Monday, January 22, 2018

thoughts of eggs in her ear

shared by Marlo R. Beall, her sister

For Christmas, Arlene gave the girls a few adorable Scump items, including a coin purse, key holder, ring, key chain, magnet and lanyard. For those unfamiliar with Scrump, she's Lilo's homemade doll from the movie Lilo and Stitch.

Cindy had a Scump doll that is one of our most cherished possessions, included in the photo below, and described in this previous post. It's so sweet to see the girls have an affection for Scump as well, knowing and feeling that it's yet another connection to their Tita Cyn.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

thoughts of making a wish

shared by Marlo R. Beall, her sister

Happy new year! The holidays are always bittersweet, enjoying time with family, but also missing Cindy and other dearly departed loved ones.

As mentioned in the previous post, we were happy to share in a cousins' gathering for Cindy's birthday. There were around 20-25 us in our little house and we all sang "Happy Birthday Cindy!" while the kids blew out the candles.

Just wanted to share another photo, this time of the candles. Photo credit to my cousin Adam who was visiting from the Philippines.

Friday, December 22, 2017

thoughts of sweet memories

shared by Marlo R. Beall, her sister
Happy 38th Birthday Cindy!
To celebrate Cindy's birthday, we hosted a joyful cousin gathering at our house. Much like Cindy's Heaven Anniversary in April of this year, we asked cousins to join us for a family game night.

We didn't play as many board games this time around, but we ended up watching the Warriors game instead. As a basketball player and fan, Cindy wouldn't have minded the minor shift in the evening's festivities.

A new activity that we incorporated this year was cupcake decorating. Earlier in the day, Ava and I baked a few dozen cupcakes and mini cupcakes, in chocolate fudge and fun-fetti flavors. Carla took the lead on frosting them, and cousins took turns decorating them. Below are a few examples of some of the fun creations.

As we wrapped up our evening, I was touched by how many family members had taken the time to specifically remember Cindy today. Even those cousins who couldn't join us sent heartfelt texts about how they were thinking of Cindy, had gone to mass, or visited the cemetery.

I also reflected on how much our family has grown throughout the years, adding more kids and welcoming new spouses and significant others. It's amazing to know that there are so many more people who are learning about Cindy, through her family and friends; and everyone's thoughtfulness just continues to keep her memory alive and strong.