Let Me Count the Ways

fernfam_canterburyT’was the best year ever! That basically sums up all theblessings we have received this year.

It all began towards the end of January, when hubby got a new job with Datacom, deemed as the largest New Zealand-owned IT services provider. Such allowed him to earn almost twice with benefits to boot.

Totally unexpected was the Fernandez family reunion March-April, when my sister-in-law and he family from the US and the my other sister-in-law  fromthe UK came to Auckland with my parents-in-law in tow.

In July, I got a work-from-home job with Shannon Digital (1 day after I left my previous one, because they wanted me to work for 40 hours/week and I couldn’t since I have to be home when the kids are home from school), which is also now related to my professional background. I do what I enjoy doing, am more productive with less distractions, and get to do all the household chores and be home during the kids’ school holidays, too.

My son had his Confirmation on 1 September with his eldest first cousin from his dad’s side, Denise, as his godparent. As per his request, we celebrated afterward at his favourite restaurant, MickeyD’s.

For the first time after 3 years, we were able to go back to the Philippines! It was a short 18-day holiday, but a fun-filled one, getting to spend time with the Thelmos, Reyeses in Lipa,Cervanteses in Cagayan de Oro, hubby and my high schoolfriends, and the Educhild group in Cebu; with a day-trip at Universal Studios in Singapore, to boot.

My daughter had her First Reconciliation, Confirmation, and First Communionon 11 November, with Baron, her first cousin from her dad’s side, as her godparent. A joint celebration with 6 other Filipino familyfriends was held at our place: heaps of food with a wholelechon; Xbox Kinect dance competitions among parents and kids.

We bought a house! Well, technically, the bank bought one on our behalf and we now owe them for the next 30 years. It’s amodest 3BR, single-detached, weatherboard house that’s withinwalking distance to the train station, bus terminal, library, andmall. We moved in on 9 December and have yet to unpack half of the boxes and sort our things. We’ll get there.

For  3 whole days, we had a mini holiday in Canterbury for my office Christmas Do, airfare and accommodation courtesy of the company I work for, which is based in Christchurch.

So much to be thankful for, indeed. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for such blessings that God has bestowed upon our family and for the intercessions of the Blessed Mother.

May you all have a Very Merry Christmas!!
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