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Belle is a mother of 2 beautiful teenagers aged 19 and 18 years old. She is originally from Bato, Catanduanes. She loves fiddling around with computer on her free time.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Payson high school football field.

Today was a very special day because it was a day my daughter, Lexie, was graduating in high school. The graduation ceremony started at 7 PM sharp but Lexie left the house at 4 PM. We only live about a couple of miles away from the high school, which takes about 7 minute-drive. At 6 PM, I was in the back porch watching birds and hummingbirds roaming around in the garden like little helicopters.

At 6:30 PM, we got in the car and headed down to the high school football field where the graduation was about to unfold. It was a good thing we came early as the parking lots were getting filled quickly. The graduates were already starting to assemble behind the gate. I looked around searching for Lexie amidst the crowd but couldn't locate her. I wanted to get a shot of her before we proceeded to the seats. Just as I was getting comfortable in my seat, I decided to go back where the graduates were gathering in an attempt to find Lexie again so I could take her graduation photo. With the sun blinding my vision, I had no luck finding her. Just when I was about to give up, I suddenly heard someone yell out, "mommy!" amongst all the crowd's noise. It was Lexie. I quickly took a couple of shots and went back to my seat.

When it was time to sing the graduation song, I saw Lexie and a couple of her friends stand up and join the rest of the choir at a far corner. Then, I heard a familiar voice. Lexie was singing! It really caught me by surprise. Her voice filled the football field. It sounded good! I turned to my husband and he had a proud look on his face or so it seemed.

Next was the presentation of scholarship awards. I wasn't expecting much from our local community because my eldest daughter didn't do quite well 2 years ago. The most I anticipated were two awards only. Surprisingly, I heard her name called, not once, not twice, but five times, worth a $1,000 or more each. Another big surprise! Thank God!

As the ceremony was about to end, we decided to advance down to the sideline of the football field and leaned against the fence because my husband was exhausted from sitting. I asked him what he thought of his daughter singing. "What singing?" he responded. "You were not aware it was your daughter singing a while ago?" I asked. "No!", he answered. "Why didn't you remind me", he added. "I thought you knew just from the sound of her voice" I said. Hehehe, yes folks, he missed it.

Upon arriving home, he asked Lexie to sing the song again to refresh his memory. It all came back to him. Thank goodness. hehehe.

Note: The football field was quite a ways out. I had the camera with the telephoto lens on so I had a good look of her from afar. Also, my husband had trouble hearing in one ear.

Lexie happily marching

Lexie singing the graduation song, "You Raise Me UP."

"You Raise Me Up"

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

There is no life, no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But then you come, and I am filled with wonder;
Sometimes I think, I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up... To more than I can be.

You raise me up... To more than I can be.

Lexie receiving scholarship awards

A close up pic.


sheilamarie said...

i'm sure it's a heart-bursting proud moment for both you and your hubby, belle!

congratulations again to Lexie =D

auee said...

It must have a very proud moment for you. I can just imagine you beaming with pride each time your daughter's name is called

feng said...

congratulations to Lexie. College life comin' right up!

Dimple said...

Congratulations to Lexie! Wow! Tita Belle I can feel how proud you are as their mom. Super talented and intelligent naman ang mga daughters mo. It's really in the genes ika nga. And of course being a loving and supportive parents to them. God BLess!

faith said...

Hi Belle,

Awesome! You know, here I am all teary-eyed, akala mo naman ako yung nanay ni lexie, haha. Seriously,you must feel so proud and blessed to have such wonderful daughters.

KK said...

Congratulations to Lexie for graduating and for all the scholarship awards. Ate Belle, it's such an honor to be her mom! You should write a book on how your raised your beautiful talented ladies.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your lovely daughter, Belle!

Dexie said...

i can almost feel your heart bursting with pride and joy. your daughter is beautiful inside and out. and definitely a smarty too. wooohooo!

niceheart said...

You must be a proud mama! Congratulations to your daughter, and also to you, for raising such smart children.

And you thought your husband was beaming with pride at that moment when you looked at each other while your daughter was singing. Turned out he didn't recognize her voice. :)

My son's graduation is next month pa. They still have to write their final exams. You guys are ahead of us.

Belle TH said...

dear blogger-friends,

Thank you all for the kind words and for the bright and cheerful congratulatory wishes.

sesame said...

Congrats to Lexie! You did well girl! And you made your mum really happy for sure...

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Belle. Congratulations to Lexie. I'm sure your heart is filled with pride and joy for having such a gifted daughter. Wishing many more great opportunities to come her way. Take care!

K said...

Belle, you have a lovely daugther (said these many times). And looking at the last photo, those eyes and smile resembles the "YOU" in her. She has a clean heart.

Congrats to Lexie.

Wil said...

Belle, no video of your daughter singing that song during graduation? Perhaps post it on youtube if you do. She must have a great voice to sing at her graduation. :)

vernaloo said...

Congratulations to Lexie once again Belle!

I love their graduation song :) Siguro na teary-eyed ka anoh hehehe

zherwin said...

congratulations to you and lexie.

you must be so proud of her (and i bet lexie's very proud of you and hubby, too). :)

chateau said...

Aww, Belle! You must be one proud momma! Send my congratulations to dear Lexie.

mommyness said...

hi belle, i'm angel, fellow pinoymom. congrats! you must be really proud of Lexie. :)

lexie and you resemble each other a lot. take care!

Belle TH said...

thanks sesame and rach! yes, i was one proud mom that day.

@k, someone drew a portrait of her and showed it to me and said, "mom, does this portrait look like me?" i said, "a little, but it looks more like me."

@wil, i don't know how to post a song in youtube. i have been wanting to do that. i guess, i have to wait until big daughter comes home so she can show me.

@verns, yes, i was teary eyed lalo na noong kumakanta siya.

@sherwin and chats, thanks, i will send her your congratulations.

@mommyness, thank you for gracing my site. thanks for your nice comments. yes, we look alike.

May said...

Congratulations to Lexie! Belle, you have such lovely daughters.

Annamanila said...

I can imagine what a proud moment Lexie's graduation was for you. You didn't dramatize the feats -- you casually blogged about them -- you cool mom you. Still I think i goose-pimpled. :)

julie said...

You must have been proud, Belle. But the way you wrote the post, you were beaming, not "mayabang". Funny about how it went with your husband when Lexie was singing! :D

Congratulations to Lexie and to the proud parents.

dangkin said...

ahhh...i feel proud, too! :)

lexie is awesome! congratulations!!

rowena said...

hi belle,

congrats to your lovely daughter and congrats to you. you're bicolana pala, have friends too in catanduanes & cam. sur. have worked with the late sen. raul roco.

btw, am a new blogger...i envy you guys, mommy bloggers, naki blog na rin ako. he he

pacu said...

wow. i jus graduated, wish i could turn back time to do better on my studies to please my parents. uhg! i'll make them proud in anyways anyway. :D