Why You Need To Consider Having Your Own Family Picture

Some people might think taking a family picture is corny. I beg to disagree because for me this is one of my most important possessions. A simple family picture speaks a lot of stories, you know.

 

Allow me to share why it’s our tradition that every time when we are complete we would never forget to have our most recent family picture. If you don’t have taken one for your own family, I encourage you to consider it as urgent and why you shouldn’t forget it.

So we started taking our family picture way back 2013 and from then on, we did it every year excluding the year 2016 since I wasn’t able to go home that time. This was our 1st official picture as a family.

And this is for the year 2014.

The year 2015.

The year 2017.

And the most recent was just last April of this year.

When you look at these pictures, there’s nothing really special except that we are complete, getting bigger and we’re happy doing it. It is our own way of expressing our love and unity as a family. We struggled a lot and somehow succeeded as well in some ways.

It is just so touching to look at our progress little by little as a family and every time I go home for vacation, we always look at the same pictures and simply thank God for allowing us to spend another year together.

You know why we made it a habit or somehow family tradition?

Simply because we want to take advantage of the opportunity that we’re complete for no one knows when we’ll be complete again. We don’t know that this year or next year, one of us will work in other places and won’t be with us for some important reasons. By the way, we are not rich financially as a family but we are so rich in love and support for each other which for me are far more important.

Another reason is that we want to track the changes that happened as years passed by. You can see that there are a lot of differences from our 2013 picture up to the present. You can also see the progress when it comes to the way we took our pictures. It’s improving somehow. Haha.

I am sharing this with you because I always believe that you shouldn’t take your family for granted. You should spend time with them and let them feel that you love them especially your parents. Remember that they’re not getting younger. You need to double time before there’s no more chance for you to enjoy life with them.

This is not to warn you. I’m just stating the reality of life. If you want to live a regret-free life, you need to do something now and assess your priorities. Your life isn’t meant for you alone. It’s meant for others. Read my previous blog here.

I’d like to end here as I just want to share my thoughts about the importance of family and considering taking your own family picture. I pray and hope that from now on, you make the decision to bond with your family and create memories that will last forever.

God bless you, my friend!

P.S. We’re six siblings in the family (3 boys, 3 girls) but last January 30, 2002, our elder brother passed away due to a vehicular accident.

WHAT IS YOUR HAPPINESS?

What is your happiness?

Just keep your answer yourself and in this article let me share with you mine.

Aside from having a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and with my girlfriend, my happiness is when I’m with my family.

I’m blessed growing with my whole family. As in we are complete except of course when my older brother died 16 years ago. We grew up together. We had lots of childhood memories together. We shared our experiences with each other.

But reality always strikes. After graduating in college, I left our place and found myself in Manila to take the board examination and eventually found a job. And after few years, I found myself working abroad which made me very far from my family. Thankfully, we have the technology now at least we won’t miss each other that much.

Working abroad isn’t easy but I have to sacrifice for my family as I made a promise to myself and to my parents that I will only get married when all of my siblings finish college. That motivated me to endure the loneliness whenever I miss them. I am sure of my purpose here abroad though.

By the way, while I was still working in the Philippines, I already supported my younger sister in her school fees and sometimes allowances.  But when my two sisters and our youngest brother were all in college I had to increase my income that’s why I went abroad. In other words, I had to support three of them and help my parents financially.

Thank God that after almost 7 years of working, all of them finished college already and the most recent was when our youngest brother graduated last March. I was so happy. My parents were so proud and all of us gave our praises and thanksgiving to God for after all the sacrifices, we, as a family, were able to succeed in our collective dream.

I was so happy because I was able to attend the graduation itself. It was my prayer long ago that I can attend the graduation ceremony for at least one of my siblings and the Lord was gracious enough to grant my prayer.

Being with my family is my source of happiness especially when I saw my parents happy and proud of their achievements. My heart leaped for joy when finally I was able to give back to my parents little by little because I’m fully aware of their sacrifices for us when we’re growing and during the times we’re busy in our studies. I was so happy that finally, I was able to treat them in a semi-fancy restaurant and bought for them groceries and other needs.

Every time I came home for vacation, I would make sure that most of my time will be spent with my family. As much as possible, I avoided unnecessary gimmicks with friends. And most importantly a “family picture” will always be on top of all as we wanted to take every opportunity that all of us are present.

This is my happiness. And this doesn’t mean this should be your happiness too as we have different situation and interpretation. The most important to remember is that we deserve to be happy because that’s what the Lord wants for all of us.

God bless you, my friend!

YOUR LIFE IS NOT ABOUT YOU

I was struck when I learned this from Neale Donald Walsch in one of his Youtube videos. I believe it’s a hard truth.

As much as I want to believe that my life is meant for me, I would still go back to this truth until I wholly accepted it.

I know that it will be hard to implement in my day to day life but I see hope for it as I know a lot of people who are successful in sacrificing their life to others.

And the best example of it is when our God, the Father sacrificed His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ in order to save us from our sins.

Now, I would like to share about my mother as she is fit for this truth.

Growing up, I am fully aware of the sacrifices of my mother. She is a testament to what life should be lived. She never gets tired of loving us. She never gets tired of cooking for us and preparing our food.

She never gets tired of waking up early in the morning just to make sure the moment we wake up all our needs for school are ready and prepared. She never gets tired of praying for us, for reminding us to finish our studies as she herself never had the chance to finish so.

My mother is always there to take care of us when we are sick and weak. She always makes sure we are strong and well. My mother is always there during our recognition days in school.

She’s always ready to assist us every time we need help. She makes sure we will arrive home safe and sound.

Even now that we already finished our studies, she still never gets bored of listening to our stories and experiences. She always patiently waits for the days we come home.

She still accompanies us in the airport to make sure we are safe and we are not late of our flight. She still misses our time together, the laughter we shared every time we’re together.

These are only some of the things my mother did and is doing for me and for our family. There are still a lot of things she did and continuously doing.

I am very sure she will still continue doing these things because she loves what she is doing. Because she knows these are the reasons why she lives. She knows that her life is not about her.

Because she knows her purpose and that will only matter and for the Lord’s plan for her.

Thank you Ma for all that you’ve done, you’re doing and for all the things you still need to do. Thanks for showing me an example of what life should be.

Thanks for making my life easier, for making me understand life better.

My friend, if you are reading until here, I want to thank you. I hope you learn something on this quick reflection about my mother and our life as a whole.

Help me pray that if not all, most of us will realize that we have a responsibility to others and that we are created by God not to serve ourselves but be of service to others.

It will be difficult at first but once we seek the help of the Lord and we consistently do our part, the journey will be worthwhile.

God bless you, my friend!