What better way to give thanks for all the blessings the Lord has showered upon us but through a celebration of life with people who needed blessing and guidance most.
My dear #MomPartner Icel of @themommawites recently gave birth to her 3rd child, baby Kris. After a month, baby Kris got sick and has to stay in the hospital for a week. This thanksgiving celebration we had at Grace To Be Born Shelter is to celebrate the birth and healing of our dear baby Kris. Nothing but glory to God for the gift of life!
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Before motherhood, I never knew how many emotions it was possible to feel in a matter of minutes. The spectrum is much more broad and rapid cycling than I ever knew existed. Today started off beautifully and ended brutally. Thankfully, it relatively quickly cycled back to beautiful so I'll spare you the nitty gritty details and just give you the lessons. . 1. Children are resilient rockstars. 2. In our greatest moments of epic failure, they still love us. 3. In their greatest moments of epic failure, we still love them. 4. That amount of unwavering love is painful. 5. Crying in front of your children is ok. Maybe even necessary. 6. Praying with them heals you both. 7. We carry our brokenness and highlight our weakness in our own minds; and somehow, even when we offer that weakness to our babies through our absolute humanness, they still find the strength and beauty. 8. The strength and beauty they so easily seem to find is real. It's also bigger than anything else. 9. When we miss the mark, it's just another opportunity to learn and grow together. 10. At the end of the day, if they know they are safe and loved, you've done your job well. Release everything else. 💙 . May we never forget, even when they’ve taken every ounce of life and energy we have left, how blessed we are to have them in our lives! . . . . . #momofboys #TGIF ##threeboys #themommawrites #thismommalife #thismoment #MOMents #momfluencerph #momapproves #momblogger #mombloggerph #momhustle #momlife #kids #kidsofinstagram #bloggerstyle #mommyblogger #mommylifestyle #mommylife #momlifeph #thismotherhood
November 3, 2019, Pasig City – My family and Icel’s visited Grace to Be Born, a ministry that saves the unborn from abortion, and a sanctuary for unwed pregnant mothers in crisis who initially thoughts of abortion but were convinced to enter the Grace home and continue their pregnancy.
It also serves as an orphanage for abandoned babies. After delivery, the mother decides whether to take home their babies or leave them at the Grace center where these babies are eventually put up for adoption through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
It is a ministry organized and run by Betty Roxas-Chua and Rey Ortega. Lay preacher Bo Sanchez was one of the pioneers of the organization and continues to support it. It is also supported by the Rosary for Life movement. They opened the Grace center on May 8, 2009, and the ministry is duly registered at and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission, DSWD, Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Mayor’s Office of the Philippines.
It was our second time to celebrate something special at Grace To Be Born. First was my birthday and Amaria’s outreach celebration on April 2019 which I asked mommy Icel to help me organize. We reached out to brands we trust and have worked with who might be interested in being part of the outreach program and luckily (and surprisingly) there were lots! We had Mommy Tin, a breastfeeding advocate, do a short talk to the young, unwed moms about the benefits of breastfeeding to both the mom and her baby and how to sustain breastfeeding.
The experience was so rewarding, fulfilling, heart-warming. Ugh! I don’t even know which adjective to use to describe the feeling! And then I thought we could do this again. Yes! We will definitely do this again!
So when my mom partner Icel gave birth, we had to celebrate! An outreach thanksgiving at Grace To Be Born was perfect way to thank God for blessing her with a healthy baby boy!
We invited Mommy Kaye, founder of Mamacademy, a community that organizes workshops for mom and women. She was the perfect speaker for the young, unwed moms! Such an inspiring talk she did as she shared her own story being raised by a single mom. Her activity was exciting and fun, having us all pick a card and answer a simple, engaging question.
Plus, she gave us all a Friendship Bracelet! Reminded us that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. <3
Icel cooked her signature spaghetti and my Momcy made her famous egg sandwich! Absolute Distilled and packed juice to seal the snack time and everybody was happy!
To wrap up our mini-party, my 3-year-old Amaria sang Fireworks by Katy Perry for everyone and then she helped distribute the gifts to the moms. <3
Oh, what an amazing day! My heart was so full and in my mind, I was planning of the next time we’re gonna do this again. I want my daughters to grow up knowing the value of sharing and giving back the blessings we receive in their own simple ways.
You may watch what went on this Thanksgiving Outreach Celebration on our vlog! Just click the video below. 🙂
This outreach celebration will not at all be possible if not for the love and support we get from our dear Brand Partners! We couldn’t thank you all enough for the gifts you send for the moms and babies! So please allow me to tag them here.
@pampersph for the very much needed diaper of the babies
@absolutedistilled for the boxes of distilled drinking water
@johnsonsbabyph for the baby products and Modess sanitary pads
@mothernurture_main for the Coffee and Choco Malunggay Mix for the breastfeeding moms and baby wipes
@bonjourbabyworld for the playmat we setup on the infants’ room
@belobabylove for the baby products
@uv_care for the cooking oil, bihon and tissue papers
@thegreencompany for the formula milk, vitamins, and meds for the kids and babies
@vpharmaph for the Salmon Omega-3 for the moms
@happydragonph for the baby wipes
@zyji_shop for the babies’ burp cloth
@tinybudsbaby for the baby bath, baby bottle wash and cotton buds
@noshbabyph for the toddlers’ organic munchables
@sanicare_ph for the tissues and wet wipes
@nappibabyph for the eco-friendly burp cloth
@kmom.motherkph for the baby laundry soap
@healthfusionph for the gummy vitamins of the toddlers at Grace Center
@omflit for the storybooks and activities for the kids
@ecoverde_1 for the eco-friendly products
@pioneeradhesivesph for the sling bags and caps
@faithhopeloveskinfood for the soap for the moms
May God return your kindness with a thousandfold! We hope and pray you wouldn’t get tired of helping kids and women like the ones from Grace To Be Born Shelter. Thank you again so much! <3
Do you wanna help save the unborn from abortion? You may help the ministry through financial donation, volunteering to serve, or donation in kind. The Grace center welcomes donations of infant formula, diapers, vitamins for babies and pregnant mothers, rice and canned goods and toiletries. Volunteer obstetrician-gynecologists, pediatricians, other doctors, nurses, and caregivers are most welcome.
Contact 9424-3712 or visit them at 53 Dr. Sixto Ave., Kapasigan, Pasig City.
I am writing this with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. Sharing and helping give me a sense of fulfillment. I may not be the best in my career or may not have everything in the world, but days like this make me feel like a champion when by sharing the little things I can also help me teach my kids the value of giving. For it is in giving that we receive.