A-Wonderful-Mother-Her Pure Love-Part II

Josefina`s Wedding

Mom & Pa's Wedding
Mom & Pa's Wedding | Source

The Wedding

The Wedding of My Mother & Father
The Wedding of My Mother & Father | Source

Grandiose Wedding Event

Josefina will marry the son of a well done family in town.

Jose is the man she´s getting married. Jose´s father is a Spanish soldier who died and was executed during the war. His mother is half Chinese, half Filipino. Jose has 1 brother, and 2 sisters. His family owns Farmlands attended by Tenants.

Josefina´s family belongs to a middle class status. Her family also owns Farmlands. Her father has a mixture of Chinese, Filipino heritage. Her mother is a pure Filipino.

All the people in town are excited about the wedding. Tenants are coming to town bringing foods, fruits, vegetables, rice, chicken, pig etc. necessary for the wedding celebration.

The wedding is grandiose, almost all the people in town, in the nearby Barrios, Tenants have attended the wedding.

The Transportation Business

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Jose´s Business Partners.Josefina´s Friends, wives of their Business Partners.Business Center.The buses.The buses.Josefina with friends.
Jose´s Business Partners.
Jose´s Business Partners. | Source
Josefina´s Friends, wives of their Business Partners.
Josefina´s Friends, wives of their Business Partners. | Source
Business Center.
Business Center. | Source
The buses.
The buses. | Source
The buses.
The buses. | Source
Josefina with friends.
Josefina with friends. | Source

Josefina and Jose´s Life After The Wedding

After the wedding, they move and live together in the house of Jose´s family. Josefina helps the daily household while Jose is on his job the whole day in a street construction and conducting a passenger jeep transportation owned by their neighbor.

After a while living with Jose´s family, they decided to move and have their own place and rented a little room in town. The room is unfurnished that they use to eat and sleep in the floor.

Both work hard day by day and able to save some money, good enough to buy one passenger bus transportation to start their business.

Jose manage to drive and conduct the bus that it works out well and successful enough to buy other 24 buses. Since then they are known to be the owner of a big transportation business in the province.

The House and Family

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The house.
The house. | Source
4th child daughter,5th child son,6th child daughter,7th child daughter
4th child daughter,5th child son,6th child daughter,7th child daughter | Source
5th child son
5th child son | Source
6th child daughter
6th child daughter | Source
7th child daughter
7th child daughter | Source
6th,7th daughters
6th,7th daughters | Source
4th,6th,7th daughters,5th son,
4th,6th,7th daughters,5th son, | Source
The children
The children | Source
Daughters
Daughters | Source
Whole family with youngest (8th).
Whole family with youngest (8th). | Source
Family picture, 2 children are married (1 son, 1 daughter)with 1 daughter in law, 1 son in law, and the first grandchildren
Family picture, 2 children are married (1 son, 1 daughter)with 1 daughter in law, 1 son in law, and the first grandchildren | Source

The Farm - Rice, Corn, Coconut, Banana Plantation - Fishponds

Life and Family Achievements

Josefina and Jose bought a house for the whole family. They bought farmlands and fishponds. They have 9 beautiful children. One son died at the age of six months.

Josefina and Jose manage their Farmlands and Fishponds, the tenants are taking care of the fields and arrange harvesting periods.The family get enough from farm and fishponds harvest. They are able to feed their family and have been helping the tenants and other family members.

The farmlands and fishponds are great beautiful places for the family´s weekend adventure.

The farm is about 45 minutes ride from home. It takes about an hour walk to reach the family´s farm. There is no transportation vehicle aside from a carabao kutsche. One has to cross a river, deep until one´s half leg to walk across. One can take a cold bath, prickling refreshing experience with the 30- 34 degrees warm weather.

The place is wonderful, the green environment is fascinating. The beautiful coconut tress, rice, corn and banana fields is a natural exciting feeling of experience. It is a peaceful place for retreats, to get away from the hustles of life. No telephone, no electricity.

The family experience a natural adventure where the tenants prepare native foods, use wood fire in cooking rice, corn, grill chicken. There are lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to eat. They use banana tree trunk and leaves as a plate, eat foods with finger, coconut shells as glass. Fresh coconut meat with coconut juice and milk is a refreshing dessert.

The tenants get fresh water to drink in a natural spring 30-45 minutes away from the farm transporting it with a bamboo stick with 2 barrels of water balancing at two ends over the shoulder. They take a bath, wash the dishes and clothes in the brook beside the palm hut. A natural toilet is few minutes away from the house.

The family is enjoying taking a walk around the farm, climbing the nearby mountain, taking a bath in the river, and the children love to ride the carabao.

A great day for everybody.



Fishpond

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old little wooden house, fish harvest basketfishpond panoramawant to catch shrimpsfresh shrimps and milk fish (bangus - Phil. national fish)fishpond panoramapreparing coconut meat with juice and milk cocktailman climbing the coconut tree,  bunch of coconut fruit
old little wooden house, fish harvest basket
old little wooden house, fish harvest basket | Source
fishpond panorama
fishpond panorama | Source
want to catch shrimps
want to catch shrimps | Source
fresh shrimps and milk fish (bangus - Phil. national fish)
fresh shrimps and milk fish (bangus - Phil. national fish) | Source
fishpond panorama
fishpond panorama | Source
preparing coconut meat with juice and milk cocktail
preparing coconut meat with juice and milk cocktail | Source
man climbing the coconut tree,  bunch of coconut fruit
man climbing the coconut tree, bunch of coconut fruit | Source

Family´s Fishpond Adventure

Josefina loves to spend her time with her family and friends in the fishpond. They love to invite family and friends for a grill party. It is also the favorite place of Jose to relax and work out his hobby taking care of the surroundings, feeding the fishes, shrimps with the tenants. A hide away from the hectic time schedule. It is 30 minutes ride from the town they live.

The surrounding has a beautiful panorama. The dikes are planted with coconut trees, the family can take and eat fresh coconut meat and drink the healthy tasty coconut juice anytime. It is calm and peaceful, with fresh air coming from the nearby sea. One can hear the fishes and shrimps jumping in the water, see the crabs crawling.

The old wooden little house has 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with dining room and a little terrace. Sometimes the family stays here overnight. The nature toilet is outside the house. Josefina has to cook with wood fire, there is no drinking water supply, one has to bring barrels of water, water to wash the dishes or taking a shower is from the rainwater reservoir. There is no electricity, at night the family use kerosene lamps and candles.

Weekend Family Farm Adventure

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rice, corn, banana fields
rice, corn, banana fields | Source
rice, corn, banana fields
rice, corn, banana fields | Source
yamani trees in the farm
yamani trees in the farm | Source
yamani trees in the farm
yamani trees in the farm | Source
climbing the mountain
climbing the mountain | Source
mountain view, coconut fields
mountain view, coconut fields | Source
nipa hut, bamboo trees
nipa hut, bamboo trees | Source
crossing the river
crossing the river | Source
corn fields
corn fields | Source

Mother's Love

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9 comments

cora 7 years ago

thank you ng carol, it's beatiful cora


olaiya o joseph 7 years ago

i really enjoy your story.

thaks


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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


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

thank you Cora and olaiya o joseph - this is a nice memorable site which you could open and visit from time to time to remember those wonderful times we have together with our family.


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

When I had my first read and saw your love-filled photos, I was so sure, I was reading an account of life by a Filipina. The close-knit family ties I see in the pictures did it. To confirm, I jumped into this hub, and I was right! Good job, Kabayan. Mabuhay! I smiled at the black-and-white photos common in Filipino households in the past.

I had a wonderful journey tracing your roots. Beautiful!


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carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks Lita C. Malicdem. There are other 2 parts of this hub which i dedicated to my mother.

Salamat sa comment. If you have suggestions to make my hubs better...tell me o.k.


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hvacunits 4 years ago from Longview, TeXas

I live in the Philippines. Thanks so much for your Hub.


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carolp 4 years ago from Switzerland Author

Thanks for dropping by hvacunits. Hope to hear from you soon.


Oxana 3 years ago

Ed and Linda thank you so much for taking an evnnieg out of what we all know is a super busy time of year for you two and giving it to the heart campers. It warms a mom's heart and settles her nerves to see the smiles on my daughter's face while she is enjoying camp. Thank you thank you thank youBTW amazing photos Especially of the dunk tank

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