People have always said that the greatest factor which contributes to a person's happiness and sense of fulfillment comes not from material things or the surroundings, but from the people around him/her. My journal for today is about those people who have made me thankful to be alive.

In no particular order:

My brother, JP - He helps me see the beauty and fun in life at times when I don't see it anymore, like when my schedule is filled with school activities and other things. He gives me the sense of responsibility, and makes me feel useful to be around. :) I love my brother!

My mom and dad - What can I say? They made me who I am today, and I wouldn't be alive right now if it weren't for them. But other than that, the fact that they support me and love me with their lives is enough for me to be thankful to them. I hope to repay them one day, and let them feel how much I love them.

The Olivares family - They were our first friends in Oman and the church we found there, so the attachment of our families became pretty tight. They helped us in everything. I don't even know how to repay them for their kindness.

Ate Maira - She was the youth Bible Study leader of our church back in Oman, and her kind and encouraging words helped me believe in myself more and helped me strengthen my faith in God. Even though I let her down a couple of times, she never failed me, and that's something I really, really am thankful for.

Lola Iye - I've never been able to bond with her, but with her encouragement and support for my family makes her one of the people I cherish the most. Distance is no reason for 'family'. I pray that soon, we'll be able to see each other!

Lola Remy - Like my lola Iye, I haven't been able to see her personally, but whenever we get to chat on Facebook, it seems like we've been close for years. She gives me words of encouragement and also seeks God's guidance in all things.

Ate Ganda - My soul sister! :) How can I not be thankful for the person who showered me with verbal blessings and who shared my opinion on things that matter to the both of us? She made me think about how I could be a better person, and she supported my God-given talents. :)

Aunty Itas - She gives us support through finances, encouragement and other things, and helps lolo get by everyday at home in San Jose. On a personal basis, she has helped me with school fees and has been supporting my chosen course from day one. Thank you po!

I know I'm forgetting a lot of people, but my minds still seems to be focused on the exams we had and are going to have in the next few days. :) But I'll get by, I promise.