Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
- Chairman of the Commission on Service of the Archdiocese of Cebu
- Parish Priest of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu City
- Superior Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate-Brazilian Mission, Brazil
- Parish Priest of St. John the Baptist in the Diocese of Annapolis, Goias Brazil
- Chairman of the Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Cebu
- Parish Priest of San Nicolas Parish, Cebu City
- Resident Priest of the Mother of the Redeemer Parish, Cogon, Ormoc City
- Founder and President of Golden Heart Foundation, Inc., San Carlos Heights, Brgy. Quiot, Cebu City
Saturday, September 11, 2010
People come into your life for a REASON,
In My Mother's Garden - Happy Mother's Day Mom! :D
By Sarah Brown
A garden needs care, love, joy, and happiness, exactly what a mother gives to her child. In a mother's garden she has vines that represent my growth. She has a watering can to help me stay alive and help me grow strong. Her many flowers are her friends and family, her helpful tools get rid of all the negative things around me.
In my mother's garden the vines are me growing and becoming an older girl. The vines are also her reaching her arms out to help me when I'm in trouble or when I just need a hug. Her vines are also always there like how she's there when I need her.
Her watering can is her helping me survive with everything going on. The watering can is her way of helping me in every way with me growing strong and happy. The water from the can is her giving me water when I'm thirsty or medicine when I'm sick to get better.
The flowers in her garden are her friends and family who come and support her when she's down. They are also there to make her garden look full and happier. Flowers also signify love and support towards my mother and her growing her garden. The tools are her way of helping me get through rough times and all negative or sad things.
Without plants and flowers or tools, a garden couldn't be a garden. If there was no mother or no care, happiness, love, or joy, a garden couldn't stay alive, be happy, or grow. Therefore, without a mother a garden just wouldn't be complete.
Mother's Day ' 07 ... I love you Mom! Sarah
My wonderful husband, Cory, adores me unconditionally.
He is the solid, yet easy-going foundation of our busy family.
I was a stay-at-home mom for almost seven years, until Sarah went to school. I was so lucky to have the chance to spend all that quality time with my children while they were growing up. I miss those times. I'll always cherish the memories of them running to me to kiss their boo boos.... reading books to Sarah before bedtime, and rubbing Scott's back until he fell asleep.
The moment they got up in the morning, both of them would reach for their backpacks to do some painting, drawing and coloring. Sarah loved to sing and recite the alphabet while having a bubble bath. Then we would get them ready for swimming lessons, dance class, baseball practice, bowling.... It's hard to believe those were the days when life was simple.
When Sarah was in kindergarten I started my own daycare business, and then in 2004, I incorporated the business to include pre-school. Last year, my whole family started a new business - Melrose Home Health Care Services, Inc. (Melrose from Milagros, which is my Mama's name.)
Now my "new baby" project is the "Filipino-American Magtinabangay Foundation, Inc. - FAMFI, which is really exciting for me. I really enjoy helping the Filipino orphans and less privileged families. My plan is to go to the Philippines twice a year for the next few years until the foundation is stable.
My heart problem last December was a blessing in disguise because it made me realize I have a wonderful life! It made me examine my relationship with my husband and children.
My relationship with my family is now closer than ever. I found out that I have true and loyal friends. I have learned not to waste time and to show everyone how much I love and care for them. To forgive and forget is very important because life is too short.
An angel wrote:
Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Maria Christine Sacay Gabuya-Brown
I have considered my life to be blessed. I have a strong foundation of spirituality. I am surrounded by people I love & by people who loves me. I make a living doing what I thoroughly enjoy. I am so fortunate & I feel a need to give something back to society.
My husband and I, along with the help of our families, operate a day care and pre-school business from our home. We know how important it is for a child to start life healthy. The way a child develops physically, mentally and socially determines the rest of that child's life.
Although I've been living in the US for 20 years, I grew up in Cebu City, in the Philippines. I still have many friends & family in Cebu that I stay in contact with. I am very aware of the ongoing poverty & hardship the children there have to endure. People in the US know that other countries are not as wealthy as they are. However, unless people have actually been to other countries to see the poverty first hand, they don't understand the severity of it.
My goal is to take a proactive stance in making people aware of the tremendous need to improve the lives of these unfortunate Filipino children. I need to enlist the support of others in the US. Therefore, I have created a non-profit Charity foundation called Filipino-American Magtinabangay Foundation, Inc. dba FAM Foundation, Inc. The children are our future. By improving their lives, we improve the whole world.
"It is easy to ignore things we don't actually see. We get wrapped up in our busy lives and focus only on our immediate family & surroundings. We need to remember that our big, beautiful world isn't big at all. Thinking on a more global level, we are all God's children, and it is our responsibility to help each other."
"I finally know the feeling of real joy!!! Helping people and doing it without expecting anything in return is very rewarding- what a wonderful feeling!!!"
"I dedicate my missionary work to God because without Him I am nothing, to my parents Papa Alfie-my strenght and anchor, Mama Mila - my model and best friend in the whole world, to my children Scott & Sarah - my life, pride & joy, to my borther Alfie jr., sister Gamy & their families - whose always there when I needed them, my in-laws, Dad Gerry, Mom Connie & Tom whose always been supportive to us and the last but not the least my husband Cory - the love of my life."
Saturday, January 24, 2009
It has been said that a person belief shapes who they are and what they do. Even as a young child I heard the calling of God upon my life.
I find my greatest fulfillment when I do what God has called me to do. It is not the fame nor the fortune that fulfills me. It is only when I am in my passion I feel complete.
Jesus is our greatest example. He told his disciples, suffer not the children to come unto him. I am simply doing what Jesus himself did. He touched the untouchable. Reached the unreachable. Love the unlovable. All because of LOVE. It was love that drove him to pay the ultimate sacrifice.
It is my hope that my life has challenged you to reflect on all that God has given to you. In order to give back to those less fortunate than us.
Please remember I do this all for Love of the children. Thank you all for your love and support...
- I'm Grateful God Sent You To Me...
- Once in a lifetime,Someone special enters your life.You don't know how it happens,or where it might go.You welcome them with open arms.Appreciating them for who they are.Don't care where they have been:You're just grateful for their friendshipand that God has sent them.