My grandmother Venturada, who we called “Nanay,” which means “mother” in Tagalog, celebrates her 93rd birthday on Saturday, October 31, 2015 in Somerset.
My mom, Lolita, stops to pose for a photograph shortly before I board an NJ Transit train to Philadelphia Airport, en route to my apartment in Seattle. September 2014
My sister Kathryn after a family party.
Tita Felie fixes her hair while Facetiming with my Ninang Rose back in the Philippines. “Tita” means “aunt” and “ninang” means “godmother.”
My family rings in 2014 with our annual coin grab. As the clock strikes midnight on the New Year, we throw coins on the floor and fight to grab the most money.
Ringing in 2016 at Nanay's house with 12 grapes, jumping and a coin grab.
Good morning from Kathryn.
Nanay leans in to talk with my siblings in her living room. Somerset, NJ.
My mom, Lolita, drives me home from the train station.
Kathryn waits for our family to finish shopping at IKEA in New Jersey. 2011
My brother, Joshua, outside our townhouse in Dayton, NJ
My dad, Joven, at our neighborhood playground.
Kathryn poses for a portrait.
My parents walk out of St. Matthias Church in Somerset, NJ.
Nanay walks in to the den while Tita Jenny watches The Filipino Channel. September 2014
Nanay after a doctor's appointment. June 2015
Kathryn during a walk around our development. March 2015.
Tito Emil mows his backyard during a family party in Somerset, NJ.
Tita Jenny at Newark International Airport before her trip to the Philippines.