That's what I'm talking about!

I have to post this. I think this will encourage many of you who are going through stuff. Two months ago, my dad wasn't doing this good. Look at the man now! Roll the tape -

Dad turned 79 today!

Originally uploaded by rmaxtorres.
I am overjoyed that I was able to spend this day with my Dad to celebrate his 79th birthday. It was only 4 months ago that a thought compelled me to evaluate how much I treasured time spent with my parents. Then 2 months ago my Pops suffered a debilitating stroke which paralyzed his right side. As you will see in these pictures, he is now much better. Thanks to all those who pray and support my family. The evidence of miraculous recovery is evident in his ability to now walk (even without the walker), use his right hand and carry on full conversations.
I appreciate all who have helped my Dad get this far in his life.

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Latina Expo 2008

May 22, 2008 is just around the corner!! If you are able to register your Middle School aged girls, go online now and do so before the spaces run out. The Hispanic Family Initiative is glad to see the great interest in this event, and believe it to be a timely occasion to provide support for our young developing leaders! Come and join us on this wonderful Thursday in May.

REMEMBER: If you are ready to be a volunteer, click on above link and follow the links to the Volunteer Sign-Up form.

Sinko de Mayo

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico.
But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss.

Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day. The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as Sinko de Mayo.


Joey's Ninja

Originally uploaded by rmaxtorres.
For those of you have not heard - Joey's gonna help the economy by saving petrol using his Jumpin Jiminy Cricket! His riding course is this weekend, and we'll see how he proceeds to keep the shiny side up.


Mex-Tex Word of the Day

*    "Shoulder." . . . .My tia wanted to become a citizen but che dint no how to read so I shoulder.


Feliz Año - Happy Birthday

Originally uploaded by rmaxtorres.

Mom (seated) turned 71 on April 5. It was good to see more of our family as we visited Dad and celebrated Mom! The food was fantastico - especially the dessert.


Wildflower Blues (and Reds)

My travels to and from San Antonio are always pleasantly colored by God's floral variety (which TXDOT appreciates). I hope you enjoy these photos. Excuse the chrome and American Iron. :)


Tributo a Emilio Navaira (Tribute)

Los hijos de Emilio Navaira presentaron en la celebracion de los Premios a la Musica Latina en San Antonio, Texas. Fue una sorpresa 'esperada' escuchar el canto 'Juntos' en tributo a Emilio que esta recuperando en hospital en Houston, Texas despues de un acidente unos semanas antes. El teatro historico Majestic estaba lleno de estrellas y aficionados de la musica Latina y estamos orgullosos que unos primos fueron nombrados como candidatos para recibir este honor. Quisas el año que entra! :)

The sons of Emilio Navaira, noted Tejano singing sensation, presented a tribute to their father at the Latino Music Awards on April 1, 2008 in the historic Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. The 2 sons and their producer sang an acoustic rendition of 'Juntos' (Together) as images of their father were displayed on the video screens. The crowd gave a standing ovation in hopeful support of Emilio's speedy recovery.
Our extended family members, Henry Brun and Judi DeLeon were also nominated but missed out on this years awards, having received recognition in the past in the Latin Jazz categories.