Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Grateful Heart Thursday: My Miracle

I was crying like a baby... sobbing non stop... tears running down my cold cheeks... head spinning like crazy as I struggled holding my breath and my mobile phone all at the same time. I was trying to make sense of all that was going on right under my nose, but to no effect.

It was one of those rare phone calls that I hate to receive since I left home. I was talking to my friend and former colleague from home trying to grasp the essence of our conversation. Her voice was firm and full of conviction. Her tone was strong and filled with total resignation. Her breathing was deep yet consistent. She was cool, calm and collected.

"Be strong, Mare [a term we used to address each other because her first born is my Goddaughter]." She said in a matter-of-factly way.

If it is God’s will for me, then I have to accept it.” She sustained as I continued sobbing and said nothing but “Mare

"This is just one of the mysteries of life and we have no choice but to accept it with faith in our hearts" She continued saying and assuring me that… EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY.

But I am not OK! Neither is she!

She is not OK! SHE HAS LUNG CANCER!
Yes, my dear Mare is dealing with the big C. And it was not OK with me. The news was so overwhelming because I miss my dear friend so much. She was one my few BFFs whom I consider as the sister I never had. We went through a lot of things. We shared a lot of life-changing experiences that made us better persons. We fought together as allies for what we believe in. And we cried together during those times when either one of us was in our lowest.

Yes, my dear Mare is facing the greatest challenge of her life. She is dealing with the toughest truth that shocks not only her family but friends and students alike. And she accepts the harsh reality with total resignation and faith in God. I don’t know about other people but I do fail a lot of times in the “faith department”. I am the most impatient person I've ever known. And “doubtful” should be my middle name.

Yes, I do have faith but faith works better with patience. I have gone through a lot of tough times too and sometimes I felt like giving up blaming others but myself  when things didn't go my way. With all the blessings that I have received I still feel that I am not blessed enough like other people. And I still believe that life is unfair just because I feel so frustrated with all my failures in life due to the wrong choices I made.

My Mare opened up my eyes to an entirely new way to look at life. Miracles happen all the time. Miracles happen when you least expected it. And Miracles happen to those who believe. We do not know if she will have her share of miracle. But there is one thing I am very sure of… she is my miracle for she brings back my faith in life.


Author's Note: This was written 5 years ago. It has been 5 year now since I received that call and I will never ever forget that moment. I always go back to that moment when I am at my lowest to remind me that God is good - all the time.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fun is Over! Back to Work!

This is a very quick post. I am just killing time. As of this writing, some of the teachers and ed techs are looking for a parking spot at the Middle School and the others are already having coffee in the cafeteria. Today is the start of our 3 days in-service training.
Igot the urge to post this to say the least that I did have a great summer and can't wait for the school to be over. hahaha. Though, I know it has not even officially started yet. Official start of school where I work is after Labor Day.
Anyway, I really did have a great summer. Hope you all had the same.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

#Just Sayin'

Isn't it funny that the sun that rises and sets in any part of the world is one and the same? But the sunrise and the sunset in the place called home is the most breathtaking one. - Ruthi Gregoire




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Thursday, August 21, 2014

AHA Moment: Feeling Creative

I'm a gifted artist. Well, it sounds good that is why I used that statement as introduction. But yes, I can proudly say that I was blessed with some creative ideas and I can easily express them in so many ways, bragging aside. WINK****
I won't say that I am not good because a lot of people tell me I good at what I do. So I believe them. LOL And I know if I say, "Oh, I am not!" - just for the sake of being humble, it's just like I am shaming the Almighty ONE who gifted me with such amazing talent. I may not be as good as some people but I am good enough, so to speak.

So now, given a dreary weather, instead of running or going to my BFF's house who I know will just feed me with lots of food, I opted to finally finish a project which has been waiting for me since Day 1 of my Summer Vacation.

So here you go... I finally came up with FREE School Stuff for my Teachers Pay Teachers online store. They are up for grab now you teachers out there. Help yourself. I got 3 new FREE ITEMS

1. The Daily Five - this is for Literacy that you can put up on the wall as guide for your kids.
2. The Owl Templates/Frames in Portrait Format - These are for decorating and sprucing up your classroom.
3. The Owl Templates/Frames in Landscape Format - More for classroom decoration.
I hope that these products will help you start the school in good note.
And by the way, just a little request. If you download my FREE ITEMS kindly leave me a message, will yah?. Thanks.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spiritual Musings

Years ago, I found joy in reading Bible verses and writing my reflections about a particular verse that struck me. I found happiness in doing it because I was able to get in touch with my inner self. And I found peace in the process.
Years passed and a lot of things happened. Things that I have no control of. Things that somehow shook my faith and conviction. And things that one way or another messed up my personal belief and perspective in life.
"I am a human being!" I used that phrase as an alibi to justify my weaknesses and my being irresponsible. I used that phrase as an excuse to not take my faith seriously or totally forget all about it to some extent. And I felt that I can also use that phrase if I made bad choices without feeling a grain of guilt in my heart.
Now, I have decided to go back to an old habit. I wanted to do again what used to give me joy and peace of mind. And I wanted to do it again not because of faith or religious reason but for my personal guidance. And I will call all my posts on Bible Verse Reflections... as SPIRITUAL MUSING. It will be posted under Ruthilicious Blog Series.
But this is also a warning that, one way or another, I might lose my footing again and backslide. And if it does happen... I don't want to make promises but I will try my best to stand up again... regain my balance... and walk in my faith. And you my dear friends can speak up and remind me too.



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Moody

Moody is "not" a word. You don't tell that to a woman who is approaching peri-menopausal stage. And don't even insist or argue. You will be in big trouble. LOL
My favorite Model - Maya. She was already having a fit when I took this photo. When I told her - just one last shot, she smiled. I clicked. Then gave me her biggest frown ever. [LOL] Love her to pieces!

Girls aren't moody, they just have days when they are less likely to put up with your shit. - Ritu Ghatourey

 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Grateful Heart Thursday: Let's Run!

I love to run.
I run when I am happy and when I'm sad. I also run when I am bored or when I don't know what to do.

I run when it is sunny... or cloudy... or rainy... or snowy.

Who could have thought that someday I will enjoy running? I am 49 years old and I have never ran when I was in my TEENs or 20s or 30s. I am a late bloomer and a wimpy kid when I was little. Not really proud of it but people change.

I changed. What I didn't like then, I like them now. What I didn't do then, I do them now. What I love then, I hate them now. I am so human and proud of it!

At my age, I have so many things to be grateful for. I don't need to give you a list. We are all the same. God may play favorites every now and then but I believe He invented the words equality and uniqueness for a reason.

God gave us blessings. We were given "gifts" that He knows will help us lead the kind of life He plans for us. What we do with them and how we handle them is our business because with those gifts - tangibles and otherwise, come freedom.

I am blessed that God gave me legs. Though not long and gorgeous enough like those Victoria's Secret models' but strong enough to run and enjoy the outdoors.

Simple it may seem to us who are not born without limbs or walking in prosthetic or cruising in wheelchairs. But yes, we should be thankful that we can go from point A to point B without struggling.
Success in not just about the power to have money or the top position in the government or achieving your wildest dream.

Success for me is as simple as crossing the finish line without losing my spirit when two senior citizens beat me by a difference of 20 seconds  to the finish line at that one winter-y race last year. wink*

And success is when after the pain of running, I still have the drive to put my runners back on to train for my next race which I know will only place me 5th from the bottom list. The Top1 in the bottom list surely is a walker. wink***


Prayer
Lord, thank you for the gift of health.
Thank you for the strength.
and Thank you for the will power to choose an active life.
 Please help me to be able to run my life in your path and
lead me back to your kingdom
 when you know that I am running away from you.
Amen




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