Easter 2012 Celebration at our house!

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We always celebrate the Easter with painting of eggs the night before. The kids will paint to whatever design they like and dip it into different colors for fun. The Easter bunny will have some goodies for the kids too the next morning before the kids hunt Easter eggs.

This year, we have a newbie to Easter egg hunting, our helper Mel. She really thought it was so cool. We let her join in with our kids for Easter egg hunting in our yard.  And Easter Bunny gave her lots of candies too. We told her to eat her candies instead of sending it to her kid. Her child is too young to eat candy right now anyway. Just by watching her we could tell she really had a blast. It was really nice watching her hunt with the kids. I’m glad we let her join in with our kids.

Our other helper has 2 children. She’s a stay out helper, in other words she does not live with us.  She came to the house after the kids already finished with the egg hunting. We just let the kids gave some eggs to her kids. The Easter Bunny also left some goodies for her kids here at the house. So, she brought that with her when she went home at the end of the day.

On Easter day, while preparing what to cook for lunch. Bob asked me if we could go to the orphanage that we always went to before. He wanted to pay a visit with the kids there. He wants to bring some food for them there for lunch. I told Bob that it would be okay for me to go there. So Bob and I and AJ went to buy all the food that we wanted to bring there. While were out, our other kids were preparing themselves so that we will just swing by to pick them up before heading to the orphanage.

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We decided to bring cooked fried chicken, bread, fruits and cooked rice too. We just let our helper cook a big amount of rice while we were out buying the other food. We got to the orphanage around 12 pm. We thought that they will eat around that time. Well, as soon as we got there the kids were getting ready for their nap. A few of the toddlers were already sleeping. So I asked the lady that’s watching the kids whats the best time to go there if bringing food for lunch or dinner? She said around 10am for lunch and 4pm for dinner. I told her that I will keep that in mind and tell friends about it too. They said its okay that we went there, lots of those kids still remember us from our previous visits. They were so happy seeing us there.

When we first got there the kids were quiet and just stayed in their own beds. Well, just after few minutes they were already ready to play. They were really playing with our kids. Almost all of them like to be held and be given hugs. I felt sorry for Bob, they want that Bob will carry them. One kid after another was calling him and wanting him to carry them. They want pictures. One time I was caught off guard, I was talking to other kids and all of a sudden a few girls grab my hand with cell phone in my hand, I almost dropped my cell phone on the floor. They said in unison “we want pictures too.” I told them “of course I will take pictures of you guys.: They want pictures with Bob, ha ha ha. :-) . We also brought our niece Bebe and our helper Mel.

Bob and I think that Mel probably misses her daughter when seeing lots of babies there. She told me that she really enjoyed going there. I could tell, she just can’t stop talking about it. We also brought Nicole with us. She stopped going there for awhile because she got scared with a little wild kid when we went there before. But this time she really had a blast and the kids like her too. A few kids keep holding on to her hand. One baby there that she wanted to take home was Christian. I guess all our kids wanted to take home Christian. He really likes our kids too. He mostly likes Jared and Bebe. If Jared would be out of his sight he would be looking for him. Jared stayed with him the whole time we’re there. I could tell that our kids really enjoyed going there a lot.

Bob and I decided that every Easter we will go there or go for giving away food and gifts for Easter. It was really fun doing it. It’s going to be another tradition in our household I think. Even just simple and little things to give it makes little kids happy and brought smile to their faces. It makes it all worthwhile.

I hope you guys had a good and happy Easter celebration!!!

Cheers!

Post Author: Feyma (330 Posts)

Feyma Martin is a Columnist here on the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine, she is the wife of site Publisher, Bob Martin. Feyma is originally from the Philippines, but went to the USA for 10 years after marrying Bob in 1990. Bob & Feyma moved to the Philippines to live permanently in 2000.


Comments

  1. says

    Hi John – I’m going to presume that its a tear of joy. Thank you so much for appreciating what we do around here. I’m praying for more like us to help out here.

    Cheers!

  2. peterjoy says

    Feyma

    there is some think i wont to say to u and bob god bless the two for all the lovely work u are doing there in ur city with the poor and not so poor good on u it is so lovley too see i am hoping to work with the red cross very soon in the phil but up nouth and about manila so keep up the good work for them little kids love u ok for thay dont get alot off loving in there sad little life thay have ok……..peter martin tsssie

    • says

      Hi peterjoy – Thank you so much for the good message. It is really good to help out even just a little at a time. We don’t have so much money to help a lot of people but we do try our very best to give to some. Looking forward on hearing from your charity up there later. It’s always fun to give.

      Good luck to you Peter and God bless!

    • says

      Hi Loren Pogue – Thank you so much Loren. Good comment to read to start up my day.

      Always nice to see new people here. Have a good day!

  3. marjorie says

    Hi Feyma

    The visit will have made your Easter that bit more special. Its lovely to see the smiles on the childrens faces.

    • says

      Hi marjorie – Definitely. It was a good visit and we enjoyed it. We will go there again soon.

      Have a safe Friday the thirteenth. :-)

      Cheers!

  4. Ed Griffin says

    I feel like John! As much as I love kids, I don’t know if I could go to an orphanage and then leave all the kids behind without crying my heart out. One of my dreams has always been to work with the orphanages there. Even being a black american, from the mid-80’s, I have always called the filipinos “my people,” as in much love and admiration!

    Thanks for all that your family does for the less fortunate there.

    • says

      Hi Ed Griffin – It was hard leaving them. But the thought also of visiting them again makes it a little better for us. I’m just happy that those kids were not left on the streets of Davao without anybody taking care of them. It just nice that they were in a better place and we could help out in our own little way. They were happy seeing us, they know that we will play with them and we will give them lots of hugs and loving.

      I hope your dream of helping out here on some of the orphanage will be happening soon. I’m sure you’re going to be good at it.

      Thank you for the appreciation of what we do here. We tried our very best to help out. Hopefully our kids will continue later what we started.

      Good to see you again here.

      Have a good day!

  5. James says

    Feyma– When you said, “Even just simple and little things to give it makes little kids happy and brought smile to their faces. It makes it all worthwhile,” you said it all! When you and Bob make these kinds of efforts, doing good for its own sake, I think the good energy you put forth is multiplied, many times, in the world. Thank you…

    • says

      Hi James – Thank you so much for recognizing our efforts of helping here. Thank you for the nice comment.

      Have a good weekend!

      Cheers!

  6. PapaDuck says

    Mrs Feyma,

    It seems like all those children want is some love and attention. It was really heartwarming seeing those good looking young kids take it all in. Bob, you and the rest of your family again should be commended for opening your hearts yet again for the unfortunate and making a difference in there lives. Take care and always be safe.

    • says

      Hi PapaDuck – Thank you again for the nice comment. It really is good to read your thoughts to start my morning. We tried our best to help out here. It’s worth it to try to help a little and knowing you change people’s lives.

      Always good to see you here! Have a great day!

  7. stevo says

    Hi Feyma, Thank-you for helping those kids. We can tell that you are very caring. You are great! It would be difficult for me, because I wouldn’t want to leave them behind. As long as they can be cared for, I guess that’s something. When I retire in 3plus years, we want to come to Davao and live. My wife says she wnts to adopt some children to go along with our three kids. If only I could win the Mega Millions lottery,ha ha. Are they building a Tim Tebow hospital in Davao? Tebow is one great person. I know that some people hate him, but he is one of the good guys in the world. He gives of himself over and over. Thanks again for looking out for those children.

    • says

      Hi stevo – Thank you so much. It’s nice to see good thoughts from you guys. It’s fun to help out especially the people that you’re helping with appreciates very much. As you can see the big smiles on the faces of those kids. You would not believed our experiences when we first visited that orphanage. I cried that night, thinking of those kids. Later I was thinking that I should be happy that people cared and nurtured those kids. It’s really a big privileged for us that we are allowed to visit there anytime and can play with those kids. I really value our friendship with the orphanage. That’s why we try to go as often as we can.

      That would be nice if you can adopt some, or help out some. Yes, are we all wishing to win the lotto to help out more. Hopefully…lol… Yes, Tim Tebow built a hospital here for kids. I think it might be open next year or the year after. I think he is a nice guy. I heard good thing about him. Hey, in any successful people, other people will talk bad something about him/her. Especially the jealous one. Human nature i guess.

      Anyway, good to see you here. Thank you so much for stopping by. And thank you for the nice comment.

      Cheers!

  8. Mark G. says

    Hi Feyma,
    Another heart warming post. It brought a tear to my eye. You and Bob are truly special people.
    Mark G.

    • says

      Hi Mark G. – Thank you. I’m glad you like my post. I really appreciate your nice thoughts.

      Thank you again for stopping here, always happy to see you guys here.

      Cheers!

  9. JP says

    Hi Feyma and family. I enjoyed your article. That orphanage trip is very nice. I wish more people would do that. Easter is always a great time for family and road trip pilgrimages. If you find yourself here in Luzon during Easter, I recommend you try to visit various pilgrimage sites like in Manaoag in Pangasinan, Grotto in Baguio, Kamay ni Hesus in Lucena, Quezon. Fr. Pio Pietrelcina and Pink Sisters in Quezon city.

  10. John says

    WOW! Just stumbled onto this site and enjoyed reading this blog (already bookmarked). What I truly appreciate is reading a foreigner’s perspective about the Philippines.

    This particular post showed pictures of you and your family! What a lovely family! I have to admit that the Philippines need more people like you! I wish you ALL the best!!!

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