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Motivational Monday: Mis Padres

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Motivational Monday, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 01/11/2016 at 19:00

Pope Francis offers his take* on how home influences our faith [my commentary in brackets]:

Faith opens a ‘window’ to the presence and working of the Spirit. It shows us that, like happiness, holiness is always tied to little gestures.

‘Whoever gives you a cup of water in my name will not go unrewarded,’ Jesus says (Mark 9:41).

“These little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family; they get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children, by brothers and sisters. They are little signs of tenderness, affection, and compassion.

  • “Like the warm supper we look forward to at night [my mom‘s homecooking], the early meal awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work [my dad‘s coffee].

“Homely gestures.

“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs that make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life and life to grow in faith.”

*Pope Francis in the U.S.: Words of Mercy and Hope (2015), Daughters of St. Paul, pp. 22-23 ~ as said at the Closing Mass of the Eighth World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, Sunday, September 27, 2015.

^– I actually used this passage as my pre-brunch prayer of grace with my parents today! –^

Bearing in mind these homely gestures, let’s also consider our cultures and upbringings…

Have you ever wondered why your parents act the way they do then realize that you’re turning out more like them as you grow up?

Wong Fu was right on point:

Have you eaten yet? = Priceless ♥love♥

Speaking of family …

Happy 17th Birthday to Rey-Rey, my beloved GODdaughter Reyanna mañana!

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Sunday Fun Day: Grandparents Day

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sunday Fun Day, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 09/13/2015 at 19:20

Happy National Grandparents Day!

I dedicate this video to my parents ~ who expect to become first-time grandparents this HOLYday season (I’ve always considered them as grandparents to my A&A and my sis‘ Coco, yet this time it’ll be for real) ~ as they’ve traveled around the world together while making many meaningful mini and milestone memories during their almost four decades of marriage.

During our ☼Sunday☼ brunch, we reminisced about my own grandparents, my parents’ parents, and since Papa Jun pointed out an article that he came across in the ☼Sunday☼ paper  about older figures influencing the youth, I realized some of the attributes that I’ve acquired from each of my grandparents:

Midcentury Reyes Family

My maternal grandparents, mother (directly to my seated grandmother‘s left ~ at bottom right) and her siblings cerca 1950s

  • sanitation to an OCD level from my Lolo Tico (my paternal grandfather) ~ who also didn’t like to get his hands dirty
  • teaching from my Lola Rosa (my maternal grandmother) ~ whose letters she wrote I’ve saved through the decades
  • compassion from my Mama Eufemia  (my paternal grandmother) ~ who cared about everybody despite their faults
  • determination from my Papa Pedro (my paternal grandfather) ~ who exhibited strong will and mental toughness
'70s Dispos

My paternal grandparents, father (the only Dispo Bro without a ‘fro ~ at top right) and his siblings cerca 1970s

Then when we had our merienda, Papa Jun mentioned how his own paternal grandfather told him stories about how he and his eldest son/my dad’s oldest uncle on Papa Ped‘s side served in the Philippine Army together during WWII, when Japan invaded our native Philippines ~ during which my paternal great-grandfather and my oldest paternal great-uncle had survived the brutal Bataan March as they looked out for one another to dodge the Japanese’s weapons. Listening to my father’s account brought me greater admiration for him and the military heroes of our family from generations before and after.

†GOD† bless all ♥Grandparents♥ and our *Military Heroes* ✌ …

& Go, *Dallas Cowboys* who kick off their regular NFL season in ☼Sunday☼ Night Football!

Soul Saturday: ♥Lola Rosa♥

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/14/2015 at 18:15

Today marks ✌Year Seven✌ since my beloved ♥Lola Rosa♥ went to †Heaven† …

Lola Rosa

♥Lola Rosa♥ at her ♪prized♪ ♫piano♫ with the graduation photos of her youngest children, Dr. Robert Reyes, & my Mommy Aya

As I’m still on bedrest from being sick, I realize that I must take care of myself

Lola Rosa

Classic ♥Lola Rosa♥ (center): Filipiniana Mestiza Gown with Butterfly Sleeves * ♥Lolo Tico♥‘s graduation (left) * with ♥Uncle Terry♥ ~ only surviving sibling (right)

Especially if I could up the chances of living long like she did:

Familia Reyes

Top left: Reyes Family mid-century * Bottom right: ♥Lolo Tico♥‘s & ♥Lola Rosa♥‘s 50th †Wedding† ☼Anniversary ☼

Great and not turning late  in her fate until almost an entire century at age 98 in 2008!

3Gen

3 Generations: ♥Lola Rosa♥ * ♥Mommy Aya♥ * yours truly

While I’m on my sick bed ☼today☼, I’ll read the letters that she wrote to me as my main childhood pen pal.

Lola Rosa

♥Lola Rosa♥: my forever flower