I still spent it with my family, of course--that part I will never change. But I did sneak out for a couple of hours for some "me-time" :) I figured, this will be my gift to myself as me-time's have become rare for me since I became a mom.
I chose to spend my me-time with the women of Pursuit Manila. They were hosting a special gathering for moms on the afternoon of my birthday, and it was to be held in a cozy restaurant, Karen's Kitchen, which was a stone's throw away from where my family was having our traditional birthday stay-cation. It was like the world was telling me to go. Hehe.
Coming to the event, all I really wanted was some time for myself, be with fellow moms, enjoy a pastry. I even promised myself--just 2 hours tops!
But wonder happened while I was there. I got everything I expected--me-time, mommy chats, and yummy cakes.
I received three wonderful, unexpected gifts that afternoon-- the gift of listening to women of faith, Karen and Carla, talk about their own journeys as women; the gift of being moved by Sheila's music, and the gift of being honored and appreciated as a mother.
As I reflected on my own journey, it has again struck me that I've learned, and continue to learn, so much about God and my faith when I became a mother. Everything from pregnancy to breastfeeding to teaching a child ABCs--they all point to the goodness and faithfulness of God in my life. Indeed, it is amazing how I have grown as a Christian when the Lord gave me children.
In the same way, I realized, I have been given a role that puts me in the best place to teach my children about faith and the Lord.
"Perhaps you were made queen at such a time as this." This verse, a line said by Mordecai to Esther, resonates in me more poignantly than ever. It affirms to me that motherhood is a calling, and that it was by neither accident nor coincidence, that I was made to heed it--yes, at such a time as this.
The afternoon concluded with a gleeful distribution of gift boxes to overjoyed mommies. I quickly opened mine and was over the moon with what I saw:
- a Super Mom Survival Jar, literally the most creative survival kit for mommies!
- a pouch with one of my favorite verses printed on it
- a wooden spoon
- a notebook (I'm a sucker for li'l notebooks!!)
- an Elin discount card
- a L'Indochine bracelet that had the word Amazing on it--perfect reminder of how God is to me!!!
- Lemongrass antibacterial hand spray from Apothecary
- a postcard and a bunch of awesome gift tags from Craftsmith
I also spotted an envelope, and I thought, "Baka mga GC's from sponsors! Yay!" Hahaha. Lo and behold, I unfolded two far more precious items instead--letters from my husband and my kids. Needless to say, happy tears overflowed after that. Those letters are definitely among the best gifts I received on my birthday, this year and most likely, for all years!
|I'm not sure which Pursuit Manila shutterbug took this photo, but THANK YOU! That is me actually reading my husband's love letter! My eyes had tears by the time I got to the 1st line. Haha. Oh, the power of the written word!|
|Can you tell kung sino nangunguna sa Happy Bday song? hehe!|
Thank you, Pursuit Manila, for being instrumental in making my birthday truly special :)