As I prepared to fly halfway across the globe, I sensed a burnt candle. In my heart I believed it was a message from Heaven, from my Dad.
My family and I celebrated Dad's birthdate here on earth by doing what my Dad loved to do: make my Mom smile, take her to new places surrounded by flowers and marvel on the beauty of nature.
It would have been a perfect surprise if the US Embassy in Manila replied to our inquiries about her pending immigrant petition. ( Come on US, it's been almost 2 decades already!)
Nevertheless, the brief "family reunion" was filled with laughter, love, and souldeep adventure (which I'll be sharing in the next few weeks)
So I guess the candle scent I sensed was Dad's way of letting me know that he's smiling in Heaven...
Persistence (yes, never give up), believe in God, and family first - those were values Dad taught us, his priceless legacy.
In my almost 52 years of existence, my recent trip to the Philippines was the first ever Mom-and-Daughter duo adventure. Each day I said my gratitude because I felt truly blessed to have a very supportive husband and family.
One of last unplanned souldeep adventure my Mom and I did was to watch, "Miracles from Heaven".
I had seen the movie's trailer last year and added it to my wish list. In fact, I scheduled to watch it with my dear friend when I get back home.
"Miracles from Heaven" is major tear-jerker movie about family, faith and miracles. My family had been through a lot of challenges and I had questioned God at times, so it was no surprise that I cried from beginning until the end even though I had already read the book.
These are 2 of my favorite quotes from the movie:
"It's OK mom, not everyone is gonna believe. They'll get there when they get there." - Anna Beam
"Miracles are everywhere. Miracles are love. Miracles are God, and God is forgiveness." - Christy Beam
Watching the movie was in itself a miracle. It strengthened my faith (thank you Anna Beam) and reminded me to not give up.
My mom loved the movie that she wished she can get the book to read - so we searched for a bookstore and we found the book! ( I haven't seen Mom read a book in a very long time!)
When we got home that day, she already read the first chapter, and I noticed my nephew was reading it, too.
There are quite a few things on my wish list but there's one closest to my heart. For my family to be together again and I believe that this year will be another year of miracles.
What about you?
Have you witnessed a miracle?
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