The Top 9 – What we are thankful for this 2011

1. My wife's good health. 
"Health is wealth" is a sales pitch I used to avoid. The saying became real to me when my wife went in and out of the hospital for several years. (gall stones, appendectomy, severe migraine, etc)

This 2011, I thank God for a hospital-free year.  I don't miss sleeping in the 'transformer' sofa bed.

2. Stronger relationship with the kids. 

I make time for each one.

My eldest son, Trey, outsmarts me from time to time. Russel uses his charm to get what he wants. Jaden is the playful one. (Kanino nagmana? Don't ask!)

This year we've built a stronger connection. I'm blessed to be their father.

3. New & Old Friendships.
You didn't expect to be friends with them. Why would you? You guys have nothing in common. But you meet new people and somehow, you enjoy their company.

You're surprised to discover you have more things to share than you think.

My wife and I apreciate our newfound friends as much as we treasure our lifelong friendships.

4. Friday men's group.
'Hungarian Sausage Breakfast set' - that's what we order week in and week out.

Every Friday, I go to a men's meeting called Victory Group in Bo's Coffee Alabang. We learn from the bible how it is to be a disciple of Christ. We share, discuss and encourage one another. To witness what God has done in the lives of these men builds up my faith in God. Thank you Pastor Ariel Marquez for leading this group.

5. Our new home.
Technically, we acquired our new place late last year. Though, after a year, I'm still thankful to God for allowing us to have this place. (So far so good with my monthly payments!)

6. Our business.
In case you're wondering what I do for a living, I'm in the real estate business. (I write for a different reason)

2011 came out as a productive year for us. Curious about my business? Click here.

7. Productive Pinoy Book
It's been an awesome three months. The book has received fifteen (15) fine reviews. It's been featured in several radio-tv shows. Recently shown in the "12 Gift Ideas for the Start-up Entrepreneur" by Entrepreneur magazine online.

But the best part is meeting the interesting people I would not have met otherwise.

We thank our friends who helped us promote the book!

8. For being a Finalist at the Philippine Blogger Awards 2011

Believe me. There are days when you feel there's no one reading your blog. But I'm glad I continued writing anyway.

Hundreds of blogs were nominated at the 2011 PBA Awards. To be considered as a 'finalist' in one of the categories is truly an honor in itself.

9. For God's work in our lives.
Life may have its ups and downs, but God's grace is constant. It is sufficient. We thank God for the life that we have today and we look forward to what he has prepared in advance for us. Our prayer is that our lives will bring honor and glory to the LORD.