Wonderful Baby Shower

Mercy had a fun Baby Shower on Saturday. Many friends came from near and far. The hostess was very creative in decorating her house for the party. There were several activities such as filling out a “Guessing” card, guess the gender, the weight, height, eye color of the baby. Another activity was filling out an “I Wish” card addressing to the baby of the thing they wish the baby will be or will do. After eating, Mercy opened the gifts. The person who gave the gift also gave her some advice or insight of being a mom. As part of the support, the hostess had the ladies sign up a “Meal Train” to bring meals to Mercy and Will after the baby is born. It was a successful party full of surprises and laughter.

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Thursday’s Special – Slow

Thursday’s special – Slow
“Slow is my choice of today’s photo Challenge……due to my holidays, you have three weeks to publish your responses. The deadline is 9 August.” – Paula Borkovic
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The tranquility of serene water and quiet neighborhood at Laguna Lake
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Slow trotting for the horse’s exercising
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This family is in no hurry, fishing and enjoying the togetherness
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Time is frozen for this slow in motion turtle

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Slow

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three

“… Three…As usual, there are many ways to capture an image for this week’s theme, so open up your creative minds and go have fun with this one!!” – Frank

When I saw Frank’s theme for the week is “three,” the first thought came to me was “trio.”

I sang in many weddings. When the wedding of my daughter and son-in-law was at hand, I wanted to bless them with the song “The Lord’s Prayer.” An invitation was sent to two of my sisters to sing a “trio” with me. I copied the accompaniment sound track and the lyrics, mailed one set to a sister in Hong Kong, and one set to a sister in Los Angles. On one side of the tape was only the sound track, but the other side had voice singing. We learned by listening and practicing separately. One hour before the wedding was the only rehearsal we had together before singing for real. Being sisters, we could have sung well together without rehearsal. It turned out to be a meditative prayer to the bride and groom!

To play along with Frank’s theme, I only picked out the photos with three people in them.

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Mercy, the bride, Maid of Honor (left) and Bridesmaid (right)
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Will, the Groom, Best Man (right) and Groomsman (left)
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Will’s Mom Kathy, Will and Mercy
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Lynton, Mercy and me
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Pastor officiated the exchange of vows and rings
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The three sisters, Queenie, me and Yolanda singing “The Lord’s Prayer”
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Mercy and Will, after taking communion, lit two candles into one. Meditated on “The Lord’s Prayer” with Divine’s presence
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Divine moment, Pastor pronounced them “husband and wife”

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three

 

 

 

Thursday’s Special – Trace of the Past

The theme for Thursday’s Special is “Trace of the Past” by Paula.

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Hong Kong – A place where I spent my years from childhood to young adulthood.
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Lynton, Mercy, Will and I attended my nephew’s wedding. They followed the Chinese tradition to serve us tea in kneeling. We gave them Red Envelopes that contained the wedding gift.

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Paula’s Thursday’s Special – Trace of the Past

Cee’s Share Your World – July 10, 2017

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“Share Your World (SYW) is all about having a safe place for everyone to answer random questions that I post each week.” – Cee

The following are Cee’s questions and my answers.

  1. How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Living in southern California, it seldom has downpour rain. A rainy day would just be another regular day. I do business as usual and go places as scheduled. We have a leak on the patio cover, so we have to get out some buckets to catch the dripping water. We don’t have gutter for the roof in the front part of the house. There are some potted plants in the front yard, I would move the potted plants to catch the rainwater from the roof and give them a soaking treat.

  1. List at least five favorite treats(They do not have to be sugary).

My favorite treats are not sugary for sure. Being a health nut with a small stomach, every bite counts. I try not to take in empty calories. Here comes my list of favorite treats: 1) 85% cocoa dark chocolate, 2) walnuts, 3) mixed nuts without peanuts, 4) bite size quiche, and 5) cheese and crackers.

  1. Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

As far as distance from our home, we could drive 10 minutes to Disneyland, 45 minutes to Universal Studio in Hollywood, 35 minutes to Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach. Amusement Parks are more expensive and usually, the lines are long to get on the rides. Unless my out-of-town guests request to go to the amusement parks, otherwise, my favorite place to take them would be Newport Beach. There is a Fun Zone at Newport Beach where there are activities such as Whale Watch, Harbor Cruise, swimming, and surfing, or visiting art museums.

  1. You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?

If I were trapped in an elevator, I would want to be trapped with my daughter. My daughter and I have so much to talk about, but we don’t seem to have enough time to talk. If we were trapped, the building security should know and work on solving the problem. We might as well relax to talk until the technician came to our rescue.

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Cee’s Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Thursday’s Special – Over

Paula at Lost in Translation: “The week is almost over and so is the month, and this time the challenge theme is OVER.”

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These photos were taken early this year when we went to visit Mercy and Will. The plane flew over California Mountains and went above the clouds to meet the blue sky. I love to see a bed of fluffy clouds and almost feel like some kids having a pillow fight with the cotton flying all over. Portland rains a lot, so when the plane approached Portland, we saw patchy clouds.

The flight from Ontario, California to Portland, Oregon is always pleasant and smooth. I look forward to many more trips to Portland when Mercy’s new baby is arriving in September this year.

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Thursday’s Special – Over

Mother-Daughter Reunion

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I was the first one in my whole family who has high blood pressure. I was the first one and the only one who had a divorce. The onset of high blood pressure was during the child custody battle. I was taken to court four times to fight for custody of my daughter within five years after the divorce. My blood pressure was creeping up on me.

My daughter was constantly under pressure to ask me let her stay with her dad full time. It hurt me more to see her suffered from the pressure. So without the official court order, I let her stay with her dad full time for six months.

By the end of six months, I was taken back to court claiming the pattern of having my daughter full time. After a whole week of court hearing, came the court order on the fifth day. Before the announcement, the judge called my daughter into his chamber. He spent twenty minutes with my daughter who was thirteen year-old at the time. She presented a two-page letter to the judge, giving the reasons she wanted to be with her dad permanently.

The judge came out from his chamber, stating that, after a whole week’s hearing, what he believed was what the child said. Therefore, the father received primary custody.

With that court order, my daughter was taken away, out of California, out of my reach. Gradually, all the phone numbers were disconnected. Email addresses were changed, except one. By law, I should have access to my daughter. The only access was one email address when she was controlled of whether or not returning my email and what to write when she did reply.

I only saw my daughter once in five year, from her thirteen years of age until she turned eighteen. Several months before she turned eighteen, I hinted her that she would be adult and that she could make her own decision. She took my words into her heart.

When she applied to universities, she was accepted by several with good scholarships. She chose one that was four hours’ drive away from her dad. She went to Portland, Oregon. Like all the university students, she constantly moved housing from semester to semester. When she turned eighteen and moved to another address. She didn’t give the new address to her dad.

The summer after she turned eighteen, she started contacting me. What a joy! What a relief! That was the best day in my life; only second to the day she was born.

We started to communicate, to build our relationship, to catch up of all the fear, doubt, and uncertainty during the past years.

We are grateful to God who have watched over us, protected us, and brought us back together. With her husband Will, and my husband Lynton, we have built a wonderful and close relationship as a family.

Daily Prompt: Relieved