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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WOYWW: Happy 40th Anniversary Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon!

Last Sunday, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of our prayer community, Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (The Joy of the Lord).  For our celebration, we all came in "Filipiniana" outfits and on my desk today for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday are some of the accessories I wore or considered to wear...

I wore a T'boli blouse with these beads I bought in General Santos City.

"The Tboli are one of the indigenous peoples of South Cotabato in Southern Mindanao" -Wikipedia.  The blouse is filled with wonderful applique and embroidery...

See the 40th anniversary logo my daughter designed?  And the banner that I designed...

"Starting out with 41 men and women in July 1975, the Ligaya now counts some 1,900 members (including children of all ages) from diverse socio-economic backgrounds bound by the common desire to live out the Christian life to the fullest and to serve the Church as a body." - LNP website

And so we celebrate God's goodness and faithfulness to us through all these years.  When we offer him whatever little we have, like the little boy and his 5 loaves and 2 fishes, our mustard seed faith can grow and become the largest of all garden plants...

Be blessed, dear blog friends!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WOYWW: Celebrating 40 Years

Last week, the shocking news of WOYWWer Eliza Queenartoypia's sudden passing brought sadness all the way to the Philippines.  Although we never even met, she would sometimes drop by my blog and I would sometimes drop by hers.  That's the way it is in What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday. You get to peek at desks and make blog friends around the world.

This year (this weekend to be exact) our prayer community, Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon is celebrating 40 years of God's faithfulness.  My daughter, Elyse designed the 40th year logo (with our community logo in the zero).  

Every year we have a parade of banners.  This year, there will be 40 banners!  They gave me the words to put and asked me to design the banner and have it made.  Here it is, folded on my desk. No, I did not sew it.  I'm sure Annie would have done an excellent job of it! Here is the design I made.

God has blessed me greatly through our community and as I looked for a journal illustration to share today, this is what I found.  Indeed, how can I ever make a fair return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?  Impossible. 

Thank you for dropping by today!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WOYWW: Inspiration

Is it just me or are the days flying by so quickly for you, too?  Seems like it was just Wednesday and now it is time to post again for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday!  Here is some pretty paper packaging that I saved from a box of some Japanese sweets...

I will use it for collaging and for inspiration to draw some flowers.  More inspiration to be found in this new book I bought from a Filipino author, Abbey Sy...

 and a journal illustration for Word Art Wednesday with some hand lettering inspired by the book...

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."  

What a wonderful reminder from scripture! Thank you for dropping by, dear blog friends!  Be blessed!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Look what, or rather, who, is on my desk for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday   Such a beautiful work of art if you ask me! Her name is Truffles and she has taken over my desk. And while I'm on the subject of cats, I though you would enjoy seeing the CEO (Cat Executive Officer) of our family business. Oreo comes to work with us most days...

Would you like an officemate like him?

For Word Art Wednesday, a verse that speaks of the sheep recognizing the Shepherd's voice.  May I always recognize my Shepherd's voice.  Blessings to all of you! Thank you for dropping by!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


What a difference a weekend makes!  This edition of What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday features a much tidier desk than last week, thanks to a tidy up during the weekend.  The only things in the center (because of course, I used the push back method) are a few charms and bookplates I bought in a craft sale...

and a prayer journal illustration with a set of pens I used on it...

I'm reminded of a wonderful verse in Lamentations 3:22-23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

And so, I rely on God's mercy for all that is not right in my life and in the lives of those I love.  Praise God that his mercies are new every morning!

Have a great week, dear blog friends.  Thank you for dropping by!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WOYWW: Tidy or Not

Oh, my, both my desks are in a mess and it is time for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday!  Here is my main desk...

and this is my prayer desk!...

Well, talking about this mess, I recently read a reflection by Dorotheus of Gaza...

"I heard it said of a brother that if, when he went to see someone else, he found his cell in a state of neglect and in disorder, he told himself: “How happy is this brother to be completely detached from earthly things and to carry his spirit on high so well that he doesn’t even have the time to tidy his cell!” If he then went to another brother and found his cell tidy, clean, and in good order, he told himself: “This brother’s cell is as clean as his soul. As is the state of his soul, so is the state of his cell!” He never said of anyone: “This one is untidy,” or: “That one is frivolous.” Because of his excellent state, he benefited from everything. May God in his goodness also give us a good state so that we might benefit from everything and never think badly of our neighbor."

Hopefully, the state of my desk does not reflect the state of my soul!  But then, I am also not like the one who was "completely detached from earthly things... that he doesn’t even have the time to tidy his cell!"  Fortunately, in WOYWW, there are tidy  and clean desks and no one thinks badly of anyone, whatever the state of their desks!  1 Peter 5:5 gives good advice: clothe yourselves with humility!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WOYWW: Lost and Found

I did some tidying up last weekend but hardly got any space cleared!  There is just enough space for my watercolors, pencil box of basics (a pencil, an eraser, sharpener, a pair of small scissors, 02 and 05 Pigma Microns, and a white opaque Uni-ball Signo pen) and my prayer journal.

But because I tried to organize and tidy up, I found a painting that I misplaced!  I had been wondering where this painting was and I was delighted that it turned up!

That's it for this edition of What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.  I am still trying to get used to being in the kitchen and cooking so I don't have much time for other more enjoyable activities like art and blog hopping.  But, although we have lost our cook, I'm hoping we will find our talents in cooking!  Have a blessed week, everyone!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WOYWW: Watercolors

It's time for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday! I've got new set of Artist's Loft watercolors and I'm trying them out today in my prayer journal. I'm liking the bright colors! There not much more to see since this is my small prayer desk.

I haven't gotten the hang of kitchen duties yet so not much time to do any other art and my main desk is in dire need of a tidy up!

For those of you who enjoy Word art, an illustration from my prayer journal. Blessings to all!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WOYWW: Dumaguete

Belated Happy WOYWW Anniversary, WOYWWers of the world!  I can't believe that I actually missed posting on that special What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday :-(   I was down with a bad cough because of the cold weather of Montreal, and spent Wednesday last week traveling to San Francisco to visit my son in Berkeley.

Soon after we arrived home, we traveled to Dumaguete where my "desk" today is.  Well, it is actually a bed because I am packing to go back home again. Dumaguete is in the island of Negros so there's a tourist map on the left, together with some buys from the souvenir shop.

The main attraction in Dumaguete is a trip to Apo Island where there is a sea turtle sanctuary.  Swimming with the giant sea turtles was an awesome experience...

My family and I were the only ones staying in this resort...

and this was my view, watching the sunset. Can't help but feel really blessed!

I hope you, too, are feeling blessed with the little ordinary blessings of life.  Although it is wonderful to take vacations, for me, there's still no place like home.  Goodbye, Apo Island...

Posting this late since I couldn't get it to go through using the hotel's WI-Fi.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WOYWW: Montreal Maps

My desk today for What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday is in Montreal, Canada and it's full of maps and brochures. I like how maps look and I often bring them home from my trips abroad with plans to make them into scrapbooks and collages. But I guess even if I live to a hundred, I will not be able to use them all up! 

Some pictures I took here: The entrance to the first "skyscraper" in Montreal...

We thought the Hôtel de Ville de Montréal was a hotel.  It is actually their City Hall...

The Basilica of Notre Dame of Montreal...

When I saw the awesome altar, I thought to myself, wow, what must heaven be like!

Happy WOYWW, everyone!

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