This year I am grateful for my children


Years after years I have seen you growing.
We have been together from the time I realized your presence in my womb.
Days after days, weeks after weeks and months after months we have known each other.

From your day one in my arm, I have looked at you with love.
I cared for you and protected you
When you cried, I jumped like a super hero to the rescue
And when you smiled it was like angels dancing to the sound of joy.

Since I have you, my world has become a concoction of happiness, joy, drama, scares, worries, hopes and laughter.

During these past years, we have felt each other pain and fear
I learned to be strong because of you,
As my deepest fear was the fear of losing you.

We have been together through ups and downs and we made it till today!

And I am grateful for that!

To my God

Oh how I love you!

Faithful and merciful God
You have set your eyes on me and have never let me down.
All the way from the beginning I have seen your works
Through the bad time, you reminded me to be strong
You taught me to appreciate life with what I have
And be happy with those around me.
You made me a mother, a great and wonderful mother

For that, I am so grateful!

To my daughter

My first born, my sunshine
You have transformed my life
Each day with you is a time for me to learn more of what it is “to be a mother”.
We became best friends and no one has shown me support like you do
You have seen my painful moment

You were there when I cried out my sorrow
Even when I tried to hide it, you somehow knew it
So young but mature, I am so proud of you

And being your mother is what I am grateful for!

To my son

My love,
My water when I get on fire
You are for me a peace maker, always quiet but observant
You have such questions that challenge my motherhood
And you are not reluctant to say when something bothers you
Your kisses, hugs and compliments make my day
And I am always looking forward to receive more from you.

For your love, I am grateful!

To my adopted son

You are one of my beautiful achievements
In you I see hope, happiness, and possibilities
You made me realized that forgiving is easy
And that loving is a lifestyle
All the funny moments you have brought have added more beauty and shine to our home
Your progress has made me so proud

For you my boy, I am grateful too!

Hebrews 13 vs 5 “Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?”

Serenade of Hugs


What a day! Thinking of all the hugs collected so far.

I know you may ask, is there any hugs challenge? What am I talking about?

Yes, as small or big as they come; in the morning, noon, afternoon or late at night. Just hugs!

There were times I wanted one, even the smallest but I couldn’t get it.
There were times I wanted it from a specific person, but no, I didn’t get it.
And there were times I got it unexpectedly from a friend, family, colleague, even from a stranger, I mean someone I barely know.

But here, my serenade comes from my biggest admirers, those who fill my days with drama, joy, happiness, hard work, smile, tears and prayers.
They can enlarge my lips with a smile and tighten my face with anger at the same time.
The ones who can make me laugh and cry.
They are my morning joy and my heartfelt prayer at night; my endless motivation throughout the day.
They are a mixture of complexity and simplicity in every way.

I hope you will agree with me that hugs are special gifts and can be used at any time, any day and for any mood.

My serenade of Hugs

It starts in the morning, that warm and tender hug to say hello! How was your sleep?
Then one before leaving, wishing each other a wonderful day with hope to see you later.
Another to say welcome back! How was your day?
And one more to say good night, sleep tight!

But in between comes

The “thank you hug”, for a new pair of shoes, a new set of clothes or a new pencil case to replace the one they misplaced and can’t find any more.

The “I am sorry hug”, whenever they acknowledge their mistakes and misbehaviors and are willing to do right next time.

The “I love you Hug” when feeling emotional.

The “get well soon hug” to give you hope.

The “bobo healer hug” that calms you down when you hurt yourself.

The “don’t worry hug” for every bad dreams, fears…

And the “I missed you hug”.

Hugs are great to encourage, secure, motivate, lower your temper and express feelings.
My serenade of hugs is an endless symphony. It’s a beautiful melody to start the day and so lovely to finish up the day.

Children are good example of the power of hugs; they give hugs without questions and are so expectant to receive one.
Give as much as you can, at any time, to anyone who needs it and may you receive so many hugs that you will have no room for stress, worries, pain, anxiety and insecurities.

Love and Big hug to you all.

Note: • A “bobo” is children word to express a wound, cut, scratch or pain. It is used in French language.