Beauty in Simplicity

My eldest daughter introduced me to paper quilling when she asked for my help with a project. We didn’t have any tools or materials so we had to improvise.. cut the paper manually, made our own tool using the wood part of a cotton ear bud.. followed the design in YouTube. We chose to do a butterfly. For a first attempt and with limited resources I think we did pretty well.

We really enjoyed it a lot that I ordered materials and tools online. So we got the pre-cut paper strips of various colors, the quilling needle and other tools, and started a project together with my 2 girls. The idea is we do random quilling and stick it to a paper until we fill it up. We will do 1 piece or more a day and stick it randomly and just see how it will turn out. Then maybe we can frame it and display it . More importantly, this will be a joint effort with my girls. Quilling is simple, but put together, something beautiful comes out.

Doing projects together are what really are retained in our kids minds. It’s that special time you spend together laughing, figuring things out. And with today’s technology these can all be documented and someday look back and reminisce.

In relation to this, about 7 years ago, I created individual email accounts for my kids and in there I email all beautiful memories I have with them. Pictures, letters, events, so that one day when they are older, I plan to give them the login and password and surprise them . Maybe on their 18th birthday or when they get married, I haven’t decided yet. ( oh wait.. I wonder if my daughter is following my blog…. this kinda is a spoiler …)

So parents out there.. let’s create memories with our kids!


The unveiling of the true source of goodness

As I was walking home from work, I saw these cute little dogs walking towards me and I can’t help but ask permission from the owner if I could take their picture to show my daughters and the kind lady consented.

Notice how one smiled for the picture!

As I walked on, I passed by a college where I usually stop by its chapel for a quick grayer. I haven’t done so for a few months already and today, I decided to stop and visit.

As I entered the adoration chapel, it isn’t the usual where my mind is filled with many thoughts of what I will be praying for. Today is different. I knew exactly what to tell Him. There is only one thought in my mind. Jesus, be the driver of my life from now on. Let me sit back now and bring me to where you want me.

All my life I have been telling the Lord the desires of my heart, what, where and when. For every crisis in my life, I pray to him for the turnout I want it to be.

I am going thru a crisis now and it is the first time that I seek spiritual guidance from a Catholic priest and from a born again Christian who happened to be my uncle. The answers I got isn’t only for my current situation but really, it hit me to the core of my heart. It is only now that I’m learning to let go and completely Trust in Him.

This journey is something I wish to share here as well.

Because as I search for goodness and beauty, I am discovering to whom all these come from.

As I was leaving the chapel , I turned back and saw this. This tranquility ┬áthat’s slowly unveiling in front of me.