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2019 Christmas Letter

with 11 comments

Bamboos

In the garden
The tall bamboos are dancing
The sound of the wind.

ZenRetreat Collage.jpg

The year started with a joyful note for us when we were invited to join a retreat by the Bahay Dalangin Zen Community. There, we met with Sr. Sonia Punzalan, Matthew’s Zen Teacher, Fr. Momoy Borromeo, and the rest of the sangha. Matthew was given the chance to share with the group his Zen journey which was well received. During Mass, Fr. Momoy had a healing session and prayed over us… What a beautiful moment for us! Thank you Bahay Dalangin Zen Community for your warm welcome.

Holy Spirit Sisters-May2019

The next few months were challenging. We are grateful to the Holy Spirit Sisters who offered their place for us to live in. Thank you Sr. Linda, Sr. Marijo, Sr. Mahil and the rest of the community of Sisters and the staff!

Ricky and Corito

We are deeply grateful to our dear, dear friends – Ricky and Corito – who were an answered prayer at the time that we so desperately needed it.

Your home, The Cabana, is so beautiful with a lush garden that makes it conducive for prayer and meditation. By the way, the Haiku posted at the beginning of this letter was composed by Matthew in a moment of inspiration in this marvelous home.

We would also like to thank Ronnie and Jimmy who took the time and effort to help us fix up the place.

NotreDame-Oct2019

Last October, I rushed Matthew to the hospital where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. The sun-less and continuous stormy weather during the months before that, took its toll on his health. Thank God he was brought just in time and recovered quite well. Thank you so much Dra. Chona for always taking care of us.

Manila Trip Collage

Sometime November, I was able to visit Manila to see family and friends. It was a short but hectic trip. My love tank is full ! Thank you everyone for taking time for me.

Visitors Collage 2

During the year, Matthew and I had visitors. Thank you for cheering us up and brightening our lives!

Finally, we cannot end this letter without mentioning our blog. Now on its eleventh year, we have grown to have 368 followers and have surpassed the half a million hits at 520,269 views. As our cyber community continues to grow, we never expected this blog to touch so many people. Thank you for allowing us to share our lives with you.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and May you have abundant blessings for the coming New Year.”

— Matthew and Jojang

11 Responses

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  1. You’ve had quite a full year. I’m grateful to read of Matthew’s recovery, and glad you had such support. I’m still in the middle of a move, and while everything has been transferred to my new home, the unpacking will take some time. Still, I’m grateful for finding a spot that I think will be very good for me. Best wishes for the upcoming year! I hope it’s a healthy and happy one for you both!

    shoreacres

    December 5, 2019 at 11:05 am

  2. Hi, Linda!

    Yes, this year was quite an eventful one. It was a challenging one, but also full of blessings. We didn’t have a home for a few months. Thankfully, friends provided us with a temporary shelter. Eventually, we were able to find a more or less permanent home, thanks, too, to the kindness and generosity of friends. We also had a scare when I contracted pneumonia during the latter part of the year. We are grateful that I was able to recover.

    Hopefully, our life will move on a much more even keel next year.

    We wish you and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year!

    Blessings,
    Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 6, 2019 at 3:54 pm

  3. Thank You for sharing your year with us and the precious gifts of the twinkles of your life. Your blog is a little peaceful shining star here. That I think adds to the brightness of the Star of the Season. Have a Blessed Christmas time and a revealing New Year!

    God Bless,

    Christopher

    Christopher

    December 9, 2019 at 1:08 am

  4. Hi, Christopher!

    Thank you for your kind words. This year was quite challenging for I and my wife, Jojang. Through it all, though, we always felt God’s presence, especially through the kindness and generosity of friends. Grateful that we are indeed blessed.

    We wish you, too, a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year!

    Blessings,
    Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 9, 2019 at 10:58 am

  5. You are so blessed to eventually (after all the waiting and uncertainty) end up with such a beautiful garden-home, Matt and Jojang !! You have your earthly angels who have brought all these goodies — your new home, your starting and continuing with your zen meditation, an endless flow of friends and family who seek you out and visit you wherever you are (even as far as Dontagan !) and of course, those angels who help bring you back to good health. May your blessings continue in the coming years. God loves you both.

    Genie Abiad

    December 10, 2019 at 5:19 pm

  6. Hi, Ate Genie!

    Indeed, God is good! Although this year has been quite challenging for us, God’s blessings has more than compensated the difficulties that we went through. He has blessed us with friends, who have been there for us, especially when we needed them. Yes, we are so grateful for this beautiful place – this piece of heaven that we are blessed with. Truly, God’s love and providence has never failed us.

    May you, too, have a Blessed Christmas and a Grace-Filled New Year!

    Blessings,
    Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 10, 2019 at 5:46 pm

  7. Dearest tito Matt & tita Jojang,
    Thank you for sharing your 2019 life journey. How inspiring to see God’s immense love for both of you no matter what challenges you face. May God continue to bless you with good health, love and joy in your hearts.
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Love,
    Annie

    Annie Lugay

    December 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm

  8. Dearest tito Matt & tita Jojang,
    Thank you for sharing your 2019 life journey. How inspiring to see God’s immense love for both of you no matter what challenges you face. May God continue to bless you with good health, love and joy in your hearts.
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Love,
    Annie

    Annie Lugay

    December 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm

  9. Hi, Annie!

    You’re welcome.

    God is good! He is faithful. And His providence and love never fails us.

    A Blessed Christmas, too, to you!

    Blessings,
    Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 14, 2019 at 8:52 am

  10. Hi Jojang and Matthew. Jojang, it was such a pleasant surprise to have seen you in our short get-together this year. Thank you for dropping by.
    It’s such a blessing to see and read how God has protected and cared for both of you all throughout these years. May He bless you more in the coming years!
    A truly blessing-filled Christmas to you both!
    Vivian R.

    Vivian R

    December 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

  11. Hi Vivian,

    I enjoyed our time together as well, only how I wish it was longer. Time flies so fast… Indeed, the Lord is good and he works in amazing ways beyond our imagination…

    May the good Lord bless you, especially your Mom, with good health and may He work wonders in your life too beyond your imagination. Hope to see you soon sometime…

    Blessings,

    Matthew and Jojang

    MattAndJojang

    December 20, 2019 at 8:32 am


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