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!
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