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Motivational Monday: Mis Padres

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 01/11/2016 at 19:00

Pope Francis offers his take* on how home influences our faith [my commentary in brackets]:

Faith opens a ‘window’ to the presence and working of the Spirit. It shows us that, like happiness, holiness is always tied to little gestures.

‘Whoever gives you a cup of water in my name will not go unrewarded,’ Jesus says (Mark 9:41).

“These little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family; they get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children, by brothers and sisters. They are little signs of tenderness, affection, and compassion.

  • “Like the warm supper we look forward to at night [my mom‘s homecooking], the early meal awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work [my dad‘s coffee].

“Homely gestures.

“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs that make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life and life to grow in faith.”

*Pope Francis in the U.S.: Words of Mercy and Hope (2015), Daughters of St. Paul, pp. 22-23 ~ as said at the Closing Mass of the Eighth World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, Sunday, September 27, 2015.

^– I actually used this passage as my pre-brunch prayer of grace with my parents today! –^

Bearing in mind these homely gestures, let’s also consider our cultures and upbringings…

Have you ever wondered why your parents act the way they do then realize that you’re turning out more like them as you grow up?

Wong Fu was right on point:

Have you eaten yet? = Priceless ♥love♥

Speaking of family …

Happy 17th Birthday to Rey-Rey, my beloved GODdaughter Reyanna mañana!

Soul Saturday: Scripture Strategy

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 10/17/2015 at 13:30

As I prepare for my service to our Church as commentator*** today, I continue to seek the Holy Spirit‘s guidance.

Lector and Singer Prayers

Lector✌ & Church ♫Singer♪ Prayers | ***Courtesy Straight from the ♥Heart♥ … A †Prayer† Companion (Rev. Fr. Ladra, Marío José, 2007)

Dr. Grassi, in Guts, Grace & Gloryapproaches scripture like a linebacker* ~ so I’ll do the same, per these positions:

  • Stance ~ “starts with the right foundation”
Home Is Where the Heart Is

Our heart home was built on stone, which serves as a solid foundation for unwavering ♥love & faith✌ full of flowers + stores festive traditions every season!

So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was!

Matthew 7:24-27

Book of Matthew

Book of Matthew, Chapter 7 | **Courtesy The Catholic Rainbow Study Bible: Good News Translation (2nd ed.) (Rainbow Studies, Inc., 2000)

  • Alignment ~ line up with the right people

Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.

Proverbs 13:20

QT w/EV

Cupcake Cheers: QT w/ Evie after I made a sweet treat run ~ looking forward to tonight’s dinner after we serve at Church for Vigil Mass

Do not be fooled. “Bad companions ruin good character.”

~ I Corinthians 15:33  

Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts.

Colossians 3:16  

Tabernacle

The Tabernacle: The Blessed Sacrament

So Jesus said to those who believed him, “If you obey my teaching, you are really my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:31-32

Spiritual Sources

  • *Grassi, J. E. (2013). Guts grace and glory: A football devotional. New York, NY: Thomas Nelson. (p. 69)
  • **Rainbow Studies, Inc. (2000). The Catholic Rainbow Study Bible: Good News Translation (2nd ed.). El Reno, OK: Rainbow Studies International.
  • ***Rev. Fr. Ladra, Marío José. (2007). Straight from  the ♥Heart♥ … A †Prayer† Companion. (pp. 146-147).

Workout Wednesday: Double Duty

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 10/07/2015 at 10:00

Since most of my energy and time are being spent on my dissertation, I’ve minimized my exercise

Shake Weight Sweaty Selfie

Sweaty Selfie: Shake Weight catches my reflection as I put in some action!

Yet I still fit it in

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No need for the gym ~ I’ve got the gear that I need here, while sporting my fave teams: Dallas Mavericks * Dallas Cowboys * Texas Rangers

As I catch up on chores

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As I dust my dresser that have decor, I also display jewelry and photos that I score!

Both inside the house

And outdoors!

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More watches to witness my fitness + parabands that my student’s son made for his how-to speech

My favorite physical activity:

Dancing!

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Purrfect spot to sport my Double A-Team‘s collars complete with their St. Francis of Assisi + *Dallas Mavericks* & *San Antonio Spurs* medals (YES, speaking of bball, that is a Kobe Bryant card here)

I also ♫sing♪ to work out those vocal chords!

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Wow, speaking of black & gold, my students‘ homecoming is coming up …

Therefore, both my body and soul are refreshed!

Floral Friday: Hilltop Home & Garden

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Floral Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 08/28/2015 at 04:44

During my bday vacay last week, I visited a home that is among my fondest memories:

my beloved soon-to-be (in 2½ weeks) Birthday Girl aunt’s estate!

Not only am I a fan, but apparently and rightfully so, her community also is as well because both

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in The Baltimore Sun☼ 

The highlight of my stay was when I sat in my Tita Fe‘s gourmet kitchen with Mami Aya, her siblings and their spouses ~ during which my MD aunts and uncles, who included

  • Tita FeTito Rudy (my mom’s oldest sister and her husband)
  • Tito RobertTita Yollie (my mom’s youngest brother & his wife)

each endorsed me for my PhD ~ providing their sound advice that I’ll take with me as I progress toward my doctoral dissertation defense.

 4:44 ~ make a Bday/BTS wish!!! ✌

Beauty Tuesday: Read or Treat? 

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/18/2015 at 05:00

How about both? ✌🏽️

Annie's my Wallpaper

I added the Overdrive app after redeeming my Viggle eBook reward

More of my recent 🌅pleasure reading📚 has been geared toward 📳lifestyle!

Thanks to my Viggle📺 📲app, I earned🏆 this 👓eBook, the second helping from the 🎂Cupcakes and Cashmere 📓blogger!

  "Cupcakes & Cashmere @ Home" eBook
🍭Dulce Candy, a military hero who became famous on YouTube for her makeup tutorials

IMG_1097 and also relates to others who share similarities from common culture and background

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released her 📕book, 🍥The Sweet Life, two weeks ago ~ the exact same day as my post-PhD🎓 reading!

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ALL of the above come in handy as I travel across the country this week!

Floral & Feline Friday: A&A Flower Power + Shower

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Fitness Friday, Floral Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 06/26/2015 at 20:20

What do you think of Pope Francis‘ Laudato Si environmental encyclical?

Praise Be His creation!

I’m taking full advantage of taking care of my share of †GOD’s† ☼creations☼ and creatures this weekend!

Following a long week filled with grading speeches and continuing my doctoral dissertation data processing, I beat the heat before today’s rain hit to tend to the garden.

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St. Francis of Assisi ~ the Patron Saint of Animals ~ welcomes GOD’s creatures into this Garden of Creation!

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In bloom …

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Fully blossomed!

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Remember this hibiscus? Rain helped her grow!

To yours truly, gardening is very therapeutic

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And to my fine, furry friends, this gives them a chance to peer into the great outdoors!

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Piano Cat Annie is ready to attack while Big Sis Asia stays laidback! 

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Flashback FridayAsia climbs trees as the Baby Cat Acrobat!

Baby Asia

Picking peaches: Asia the Dare Angel!

✌R.I.P.✌ ♥Papa Ped♥ (June 27, 1927-November 18, 2015)

Floral Friday: Curb Appeal

In Feline Friday, Floral Friday, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot on 06/12/2015 at 17:00

I’ve always admired my parentshard work, not just in their jobs, but also in how they maintain their home.

To this very day, almost three decades since we moved into their forever home, I still consider it as the nicest one on the block all year round.

Front yard

Just part of my parents’ front yard on the southwest side

  • My dad, who has a green thumb, takes pride in doing his own gardening.
  • My mother, who decorates for every single holiday, decks the halls and the porches to welcome each season.
Pink flower

A brand-new addition to their spring blossoms: This pink flower is in full bloom!

Who needs Home Owners Association when this DISPO DIY couple prefer to exercise their own creativity?

Fil-Am

F is for … Flashback Friday: ¡Viva la Independencia Filipinas! [Yours truly catching an egg in a man’s world] #PinoyPride 

Happy Philippine Independence Day (June 12, 1898)!

Fitness Friday: Bunny Buddy 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Fitness Friday, Floral Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 06/05/2015 at 12:15

When I lived in the 🌅Bay🌉 Area, home to Western Conference Champions, the Golden State Warriors, who beat Eastern Conference Champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in last night’s 🏀NBA Finals🏆 Game 1, I actually had friends who walked their 🐈cats {Happy Belated Hug-Your-Cat😻 Day yesterday, by the way}

 
This morning, I joined Mami Aya and Coco 🐰Bunny🐇 on their 🐾walk! #QTwithThisCutie

 


Since my mom’s taking care of my sis’ Yorkie, they’ve been 👣walking👟 everyday, and I made a point to join them this time around!



We went to my Bestie’s 🏡house🏠 now that we’re neighbors, so Coco made friends with the Cake🎂 and Cookie🍪 Corgies: Twinkie and Oreo!

 

One of my buddies also 🏁rolled🚗 by…

 
 … And we proceeded with 🚦caution🚥 as we approached this 🐍snake!

 

Since I haven’t exercised much 🌳outdoors🌴 this 🍀spring🌷 due to my 😰sickness, I shoot to login more miles this 🌞summer🌼 little by little again!

Feline Floral Friday: A&A R&R

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Floral Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/29/2015 at 08:20

Angelic Annie is the prayerful† pet ~ reverent with our Rosary!


This glow-in-the-dark Rosary goes well with reverent Angelic Annie‘s green eyes ^_^

Last Memorial Day🇺🇸 weekend, I longed to stay home🏡 and relax with my Double A😻 ~ to play and pray✌ ~ before teaching this summer☼ and my work trips🚘 slated for next month!

 
To kick it off, my bestie‘s family held Mass💒 at their new blessed 🏠home! Her always generous mom was sweet🍭 enough not just for the food🍛 that she cooked🍗 and baked🎂 for their guests, but also for sending me home with plenty of leftovers🍱 and one of the beautiful flower💐 center pieces! 

  
Before I followed in my mom’s lead by bringing them to the 🙏Virgin … 

 
        

… My 🐱girls🐯 and I enjoyed 🌺them, and I made the most out of my QT with my ♥cuties! K&K‘s💪 FFF book📖 (2015) cited research🔬 from 📙Journal of Evolutionary Psychology that revealed how fresh flowers🌷 provoke 🌻joy!

 
        

FYI: Due to my the heavy load ahead for my remaining dissertation🎓 work ahead, I may not post📓 on here as much. Best wishes of blessings† to all who stay in my loop📳 as I deliver the scoop🍦 … and I seek y’all to please send good vibes☺️ and lift yours truly in ☝prayer, thank y’all! 

Flick Friday: F is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/01/2015 at 12:00

Fast & Furious 🏁 * Full Force 💥 * Family 👪 * Friendship 🌈

The sky is the limit in Furious 7 as the gang take on sworn enemy Shaw ~ living by their mantra: 💭
 
Ride or Die 👊
  
As Turetto would say:
 

I have a group of racers, NOT killers. 🔫

    

  

Super Car Pre-Race🚗 Paraphrase🌇 [not exact lines]
  • Brian (the late, great Paul Walker): $3.4 million, goes 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, & there are only 7 in the world. 🌏
  • Dom (Vin Diesel): You can’t lock up a beast. 🐯 

  

Leadership Lessons [since I study and teach it]

Roman (Tyrese Gibson) is NOT an effective leader because 

  • insists on making decisions ~ authoritative 
  • claims to delegate ~ laissez faire = lazy 
  • stays on aircraft✈️ while the rest of his crew go airborne🚀 ~ lack of setting an example 

  

  

Speaking of leadership, the opening feature that Edwin and I watched at the Drive-In before our main event also showed lessons:

 

   Home 🏡 

 

This animation actually starred the vocals of actors Jon Parsons (Sheldon Cooper from CBS’ Big Bang Theory) and Steve Martin, plus singer-actresses Rihanna and J-Lo! 🗼 

Without revealing too much {I wouldn’t want to spoil it for the kiddos}, a seemingly-unlikely character eventually becomes an emerged leader whom his purple peers look up to over their appointed leader after showing them how valuable friendship (pink) and happiness (orange) can be! Plus, who doesn’t like to dance? 💃
  • 📒Ford-Brown, L. (2014). DK Guide to Public Speaking. Professional Speaking in Groups (pp. 444-458). Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Side note: Although F7 already has been out on the 🎬big screen🎥 for almost four solid weeks, this has been my first time to fit it into my schedule. Definitely. Worth. The. Wait. 🎦

Una más: Both of these aforementioned films featured exotic babes with curly ringlets: Home starred a native of Barbados who was a 😻cat🐈 mama (Happy Early Mother’s Day💐 to us as well), and Furious 7 had a hot hacker with a sizzling accent! Underlying theme of the night! 🌠🌙🌌