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Four: T.G.I.F. (Thank God I have a Family)

When I woke up this morning, I decided not to report to Island Rose and just spend the morning with my parents. Over breakfast we talked about how God has been faithful in providing for our needs. Mama recalled how amazingly God worked especially during the times when Papa and I were sick. She said she would almost usually cry then in desperation because she didn't know how to budget the little resources that we had. But thanks to God's grace and providence, we were able to survive and overcome all those challenges. And now, we're even stronger and more bonded. :) We know that whatever comes our way, we would victoriously overcome because we're one and we have a great God.


And so today, allow me to introduce my family. :) (I will try my best to post their photos soon.)

Papa - His real name is Heide but people call him Henry. Why Heide? Because he's the favorite son of my Lola and when she was pregnant with him, she wished she would be a girl. :) Papa is one of the best drivers in the whole world and he has been working for De Guia Enterprises since 1992. He loves us so much that he really does his best to provide for our needs. He gets a little emotional and overprotective sometimes, but I always feel his sincere concern for each member of the family. He is also the most accurate "fortune teller" of all . :D Little does he know that I appreciate and love everything that he has told me about my future. :) And apart from being nervous, I am also excited to hear what he has to say (even if it sometimes hurts). I knew I made the right decision when he said that Lawrence is truly the one. :)

Mama - She is Alicia, also known as Alice or Alicier. If Papa is my number one critic, she is my number one supporter. She nags like most mothers do, but I love how she takes care of our needs (even when she makes it obvious that she's not in the mood to do those chores). One of the sweetest things that she did was just last Valentine's. She sent me a text message early in the morning just to tell me that I have to make a way to watch Ogie & Regine's concert with Lawrence. No matter how stressful that day was, that simple gesture made me smile and say, "Thank God she's my mother." :)

Arnold - My one and only brother and my fashion consultant. :D Every time I have to dress up for an occasion or any event, I would seek his advice on what I should (or should not) wear and I am confident to follow his suggestions because I know he can never go wrong. :) He is not just a brother but also a friend. I love how he protects me from men (wrong men I mean :D) and how he supports my relationship with Lawrence. I also appreciate and admire his determination to succeed despite the difficulties. He is currently a freelance artist and he really does his craft well. See some of his works here: http://konseptowebworks.tumblr.com/. :)

They are my family. And I thank God for them. :) We are not perfect but we are one (in faith and in love). And that's all that really matters. :)

Celebrating Papa's 54th, 2 years ago. :)

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