Stand With Me Daddy

Stand with me daddy,
And hold my hand tight.
My future is before me,
I need to know I will be alright.

Stand with me daddy,
As I go forth into the world.
I remember the values you have taught me
Yes, they have taken their hold.

Stand with me daddy,
When I make tough decisions.
I know life is not fair,
But can’t I ask God a question?

Stand with me daddy,
When I bore my son first born,
My life just unraveled,
It was darkest before dawn.

Stand with me daddy,
And see the person I am today,
I’m sure as you look down and see,
You will be proud to have a daughter like me.

by Consuelo Lalunio

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Grandma’s Poem

( This poem was written by my mother-in-law Dr. Lydia Lalunio. It is written in my native language. I will endeavor to write a translation later. Thank you!)

Meme na Bunso
Meme na bunso
Sa iyong kuna
Pagod si Nanay
Sa pagbabantay
Di alintana
Pagod, puyat niya
Lakas hinuhugot
Sa Poong Maykapal.

Sa buong magdamag
Ay gising si Nanay
Sa daing ni Bunso
Puso’y nawiwindang
Naro’n din si Tatay
Moog Na sandalan
Sa pananalangin
Sa Panginoong Mahal.

Lola, Tito at Tita
Ay nagdadasal
Na bumalik agad
Ang kalusugan
Sa ganitong pagsubok
Sama-sama, akbay-akbay
Bigat ng pasanin
Gumagaan, gumagaan.

Dr. Lydia Perez Lalunio

The Meaning of Life

Wow! Such big words! It’s not as profound as you might think. Nowadays, with everything that is going on in the world, around us, and in our own lives, we have to be able to find meaning in our day to day routine. In fact, just being able to go about our day has meaning in itself. It means that you are able to drive around in your car, able to buy gas and have a purpose in going somewhere. You are part of the hum drum, I should say. Continue reading

Setbacks…

For lack of a better title for this post, I wrote “Setbacks…” as in the plural form.

We brought Isaac to the emergency room on April 2, Sunday, the day of his party and just a day before his birthday. We got admitted and had to stay until Thursday of that week. It was the most gruelling 5 days of our lives! I couldn’t leave Isaac’s side and he would cry every time he saw someone come into the room. I was glued to his bedside and honestly probably got to take only 2 showers the whole time! TMI but true…so sad. Continue reading

Two Years Home!!!

Today marks the two years since we came home! We only had one hospitalization where we stayed overnight and it was really because of a tricky trache change and I was being a scaredy cat!

We have gone through so much as a family since Isaac was born at 25 weeks on April 3, 2014. Spending 10 months in the NICU was an eye opening and mind numbing experience if you can imagine those two emotions being combined. Continue reading