Sunday, August 10, 2008

Missing Home-Family and Friends

I lived most of my life in the Philippines together with my family. It was very hard to be separated with my family, we have such a very close relationship. They are my over all inspiration, my happiness, my best friends , I cannot asked for more but only them. Families are forever and I am happy I will always be a part of them whenever I go or where ever I am today.

Things that I missed doing together with-in my family:

1. Family Home Evening every Monday night- We enjoy a lot because its full of fun, activities, delicious food and full of spiritual teaching. This is the time when we discuss family matters or concerns, achievements at school, who needs what and just about almost everything. During this time we also share what we learned at church, school , what we do good and the plan for the whole week. We always share our talents, we laugh together or we watch Church movies.

2. Going to church every Sunday- I really missed this part so much. Now its only Tony and Me who go to the church every Sunday. I missed the noise, the laughter before and after we attend our sacrament services at church. I missed sitting together in the mini-bus (multi cab)and squeezing together to fit in the chair. Sitting with my family in the church beams me with pride and joy. Its a good feeling to be with your family and to grow together with them.

3. Family Celebrations -Graduations, Birthdays, Christmas, New Year and almost everything. I never have the chance to attend my brother's graduation in high school, my sisters graduation in college and elementary, I never had the chance to attend my little brother's recognition and my other sisters recognition at school. It sucks you know, I felt left out for everything that they are doing right now with school and not to see them grow up. I really felt empty without them around me. I missed celebrating Christmas with them, its been 2 years that I never had celebrated Christmas nor New Years with them and for my birthdays also.

4. Communicating with my family-although we chat almost every other day online on the internet but still its not the same effect as we talked in person. The impact is not the same but its a good thing there's internet or if I had the chance I call them on the phone. My sisters and my mother usually writes email for me and I also received snail letters from them once in awhile. I miss being with my sisters and brother I just loved to be around them but I won't lie that there are times that they can be noisy and brats but its part of why I loved them a lot. I miss those times when me and my sisters particularly Emerald and Elaiza will go and treat ourselves with yummy food like Jollibee and other fast food places in the Philippines.

5. I missed my Mother's cook- she is really a good chef, nobody can beats her I promised. I love everything that she cook, she can make the food taste really good you know. I wish I can be as good as she is when it comes to making food.

6. My Father's joke- My Dad is very good in rendering jokes and he is a good singer. He can be a brat sometimes with things but he is still a good father to us no matter what. I miss his voice when he sings you know. He is the second best cook besides my Mother. He take cares of my youngest sister Eunice and my little brother Ephraim. He is a good father over all.

7. Grandma's mouth- I missed her lecture (especially in the morning, she's the alarm clock when we used to lived together before). She is a good cook as well, she might be strict but she will love you a lot. You just need to listened to her and have a lot of patience. She can be bossy too but you just need to stay focus and not loose your temper.

8. Big Brother/Uncle Harold- Although he is not really my brother because he is my Uncle, I still look up to him and give respect to him. He sets a good example for us and his niece. I consider him as a positive influence for us especially that we are mostly girls in the family. I missed our heart to heart talk.

9. My Emerald- I fondly called her Bada but her nickname in the family is N-day. She is my second sister and my twin ( size and everything, oh its a joke okay) I considered her a very strong woman in her principles in life, I admire her for being diligent and for being who she is today. I love her a lot.She is my best friend and my beloved sister. I am bless to be her sister.

10. Eunice and Joseph Ephraim- I missed this two little kids. They are my little brother and our youngest sister in the family. I was there when they are just newly born and I was with them when they turn 1 year old. Its hard to be away from them I missed them a lot. I am happy to see them grow and everyday they just turn to a very intelligent, cute and smart children. I am very proud with Jpoy for his achievements at school and for Eunice for being so talkative and she sings well.

It breaks my heart when I think of my family because I always wish that they are with me right now. I know that life will not be easy, but as far as I have them with me, I know everything will just turn out fine. But time will come that we will indeed stay together in one place in the future and I know that my greatest dream come true. From now on I just have to hang in there and stay focus for my goals and plans for the good future for my family. I am just grateful I have my husband with me. He gives me strength and encouraged me to further my career and education. To stay focus in the right path and not give up.

This is dedicated to the Batingal family in the Philippines.


Papa Bonjing Batingal
Mama Bebie Batingal

I love you all with all my heart. You are in my mind and prayers always.

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