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2010 Christmas Letter

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Jojang & Matt

Dear Family and Friends,

It was a stormy day. In fact, the fog was out almost the whole day. People were advised to stay home.   We both chose to follow.

Matt tinkered on his computer, while I busied myself pottering around the house. Matt donned a long sleeve shirt and jogging pants. I, on the other hand, was wearing a pair of shorts and a loose t-shirt. I put the fan “on” yet in spite of the storm and efforts to cool myself, it still felt hot! If you are thinking what I’m thinking… yup, you’re right. Hot flushes! I turned fifty last March.

When I was a little girl, I thought that people who were fifty years old were ancient. Now that I have reached this age, I realize we’re not. In fact, we can be hip. And life can still be exciting.

Anyway, this is our usual year-end Christmas letter. Like, I said earlier, this year I turned fifty! As I look back on my fifty years in existence, I cannot help but see that the Lord has really been good to us. Amidst the trials and vicissitudes of life, He has always been with us. Guiding and loving us, every step of the way.

Matthew, on the other hand, struggled with his health especially during the first three quarters of the year. Having been hospitalized three times this year. Last July, Matthew and I stayed for three weeks in Manila. He remembered his grandparents that used to bring him to Manila (or Pampanga) whenever he would have very bad asthma attacks. And true enough, his health significantly improved. We were sure that warm weather helped (the Doctor said that oxygen is thin at high altitudes and thick at low altitudes).  But the very clean environment was surely a major factor too. We stayed at my friend’s place – thanks to Dave and Wawi Dellosa and family for the hospitality, generosity, warmth and loving kindness – where Matthew’s health improved by leaps and bounds. There, he was able to take strolls and even go to Mega mall. Something he has not done in years.

As the year ends, we look forward to the year ahead with hope in our hearts. We place our life in God’s hand. He has always been taking care and providing for our needs. And we believe that He will always continue to do so.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Grace Filled New Year ahead!


Written by MattAndJojang

December 12, 2010 at 10:37 am

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  1. What a lovely photo of you both, and what a lovely Christmas letter, Jojang.

    I’m just smiling. At 64, 50 sounds pretty darned young – but trust me on this. I feel as young at 64 as I did at 50.

    I hope the coming year is a good one for you. Best wishes for even better health, happiness for those you love and increased faith. We’ll hope for greater peace in the world, too!

    Merry Christmas!


    December 16, 2010 at 7:46 am

  2. Thank you, Linda.

    Yes, we’re really hopeful for the coming year, especially for Matt’s health. This is his best year as far as his health is concerned since his asthma recurred 8 years ago. We are really hopeful that his health will still improve next year.

    We pray that you and your family will have a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year!

    – Matt & Jojang


    December 16, 2010 at 9:43 am



    December 23, 2010 at 4:53 am

  4. Hi, Joey and Em! Good to hear from you. We also miss you both. Yes, we’re looking forward to seeing you both again… We’re also happy that Tito Fidel seems to be better. We’ll continue to pray for his full recovery. God bless you both!

    – Matt & Jojang


    December 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

  5. Hi Matt and Jojang!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!! What a beautiful letter. Miss you….take care and God Bless….Please pray for our family.

    Tita Sonie and Tito Freddy

    TitoFreddy and TitaSonie

    December 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm

  6. Hi, Tito Freddie and Tita Sonie! We hope that Tito Freddie is recovering after his accidental fall. We will continue to pray for his full recovery… May you have a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year! God Bless…

    – Matt and Jojang


    December 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

  7. Hi Jojang, good to see your happy couple pic and read your year ender Christmas letter. First time for me to read this as you know we only recently found each other in Joy G’s Facebook! Of course, magkakabatch tayo so we all turned golden this year so I feel for you as well, HA HA! As for Matt and his bad asthma, allergies and asthma are my line so I can’t help but ask what are his meds? Perhaps, I can help? Next time when you’re in Manila, do drop by the clinic TMC MAT 802, 634-1327. Have a Healthy and Prosperous 2011! God bless!

    Bambi A Kasala

    December 30, 2010 at 7:50 am

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