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August 23, 2012 / thegirlwhotooktheleap

A little piece of heaven

This little break in between my two semesters was the best time I’ve had all year. Why? Because after a year and four months, I finally saw my mom and got to spend 10 wonderful days with her. And not only that, Tim was there too. It was a perfect time. I never in my life thought a day would come that I would be separated from my mom for that long. My mom and I have a very special bond, she is the most important person in my life, she is my idol, my rock and the one person who has loved and supported me my whole life wholeheartedly. (Dad too, of course!) But I have always been so close to my mom, she is my best friend, and she and my dad are amazing wonderful parents who really selflessly raised us and did everything for us. I am so grateful for their love and support. When I moved to the US, I knew it would be hard, but I always felt that I would see my parents a lot anyway since they worked for Philippine Airlines. However, I wasn’t really counting on unforeseen circumstances such as PAL being sold to another company which affected my mom’s plans to visit last year, and I honestly never expected for graduate school to be this busy and hard. I thought I would have longer breaks which would allow me to have more time to spend for vacations. Lastly, Tim’s deployment which was initially scheduled for January was suddenly moved which caused me to not be able to come for both Xmas and this holiday. Instead, my mom decided to finally fly here because she had some time off and because of that, I am forever grateful. It really makes me wonder how I survived not seeing her for so long, because saying goodbye to her this morning was so hard. I haven’t stopped crying since. 😦 Even though it was extremely difficult, I’ll have to be strong because of my baby, I need to take care of it so that I can try to be half as good of a mother to this baby the way my mom is to me. So this post is dedicated to mothers, more importantly, to my beautiful mom! Thanks for a wonderful vacation, and for giving me a little piece of heaven. (And to my dad, I will see you soon I promise and never again will I be apart from you this long too! Once I am done with my masters I will see you!)

I don’t usually do this, but I am asking for extra prayers and support from everyone as I will be going through rough times for the next couple of weeks. My husband is leaving, and I know it will be a hard goodbye as well. I need to be strong though, I know this is just a bump along the road and that someday I can look back and be proud of what I had accomplished. No one ever said being a military wife was easy, this is the sad reality of life. But I am loved by many, and although they are far away, I need to take comfort and solace in the fact that I will see them again very very soon. I just need to survive the next couple of months.. 🙂

So anyway, I hope everyone is doing well! It’s been such a wonderful two weeks spent shopping, going to NYC with mom and Tim and doing the NBC studio tour and seeing the Top of the Rock with Tim’s friend Daniel who was nice enough to take us around. Mom and my other relatives from NY also threw me a baby shower so that my mom and husband could experience this with me.. so much fun! I will truly treasure this vacation, and I look forward to February because that’s when I can see my mom again.

I love you mom!! Here are some photos from this past week:



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  1. Flor / Aug 27 2012 6:52 am

    Steph, beautiful pictures you have there! Yes, it´s not easy to be away from your beloved one for a year but he will be back to help you make this little baby a wonderful man or a wonderful woman. Your mom is so beautiful! I was smiling the whole time while reading your post because I can´t wait to see my mom again! 🙂 And for sure you can count on my prayers to help you go through this delicate moment of being away from your love and being pregnant. And also, that was a very beautiful baby shower! Take care! Flor

    • thegirlwhotooktheleap / Aug 27 2012 8:16 am

      Thanks so much Flor! Your comments mean a lot! I will definitely pray more and try to look at the bright side, I know I have a lot to be thankful for despite all the challenges I’m facing 🙂

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