It's a Gift The Ultimate Life It's All For You

Last night at our family dinner I told this story to my kids. Before, I directly tell them what to do and now I change strategy. I learned that telling stories has a great impact to the kids and for the adults also. So, this story is for adults also.

Happy reading and learning!

Once upon a time there was an engineer. Let's call him Peter. He was employed to a top construction company in the country. He was doing great that the owner of the company was so happy having Peter worked with them. Many great things had happened. Peter was the number 1 employee that made him so close to the owner.

To cut the story short, I know some of you knows this story already. Peter now is a retirable. He went to the owner and tell him his intention to retire. The owner being so close to Peter understands and approves his retirement in one condition. And what was that? Peter needs to build one more house. Peter will design it according to his heart's desire and build it strong and beautifully. So, the agreement was signed by the owner and Peter.

Peter was so excited for his retirement. He wants to make it as soon as possible. So, what he did, he made the design fast and ordered the construction of the house very quick. The result, the design was not good, the construction materials were sub-standard. The house was not built beautifully strong.

The owner was so amazed with the fast completion of the house. The owner then said to Peter, well done Peter! Congratulations you're now retired. Before you will go, said the owner, receive this key, from this day onwards the house that you just built, the house that you designed is now yours.

Peter was not happy knowing the house was not built strong and beautifully. Peter knows the house will not survive in the next couple of years. If he only knew, he would have built it the way his dream house would look like.

Our kids was listening attentively. I told them, the same with your schooling, the same with your violin class, the same when you perform anything like dance, piano, guitar, ballet or whatever. Those are not for us your parents, those are all for you.

So, make it, do it with the best that you can. In the end it's all for you.

With love,

Papa Jesse

Family and the Eucharist_XU Triduum Retreat 2011

I am so grateful I attended the Holy Week Triduum Retreat at Xavier University also known as sacred days at Xavier.  One of the many points that impacted me during those days of reflection is the one that I will share to you about Family and the Eucharist.

Monks have secrets worth knowing.  One of these is that a community sustains itself not primarily through novelty, titillation, and high emotion but through rhythm and routine, namely, through simple, predictable, ritual processes.  For example, a wise family will say to itself:  "We will all be home at regular times, we will eat together twice a day, and we will be together in the living room at least once a day even if it isn't exciting, even if real feelings aren't shared, even if some are bored, and even if some are protesting that this isn't worthwhile.  We will do this because, if we don't, we will soon fall apart as a family.  To stay together we need regular, straight-forward, predictable, daily rituals.  We need the manna of daily presence to each other.  Otherwise we'll die."
In the Eucharist, God sustains us in just this way.
-Fr. Ron Rolheiser

This reminds me of being together regularly with my family.  Giving time to them, spending moments to last a lifetime.  I need to do this to grow and to leave memories to my children.

This leaves me a question, "How am I going to be remembered by my children?"

2010 Aya's Summer Ballet Primary Culminating Activity_Video

2010 Aya's Summer Ballet Primary Culminating Activity_Video

Sharing with you the video of the culminating activity of Aya's summer ballet primary class.

Special thanks to my brother Basil who made Aya's ballet summer class a reality. Thank you so much bro.

Comet McNaught 2010 expected to pass closest to the sun

Comet McNaught 2010 on July 2 is expected to pass closest to the sun at a distance of 37 million miles. 

Comets brighten when they get nearer to the sun, because solar radiation boils icy particles and dust off the comet's nucleus. A cloud of material called a head, or coma, and sometimes a tail form. It's all illuminated by reflected sunlight.
The comet is named after the Australian astronomer Robert McNaught.  Be sure not to miss seeing this comet McNaught, as it is said to be visible to our naked eyes.  This is gonna be fun for star gazers, sky watchers and by standers.  Be aware of the sky, by middle of June the comet starts to shine.  Lets all observe what this comet Mcnaught looks like, this will be my first time to watch this comet.

Aya's 2010 Summer Ballet Primary Class

Aya and Katley on pose at the lobby before going to the ballet classroom.

Aya with classmates on the go at the ballet classroom.

Rehearsal break at Rodelsa Hall, Aya takes a moment to pose.

The Graduate.

The Cadelina-Pagolon family.

Celebration time.  Family fun time.  The moment.  The smile.

My kids.  The Cadelina-Pagolon kids.

 My inspiration.

PS. My gratitude to my brother Basil who made Aya's summer ballet primary class a reality.
Thanks so much brod!

My Wonderful Family Picture Taking_2010

Family pictures. Family fun day. My wonderful family.  It feels good capturing and remembering childhood memories of our children. Bonding time is fun time.  I'm always having fun with my family.

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