This week’s photo challenge is focus on family. So much ideas came to my mind but what can be more real than sharing my life’s event for the past few days. So, here’s my version of Weekly Photo Challenge: Family.
Family Makes You Smile In Times Of Trouble
It has been a tough week for me and my wife. We received some bad news that scared us both and it happened the morning of Thanksgiving Day. It is during this difficult moment that we found strength in each other and our 6-year-old giving us constant reason to smile and be hopeful.
It is during this troubled times that love helped us endure hardships and overcome the mountain load of trials. It is true in what they say, “you will know who your family and friends are at your lowest moments.” It is during this time of darkness that my family became the source of light and inspiration to persevere.
When I look at my son, I see a happy face with a smile so radiant it fills my heart with comfort. When I look into his eyes, I see a promise that everything will be okay. When his laughter fills the room, it uplifts my sulking spirit and when he gives me a hug, all worries seems to melt away.
Our children’s optimism and unwavering faith inspires and motivates us to try our best to rise above any difficult situations. They give us strength when we feel worn out, courage when our hearts feel fear and certainty when we’re in doubt. They make us strive for better things and bring out the best in ourselves.
Family And Christmas
The joys of the yuletide season is here.I see the vibrant colors of Christmas everywhere I turn. If there is one thing that makes Christmas truly merry, it’s having our families around us to celebrate this beautiful holiday.
Just like any other parent, my wish for this year is to give my family a happy and memorable Christmas. A Christmas loaded with love, peace and lasting joy.
I also wish that every family particularly in areas stricken by grief and poverty will experience a genuinely merry Christmas.
Christmas is not having the most expensive gifts or elaborate ornaments. It’s about being there for our families, to make sure they feel love and that we are there for them no matter what. Just letting them know we are there for their dreams and walking with them on each travelled path, easy or hard may all it takes for them to feel the true spirit of Christmas.
Family Makes You Believe That Miracles Can Happen
We promised our son that we will go back to Sea World to celebrate Thanksgiving but after the bad news that morning, my wife and I felt depressed and almost decided not to go. We told ourselves, “today seems not a good day to celebrate.” But a promise is a promise and so we went ahead with the original plan.
The colorful Christmas lights never looked so beautiful and the jubilant songs never sounded so sweet to our ears. We needed to see the images of Christmas after all and the festive sound it brings. Our hearts were longing to rejoice at a time when it felt sadness.
During the Shamu Miracle show, the song reworked from Patti Labelle‘s “Ready For A Miracle” haunted the emptiness and uncertainty of our hearts. It sounded so beautiful yet sad and painful for some reason.
At the beginning and in between the show, videos were shown of people, mostly children telling the audience their interpretation of what a miracle is. At that instant, I was praying quietly for a miracle that only my God knows.
When the show ended, I noticed that my wife was staring from afar and quiet. I asked her, “what’s wrong?” She said, “Nothing. The song and the video were sad that it made me teary eyed” I replied, “yes, they were sad.” I then asked her, “what part made you teary eyed?” She answered back, “the part where the man said that his miracle was meeting his wife.” At that point, words failed to come out of my mouth. I moved close to her and held her hand as we both watch our son walked happily with the rest of the crowd.
As we left Sea World, the lyrics of the show never felt so real and timely. In my mind, these words kept lingering, ” There can be miracles when you believe.” I believe that mine and that of my family will come soon. As long as there is breathe in me, there is a possibility that such miracle can happen. Again, all I have to do is believe and I believe because of my family’s unwavering belief in me.
I apologize for the gloominess of my contribution in this week’s photo challenge but I’m convince that as one Blogger family, we are here for each other’s high and lows.
Every family has a story to tell. Some painful while others glittered with happiness and triumph. Whatever it is, these stories made us who we are and so, we should never be ashamed or hide them. Somewhere in the world, another person maybe experiencing a similar struggle. Your story maybe that one reason for that person to overcome his pain and have his life turned around for the better.
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