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A Birthday Filled With Overflowing Gratitude

I am aware I have been slacking across my blogs. My birthday took place almost four weeks ago and I am only writing about it now. That is indolence at its finest! Hahaha! 😂 I have learned to ditch the excuses. It doesn’t really matter now as I don’t have a crowd nor a readership to please anyway. But in case you’re interested to know, I might just talk more about it in my next post. 😜

My birthday came and went in a flash! I got stuck with 25 as you may very well know it. But who knows? This might be the last year as I get bored and tired of that number too you know.  😂😂😂

Well, it was very hectic. Our original plan was to go for a coastal walk; I had been wanting to do this for the longest time! When my husband asked me what I wanted to do on my birthday, I saw it as an opportunity to get this done. 😂

But he had his own way of surprising me even before then. A bouquet of long-stemmed roses was delivered three days before my big day while I was working from home. I was speechless! And I thought that was about it. I got the surprise of my life when at the stroke of midnight, he asked me to go down to the kitchen saying that he heard some “funny noises” and requested me to check on it. It was quite strange for the man of the house to be asking me that. I felt something was amiss right there and then! When I came down, I felt so touched and teary because he made all the effort of arranging the dining table with my birthday cake and card on it. How lucky can I get? I had never even noticed him doing all of it while I was busy upstairs getting some things done for another event that I was organizing in the Philippines.

Please note that I had all these documented in photo and video forms but I am just too lazy to refine the photographs with their corresponding watermarks.

On my birthday itself, I thought it was going to be foiled by a bad weather as initially forecasted. But it turned out to be a pretty day! We started the day rather late because we were mostly waiting for the rain that never came. Lol! 😂

We braved the hot, humid day. That’s not me. If I was in the Philippines, I’d hail a trike or use an umbrella to avoid the scorching heat of the sun. Ha! Ha! 😂 However, we made sure we were protected by rubbing off some sunscreen all over our exposed skin.

THE COASTAL WALK

We took “the most famous, most walked track in Sydney- no question and for good reasons.” It’s very easy to get to and passes between two of Australia’s best-known beaches, Bondi and Bronte. We made Bronte as our starting point for easy parking access.

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It was a 6- kilometer walk, two- way for a minimum duration of 2 hours. It took us longer than that as we had our toddler along with us. My husband had to carry the pram every now and then each time we had to go down or up the steps. It was a tiring day for him!

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But it was an entirely leisurely stroll that’s perfect for families. The path is mostly sealed with the exception of some rocky patches, and a steep set of stairs. The highlights of the walk were the coastal cliffs, views of iconic Sydney beaches, historic beach baths, and the Sculptures by the Sea. We were told this is also the best spot that gets visited by celebrities. We were too engrossed with our walk that we never spotted one.

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It was a total delight and pleasure to have witnessed the beauty of nature on my birthday itself.

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Everytime I celebrate my birthday, it is ruled by my heart- I feel it from the very core of my being- it is a whole year’s worth of overflowing gratitude, faith, hope, optimism, support, love, and friendship.

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I thank God for the tiniest bit of blessings that I truly do not deserve but He has graciously bestowed unto me and my entire family.

Indeed, every waking hour is a gift and I am grateful beyond words!

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A Father’s Love in the Eyes of a Wife

Australia celebrates Father’s Day every first Sunday of September. It is a beautiful opportunity to celebrate the unique and important role of fathers in every families.

It wasn’t too long ago when my husband had his first taste of fatherhood. Having witnessed it all from Day 1, I must say that he’s doing an exceptionally marvellous job.

Setting modesty aside, my husband looks younger than his age.

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The awesome and wonderful Dad of my son 😘

But he aged quite a fair bit after our son was born. He has been a hands-on Dad and being robbed of his normal routines and sleeping patterns were the norm since then. Thus, the increasing wrinkles around his eyes.

He is everything that I prayed for as a father to our son. His kind, gentle but strong demeanor around our little darling boy is something very rare and special. His loving and caring ways towards childrearing is undoubtedly one of a kind.

I feel extremely proud that I married a man who is the best father there is to our firstborn. It is such an honor to have witnessed how he has found his way through all the Daddy duties that he has to perform day in and day out with no complaints. No buts. No ifs.

I still feel amazed at the special bond and interaction between my two boys; it is something that only they can fathom. I can see it by just looking into their eyes.

Our son is still too little to appreciate everything his Dad does for him but he’s got me for a witness, ha! ha! 😂

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad! You’re our Boss for the day 😜

Oh how my heart melts with every hug and cuddle he gives, every play time he shares, every moment that he listens patiently and intently to our son’s oohs, aahs, and coos, everytime he perform his fatherly duties with so much love and dedication, everytime he takes a deep breath and sees things from our child’s perspective. He can’t wait to teach him all the appropriate values and virtues so he will grow up to be a decent man and will know how to show up with honor and integrity, and so much more!

My heart swells with pride to celebrate this man I married who is also the awesome father of my son. Life is meaningful and precious because of him. 😘

Happy Father’s Day!

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Weekend Special #11: Jamie is Love

I haven’t had the chance to publish as much update as I want to but as I previously mentioned, I will do my best to update at least once a week across my blogs- it could be a Wednesday or over the weekend; depending on my availability.

This weekend is rather special; it is Jamie’s second Anniversary Thanksgiving in the Church. I spent my time last week shopping for a nice and presentable outfit for him for this ocassion. After so much fuss and dramas (I will write a separate post on this), my husband and I were quite happy with our choice.

As uploading photos will take too much of my time and will also take up too much space on my webhost, I opted to compile some photos from today in one short trailer video.

Have fun watching! 😘

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Mission Accomplished!

As mentioned in my previous post HERE, it was a futile effort yesterday when I tried to shop for something formal for Jamie. I struggled looking for the size that would perfectly fit him. If I opt for a suit set, I’d be forced to choose one size smaller as most suits are tailored “big.” He’d be able to wear it only once and that’s just about it. I didn’t know shopping could be such a dilemma this time. 😁 In other times, it’s been bliss! ☺️

I have to emphasize that I am a practical Mum and if I buy something for my son, I’d want him to be able to put it into good use. Usability and practicability go hand in hand, if I may say so. I am not perfect though. I could be an impulsive buyer in some ocassions especially for Jamie’s essentials.

Despite yesterday’s unproductivity, we managed to get him something today. Because I already know more or less what to get him, it did not take us long to decide.

I informed my husband that I went to various children’s shops the previous day and felt the need to mention my choices.

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I love Gap for Jamie but there was nothing formal that I liked for him

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Nothing at Pumpkin Patch either

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Our end choice was our best choice!

Apparently, we both had the same choices and we ended up settling for Bardot Junior.

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My happy camper

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Now he won’t let go of it!

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Shopping with Dad just done!

We were happy it’s now all over and done with. My son is now all set for our Mid-Year Thanksgiving at Church next week. ☺️

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Thanksgiving: A Richer and Fuller Experience

Our Church recently had our Mid-Year Anniversary Thanksgiving. It was highly anticipated by our little family.

It’s the first Thanksgiving by our little man. I felt the excitement. It’s not only a milestone for him but also for us as his doting parents.

After the Children's Thanksgiving Worship Service

After the Children’s Thanksgiving Worship Service

It’s even more special because his Grandma, who’s my lovely Mum, was with us to take part in the event.

With the lovely Lola and handsome Dad

With the lovely Lola and handsome Dad

I think she’s even more excited than me to see her adorable grandson all geared up for Church Thanksgiving. As a matter of fact, she made sure the little boy had outfit rehearsals TWICE! 😉

Precious!

Precious!

No Extraordinary Day
But it is more than just the physical attributes; it is not about how grand were the prepared outfits and how lavish the meal prepared on that day. Believe me, we were not dressed in our grandeur and there was nothing special laid out on the table but our hearts felt the joy. It was indeed no extraordinary day! It is more importantly about sharing a special day of Thanksgiving with our family.

Thanksgiving is a special time to celebrate God’s glorious blessings that flowed to His Church and His people. It is a holy occasion. It is essentially about giving praises and honor to our one and only God. It is also about consistency on how we offer ourselves in Thanksgiving. This gratitude did not come in the form of reverie; it is a constant part of our very beings- a richer and fuller experience than I ever imagined it could be.

In Thanksgiving: The Birth of Our Son
Thanksgiving celebration is not without valid and solid reasons. If not for God’s love, mercy, and grace; we would not have been able to celebrate this holy occasion as a family.

Our little family

Our little family

The birth of our son is truly God’s wonderful and precious gift to us.

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My little man

My lovely boys

My lovely boys

My son and I

My son and I

He is fully wrapped in God’s magnificent and beautiful masterpiece. He is absolutely more than we have hoped and prayed for.

My adorable son

My adorable son

As I look at my son with extreme fondness and love, my heart could not help but melt!

Mother and son

Mother and son

God’s miraculous hand is indeed awesome! It is more than enough reason to celebrate the real expression of overflowing gratitude and return back all the glory to Him for His infinite kindness and blessings that were unnumbered.

Thank you!
It is also the perfect time to thank all the people who have richly touched our lives in one way or the other.

With some friends at Church

With some friends at Church

The trivial, small, and massive encounters were hugely treasured. Their presence in our lives were powerful. In the face of countless challenges and adversities, they stood by us without hesitation. We thank the Lord for placing them into our lives!

From our home to yours, Happy Anniversary Thanksgiving!

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