Life Investments – Thank You Moms

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful women in the world, specifically to the ladies that have invested in my life since the day I came out of my mom’s womb. Sorry I can’t name everyone because I’m a Samoan, which means I’m blessed with a huge family.

I have been blessed by God to have Proverbs 31 women in my family and close circle. As I reflected on Mother’s Day and how grateful I am for all the wonderful women in my life, I thought of the sermon preached in church this morning. “How do you measure a life?” is the question that was asked. The title of the sermon was a quote “The measure of a life is not in its duration, but in its donation.” by Corrie Ten Boom. The donation these ladies have made into my life have been tremendous and I thank the Lord for His never failing love that is constantly shown through these women especially my grandmas and my mom. These are my testimonies of these ladies and the investments they have donated to my life.

Nana – The woman I am truly honored to be named after, Anneliese “Annie” T. Haleck Sword. She is beautiful and the definition of classy. She always made sure our family was bound in love and unity. She could bring any party to life the moment she walks into the room. She’s the reason I had a strong bond with my Sword cousins and considered them as my second set of siblings. She invested beauty, grace, a love for living life, a love for dance (specifically Samoan & Polynesian dancing), forgiveness, culture and the value of family in my life.” by Corrie Ten Boom

Grandma Vai, Grandma Eseta, Grandma Lafo & Grandma Fou – my Aua grandmas who have loved, nurtured and spoiled me since I was a day old. My parents could tell so many stories of my infant & toddler years and how they “fa’apele” me to the point I couldn’t go to sleep until we go to Aua to see my grandmas. Although one is my biological grandma, they have all taken care of me as if I was their own. In my life, they have invested love, peace, strong relationships with my brothers, a love for my church and a love and reverence for God and His will for me.

All my Aunties – From my Sword side to my Fale/Ponausuia side to my “aunties” from Cornerstone AOG, these lovely ladies have all played a part in giving me love and affection. They all make me feel beautiful and never cease to tell me straight when I’m doing wrong especially when I’m getting fat. They have invested confidence, affection and a love for all things beautiful in my life.

My Cousins, Sister in laws & My Bestest – The beautiful ladies who made me “Aunty Lisi” are definitely in need of mention. They are the reasons I have so many beautiful nieces and handsome nephews and no need for my own kids. They have invested joy and fun into my life.

Spiritual Mom – The one woman (besides my mom) who isn’t afraid to fuki my hair & tell me straight when it comes to my spiritual walk with God. Aunty Hope is definitely a one of a kind woman who constantly checks up on me to make sure I’m walking strong. She has invested in my love for God, spirit and creativity.

Last but not least, My Mom – Lori Fale. She is the reason I chose to move back home and I have not regretted it. Just being me and my mom at home has been a challenge and a definite growing process. I miss my brothers, but I have seen my love and relationship with my mom grow. She is the strongest woman I know. I have seen her at her worst and at her best. Through it all, she remains steadfast in her faith in God. The Lord has definitely blessed her with grace, strength, dignity and many of what Proverbs 31 entails. She raised my handsome brothers Gary, Curtis & Emmanuel to be wonderful husbands/boyfriends to their wives/girlfriends, which I absolutely love to brag about and gives me a picture of what my future husband better be like (L0L). She taught me so much about loving God and building a strong relationship with Him. She has a BIG heart for ministry and continues to pursue God’s calling on her life with the radio ministry He entrusted to my family. She has invested in my love for God & His ministry and my relationship with God. She invested into my life strength, faith, love, patience, honor, fear of the Lord and strong Godly values.

With My Mama && My Nephew

With My Mama && My Nephew

So Happy Mother’s Day to all the heroes out there we call “Mom”.

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Thank You ! You’re Amazing.

liebsterblogaward-2When I saw that I had been nominated  for the Liebster Award, I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not. Afterwards, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude since it was my first nomination for anything since I started my blogging journey. I want to say a very big THANK YOU to heybetterme.com for nominating me for this award. It was unexpected and thrilling.

Here are the rules for those who are nominated and want to participate in the Liebster award process:

Post the award on your blog
Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog
Share 11 things about yourself
Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you
Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer
Notify your nominees by posting your nomination on their blog
11 things about me

My autobiography – Myself x11:

Readjusting is quite a feat. I have found it easier to adjust to a culture versus readjusting to a way of life that I grew up with (Myself Fact 1). I’ve learned there is no satisfaction in anything of this world (Myself Fact 2). As a human, I’m always going to want more and have desires of longing for what another has (Myself Fact 3). It’s inevitable, but it can be controlled. Since I am a Christian, I believe that only God can bring change since He knows my better than I know myself (Myself Fact 4). I mean He is my Creator and the Creator of all things not man-made. Growing up in American Samoa made me a collectivist, but since I lived in the States for 3 years I developed a few individualistic traits that made my moving home a lot harder (Myself Fact 5). I still and always will value my relationship with God (Myself Fact 6). My views on church and the Bible has definitely changed (Myself Fact 7). I’m working on seeking God for His plans for my life because all my own plans went down the toilet with all the ki’o (translation: poop) in my life already (Myself Fact 8). Throughout all the life lessons I’ve picked up on, the one theme that has stuck out in every season of my life is “E muamua le Atua“(translation: God First) (Myself Fact 9). Recently I lost someone very dear to me. My Grandma Fou and her sisters, Grandma Vai, Grandma Seta and Grandma Lafo, were very close and left a beautiful picture of what love, peace and relationships should look like. These sisters all had a part in raising me, even though only one is my biological grandma but they were all my grandmas (Myself Fact 10). They taught me the true meaning of the Samoan proverb, “O uo mo aso uma, a o uso mo aso vale” (translation: friends are for all days, but siblings are for the bad days). I’m happy to say my brothers and I have been able to maintain this type of relationship so far and I can only pray that it stays that way (Myself Fact 11).

 Answers to Merrilyn’s questions from heybetterme.com:

1. Where are you from?

  • American Samoa

2. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

  • I actually love where I’m at, but my second choice would be Auckland, New Zealand.

3. What is something you have always wanted to do?

  • Go to Italy

4. What do you do to relieve stress?

  • Go to the beach

5. Where are you presently?

  • In my fale (house) 🙂

6. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

  • Being an Aunty. I absolutely love it.

7. What is something you cannot do without?

  • My family

8. What is your favorite childhood memory.

  • Building a fail treehouse with my brothers. We built all the walls and forgot all about the floor.

9. What is your favorite book/movie?

  • “This Present Darkness” by Frank Perretti

10. Sugar or Salt?

  • Sugar. Hands down.

11. In one sentence, talk about your blog.

  • My blog is all about my [Samoan] culture and my journey in life with God in hopes of someone finding interest or inspiration from my postings.

My nominations though 😉

1. http://ubecute.com/

2. http://caseylove1985.wordpress.com/

3. http://imserenel.wordpress.com/

4. http://mariabrinkley.com/

5. http://academiaenafriqueadventures.wordpress.com/

6. http://thebrixtonhousewife.com/

7. http://lovehappynotes.com

8. http://madwomanofghostharbor.com/

9. http://lifeinthemeantimeblog.wordpress.com/

10. http://crazyguyinthailand.com/

11. http://name5ake.wordpress.com/

11  Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your source of inspiration?
  2. If you could go anywhere for a day, where would you go?
  3. Who is your favorite person in the world?
  4. What is your favorite music genre?
  5. What made you start blogging?
  6. Where are you from?
  7. What is your favorite hobby?
  8. Where do you enjoy going to spend your free time?
  9. What is your biggest fear?
  10. How often do you blog?
  11. What do you value most in your life?

11 Things About Me:

1. I find Joyce Meyers very inspirational.

2. If I could spend all day every day at the beach, I would.

3. Plumerias are my absolute favorite flowers.

4. I use to collect shot glasses until they grew legs and slowly disappeared one by one

5. I am saved by God’s grace alone.

6. I was born and raised in American Samoa, but I’m not full Samoan.

7. Dancing is a passion, especially Polynesian dancing (siva Samoa, hula, aparima etc.).

8. I, I, I like to party…Holy Ghost kind of party. 😀

9. My family is convinced I am the definition for the term “social butterfly”.

10. I’m always down to meet new people and share my culture with others.

11. Most of my lifestyle is centered around the morals and values I’ve learned from the Samoan culture.

Three Days Later

Sometimes I wonder what was going on in the heavens on the second day before Jesus rose on the third day. So many different things could’ve been going on in the heavenly realm and even down below.

All I know is Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later. I like to think it was specifically for me. He sacrificed His blood for me. Every drop of blood that fell from Him was so I don’t have to die in my sin.

He died so I can live. It’s the simple truth. When He rose from the grave, I received power to live the way God intended me to live. Thanks to Jesus, I can now have a relationship with God freely. I don’t have to live in fear of where I will spend eternity. Three days later, I have hope. I have peace. Most of all, I have love.

This Blood – In Honor of Good Friday

This song by Carman is probably one of my absolute favorite songs about the crucifixion. I couldn’t sit here and not share this song with all of you. It’s a powerful and very anointed song. God gave up so much for the sake of all who do and don’t believe…YET.

I pray you will be blessed by this song as much as I am every time I hear it. If you haven’t experienced the mighty power of the blood of Jesus, I want you to know that His blood was and still is for you.

In Loving Memory of my Grandma Fou

This post is dedicated to someone very dear to me that went to be with Jesus on April 10, 2014. 

My grandma's face in the back though :D

I miss her. This photo was taken on my 25th birthday. She asked me “Aga fea e fai sou toalua? Toeiti alu a’u. Fia vaai a’u lou faaipoipoga.” (translation: When are you getting married? I’m going soon. I want to see you get married). I laughed and replied “Aua e te popole (translation: don’t worry) Grandma, I’ll get married before you go. I promise.” I won’t be able to keep that promise now and it makes me sad to know that I can’t. My grandma’s face in the back though 😀

Some people grow up not knowing their grandparents. On my mom’s side, I was fortunate enough to grow up with four different grandmas that were basically like having one. I was “the pele” (equivalent to princess, still am) and I was treated as such by all my grandma’s sisters living in American Samoa, which I refer to as my Aua grandmas. Grandma Fou was the oldest of all my grandmas. She was loving. She was kind. She was sweet. She was beautiful. She was wise. She was strong.

She was a phenomenal woman. She had such a peaceful presence that would flow from her spirit. My mom said she was the best at putting babies to sleep. No matter how fussy I got, Grandma Fou would put me in her lap, sing to me and po po me until I fell asleep. I spent most of my infant and toddler years in her house. Like my Aunty Julia (Grandma Fou’s baby girl) said, I was the first grand-baby they took care of in their house.

I  remember feeling loved whenever she’d greet me with a “Hi Baby”, smile and kiss me on the lips. I remember feeling safe when in her arms. I remember feeling joy every time I saw her because I knew I was going to get money or candy. I remember looking forward to going to daycare in Aua because I never really stayed in daycare. I spent most of my time with her and Papa Fu’e in their house because they spoiled me and I loved it. I remember our Fale family Christmases at her house. I remember family events and even random visits to Grandma Fou’s place just because. I remember how much I loved the relationship she had with her sisters.

The Fale Sisters - My Aua Grandmas. <3 Grandma Fou, Grandma Eseta, Grandma Lafo and Grandma Vai

The Fale Sisters – My Aua Grandmas.

I have no regrets. I loved her greatly and she knew it very well. I made time to see her and loved on her but not as much as she loved on me. She lived a full, blessed life and was clothed in beauty, humility, wisdom, strength and love. She always took care of her family and loved beyond words.

Life won’t be the same without her earthly presence. She’s rejoicing with Jesus right now and experiencing a blessed reunion with Papa Fu’e, Great-Papa, Pema, Aunty La’i and all her loved ones that have gone before. Heaven gained another beautiful spirit. I love you Grandma.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4 (NLT)

 

I will miss you immensely.

I will miss you immensely.

 

Honor

A simple thank you to all those who selflessly & courageously fight for American rights and freedoms.

A simple thank you to all those who selflessly & courageously fight for American rights and freedoms.

Words are inadequate when it comes to giving honor to where it’s due. The whole reason Christians honor God is because of the fact He sent His one & only Son to come and die on the cross for the sins of the world. The same goes for these freedom fighters. The reason they receive so much honor is because of their willingness to serve this country with their lives.

I always use to think of the military as just another job outlet. After going months or even years without seeing some of my family members because of their choice to go into the military, I realized its more than just a job. These people have families and friends they go for long periods of time without seeing. They sacrifice being in the comforts of their own homes and being a part of their communities to go out and fight on behalf of those they love and those they don’t even know. A lot of these men and women miss out on time with their children  and significant others simply because they made a choice to give up their lives to the United States of America.

Here’s to all those veterans that have sacrificed their lives and time so we can enjoy ours. Thank you for your service. God bless each and every one of you and your families.