Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tragedy made our hearts ache!

What I am about to tell is a very tough situation in our family, but I need to let it out. So this is how it goes.
This picture of me and my younger  sister made me cry. Remembering how happy we were many years ago when we met during her oldest daughter wedding. Little did we know that tragedy will hit the family with such a force that makes our hearts ache so much.

This is the picture from the wedding of my sister's eldest daughter Lindsey.
From left: me, my sister Lida, her adopted mother ( our aunt) Tracy, Cecilie, and the bride Lindsey (my sister's daughters)  and to the right, Lourdes, our older sister.


Again, a very memorable moment with my younger sister.

This picture was taken during my sister's second grandchild's baptism. It was memorable and happy  moments for us week before my sister was diagnosed with a deadly diasease at the age of 49.

Look how happy they were. My sister with her children, grandhild Vilde and my daughter Kamilla.



Vilde's parents served mouth watering cakes and sandwiches for the occasion.



This is the gift table for my sister's grandchild Vilde on her baptismal day. 

We were blessed with sunshine that day, so we walked the short distance to the church!


This is how it looks like inside the church. What touched my heart was the performance of the children who sang beautifully during the  baptismal. They helped the priest during the baptismal and the preaching of the word. Beautiful!

Afterwards, walking back again and saying goodbye to Vilde! Isn't she sweet?


My sister then toured me to the city although I know that she was already tired. She was coughing almost non stop. She just wanted me to enjoy my visit there.


Although my sister was diagnosed with a deadly disease, her faith in God is so strong that she believes for her healing. I salute her and I do believe too! This picture shows her beautiful hair. 


Now she lost all her hair because of the chemo, but still she is beautiful. She covers her head with scarf and wears a hat and still smiling. An inspiration. I just want to tell you my dearest sister how much I treasured our moments together when I visited you. You made it very special for me although you were not feeling well that time. Together we can claim God's miracle healing in your life. You are precious in God's eyes.



But the story does not end there. Another tragedy. Her mom ( adopted mother) our aunt was diagnosed with the same disease and the doctor had given her up.  My sister although her situation is critical too will be leaving soon to be with her mom  in the Philippines during her difficult moments. A decision that really takes faith and courage  on her side. Me, our older sister and her children here in Norway understand the situation, but  our very concern is her health. So, we really need strength from God and to put everything in his hands. Take care my sister. We love you and hope and pray that everything will be ok. And to our aunt: "Thank you for all the help that you had given us.  May you find rest for your body, soul and spirit and be sorrounded by God's presense and find comfort in Him. 
                                                                  JOY

55 comments:

  1. I hope your sister and aunt gets better soon, Ms. Joy.

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    1. Hope too Michymichymoo!
      Thanks for visiting.

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  2. indeed her show of courage and faith is admirable. we can only hope for them to get better but everything lies in God's mighty hands. May she find peace while here in Phil and spread inspiration to the people surrounding her. Thank you for sharing this mamijoy.

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  3. Thanks for your concern yccos. I hope too that she will continue to inspire inspite of her situation:)

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  4. What a happy and colourful ...and yummy ... post. Would love to taste the cake!

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    1. Happy, colorful and sad Lorik. Thanks for visiting.

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  5. So many good memories and hopefully more to come after the hard times.

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  6. In god's name i know they will be healed, I'm happy that such instances makes her closer to god, and for that she can expect an abundant blessing for her in return.
    be strong ate joy i know through your faith a miracle will happen

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  7. Thanks Mecoy for the encouragement.God bless you dear!

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  8. Lots of fun memories to treasure and cherish. I hope and pray that God will give them more strenght and they will be healed. God bless always.

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    1. Thanks Eden. I do hope too.
      Have a blessed Sunday:)

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  9. I pray that they will both be better soon and their strong faith to God will help them overcome the challenge He had given them... This is really a sad moment for your family, keep the faith and continue to pray for them.

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    1. Yes Mel. The best we cam do is to pray.
      Have a nice Sunday.

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  10. I hope she will recover soon , God is with her :)

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  11. Oh Joy, I am so sorry to hear about your sister and your aunt... May God Bless them both. That nasty cancer is such a horrible horrible disease. I hope your sister can beat it --and live many more years. She is one beautiful lady --and with her attitude, she may win that battle!!!! May God bless her ---and be with her as she cares for her adoptive mother.

    Blessings and Prayers and HUGS,
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks Betsy. We trust in God. We believe that everything will work out for good for everbody.

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  12. I am so sorry for the sorrow your family is going through. What lovely people you all are; you are blessings to each other. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

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  13. This break my heart! Pray pray pray!

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  14. Yes, kulapipot. The best thing na puede nating gawin. Salamat sa pag bisita:)

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  15. Ang sasarap nung cake! :) Nakakalungkot lang ng bahagya yung latter part. But God is with us naman po. He will never leave us nor forsake us. :)

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  16. May God shine His face upon all those who needs His power and healing. Praying for your sister and your aunt.

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    1. Thanks sis Lolita. Hope you are fine;)

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  17. Such tragedies in the family are always difficult. But my own experience with my sister's illness a few years ago also made our family stronger and closer. Keep the faith, Joy, He knows what is best.

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    1. True Anne. We just put everyone in God's hands.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  18. Hope everybody get well, always have faith.

    But the pictures of places was nice and food make me hungry...

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  19. Dahil sa intro ng story, I was nervous while reading dahil naghahanda ako for something tragic... I hope everything turns out to be OK...

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    1. Hope to Glentot. Thanks for visiting.

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  20. I'll include them sa prayers ko. Things will be better...

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    1. Salamat Senyor sa prayer. God bless your heart.

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  21. So very sorry my friend, will be lifting your precious sister up in my prayers.

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  22. I read this yesterday, at sa title palang parang prumeno nako.. I wasn't ready to read something tragic or let's say I don't want to, afraid ako.. pero I continued magkahalo halo naman pala, may malungkot, may masaya kaya napabuntunghininga ako.. Hoping at the end ay masaya pa rin, although mahirap kalabanin ang mga trials talaga, basta kapit lang sa Kanya. I offer my prayers and thoughts to your sis and aunt. God bless! (btw, hawig mo pala younger sister mo..)

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    1. Ako din actually nahihirapan magbasa ng mga tragic situation. I understang you Gracie. Just need to let it out. God has something good for us after this tough situation.
      Anyway, thanks for the prayers.
      Oo nga, kamukha ko nga raw sister ko:)

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  23. That's so sad mami joy, tragedies are something that wont just stay if you're in the process but also after it's done.

    I know because just last night, i woke up from my sleep and remembered Dad's accident.

    God and time heals.. And it would be so much easier and faster if you're love one is around.

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    1. Oo nga June. We all experience tragedy in our lives, but the good thing is God is around and family too.
      Sorry to hear too about your father.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  24. I hope your sister gets better ate Joy. anyway, para kayong twin ng sister mo, hawig talaga. :)

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  25. I feel you Joy and my prayers for your sister and aunt...

    On the brighter side... the cakes = aaaw!

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  26. Thanks Balut:) yes, the cakes;) nam nam and calories;

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  27. ...TRUST --- that's all we can do for GOD has a plan for your sister, for your aunt, for each of us and that's all for the better for sure Ms. Joy... and i like that photo of your sister in a hat... it portrays a positive spirit within her despite the fact she's physically in pain... she's a strong woman & i can feel it... we don't have to worry... we don't have to feel pity... it's enough that we understand her situation and that whatever may happen tomorrow we can assure to her that she's loved & cared not for her current condition but more so on who she is in our life as we know her... smiles... she'll be fine... i know & i believe.... smiles Ms. Joy...

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  28. Thanks for the encouragement Kelvin:) Very nice words .yes, we know that everything happens for a reason and God has everything under control:)
    Have a nice week:)

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  29. hello po ^^ kaka sad naman... sana maging okay na ang lahat... keep on praying po.. naniniwala na gagaling sila.... Godbless po!

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    1. Yes Jon. We never give up on praying.
      Hope you are fine though.
      Thanks for visiting:)

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  30. I'm so sorry to hear this devastating news Joy. May peace be with you and your family during this troubling time.

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  31. God bless you all ! Let Him give you strength, support and blessings during these hard times !

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