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Have you ever heard someone uttered regrets on his or her deathbed which goes something like: "How I wish I could have spent more time in the office or at work than I did."?

It will be the weirdest thing of all, should I hear such.

Time. It is spent.

Flashes of what if's come to my mind. What if I did not choose to spend my time at home like I do most of the time? What if I chose spunky stilettos and power suits instead of flip-flops and my house dresses? What if I chose to beat the metro traffic, the rat race of the corporate? What if I chose to be in another path except the domesticated one which I have? Would I be richer? Would my kids be kids of richer parents? Maybe.

Dang. That would be awesome, right?
What is lovelier, though, is not what other people will see or observe, right? My life is not that rosy one like that of laundry detergent commercial over TV , but all I know is my time passes with:

ten feet in a bed, at one time
screams because of tickling
noisy dinner table, nightly!
arts in progress scattered on the floor, with daily doses of genre!
question from a five year old which goes: "if God is all-good then why did He create the devil?"
picnics anytime
sticky kisses
googling together for science lessons
karaoke time with kids, off tune via
cries because of bruises for running around
long walks and biking then more bruises
tight hugs and unwashed faces in the morning ready to narrate "bad dreams"
more questions like: "Who created God?" "Did God create Himself, how?"
"Mommmy, we are out of shampoo!"

Pardon the biases, but by the way, I am poorer than most of those who are reading this. Downright less objective than most of you all.
Because I chose to spend my time, empty wallets and all, with those who make me this subjective.

Why God Made Little Girls?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

God made the world with

towering trees, majestic

mountains, and restless seas.

Then paused and said,

It needs one more thing....

someone to laugh and

dance and sing.

To walk in the woods and gather commune with

nature in quiet hours."

So God made little girls with

laughing eyes and bouncing curls,

with joyful hearts,

and infectious smiles,

enchanting ways and

feminine wiles.

And when He'd completed

the task He'd begun,

He was pleased and proud

of the job He'd done.

For the world, when seen

through a little girl's eyes

greatly resembled Paradise.

(poem from here)

At one point in my married life, I had my three kids all under the age of five. I was young and working full time then. It was a tough time. At the back of my young mid-twenties mind then, I was always wishing that time would fly and my kids would all grow up so as not to be too dependent on me.

Today, as we were all glam up while we attended my sister's wedding I just realized how my kids have grown - taller, bigger and way too on their own.

I just realized my wish came too soon. Time flew and they grew! Soon, they will be all grown up for real. It is really a treasure to invest time being at home and with the family for time does not return.

We are a family with internet dependent life. Every single day, we access the internet for our daily living. More than just extracting information and new knowledge, we rely on the internet for the source of our financial support. Let me tell you why.
You see, my husband is a web developer, as well as, web designer. His life is all about surfing the internet for every detail necessary for him to keep up with recent trends and technology-related information. Thus, day in and day out he is in front of his computer, searching for reliable webhosting for his clients and prospective costumers. As a person who needs to be updated with reliable webhosting, he looks for the best packages that are economically sound, yet dependable enough that will not put him in bad situation while giving the best services for his patrons. Since there are always new trends and offers that come along, he has to be very meticulous with the overall packaging so as avoid mishap.
In my case, I am also in constant look out for different ways I can help my husband. As a blogger, I also need to be updated for new facts about blogging and different news related to blogging.

Manny Pacquiao won over Oscar dela Hoya.

I am overjoyed.

As millions were tensed that it was a mismatch, Manny gave all he could and won the fight. It was not about height or reach or weight anymore. The fight was about the will and motivation to win.

And Manny Pacquiao won.

Bravo, Manny. You are one fearless fighter - you neither felt intimidated nor inferior to anyone not - even to a decorated, overrated man like De la Hoya.

I am one proud Filipino today.

(first 2 photos from

Because I Am A Fan

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Jacket Please...

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

So, how did your day go? Mine is was quite full and busy. Despite rain and a cold front here in our place, my day came and went , with hands full doing the usual stuff for my family. Dreary is the right word to describe the weather today. However, that is more of a pathetic fallacy than a complete description of my day.
I woke up quite early to send off hubby to his current professional commitment. He had to be in his appointment at around 6 in the morning. Rain was quite non-stop and the cold front had elevated my colds to the highest possible level. I am like a walking clogged nose or vice versa. I might need 5.11 Tactical Jacket, it is tough enough to ward off the coldness or flu coming up!
By 7 am my eldest prepared for her school. I had to wake her, fed her heavy breakfast and after bathing and dressing up, off she went to school. Since she is such a big girl now, she went to school by herself - which happens to be five minutes away by walking.
Alone at last, I was able to browse through my mail and hopped to other blogs. Coffee kept me company with the non-stop rain outside - it was perfect for introspection.
Cleaning up the house was the first thing I did. Dusting and wiping were the tasks that needed my attention. After breakfast, I cooked food for my other girls, took my bath and got ready to leave for work. I spent breakfast with my two other girls then left them to do their own activity of choice. I left to tend to the business my siblings and I set up.
After three hours or so, I came home and had lunch with my girls then spent time with them in the house while we did some homeschooling activities.
When hubby came around six in the evening, dinner was shared while off to work I went again.

Happy birthday to my darling girl Frances Maridel.

At eleven, you are now our little lady. God bless your journey to this life.

Your Daddy and I are so blessed to have you: God-fearing, healthy, voracious reader, and respectful to others.

I pray that you live up to your name which means "free" but never forgetting the values of both your Lolas (grandmothers) Delia and Norma (thus MARiDEL) have: strength in characters and passion for a well-lived life.

Is your life as peachy as what others appear to have in blogland?
Mine is not.
And some of you might agree with me. And no matter what I do or don't, life will always have hitches.
Plans do not materialize as they were conceptualized.
People around do not react as we expect them to do.
When we look for some things which are constant, changes happen - and are never the same again.
Moments fade and mood changes thus life is not as rosy as what it is supposed to be.

What gives?

Holiday Treat from Zenni!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Have you visited the popular online eyeglasses shop that sells as low as $ 8 Complete Rx Eyeglasses? If you are in need of eyeglasses there are even Holiday Glass Frames from Zenni Optical. Isn't that cool? There is nothing more fashionable this season than to grab a pair of eyeglasses that match your holiday outfit!You will absolutely like the idea of spending the holiday with outfits that match your frames!

  • for a Godly, (vice-free) imperfect husband who loves the imperfect me - truly a rare species these days...
  • again, hubby who believes that together we make "a powerful team" with no ifs and buts;
  • my Mama whose presence is enough
  • three pairs of arms (of my girls) that hug tight and assure me that life is going to be fine
  • for family to come home to every night, rain or shine.
  • for my siblings - come hell or high water I know they will be around
  • noisy dinner table
  • little one's head when she looks up to me to ask something
  • loud voices in the house that perennially ask: "Where's Mommy?"
  • tough shoulder of hubby to sleep on at night
  • smiles of people around me
  • grace...grace...from God for an unGodly person that is me
  • celebrations of life: birthdays, weddings, Christening, get-togethers because the best thing in life is, life itself!
  • good health
  • work
  • friends who comment here
  • little hands that hold my shirt while walking down the street: a little child needs me!
  • my washing machine - very loyal service indeed
  • almost empty ref - because it reminds me that reward is from hard work.Period.
  • never empty wallet (even if it just contains a single peso many times) then a blessing comes again!
  • Aling Puring, our very considerate landlady. God bless her always.
  • my in-laws because they raised my husband to be the prson I will be with for the rest of my life
  • clean water when i open the faucet
  • healthy, happy and expressive children of mine...

How about you? What is on top of your list?

Awards, Gifts and More!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nancy, you are such a dear to give me these two awards! Thanks...


Vannie, thanks so much for the thoughtfulness! I really heart this friendship badge!

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Here are the rules for this tag:
1.) Copy the badge and put it on your blog,
2.) Link back who pass you this tag,
3.) Spread this tag to at least 7 or more bloggers who you think you are friend with.

"And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.
And, like the garden blossoms,
Friendship’s flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.
And, if the seed of friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship’s flower will bloom for you."

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Passing this one to Nancy, Arlene, Liza, Kcee, Mari, Rocks and Shawie

Ahhh...Want This?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

How much will you pay for this mouth watering Chicken Sisig? A concoction of marinated shredded chicken meat with garlic, onions, red bell pepper, soy sauce and black pepper then served sizzling on a hot plate with egg on top plus a cup of rice?


God must be smiling from ear to ear in heaven with this prayer. I found this written on a piece of paper atop our altar table at home.

I typed this as it was written:

"To the Father to the Sun and to the Holy Spirit Amen. God pls give me food God give mercy guide me God Pls control me God Lord give me many angel. Father the Sun and the Holy Spirit Amen."

My little girl instructed everyone not to remove the paper from the altar.

Tugs my heart.
Among the gazzilion things I did wrong or did not do right, there is one thing I have done: taught this little one how to pray.

Inside the church during a solemn mass.

Me:(Whispering) Hey little one, you have to behave. We have to listen to what the priest is saying.

6 years old Kid 3 : (Not whispering) Okay Mom.

Me : Thanks!

After 5 minutes or so started to dance and sing.

Me:(Whispering) Shhh. Quiet please...

6 years old Kid 3: Why?

(Whispering) Because we are not supposed to sing out loud here.

6 years old Kid 3: But how come the choir does?


Let me be one proud stage Mommy for a moment - but for the nth time.

What the heck, I like to brag about my kids.

I think they are worth the bragging. LOL.

My life is like a bowl of spices. Everything comes naturally - in due time.

No words describe what is in between too exotic or too sour or too spicy flavor ;but there is a taste to it definitely. Nothing predictable, though.

No mixture is ever too perfect. There is, however, flavor and color to it. It is up to me how to accept and react to the taste.

What about you? To what do you liken your life?

Things go wrong so that we will be able to tell the difference when things are right. But I ask: when will things be ever perfectly right? Clueless.

Despite how wrong and skewed things are with me, I still have these camera-hungry kids to come home to!

See? Priceless poses!

In sleeping attires or not, we are ready to strike our poses, with endless giggles!

Meet me, (the Mom) and my 3 giddy girls: Madel, Hannah and Erika!

Lately, we have been lessening our television time at home. My children are into the "Reading Challenge" we agreed on. The Reading Challenge parameters are the following: My two older kids ages 8 and 9 can choose any book (fiction or non-fiction) with more than 30 pages. They are given 1-2 weeks to read the book of their choice and once they are done with their reading, a reward awaits them. Simple rewards such as an hour or two in the computer with educational games, a movie trip, trip to a crafts store for our art projects or an eat-out treat. Simple rewards yet beneficial for them.

So you may be asking: "Why are we lessening our TV time?" My answer is:"Why not?" There are just basically three reasons why we decided to lessen our TV time:

* Watching TV builds more insecurity. What do most TV ads promote about self-concept, anyway? For the female population, the ads rampantly promote vanity and true colonial mentality. Unless females have long straight or colored hair, flawless white skin from use of whitening products or slim figure from weight-reducing formulae, most likely they are part of the misfits. Beauty is, more often than not, equated with commercialized vanity. Dove™ must really be awarded for their campaign about real beauty, because it gives another perspective of being beautiful.

* TV time means "no communication time". In our home, if everyone watches TV, no one talks at all. But have you ever noticed that whenever someone talks, another will say: "Quiet! I cannot understand what the character is saying!" Strange, right? We have time to listen to the character, yet we cannot afford to listen to another member of the household! More than that, if someone walks around and blocks the view of the TV, most likely the watching is interrupted, the protestations from the viewers cause commotion such as:"Please go away!" or "You're blocking my view of the TV!"
We decided that if the TV is turned off, we are more aware of the human dimension and interaction in our home, which is more important. So less TV time, means more interaction.

* As parents, we always want to choose what is best for our children that include only three concepts: what is true, what is good and what is beautiful. However, TV sometimes presents the opposite if not the distorted versions of these. Product endorsements are so rampant that if we all listen to what they are saying it is practically the same: to buy or spend. It, sometimes, feels that we should always have the money to spend otherwise we are out of circulation. This is not always the case. There are alternatives, in fact, way too many.

As they say: "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." We are doing that for now by lessening our TV time to really reflect of what is really true, good and beautiful, not the boob tube way!

Original article by the author first published at Pinoy Moms Network Parenting category, September 14, 2007. )

I am starting to feel the effect of economic crunch these days. Nothing seems to be in the category of good news in terms of financial issues. Prices are higher and wages are the same. So what is the usual woe of a work at home mother like me? If I can only shout the line "show me the money!" everyday, I would!

Different penny-pinching moves and frugal hackings are the only strategies that occupy my mind every single day of our lives lately. Every penny saved goes a long way, I guess. Every opportunity I have to go online, I am always looking for one hundred and one ways to stretch the family budget. I am so glad there are blogs and sites that are truly helpful in my quest for this penny-saving mode I have.
Due to this constant reading and searching for articles about frugal ways, I am having double vision and eye discomfort. I feel I spend too much time online that I need new eyeglasses.
For a frugal mother like me, eyeglasses, from Zenni Optical suits my budget and fancy. I have no extra worry for additional cost because they are very affordable and available online.

The greatest struggle is to be always relevant.The greatest fear, is be otherwise.

Those are my thoughts right now. Agree? Are you relevant to someone? to whom?

As a parent, a wife, a sibling or a friend - to anyone or someone: relevance matters. Without such, my existence pales.

God, however, loves.

This life and beyond He has a laid-out plan for me. Relevant.

Which makes me relevant, eternally.

(photo from

What Am I Up To?

Friday, October 31, 2008

I love to read.
When I have time, I read anything. I started with simple books and poems. Then I progressed to more complicated plots.

Recently, I just finished Father Jocis Syquia's book, Exorcism Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult. It is a very interesting book. One of the best lines I read here is: "The sad thing right now is many in the Catholic Church either deny the existence of the devil or tend to see him as someone that cannot interact in a major way in man's day to day life."

In simple terms, deception can also happen, right?

Now I started reading The Faith Explained by Leo J. Trese. I am still at the beginning part.
My favorite lines so far: "An ant has more right to criticize an Einstein than has a man with his limited intelligence to question the infinite wisdom of God."

More Party Pics!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My handsome brother Wilord, me (in sleeveless top), my older sister Amabel, and my daughter Madel

My Lady Erika, frowning this time.

Me! (Hailey: standing, third from left) in the middle of
the 5 of my 7 siblings: Em, Wilord, Amabel, Marhlie and Buen!

We gave homage to a king.

Enjoyed an afternoon of merriment, music and grand company.

With peals of laughter

And mirthful time,

It was a wondrous moment, indeed!

meet my lady Erika...

the king and his Court of Knights and Ladies

kiss the hand of Countess Madel...

4 Ladies and a Musketeer met inside the king's Castle

My lovely, lovely Dame Hannah!

Truly resplendent were the moments!

Arlene, here is the tag. Thanks!
A. Attached or single? Attached (married)
B. Best friend? Yes.
C. Cake or pie? Moist Chocolate Cake with Coffee
D. Day of choice? Sunday. Relaxed family time.
E. Essential item? Cellphone and Wallet
F. Favorite color? Blue and White
G. Gummy bears or worms? Gummy bears
H. Hometown? Laguna
I. Favorite indulgence? Foot spa with pedicure...ahh soothing.
J. January or July? January, new year and new beginnings.
K. Kids? Three girls
L. Life isn’t complete without? My family and friends.
M. Marriage date? June 14.
N. Number of magazine subscriptions: online included? 1 only
O. Oranges or apples?Apples.
P. Phobias? Closed, cramped spaces.
Q. Quotes? The best thing in life is life itself!
R. Reasons to smile? happy memories with loved ones
S. Season of choice? Summer
T. Tag 5 people. Vannie, Kcee, Liza, Rocks and Nancy
U. Unknown fact about me? I can move my ears!
V. Vegetable? any will do except saluyot.
W. Worst habit? waking up late, but not that late.
X. X-ray or ultrasound? X-ray
Y. Your favorite foods? very plenty
Z. Zodiac sign?Libra

Long Way

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I saw her instantly.

A personal bodyguard stood right next to her.

Clad in white top and jeans, she seemed to appear so simple from afar.

As I got closer, of course it was a different impression.

The Bally bag she carried is a proof that there was more to the white shirt and jeans.

Her personal driver was an earshot away from her; awaiting any errand she would ask any moment.

She has come a long way.

She spent almost all morning with us with the same chatter and warmth that she usually has: which amazes me for real. There was not a tinge or hint that I was sharing light moments with a corporate president - who she really is.

After more than two hours or so, she left aboard her Suburban .

My sister.

She has come a long, long way. She is an epitome of a successful, hardworking businesswoman.

I smiled.


Who says life is fair? Well, I will tell you when I have my own bodyguard. LOL.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

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Why God made Mums...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions.

Why did God make mothers?
1. She’s the only one who knows where the sticky tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mum just the same like he made me. He Just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you Your mother and not some other mum?
1. We’re related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mums like me.

What kind of little girl was your mum?
1. My mum has always been my mum and none of that other stuff.
2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mum need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mum marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mum eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mum didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?
1. Mum doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2. Mum. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mum is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What’s the difference between mums and dads?
1. Mums work at work and work at home & dads just go to work at work.
2. Mums know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but mums have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Mums have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mum do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don’t do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mum perfect?
1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mum, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
2. I’d make my Mum smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Funny, right? Got it here.

photo from

Friday Fill-Ins

Saturday, October 18, 2008

1. Follow the golden rule and life becomes way better.
2. Extra shirt is something I always take with me on vacation.
3. To achieve your goals, you must be willing to sacrifice and invest in extra effort.
4. My cooking ability is something I'd like you to know about me.
5. I have a positive outlook in life.
6. What floats?

2003 was the year this picture was taken.

Our three kids were aged 5, 4 and 2 then. See how thinner I was?
Full time work, being a wife, homemaking and motherhood rolled in one was quite a feat to hurdle!

This second photo was taken 2007.

With our kids older (ages 9, 8 and 5) and routines a little lighter we have changed!

Especially the weight?

What do you think?

Been busy lately. Hours of the day seem to pass by unknowingly. Have you felt that?
I always leave the house around mid-day for the past two weeks. My little one keeps on asking why she is always being left behind for the last fourteen days. She keeps on inquiring about the reason why I have to go out of the house. You see, she is not used to me leaving her behind for the last 6 months.I keep on explaining to her that I need to help out in the business my siblings and I put up. And that the business is also for her well-being. Eventually, she will understand. I bet she just needs time.

No. I am not a major stockholder of the new business. In fact, how I wish I am one. But the fact that I was included in the line-up is more than enough to be grateful for. My siblings are so good, they wanted me to be part of the business even if I do not have that much financial resources to speak of. All eight of us (siblings) are part of the new venture. With much prayer and real hard work I know it will soon prosper.

On another light, Inner 8 is the newest online business worth trying. It is such a formidable one on the beta stage. For those who are online constantly, I bet there's no more time to lose. Visit the site and you will surely be given a good break.


my legs.

after carrying myself for 35 years and three babies in succession: veined

1. What is your idea of a perfect relaxing day?
Beach. Sand. Massage.

Bonfire at night, perhaps. Me, clad in a two-piece swimsuit! (Dream on...)

2. Your first real boyfriend/girlfriend,… do you look back fondly or do you get the shudders? Where are they today?

He is my ever handsome hubby now...

3. What was your favorite subject in school?

Social Studies, I g0t 98 on my card for this.

4. What is your favorite show on TV? Favorite book? Favorite song?

TV Show: House M.D.

Book: Love Story by Erich Segal (old, baby)

Song: I so loooove oldies.

5. My husband’s only real competition is Wentworth Miller from Prison Break. Who is your celebrity crush?

There is no one for me but Brad Pitt.

6. Since I got my first gray hair at 16, Miss Clairol and her friends are my close, personal friends! What about you? To dye or not to dye the hair? If so, what color is your natural hair (if you remember!) and what color do you dye it?

I have never ever dyed my hair. It is jet black and long.

Wanna join? Here.

One day, I was so beaten when I came home.

I rewarded my dog-tired body with this moist, creamy cake...

Guess what is its name?
"Better Than Sex" cake.
No kidding.

It's yummy, creamy and truly rewarding, after a day's hard work.

You agree with its name?

Nuffnang chose my blog. I am included in the list of
68 blog winners.

Told you, ain't life grand? Let's toast to this!


Hello Nuffnangers!

It’s been a month since we’ve started this contest, and the time has come for us to finally announce the lucky 68 Nuffnangers who will get the prizes.

We were pleased to have received a lot of responses from you guys, and we here at Nuffnang also had fun reading all your entries, and seeing how creative you all can get while still managing to meet all the requirements needed for it to be valid.

So without further ado, the official 68 winners are:

1. October is my most anticipated month of the year. It is the month when I turn a year older and hopefully wiser.

2. The thoughts of leaving my kids and family behind because of my sudden death scare me but I do not entertain such thoughts that often.

3. Leaves are falling all around, it's a sign that a new season has come and life completes its cycle one more time.

4. My favorite horror movie is none because I am not a fan of horror movies. I watch films to be entertained not to be terrified, plus the fact that I hate having nightmares afterward.

5. Family time, relaxed moments with hubby, laughter and kids' antics = good memories.

6. It was a dark and stormy night when I was bored and thought of searching online that was the time I found out about casino.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to time to sleep early after work, a good dinner with the kids' chatter and tomorrow my plans include doing the laundry and baking cookies and Sunday, I want to rest, witness a baby being Christened and attend the mass together with my whole family!

I am 35. Today.

So, how is it to be 35?

Let me count MY ways:

  • mother of eleven, nine and six years old girls - who all talk like 35.
  • wife for 12 years to a good husband - who goes to Mass as often as he can, if not everyday. yes, ladies he is a rare species.

  • daughter to a strong woman.
  • has been an educator for almost 13 years.
  • sister to seven siblings far richer than I am ( lucky me, right?)
  • blessed with God's unfailing grace every single day to live with purpose
  • blogger for almost 2 years...

I am blessed.

We all are.

SO what is missing for me? Fat bank account. LOL. I still have years ahead of me to settle that.

But what I am blessed with now, I am more than thankful.

God is good. All the time.

Ain't life grand?

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