Birthday Blessings

p1010723_edited-small.JPGIf there is one other thing (aside from aging) that my birthday brought me, it’s the realization that I am surrounded with such loving family and friends. Never mind that I don’t have a new phone or a new car or my own big house or all the riches in the world (LOL).

Though it was quite an exhausting night because my dear Nate was sick, I woke up to a nice little surprise from my hub and kids: a stack of birthday pancakes!

Later at dinner, hub came home with a real cake all aglow with 33 glorious candles.


p8060328_edited.JPGE-cards, emails and text messages flowed in all day (and continued to flow in today!). I am glad for the thoughtfulness of family and of friends, old and new. I got a heartwarming poem from Ena, my oldest friend. Oldest in the sense that we’ve been friends since 1st grade – 26 years of precious friendship! A few lines from the poem:

Thank you for being beside me
When I needed someone that cared…
Thank you for holding me tightly

When there was a need I had to cry.

Thank you for always smiling
When I couldn’t smile at all,
And thank you for boosting my ego
For the times I felt so small.

Your friendship I cherish so deeply
So this message to you I send,
May God bless and always watch over you
And may you always remain my friend…

Thank you, Ena, for the friendship that transcends time and space. I so cherish you too.

p1010435-small_edited.JPGAnother invaluable gift is a Powerpoint Birthday Slideshow that Patchy, my 9-year old daughter, made – with matching animation on my favorite template! She wrote such a sweet and straightforward message, the kind children are easily capable of. It touched me so deeply I was crying as I read it. She was teary too, perhaps with joy that her card brought me happiness and pride. She made it in under 30 minutes, in the time that I was teaching VGood some reading lessons. I am proud to be the mom of such a sweet and smart girl.

With so much love and thoughtfulness, who needs material gifts? (Of course, I could use a Sony Ericsson K800i phone, hub!). 😛



16 thoughts on “Birthday Blessings

  1. Happy Birthday! I know I’m a little late, but that’s par for the course these days…something for you to look forward to as you get older… 😉 The good thing is that you have your mother’s genes, so you’ll always look as young as you feel in your heart!

    Aw, Tifo! For that you can eat all the sisig you want when you visit 😛

  2. Belated Happy Birthday! I agree, what else could you ask for when you have all the love from your family. They are the best gift we could ask from God. Sweet Patchy for making such an effort, I can imagine the teary eyes, iyakin din ako sa ganyan eh.

    To borrow from Annamanila, Magnificent Mommy Moment talaga. I was so proud!

  3. i am glad you had a wonderful birthday, your beautiful smile says it all.

    like mother like daughter talaga. look at how adorable Patchy’s smile is, mana sa mommy.

    Hi Belle! Thank you. Everybody says Patchy is a little Chats, even in her antics (so like me hehe)

  4. Happy Birthday!!! What lovely gestures.
    Can Patchy teach my hubby how to use Word?

    I think your technohub will get the hint about “not” wanting a gift.

    I think one day soon Patchy will know more about techie things than me. I can see a future blogger, yehey!
    I did not wait for hub to pick up my hints. I went ahead and bought myself a pair of trainers on his account LOL. Had to settle for the second one on my wishlist hehe.

  5. Woohoo!!! nice celebration…how very thoughtful and sweet of your hubs , kids and friends too!

    yes, I am so blessed with great family and friends.

  6. Feeling loved by people that matters the most makes us really happy and contented. But a new cell phone won’t hurt. 😀 Happy birthday, Chats!

    You’re right, Lynn. That’s why I went ahead and bought myself a new pair of workout shoes, on hub’s account haha. It was next to the phone on my wishlist.

  7. herzlichen glueckwunsch zum geburtstag! ayan in german pa kahit late nga lang 😉 napaka sweet naman talaga ng hubby mo with the wonderful cake.. it looked so yummy and so precious!!! parang hirap ata kainin…

    Thanks, toni! I’m sure you’re having a grand time in Santorini. Di mahirap kainin ang cake… Ubos na nga eh haha.

  8. The photo of the birthday cake (mango cake?) all aglow with 33 candles is just fantastic!

    You got plenty of love … coz you got plenty to give, Chats!

    The cake is Chocolate Marjolaine of Red Ribbon. It’s got wafer-like layers like sans rival, creamy filling and lots of chocolate chips! Ang sarap. Had to give in to the temptation, birthday ko naman eh LOL

  9. ang galing nung bday cake!

    maganda ka sa picture mo.

    belated happy birthday! a hundred more to come!

    Hi cess, thank you! pero parang ayaw ko tumanda hanggang 100 LOL. the pic with my friend was taken years ago when my best friend was here on vacation.

  10. Belated Happy Birthday Chats!!! I cannot forgive myself for missing your special day.

    When I read your post today (Birthday celebration with Dine, Annamanila & Noemi), I knew I missed it so I went through your older post and saw this. Oh my, how could I’ve overlooked this? Shame on me!

    I love your cake. It must have been fun blowing the candles. May all your wishes come true. Sending you happiest thoughts, warmest wishes and promising hopes. Take care!

  11. Thank you Rach! Please, it’s okay 😀
    I know how hectic our lives can become, esp with kids in school.. Thank you for the positive thoughts and wishes. I wish you lived nearby so you could join all the EBs we’ve been indulging ourselves in.. 🙂
    Hugs rach! You take care too.

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