This is my knight in a shining armor

My home won’t be complete without this gallant man by my side:

I felt so blessed to have a special man. This man is the first and the last that captured my heart . He’s the one that let me feel the joy of what it is to love and beloved. He didn’t just give me roses. Instead he planted them for me. He didn’t indulge me with chocolates. Chocolates are not good for women who’s desperate to lose weight. He knew I’m one of those struggling women. He never complains on how I keep the house nor how I cook our meals-some were burnt, some tasted plainly bland. He’s forever faithful. I never have to worry about where he is or what he’s doing. He’s my best friend, always willing to listen when I have a need. His gentleness and kindness never fail. He fulfilled my dreams of becoming a wife and a working mom. He’s my hubby-my only dear Joseph.

My hubby with his female colleagues. You should have seen him how he rocks with those cowboy boots during their New Year’s Costume Party:) Am I not a stage wife? LOL!!!!

That’s my dear- friendly, charming, and warm. He gets along with almost everyone. He works hard not to rock the boat. His easy-going attitude brings people together.

Hyzyd and I are so blessed to have you in our lives. You’ll always be my sweetie pie and our son’s NO.1 dad! We love you so much. You have shown us what it means to love unconditionally and what it is to be responsible for our love ones.. Through my ups and downs, you’re always there and so patient in dealing with my tantrums…he..he…As always, you remain my best friend….You have that charisma and charm that makes me grow in love with you over and over again. Our love grows sweeter and sweeter as the years go by…Oh, what a love we have shared. It’s because we let God be the only third party in this relationship. Without HIM we’re really nothing. I love you. I truly love you. You have touched my life and made my dreams come true. You have taught my heart to sing songs just for you. Always remember that we’re each for the other and both for the Lord. Together we will live a happy life.WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH….I love you so much, mahal.

Happy Valentine’s , Dad! Ain’t Valentine’s our everyday occasion?

4 things that help tuning-up MARRIAGE

I shared a post in my FB wall about the closeness of marriage and other 16 friends liked it. I believe they could relate with me on this:

The secret to closeness in marriage is not sparkling conversation or shared interests or incredible sex. As good as those are, the secret is practising plain, old-fashioned thoughtfulness and kindness. It’s the stuff we learn when we’re young and forget when we’re too busy: things like respect, sensitivity, attentiveness and caring.

If your marriage needs a tune-up, start doing these four things.

1. Practise ‘hug therapy‘. When you’re at odds with each other, remember this: ‘Hearts may agree though heads differ.’ A hug works wonders. When we touch one another in caring ways our bodies actually produce chemicals that calm us emotionally and help us to bond physically. God designed us that way.

2. Don’t forget the small stuff. When you routinely build little kindnesses into your marriage they become a source of strength later; it’s like money in the bank you can draw on. So think ‘personal’ and ‘sweet’, like helping to clean up after dinner, making the bed, putting out the bins.

3. Mind your manners. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean common courtesy should go by the wayside. The Bible says, ‘Be kind to one another, tender hearted.’ That means listening without interrupting, and practising the basics like saying ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’. This stuff’s not rocket science, but it works!

4. Compliment each other. Your marriage partner is not a mind reader. Whenever you think something nice about them, tell them! We live in a cold, competitive world; hearing that we’re loved, smart, attractive and fun from someone whose opinion we really value means everything.

Love Opens Doors

(Photo Credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk) A photograph of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert taken in May 1854

According to an article in Today in the Word, soon after Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert, the couple had a quarrel, whereupon Prince Albert locked himself in his private apartment. Queen Victoria knocked furiously on his door.

“Who’s there?” asked Albert.

“The Queen of England, and she demands to be admitted.”

There was no response and the door remained locked. The queen knocked furiously again.

“Who’s there?” asked Albert again. The queen’s response was the same … as was Albert’s.

After more furious knocking and no response came a quiet pause—and then a gentle tap.

“Who’s there?” asked Albert once more.

“Your wife, Albert,” the queen replied. Immediately the door was opened.

As the writer of this article pointed out, “Love opens doors.”

Need I say more?

What an incredible love story!

An incredible love story has come out of China recently and managed to touch the world. It is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other in peace for over half a century.

The 70-year-old Chinese man who hand-carved over 6,000 stairs up a mountain for his 80-year-old wife has passed away in the cave which has been the couple’s home for the last 50 years.

Over 50 years ago, Liu Guojiang a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu Chaoqin..

In a twist worthy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, friends and relatives criticized the relationship because of the age difference and the fact that Xu already had children.

At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman. To avoid the market gossip and the scorn of their communities, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality.

In the beginning, life was harsh as hey had nothing, no electricity or even food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives.

Xu felt that she had tied Liu down and repeatedly asked him, ‘Are you regretful? Liu always replied, ‘As long as we are industrious, life will improve.’

In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.

Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly couple and the over 6,000 hand-carved steps. Liu MingSheng, one of their seven children said, ‘My parents loved each other so much, they have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single day. He hand carved more than 6,000 steps over the years for my mother’s convenience, although she doesn’t go down the mountain that much.’

The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until Liu, at 72 years, returned from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife’s hand even after he had passed away.

“You promised me you’ll take care of me, you’ll always be with me until the day I died, now you left before me, how am I going to live without you?’ Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence and touching her husband’s black coffin with tears rolling down her cheeks.

In 2006, their story became one of the top 10 love stories from China , collected by the Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.

What an incredible love story!