We Prayed, He Answered: We Are Pregnant!

It is with great excitement and joy that my better half and I share with you all God’s loving grace and mercy- we are expecting our first child! Finally, our home will be growing by two little feet early next year :-)

Mummy and Daddy To-Be

Mummy and Daddy To-Be

We can assure you that this beautiful news being withheld up to this very moment has been nothing more than us protecting what is most sacred and precious- a new life that beats and was far from reaching its 12-week milestone.

Thanks to all my family and friends who have respected our privacy over the past crucial weeks; allowing us the privilege and honor every couple deserves- to share the wonderful news ourselves. It is such a beautiful and special moment and we couldn’t be any happier!

To our prayer warriors, thank you so much! Your prayers meant so much to our family especially in my most fretting moments. To those special people who have shared our wonderful highs and subterranean lows, we are grateful for having you in our lives!

We give back all the glory, honor, and praises to our Lord God Almighty for bestowing in us this precious gift of life. For this child we prayed; and the Lord has granted us what we asked of Him (I Samuel 1:27). Indeed, prayers can move mountains and He has made all things possible!

Photo Credit: Bregie

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One Month Off Work is Officially Over

My month-long holiday had come and gone. It was fairly quick and I felt like I did not really achieve anything except that I got the much needed sleep and rest that I desired. At first, I felt bewildered of what I am gonna do- do we go see some new places, fix my closet, iron out clothes, explore my new Macbook, blog with gusto, etc? But everything is just so overwhelming and one month went by so fast! I hardly completed those things in my to-do list. Sleeping-in and rolling in bed at any time of the day was the norm and that was pretty much it. I believe that’s one of the power of timeoffs- just do anything you want at anytime. It’s quite liberating! It was not surprising at all to put on some weight while I was on a relaxing fit for one whole month. I felt so good!

But lo and behold!

There were days when I felt crap. I can not put into words how exactly it felt but it definitely was not welcome especially when I was only trying to enjoy the limited time off work. My husband swiftly found a rustic remedy to that by surprising me with a bouquet of flowers one afternoon. It certainly brightened up my crappy world! He knows how to cheer me up and lighten up my mood. He is simply the sweetest!

A simple act of love made me the happiest wifey

A simple act of love made me the happiest wifey

Just as how quickly it began was the quick ending of it all. I went back to work last week. Boy was I not looking forward for it! Although it’s now spring in our neck of the woods- which means it is getting a lot warmer than what it was in winter- we still get that brutal chills in the mornings. I had to slowly get my rhythm back prior to going back to work.

You see, I had to get up a at 5am or 5:30am at the latest. That’s just too early for me!!! Well, as compared to my waking-up routine back in the Philippines, it certainly is! But then again, my body clock got used to it after some time :-) I just had to hit the sack earlier than I should to compensate for getting up early otherwise I’d feel like a zombie. LOL!

Anyhow, I survived the first week at work. I felt touched that my husband led a very heartfelt and soulful prayer just before we left home on my first day going back to work. I haven’t actually thought about it but the gesture made me feel so proud of him! I’ve got a husband who entrusts everything to God- he prayed for our safe journey to and from work and for God to provide all the mental and physical strengths that I so need.

On Tuesday, I had a nasty headache and my husband went to the trouble of picking me up at work; he wouldn’t allow me to catch the bus and the train. He had to combat the traffic which was at its peak at the time; it took him 3 long hours all for the love of me. I truly appreciate him for doing that sacrifice. Except for the sores and aches all over my body, I made it. Thanks to my Prince who served as my official masseur at night. The gentle and loving touch was very relaxing and comforting; I felt alright after that.

Thank God for a wonderful and amazing husband like mine! Love absolutely never felt this good! :-)

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A Happy Birthday It Was for Him

My Prince is a simple man- no fuss, no dramas. So when I asked him a week before his birthday what he wants to do for that special day, he simply retorted:

“Just at home and have a feast over McDonalds for dinner.”

And he saw me rolling my eyes! I can only mutter:

“You’ve got to be kidding me!”

I knew for a fact that our weekends had always been pretty loaded. Sometimes, we only wanna stay home and do nothing. But because both of us are working, we only have the precious weekends to do things together. So I completely understood if he only wanted a simple and relaxing celebration of his birthday where there’s peace and quiet.

It did not take a lot of convincing to opt for something “buffet” and not McDonalds. I only had to give so much emphasis that it was a Friday and a long weekend at that with the Queen’s birthday falling on a Monday and it’s a Public Holiday. That meant a sleep-in the next day.

Sweet!

We then both agreed to have it somewhere close. Buffet or “Eat-All-You-can” in the nearby restaurant came in very handy for the both of us. We had to directly go there straight after work. I did not even had a chance to take a refreshing shower. But because time is precious, we had to make do with the hurried arrangement.

Unknown to my husband, I bought a birthday cake for him which was revealed when he fetched me at the train station. Well, I simply had no choice. I can’t hide the box anywhere else.

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

I had to ask permission to leave work earlier so I can catch an earlier train. I was apprehensive that the cake would be such a big mess after the train ride, so leaving work earlier than normal was my solution to avoid congestion. Did I say I have an amazing Boss? He had no qualms in approving my request to leave work 45 minutes earlier and even extended his birthday greetings to my husband.

As it’s buffet, we were expecting to be seated just anywhere.

Influx of patrons on a Friday night

Influx of patrons on a Friday night

However, it was a lucky night as we got a reserved table where patrons did not show up. We were perfectly seated at a spot where we had a slightest bit of privacy :-)

Buffet Dinner

Buffet Dinner

It was a night loaded with various cuisines. Buffet captures shall be published at My Bits and Bites. After eating what our bellies fancied at the buffet, it was time for the birthday boy to blow his candles and of course for us to sing him the “Happy Birthday Song.” This time around, I made sure I captured it on video.

From here on, I shall let the photos speak for itself of how the night went on for My Prince’s nth birthday :-)

For posterity sake ;-)

For posterity sake ;-)

Just about ready to blow the candles on his cake

Just about ready to blow the candles on his cake

Cake loaded with candles, LOL!

Cake loaded with candles, LOL!

Cutting of the cake

Slicing of the cake

The wifey with the birthday boy ;-)

The wifey with the birthday boy ;-)

I promised to give him extra hugs that night. How sweet! ;-)

I promised to give him extra hugs that night. How sweet! ;-)

True to my promise!

True to my promise!

With my lovely MIL

With my lovely MIL

Wrapping up the night with a pose

Wrapping up the night with a pose

My husband received the following cards:

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From the Philippines with Love

From the Philippines with Love

Read: Sweet Birthday Surprise from the City that Never Sleeps

It was a very simple birthday celebration for a very simple man that is my husband.

When I think about it, I have always looked forward to celebrating our birthdays together. It seemed so surreal that we could do it together now; finally after the long haul.

I look forward to more birthday celebrations with my Prince. I wish him all the best this world has got to offer. In prayer, I constantly ask God to manifest His abundant blessings in our union as we sojourn together.

Note: This post had been sitting on my draft for three long months. I only managed to go through it now and finally hit the publish button.

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My Husband’s Aversion to Cameras

My husband has an incredibly strong aversion to publicity- pictures, videos, name it, he hates it. But having known him for several years when I was at the height of blogging, I guess he realized just a tad bit that he can never get away from exposures to social media or my blogs especially so when this blog was dedicated to document “Our Journey to Forever” (this blog’s old title) since 2007.

He encourages me to blog my absolute best and motivates me to spend more time to blog whenever I can because he knows blogging is a hobby that I love doing. I haven’t been blogging with gusto because time and energy had always been scarce. I admit I am a failure in this aspect. But I still make sure I do if only to chronicle some of the things that I remember.

He doesn’t read my blogs but I make sure he gets to read some posts before or after publication. Sometimes he would warn me of the photos that are not for public consumption- i.e. bad angles of photos of him showing a bulging tummy and the like.

He gets caught a couple of times evading his personal paparazzi that is his wife but more often than not, he is just too good and I end up an epic fail in getting good and decent captures of him in the form of pictures and videos.

Today was one of the many occasions where he was trying to cheer me up and turned out comical like he always does. I suddenly decided to turn my video on but he was too quick to realize it. I didn’t even come close to getting a “decent” video.

As soon as he made me stopped videoing, he won’t let his defenses down. He was very hesitant to set foot in the spare room where I was all set up to get another video of him. He can only poke his head and step back. LOL!

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Sweet Liberation

It means my husband and I are officially off from work- two weeks for him and four weeks for me. Hurray to that! You might think we will be heading off somewhere but nah! There’s nothing grand that’s planned for this holiday. In fact, it was not premeditated at all. We simply felt the need to break away from the daily grind and get enough rest and sleep. Rest and sleep some more- I could never get enough of both.

Gone were the days where I can roll in bed for as long as I want. Oh well! When I arrived here in Sydney, I felt too itchy to go to work. And when I had been permanently working, I kept looking forward for weekends where I don’t have to go to work. Hahaha! Life’s contradictions can sometimes be confusing :-(

Anyhow, time ticked by so quick. One week had come and gone. We felt relaxed and productive this week. We’re trying to take it easy and get the most out of our time together. Hopefully, I could get to blog with so much gusto as I initially planned.

Well, let’s see ;-)

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