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Raoul’s Two Cents: February 23, 2024

Happy Home

Warning: Religious topic. Move on to the jokes if you’re not in the mood.

I picked up my grandson from school the other day. He was dressed sharply and every strand of his hair was in its proper place. He carried a small pouch just big enough to carry his notebook, pen and cell phone. He was very proud of himself because he was among the select few who had gone on a field trip for Leadership training. What a surprise.

I stared with admiration as we walked towards the car. The potentials of this little guy was already observed at such an early stage of his life. And, when I thought about it, he has always been a responsible kid. He is often the first one to wake up a half hour ahead of everyone in the morning and he is the alarm clock of his family. He’s the little policeman who makes sure everyone follows the rules. He isn’t the tallest but when he plays basketball, he charges fearlessly into the painted area and is sometimes the highest pointer even when he plays with the older kids.

He isn’t the egghead. His older brother is. His brother doesn’t spend as much time studying because he easily picks up mathematical and scientific concepts. He’s the one who plays chess, basketball and has an analytical mind. He admits that he has no interest in being the leader … why burden yourself with responsibility when you can just enjoy the moment, right? He’s carefree but smart.

Driving them home from school, I observed their interaction from my rear view mirror and they were laughing at some video on their phone. They genuinely enjoy each other’s company. They swim and Taekwondo together. I can imagine the two of them protecting their month old baby sister as she grows up.

Their sister smiles and laughs in her sleep. She’s a happy peaceful baby. Mom and Dad have stable jobs and love and support each other. Family pictures and the boys’ crafts adorn their walls. They go to church unless they have a basketball tournament. Their faith is strong. By the grace of God, they have a loving healthy home.

It’s these little things that make me look up to God and wonder why I deserve being part of this beautiful family. In these troubled times, God is protecting their little bubble. Their home is not unique. I’m sure many of you can relate. How long will this last? Will their bubble burst when my boys turn into teenagers? Yikes!

The Book of Joshua
At the end of the book of Joshua (against all odds) General Joshua had conquered many of their enemies. He is now old and he knows the adventure is just about to begin for the next generation. Surrounded by the whole tribe of Israel, he gives a final speech with a warning not to return to their old ways but to serve the Lord God.

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:14-15

Dear Lord, please continue to protect our family … continue to protect ALL our families. I know we are already blessed beyond what we deserve but I know you don’t mind us asking for more. I’d like to ask for more wisdom to discern what is right in your eyes, hope when trials pull us down, and increase our faith day by day. There are evil men with evil agendas out there, please protect our nation. Help us through the storm. Help us be a blessing to the world. For we ask this all in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

TGIF people!


Willy Wonka: “But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.”

Charlie: “What happened?”

Willy Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.”

— From the last scene of the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


Thanks to Brian K of CA

Original art by Raoul Pascual.

Parting Shots

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre, CA

Thanks to Fred of Long Beach, CA

Thanks to Garie of Paranaque, Philippines

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  1. Larry

    February 23, 2024 at 4:13 pm

    We are all blessed. From one egghead to another. TGIF!


  2. Oscar

    February 23, 2024 at 4:15 pm

    Good morning Raoul. TGIF! The pool Man! ;-D

    You have awesome grandchildren. A beautiful family all together. Let’s keep praying they have a wonderful future ahead of them and that we all can watch them grow up and succeed.


  3. Heather

    February 23, 2024 at 4:16 pm

    Your prayer is the one that all parents and grandparents say for their families. See you on Monday. Heather


  4. Noel

    February 23, 2024 at 4:16 pm

    Great write up..What was the warning about the religious topic? Didn’t think it was offensive in that kind of way….well, maybe unless the reader is a dyed in the wool atheist who hates religious people ..And I don’t think you have friends like that LOL!!


  5. Tom

    February 23, 2024 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks Raoul. Being Grandpa is Wonderful . Even better is being a Great Grandpa. Makes Life worth living. I relish time spent with mine. Loved the story on Port Hueneme a place passed by and worth exploring.and examining. These smiles you bring to us are Great and appreciated by all receiving them. Your Faith and Positive Attitude bring Joy to our Lives. I appreciate them.


  6. Rick

    February 26, 2024 at 4:29 am

    Hello bro,
    Your story about your family and your prayer warmed my heart.
    Continued blessings to you and your family.


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