our best reads (1st quarter 2018)


Q’s TOP FIVE from the lot:

  1. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
  2. A Sick Day for Amos McGee – Philip C. Stead (also one of Mom’s favorites!)
  3. James Herriot books:
    Bonny’s Big Day
    Moses the Kitten
    The Christmas Day Kitten

    (We have recently become big James Herriot fans. I love his storytelling and Q loves the animals especially the kittens! Oh my.  DaddyO and I do not like cats at all. But the little boy just looves them.)

  4. Learn About The Saints – David Oakden(In his bedtime prayers now, apart from the usual saints he prays to, Q has now asked these little known saints for their intercession as well: Saint Swithin and Saint Cuthbert <3. He has also taken interest in Saint Christopher. Mom has not read about them yet. Mom better keep up!)
  5. Richard Scarry’s The Best Mistake Ever and Other Stories(We’ve got several Scarry books. We love his funny, fast-paced and wholesome stories.)

The other equally delightful ones:

Ninoy Aquino: A Courageous Homecoming – Lara Saguisag

The Story of Ruby Bridges – Robert Coles

The Big Concrete Lorry – Shirley Hughes

The Miraculous Medal: The Story of Our Lady’s Appearances to St. Catherine Laboure 

(I finished this one and it’s now queued for read-aloud)

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

(so glad we found this in a used bookstore! It’s one of Kolbe Academy’s recommended reading list for 2nd Grade) 

Bored-Nothing To Do! – Peter Spier

(My wish is for Q to be like these two boys in the story!)

Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose – Edna Mitchell Preston*

Emma – Wendy Kesselman*

(*isn’t any Barbara Cooney illustrated book just lovely? 🙂 )

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing – John Burningham

Aesop’s Fables

Amigo – Byrd baylor

Kites Sail High

(great grammar book for literature-based teaching!)

Rabbit Hill – Robert Lawson

(I’m the one who finished reading this. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I cannot stop raving about it and gushing over it. I have been nagging DaddyO to start reading it already! I am having a hard time trying not to give away the ending. hahahaha. I tried reading it aloud to them but just wouldn’t work. The language is too tricky for me. I can’t pull it off. They’ll have to read it themselves (in the meantime, I’ll just have to keep mum and not reveal the beautiful and pleasantly surprising ending). Such a beautiful book! Love love love it!)

The things that we love tell us what we are – Saint Thomas Aquinas


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 willingly and happily talk to the priest and confess his sins (they didn’t go in a confessional anymore. The priest just had Q sit with him in one of the pews). I got a little teary-eyed 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.


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

Not your ordinary “spring cleaning”…


It’s been a while since I’ve written a post! Could not wait to do so and document the recent happenings in 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


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 include walking the dog 😦 ).  Again, such a trooper. I just hope being frequently away from us doesn’t affect him negatively.