My beautiful mother Mrs. Josephine – wasn’t a degree holder, but she raised us well, gave us more reasons to appreciate life, and be genuinely thankful for what we have. As a single parent, it wasn’t easy to raise seven kids but our amazing mother made it! She made our lives better even though our father died when I was a kid. God loves a widow.

The Defender of Widows

Fundamentally, God is the kind of God who keeps a careful eye on the widow. He is profoundly concerned for her, together with the stranger and the fatherless. He is righteous and protects them for he is “a father of the fatherless, a defender of widows . . . in his holy habitation,” (Psalm 68:5). – credit to crossway.org

My father died due to blood loss caused by multiple injuries of gunshots and lacerations when I was young. The bad guys killed him! It was ruthless, but I believe vengeance is the hands of God. It took me nearly 15 years to let go of the pain and hatred in my heart. When I chose to forgive those who killed my father, I started noticing the changes in me, especially with the way I communicate, talk, and feel.

Nanay had to go through a lot of hardships and difficulties to provide our needs and send us to prestigious schools. She never thought of buying her wants, and even her personal needs, all she wanted was for us, her children, to be educated, to live comfortably and have brighter future – and it all happened! Praise be to God!

From the moment our Tatay died, Nanay never stopped sleeping late at night and waking up early in the morning to make sure that our needs are provided. Not all mothers do what our Nanay does and that makes me truly thankful.

My Nanay is a farmer and business-minded woman. Due to hard work on the farm under the heat of the sun, she got dark skin, dirty nails, and a noticeable crack on her feet. Every time I saw her, I couldn’t think of anything but to wish that I was rich so my mother will no longer work on the farm to feed us. It also happened! Our mother is no longer working on the farm now, and I can tell that we live a good life, we have what we need, and we can buy what we want. Though we don’t have lots of wants. 🙂 It has a lot to do with the fact that we were raised by a frugal mother, I think – which is all good!

Despite her struggle, she never complained at all. All she wanted was for us, her children to finish our studies. I am now a degree holder and graduated as an Awardee. Most of my siblings got degrees too, and we are all into business – specifically in the sugar industry.

On March 3, 2012, my Nanay had a stroke, and she got confined in the ICU for four days. I thought it was the end of the world for my Nanay, but God saved her. That experienced had changed our lives.

When I talk to God, I often caught my eyes bursting in tears out of joy, and gratefulness. I can’t still believe I’m no longer living in the farm. And no longer a slave to fear!

Not even in my wildest dreams did I think I would be working with international companies. I feel humbled, and I am forever thankful for this blessing.