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Moments to remember

An hour drive, 48 exits away, and we’re at Mom and Dad’s development, the Renaissance. Have you seen the movie, “Pleasantville?” - Well, that’s what their development looks like. Every tree, every bush, every bench and every home seems so perfectly coiffed.

We love going to Mom and Dad’s place not only because it looks so “zen” but being at Mom and Dad’s a treat – a special treat. Just like when we used to visit my parents’ home, Mom always has a “spread” of food waiting for us to enjoy and plenty of stories to share (even though we talk almost every day through Alexander Graham Bell’s invention or through email). The hugs and kisses that we get when we first walk in are just simply precious.

You’re probably confused now. Mom and Dad are actually my in-laws. I never call them “in-laws”, they’ve always been Mom and Dad. They’ve embraced me as their own daughter as soon as they’ve met me.

Dad sang together with the barbershop show. It’s the first time I watched Dad’s show and I’m glad I did. You can see the pride in the men and women. Seeing Mom and Dad with their peers in this active adult community is just something to remember. They sang, made us laugh and made me feel so grateful that they have this social life. ( I wish my parents in the Philippines can experience the camaraderie of being in an adult community).

Dad had a heart attack earlier this year and it was a reminder not to put-off get-togethers for another day just because it does not seem like it fits in one’s schedule. It’s insane to think that we need a slap on our faces to wake-up and realize that life is short. It’s easy to lose track of priorities and a quick tickle in someone’s routine can open a person’s mind and see the importance of taking time for family.

The joy of life is reflected on everyone’s faces. Grandchildren, children, friends and family came together to share a moment to remember …


  1. What a wonderful environment to grow up in and surround yourself with!

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!!

    It is so important to make that time for family members! Well, just not the crazy ones..LOL!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. I call my in-laws Mom and Dad, too. :)

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  4. Your so lucky to be surrounded by such loving people :o) Life is indeed short and I have learned to appreciate the people and things that are in my life.

  5. Very true! Great post! Hope all is well.

  6. It's wonderful having in laws who love you like their own isn't it? I'm very lucky that way as well.

    I'm so happy you had a good time with family, nothing like having family around to share happy memories and the gift of love.

  7. Hi Jen come pick up your Kreativ Blogger Award on my blog when you have the time.

    Have a wonderful day!

  8. I think with life so busy it often happens that we need a reminder about how short and precious life can be. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

    Oh AND thanks for being my 100th follower!! Really Thanks! Hugs:)

  9. I dont really see my inlaws much but I think im loved-lol!

  10. Honey,
    Thank you for this wonderful gift. What makes us special as a family is that we embrace each others differences and are keenly aware of each others importance in our family. We love each other and respect each other.
    And you are right, we were reminded that each day is a gift that has to be cherished.
    We love when you, Craig and our grandchildren visit. Every visit is special, and, I hope, a respite for you both.
    Love you, Mom

  11. Jenjen, you are truly blessed to be surrounded by people who love you.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.


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