Today is my grandparents’ sixtieth wedding anniversary. Such an amazing and rare milestone to reach. We celebrated the occasion yesterday. A simple family gathering by the beach with a buffet lunch. We all wore white. And even though it was just the family and very close friends, there were over sixty of us! Having many children must be their secret to a long and happy union. Growing up with a big family of many relatives, my childhood memories are full of road trips and games. So much fun, laughter, drama and togetherness. Chatting to my granddad during lunch and speaking to him about his commitment to my grandma, he was witty and had a few tips on how to stay together and enjoy growth in love.
“Live a simple, family life”.
“Get rid of your ego and just love each other”.
What helps create peace and harmony in your marriage?
Reflection for this week
Where love begins
It’s easy to love at a distance,
but not so easy to love at close quarters.
It’s easier to give a few pounds to relieve famine in Africa
than to relieve the loneliness of someone living next door.
It’s easy to love people who are far away,
but not always easy to love those who are close at hand.
Yet, these are the people Christ asks us to love.
We must begin by loving the people near us.
That is where our love must start.
But, of course, it doesn’t have to end there.
And it shouldn’t.
The above reflection topic is for the readings John 13:31-33A, 34-35:
When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is
glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will
also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him
at once. My children, I will be with you only a little
while longer. I give you a new commandment:
love one another. As I have loved you, so you also
should love one another. This is how all will know
that you are my disciples, if you have love for one
Happy New Year everybody! I am taking over mummy’s blog today because she has been so busy lately that I noticed she has not posted anything here for you.I got a bit too excited about my first Christmas & New Year’s celebrations that there are a few more photos than usual! I am sure you all do not mind 🙂
my first acting gig lol!!
my great grandma!!
Christmas was all about family 🙂 It was so nice to see that everywhere people were celebrating this special time of year with their mummy’s and daddy’s, brothers and sisters etc (Mummy thinks that I am not paying attention when she is on the laptop and thinks that I sit there just sucking my hand, but I am really checking out what she is looking at on these websites called Facebook and Twitter hehehe!).
This Christmas I was so lucky to meet and spend time with all my aunties and uncles and grandparents and great grandparents! I was also very lucky to receive so much love, cuddles, kisses and presents from everyone. I think mummy and daddy thoroughly enjoyed opening my presents this first Christmas.Everyone keeps saying Christmas is all about me now! Heheheh! I was trying to be a good boy for mummy and daddy by sleeping lots during Christmas eve so that they could eat and hang out with their cousins and aunties. But by the next day, Christmas day, I was quite tired and cried a little bit when we went to see Daddy’s side. It did not seem to matter because everyone still wanted to hold me and carry me and hug me 🙂 I feel so happy! 🙂
round fruits for New Year’s eve!
Mummy & Daddy took me outside to see the fireworks! – our first family pic of 2013
Mummy and Daddy spent NYE at home with me and all their friends came over to celebrate too! It was so noisy outside with the neighbours bringing in the new year and people setting off some huge firework things! I was excited too but by the time it was midnight it did not matter how loud the festivities got, I just went straight to sleep because I had had a big day that last day of 2012 (mummy and daddy were cleaning and shopping and doing lots of prep for the night time guests!).
Overall it was just the best holiday time ever! I got up to a few things: I got to play Baby Jesus during the kids Christmas mass, I was able to “party” with mummy and daddy during their new year’s celebrations, I did a massive poo explosion on Christmas day which is why you see me naked in one of the photos!
I hope all of you had a memorable Christmas and New Year’s with your families and friends! I sure did!! 🙂
The greatest influence in a child’s life is their parents. The greatest life-lesson in a child’s life is their parents relationship. Blessed to have such a loving family. Happy Father’s day ♥