What a year it has been! I don’t even know where to start. Looking back through my photos from 2012, it’s all quite a ride. And looking back, I haven’t realized how much I’ve done until it’s all over. How fast time flies!
So allow me to do a little recap eh?
Grieving and Healing and Family Love
Healing from the scars of 2011 and healing from the death of my maternal grandmother (who has been living with us for 3 years) last March. I did channel that grief and found renewed excitement with the second year of our summer school. The kids have been a sweet delight to my 2012 summer. Yet summer also gave me a surprising twist of chance with someone. And I became stronger and wiser.
Aside from my lola’s death, it was also hard for me to see my paternal grandfather being in and out of the ICU- to see what used to be a powerful, influential, strong man now helpless. But ironic how terrible things always have a purpose and how it always has a gem inside it. My grandfather’s sickness opened wounds and healed them slowly. It softened hard hearts and made forgiveness a bit more possible. Blessings came in different disguises and packages. It came in the form of knowing my grandfather more, it came in getting to discover my half and step relatives (from my dad’s side. Our family is kind of complicated so don’t try to analyze it. Lol!) better, it came in listening to my aunt’s life story (whom I haven’t seen or talked to in more than 16 years) and knowing her more, it came in strengthening my relationship with my cousins.
Grieving and healing has brought a beautiful unveiling of my family and strengthened relationships with them. And before this year ends, my sister whom I haven’t seen in 3 years is here for a month with my brother-in-law. What a way to end and start the year.
Newfound and stronger friendships.
Proverbs 31 women slash my VG girls: Never have been more grateful than with this set of ladies. One left (although she remains a great friend!) but two were added!
Tropang Sunday: And I’ve never been more blessed than this group of men and women! Sundays are always a delight with them around. They make church events and projects more fun and they are simply amazing brothers and sisters to me.
Victory Park: They inject fun and blessings to my work. Lunch has never been the same since they came into my life.
Childhood friends: They were there during my silly, goofy, and nonsense moments. They were there during my crazy days. ‘Nuff said. ;)
ePerformax Buddies: The moment I met up with them again, I knew they’d be friends whom I can always count on. They’re the ones who know my ludicrous business ideas and other irrational, stupid ideas yet loves me for it.
And my other friends! They say that true friends are hard to find but I am blessed to have a lot of friends who are real! I’m not the friendliest person there is nor am I sociable or an extrovert but God gave me numerous friends on different seasons of my life and they have stayed with me through the years. I am eternally grateful to God for all of them.
Restoration, favor, healing
2012 has also been a year marked by reunions and comebacks, allowing restoration and total healing.
I lost a grandma yet God gave me another chance to be a full-time granddaughter. My paternal grandmother who has been living in Hong Kong for more than 15 years has decided to come back and make Cebu her home. Although I don’t live with her, I know there’ll be more time to be with her.
Friends I haven’t seen in years also came for quick visits and it gave me chances to bond with them again. A different reunion also came last September. It was the sort of reunion that got me singing Cool by Gwen Stefani. A final restoration that’s 7 years in the making.
And again, my sister and my brother-in-law are in town! ;)
Favors and Blessings
I’ve said this time and time again and I’ll say it again: My client at work has been such a blessing. I get to work an average of 5 hours a day and still get paid for 8 hours of work. They are the kindest and coolest client I’ve ever had.
Although it has a been a tough year financially, God has never left us unfed. He has always provided and He always will.
Fruitfulness and Servanthood
Around June or July of 2011, someone prophesied that God will be asking me to step out with my talents. Who knew that a year later I’d be creating and designing for stages and rooms for events? Camp Happy Kids Center classrooms, Regional VisMin LifeBox Convergence, White Night Volunteers’ Appreciation Night, LifeHub Christmas party are just among the few events that I’m privileged to help out with the stage designs.
The ministries that God has given me have been such blessings as well. I dabbled with a flea market business and it was a great learning experience. He has taught me a lot on commitment, on servanthood, on sharing talents, and on excellence.
2012 In A Nutshell
It was a healing of all sorts and a slow rediscovery of who I was. It was about knowing my heart better and truly understanding whom it should beat for. The second quarter was mostly on taking servanthood to a level unlike anything before and taking my faith a step further- farther to where it has never been. Revelations from the Holy Spirit that sent me into tears almost everyday. A trying yet peaceful rediscovery of life.
How different am I from last year! How different!
I laugh so easily now. I relate well with people and men. I understand more. I empathize more. And I am more open (hence the blog!). So different. More joyful and peaceful.
It has been a year of different webs. God has been amazing and He always will be. He has been a great Father and Teacher. I know there are still a lot more to learn.
Through all these, I have re-learned to truly appreciate life and to share the One that has given me this joy, the One who has saved me time and time again. Life after all is too precious. A year has only 365 days…too limited (James 4:13-14). Cherish it. :)
As always, God held 2012 for us. I can’t have anyone hold it for me but Him. And I will say it again: God’s faithfulness is INCOMPARABLE.
(Photo from ravirajcoomar.deviantart.com)