he is ashamed over what happened. As a father, he is heartbroken.

It just broke my heart reading that statement. I do believe that a parent can only do so much for his/her child. A father, as in the case of Jackie, can be there for his child every step of the way but it is still ultimately the decision of his child what he does with his life. I know this for a fact because I’ve seen this happen to people I know personally. We had a neighbor, an old woman, with a bunch of sons who were drunkards. You know, the old woman was a very kind person who was a disciplinarian and who didn’t tolerate her sons’ foolish ways. But see how they grew up? Trouble makers, the lot of them! Drunkards, trouble makers, and good-for-nothing husbands and fathers! So, where did the old woman went wrong in bringing up her kids? I don’t think she was at fault. It was her sons’ decisions to become who they are now.

It’s the same thing with Jackie’s son. He is an anti-drug czar so you can only imagine the shame his son’s arrest brought him.

I do wish every one of us will think a million times before doing anything that we know will not only affect us but also our parents and every one around us.

Kitchen reno on hold.

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I am sad that our plan to renovate our kitchen is now put on hold. Some important things took place and what I was setting aside to fund the kitchen reno was used to pay for those things. I thought I could get the kitchen in order before the end of this month but I have to start saving up again first before proceeding with anything.

I am not dreaming of a grand kitchen. I just want a really organized one with more kitchen counter, cabinets, and storage for other supplies. I want a more secure mobile pantry. And I want a stove that is safer than the one we have now.

I am also thinking of what I can do with the lighting system. Right now, we have our kitchen lights on 24/7. I don’t want that in my newly renovated kitchen anymore!

I hope the kitchen reno will proceed by the last week of August.

*keeping my fingers crossed

Options.

My aunt was telling me about preparing for her old age, for that time when she can no longer take care of herself. She doesn’t want to rely on her children as she doesn’t want to become a burden to anybody when that time comes. I asked her how she’s preparing for it and she told me that she is looking into a assisted-living facility as well as her very own retirement home.

She got the idea when she came upon http://www.eldermark.com online. She checked it out and it reminded her of her goal not to be a burden to her love ones in her old age. She also told her husband about it and he agreed that they should prepare for their old age as early as today.

Options. That’s what they want to have when that time comes.

Breakfast at home.

breakfast nook

Experts say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I agree. If you eat well in the morning, it will fuel your whole body throughout the day.

But let me tell you something about our family… we are not big breakfast eaters! My parents, my siblings and I are used to just something hot to drink in the morning, maybe a toast or a biscuit, and that’s it. Some of us, one of my sisters and I, even eat come lunch already.

If we do have a breakfast nook just like the one above, maybe we will be more inspired to eat in the morning. Ha! Ha!

And healthy pets.

Well, if you are a pet owner, you know that one of your responsibilities is to make sure that your pets are healthy. You need to ensure that your pet is well-taken care of. Get the best dog dewormer. Make sure your dog has complete vaccine shots on time. Get your pet vitamins. Make sure that it is treated well.

We have those kind of dogs at home. Healthy pets that we treat like members of the family already. Our dogs are well-loved and taken care of. You can see it right away when you see them personally. They live in our home and can roam the house freely.

Sunlight streaming in…

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dining

workstation

Obviously, I love a house with sunlight streaming in almost every room in it. Aside from the fact that it will save me a lot of money on electricity costs, sunlight inside the house also symbolizes positivity for me. Sunlight streaming in can mean blessings pouring into the lives of the persons living in the house.

I would love to have a house like this. We used to have one but with the development of the neighborhood, houses surrounding ours grew taller thereby blocking the sunlight that used to stream inside our house.

Soon, though…

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