My Wonderful Loving Mother - About Her Story of Unconditional Love - Part I

About Her Life and Family

Her name is Josefina. She was born in a beautiful, peaceful town, by the sea of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, located in one of the biggest island named Mindanao in the Philippines.

She is the oldest among 5 brothers and 3 sisters whom she loves and takes care of. They live in a nice 2 stories typical Philippine house with a very big covered veranda and big beautiful garden.

She was working as an assistant medical health aid in the rural government health center in her town not until she got married.

She got married and gave birth to 9 wonderful children, 5 daughters and 4 sons. One son died at the age of six month.

Josefina is a very hardworking, friendly, lively devoted mother and wife, who gives much love, time and patience to her children and her husband.

Through both hard work they build their own Transportation Business, build a big house, bought farm lands and fishponds, give comfort and education to their children.

She got a nice life, have Nani's for her children, got some maids, chauffeur etc.,make vacations to other islands in the Phil. not until the business went down. She is brave enough to manage all the house-works, takes care of her children and live a normal family life and friends.The family survives through the income of their farm lands and fishponds. A day trip to the city is also an option.

She wakes up at 4:00 a. m. daily to feed her animals, a little piggery and chicken poultry. She prepares breakfast for the children and make all the house works on her best priority and well organize day. She sleeps at 10 p.m. after taking her snacks with a cup of coffee.

As her children grow, each of them has a part to make the household works, cleaning, cooking etc. She has lots fun going through the day with her children and her husband.

The family has a Sunday tradition of attending the 7:00 a.m. Catholic Church mass. After the brunch, they use to go to the beach 20 -30 minutes from the house, spend the day with fish and meat grills,beer and Coca-Cola, native menus and desserts, swimming too. If not swimming, they go for a picnic in the farm or in the fishpond where both have a little native house to stay.

The Sunday tradition is a very memorable day for all her family one cannot forget. The children are happy and contented. She and her husband are thankful for having them.

Time comes when the children have to go on their way to go to a University in Cebu island, 12 hrs away with a ship. She and her husband meet and spend some time with the children during school vacation, Easter, Christmas, New Year etc.

Her 3 sons have their own family and they live nearby, one son in the city 15 min. away with auto.The Sunday tradition have been practiced as possible.

Her 4 daughters live abroad with their family, one daughter in Cebu island, all away from her.

She miss her daughters so much and the times she has with all of her children.

Her wish to have her daughters and sons to stay with her on her way to her sickness is not completely fulfilled. When children have now the turn to take care of her.

She never made complaints or oblige her children to take care of her, to stay more time with her, but for sure she wishes her children to be near to her when the time comes for her to leave.

She died after about 5 years suffering from cancer.

I want to dedicate this to my mother, to my father, to my family and friends, and to all people who cares.

at home
at home
at home with daughters, grandchildren
at home with daughters, grandchildren
home garden with daughters & grandchildren
home garden with daughters & grandchildren
town beach
town beach
lechon
lechon
family gathering
family gathering
home at the veranda
home at the veranda
mothers holy mary in the garden
mothers holy mary in the garden
view from home veranda
view from home veranda
Bohol island Phil
Bohol island Phil
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bamboo bridge, bohol
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chocolatehills,bohol,phil
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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

what a great tribute - and lovely photos, too!


carolp 7 years ago

thx for your positive comment. the first time in here. this would be an introduction. i will be creating more parts of it.

carolp


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

Your mother sounds like a really lovely lady who loved her family so much - and she raised a lovely daughter as well....cheers and thanks for sharing


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

This is a beautiful family and a beautiful story behind them. I do hope you publish more!!


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carolp 7 years ago from Switzerland Author

Yes, she is one of a kind. I as a mother of 2 Kids cannot compare her qualities as a mother with me. She is just perfect.


cora 7 years ago

thank u ng, carol for the wonderful tribute. i was also planning to do something but still haven't started. i should work on it. thank u so much


Grace Fischer.Casals 7 years ago

Hi Rol, just read the story about Ma.I am so happy you have the time to write about her.Till now I miss her a lot . I hope you will be able to write more.Thank you so much and see you soon.


Christine Pulla 7 years ago

What a beautiful story, Your story has touched my heart and I am sure it will touch many others. A beautiful tribute to your mother its not hard to see what a special lady she was in your life. It's so nice to see a family that is so close even if there is geographical distance between you. I salute not only your mother but to your entire family. I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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carolp 6 years ago from Switzerland Author

Comfort and Consolation

Death is an overwhelming tragedy. It is so different from other calamities of life. When other misfortunes strike, there is hope that things will get better. If poverty comes, one works harder, and hopes for better times. When sickness occurs, there is hope that health will soon return. But death is the supreme tragedy. It seems so hopeless, so very final, the end of everything. The loved one is gone beyond recall, beyond our help, beyond our reach. The tender ties of a whole lifetime are abruptly broken. The family unit, so tightly knit, is rudely shattered.

A wife loses her husband, or a husband loses his wife, in death. It is as painful as though a part of one’s body was torn away; which it has been, in a sense. Did not God say, "they shall be one flesh"? (Genesis 2:24) Or, a father and mother lose their child, the one upon whom they have lavished their love and for whom they had such great plans and high hopes. And children lose their parents, upon whom they have so long depended for love and counsel. In every event of death, the survivors are left sad and lonely, with a great aching emptiness, with a sense of tremendous loss.

It is hardest on those who are left behind. The dead are at rest. They are at peace. They are no longer troubled by the evil and wicked things of this world. In the Bible, Job describes the condition of death thus: "There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest." (Job 3:17) But those who remain are not at rest. Their hearts are torn by grief because of their loss. Every scene and event of their daily lives haunt them with memories of their departed loved one. And they often tend to reproach themselves, that perhaps they had not been so kind, considerate and loving as they should have been, that somehow it might have been because of their fault or neglect that the person died. Such thoughts torment them and greatly add to their grief.

What consolation can we give to those who are thus left behind? What comfort can we impart which will stop their weeping and dry their tears? Human philosophies and reasonings will not do. They are void and empty. Traditional and sectarian views of the hereafter are most unsatisfactory and painful. They hold no real comfort. But in the Bible, the word of God, there is great consolation, and wonderful comfort and hope. There is balm for the soul. There is healing for broken hearts. Every perplexing question concerning life and death and the hereafter is fully and lovingly answered. Some of these questions are: Why do people die? Why does a loving, all-powerful God permit death which brings such terrible sorrow? Why did he take my beloved away from me? What did he do wrong, to deserve death? What did I do wrong? Where are the dead? Are they happy? Are they suffering? Will I ever see my loved one again?

Why do we Die?

The human race was not designed to die, but was made to live forever in health and happiness upon the earth. Adam was created perfect, in God’s image, and was commanded to multiply and fill the earth with a race of perfect human beings like himself. (Genesis 1:27, 28) A beautiful garden home was given to him, planted with many fruit-bearing trees, providing perfect food capable of sustaining his life forever. But Adam’s continued life was made dependent upon one simple condition: God required obedience of him, just as any father rightly requires obedience from his child. So God applied a test of obedience. He merely required that Adam must not eat the fruit of just one of the many trees in the garden, saying, "In the day that thou eatest thereof, dying thou shalt die." (Genesis 2:17) Adam failed in this test of obedience. Satan, the devil, prevailed upon Adam’s wife, Eve, to eat of the forbidden fruit, and she persuaded Adam to also eat of it. Thereupon God justly passed the sentence of death upon Adam, by driving him out of the garden, thus depriving him of the perfect food necessary for continued life. (Genesis 3:17 to 24)

This is how death started in the world. It was because of Adam’s sin of disobedience. And it was after Adam and his wife sinned, and were expelled from the garden, that they had their children. For this reason their children were born imperfect and dying. And these were our ancestors. As it is expressed in Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." So do not reproach yourself over the death of a loved one. It was not because of anything you or he had done. It was not your fault. You are in no way responsible for death in the world. It was solely because of the sin of Adam, and our natural inheritance of its consequences. We were all born sinners, as the Psalmist declares in Psalm 51:5, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." It is because of sin that we were all born dying. As Psalm 89:48 expresses it: "What man is he that liveth and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?"

An Escape from Death

God did not abandon the world of mankind in such a hopeless condition. He has provided a glorious escape from sin and death. In his great love for his human children, God has provided a Ransom whereby they may be redeemed and return to life again. Thus we read in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." And in Hosea 13:14: "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction."

What does God mean when he says, "I will ransom them from the power of the grave?" "Ransom" means "a price to correspond," or "equivalent price." Because of his disobedience, Adam forfeited his life; and his entire race, born sinners, shared his condemnation to death. Jesus Christ came to earth as a perfect man, physically an exact equivalent of Adam before Adam sinned. But, unlike Adam, Jesus was obedient to God. He died without deserving to die. As Philippians 2:8 states it, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." He sacrificially gave up his perfect, unforfeited life as a "corresponding price" or ransom, in offset for the forfeited life of Adam. This free gift canceled the death penalty, not only for Adam, but also for all of Adam’s race who were condemned because of being made sinners by his disobedience.

Thus we read in Romans 5:18 and 19, "Therefore, as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." And in Romans 6:23 it is written, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord." The "corresponding price" of the Ransom which Jesus gave, and the promise that, as a result, all mankind will be raised from the dead, is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:21 and 22, "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." And Romans 14:9 tells us "For to this end Christ both died and rose and revived, that he might be the Lord, both of the dead and living." After Jesus died as a man, God raised him from the dead; not as a man, but a mighty spirit being, with power and authority to call all mankind from the grave.

A Firm Basis of Hope

The doctrine of the Ransom is the grandest and most meaningful doctrine taught in the Bible. It is the basis of the only true hope and consolation for the world of mankind, because it provides for the return of the dead to life, the joyful reunion of families parted by death, and their living forever in health and happiness upon the earth.

To some it may seem incredible that our beloved dead will actually live again, and be with us once more,


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

hello,

thanks for all comments. in memory of my loving Mother.


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Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Hello dear,

As I recently lost my husband, I know the pain of lost love. All mothers are special, but yours seems to have been more than just a great woman. You are right; death is so definitive, the loss is so hard to comprehend, but we have to accept and hope for protection and light from our loved ones. May her soul rest in peace


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Dear Petra,

Thanks for your comment. Yes we have to accept it. After the rain, the sun will shine again and the beautiful colorful rainbow in between. God bless you.


emily ong 4 years ago

hi rol i just read you tribute to your mom tia tating i know how it feel to lost someone we love so much but it is GOD'S will rol we can't do anything except to abide HIM.EVERY one of us will go and we don'T KNOW when.TIA is HOME rol.TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF and GOD'S BLESS


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carolp 4 years ago from Switzerland Author

Hi Emily,

Thanks for dropping by. Yes, my mother is at peace and in God's hands. She will always remain alive in my heart and to those who loves her.

Give my regards to all of you there.

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