We have just been told that today, April 1 is the official start of summer. It’s funny really since here we are, a little anxious about a coming typhoon which reports say would be a really strong one. I am keeping my fingers crossed that when it reach Philippine shores it would weaken and let us enjoy the weekend. Easter Triduum will start tomorrow and there is Easter Sunday to really look forward to. This morning my son asked me if we will be able to do our annual Visita Iglesia as we planned. I told him that if the weather gets really worse, we could just visit our Parish and do our Fourteen Stations of the Cross there. What is important is to spend our time in prayer, do our own reflections and remember that this is the most important occasion in celebrating our faith as Catholics. Time to reflect, time to give thanks, time to celebrate God’s overflowing graces. I remember a Lenten recollection I attended a year ago and the priest asked the participants what is their favorite passage in the Bible and most of us had the same thoughts and remembered these words:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
This is the message that the season of Lent brings. Pope Francis in his 2015 message for the Holy Lent reminded us to ask the Lord: “Make our hearts like yours”, a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.
It’s stuck in my head again. Every time April comes, I remember it. And I sing, silently. My April dreams sometimes are just that, dreams and longings, pleasant thoughts that slowly unravel and envelope me in the comfort of tears. Oh yes, you might wonder, I cry when I am happy. Over the years, silence has become a friend, a friend I seek and welcome. I need not speak of my thoughts (the words would not come anyway) but silence is there waiting for me to break into a song.
♫♪♫Little did we know Where the road would lead Here we are a million miles away from the past Travelin’ so fast now There’s no turning back If our sweet April dream doesn’t last♫♪♪
Here comes April and summer memories.
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It was another lovely day spent with my daughter’s family. They came over to visit us after almost a month of not seeing each other. We survived on Viber calls and Skype messages. Nate has grown. He has grown taller and his words now are in a complete sentence. I haven’t taken any picture the last few months because my camera broke and always when they come over, we tend to be busy catching up on news, playing with Nate and just happy being together.
Last Saturday, I had a chance to take a few shots, pics of Nate and Mom, Mom and Nissa, the three of them, Josef and Nate. As always , I was behind the camera. He was thrilled to see his new book which a friend gave two weeks ago for his birthday. I call him our little bookworm. He easily identified all the animals included in the nursery rhymes. I was amazed. Maybe their various trips to the zoo helped a lot. We learn from a child right? Unafraid, ready to explore and always curious about things. So trusting, so confident, secured that he is loved.
Yesterday, I received a message from WordPress saying that I have made one hundred posts on Our Little Bundle Of Joy. I started it a few days before he was born last November 2012 with the thought of documenting every precious moment with him. I showed his pictures once and he said “Nathan, Nathan”. Nissa is making an album of their trip last year to Dumaguete City and Siquijor. I love those pics showing Nate enjoying the beach and the kiddie pool. Nissa has a way with words, the photo descriptions are just lovely. She’ll have it printed later. I wish I could make a similar one but I am not familiar with the program she is using.
Here’s a lovely book quote for kids (using Nate and Josef’s pic which is included in my latest blog post). The happiness of teaching a child to love books and reading. Someday, we would explore bookstores together.
Do you remember your favorite books when you were kids?
And did I tell you that Nate wants to be an astronaut? I asked Nissa how that came about. she said that he remembers the movie/pictures he saw of astronauts. Such a big dreamer for one so young, he is only 2 years and 4 months old.
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They always say that everything happens for a reason.
I believe that too. It’s the same thing with friendship. It goes a long way, a lovely journey of discovery, a truly meaningful sharing with kindred souls. It’s hard to find true friends but when you find them, they are more valuable than gold. I treasure the days that I share with my friends. Some are there to make me laugh and make me realize that it is okay to cry, cleanse our eyes and hearts with all the hurts and pain. Some are there just to listen, no words needed but a ready shoulder and loving arms to make you feel you are truly worthy of being a friend. Some are there to give advice and make you see the truth no matter how painful it is to face. Some are there for a long time, guiding you, lifting you up, rejoicing with you in your triumphs and empathizing with you when you are down. Some are there to make you smile and make the day worthwhile.
What a wonderful thing friendship is. What a wonderful world friendship brings. And it’s true, “what a difference having a friend makes”.
P.S. For those friends I met through this blog, I could not thank you enough. You made a difference in my life.
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For us Catholics, today is the start of our Holy Week celebration. I attended an anticipated mass last night and have the palms blessed. I love how the presiding priest explained the meaning of the blessings of palms. The way to Calvary is full of pain and thorns but Jesus emerged the winner through death and rising up again on the third day. He brought us tremendous blessings through the Holy Cross.
Max Lucado, a favorite inspirational author aptly put it this way and I quote, ” Jesus was not on the cross for His sins. He was there for ours.”
May you have a blessed and meaningful Holy Week.
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Hi everyone! How have you been? It’s been a while and there is no valid reason neglecting this blog except that I was just busy. It’s Holy Week next week so I have to finish everything (gardening included) so I could at least spend it in quiet reflection and visit some churches for our annual Visita Iglesia. Hopefully, Josef and I could do the Manila loop on Holy Thursday. I wish mom is strong enough to join us in the Stations of the Cross. I love visiting churches nearby during the season of Lent but I haven’t ventured in the churches of Manila yet We have done the Rizal area as far as Morong and Cardona and several towns in Laguna. Rizal province and Laguna have the most beautiful century old churches in the Eastern loop, well-preserved and they have lovely facades. One time, we tried the churches in Marikina City, Josef was driving and we got lost along the way. Marikina has a lot of one-way streets and it was quite confusing. Hopefully, we could do it again and I suggested if we could just take a commute since most churches in Manila are near each other.
I am catching up on my reading. All the Light We Cannot See is my first book of Anthony Doerr. It’s Goodreads’ choice 2014 winner. It is a historical fiction set during World War II, a wonderful and moving account on the lives of two teenagers, a blind girl from France and a German orphan boy who grew up in an industrial and mining town in Germany. I love reading about WW II, be it fiction or a true account of what happened. My parents have their own personal account of it when the Philippines was occupied by the Japanese. The book is another facet of history as told by Doerr. I love Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (read it twice actually) and almost all the books of Leon Uris about the war in Poland and what life was like in Ireland during the Industrial Revolution, subjects that keep me awake for hours until my eyes can no longer decipher the words. Here are some interesting quotes from the book. I jot them down as I read them.
“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”
“We rise again in the grass. In the flowers. In songs.”
“I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.
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Just in case you are wondering what this is all about, I just set up a new blog. I deliberated on new titles that would somehow relate to my main blog here, something which is just as easy to remember as this one. I came up with Dreams Never End. What do you think? Come to think of it, it is even harder now to choose a free theme that has all the widgets you want to add, some don’t allow header images. Since I posted my 1,628th blog entry, I was so conscious that adding more high-res pictures would eat up my remaining free storage. I scanned the themes provided by WordPress and most of the new ones are not free anymore. In fairness to WordPress, there are new themes that are still free but not as good and user-friendly as the popular ones. It’s hard to start from scratch again, meanwhile I would make the new one as repository for future posts, if I find enough time to update it. Wish me luck.
And here’s the good news. Early this morning, our “not-so-friendly neighbor” came by. I was surprised seeing her face at our gate. She apologized and said that they are still in the middle of finishing the second floor of their house and told me not to bother cleaning our roof since they will clean it when they are through. I told her to just be considerate and put plywood to catch the debris that is rapidly filling up our roof gutter. I suggested that they consider reading the National Building Code so they would know what they should do and what they should avoid. I am not being mean but it is better that it comes from an authority than from me. I also told her that I don’t like to have enemies, besides they are my neighbors. Believe me, this is answered prayer. I prayed the whole rosary for them the night we had that exchange of ugly words. I am giving them the benefit of the doubt, hopefully they would be true to their words. I told mom about it and she said, “they should have done that, informing you about it before they started”. I am glad they realized their mistakes. For those who don’t know the whole story, let’s go back to a few posts.
Humility never goes unappreciated. I am glad she is humble enough to admit her mistakes.
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Thank you Lord
for these silent moments.
I am grateful
for the times I felt so down
and You made me feel Your
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