"Please make sure you bring your parents with you on your graduation day Ms. Manito”, said one of the registrar’s staffs. For sure I cannot bring them on this special day so why not bring myself to them instead.
It took me a lot of courage to have this picture earlier. Di lang dahil mag-isa lang ako pumunta ng sementeryo, kundi umakyat pa ako mag-isa sa 5th storey ng puntod ng nanay ko para lang dito Ibabalik din agad ang toga right after the ceremony so I’ve made one good decision.
Alam ko maiinggit lang ako mamaya for I know most of my fellow graduates will be taking selfies with their parents later. So I chose to take my first photo with my mom with the toga on at her tomb.
Mommy and Daddy, heto na yung pangarap niyo po sa sarili niyo na naudlot. Graduate na po ako after 7 years in college at may bonus pa - Cum laude po ako. It was your frustration to finish high school and college, and it became my inspiration to fulfill your dream. The journey wasn’t that easy without you by my side, but God promised it will be all worth it in the end.
Natupad ko po yung pangako ko sa inyo na hindi po nung Dean’s Listers Recognition Day ang last na aakyat kayo sa stage. Ngayon naman sa aking graduation day, mas pinili kong ako ang umakyat sa tabi niyo. Sayang nga lang wala na kayo ni Daddy on this very special day. But I know the two of you will have the best seat later, watching over me straight from the heavens. I know somehow both of you are proud of me.
I can’t thank my parents enough for the kind of life I was able to experience. I realized in life you can’t have everything you wanted, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good life. Value every moment with your parents while they are still alive, di natin alam kelan sila babawiin sa atin ng Diyos. Mom and Dad, this one is for you!
Thank You Lord for giving me the best parents in the world. Happy graduation!
I can’t thank the good Lord enough for all the blessings He has bestowed upon me for the past 23 years of my life. It wasn’t that easy getting through some rough roads, but God promised that it will be worth it in the end.
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Have you both talked to God? When we look to God for guidance and confirmation, He will provide it—given time and patience. Prayer is a powerful thing, and asking God to guide you both as you consider dating will most likely help you get on the same page about moving forward into a relationship or not.
Have you talked to others? God has put friends, parents and others in our lives to provide insight and wisdom. If you are thinking about a romantic relationship, talk to a friend, a trusted adult or your parents for advice. All of these people will have your best interests at heart. They might see a positive or negative about your potential relationship that you don’t see. Having the blessing and support of those closest to you will help strengthen your relationship.
Have you talked to him/her? Maybe that sounds a little obvious, but it’s important. If you aren’t on the same page about what you’re both looking for, there will be hurt feelings and issues to work through pretty quickly.
Have you talked to yourself? This question has to do with understanding why you want to be in a relationship. If you’re not looking to serve and give to the other person, it may be a good idea to wait on dating. Love requires sacrifice and unselfishness. It’s OK to feel like you might not be able to give to anyone right now. It’s also OK to feel like you’re mature and ready. Either way, take some time and self-reflect before dating someone.
Notice the word ‘engraved’? We often write on our hand to remind ourselves of something important throughout the day. But you are eternally engraved, not just written, on the palms of God’s hands… That’s how much He loves you. He will never let go!
Everyone has a story that makes me stronger. I know that the work I do is important and I enjoy it, but it is nice to hear the feedback of what we do to inspire others. I didn’t expect to receive this today! I’m overwhelmed. Thank you! ♥ :)