April 11

Beyond Grateful

I used to wake up on my birthday with so much excitement, always in anticipation of what this day will bring. But this morning, as I open my eyes to meet April 11, I felt a great sense of serenity and calmness. I looked at my left and smiled seeing my husband and two sons sound asleep. I took a deep breath and held my heart. Yes this is how it feels whenever they say everyday is like my birthday. I closed my eyes and prayed. I got up, took a shower and got myself ready for church. For as long as I can remember, my birthday will never be complete without hearing mass and receiving the communion.

Driving my way to church, I asked myself, what do I wish for myself on my birthday? Anything that i want just for myself? I honestly could not think of anything, not because my life is perfect for it is definitely not, but because I am at point in my life that I am contented and deeply happy. I feel like I have everything I need, and more; definitely much more than I deserve. I am beyond grateful for all the wonderful blessings the Lord has bestowed on me. My wishes are no longer for myself but more for the people that I love. My wishes are for our country for I know how badly we need to see and feel big changes. My wishes are for those handful of people I do not know personally but I feel needs prayer. My wishes are for the world which my sons, together with the next generation, will inherit from us their parents.

Yes, I can say that this birthday is much different than previous years. I do not know if this is because I am getting old, but all I know is that there is that certain peace in my being. I believe that is deeper than those moments of giddiness and excitement. I pray reverently that all my birthdays will be like this, a day of not making any wishes but a day to be thankful of what  has been a great year it was for me. God is good, always He will be!

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Posted April 11, 2016 by kat in category My Random Thoughts

2 thoughts on “Beyond Grateful

  1. Abigail Rendar

    Hi! Kat, avi here your classmate way back elementary – St. Bernadette in Alabang.
    Happy Birthday! Well I feel you. Moms like us sees life differently now. We have priorities and bumaba-baw na lang yung ating mga kaligayahan. You know everytime my birthday is near my 13 years old daughter ask me what i want for my birthday, I just simply say a day with you, not gadgets… no tv… just the two of us walking around the village. Pero hindi lang yung ginawa nya, gusto nya na sinusurprise ako so she seek help to all my friends and close relatives to send a message to me and she writes it all to a note pad and roll it up and collate it on a box and she give it to me. Nakakaiyak sia. lalo na yung laman. That is how i spend my last birthday. with my family, love ones and my one and only daughter.
    Happy Birthday kat! God Bless!

    1. kat (Post author)

      thank you Avi! oh how suddenly our memories in St. Bernadette came flashing back.
      Yes, I agree with you. Kids nowadays value our time so much. Lalo na ngayon sa age ng technology at gadgets. Nagiging big deal ung mga exclusive time without those. Ang sweet ng daughter mo. It goes to show how much love you have showered her to be that caring type of girl. Yung mga gestures na yun makes our heart full already. Hindi nawawala un pero mas nadaragdagan as time goes by at mas marami tayong moments na kasama sila.
      Thank you for sharing your story. Mother does change us for the better di ba! God bless you and your sweet daughter!


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