2.21.2021

a letter




There are lots of regrets.

Wish I was there during your hospitalization 

Should have I done more? When you were still alive? when you were still hospitalized?

Wish I was there when you finally made it back home 

Wish I called you when you said you were admitted. 

Wish I examined you and maybe I could have caught and diagnosed your symptoms.

I should have tried harder. I should have called you more instead of relying on my posts as updates. 



There are lots of memories. 
I scroll on your feed and see that you always shared and posted about our children. You were so proud of them. You treated them as your very own grandchildren. You were never just the sister of their Lola. You claimed the name, Lola Mary Ann, with so much pride. 
You believed in me and were so proud of my achievements. 
You were consulting with me, asking me questions about meds, what vaccines to take, even asking questions about your rheum and SLE meds.  You did not care that I was just a pediatric neurologist. I am the best doctor in your eyes. 
You gave the best hugs. You showed me and Lady that it is ok to cry and show emotions. 
I admit that I took this for granted but you were always a giver. You served and showed kindness to us and to others.
You changed my diapers. You rocked me to sleep. You fed me so many bottles and baby food. You cooked the best meals. You braided my hair. You cheered me on and you were there in the audience no matter what event. You went to lots of parent-teacher meetings. You stayed up helping me finish lots of grade school projects. 
You made sure Lady and I had the prettiest dresses and shoes. 
You arranged and organized everything. Lady and I were very spoiled. We had to grow up fast once we moved to the US because again, I took this for granted but you and Mama Consing did everything for me and Lady. 
You may have been the youngest child but you sure grew up fast  since at 23 years old you had a preschooler and a toddler to take care of. From that age, you watched me and Lady grow until we moved when you were 35 years old.  I did not think that until Lady pointed out that you spent your 20s and 30s taking care of us. You could have traveled, gone back to school, done something else instead of  being our mom. 
But we are forever grateful you did not do that. Having you as one of our moms was a gift. We had you as our teacher. Once we were grown up and you pursued your Education degree, we knew it was definitely your calling. You were patient with us. Your pupils were blessed to have had you as their teacher.


Mama, I pray you are hugging your four babies right now, loving and kissing them. I pray you see Jesus' face because that is the ultimate reward for all the love you gave me, Lady, Mama and Lolo and JC. I am glad you were able to meet four of my babies. Isabel misses you. She has fond memories of you and her big trip.  I will I could tell you all this in person. We love you, Mama.    


Mary Ann L. Calilung, 55, of Natividad Guagua Pampanga went to heaven on February 21, 2021 due to complications of stroke. She was surrounded by family and died peacefully in her sleep. She held on long enough to come back home. 


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2.03.2021

our Lady in a rose garden





 
Letter for Rose Mary Ann~

Happy due date, Rose. 
I chose this artwork because of you. That's Our Lady with baby Jesus in a rose garden. The painting is created by a French artist named Simon Saint-Jean in the mid-1800s. My favorite color is pink and the roses here have different shades of pink. 

For now, this artwork will be in mummy and daddy's room. When you get older, if you'd like you can bring it to your home. 

Love, 
Mummy

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12.18.2020

{7qt} prayers and the going-ons on social media

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1. Divine Mercy Chaplet
I was invited by  @mikesibal to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3p PST/6pEST. What a powerful prayer specially today. Mike messaged me last minute and I felt it was the prompting of the Holy Spirit. This week has been out of sorts and prayer is much needed!
You can check out the live here. Just ignore that you can only see half my face and that I was super magnified when I came into view. There was a glitch and I was zoomed in on the live but it looked fine on my end. (apparently not). 
Make sure you get to the end because there's a treat. Nash made a cameo. 

2. Geriatic pregnancy
My age is catching up on me. I have high BPs on and off since 20 weeks but because of stress and yes third trimester, they are persistently high. Thankfully, my labs are fine. I have no swelling, cramping, contractions, abdominal pain, headaches or vision changes. Those are all signs of pre-eclampsia - a life threatening pregnancy complication for both mother and baby. Praise God I don't have those symptoms. Now if you could  please join me in praying that I keep the baby cooking for at least 4 more weeks to make it to full term. 


3. More prayer request
Please pray for my aunt who suffered a brainstem stroke. Please pray for my grandma and my cousin who are taking care of her. My grandma is not allowed in the hospital because of strict covid rules. She  is worrying at home, thinking of her child. :( If I am in distress thinking and praying for my aunt, I cannot imagine being a mom feeling so helpless and cannot do anything for her child. 


Be A Heart Christmas PJs are here! If you do priority shipping, they will arrive Christmas Eve (if USPS cooperates).  Use disisd10 for 10% off new customers. 




5. Private group about beauty and skincare
So as not to overwhelm instagram (which I still do anyway) with all things clean beauty and skincare, I made a private FB group. If you'd like to join, please send a request here.







One of the great partnerships I am proud to share this year is spreading the word about OSV kids magazine. OSV sent us a goodie bag and I made an "unboxing" video to share the books and items we received.  You can watch it here. 




7. Christmas Octave
For the Christmas Octave, I have planned  an Oprah-like "my favorites" giveaway. Dates are 12/27 - in honor of the Holy Family until 1/1/2021 the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. That's 6 days of gift-giving so be sure to check out instagram for items that may interest you.  I hope to get everything mailed so that winners can receive their winnings by Jan 6th, Epiphany. 
Think makeup
Something for the family
Something useful
Something sparkly
Something Marian


Happy start of the weekend, friends. May you find peace and rest this weekend. Please pray for me! I am praying for you. 

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12.16.2020

discount codes

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Hi friends!
I am fortunate to be collaborating with lots  of companies and brands that I truly enjoy and recommend. Here's the one-stop discount code page for easy access.


Be A Heart - 10% off for new customers code: disisd10
Beautycounter - 20% off for first time customers code: CLEANFORALL20 This code valid only until 2/28
Birdies - $20 off for your first purchase - just tap the link.
Dottie Couture Boutique - 20% off your purchase code: disisd20
HisGloryCo - 20% off code disisd20
Little Martin's Drawer - use code SARAH20 for 20% off your order
PhotowallUse code  disisd25  for 25% off the entire website. Code valid until 3/01/21
XOMandySue - 30% off your entire purchase using code: disisd30









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12.12.2020

my top 3 picks for last minute gifts for YOU

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Here are my TOP THREE last minute gifts for yourself for that under the tree self-care treat. 

For someone who is either pregnant or breastfeeding for the past decade (!) I am not able to use retinol which is bad for the baby. I am glad I found this non-toxic clean set. The products smell great  and "I feel good" knowing that they are great for my skin and for the baby. 




2.  I am a lipstick gal. Wearing lipstick is how I started with makeup. It's not the mascara or blush or eye shadow. It's the lipglosses and lipstick. I may be pressed for time and don't have the entire face done, just add that bright red lipstick and I feel made-up for the day. 


3.  Another favorite of mine: the dew skin tinted moisturizer. Moisturizer + SPF = WINNER. 






If you are a first time costumer, you can use code: CHANGEBEAUTY10 for 10% off. 
For guaranteed Christmas delivery via ground shipping, please order by 12/14 11:59PM PT. 

I also have samples to send out. If interested, please complete this form. 


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