On Mothers and Friendships

Last Sunday night (April 1), I thought of texting my mother who lives in the province to come to Manila to attend my niece’s birthday celebration and to bring lobster. (She knows where to find those delicious crustaceans in our town which is near the sea). But when I looked at the time, it was late and so I decided to text her the next morning.

When I woke up the next morning, my mother had a message for me in my cellphone: “Rina, I’ll travel to Manila tomorrow. I’ll be bringing lobster, squid*, and vegetables.” (*This is the plump, with very thick ink and really flavorful variety which my husband loves). My mother knows how I love to eat lobster and how I have never forsaken my penchant for native vegetables.


My mother lives in our home in the province with a girl she hired to accompany her and to help her with the chores. All of us her children have long left the nest and settled in different places with our own families. My father died in 1999, a year before I was to be married.

My mother is nearing 70 but I’m so thankful that she’s well and still strong to travel to Manila, about 6-hour bus ride. Although the long trip strains her, she delights in visiting us, especially her apos (grandchildren). We would have loved to be visiting her instead, but sadly, I’m still unable to travel that far.

When she comes to visit, she also takes the opportunity to have a long chat with my youngest sister who now lives in California with her own family.

I’m so grateful to the Lord Jesus for my beloved mother’s good health and also, that she lives simply, thankfully, and joyfully, always trusting in the goodness of the Lord.       

Also on the same day that my mother arrived, my old-friend way back in college and Hannah’s godmother and whose son I’m also the godmother of, came and brought a Labrador pup. Hannah was so delighted to have a new pet.

We’ve had two pomeranians: the first one was pitifully attacked and killed by a bigger dog in our village while Tim and his Dad were walking him one morning. The owner of the “dog-killer” dog replaced it but we eventually sent him to my husband’s home in the province because he had so many ticks and it was hard to control them no matter what we did.

The family was so excited again to have a new pet in the house, but more than that, I’m thankful to the Lord for lasting friendships. Malu was my friend way back in college. It wasn’t an ordinary friendship for we shared a room in the university’s ladies’ dorm and we were also classmates in Chemical Engineering.

Our friendship, together with Joy who now works in a food processing plant in Papua, New Guinea, saw the hardships we had and victories we garnered during our five years in college and even beyond: review for the board licensure exams, job hunting, heartbreaks, success, etc.

Nowadays, it’s rare to find friendships that last through life’s storms. The kind of friendship that you can be yourself, with all your mistakes and failings, and still, you’re loved and cherished.

Linking to Spiritual Sundays, Time-warp Wife, Domestically Divine, Raising Homemakers, Women Living Well.

In Christ,

18 comments on “On Mothers and Friendships

  1. sarah says:

    wishing you a happy mother’s day…..here from Spiritual Sunday

  2. Saleslady371 says:

    Beautiful tribute! Have a wonderful day.

  3. Charlotte says:

    What would we do without friends and family? How wonderful your mother will be with you. Wow, lobster is such a delicacy here and very expensive.
    I hope you have a very Happy Mother’s Day.

  4. Elaine says:

    Rina…..My mouth is watering just thinking about those delicious lobsters….my absolutely favorite seafood. And your Mother sounds like such a sweetheart. 🙂 Have a lovely Mother’s Day tomorrow.

  5. Pamela says:

    Sounds like your mother is extra-special, too. Welcome to the new puppy!


  6. Mothers and friends. Two of God’s richest gifts! Oh yes, and sweet pets.

    Blessings, Debbie

    • RinaPeru says:

      Dear Debbie,

      True. The most beautiful things are free: the sweet love and embraces of mothers, our children, and friends. Have just been to your place and feasted my eyes on your lovely posts and photos.


  7. Sis Fe says:

    Happy Mother’s Day sis Rina!
    Happy Mother’s Day to your mom as well!

  8. Ginger says:

    Like the saying goes, great minds think alike. I’m so glad that your mom made this trip to see you.
    God Bless,

    • RinaPeru says:

      Hi Ginger!

      As a child, I’ve always thought that mothers “don’t really sleep at night” because when you call on them at any time, they always answer as if they haven’t been sleeping.

      Thanks and blessings,

  9. Lory says:

    Wow! yummy lobster! Its really amazing to know that God know s our thoughts.. He always wants to give the desire of our hearts.=)

    Happy Mother’s day to you and to your mom too!

    Enjoy the day with filled of joy and LOVE.

    God bless! Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mommy.

    May God bless you for your wonderful deeds.

  10. Rina, I know what you mean about how hard it is to find friendships that last a lifetime. However, as hard as friendships like that are, Jesus is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

    I have passed by often, but not always leaving a comment. I enjoy reading your articles.

    I pray for healing in your life. And praise God that I have the opportunity to share an online friendship with you.

    Thank you for linking up to Domestically Divine. I enjoy having you with us.



    • RinaPeru says:

      Dear Jasmine,

      Amen! The Lord Jesus Christ is the best friend we could ever have! There’s a lot to be said about that :-).
      So thankful to the Lord for the gift of writing and the inspiration that springs from Him.
      And also, for giving me online friends like you that really bless and encourage me.
      Thank you for having me in your lovely site – it’s a pleasure to be linking with you and with the others of similar theme – giving glory to His name.

      Thank you for your friendship. You all color my world here :-).

      May God bless you more!

  11. Hannah Peru says:

    Hi Mom!

    Was my shot of Stephanie cute? Well, of course it is. You already put it in your blog… so, well my shot was definitely cute.

    I loved my shot. I can’t take Stephanie’s CUTENESS!!!!!!!!!!


  12. joyfilled says:

    Beautiful post!!

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