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25 January 2014

Remembering James… 9 Years Later...

September 11, 1965 - January 25, 2005

I can’t believe how fast time flies. Today, we commemorate the 9th year of our loss. It all seems like yesterday- the panic, the frantic search, the grief, the anger and bitterness, the confusion, that excruciating inner pain… They are still clear in my mind. 

9 years ago, our world was covered in darkness. A dark nebula hovered above us- day by day, week by week, month by month that turned into years. 

But we (my kids and I) refused to live in murky existence. One day at a time, we took baby steps towards finding the Light again. We resolved that our own lives were not going to end miserably. We decided that having each other was more than enough blessing to keep us going. And so, our journey towards the path of gratitude began…

Yes, it’s true. Happiness is a choice. For us, it was a decision we had to make each day of our existence until such time that it became a habit. The last 9 years have opened our eyes even to the smallest manna from heaven. In everything, we learned to give thanks. Because now we know, everything that happens- whether good or bad- HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

December 2013

Back in 2007

A pocketful of sunshine and 

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Sandee January 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM  

I have been with you for much of these nine years. I have watched you come from the darkness back into the light. I'm so happy you did. Many never do.

You have a beautiful family honey.

Have a blessed day. Big hugs. ♥♥♥

Bing Yap January 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM  

Thank you Sandee. This blog became my outlet for several years. Through uplifting and encouraging words from blogger friends like you, I was able to slowly pick up the pieces and find myself again. Thank you for accompanying me in my journey. Big hugs to you too. ♥

Cressida de Nova January 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM  

Very very hard and nine years go in a flash...must feel like yesterday.

The deeper the person
The deeper the feeling
The deeper the suffering

Bing Yap February 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM  

It does feel like yesterday, Cressida. I am surprised at the number of years that passed… yet, it only feels like yesterday. Thanks for the kind words.

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.

"Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward to the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage and confidence." ~ Og Mandino

If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting, but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything.
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