Saturday, August 10, 2013

Precious moments with my mother!


Yes, I said precious because I can seldom be with her. I am missing her much now. 
Last March, I went to the Philipines to visit my family there and celebrated my 51th birthday.  My daughter fetched my mother from her home and drove her to Max Restuarant where the whole family gathered. She was surprised of course to see everybody. I believed it made her happy.
My mother is  a person that really don't talk much, but we can see her love through her gestures. What strucked me though was to see my mother getting older and weaker. I was used to see her strong  who worked like a man to support us when we were young and took good care of my children when they were small while I work abroad. My heart ached for her. Longed to make her happy although for a short time.


This picture was taken from my birthday celebration with my mother and three of my 5 sisters.


After that we went to La Luz in Batangas with the whole family again. You can see how happy we were. But then our mother told us that she believe that it will be the last time that she can go with us in out of town trip because she can barely walk now.


Then after that, we visited my father's grave. It is not often my mother can do so because she lives in the province of Laguna now and our father's grave is in Valenzuela. It will take 4 to 6 hours drive.
 In the picture is my oldest daughter, me, my mother and four of my six grandkids.


Then we went home to Laguna and visit a resort nearby as you can see. My older sister was with us too!


                After visiting the resort, we ate our dinner in " Isdaan Restaurant"




                                  My sister, mother and two grandkids!




And now, this is where my mother lives. Me and my sister spent some days there and loved every minute of it. To eat our mother's cooked meals which we missed so much and to relax and just be with her. Precious moments!




My grandchildren came to visit their great grandma too!


the view at the back of the house




 Our mother loves flowers as you can see in the pictures.
                                  


                       She loves fruits too. So we bought  a lot!


In front of the house. The neighbors was drying the rice grains under the sun!


my mother''s papaya tree


                  Saying goodbye with this sunset taken from my mother's veranda!


It reminds me of my mother's life. I hope I can prolonged more of her life with many years more so that we can spend many precious moments together. I just want to thank my mother for everything that she had done for me and for my children.  I pray that God will be with her eveyday to give her strength and be sourrounded  with his protection.  I love you mother and miss you. Until we meet again.

                                                         JOY

51 comments:

  1. simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

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  2. Mommy na miss ko tuloy mom ko. Sana b4 she gets old malibot ko na sya sa ibat ibang lugar :-(

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  3. OO nga Phioxee. Ka miss talaga mga mothers lalo kung malayo sa atin. I cried when I am reading what I wrote. especially that I couldn't contact her with her phone for weeks now.

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    1. Nag-ring ba phone o wala talaga. This weekend siguro balik ko kay lola.

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    2. ring lang ng ring. la sagot. sige, tell me kung ano time. tawag ako don

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  4. So fitting for Thailand since we will be celebrating Mother's Day this coming Monday in commemoration of the Queen's birthday. Blog them all here since it is the smiles she shared to all you that will be forever remembered.

    I can actually name all the flowers in the picture. My mom loved them as well and I think she is all happy in Heaven.

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    1. Oh. Happy mother's day to all the mothers there:)
      Oh! I didn't know that your mother is in heaven now. But she is happy and that what is important:)
      Buti ka pa alam mo mga names ng flowers:)
      Have a nice weekend Jonathan:)

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  5. I'm crying while reading this... I believe alam mo na Joy kung bakit :(

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    1. Yes Balut. I understands you. Take care and God be with you.
      Like Jonathan's mother. She is happy in heaven. Happy too to see how great mother you are.

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  6. Beautiful shots and sentiment:)

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  7. A very special time in your homeland. Your mother has a beautiful home in a wonderful location. It must have been a great time together for all of you. I hope you can visit again before too long.

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    1. Hope too Karen:) have a nice weekend!

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  8. kaya sana makauwi kau next year.. hopefully christmas

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    1. Layo naman. Pasko. Maybe sa bakasyon uli or earlier

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  9. just some memories you'll forever cherish
    i could feel how happy you were to see you mom again

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    1. Yes, it was Mecoy:) thanks for the visit:)

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  10. My daughter liked your mom very much. She is sitting next to me and said,"How cute Joy auntie's mom is!"
    Give my best wishes to her! :))

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    1. Thanks to your daughter Aunt mary and to you:)
      Hugs fron me:)

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  11. Lol, great post ! All of you looking good in all the pictures. Ladies are all beautiful, your daughter looks exactly like you.

    The house is very beautiful. The paddy field view is awesome.

    Good !

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  12. I have to imagine that your mother must have a lot of great-grandchildren

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  13. That's really sweet. When we were kids we used to think of our mothers as bitter disciplinarians. But as we grow old we finally understand the reason behind her inquisitive behaviour and stern discipline- it out of love and the fear of letting us be harmed by ourselves. And she simply has that big love for us.

    Thank God for mothers!

    Truly i think your mother feels rewarded for having you as her daughter.

    Of all the pictures I saw here, the rice grains being dried under the sun hit me the most. That's how my hometown looks like during harvest time. It's really a peculiar. But that is one of the many oddities that make Laguna really beautiful.

    I'm in a nostalgic mood right now. Hehehehe!

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    1. Oo nga Mr Tripster. Naka ka touch talaga mga mother.
      Ganda talaga sa Laguna. Don din pala hometown mo:)

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  14. precious moments, and memories.

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  15. Hi Mate, Your mother looks so sweet and kind. So glad you got to be with her again. Or mothers are so special. That LONG table is just the thing for happy family gatherings.. Just loved looking at all your photos! I am sure you are a blessing to your family. xx

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    1. Thanks Chrystal Mary. Yes, it was happy moments with family:)

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  16. Indeed precious worthwhile moments....I Love moments like these!! Treasure them in your hearts... Laging magdadala po ito ng smile sa inyo : )

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    1. Oo nga Ric. Kaya namiss ko family ko sa Pinas.
      Thanks for the visit:)

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  17. Hi Joy! So happy to have found you here on your blog! Thank you for being so patient with me :)

    This reunion looks so amazing. But the really amazing part is that you are a Grandmother??? You look so young!

    Happy birthday! And what a fabulous trip you got to make for your 51st. I am sure your family felt that you gave them the gift on your big day...your presence!

    Happy to join your blog today!
    Ceil

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    1. I am Ceil. That is a long story:)
      Thanks for visiting and following.

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  18. maganda ang bahay niyo.....ayos din ang lugar niyo...ganun din dito sa amin madalas makakita sa kalsada ng nagbibilad ng palay..

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    1. Salamat Arvin. San province ka nakatira?

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  19. Parang ang sarap magbakasyon sa house ng mom mo. You should visit often the Phlippines mommy joy.

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    1. Oo nga Mel. Sarap talaga magbakasyon don. Kung puede ka lang lagi uwi eh:)

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  20. Best memories are sepnt with families! Good for you Mommy Joy, you were able to spend time with your mither.

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    1. Oo nga Avagabondmom:) thanks for visiting:)

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  21. Hi There, I'm back after a big birthday week. Trying to catch up a little on my blogging.

    This post almost made me cry--missing my mother also.. Mine died in 1991 --but I still miss her terribly. You have a beautiful mother who raised AWESOME children...

    It is hard to see our parents get older though.. My sweet father-in-law (who will be 101 soon) does not have a good quality of life... It's sad to see him deteriorate.

    Thanks for a great post about your wonderful mother.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  22. Hi Betsy. Nice having you back.
    Thanks for visiting and hugs from me too:)

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  23. namiss ko ang mama ko dahil sa post na to mommy joy. 9 years old lang kasi ko nung nung pumanaw sya eh.

    ganda ng mga photos btw :)

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  24. Ganon ba Bino. Kalungkot naman. Anyway, I believe she is happy where she is now.
    Thanks for the visit!

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  25. Wow, great to see most of your family and your mom. Laguna is beautiful with the rice fields in acres of land.

    My mom also lives in NY and I see her once each year. I hope they will be coming home next year. She is now 84.

    Yes Joy, it is great t be able to spend time with family especially our moms when we know they are nearing their sunset but God is the only one who knows when is the time, even for us.

    Blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Thanks for coming over Lolita. So nasa abroad pala mommy mo. You miss her a lot for sure too.
      Have a nice week ahead!

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  26. Precious memories with your mom! May the Lord bless her and keep her until you see each other again!

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    1. Thanks Rachael.
      Have a nice week ahead!

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  27. Precious vacation time with the family! I'm sure miss mo na sila agad at miss ka na din nila Mommy Joy :) BTW you, your sisters and your mother look all really lovely :)

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  28. You have a beautiful family, Joy! This post makes me miss more my family back in the Philippines.

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  29. Mother's are truly special and I pray that I could also give both my parents a comfortable life in their twilight years :)

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  30. Naiyak naman ako dito. She must be very proud of all of you, too. Hindi nasayang ang hirap niya. God bless her. :-)

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  31. What beautiful pictures ... I can sense how close you are to your mother.. Diane

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