Jan 3, 2017
I woke up to messages of greetings on my phone and was super excited! I knew it was going to be a great day! Marco had to go to work but promised a birthday dinner. So it was just me and Noah until dada comes home. I thanked God for another year and set out to prepare for the day. I was excited!- then I saw the mountain of laundry- but said to myself- i will wash them tomorrow for today is my birthday. Went down to prepare breakfast for Noah and then saw the dirty floor (added ‘mop the floor’ to my mental checklist) Got cereals, yoghurt, sliced some fruits for noah, sat him on the table, prayed and told him to start eating and will just feed the dogs. Went out and patchi (my oldest shih tzu) still hasn’t come home (it’s been 2 days) :( saw two big piles of poop (i have two other dogs) out front and the puppies (7 days old) not in their beds. (added all that to my mental to do list). Gave the dogs their food and water and fed noah which as always took about an hour. Cleaned up, washed the dishes, saw some more stuff that needed cleaning and cleaned away. Went out, put the puppies back in their beds, washed the doggy dishes, cleaned out the dog poos, sweeped the fallen leaves, cleaned out the front. Went back in to clean the floors. Gave noah a bath, dressed him up. cleaned the bathroom, took a shower cleaned the room. Noah had a snack and ofcourse decided to wipe his hands on the bed and his shirt and so had to change him again. Past lunchtime and I was exhausted and not feeling very excited anymore. But we head out for lunch anyway because I was going to meet one of my best friend. Just as we were leaving Noah had to ride his ‘car’ and accidentally toppled over the water containers on the side of the house. Of course had to fix that too before we left.
Finally got to the mall for lunch (the friend i was supposed to meet- seems to have forgotten and has not answered any of my messages) Not minding it anymore, I decided I was going to make the most of my birthdate with Noah, so I ordered my favorite meal- and then of course my Noah felt like running all around the restaurant and pulling a small boys hand forcing him to play with him, who naturally didn’t want to be pulled. My birthday lunch turned into a crying moment. Quickly finished our food and i decided to just go home. Driving home, Noah apologized, told me he loved me and promised not to do it again and the uto-uto mom that I am suddenly felt better. The friend I was supposed to meet finally texted way past lunchtime to say he was on his way, but we were already on our way home.
Got home and decided to just rest and sleep. Woke up when Marco’s parents arrived (they brought me a cake) but they had to go back to Cebu so had to prepare for their flight. I decided to go back to sleep with Noah. Woke up with a headache. 7pm and Marco was still at work- i had a feeling the birthday dinner wasn’t happening at all and became very disappointed.
As I was writing this I had to stop. I was getting carried away by all the negative things that had happened. So I thanked God for everything He has done for me and has given me. I don’t want to be ungrateful I told God- sure I had a lot of housework to do- but I have a house! And clothes to wash, dishes to wash because we had something to eat! I have a good handsome 4 year old who may have mood swings at times but overall he’s a sweet boy. My husband may not have been there for my birthday, but he was working. Working for our family. Thankful that he has a job. Thankful that I have a sweet, loving husband
Later on in the evening, my dog Patchi- after 2 days, finally came home, walked straight into the living room as if nothing happened!
By 9pm, my bestfriend who didn’t meet us for lunch came over and we had some cake and watched a movie, by 11, Marco came home with flowers and a birthday cake with lit candles!
And that was what happened on the 3rd day of this year.
To some, it may have been an uneventful birthday or not even the best birthday, but to me, to simply be alive makes it the best day ever!
Today is January 4, my birthday is over and we’re 4 days into the new year. I am still alive and breathing. I have so much that God has blessed me with that I don’t even deserve. So today even though it’s no longer my actual birthday, I still celebrate this day, for God has made it and has allowed me to still live and enjoy it. I will definitely be glad and rejoice in it!
Sabi nga ng friend ko, ‘everyday is our birthday’- may everyday of the rest of my life shout out the glory of God alone!
Woooohoooo! Thank you Father God 34 years. Each day brings me so much closer to you!