Let’s Help Alphonse Get His Heart Surgery!

Neva of ManilaMommy steered this little boy’s journey into my radar and I can’t help but empathize with this family as a mother.

From the website:

Alphonse De Leon was born on December 27, 2012. Unlike any other babies, he was barely crying when he got out. Little did his parents know that their little man has a serious health issue.

The following day, the doctors informed his family that Alphonse has a congenital heart disorder called Tetralogy of Fallot – there is a hole in his lower heart chambers causing him to not have enough oxygenated blood in his lungs and body. This is such a devastating news for them. It was supposed to be a happy day with their new bundle of joy around. But now, they are facing another challenge in their life because Alphonse will have to undergo an open heart surgery to cure his illness and be able to live a healthy life.

There are several ways you can help Alphonse raise the money (around $12,000) so he can get his surgery and go on to live a full and healthy life. From a $10 donation to digital scrapbook gift card, and even a purchase of super special gift boxes designed and made by Alphonse’s mom and her team, there’s a way that you can contribute to the extent of your capability.

Visit Alphonse’s fundraising website to know more.

I pray for blessings upon blessings for you and your family Alphonse! We send our love to you.

Back from the Holiday Hiatus

Just like our favorite TV shows, I’m back. My brain is crawling back into the reality of everyday life. Ok, so it’s mid-January but you guys have to understand that my family lives on a slightly slower pace than some. Hehe. It also didn’t help that I got roundhouse-kicked by what I thought was the flu, but turned out to be DENGUE. Horror!! I was down for a whole week and then weak for days after the rash appeared. This was just mild dengue. My prayers go out to those who are experiencing a worse strain than what I got. The rashes were crazy!

How were the holidays for you guys? Ours was nice and homey. All about family. We have a new addition to our family and Basti adores him.

We started a new family tradition last Christmas. We decided that December 25 was going to be our mini-break time, every year. Unlike a lot of families, we don’t have family obligations on December 25. Christmas Eve is spent with my side of the family, then we usually leave a bit later for Cebu, just in time to spend the New Year with the Ypons there.

We spent Christmas at La Luz Resort in Laiya.The long drive was something I really enjoyed. I haven’t gone this way since my diving days and it was nice. It was a bit rainy, but there were hardly any cars on the road and we encountered no traffic at all.

I was perfectly content to stay by the beach and relax, while Basti was obsessed with the pebbly beach all throughout our stay.

Orley was in heaven over the landscape and took lots of pictures. Overall, we just loved being able to spend some time as a family.

I didn’t even unpack because we were off to Cebu for our annual visit right after. It was Basti’s first time to have his own airplane seat (and his own baggage allowance, thank the Lord).

It was a whole week of provincial bliss for Basti. He loved riding the sikad and playing in the yard, mostly throwing rocks at chickens and sweeping up.

He got to spend time with his brother and sister, plus all his cousins.

And he loved “Papa’s house”. This is actually our very first owned house. We love our temporary bahay kubo that Orley had built on the piece of land we recently bought. We slept probinsiya-style with a mosquito net and banig and everything. I can’t wait till we’ve saved enough money to start building our dream country home.

A visit to Toledo wouldn’t be complete without walking and exploring the rocky beach.

I ate lechon every single day I was there. I don’t think I can eat lechon again for a couple of months.

So here’s to 2013! I’m looking forward to more blogging, partnerships, adventures and new things to discover and share.