Bob and I been married now for seventeen years next month. We have been blessed with 3 good looking boys. We never thought of having more babies just to have a girl. When we had our first 2 boys, we even decided that two is enough already. Our third child was unexpected. We are happy we have him though he is the funny one out of our three boys.
After living here for over 3 years in the Philippines, my mother-in-law came here for a visit. While here for a few days there was a black out here in Davao. The advisory was that the black out will last for 12 hours. Mom can’t handle without aircon so Bob decided we should go for a ride. Well the ride brought us to GenSan so that mom can at least be cool for awhile in the air conditioning of the car. We then decided to get 2 rooms at Isla Parilla Resort. One room for mom that she could rest and the other one for our us and our kids. While there we also invited my family in GenSan to come with us to the resort. At that time I didn’t notice that Jeanjean was there with her mom at my parent’s house. Jeanjean is the daughter of my sister.
Bob and his mom saw Jeanjean and she was sort of talking and playing with our 3 boys. She’s shy at that time to talk to us. Then my mother-in-law and the kids invited her to come with us to Isla Parilla. While there at Isla our boys already started to bond with her. We stayed there for the whole day. When it was time for us to head home to Davao our kids were asking us if we could take Jeanjean home with us to our house? Bob and I just look at each other for a minute. Finally Bob told me to ask Jeanjean’s mom if it would be okay for her to go with us. When I asked my sister, she said it’s okay. So we brought Jeanjean to Davao with us that day. The plan was she was just gonna stay with us for 2 weeks because school is coming up. Well, when 2 weeks came up we asked her if she wanted her mom to pick her up for her to go home. She told me and Bob that she wanted to stay with us. I guess we saw it coming because she’s already used to be with our boys and we treated her good here too. So I called up my sister and told her if it’s okay if Jeanjean will stay with us and we will send her to school too? She said okay, few days after we talked on the phone we received all her papers for her to enroll here in Davao. She was enrolled first in the private school near our house, being from a small town we want her to be used to the city first before enrolling to big school. On her second year here in Davao we did let her enrolled in Ateneo. She likes it at first but later she can’t handle the pressure and she’s not happy there anymore, we can just see whenever she gets home everyday. So we then asked her this year if she wanted to be transfered back to her old school when she first came here? She told us yes, so now shes back to her old school then. She seems happy in her school now. Like now she’s a class and a club officer too. She likes to bring some friends over during lunch time at our house to play at the trampoline. Were happy seeing her happy though.
Honestly we love her so much. We treated her like our very own child. Whatever our kids would have she will have it too. She can come to us anytime even if we are busy. Our love for her is no different than our love for our boys. She’s really daddy’s girl now. 😉 Bob will confirm that, right Hon. Every time she comes home from school she would come to our bedroom or our office and give us love and a big smile. We could never imagine our life without her.
You guys probably wonder why she’s staying with us instead with her parents. Well the father is an irresponsible dad and my sister is a battered wife. My parents took care of their other kids before too. I told my sister awhile back that she’s part of the problem. She should stand up for her kids. Oh well I can’t change her. I wish someday she will open her eyes and see what she had taken for granted. Right now Bob and I will be here to protect Jeanjean. we could never let anybody hurt her and we promised her that. We would never send her back. There are some reasons why we would not want her to go back to her parents. Sometime I will share that. Anyway, she’s not yet legally our daughter but we told her in our hearts she is already our daughter. We are thanking God for giving us Jeanjean. I hope someday she will also help others in similar situation as she is. We know she has a good heart.
Next month Bob’s mom is coming to attend her and Aaron’s (our 2nd son) birthday party. Jeanjean already told Bob tonight what she wants for a gift on her birthday. She’s kind of spoiled too. They are all excited for Granny to come and visit us here. It’s going to be a very busy day for us.