WAHM Personal Diaries

A Year of Silence

Yes. I’ve been in blogging hiatus for a year. Maybe more.

Not something to be proud of.

The good news is, I’m back!

Hopefully for good. 🙂

Where have we been this past year, you may ask? Here’s a quick life update: 


1. We’ve moved! 

Dane made a major decision – he decided to enroll in the bible school. Things to Come Mission (our church organization) only has 4 schools here in the Philippines and the nearest school from us is in Bagac, Bataan. 

June 2019, we moved from San Mateo, Rizal to Bataan. Life here is quiet and simple and we are loving it – close to nature, beach, falls, rivers, name it! I can’t complain. In fact, we might consider living here, still praying for it. Of course, not our will but God’s. 

Nate also started schooling in a public school near us. The first option was to send him to a Christian school, unfortunately, the nearest one is in Balanga, Bataan which is about an hour away from where we live.

Time permitting, we’d sometimes go out for a quick family bonding. This should’ve been a fun month since it’s summer but we all know what happened – COVID19 made us all stay at home. Boo!

2. Nate started a YouTube channel

Well, sort of, since the posting depends on my availability. LOL!

So no new posting posts unless I have some free time to edit videos. We have 3 videos so far, I plan on adding more soon. I never pressured myself, though. The channel was just an additional tool to store his childhood memories.

He loves it when I post new videos so I really hope I can add more videos soon (especially that he’s about to celebrate his birthday, shhh!). If you haven’t yet, here’s a shameless plug – please subscribe and hit that notification bell so you’re notified when we have new content, promise we won’t spam, you see we only have 1 video per month so far. Hahaha!

3. Challenges in my WAHM Life

Around October 2018, Dane went home for good. His 3+ years of working as an OFW was too much for us. We didn’t want Nate growing up without him physically there. Our finances were affected since he was earning a pretty good amount of salary as a branch manager. Thankfully though, I still have a job where I was earning $7/hour so we were OK.

But not for long…

December 2018, I finally had the gut to leave my online job of almost 7 years. I was not happy anymore. I felt the company was being clever to its customers, trying to sugar-coat words so the customers order without knowing about the possible charges.

I was frustrated, I felt like our lives depend on that job. It became my god. I knew it was not right and I wasn’t doing anything about it.

By God’s help, I leaped out of my comfort zone to find a better, non-voice job. God didn’t leave us, he provided our needs. But since I am fairly new to the non-voice field, my rate was lower than usual. In addition to that, my jobs were part-time.

It took a year before I got a full-time job with a modest rate offer. Looking back, I am so thankful I went outside my comfort zone. I am happier at work now – I finally got the non-voice job that I wanted. I have awesome, caring, and understanding bosses. Nothing but all praises to God!

4. I became a teacher! 

Our bible school needed voluntary teachers and since I am here, I live near, I didn’t hesitate to volunteer as one of the faculty teachers. I taught Christian Education 1 during the first semester and Christian Education 2 & 3 during the second semester.

A also met wonderful kindergarten teacher by the name of Ma’am Gemma Mendoza who allowed me to teach bible lessons to her students every Wednesday. So yeah, my time was quite full before COVID19 happen.

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I think it’s safe to say our 2019 was one roller coaster ride! Everything that happened was unplanned and unexpected. Nonetheless, we are grateful because God was there guiding us all the way.

Before I end this post, here’s a proud parent photo 😀

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How did your 2019 go?

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