Fifteen Books You've Read That Will Always Stick With You

My sister tagged me in a note in Facebook. I find it fancier to do the list and post it as a blog entry with photos of the books.

Now what makes my list of fifteen books that will always stick with me? Go on and read --

1. The Bible (Women's Devotional Bible, New International Version)

2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

3. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

4. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

5. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

6. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

7. Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella

8. Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

10. A Woman After God's Own Heart/A Wife After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George

11. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

12. Loving God With All Your Mind by Elizabeth George

13. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

14. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

15. Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Ah... Motherhood

I am not in the habit of reposting statuses in Facebook. But this particular one had been going around for a while now and it definitely caught my eye. For me, the status is blog worthy. It goes --

To all the unselfish Mom's out there who traded eye liner for dark circles,

salon haircuts for pony tails, long showers for quick showers,

late nights for early mornings, designer bags for diaper bags, and wouldn't change a thing.

Let's see how many Mom's post this.

Mom's who don't care about whatever they gave up and instead LOVE what they got in return.

Post this if you LOVE your life as a Mom.

It put to words what I had been feeling for a couple of weeks now. I was a bit depressed. Raising a child is tough. Having no one helping you (around the house) is tougher. I am one crazy woman for trying to do everything. It is frustrating. Especially when I want to accomplish so much but can't.

I hardly can finish an e-mail message as my son would be needing my attention. It has become more difficult to give my full attention to something other than Javi. While I am looking after him, I cannot help but think about all these things I wanted to finish. I do multi task but when you have a very active soon-to-be eleven month old son, it is challenging.

What would life be without Javi?

I probably would be very fit working out five times a week. The house would be cleaner and more in order. Jed would be eating decent meals every single day. I would have been working on my dream job or started my own business venture with my close friends. I would have been a famous blogger by now. Ha!! And I would have time for hobbies. Oh and I would be traveling and ticking off my lists of places to visit.

But would I be happy?

I don't believe so.

For now life is waking up early and sleeping late. No sleeping in. I can only cook simple meals with very few ingredients. I break my chores into 10 minute tasks so I could go back to taking care of my little boy. Ponytails work for now.

And what do I get in return?
A smile as soon as he wakes up in the morning. I get to kiss and hug him unlimited times. I get to hear him say, "Mama" and would point to me. I don't miss a single thing - first tooth, first crawl, first word, first attempt at standing, and so on. He surprises me with a kiss and a hug. He knows when I am sad and he has a way of cheering me up.

No amount of money can give me this joy.

Jo Rubio

I have a friend way back in grade school, his name is Jo. Jo Rubio. And he makes beautiful dresses.

He made my wedding dress.

Photo by Imagineer Digital

I wanted Monique Lhuillier but I obviously cannot afford her. On second thought, I don't think I will get that special TLC had I gotten Monique to make my dress.

When I got engaged, I more or less know what I wanted except who would make my dress. I asked my friend Samantha who was also getting married almost the same time who was making hers. And her answer, "Si Jo" suddenly brought clarity and enlightenment. Of course. Why didn't I think of that in the first place?

Jo is shy. And he stayed silent about his accomplishments. He is not the type to spring himself all over forcing you to get his services.

But boy he is excellent.

And I should've just let picked out the perfect style for me. We had a little incident where I told him I wanted this certain style and I fitted the dress, it didn't look the one for me. So a couple of weeks before the big day, he completely changed the style of my dress to one that suit my body type.

And it was gorgeous. It was me. I didn't want a flamboyant wedding dress. I wanted a simple dress. Without telling him, Jo made me this veil/long train. I was secretly wishing I'd walk down the aisle with a long train.

Post-ceremony pictorial by Imagineer Digital

Post-ceremony pictorial by Imagineer Digital

Post-reception pictorial by Imagineer Digital

On the happiest day of my life, I wore the perfect dress. Jo was there helping me get dressed for my wedding. He was actually the last person I saw before I walked down the aisle.

He made me a couple more dresses which I wore to weddings. They were beautiful. I just wish he was closer so he can continue to dress me up.

I'm happy to learn he finally opened a shop in Makati. Clients from Manila do not need to travel to Bulacan to see him.

Interested to know more about Jo, please check him out on Facebook, Jo Rubio Designs, and click like.
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