Labor of Love

Cheesy means lame but for us Filipinos, we use the word cheesy to describe someone overtaken by lovely emotions like the overly sweet couples, overly sweet actions, overly sweet moments, etc.

For the girls talk, we have to share the cheesiest thing we have done for love. So what is the overly sweet thing I have done for hubby? When we were still officemates, I used to give Rhonnel cards that I made. Most of you know I love arts and crafts. I am quite good in sketching and I love making cards. Maybe some will raise their eyebrows and will say “What?! Cards? What is so cheesy about that?” It may sound corny to you but for me it is the cheesiest. Usually I was on graveyard shift and making cards after my duty was not easy. When you are sleepy, tired and all your energies are gone, all you want to do is hit the hay and sleep soundly. But because I want to surprise Rhonnel who was in a morning shift, 6am-2pm, and I want to give him something before he gets home and I take my shift which was 3pm-11pm, I took some of my sleeping time to make cards for him.

These are some of the cards I made. We have them kept on a box together with our love notes.

Now, I do not have time anymore to make cards like these. There are times that I feel guilty and want to grab a pen to write even a note but I just can’t. Too may things are occupying my mind and my time…Facebook, PMB and blogging. Maybe one of these days I should surprise him again with my card…my labor of love.

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Hallmark for L.I.F.E.

Yesterday I had a date with my Mom and my youngest brother at Robinson’s Metro East. I was late again because I had to wait for RJ to be picked up by her service in school before I can leave. Yes, that is how it goes for a mom like me who has no helper in the house. Everything has to be fixed first before I can go out for anything.

Back to our date…after we bought some gifts for my nieces and nephews, we headed to National Bookstore to buy Christmas cards for our relatives and friends abroad. These set of cards from Hallmark caught my attention. The designs are unique, paintings from different Filipino artists showing Filipino Christmas traditions. I love them so much!

This one is entitled “Hele” by Dan Lerma M.D. “Hele” is a Filipino
term when they are trying to cradle and rock their baby to sleep.

“Mumunting Parol” (small lanterns) by Jovito Andres.

“Pagmamahalan at Pagkakaisa sa Kapaskuhan” (Love and Unity on Christmas) by Orville Tiamson.

What is good about these cards is they are not only cheaper compared to other cards but also your purchase of this card benefits L.I.F.E. or Leukemic Indigents Fund Endowment, a charitable organization dedicated to save the lives of poor children with leukemia by way of sustained medical treatment.

Again, this is not a sponsored post. I would just like to spread the word to help these children with leukemia. It feels good to know that we can help them to live their life to the fullest while extending our love to the special persons in our life.

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