Diamonds and Pearls · Love · TandeMD

2193 Days of Us

It’s been a long while. It’s been 2193 days to be exact. I can only count the days and the memories that came with it. No, I cannot hold it or wrap it beautifully in a box. It simply wouldn’t fit. I can only disrupt its ephemerality with ink and paper, where we can open it at a time when our failing ears hold thick glasses that sit on our wrinkled noses. Then, it shall live beyond the lifetime that has been set for us-for our generations that are yet to be, for eons more and days 2193.

In the mean time, I would like to look back on how the Lord has graciously sustained us.

 Before 2193

It started with a pre-college covenant I made with God 11 years ago: first, to keep love at bay until after college, which I did; and second, to choose he who would first dare to face my Papa courageously, which you did. You waited for two good years. Thank you for showcasing your skills with grating coconuts manually just so we could make biko, then! Haha! Papa must have been impressed. *cough cough

The Start of the 2193

You asked. At first I was afraid, but, with fervent prayers and utter trust in God’s plans, I agreed to a love that kept God first.

September 2011
2011: Our early morning devotional at our favorite place in MVC: Jubilee Park.

First 365 Days

We were ready to conquer the world, fresh from College Graduation and licensure examination. We left home to fulfill our dreams. Even though at first it seemed impossible, we believed and God provided! It was a tough year for us, but God saw us through.

UERM Interview February 2012_01
2012: Post-interview at UERM. My first time to be VERY far away from home. We were ready to conquer!

731 days after…

Med school happened. We struggled, and perhaps crawled our way through the ups and downs. But we both grew in faith and love. And hope flickered, but it kept burning still, and that’s what mattered.

Nuvali October 2013
2013: We looked obviously stressed here, but nevertheless, we kept our smiles. 🙂

1096 days later…

We kept conquering mountains. They kept coming back higher! But God never failed us. You stayed, held my hand and I am grateful all the more.

2014: Conquering Mt. Batulao (above) and Malingon/Twin Falls (below)

Through 1461 days…

This was a year of eating and studying and endless duties as clerks, the lowest in the hospital’s food chain. We got tired, burned out, but we got to the end happy, satisfied and contented with what we have achieved – TOGETHER.

2015: #tandemdEats We took our time off from our daily duties whenever we were free. You kept my stomach and my heart full to the brim. 🙂

1826 days more…

This was a year of victory, of reaping the seeds we have sowed. And God continued to write our story for us. Amazing how the Lord has brought us together since day 1 up until we got our Doctor of Medicine degree. He is faithful indeed!


2193 days later…

The people we have become through those years, we owe to our family and friends, patients and mentors. And the story we have is one that God keeps on writing. And it is my prayer that God continues to write for us, as he did for the past 2193 days and for eons more…

2017 sixth

Thank you for sticking around, Aya. For choosing to tolerate me and my shortcomings for the past 2193 days. I love you! Happy 6th-year Anniversary. May we keep God our first, our last and in everything. ❤❤❤


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