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Remembering My Grandparents

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Grandparents Day

A Grandmother thinks of her grandchildren day and night, even when they are not with her. She will always love them more than anyone would understand.

–Karen Gibbs


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September 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm

My Nephew Vinnie and David Benoit

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My 12-year-old nephew, Vinnie (on the drums), jamming with jazz legend David Benoit…


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July 20, 2015 at 10:19 am

The Book Thief

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The Book Thief

In my religion we’re taught that every living thing, every leaf, every bird, is only alive because it contains the secret word for life. That’s the only difference between us and a lump of clay. A word. Words are life…

–from the movie The Book Thief

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February 8, 2015 at 11:25 am

Remembering My Father

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Paul Aguas

A short piece written by Matt’s sister, Katherine, to honor their father, Paul Aguas, on his 21st death anniversary.

My father was a man who had smiles to brighten your days,
Who always made you feel good with his warm words of praise
And what’s more he knew what to do to make your wishes come true.
He was my father.
My father was someone who always had good stories to tell,
But just as importantly he knew how to be a good listener as well.
He was patient & kind and the very best friend you could ever hope to find.
He was no ordinary man,
And I’m proud to tell the world that he was my father.
Rest in peace, Daddy. We miss you so much.

–Katherine Aguas Padua


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December 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

Rest in Peace, Irene

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I feel so sad. Today I heard the news that my cousin, Irene, lost her five-year battle with cancer. She was only 53 years old… It was as if it was only yesterday when we played together as kids during those summer vacations… Rest in peace, Irene…

A photo of Irene (2nd from left) when we were kids... From left to right: Tina(my sister), Irene, Dino(my cousin), Joey(Irene's brother), Myself, Jac(my sister)... At the back: Gerry(my brother), Monina(Irene's sister)

A photo of Irene (2nd from left) when we were kids… From left to right: Tina(my sister), Irene, Dino(my cousin), Joey(Irene’s brother), Myself, Jac(my sister)… At the back: Gerry(my brother), Monina(Irene’s sister)

From Irene’s daughter and my niece, Cristine:

About 5:35 am, my mom took her last breath. Marvin (Irene’s partner) and JC (Irene’s son)  were with her all night and they called me early. She was surrounded by loved ones til the very last breath.

There are no words to convey how much sadness fills our hearts, or how great of a loss she is to many, but at least she is no longer fighting a losing battle. Cancer has no hold on her anymore and her spirit is now alive, as it should be, and she is on her way to reunite with her father, Fidel, and God.

Please pray for her and her new journey to heaven. Thank you for all your love and support and everything in between. We will let you know about upcoming arrangements, once they are done.

Remember her beautiful smile and know she can smile big again without the pains of cancer.

Thank you, Cristine


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October 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

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“See the Good…”

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Matt's Dad and Mom. Photo taken at Monterey, CA.

Matt’s Dad and Mom. Photo taken at Monterey, CA.

See the good. Assume the best. Be ready to forgive.

~ Paul Aguas (Matt’s Dad)

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June 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

Welcome, Kevin!

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Matt's Nephews (Kaden & Kevin) with Grandma (Matt's Mom)

Matt’s Nephews (Kaden & Kevin) with Grandma (Matt’s Mom)

Yesterday my sister, Duday, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Kevin Emmanuel, at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, CA. Welcome to the family, Kevin!

~ Matt

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June 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm