of wine and roses…

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.

tiris dress

cake

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.

Dersky and myself wine tasting
Dersky and myself wine tasting at Hahn Wineries, Monterey Valley, California
me and tony winery
me and my brother overlooking the vineyard

the Monterey Bay Aquarium (www.montereybayaquarium.org)

RED EYE MEDUSA
RED EYE MEDUSA

PLANKTONS
PLANKTONS

and of course the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and went on a 2 hour tour of Alcatraz Island.

golden gate

Alcatraz cruise

alcatraz2

Jail cell

alcatraz

hallways of the Rock

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.

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my crazy family… 🙂

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

M.

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