Friday, October 31, 2008

My paintings in a pumpkin


Personally, i do not believe in halloween...the reason why it is and should be celebrated. It is just a good feeling that the kids are happy and enjoying...that people have time to laugh, stretch out legs and hands from a long day of work. Yesterday, my mother-in-law requested me to paint her pumpkins. I know we do have the same belief when it comes to halloween issues and so her request is just for fun. Painting is part of me I guess that I enjoyed doing it and so I finished it early. When my husband arrived from work, he has with him huge pumpkins so, i started painting again until I'm done almost early morning today. I didn't notice the time but i guess my effort is worthed because of the result. I tried taking a picture this way. Hope you like it.

Painted Pumpkins


It is believed by many people that on October 31st, that is tonight, you will likely see witches, ghosts, goblins, skeletons, demons, and other evil characters knocking at your door and hollering "trick or treat", and they will expect a treat or you will be tricked. There will be parties where kids bob for apples, tell fortunes, or go through haunted houses. There will be decorations of jack-o-lanterns, witches on brooms, and black cats. It is the only day of the year when people give free food to strangers and display carved vegetables on their front porches. . . .when you really think about it, October 31st is a very strange day/night . . .this is how halloween party is celebrated here in Nebraska. I am curious about it and tonight, I am about to experience it.

For fun, I painted pumpkins and hope you will like it.

2nd Part of Halloween history


This is a continuation of the halloween history. By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.

History of Halloween


According to history.com, halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Who you want to be the President of United States of America and why?


I am new to this place, the United States of America and when it comes to the fast approaching election, my view is "whoever the American people will choose to vote" there goes my support. Anywhere in the area talks about the coming election...in the streets, offices, houses, malls, restaurants...anywhere, people are talking about who will be the next President or whom they will vote for. They talk about it because it will largely affect each Americans lives. Is it the Republican candidate Sen. John McCain or the Democrat Candidate Sen. Barack Obama. Why do you think that Sen. McCain deserves to win the same with why do you think that Sen. Obama should win. You are free to give comments and I will appreciate it much. To me, whoever will win, may he will lead the country responsibly, intellectually and serve the people with great honor and respect. May He will bring more success to people and to the land. God bless America!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pamamanhikan


We have had a traditional "Pamamanhikan" on December 26, 2008. To some countries like China and Korea, it is known as the engagement Party. Pamamanhikan is usually solemn, simple and mostly attended by both families, few close friends and relatives. It is the way of welcoming our committed relationship by our family, relatives and friends. In our case it was a bit different and special. Different because first, my sweetheart was alone instead that he will be accompanied by his family but because of the distance, that cannot be possible. Second, it turned out to be attended by many relatives, neighbors, churchmates and friends. Third, the program was divided into five parts...the solemn one which was of course the engagement message from our head elder Uncle Don, messages of advice from my parents, sisters, nephews and nieces...the most interesting and awaited part when Monte asked my hand to my parents in front of the attendees and of course the words of acceptance and welcome from my parents...the musical part where my choirmates, the Arcillas SDA Chorale had concert participated by my nephews and nieces...the refreshment part.....and the final part which was the funny games. The program started around 1:00pm and we ended around 8:00 in the evening already. What a special day for us!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

How to keep warm during winter?

I am new in the place of Lincoln, Nebraska. I just arrived here last june and one of the difficulties i am experiencing is the climate....the cold weather specially in the evenings. I came from a warm country and it is warm all year round so I am not used of the cold weather. Winter is fast approaching and so I need advice lots of advice on how to keep warm. My husband told me simple technique and that is to dress up right. If you have other advices, I will appreciate it so much. Thank you.

My vow


Though life may not always be perfect, I vowed to always keep my love for him as pure as it is today. My sweetheart, my husband mean a lot to me and that I will never used of telling him how much I love him. I will continue to honor, encourage and support him through our walk together. When our way becomes difficult, I promised to stand by him and uplift him so that through our union, we can accomplish more than we could alone. I know that our love is heaven sent and I promised to be there for him all his life, come what may through thick and thin, through good and bad, through joy and sorrow. I want to spend the rest of my life hearing his thoughts and seeing his dreams. Through God, my love will never fail for him. Our Wedding was held last July 6, 2008 in the College View SDA Church. That was the happiest moment of my life.

Engagement moments


God has done amazing things in both of our lives. He has brought us together despite the distance between us in an unusual circumstance. We look forward to being able to start a family, grow old together and live a life through Him. God gave the very precious gift to me. God loves me so much that He gave the best gift more than what I am praying and expecting. After affirming and confirming our love for eachother, I have no doubt that indeed he is the person set for me to be with all my life and that on December 23, 2006, I accepted his proposal to mary him...to be my husband and bestfriend for life. We have already been through a lot together and I believe that God has been preparing us for this moment and for our future together.

His visit


Being together for 12 days, we both knew and felt we were Gods chosen perfect partner for eachother. We truly believed that there is a person out there that God has set aside for us and we just have to wait until He is ready to bring them in our lives. Well, we were happy to say that we were done waiting. We've found eachother, the person that we want to spend the rest of our lives with. He spent most of his visit in our province, Romblon. He said He enjoyed very much being with my friends, churchmates, relatives and family. And of course we both had fun spending special moments together. We went to the foot of the mountain in our lot where our cows were taken cared of, went to our ricefield, went to the coral reef and in the seashore....lots of fun.

Our first Meeting


Each day, our love deepened, strengthened our friendship and made us feel very sure that we could never feel that close, that much in love with anyone else. We both lived thousand miles apart, however, we realize that God brought us together. We know that with Gods continuous blessings, our relationship will continue to grow through Him. With that, we decided to meet personally to confirm and affirm our feelings for eachother. All the way form Nebraska, USA, my sweetheart Monte, traveled and arrived on early morning of December 18, 2006 in the Ninoy International Airport, Philippines. We both so much excited and anxious to see eachother.

My life has changed because of you!


Romblon, Philippines

It didn't take either of us long to realize that this had to be an answer to our prayer. We both felt like we had finally met the one we were born to be with. We became sweethearts on May of 2006 and we continued getting to know eachother, the best we could via website...meebo and yahoo as well. We chatted almost everyday, calling eachother through cellphones, seeing eachother through webcam and hearing eachother through Yahoo Messenger....lots of long conversation. We felt very happy...very very happy to walk and face challenges together. We felt the real joy and love in our hearts. It is one of the happiest moments for us committing ourselves and future in eachother...What a feeling!

Our first conversation in the net


What interest me in chatting with him was the thought evolving in Pathfinder... Pathfinder activities. I was once a Pathfinder back in my elementary days and I enjoyed going out of the mountain camping with friends and family. I love camping...I love hiking...I love up the mountain, I love the trees and birds and animals...I love the nature. Pathfinder Activities have all of these and so we started talking about it since he is a Camp Director of his club. Our conversation started there and it became a routine. We talked a lot...we talked about some of our other interests, about my place about anything. We talked almost all of the time from cellphones to Yahoo Messenger to Meebo....

How we met


We met and knew eachother through the website of our church, a site bringing Adventist together. We crossed eachother simply to say hello but never thought we could be anything more than friends because of the distance between us. But God works in mysterious ways. We are both Skeptical in joining, we knew we could make friends through this service, we knew we would find inspiration and spiritual encouragement here but what a wonderful surprise to discover eachother. God is indeed great! Isn't it amazing that we met...that in this great big world our paths crossed.

We're so far and yet so near


Never in my wildest dream would I have thought that I could ever meet a soul from the other side of the world but I did. I am from the Philippines and my husband is from United States specifically Lincoln, Nebraska. Two places that differ in many things... culture, people, language, belief, environment, color, laws, way of living...many things. I am in one side of the world and my husband is in the other side of the world but we met and now married. In our place, it is usually warm all year round and in his place, the opposite. It is for that reason that when I arrived here in Nebraska this summer, that was month of June, it seems it is cold season for me specially at night. I got cold easily and my teeth started to chatter. I slowly adjusted to this new place but not totally yet.

Keepsake

Falling in love is one of the most wonderful feelings you could ever have. When you are in love, each day of your life becomes remarkably colorful and exciting. Every moment spent with the right one is so special that every detail has to be remembered and cherished. With these, it is a good suggestion to make a scrapbook or keepsake of the detailed memories being together. It may be in the form of pictures, expression of love...records of every important event of your love story. This is because every love story is worthtreasuring.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Kidney Stone

Early Sunday morning, I was awaken by a big wave in our water bed. That was because my husband was in pain and he moved too much to look for a comfortable position. I was so worried of what is going on to him. I saw him standing up, walking, sitting down and a bit later he hurriedly went to the rest room to vomit. He said, the pain was too much that caused him to throw up. He tried of having a hot bath to soothen the muscles but it did not work. The vomiting continues and so with the pain. I was so worried and so I called Mom about it. She decided to come and after figuring out what is going on with him, we decided to go to the emergency room of BryanLGH Medical Center. He was in pain and so he was given right away painkiller. After a process of tests and examination, they concluded that the pain was caused by the kidney stone that is about to pass in the ureter. It was too small that will pass on its own and so they let us home and just gave a pain reliever. As of now, the stone is not passing out yet and hopefully, it will not hurt so much.

Barn Party


One of the Saturday evenings of September, Pathfinders had a Fall Barn Party. It was held in the farm of Anderson Family, close friends of my husbands family. The place is 30 minutes drive away from the city. It was said that the area was struck by tornado before and so the buildings were wiped off. It was a fearful experience for them and a big loss because they had to build buildings again as a storage area for their harvest but they were so thankful that they were alive. It was my first barn party here in US so that means a lot to me. I enjoyed the games specially the hay ride.

Valas Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival


After our Fall campout which was the Area Camporee, we just took a shower and head out to Valas Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival. It is situated in 12102 South 180th St., Gretna, Ne 68028. We were joined by the bestfriend of my Husband Cris and a friend named Beth. It was evening when we reached that place but still I had fun. I enjoyed seeing real BIG PUMPKINS. We had the chance of being able to go to the field of pumpkins and there, I was so amazed of how big their pumpkins were. They opened on September 27 and it will be until November 1 only so for those who want to have fun with your kids and family, it is a best place to go. Valas Pumpkin Patch Festival have lots of activities to enjoy. They have Pig races, Pumpkin Eating Dragon Show, Howl-at-the-Moon Stage Shows, Scarecrow Band, Pumpkin Chuckin’ Cannon Show, Tractor Rides, Train Rides, Peddle Cars, Pony Rides, Pumpkin Mine, Storybook Barn, Haunted House, Spook Shed, Giant Sling Shot, Paint ball Shootout etc. They have lot more for you to truly enjoy.

Strategic Space and Air Museum


After visiting the Freedom park, we headed to SAC Museum. It is located between Omaha and Lincoln and so we decided to go and visit that place too. It was my first time to visit a Strategic Space and Air Museum and so I was excited and curious of how the Airplanes and hangers look like...real airplanes that was used in military activities. I had fun and was amazed by the intelligence of people being able to invent different aircrafts that are useful in defending mankind and own country as well when it comes to war. With the places I have been visited, this is one of the places, i will recommend. SAC Musem is particularly situated in 28210 West Park HighwayAshland. It is regarded as the nation's foremost facility of its kind, the $29.5 million museum opened on May 16, 1998. The Museum is a 300,000 square foot building that features a glass atrium, two aircraft display hangars, a traveling exhibit area, a children's interactive gallery, a 200-seat theater, a Museum store, an aircraft restoration gallery, and a snack bar. The glass atrium is a breathtaking structure constructed of 525 glass panels that encase the awesome Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Book it now!

Freedom Park


After the biometric procedure, my husband and I decided to visit the Freedom Park since we were in Omaha already. Freedom Park is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Greater Omaha Military Historical Society, a non-profit organization, to gather and exhibit equipment and memorabilia from the pages of naval history from World War II through the present. Freedom Park is dedicated 'In honor of those who served, in tribute to those who perished, in gratitude to those now serving'. Along with the Ships, there are a number of aircrafts and weapons mounted around the park for closer inspection. There are launchers, anti aircraft gun, big propellers and anchors etc. So if you have time, then plan a trip to Omaha and visit the the Freedom Park.

Biometric


On October 10, 2008, I was scheduled to appear in USCIS Omaha to have biometrics. We left Lincoln around 9:10am and arrived USCIS around 10:45am. My schedule was 11:00am and so we're fifteen minutes ahead. Anyway, the security check inside was tight. It was like the security check in the airport that we took out our belt, penny in our pocket, checked our bag, took off our jacket. It was fine for us though. We thought the procedure will take long but it took us just about 15 minutes. We just filled out a form, had the finger printing and picture taking. Thats all. By the way, that is part of the process in my application for permanent residency.

College View Trailblazers


The College View Trailblazers Pathfinder Club is a non-profit Christian youth organization sponsored by the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church devoted to the promotion of a Christian Lifestyle in today's world.

Skills are taught to improve the mental, physical, and spiritual abilities of Pathfinders always keeping the Pathfinder Pledge and Law in mind. The club is open to all 5th-10th graders with an extended training for Teens (TLT) that continues to 12th grade. We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:15-8:15pm with occasional exceptions.

Woodland Acres Campground


Woodland Acres Campground, lincoln is owned by the College View Church. I do not know much about the place and actually I do not have yet the exact location where it can be found except for a fact that it is a beautiful camping ground to stretch your leg a bit. Like other camping area, Woodland Acres offers relaxation and privacy of spacious campsites. You acquire a magnificent view of the nearby hills and fields. The positive ambiance have loads of folks coming there. The campground is a beautiful location to explore. There are great sites to discover along the hiking Trails. Indeed! going for a camping trip here is something you ought to do.

Area Camporee


Last October 18 to 20, 2008, we had another camping called the Area Camporee. It is called Area Camporee because it was participated by other Pathfinder clubs like the Adventist Pathfinder Club in Omaha and the Piedmont SDA Pathfinder club here in Lincoln. It was indeed a challenge for me because that time, the climate was colder than the first campout that I attended with. It was in the same place, the Woodland Acres. The activities were almost the same just that, this time around, many participated. Woodland Acres is owned by the College View Seventh Day Adventist Church so they always hold the camping in that area. Just like what I have said, the campout was challenging one for me because of the cold weather. I wore two jackets most of the time in or out of the tent because I can't bear the cold. Anyway, I came from the Philippines and in our country, we just had two seasons...the summer and the rainy season. That is the reason why I had difficulty when it comes to cold weather until this time. I just wish that I can bear the winter...specially so that the club has a schedule campout on the month of February. Great! right? I can do it. By the way, my husband is the Camp Director of the Pathfinder club so Im in the campouts most of the time.