As I reflect upon the holiday that brings a smile and warm memories to my mind, I can’t help but think of how blessed we moms are. My Facebook is filled with quotes, and the even the websites I frequent are filled with Mother’s Day gift ideas. I was just at the supermarket and this pretty blonde haired girl who looked about 8 years old was behind me at the cashier counter. She was buying flowers and chocolate for her mom and it made me smile! If there is one job that is the most difficult but rewarding, it would have to be motherhood.
This past two months I was on full-time mommy mode. I was with my two little kids 12 hours a day. It was a combination of bliss + exhaustion. My family and I set up our 2nd home in Hong Kong because my husband works there. I will still be in Manila very often and it is still home. I will continue working in Manila, but there will be some changes on this blog like a touch of Hong Kong lifestyle. The first two months we were spent setting up the apartment and unpacking boxes. I had to do almost everything with the occasional help of four little hands. My children helped with the house chores and learned to do things on their own while I had to cook lunch and dinner, wash dishes, clean and do laundry. It may have been tiring but now that my helper has arrived, I get to relax and appreciate how close the kids and I have become. Whenever I would bathe my 3-year-old girl, she would say “I love you mommy. Dear God thank you for giving us a mommy who loves to take care of us”. Hearing this would make me smile and forget about how tired I really am.
Then there were those days, the ones reserved for the books. I recall walking into the play room seeing a million pieces of M&M’s crushed to the floor with a rolling pin. Or the time when the two managed to lock themselves inside their Ikea sliding wardrobe closet. Those were the days I wanted to cry for my own mother to rescue me! Living in a different country has changed my perspective on a lot of things. I will share them with you in the days to come, but for now I’d like to share a realization that has come to me in the past month. It is to live each day to the fullest with your kids. Love your husband. Explore, make memories, take lot of photos and enjoy your time with them . Happy Mother’s Day!