May 29, 2017

First family camping activity this year 2017

Kev and I planned a famiy trip/camping to Memaloose State Park. As part of preparations, I bought a propane stove, ice chest/cooler and 4 inflatable camping mattresses with a  foot  pump. I was also in- charged of the meal menus. Kevron's assignments were the driver/navigator, our gadget/tech provider and main muscle.

Here's our menus:

Dinner 1: Hotdog sandwich/fruits
Dessert 1: Banana boat

Breakfast 1: Oatmeal/Cereal
Lunch 1: Hamburger
Dinner 2: Chicken/pork barbecue
Dessert 2: Smores

Breakfast 2: Scrambled eggs/cereal
snacks*snacks*snacks*

Activities/Event:

First day: Arrival to the campsite, tent set up/unpacking, dinner, watched the small program (showing of fowls), discovering the area, dessert 1, played uno game, lights off.

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Second day: Breakfast 1, enjoying sunrise, hiking at Deschutes, played in the river, back to the campsite, lunch 1, origami, talent presentations of each child, water bath, uno, dinner 2, dessert 2, watched the Secret life of Pets, lights off.

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Third day: Breakfast 2, relaxing/final enjoyment of the nature/view, snacks, packing, stopped by Portand city/strolling/ice cream time.

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Vey and Miggie gave me a flower. How very sweet baby boys of mine.






Another flower for you Mama...











































CONCLUSION: I am so blessed to have this greatest thing in life: F A M  I L Y.  

Next activity: week of July 4th


-Irene











May 25, 2017

Revelation continues...

I feel more peaceful now because of expressing my feelings and thoughts that I have been keeping for a long time. This is a continuation of my blog entitled "Confession" where I talked about my in-laws. One of the things that I learned from the things that have transpired between me/us and my in-laws is the importance of understanding and knowing your rights specially if you are an immigrant.

Because I came from the Philippines (foreign land), it was easier for people to believe and be influenced by the things that they were told by my in-laws. Of course right?. Who am I? They do not know me but this should not justify the unfair judgments.

But, I always believe that the truth and correct principles will prevail despite their cunning plans, conspiracies and evil ways and it did. 

https://www.facebook.com/womenworking/videos/10155698964159523/?pnref=story 

However, my Husband believed in the "truth" and believes in my "sincerity" that's why we are still together despite all the tactics and persecutions of my in-laws... and this is all that matters to me. 

So, I would like to emphasize the following:

HUMAN RIGHTS- are rights inherent to all human beings whatever our "nationality", place of residence, sex, "national or ethnic origin", "color", religion, "language" or any other status. We are all "equally entitled" to our human rights "without discrimination". (see United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner)

DISCRIMINATION- prejudice, biased, unfairness, one-sidedness, bigotry, narrow-mindedness, racism.

BULLY- persecute, oppress, harass, torment, coerce, pressure.

EMOTIONAL ABUSE also known as "psychological abuse"- any act of confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity and self worth, denial of the abuse and blaming the victim, lying.

 You are so evil when you force people to do what you want. You are so evil when you lie and appear as an angel of light to get people to believe you and do what you want in order to achieve your "impure desires" to get glory, praises and recognition. You are definitely evil when you team against (conspiracy) or bully someone.  

Like Nephi in the Book of Mormon, I have been born of goodly parents. I am also very grateful for having honest, kind, humble, respectful, modest, good example and spiritual sisters. And Kevron agrees to these things. 

I believe that a wise person knows how to respect his fellowmen. #loveisrespect

-Irene

May 20, 2017

Confession

I am a very patient person. But, when you reach the point of abusing it, then I will step back. I will fight for my rights, yes, I will fight you for what I DESERVE. For me, this is teaching you how to compromise, to respect, to be humble and just...to me. I stand up for my principles. I REALLY HATE it when people force you to do something that they want you to do or something that they want to happen. There are people that try to meddle because they think they are helping but the truth is IT'S NOT HELPING THE SITUATION AT ALL!

I am very grateful for the people that extended and those that are extending  honest service and real care for me here in America. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THE IMPORTANT AND SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF MY PRECIOUS CHILDREN. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT RESPECT ME. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT STRENGTHEN ME AS A MOTHER AND AS AN INDIVIDUAL. Thus for me, THEY LOVE MY CHILDREN AND MY FAMILY. Of course nobody is perfect but THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT EXERT EFFORT FOR ME TO LET ME KNOW THAT THEY LOVE ME BECAUSE THEY TRY TO MAKE UP AND COMPROMISE. THEY TALK TO YOU WITH RESPECT, KINDNESS AND HONESTY. 

For a long time, I battled depression. I do not talk about this in public because I'm so afraid. But, I realized that it is okay to talk about it. I believe that I have the freedom and rights to express myself. I suffered emotionally and mentally starting the beginning of my marriage which slowly led to my physical health declining adding was the challenges of pregnancy and giving birth. My depression started when I'm having problems with my in-laws. It was hell for me living at my in-laws basement for 4 months. One incident that was very hurtful for me was when my mother-in-law told me that I can not be in her house if I discipline her kids (which I never was) The persecutions, judgments, conspiracies and unkindness did not stop when we left that basement. Despite the many accusations I got from this family and no fellow-shipping, I tried my best many times to visit them/see them. I have to exert so much effort to do this. Why? I have to face each one of them, deal with each one of them...kindly. I have to face people like their friends and relatives with courage despite their questionable facial expressions and or negative reactions toward me. They were somehow influenced by my in-laws for the things that they have said specifically my mother-in-law. Do you imagine how hard this is for me? I am alone. I do not have any family here. I do not know people here. The people that Starla introduced to me, all of a sudden avoided me...when I tried to go to them for help. Why? Because of what she told them. My mother-in-law and Kevron's sisters bombarded him with emails accusing me of many things and saying I am too sensitive. One even called me B-i-t-c-h. I will never forget one of the things that Starla said that stood up to me was..."if the in-laws will not try to be a part of their family then they should be excluded". NEVER DID THIS FAMILY STRENGTHEN MY AND KEV'S MARRIAGE AND MY PREGNANCIES. NOBODY from them admitted anything but accused me of too sensitive. When my mother in-law said that they can be mean sometimes but I am being too sensitive. I believe that she is downplaying here. I realized that I do not need to please these people specially that I feel ignored by them. You know what I mean? 

And so over the years, it is just the same. I ended up deactivating my Facebook account maybe just a couple months ago because of the unkindness, attacks and cunning plans of them specifically my mother-in-law and her daughters. And so to be honest, I do not have any desire to travel miles and miles away to go to Utah. It is a big sacrifice in my part being a mother of 3 kids. I will try to avoid the things that's causing me too much stress  and anxiety. It's not healthy.  I have enough. I have many things that are important that I should focus on and spend time with people that bring out the best in me... people that respect me. Kevron and I have many things to attend to raising our kids. We are to support and care for each other. And yes, for the rest of my life I have to take medications for depression. 

My kids are the reasons why I am still alive. The Lord has preserved me for them. My parents are a big surprised blessing of the Lord. He has granted me the things that I asked Him. And I do this when I feel that I am worthy to ask Him. The Lord has preserved and blessed my and Kev's marriage. We are still together because the Lord knows that I have a pure intention of marrying Kevron and build a family of my own.

-Irene












May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day, Patchy!

Today was a fine day.  It's a day to remember just how much our mothers mean to us.  I know my kids love their mommy.  They each greeted "happy mother's day" to her.  They had been anticipating this day for weeks.  Each of them prepared something special for Irene at school and at church.  They also wanted to get something for her while we were at the store.  We picked chocolate, which we know is one of  Irene's favorites.  I love to show my kids just how to appreciate their mom and my wife.  It's a skill they will be able to use in their own marriages.

Irene is away for up to 12 hours.  My gift to her is time.  I know every minute Irene is home is extremely valuable.  We depend on her emotionally and she is the light of our day.  Moms have to move quickly and Irene is a speed demon.  Our dishwasher has been broken for a while.  We budgeted in a replacement and I managed to install it.  The dishwasher is something we can all use to help save Irene's time.


I hope that Irene feels our love and appreciation.  I hope she understands how much I love her.  She really deserves the best.  Patchy, you are the best we could ever dream of.  Happy Mother's day! -Kev


Happy Mother's Day, Mommy!

I got a new dish washer.  Thanks my love!





New kitchen mat. Thanks to Emma for choosing it 😊


Dialogue two weeks before mother's day.
VEY: Mom I have something for you on mother's day.
ME: Really? You are so thoughtful and sweet.
VEY: I'm not telling you though what it is. I made it. Are you keeping it?
ME: of course my big boy 😊


That display figurine below is the one Vey was talking about. He said, it is Maggie the cat, him, Mommy and Daddy.


Thank you Emma for the beautiful flower plant. I love blossoms!


Miggie drew that girl for me. He said it is Mommy. 😊


My kindergarten Miggie is my sweet honeybee!


My four babies: Kevron, Veyron, Emma and Miggie are my greatest blessings in this life. I am deeply grateful for having you in my life. You are my life, hope and greatest inspirations. 

-Mommy 

May 9, 2017

Emma's Baptism


Emma Joy, you are the most beautiful. You are as pure as gold, as bright as the sunshine, as clean as the temple. 

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Emma Joy,

Hey girl cakes! I want to write you to tell you how proud I am of you. I love you so much and am so happy that you are making good decisions.

Never forget how much I love you. You will always be my girl cakes, my Emjay and my beloved daughter.

Keep making great choices. Make good choices even when it is hard.

Love,
Daddy



Emma my one and only daughter,

You are my baby girl and Mommy's candy! My hopes and prayers for you is that you continue to be a good girl and good example to everyone. Be strong in the gospel for if you do, you will be safe and joyful. You are a  big blessing in my life.

Love,
Mommy