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I just wanted to take time to remember my mother, who would have been celebrating her 76th birthday today, had she lived long enough. But God has other plans for her. But while I know that she is in the best place she could ever be, I cannot help but still miss her and wish that she was still with us.

Happy birthday, Mother. We love and miss you so much.

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Merry Christmas

Filipinos probably celebrate Christmas the earliest of any culture in the world. For us, Christmas begins as soon as the months of the year ending in “-ber” (e.g., September, October, etc.) come around. This is evidenced by the Christmas carols already being played in the malls and Christmas decorations already being put up and sold in many stores in the Philippines.

My mother absolutely loved Christmas. Earlier today, my father and I were sharing this bitter-sweet memory of how, around this time of the year, Mama would have already started preparing her Christmas decorations. Mama would sort them and hang them one- at-a-time each day. Today, this memory has brought tears to my father’s eyes. Simply put, Papa misses Mama, and the thought of putting up a tree this Christmas seems unbearable.

Christmas is a special season of celebrating the Lord’s birth, bringing in good tidings and cheer. But for my family this year, Christmas will be a time of remembering and missing Mama, who cannot be physically with us anymore to celebrate the “most wonderful time of the year”. And even though she is now with the Lord, part of her remains with us, enabling us to reflect upon cherished memories of past Christmas times and look forward to new memories as the Lord heals our hearts – we miss you, Mama.

Since Christmas is already in the air here in the Philippines, then let me be the first one to greet you “Merry Christmas”! Just for the record.

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Mama, I Love You

A few hours ago I learned that my mother, Celia Sibal-Cañedo, passed on to be with the Lord (around Sept 20th, 5:00 AM, Philippine time). If you’ve been reading my blogs, you would know that she had been undergoing treatments for breast cancer and had been fighting as hard as she could until her body finally gave out.

Everything happened so very fast that I still could not believe it.

It was just two days ago when I was on the phone with her. I know she was trying hard to speak inspite of pain. We only spoke for maybe a minute but during that brief moment, I was able to tell her that I love her and to hold on to Jesus.

Cancer may have ravaged her physical body, but I know that victory ultimately belongs to her. She is now in a better place – with Jesus – with a glorified body free of pain and suffering

My only regret is that I was not with her during the last days of her life. I would have wanted to be with her, to hold her. This is the most painful thing for me to deal with right now.

My husband and I are flying to the Philippines tomorrow, Sept. 20th. We will be in the Philippines on Saturday (Sept 22nd). We are asking for your prayers in that God would 1) encourage and strengthen us during this time of loss; 2) that our family’s needs (i.e., physical, spiritual, financial) would be met in the days ahead; 3) that the joy of the Lord will be with us knowing that Mama is no longer suffering in her physical body, and is now present with our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom she served.

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