Sunday, March 25, 2007

Nique's Recital

We bought a keyboard for Nique last March 13 in preparation for her piano recital. It was also our graduation gift to her for her promotion from prep to Grade 1 last December.

Nique's keyboard
Yesterday, her school held its graduation ceremony and we are definitely proud of her early accomplishments. Her sisters, Nira and Nel are surely proud of her (well, Nel might have no idea but she sure enjoys the company of her Ate Nique's and Ate Nira's friends, who some are also her friends.

Nique was the youngest of the ABC graduates.

Today, after weeks of practicing Row, Row Your Boat, Nique performed her piano recital in front of a crowd. She was the first to perform and while there were some slip-ups compared to her almost perfect rehearsals, she made us proud as she carried herself well. We are very thankful that God is continually guiding her in her studies and instilling in her the confidence that she needs.

Here's the video of her performance.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Waiting Game

Dei is greatly affected in this waiting game

It's been five weeks since we lodged our visa application at the Australian Visa Application Centre here in Thailand. The suspense is definitely killing us. As you know there are so many possibilities (well, only two actually--favorable or unfavorable) and one can never be complacent. We have submitted supporting documents that can, to our knowledge, prove that we can live as a family down under.

Dei and I has been particularly emotionally stressed just waiting for the results. As much as I wanted to relax, I can't help but be jittery at times while I try to hang on to my faith and trust that the Lord will make a way.

I called the Embassy this afternoon and they said that since I'm a foreigner applying in Thailand for an Australian Visa, they referred my case to Australian Embassy in the Philippines. Now, I wondered if it would have had made any difference if I have lodged our visa application there (Our Kumareng Elaine was insisting that we should have had lodged it in the Philippines--but given our location, follow-up would be impractical, if not cumbersome).

So, I guess that settles it, another waiting game for maybe another month (or two??? huwag naman po sana). One can never be complacent, yes, we're still putting our trust in the Lord. I believe that this is God's will for us, especially for our kids. My kids are looking forward to spending spring down under and I just pray that their prayers are granted.