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Monday, April 28, 2008

Franco



(My sis-inlaw's husband) Although he can be extremely overly fierce and tyrranical with his words (when he's very angry)yet, I've never seen so naive and big heart (espe. for Vittoria) as his and Giada's. They can also be equally extremely and spoilingly loving and sweet to Vittoria.It's like there's a separate very large comparment of cares and love in their hearts that I may never have or understand. They can be so very careful over the miniscule details for the wellbeing of Vittoria (like, we should buy a certain-costly pair of shoes so that her feet will develop well) a thing that I've never been acquainted to or was conscious of,growing up in a thirdworld country, not to mention the poverty mentality I had before. Franco, how he loved Vittoria, even her smallest giggles will not escape his attention and pointing it out at that almost immediately to his wife. Franco, he's like a bank that never runs out of money. Since he retired last January (he's 57yo) even before they have been travelling here and there, east and west.Our house boasts of many souvenirs from Africa, Tunis, Egypt, Marocco and France. The last time 3 weeks ago
he treated his family including his son's fiance and his daughter's husband to a week's stay in Vienna Austria. Upon their return it was our turn to be treated to a 5-day all-expenses paid stay in a very refreshing paradise province of ROme-CHianciano. Yesterday we heard them again planning their next trip this time a cruise-a mediterranean I suppose. Would to GOD that HE would also bless us with financial freedom minus any kind of sickness. Would to GOD that HE would continually prosper Franco's entire family in their health and wealth.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

GOD BLESSES

For many days now my mind is relentless with S.O.S. prayers to my GOD. Today as HE always does, HE came with some pinch of loving hints that HE knows my situation.As it is,we're left with not so many Euromoneys to make last til Adrian's next payday.Which means I have to limit spending to less than 8 Euros\day. (Thankfully we prioritize basic needs like food and necessary commodities, so we have stock at least til month's end). Today is Signora Claudia's 84th GOD BLESS her, after accompanying VIttoria to her daycare school,I took time to greet her over the phone and she said she needed a companion to buy some detergent in the nearby store. So I left my ready breakfast, as she was expecting me to popup at her doorstep in the next minute.So we headed,some chats, some sermon against giving Vittoria food that does not appeal to the italian aste(like Asian food). Then I found out I got a bufferstock of what she was intending to buy so I offered and we made a U-return to the house. As soon as we neared our houses(we're neighbors) she asked to dropby at the grocerystore,she bought for herself some candies of different little dimensions two thin long ones, and 2 normal round candies like those of a child. Then to my surprise she also bought for me 2 cans of tunasalads mix. and some fetuccine pasta.Just as I was contemplating how to budget our budget--) This, to me is GOD's pinching of reminder that HE sees and HE cares. I'm still praying for mountains of money to solve our financial needs but to see, HE Meets us, at the point of our needs. Space and time limits me to share the many instances that my GOD Provided at the breaking point.

Friday, April 18, 2008

ANOTHER INVITATION

April 21 2008 Mon

We spent another day with Giada (my husband's twin sis) and practically her entire family and beyond-her 2 grown kids Alessandro 27 y.o. and his fiance', and Michela 26, and her husband Fabrizio.Signora Claudia Giada's mother-inlaw and 2 among Giada's bestfriends the couple Roberto and wife Giovanna. At least once a month we get invited at Giada's with these same people. It's always a very pleasant get-together with them, except(rarely like today) for some very petty quarrel over table manners (mine, being an Asian or more particularly -being a Filipino) ,I didnt change plates when it was time for the second course (meat), not wanting for GIada to take care of many plates what with all her guests each changing plates for the entire 5 course meal.(The typical italian meal consists of 5 course or plates-first plate serves pasta or soup, for the second meat or fish main dish. Third is salad, 4th is fruits and last is cakes or sweets. ) So Giada reprimanded me that for the sake of VIttoria (my 20 mo. old daughter) who is seated between us(Giada and me) that I should set an example. The dining table eventually turned into a little family courthouse with Giovanna and her husband Roberto defending or justifying one's liberty to eat as his\her personal culture dictates, just as long as it is within the confines of reasonable etiquette. With me as suddenly a defendant, and my accusers Signora Claudia and Giada. Thankfully it ended with my acquittal. Giovanna gifted VIttoria with a very nice red summerdress, Alessandro baby sunglasses,and Michela-musical camel stufftoy.And when we got home at around 7p , almost as soon as we stepped in the house our neighbors Lela (Antonella,who loves hanging out with us) knocked to give some more toygifts for Vittoria.