Thursday, February 22, 2007


I am finally posting the journaling I made on my layout for the MLA Challenge. I deferred posting it coz I still have to know the results of my tests. And now that I can say I am fine - there's nothing serious about my health (just have to learn to manage stress so it doesn't add more pressure to my cervical spine), I want to share with you the "things" I am grateful for.

But first, I want to thank all of you (you know who you are) who prayed for me during the time that I was in the hospital. Now I know I have a long way to go to fulfill God's plan for me and to take some time to slow down and relax and "literally smell the flowers" to appreciate more of this life. :)


February 18, 2007 - I am doing this layout a day before I undergo several tests at the Asian Hospital tomorrow afternoon. I will be staying there for 2 days to finish all the tests and hopefully be home by Wednesday. I don’t know what will happen next nor what the results would be.
I was advised by my neurologist to undergo MRI to examine my brain! I’ve been suffering from what I believe a migraine for about 5 years now but 2 years after I fell from the stairs, I had a “regular” migraine attacks and stronger intensity running down to my right shoulder. I finally had the guts to have myself examined by a neurologist after I realized that I have my kids to take care of and I needed to be alive for them! :)

As of now, I don’t feel anything except the nagging pain on my neck. I only think that the tests will just be a routine check-up and I will be fine. Perhaps, I am not that afraid yet, for I know God has the ultimate plan for my life and I know that He knows my kids need me for now...

But, My Little Attic’s challenge to make a layout for myself and what are the “things” I am grateful for INSPIRED me to make one. Funny, one thing that crossed my mind to make this layout is that if ever I’ll undergo a surgery or what, and I might have to lose my memory, at least I have a record of what I am grateful for and what the heck I am doing in this life! :) Yeah, I know, I am morbid. But its not impossible, right?

So, to my family, whatever happens to me and my memory, remind me of these 3 “things” that I am forever grateful to have:

ALBUMS - Its not the album per se that I am grateful but what they contain: my family, friends and the people I worked with, the relationships I have with them, for the lessons in life that each one taught me and for that, I have become the person I am right now.

INVITATIONS, BOOKS & MAGAZINES, TOOLS - They symbolize the talents that I have that God gave me. And because of this, it has become my passion and the passion led me to create works of art that I get to share with the people around me and has somehow brought joy and inspiration to them. I am grateful for the life I live right now because I have developed my self-esteem, found my own place under the sun, and my self-worth.

FAITH - Without this, I am nothing. Over the years, my relationship with my Creator has helped me go through what life has given me. I may not express my being a Catholic as much as other people would do, but the personal relationship with my Creator has been my source of strength - the reason for my being - and to Whom my life should be directed upon. It is a process and I take it one day at a time.....


cabbiejanescrapper said...

hi airees. i am on the verge of tears as i was reading your entry. i mean, memories would be gone forever but we as scrappers know the reason why we scrap. to preserve them. i hope things will stay the same for you. i hope nothing that bad is there. take care.

the dreamer said...

Hi, Airees. WOW. Had no idea what your title for your entry meant, but now that I've read the full journaling did I realize the full impact what it meant. WOW. I admire you for being so brave in facing what you did as well as having the courage and that feeling of necessity to put it in a layout. I really do wish you all the best and hope that the results will bear good news. Faith is a good thing to hold onto. With it, anything is possible. God bless you dear. =) Nina <---- Pinoy Scrapbookers, have been a fan of your work, both layouts and your handicrafts

Christine said...

Hi Airees! Great journalling and layout! I love it! I love it so much I featured it on my blog:


Freethinker said...

Hi Airees,
Hope all is well with you. I think you're strong enough for whatever it is. God wouldn't give us something HE knows we can't handle. Just keep the faith. :-)

Deborah said...

Wow! Your LO is so moving. Your work is wonderful, and it is a good reminder of why we scrapbook. Take care of yourself. I will keep you in my prayers.