My Unsung Hero Called Daryl

My husband, Daryl, and I made our marriage vows before God and men when we were already past 30.

As we were both used to living the single life for a long period of time, both of us had to initially make some major adjustments in our married life. We also had to add this dose of reality: the life of a married couple is not always smooth sailing. And yet there is so much to be thankful for when one chooses to say good bye to single living and yes to married life 🙂

Daryl & me during a trip in Thailand.
Daryl & me during a trip to Thailand.

I would say that I am not what I am today had I not said “I do” to Daryl. I have become, I believe, an even better version of myself, thanks to him.

Daryl, whether directly or indirectly, stirs me even more to value and live out “husay and malasakit.”

Daryl encourages me to do my best in what I do, whether I am writing or blogging or whether I am involved as facilitator/teacher for a course or training. Whenever I have assignments at church to share the Word of God, I am also helped when he gives me feedback. I know that most men are not as communicative as women so it is a good thing when he takes the effort to affirm what I did well and what I could do better. By doing so, I am able to improve in what I do.

There are times when I have this desire to help a person in need but then I get unsure whether I should do so or not. It is such a blessing then when my husband also sees the same need and we could jointly help together this person or family in some practical way. It does help a lot when your partner in life also has “malasakit” for others even those beyond your family circle or group of friends. In fact, my husband has also been active with the men’s group from church and they as a group organize and get involved in activities that could benefit others in the community, in our city. His involvement also inspires me to do my part in serving others.

Daryl with TJFM men's group.
Daryl with TJFM men’s group.

I would not be able to complete this “tribute” to my husband without mentioning how glad I am of his patience and willingness to be involved in household chores. My husband doesn’t mind cooking or washing the dishes at home. In fact, he is the better cook in the house and has taught me to improve in this area. Thanks to my husband, I am certainly doing better in the kitchen now than during my single years.

It says in Proverbs 19:14 (Easy-to-Read Version of the Bible) that a “good wife is a gift from the LORD.” Well, I would also say that a good husband is definitely a priceless gift from God 🙂  I am thankful that God gave me both a husband and a hero 🙂

One more thankful note: I am grateful to Unilab for encouraging bloggers like me to reflect and write about the unsung heroes of our life. Congratulations are also in order as Unilab celebrates 70 years of service to the Filipino people. 

8 Interesting Family Quotes

How do you look at your family? How do you describe your relationship to family members? I came across some interesting family quotes and I’m sharing them with you:

1) The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
   – Richard Bach

2) A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
  – Charles R. Swindoll

3) If we abandon marriage, we abandon the family.
– Michael Enzi

4) I believe the world is one big family, and we need to help each other.
– Jet Li

5) A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss… That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.
– Brad Pitt

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6) Families are like fudge — mostly sweet with a few nuts.
– Author Unknown

7) Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.
– Cary Grant

8) “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”
– Erma Bombeck

The last 3 quotes, I hope, made you smile 🙂

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It’s Time for Kids’ Play Minus the Usual Gadgets

While I am not against kids using gadgets to play and learn something, I would also like to really see the kids of today also play games apart from their gadgets.Being a Psychology major myself, I have studied how important it is for kids to experience play using as many of their senses as possible.

Actual play apart from gadgets is a key in the development of children. Learning takes place as kids play. And of course, actual physical play with other kids will also help them in developing relationships and dealing with others. That’s why I appreciate this latest advertisement from a popular baby product. It reminds mothers and fathers to let their kids engage in play and games sans gadgets. It is indeed worth watching and I wouldn’t be surprised if a Psychology major,  Psychologist or Pediatrician helped influence or create this commercial.

Breakfast with the Word

My husband and I believe that it is always important to be plugged into the source of life (John 3:36) 🙂  And so we have specific times when we go to God in prayer and reading His Word. These things we do separately as well as a couple.

The usual time when we spend time to read a Bible verse together and pray it through for the day is during breakfast time. We do this just before we thank God for our breakfast. A very useful tool for this is the wedding giveaway that our friend gave us about a year ago. Her giveaway is a small, beautiful box that contains scriptures. We started using this since last year (after using and finishing another scripture source then).

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I think that by doing this during breakfast time is a good reminder for my hubby and me that we do not live on bread (or rice!) alone (Matthew 4:4). And that our marriage will continue to grow strong because we acknowledge God as part of it (Ecclesiastes 4:12).