We are very pleased with our swing set project for the kids. We’ve been planning on buying one since Alyssa’s birthday but has not gotten on it. With all expenses piling up, I just cannot justify spending so much money on a play yard structure. But Rolly caved in to Alyssa’s constant asking and decided they will be getting one for Christmas.

The play set came in two boxes. It is amazing how all parts and pieces fit in such boxes. Rolly’s tools came handy as well. I never realized how much tools he accumulated all these years… He got his project all done in less than four days. Alyssa is all satisfied and Elijah is one happy boy. Grandma has mixed reactions about it… she thinks Elijah will be so out of control climbing up and down the monkey bar. He is a boy, with or without the swing, he is bound to hurt himself on some silly boy activity.

Christmas presents are getting more expensive each year as the children gets older. Alyssa, for example, is begging me for an American Doll. At more than a hundred dollars, I told Alyssa, this doll would have to cook your food or at least clean up after you. Of course, it is just a doll. And I agreed to buying it without knowing how much it will cost me.

Elijah, on the other hand, is very easy. He does not know any better. We can give him a box and he will still be happy about it. They say, “Wait until he turns four, he will start pestering you for expensive electronic toys .” Yeah, not looking forward to that at all…

In a serious note, Christmas should be a time for families to get together and celebrate each other. A time to reflect about the passing year and to be reminded of all the blessings showered upon each of us. It is a moment to be more than grateful and for giving the blessing back by helping those in need, loving the unloved and remembering the forgotten. I am not asking for any material things this year… I have a wonderful circle of family and friends that are supportive of my endeavors. I am surrounded by loving hearts and innocent smiles of my children. I have an amazing husband – and a friend in him. My parents are in good health and are still my source of character and strength. Even through the distance, I am thankful for my Brother for always being the strong one. His family, an extension of mine. My sisters-in-law in the Philippines and here in the US, they are few of the most beautiful people that I know…

I am truly BLESSED…