Tuesday, May 22, 2018

thoughts of the holy spirit

shared by Marlo R. Beall, her sister

Last Sunday, Cyn Cyn received the gift of the Holy Spirit by celebrating her Confirmation. Our parish was doubly blessed because the Bishop was the mass celebrant, and it was also the Feast of Pentecost.

Just a few weeks ago, I happened to come across an old photo of Cindy's Confirmation too, held 22 years ago. She and her fellow candidates were also lucky enough to have the Bishop celebrate their mass.

I'm so grateful that Cyn Cyn has successfully completed the Confirmation process. It's reassuring to know that she'll not only have the Holy Spirit as a source of guidance throughout her life, but also her Tita Cyn and all our loved ones in heaven as well.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

thoughts of more puppy love

shared by Marlo R. Beall, her sister

Last weekend, our family was in Reno for a volleyball tournament. It was the first time that we left our dog, Fiona, at home for more than a few hours. Fortunately, VJ was kind enough to stay at our house for the weekend to keep Fiona company. Arlene also came by during the day, to check on Fiona too.

Our daily life has definitely shifted a little since Fiona joined our family, as described in a previous post. But it's definitely for the better. We were all surprised how much we missed Fiona, while we were gone.

I'm grateful that my sisters were kind enough to make the time to watch Fiona. It made me feel a little guilty that I didn't contribute at all to taking care of the dogs we had while growing up, one of them being Cindy's dog, Nanook.

It makes me think that continuing to adapt our lives to having Fiona, is Cindy's subtle way of showing me how much a dog can add to your life. I can imagine her smiling (almost smirking) in heaven, as she sees her "non-dog sister" spending so much time with our dog today.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

thoughts of U-C-L-A... fight...fight...fight!

shared by Marlo R. Beall, her sister

While we were at UCLA, Cindy and I (along with Carla and Andrew) attended various sporting events. We were pretty spoiled by the fact that UCLA has such an outstanding college athletics program.

However, we didn't typically attend the more popular sports, like mens basketball or football; we actually ended up at more volleyball games or gymnastics meets. I've always been a gymnastics fan, and volleyball was the one sport that all five of us (Rabuy sisters) played in high school.

This past weekend, the UCLA womens gymnastics team won their 7th National Championship. It was a pretty exciting event, where UCLA was behind for most of the day and needed a 9.95 from its last competitor to win. That last routine earned a perfect 10, and the Bruins won!

I just happened to catch the last half hour of the event on TV. Watching it made me think of Cindy. Looking back at our college years, I really don't know how much she actually liked gymnastics. I wouldn't be surprised if maybe she just went to the meets because she knew I enjoyed them so much.

Either way, I'm happy to have those UCLA sports memories with my sister. Whenever the Bruins compete, I have even more reason to be both proud and sentimental.