Our Q’s spiritual milestones

October 2017

Our not-so-little Q, after months of begging us (and the priests in the parish we used to go to in the north of Cebu), finally said his first confession two months after he turned 8 years old. We were already back home and were attending mass one Wednesday afternoon when he finally did it. When the mass was over, DaddyO and I got into a conversation with some people we knew and we didn’t notice Q disappear. Apparently, he approached the priest who officiated the mass and asked if the priest could hear his confession. He happily reported back to us that the priest agreed. Trusting that we have taught him the catechism he needed at this age which hopefully prepared him for this sacrament, we gave him our approval. It was a very special day for us but more so for Q.

It was fascinating, amusing, heartwarming and beautiful to watch him (they didn’t go in a confessional anymore. The priest just had Q sit with him in one of the pews) willingly and happily talk to the priest and confess his sins. My eyes were a little tearful watching all this play out. So much faith in one so young. Knowing in his heart that despite all the wrongs that he has done in his young life, Jesus Christ, represented by the kind priest, has great mercy and love for him.  When he had finished praying and saying his penance, he came running back to us, happy and beaming.  ❤

 

Two months after his first confession, Q had his First Holy Communion with his fellow homeschoolers.

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I have no words for how thankful I am for all these gifts- the sacraments- that allow me and my family to feel Jesus’ presence in our lives and receive his grace.

The Flesh and Blood of Christ makes our souls strong with divine life. The power of the Holy Spirit grows inside till we are able to love one another as Christ has loved us. This is what He has commanded us to do when we eat at His table. – The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism

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Not your ordinary “spring cleaning”…

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a post! Could not wait to do so and document the recent happenings of our life. But before I do that, I still have some cleaning to do. 😀 Well, I have been cleaning and sorting for more than a month now. Our stint in the north of Cebu had come to an end and we came back to our home city first week of October. It’s already middle of November and I am still cleaning 😀 It’s not an easy task given that we have not really taken care of this home for the past two years or so as much as we would have liked because we were constantly away…and the poor house badly needs some tender loving care right now. Anyway, I’m just taking a break and HAD TO share a great article I came across yesterday. Its timing couldn’t have been more perfect. A big part of our sorting is the throwing away of not just old, broken or excess toys but also toys that simply do not belong in our domestic church.  So, here’s the wonderful article 🙂 It’s a great read! ❤

the little pooch and the little boy that could

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After 2 months of being apart, we were finally reunited with Alexander. He traveled 3 cities and crossed an ocean. He got sea and car sick and was made to sleep in three different strange places but once we settled in our new home in the north, after a day or two, he was back to his old hyperexcited self.  What a trooper. It has been two months since his odyssey and the little pooch has been giving us a lot of work and a lot of love. Q’s giggles and laughter every time he is with Alexander are priceless. Getting a dog, despite the crazy ride we went through since it joined our family, turned out to be one of the best decisions we have made this year. To our delight, Q has stepped up and taken responsibility for much of the care of the dog. Q feeds him and cleans his cage. He brings him outside to let him do his doggy business and walks him around the neighborhood. He plays with him (sometimes reads him a book or tells him a story) and sits him on his lap and pets him even if Alexander’s excitable nature still scares him a little. And he also gives me a hand in giving Alexander a bath. Q also loves it when we go to the park and both he and Alexander can run around and get some exercise. Thank goodness everything worked out fine. Our only challenge (and heartbreak) is every time we travel to the big city and sometimes we are gone for a week, Alexander has to stay in a vet’s clinic (and no, their services do not included walking the dog 😦 ).  Again, such a trooper. I just hope being frequently away from us doesn’t affect him negatively.