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Christmas Letter for 2011

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Matt And Jojang

Dear Family and Friends,

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow…”

~ Melody Beattie

The cool breeze and the slight smell of pine brushes through my face as I contemplate with gratitude the year that is soon to end and welcome with open arms the new year that is to come.

To begin with, this is the first time in nine years – since we got married – that Matthew was never rushed nor brought to the hospital. Sure, there were times when we almost did, but because he has already gotten stronger, we weathered the storm.

The past months, God is providing for us through a project in Baguio that I am currently involved in. It is also the first time in nine years that I regularly report for work in an office.

Matthew has always been tech-y. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg communicating with relatives and friends through Facebook has made the world smaller for us. So don’t be surprised if you will notice that he has just posted a comment at your status and/or “like” it 🙂

This year end review will not be complete without mentioning this blog. We never expected it to have 100,000+ hits and 20 regular followers who have subscribed. It is a source of joy for us to know that we are reaching out to so many people.

All in all, I guess I can say it has been a halcyon year of sorts for Matthew and I. We can only thank God for making it so.

We look forward to the year ahead knowing that God is with us every step of the way.

May the good Lord bless you, our readers. May He make His face shine upon you and give you peace.



Written by MattAndJojang

December 12, 2011 at 10:59 am

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  1. Hi Matt and Jojang,
    You both look good! Was this photo taken recently? Indeed, the year has been very blessed for all of us — allowing us time to see you more than once this year…
    Thanks for the reminder that blessings from the Lord continue to shine on us, in all forms and colors. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Dennis and Tina


    December 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

  2. Amen!!! God is good all the time!!!


    December 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

  3. What a beautiful picture, Matt and Jojang ! The photo tells all the same things that you say in your Christmas letter — Matt is clearly in better health, Jojang is blooming from fulfillment from work and spiritual growth, and both are so closely bonded, strengthened by all the “hirap and ginhawa” you have weathered together. God is good !

    Let’s get together before Christmas, ha? Arrived in Baguio less than a week ago….

    Genie Abiad

    December 13, 2011 at 6:26 am

  4. matt and jojang,

    thank you for the holiday greetings and i wish you the same. the coming years will be challenging for me and my family as i continue to take care of my aging parents…..and jerlene-demi….my newest apo with down-syndrome.

    i will continue to follow your fb postings….regards and love to both.

    tita mut


    December 13, 2011 at 8:39 am

  5. Great news!
    A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both!
    God Bless you both for your good works.
    Core and Jack

    John Twomey

    December 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  6. Your sharing is very inspiring! You both look healthy and happy tita..Hope to see you this Christmas season… A blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to both of you!

    God bless!




    December 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

  7. I hardly can believe a year has gone by – so quickly! And it is a blessing, indeed, to know that it has been such a good year for you.

    Since I no longer participate in Facebook, I’ll look forward to keeping in touch with you here. God’s blessings on you during this holy season, and best wishes in work and health for the coming year!


    December 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

  8. It’s really been a good year for me , Linda. With the proper medication, food, rest, and physical therapy (which I started a few months ago) my health is improving.

    The year indeed has gone by so fast. In a few weeks time it will be the start of the year 2012. With God’s grace, I & Jojang are looking forward to a great year ahead of us.

    We wish you, too, and your family a blessed Christmas and a grace-filled New Year!



    December 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

  9. What a beautiful letter Jojang. A blessed Christmas to you and Matthew.


    December 24, 2011 at 8:32 am

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