Plantation Fields and Tradition

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gosh it totally feels like a Monday today, right?  If you're participating in the Blogtember challenge, today we're talking about where we come from.  There is so much history in each and every one of us.  Today I wanted to focus on my mom's side of the family.  Both of my tutus and tutu kane(s) (great grandparents) from my mom's side of the family raised their families in the Hawaii plantations on the island of Hawaii (also called the Big Island).  Below is a picture of my tutu and tutu kane from my grandma's side.  My tutu was a beautiful Portuguese lady and my tutu kane was of Filipino and Spanish decent.
Growing up in Hawaii, you learn that everything comes back to family - and caring for them.  One of my favorite things to do is to spend time with them.  Even though we may get a little crazy sometimes.  Even though we don't always agree on things.  Even though some of us may not stand for the things that were instilled in us when we were children.  We all love each other just the same and we all have each other's backs.  We are a very loving family and welcome new people to the family with open arms.

Though my grandparents and parents were raised Catholic, my generation (for the most part) was raised Christian and those values are still held strongly in my family.
That said, it goes without saying that once you come to our house - once you spend that time with us, you are considered family.  We want you to make yourself comfortable.  If you'd like something to drink, you're more than welcome to go to the fridge and help yourself.  Same with food.  We will make sure you eat, and aren't hungry.  If you want to nap, grab a pillow and a blanket and find a quiet spot or bedroom to take an afternoon snooze!

Honestly, I don't know what I would do without my family.  They are my backbone.  They are my support.  We cry and laugh together.  We get mad and stick up for each other.  We love each other with all that we have.  It may seem a little childish, but I truly feel that I've been blessed with the best family ever!

What family traditions do you have? How were you raised?  Link up with me here!

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  1. oh so do I! They make my heart go pitter patter. I actually found them on some random guy's Facebook page (who was connected to one of my relatives on my grandma's side). What initially caught my attention was pictures of a handwritten letter. I had recognized the writing immediately - it was a letter from my Grandma to one of his relatives. Reading it just made me smile knowing that how I knew her as a grandmother was the person she was even as a young woman - sweet, gentle and caring!

  2. Oh wowww! That is amazing and wonderful!

  3. I love your story! Family is a top priority for me, and maintaining traditions (or starting new ones when an old one becomes impractical) is important to me. I didn't join today's linkup because the topic felt too big for just one post, and part of what I want to talk about is something I am saving for Christmas- because our new family tradition is to celebrate our heritage on Christmas Eve.

    It is great that you have such a connection to your family and your heritage!

  4. Oh I'm looking forward to that. Yes it is really really broad. I didn't even get into the nitty gritty of how I was raised by my mom and other things. At any rate - I'm looking forward to hearing about your new tradition. It is always fun to start new ones - as I've come to learn being on my own now with my own little family! Have a great day Rachel!

  5. I love how open and accepting your family sounds. I love the old pictures that you shared, too!

    I wouldn't even know where to start for a post like this with my family! Probably the number one thing for my family is that we were raised Christian. Lutheran, to be exact. My dad is a pastor and he was raised Lutheran as well. My mom's father was a Lutheran pasto. The desire to become a pastor must run in my family because I also have two uncles and a cousin who all have/had careers as pastor's. So that's definitely a big part of my family and my upbringing.

  6. Oh thank you! I was raised non-denominational. My mom has been working at our church since I was 7 years old, and my Dad gave his life to Jesus on the last Father's Day we had together. It is always interesting how people find their way to the Lord and how it affects their upbringing.


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