PS – On a side note, today Dean got word from the company he has been negotiating with for over 2 weeks/waiting to hear from, that they accepted his proposal! God is good!!! All the time!!! (and not just because He has blessed us financially either – this is a reminder for future (inevitable) difficult times that our faith is not dependent upon outward signs/blessings)
Her name means “rose garden” or “garland of roses” and she is simply…. beautiful
Yes, we are back in Sun City, this time less the sunshine and one child but I can’t say enough about this quality time with my ‘Ita’… We’ve shared much in the past 24 hours: prayer time, laughter; tears (alright, it was only me, watching The Ultimate Gift); lots of interacting with Genevieve (she is quite the talker these days); what she misses most about her “tornillo”; learning she was born in a country and time when Christians were being persecuted and she had to be secretly baptized underground; hearing memories and funny stories of my great-Grandma (what a character! The 1st time the woman wore make-up besides the fat from boiled milk, visited a beauty salon, and finally tried on a pair of pants after much nagging from her daughter, she was more than 60 years old ); what it was like to live in a time with no stoves, refrigeration (yup, you got it! daily trips to the market) or washing machines, and this was with 4 kids under the age of five; how she & my Ito raised 8 kids on 1 income in the OC and how she remained faithful to God and His will after she had to bury a child and without her husband by her side.
This woman has so much wisdom. Not wisdom that comes from living on this earth for 80+ years, birthing nine children and being self-educated (never went to school past the 2nd grade) but wisdom that comes from knowing God through lots and lots of prayer.
Perhaps the best thing I learn from Ita is how to live in the moment. The more time I spend with her, the more I want to know, the more I discover about myself and the more I see who I want to become. Now that is a good friend! To my excitement, we have a lot in common:
Our love fore babies/children….
and for BJ’s/pazookies (ha!)
At some point while I was taking these shots of baby G (trying to capture her chubbyness), it hit me again….
Had my Grandparents not come to California to give their children a better life (which was no easy task), my mom would not have met my dad, I would not be here, I would not have met Dean and my beautiful Alizea and Genevieve would not be here either. Now that’s something to ponder…