As a mother of two children, actress LJ Reyes has learned that more than anything, it’s truly love that keeps parents going.
Last Mother’s Day, May 8, LJ took to Instagram to express what she’s learned about being a single mother to Aki, her 11-year-old son with Paulo Avelino, and Summer, her three-year-old daughter with Paolo Contis.
“Paano nga ba maging isang magulang? Paano nga ba magdesisyon para sa buhay ng iba? Carried them inside your body for nine months, will be taking care of them ‘til they can stand on their own, but you never really stop ‘taking care’ of them,” she wrote in the caption.
The actress continued, “And in the very long time that you have to make decisions on their behalf, paano nga ba piliin ang tama? Wala naman handbook for parents. Wala naman iisang tamang paraan kung paano maging magulang. There could be a lot of things that is uncertain and not ideal, but one thing remains certain and true— that LOVE would hold you altogether.”
According to LJ, she’s instilled the value of home and importance of family in her children. In that vein, LJ has made sure that Aki and Summer would always feel just how much she loves them, no matter what life has in store.
“Na-realize ko sobrang daming ups and downs ng buhay. Pero ang importante maramdaman nila na mahal ko sila in every sense of the word. Like how I would always tell them, home is where we are together. At sila lang ang kelangan ko to keep me going,” she said.
“We love because God loved us first. And I experience God’s love through them. Kaya naman nag-uumapaw ‘yung pagmamahal na kaya kong ibigay sa kanila. Hindi ako perfect, pero ang alam ko lang mahal na mahal ko sila—buong buo, siksik na siksik, umaapaw,” she added.
LJ ended the post with a toast for all mothers: “Cheers to all the amazing mommas! Happy Mother’s Day!”
In the post, she included snaps of her bonding moments with her kids and a screenshot of Aki's special greeting for her on Mother’s Day.
In September of last year, LJ moved to New York with Aki, who has since been attending school there, and with Summer as well.
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