first part of my U.S. trip, which was to celebrate my niece’s 16th birthday and see the Monterey and San Francisco Bay Areas ended yesterday, and today, we flew into L.A. to see my brother…
Last Saturday, Therese, my niece, wore a beautiful lacy dress, with rose petals inside the dress’ hem, as she was wheeled out to the patio for everyone to greet her.
it has been 6 long years since we parted ways. she is way much different from the time she was with me.. when she was little, she could still get up from bed or from the sofa on her own or walk with minimal supervision, but this time, she is confined to her wheelchair and has difficulty walking by herself. she has seizures on a daily basis, and just like the rose, we look at a beautiful creation but with the thorns, it pricks the heart seeing her condition deteriorate… (please check out the IRSF – International Rett Syndrome Foundation – www.rettsyndrome.org for more info about her condition)
overall it was really a happy reunion for me and my family. we visited the Hahn Winery in Monterey Valley (www.hahnestates.com) for some wine tasting, though i am not wine savvy, but definitely enjoyed having some reds over our lunch picnic basket.
the Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org)
and of course the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and went on a 2 hour tour of Alcatraz Island.
i would recommend the Alcatraz tour whoever visits San Francisco. they had an audio self guided tour, where a narrator guides you through the walls of the Rock, it was like being there and seeing everything that happened during the years it existed including the great escape..
getting together with people we love is often a wonderful occasion. but sometimes it could also be bittersweet especially if we see our loved ones we haven’t seen for a long time hurting, or are ill, and prayers are the only thing we can share from the heart.
have you planned on seeing, visiting or even just calling someone you care for that you haven’t seen for a long time? maybe it’s time you do… as they say,, Y.O.L.O. and there’s no sooner day than today. God bless you.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” ~1 John 4:11
ONCE AGAIN… it’s my birthday month… and not just another birthday… i am turning “five-oh” in less than a month!!!
i have been thinking of blogging about my own timeline, but you see, i am a ‘plane jane’.. nothing spectacular i did in all of 50 years that needs to be written about… in my journal though, i wrote down experiences i remember clearly from the day i was born to the present, the highs and lows i went through, and tallied everything…. the good news is… my highs surpassed my lows :)
i have nothing much to share with you except that, in the beginning of this year, i have said that 2014 will be my year of joy.. yes, it has been a joyful 5 months so far, not that everything came up roses, just right, and “livable” for that matter.. and there’s more to come.. traveling to see my siblings in California for the first time next week, celebrating my beloved niece’s 16th birthday, (Teresa) whom i have not seen for 6 years, and of course, my birthday lunch with my family and so on…
for everything, i thank who else,, but our great CREATOR… for creating me,, that i had a normal childhood, that i am able to rise up from my lowest days of my life, and that i am not perfect but the LORD gives me peace and joy in most circumstances..
i pray that i am able to encourage you by knowing a little about me, how God makes me see all the goodness He does for my life, despite the tears, mine may not be as dire as what you have gone through but know that God is the only one who can turn our pain to gain…
so… CHEERS!! to my fiftieth, and more to come… :)