2010 was a busy year for us. At the middle of the year we were busy with our planning to move away from Marfori to another area here in Davao. It was quite a challenge to find a house that suits our needs. Later when its just Bob and I and Chris we can settle in with just a smaller place. Right now with our big family we needed a bigger place. Luckily, I found one that nearly got what we wanted. We are pretty happy with it.
Really the exciting part of the year was the giving away for the poor people. This year was extra special for us. We met 4 special families through Loriann, the daughter of Teacher Bebe (Bob’s teacher in Bisaya). These 4 kids are her classmates. When we heard the story about these kids, it really made me think of how lucky we are of having what we have. I was in tears upon hearing the struggles of these girls everyday. I had to really think twice of what I spent with something that’s not so important in our daily life. Can you imagine for lunch you just have to drink water. That’s the lunch of these 4 kids. When Loriann found out, she brought them some extra food for them to share it with. Teacher Bebe can’t afford to feed those other 4 girls for a long time. So Bob and I decided that we will help them for the rest of the school year. We are hoping we can continue helping them until they will finished up the rest of high school.
Just talking to them and telling them the good news that we will be helping them, they were really happy. One of them the father really were in tears. He was really happy that at least someone would care for them. It was really good to see the reaction of my kids. They really felt sorry for those 4 kids. Later that day, during our Christmas dinner we were talking about it. Our kids really were so thankful of what they have. Seeing also the poor families during the giveaways really opened up their eyes. They saw lots of kids don’t have anything like presents for the holidays until we gave them something. The parents also were happy receiving the gifts that we gave that you guys helped and made it happen for them.
Two days before New Year we invited Teacher Bebe and her kids and the 4 needy students to our house. I let them help me make spaghetti for our dinner. That early morning I marinated some pork for our kabobs later. The kids enjoyed putting the meat into the skewers and they helped us cook. It was really fun chatting with them. At least they are not that shy to us now. They texted us and thanked us for inviting them. They said they had fun and wished that we will invite them again soon. Bob and I told them of course we will invite you guys soon. I let them make some cookies and my helper helped them. Wow, they really liked the cookies a lot. When time for dinner there were just like 4 cookies left. I think they were overwhelmed of how we are treating them.
I would have to say that all in all its been a good year (2010) for us. For one reason no major sickness and accidents in our household also to our extended family.
I hope that the year ahead will be same or better for all of us. Happy 2011 to everyone. I didn’t realize that its the year of the rabbit this year until I went to Robinson. They had lots of rabbit figurine at the kiosk store there. My niece Glenda told me that she bought one for her desk. Hmm, I’m happy since I am collecting rabbit figurines. It shows in my kitchen. Ever since living in the States I collected them. I have a few rabbit figurines were made of Fitz And Floyd. They were the good figurine maker.
So happy rabbit year to everybody!