Let's Move & Let's Love

In truth, a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.

I didn't grow up in a perfect family. Like any of yours, ours has been through a lot of ups and downs. My parents almost gave up the idea of keeping our family whole when I was young. It was painful to see, yes. During those battles, me and my siblings were so scared of losing something that we consider as our only treasure in the world---our family.

But things do change and time heals all wounds. I thank the Lord for giving my parents the strength to keep our family together. It was NOT a smooth right indeed. But the humps and the bumps that we encountered along the way molded who and what we are today. Our shattered pieces are presently being fixed...slowly. I guess I can summarize what's happening right now as "moving" and "loving." We're all moving together, sharing the same dream of having a good future and walking in the same direction. We're all loving how everybody helps in accomplishing our goal; one little step at a time. :)

Having mentioned these things, I couldn't remember a thing if our family has ever been into a family outing other than during Christmas when we visit my grandparents. I barely recall if we'd ever been in a beach or to any place where it's just US; sharing stories and laughing together. I think, no such thing really happened. The closest one that I could think of about this simple yet not-quite-possible-wish can be visualized in this picture:

Me, My Mother, Ate Apple, Kuya Eric, My Father, Kuya Michael with Ten-ten and Aldrin
The photo above was taken during my brother's wedding.
Take note: this is our first ever family picture!

I've always dreamed of having this kind of picture. I don't know why, but this is so important to me as it symbolizes how we're slowly healing from all the pains brought about by the past. From the moment that this photo was taken, my hopes of having good times with my family went sky-high. Seriously. :p

If only I have the means, I want to bring them to Bohol. My mother and I always talks about this; of having a trip-to-somewhere with all of us present. My earnings as of now couldn't provide what we'll need for the tour but, I commit myself to do this before the year ends...

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However, if this one would not materialize due to financial constraints, oh well, being happily together is enough to patch this dream. [Or if somebody is willing to be a sponsor for this trip, thank you very much! hoho! :p]

Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing. 
 ~Donna Hedges

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