Desiring to be an intentional, invested and involved mom in the lives of my children... I share a glimpse of my triumphs and failures on my quest to capture their hearts ♥♥♥
by Tini Tadeo-Castillo
It takes so many virtues to love a headstrong woman and to raise two children who's got half of their DNA from the same woman. One Tini, a mini-Tini and a Paul Jr (who's who? guess!). Difficult as it was (and still is), you seemed to have done both with ease in the last 17 years and with sheer and utmost patience might I add.
I know how hard it is to remain calm and collected everytime I'd freak out about stuff with the kids (to this day!), how it pushes you to your limits when I demand so many things from you as a provider, how it must have driven you to your wits end to spend sleepless nights changing diapers, feeding Jam, listening to Black Crowes (over and over) as you rocked Cicc to sleep, how you'd try to fit in those tiny cots in the hospital when any of the three of us were sick, waking up in the morning to cook breakfast as you let us sleep some more, to willingly wash the plates when I just had my nails done, for doing the laundry with me and folding clothes as best as you can when I could not...I could go on about these things that surely drive you nuts. And not many men would do or have done the same for their wife and kids. Some would rather be out with friends, feeling less of a man if get their hands "dirty" at home and there are some would rather prefer and remain to be just providers and not care-givers. But God did not give me and our children just any other man. He gifted us with a simple but special man, an imperfect one but one who fits us just right. Someone who's all-in, hands willing to dig in the dirt and would work with blood and sweat just to take care and provide for us.
So today and in the next five more days, I will tell you again (and again for the rest of our days together) that I sure am blessed that you have done and continue to do so, all those things for us as best as you can with love, patience and a good sense of pride. For the times I was blinded by my own selfish pride and felt you didn't give enough, forgive me. Let me honor and thank you today for loving us so much more than your ego :)
~~ Being an involved father has been the most rewarding and fulfilling role I’ve ever had in my life. -- Colin Wee
~~ Love is patient, love is kind. - 1 Corinthians 13:4