The spirit of Christmas is so alive at home! My sister has finished creating and putting up the Christmas tree these past weeks. Oh how I miss home, and the joy of Philippine Christmas celebration with everyone, so spirited and free, I have never experienced somewhere else, so warm and happy, with loving families, loyal and true, through thick and thin! Perhaps I’m just missing home this season. I could not go home for I don’t have a passport yet, and no moolah:(
Today I had a nice chat with my youngest brother. Thanks so much for technology that allows us to get in touch with our families and loved ones who are in other parts of the world. I’m thankful my family is doing well in the Philippines. My youngest brother is adjusting to his new environment, living in a big city with my cousin and her family, so he will be ‘safe’ while studying or schooling there. He wants to be a pilot, always had wanted to be one since the time he knows what he wants to be when he grows up, he was so young and cute then and his mind never changed. We are so proud of him. We trust he will be fine and do well, but part of me is still ‘worried’ for him, (how much more my mom feels?!), after all, he is our baby brother. But I believe all these things will make him into a fine young man, matured and smart, as he is. He has just uploaded their pictures at school, with all the airplanes big and small, I really enjoyed it and happy for him to have his dream to be realized. We still have a long way though as it is costly and we all will help him, family as we are.
A picture of me and my ‘backup’, este, my family: mother, siblings and cousin outside the terminal building of Davao International Airport. Perhaps I was just as glad that my flight that time to Manila was delayed so I could ‘steal’ some time left to be spent with them before we separate ways. Every moment is precious and though I admit I had wasted some of the times, I am still thankful for the bond and for the things that make us happy, despite the lack.
This is life. There are things that are painful and beyond our control, things that are predestined to happen to us. The pain of separation is so intense this time and in this depressing period in my life. But I am glad we had spent some time with my sister before she sojourned abroad. If we could just keep our family intact and complete everyday, what a wonderful life it would be, but we have our individual dreams, struggles and opportunities and to live the life we choose to live. Only God knows what will happen to me, but I am hoping we will see each other again in one or two years time or whenever the Lord will bring this family together again. This time could have been the perfect time for us, but the pains and hurt I believe will make us grow, in bond and love. The tears that we shed will be rewarded with joy the time when we will be together again. Lord please take care of my sister. She is strong and faithful to you, guide her in every way in the foreign land. Comfort us and make us hope and look forward to that blessed time in the future. And for us who are still with our families, my sister is right. We might have wasted many times but we still have a chance to savor every moment with them.
It is my dream to travel around the 50 states of America and spend vacation to each of the state. I want to visit the wonderful places and attractions each state have. It would be a great fulfilment for me to be able to accomplish that in a year or two. I was happy to hear that my friend and her family spent a great time at New Jersey for their family beach vacation specifically at Morey’s Piers just this summer. She shared to me the wonderful experience they had at Wildwood Amusement park. She considered it as the greatest Amusement Park in the city. They enjoyed their stay at one of the wildwood hotels motels. She told me that it was the best place she and her family ever been. They stayed there for a week so they had a chance to enjoy and have fun with their weekly specials that they offer. They have a wonderful surprises each day of the week. For more details you can read and visit at www.moreyspiers.com/magicalmondays. The vacation they had cannot be forgotten. They will cherish the memories forever. I cannot wait to go there and experience the fun and excitement myself and my family.