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Friday, October 31, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

During our weekend getaway, we had the chance to see the pumpkin patch in Denison. I've seen some photos of pumpkin patch before but that was my first time to actually see it for real. I was just curious to see the different kinds of pumpkins that they have there. Well, they have different varieties of pumpkins there and maybe it would be good in making a pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie but I don't know know how to make it from scratch. I use the canned pumpkins from the store whenever I make one. At the pumpkin patch, they have the hayride there but I didn't want to ride because that's not new to me. We have those in the Philippines. We call it "kuliglig". Here are some photos taken there.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lake Texhoma

Lake Texhoma was just close to the Tanglewood Resort Hotel where we stayed last weekend. We went to visit it and took some photos. It's a big lake and I'm not sure if it's man-made lake or not. Most of the lakes here in the US were man-made. It was a beautiful day when we went there. The sun was shining, skies were blue and it was windy. The wind made my hair look bad when we took the photos. This is what I like about Texas, blue skies and the sunshine. Here are some of the photos.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Weekend At Tanglewood Resort Hotel

God is really good. He has His own way to bless us by using other people. My hubby and I had the opportunity to go on a weekend vacation at a place that only the rich people can afford. Wayne and Melissa invited us to go with them at Tanglewood Resort Hotel in Pottsboro, TX. They flew from Iowa and they came to pick us direct from the DFW airport. We drove there last Friday night and spent 2 days with them there. The place was great, the hotel buildings were so fancy. While driving to that place, we passed by lots of trees, it's like we were in the middle of the forest. I didn't expect that we will end up in a place with fancy and modern buildings. Hubby and I were just expecting that we will end up in a cabin.

The place where we stayed was in the 3rd floor in one of the hotel buildings. It has 2 bedrooms, and a kitchen complete with utensils and appliances. The living room was spacious and the dining table is good for 6 people. Even our room has a small refrigerator and coffeemaker, etc. Melissa later found out that our suite costs $450 a night. Wow! It's too expensive. Her parents had a time sharing in that place so they were able to use it and pay only a small amount for the whole time they gonna stay there until Wednesday or Thursday. Hubby and I were so thankful to Wayne and Melissa for inviting us there. We had a good time visiting Lake Texoma and went out sightseeing around the nearby cities. Thank you Lord for a good weekend vacation and for all your unending blessings and provisions. I can't thank you enough Lord. I praise and worship your Mighty name. I praise you Lord Jesus!

The view across our hotel building.

The hotel building where we stayed.

In our hotel room.

In the hotel's dining room while eating our supper.

Problem Sleeping

Haven't been sleeping well lately again. I don't know why but everytime I go to bed and close my eyes, I can't go to sleep. This was caused before by the ringing in my ears and after taking some anxiety pill prescribed by the doctor, I was able to sleep normally. Then I stopped taking it when I got back my normal sleep. But then it came back and I can't sleep again so I went back taking my anxiety pill. I am afraid that I might get addicted with it. Last night I didn't sleep that good. It just make me nuts and make me weak too. I keep praying to God to heal me of this tinnitus and sleepless nights. Please help me pray about this. Had anyone suffered the same thing before? What did you do?

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Here's a video of my US citizenship celebration. My hubby took this video and as you can see, his hand is not steady. But I'm thankful that he took it as a remembrance of the said occasion. As I've mentioned in my previous post, the party was held at the fellowship hall in our church. Foods were brought in by some of the ladies and the tables were decorated with US flags. I just brought lumpia and burritos. I was really thankful to my church family for their love and support.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Miss My Family

I've been missing my family in the Philippines now more than ever. I've been chatting with my sister last night and I've seen my nephews and niece in the webcam. It really made me wish I'm there with them now. Christmas is fast approaching and how I wish I will be there to celebrate it with them. It's been 5 long years that I haven't seen them and I'm longing to be with them soon. Please God give us the means to go home and be with my family. My hubby is also very eager to go back there. We are just waiting for my passport, my dual citizenship and also for our house to be sold. I believe with all my heart that God will give us the desire of our hearts in His time. We just have to wait on the Lord patiently.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I Applied For My US Passport

I went to apply for my US passport yesterday at the post office here in our city. I had to call my friend Toni to take me there because hubby is working and he gets off at 4:00 PM. The office that issues the passports closes at 4:00 PM. In fact hubby and I went there the other day at past 4 PM and the office was already closed. I wanted to get my passport soon so I called my friend to take me there. I'm so glad that I have a friend whom I can ask help if I need it.

The clerk asked me if I can wait 4 to 6 weeks to get my passport and I said yes. I paid $116.05 for my passport and that includes my passport photo. It so happened that the clerk who is in-charge of the passport application is a pastor of a church here in our city. I talked to him and he told me that when he started his church, only him, his wife and their son were attending the church service for a year. He almost gave up but a fellow pastor told him to just keep the door of the church open. Then after a while some people came in and now they have an average of 40 to 50 people in their church now. Their church services is now being aired on cable tv station. It was a great story to hear and I was really blessed. Never give up and just trust in the Lord.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My US Citizenship Party

I had my US citizenship party last Sunday night after our church service. It was held at our church's fellowship hall. I made lots of lumpia, 125 all in all and I brought 48 burritos. I had 2 big cakes courtesy of Ms. Marsha and Ann's mom-in-law. Members of our church brought foods too and we had a good time. I was so elated with the love of my church family here for attending my party and bringing foods too. Some brought sandwiches, chicken tenders, veggies, chips, cupcakes, cookies, etc. The tables were decorated with small US flags courtesy of Bro. Allen and his wife Alicia.

My hubby told me to deliver a speech and so I did. I stood up while everyday were eating and I thanked everybody who came and those who brought foods and decorated our dining tables. I also told them that I'm happy to become a US citizen after a long process. There were lots of paper works and lots of money too were needed for the filing of those application forms. At last, my immigration journey came to an end. I told them I am honored to become a US citizen and be able to live in this great and blessed country, USA. After my speech, our pastor gave me a present from the church, a book about America's founding history. It was signed by all our church members who were present. I also got a Mexican recipe book from my friend Toni and Ms. Patty gave me a gift card from Golden Corral where my hubby and I love to eat. I really enjoyed the party and I thank God for my church family.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Coolest Blog Award

I would like to thank Richelle for this award. Thank you and I highly appreciate it girl. Richelle was my neighbor in the Philippines and their house was just next to our house. She's now based in Italy with her hubby.

Here are the rules:

1. Put the logo on your blog;

2. Add a link to the person who awarded you;

3. Nominate 10 other blogs;

4. Add links to those blogs on yours;

5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs;

6. Give a reason why you consider their blogs cool.

Now, I would like to award this also to the following people whom I consider their blogs as very cool (like them)...:-)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Unique House

Ms. Marsha and I went out again to visit some of the ladies in our church. We do this every Tuesday. She came to pick me up in the house after lunch and off we went. The first lady we went to visit was not in her house. So we went to another lady's house and it's good she was there. We chatted with her and then before we left we prayed with her. The next 2 ladies we wanted to visit were not in their houses so Ms. Marsha and I called it a day. As she was driving on the road going home, we passed by this unique house. I requested Ms. Marsha to stop the car so I can take photos of that house. It's a good thing that I always carry my camera in my purse wherever I go so I can take photos whenever something caught my eye. I went out of the car and took a photo of the side view of the house but the dogs kept barking at me so I only took one photo. I was worried the owner might see me taking photos of their house. I went inside the car and Ms. Marsha got my camera and took a photo of the front view of the house from inside her car. This house is uniquely designed and I just wonder how it looks like inside. Take a look of the front and side view of the house.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My US Citizenship Oath Ceremony Videos

During my US citizenship oath ceremony last Thursday, October 2nd, my hubby was my official photographer and video man. I can say that he did good in taking my photos because they came out clear. During the ceremony, he was so excited and he was walking around inside the Arlington Convention Center here in Texas which was full of people and he was busy taking photos and videos. He was carrying the digicam and camcorder at the same time. When he's done, he just put them in his pockets because they're not bulky. I already printed the photos that he took and he even took them to his work and showed it to his co-workers. I was checking the videos that he took and all I can say is he didn't do good in taking the videos. He just took short videos and then stopped and then took another for a few seconds and stopped. I can't figure out how to make it play continuously so I just uploaded it as it is. I told hubby that next time he will take videos, he need to take it longer, at least 2 or 3 minutes.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

New Layout

I want to thank Twinks for this beautiful layout of my blog. I requested her a couple of weeks ago to make a layout for this blog and she really did a good job. If you are a regular visitor of my blog, you may have noticed that I often change my blog's layout. I lost count already of how many times I changed the layout of this blog because I get bored looking at the same template after a few months. This time, I think I will let this layout of mine stay for a while because I really like it. Thanks again Twinks. I appreciate it. I just wish I have the talent to make my own layout and design.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I Am Officially A US Citizen!!!

It's a very special day for me today. I got to swear in as a US citizen this morning at Arlington Convention Center after 8 months of waiting since I filed my application. My hubby, Sherry and I arrived at the venue 30 minutes earlier than the appointed time. When we got in, the line was already long. I was surprised to see a lot of people who are going to be sworn in as US citizens. It took a while to wait to go in and turn in my green card. Then we were seated accordingly. My hubby and Sherry were already inside the Convention Center which was so spacious. The ceremony started at 11:00 AM so we had to wait. I looked around and I've seen many people inside. The number of people to be sworn in was 634 according to what Sherry has heard. A lot of people really wanted to become US citizens. The convention center was full of people. My hubby said maybe around 1500 people were there and that includes the family and relatives of the candidates for citizenship. When they announced the candidates by country, we had to stand and waved the little US flag that they gave us. The candidates were from 89 different countries and Mexicans were the majority, followed by the Arabs and Vietnamese. There were only 5 of us who are Filipinos.

The ceremony went on smoothly and there was a short program. My hubby was busy taking pictures and he was my official photographer and video man. After we were sworn in, they gave each of us our naturalization certificate. And after that we had a picture taking and then I went to get my voter's registration form. I want to vote and we were lucky because tomorrow will be the last day to mail in our voter's form. They also gave us the application form for US passport so we can secure our own passport if we want to travel. I would definitely get my US passport as soon as possible.

Then we went out of the Convention Center and oh my, there was a heavy traffic going out from the parking lot. Hubby drove out of Arlington, passed Fort Worth and we stopped by at Burleson to eat. I wanted to eat in a buffet restaurant because I was starving and my stomach was growling. We didn't have time to eat breakfast because we have to leave early. I requested my hubby that we go to Golden Corral in Burleson and it was already passed 1:00 PM when we ate our lunch. I was full after we ate but my stomach was heavy. It was like I had a heartburn, lol!

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