I am thankful, grateful and blessed to have had the blessing of growing up around my Grandparents. To date, sadly to say all my Grandparents have passed away, leaving a hole in my heart, but grateful to know that they have left a legacy for me to strive for. My beautiful childhood I owe you to these two beautiful beings - GRANDPA TAIPE & GRANDMA ANGINA! They have not only inspired and taught me, they have inspired and taught many others by examples.
- For taking 18 months out of my time and dedicate it to serving the Lord for 18 months as a Full Time Missionary in the Australia Adelaide Mission 2004-2006.
- For having the courage to progress my talent. I grew up seeing my Grandfather working hard and very passionate about what he does. It wasn't until couple years ago I realise that he was an Entrepreneur and he was very successful at what he does. When I started my OHSEWPESI journey it scared the 'everything' out of me but I took the 'borrowed courage' I didn't have and started it on the last week of February this year and I'm sure glad I did because I have learnt so much along the way, gather courage with an increase passion to do what I love doing and those are just a few of the many!
- For striving to give my best to my family first before everyone around me. My Grandparents always teach us that FAMILY FIRST ALWAYS! I remember as a child we would have fakaafe kaipola (big feast) and Grandpa always make sure that after we are included as special guest in the feast regardless who attend. Now for our family.. we host our own party and become our own special guest!
- For making time to serve others. I grew up in a family where serving others was normal. When I have an opportunity to use my talent to help those who are in need I do it with a lot of passion.
- For making money with the little talent I have. I once read a quote by Oprah saying 'Follow your passion, it will lead you to your purpose'. I cannot recount the many times I find myself appreciate what I do when I follow my passion.
- For finding place in our heart to raise up Timana, our son, who legally became ours at the age of 13 years old and joined us at the age of 14 and is now 16. He is our only son and despite people telling us that we should have adopted a baby or get more kids, do this do that.. we are grateful for the opportunity to raise up our handsome son who likes to test my patience EVERYDAY LOL.
- For making an effort to make memories with the family and create tradition. Family was very important to my Grandparents. This is a responsibility I have taken upon myself to do just to keep family close. My Grandma was one that loved to keep tradition alive and to name a few:
- Such as waiting for the clock to hit 12am on New Years and we'll be kneeling as family and say our prayer and give each other a hug and kiss;
- Such as visiting loved ones on New Years for hug welcoming the New Year;
- Sharing the birth stories of Birthday Person during family prayers and all the good quality of the birthday person... our family has carried on the same tradition to-date;
- When relatives visiting from overseas and upon arriving home the first thing Grandma always made sure happen before anything else (regardless what time they arrive) we have Family Song and Prayer and a welcome speech from the head of the home.
- Hot meal for the relatives visiting from overseas. Again regardless of what time of the day/night it was, a hot meal will always be ready to eat after our Family Prayer.
- Sharing with the neighbours. My Grandparents travelled a lot for business and when they come back from overseas they will always make sure to share the goodies with our neighbours even if it's a pack of lollies. She taught us that giving is always a plenty when it is given with a heart full of love.
- Making sure we get Priesthood Blessing on every school term and also exam and other events in our lives.
- Prepare Supper for any event happening at home, she believe that people should never leave the house hungry.
- For being good to my in-laws and always willing to serve. Fortunately for me, I grew up seeing my Grandparents always so willing to serve each other's in-laws, never have a fall out with them. For every opportunity I have to help out in something I help out. Been married for over 10 years and have never had any fall out with my in-laws and in saying that, they are an amazing bunch so it's not hard to love them.
- For working in my job for such a long time. I grew thinking that everyone that worked for them were my Uncles and Aunties because they were always around, only to find out when I was older that they worked for our Family Business. I have been in my job since a year after I finished High School and been here ever sense.
Here are few of the things that I could think of on the top of my head. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to spend my childhood around my Grandparents. I am grateful for their examples that have taught me to be the woman I am today.
Thanks so much for reading I always really appreciate it with a heart full of gratitude!