it’s not what is served on the table, but who you’re eating with;
it’s not the marble, the glass, the linen, but who’s in it;
it’s not the space and time, not the world either
it’s the child’s embrace, the genuine laughter
it’s the one who stands waiting on the door
the one who thinks you’re enough
the reason, the inspiration… nothing more.
– liz.v –

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it’s not what is served on the table, but who you’re eating with;
it’s not the marble, the glass, the linen, but who’s in it;
it’s not the space and time, not the world either
it’s the child’s embrace, the genuine laughter
it’s the one who stands waiting on the door
the one who thinks you’re enough
the reason, the inspiration… nothing more.
– liz.v –

it’s not what is served on the table, but who you’re eating with;
it’s not the marble, the glass, the linen, but who’s in it;
it’s not the space and time, not the world either
it’s the child’s embrace, the genuine laughter
it’s the one who stands waiting on the door
the one who thinks you’re enough
the reason, the inspiration… nothing more.
– liz.v –

win or lose

What if gaining something means losing too   Getting what you want but losing what is dear     Solving the puzzle but missing the clue     Living the dream yet anxious of truth   Familiar to the world but stranger in your own home Happiness and pleasure in exchange of faith   What if finding […]

What Makes a Team : The Outreach Story

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Trying to come up with a way to celebrate SR’s 1st year anniversary, ourTeam Leader suggested having an outreach program for the special children at Elsie Gaches. These children vary from having developmental delays that catch up quickly or remain stagnant; mild learning disabilities to profound mental retardation; food allergies, terminal illness; occasional panic attacks to a more serious psychiatric problem. Some of these kids might need medicine, therapy or extra help in mobility, but most of all they surely need extra care and love.

Scheduled March 16, 2013, everybody agreed to pursue this mission despite the fact that these won’t be an easy task. The plan was laid, but will everybody cooperate? Working on a team can normally prove very challenging, with all of the variations in personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. The development of any organization requires opinions of the team members and to listen openly and selflessly…believing that their voices will bring about the right strategy for any given situation.

This will be a feeding program accompanied by parlor games and presentation. Accumulated toys and clothes were also donated. It was an impromptu activity since the availability of the Mascot, who’s supposed to lead the party, was hindered by conflicting schedules. Bound by faith that the show must go on, every team member agreed to contribute, showcasing their individual talents. The floor was filled with laughter…and tears, as they sing, dance and act.

After serving the food, the program was concluded with a song “if we hold on together”, taking each other’s hands and encircling the kids with a tune full of love. The look of gratitude and happiness on the faces of these children are enough to let us know we’re making a difference. We made it, not because we’re good, but because we did it as a TEAM.

There’s no better way to celebrate SR’s 1st Anniversary than to work side by side with your colleagues…experiencing the value of teamwork and equality that no matter what the circumstances may be, we all deserve to be loved and accepted… the “Outreach story”.

“Puzzles That Fit”

  • After years of marriage, going through life’s unique challenges and difficulties, the more we realized that we are the missing piece to each others’ puzzle. Love would not give you an “all time” happiness. It’s entwined with pain and tears, suffering, and even fear. Life gave us challenges that seem so hard to face and win. Our first born accumulated a disease that is non-responsive to medications, that even lab tests couldn’t figure out the cause. Every seizure attack is like a knife trusting into our hearts. Seeing our precious Luke jerking, whole body getting stiff, and turning blue, is more than we can carry, but cannot let go. Our continuous search for cure, people’s unfaltering criticisms, and financial restrictions have almost “totally” drained us. Though we are not into giving up, these situations led us to finally accept that God gave us Luke as a gift, a blessing, that all we need to do is love and cherish him, take care of him and accept him wholeheartedly in spite of his condition. That is what we are doing the moment he was conceived, and that would always be until our last breath. And maybe, even after we’re gone.  And then God gave us Zyrah, then Alexa. Another breath of hope, beauty and intelligence. We never ceased being thankful for all the joy these kids have brought into our lives. We still have cloudy days, but that doesn’t mean that life would soon be turning gray. It is not what we have on our table, but who we are eating with. I think if you have a family, you are rich after all. Through the years, we continue being who we are, keeping the love alive, dreaming good dreams for our beloved children, and trying every possible way to make them come true… in God’s grace and time…

“Puzzles That Fit”

After years of marriage, going through life’s unique challenges and difficulties, the more we realized that we are the missing piece to each others’ puzzle. Love would not give you an “all time” happiness. It’s entwined with pain and tears, suffering, and even fear. Life gave us challenges that seem so hard to face and win. Our first born accumulated a disease that is non-responsive to medications, that even lab tests couldn’t figure out the cause. Every seizure attack is like a knife trusting into our hearts. Seeing our precious Luke jerking, whole body getting stiff, and turning blue, is more than we can carry, but cannot let go. Our continuous search for cure, people’s unfaltering criticisms, and financial restrictions have almost “totally” drained us. Though we are not into giving up, these situations led us to finally accept that God gave us Luke as a gift, a blessing, that all we need to do is love and cherish him, take care of him and accept him wholeheartedly in spite of his condition. That is what we are doing the moment he was conceived, and that would always be until our last breath. And maybe, even after we’re gone.  And then God gave us Zyrah, then Alexa. Another breath of hope, beauty and intelligence. We never ceased being thankful for all the joy these kids have brought into our lives. We still have cloudy days, but that doesn’t mean that life would soon be turning gray. It is not what we have on our table, but who we are eating with. I think if you have a family, you are rich after all. Through the years, we continue being who we are, keeping the love alive, dreaming good dreams for our beloved children, and trying every possible way to make them come true… in God’s grace and time…