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Sunday, March 31, 2013

My Family at Home on Easter 2013 (with Pictures)

Happy Easter Sunday, everyone! I can't believe I fell ill this Easter weekend! But I'd rather be the one to get sick than my family members, you know. Thank God, I'm alive. Although not so well. That's okay. God loves me still, anyway, I believe so. And we're together again as one family this Easter 2013. That's all that matters to me...our oneness and togetherness, even for a day or two. I'm feeling a little better now. Thank you, God, and to you guys who prayed for me. Do appreciate it.

For those of you, dear folks and friends, who have been following/reading my blog, on a regular basis, you know so well that I've been experiencing symptoms of flu the past couple of days. Yes, I do have that influenza-like illness as confirmed by my doctor when I visited the ER yesterday afternoon (because I felt I was getting worse). That's why I've been on medications and bed rest, at home, since that hospital visit yesterday.

Except me, my family attended the Easter Sunday service at our parish this morning. Actually, they attended two services---one Catholic and one other Christian church where my daughter Tintin played piano for that church. Glad and thankful I am that my son and my daughter have been home for the weekend. But Andrew just left over an hour ago for The Capital where he works. Wished him a safe trip! But before he left, we had sort of a family pictorial or random photo sessions in the house. I just uploaded to and shared the photos with our Facebook friends  about two-three hours ago?

Though I didn't attend the church service this morning, I, nevertheless, attended an online Catholic Mass and another Easter Service on YouTube, posted by DukeChapel. Thanks, YouTube and DukeChapel. Besides, my wife Freny got me a communion host from our parish, St. Paul's Catholic this morning and I did receive the consecrated "Body of  Christ" from her.

Here are some of the souvenir photos of our Family Easter 2013 that we've taken today and I'm glad to share them with you guys. (My sis-in-law Rose wasn't in this pictorial because she's in her part-time job. My wife Freny said that after the church services and their lunch at a seafood restaurant, she, Andrew and Tintin drove or dropped Rose to her work.) Hope you like and enjoy them.

Well, this is all for now. Thanks for your company. Until next time around. Take care and Have a Blessed Easter, everyone! Yes, we're glad and thankful for our faith that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is risen from the dead! Alleluia! As always, I pray, "May God bless us all!"-chris a. quilpa, 31 Mar 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Strolling Around the Neighborhood with Tintin on Good Friday

Good Friday, everyone! Happy Easter, too!

Guess whom we saw as soon as we're home from the church service last night? Tintin. Thank God, she's back home from D-ville for the Spring Break. But, of course, we're glad and thankful she arrived home safely after two and a half to three hours drive from where she works and lives since September last year. Fyi, she's employed by her alma mater, UVA (University of Virginia, Class of 2013), as a college adviser in one of the high schools in D-ville. If everything goes well, she may still be there for another year, as far as Freny and I know.

As far as our son Andrew is concerned (also a UVA alumnus, Class of 2010), he's still working in The Capital but residing in The Land of Mary. This is his second year there, connected with the AmeriCorps,  teaching computer skills to the underserved population. Besides his regular job, I learned that he has also a part-time work or gigs on Monday evenings and on Saturdays? Well, anything that helps in paying his bills, you know. Last night, he indicated he's coming home for the Easter weekend. He might be arriving this late afternoon. That's great. But, of course, we both miss our kids. But they have to do what they have to do since they're living their life now. At least, we've got the opportunity to be all together again this Easter. (Freny and I did visit him last month? I believe it was later part of February.)

This morning, as soon as I did my routine, Tintin and I were out, taking a walk around the neighborhood. I brought with me my camera to capture what's out there. See for yourself what we saw, witnessed, and encountered, with the embedded photos, courtesy of yours truly. Hope you liked and enjoyed them. Thank you.

                                          Photos (c) 2013 by Chris A. Quilpa
Well, this is all for now. I need to blow my runny nose, guys. I'm wondering if this is seasonal allergy or something else because I've been having sore throat for a couple of days. Until next time around. Take care and have a blessed Good Friday. Again, Happy Easter, everyone! As always, I pray, "May God bless us all!"-chris a. quilpa, 29 Mar 2013