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2014 in Review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 57,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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January 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

Christmas Letter 2014

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Jojang and Matt

Jojang and Matt

Dear Family and Friends,

Waiting is a mystery, a natural sacrament of life. There is a meaning hidden in all the times we have to wait. It must be an important mystery because there is so much waiting in our lives.

–Fr. James F. Donelan, SJ

“Mama, please help me find a spot in the house where I can pray?” Matthew asked me one morning.

Surprised, I said, “Okay.”

The request was music to my ears because it was a healthy sign that Matthew is well enough to be able to practice what he loves most – meditation and contemplative prayer.

Gone are the days when our days, weeks and months are measured by the number of times he is rushed to the hospital. Gone are the days when a foul smell is enough to trigger an asthma attack.

Indeed, waiting is a sacrament because the last time Matthew was able to sit, meditate and pray was twelve years ago…

Thank you, Lord. You are so good!

Although Matthew has not fully regained his old health back, nowadays when he is not feeling well, we already know what to do and shortly after he is able to recover and bounce back. Of course, we still need to be careful, and avoid situations and places that may trigger him. But we have gone a long way off from before. Slowly but surely, we hope that he becomes even stronger than when he was before.

We would like to thank Dra. Chona who patiently and lovingly took care of us throughout all these years. You are God’s angel for us.

Lastly, we cannot end this letter without mentioning our blog. Now on its sixth year, we have 230+ followers and have reached 249,500+ hits; a wonderful reaffirmation that we must be doing something good and reaching out to so many people. We appreciate our cyber friends who regularly keep in touch. And even those that drop by once in a while.

Let me end this letter with a Christmas Prayer (not my own). It echoes what we have in our hearts….

Christmas Prayer

Meister Eckhart once said:

What good is it that Christ was born 2,000 years ago if he is not born now in your heart?

Lord, we do far too much celebrating your actual coming into our hearts. I believe in God, but do I believe in God-in-me? I believe in God in heaven, but do I believe in God-on-earth? I believe in God out there, but do I believe in God-with-us?

Lord, be born in my heart. Come alive in me this Christmas! Amen.

We pray that Christ will be alive for you this Christmas and all throughout the New Year ahead.

 

Matthew and Jojang

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December 8, 2014 at 11:59 am

2013 In Review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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January 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

2012 In Review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 48,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

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January 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Christmas Letter for 2012

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Jojang and Matt

Jojang and Matt

Dear Family and Friends,

“Life has beauty and a joy that transcends all the darkness that surrounds us, that something ineffable lives beyond the ordinary affairs of the day, and that without this mystery our lives would not be worth living.”

~Kent Nerbern

The year just past is an eventful one for Matthew and I. We experienced highs and lows which I guess is part of the tapestry of life.

My sister and her daughter came to the Philippines and even went up to Baguio. The last time they were here was ten years ago. They were part of my wedding entourage with my sister as my godparent and my niece as my flower girl. Now aged 16, Catherine has grown to be a witty, intelligent and beautiful woman. She also loves to speak in Tagalog 🙂

With God’s grace, Matthew’s health continues to improve. He may have experienced a few episodes but then he is able to bounce back right away. I, on the other hand, just got out of the hospital a few days ago. I had acute gastroenteritis and was so dehydrated, so much so that Matthew had to rush me to emergency. After 2 days of confinement, I’m back home and still recuperating.

This year an endeared friend, Joy Gallardo, passed away at age 52. She was my boss and my confidant. She made sure that she was present in the most important events of my life — she attended my wedding, visited Matthew in the hospital ten years ago, would always make sure that we go out for dinner or lunch whenever I was in Manila. I miss her so much.

We look forward to the year ahead with hope in our hearts. Starting next year, I will be working again with the travel agency where Matthew and I met. It is a sort of homecoming and I am so excited with what lies ahead. God has always been good to us. He has provided for our needs and we know He always will.

On a last note, this blog has reached more than 150,000+ hits with 47 followers… something that really excites both of us. Thank you to everyone who took time to visit and read our posts, made comments,  we hope you will continue to do so.

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

~ Jojang

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December 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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.

~Jojang

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December 12, 2011 at 10:59 am