Friday, August 20, 2010

A simple birthday celebration

I have always viewed birthdays as gifts. Considering the uncertainties of life and sometimes the shortness of it, we can only be thankful when we get to celebrate another birthday.

Last Saturday was my birthday and it was celebrated sans any fanfare. It was my choice. I normally go on vacation leave on my birthdays except last year when I opted to spend it at work for a change. But since this time it fell on my rest day, I filed a vacation leave the day before to give myself a treat. It was my first self-imposed vacation leave for the year after all. I didn’t have plans, I didn’t invite anybody; I intended to spend the day resting, contemplating and let it pass.

In the back of my mind, I was wondering if Donna will let me get away with it. She was always up to something. Sure enough, she woke me up with a small cake that she designed all by herself. It wasn’t the best-tasting cake ever designed but I appreciate the gesture. Her friends and co-workers even dropped by to celebrate with us. My sister and her children also arrived to greet me. It was a simple celebration but I couldn’t ask for more.

This birthday was a reminder that I have a lot of things to be thankful for. I have a job, good health and a very supportive partner who loves me unconditionally. My parents are both in good health in their seventies. God has been good to me all these years and I am very thankful for all the blessings that I have received especially for life itself.

I don’t know what lies ahead for me this year. I don’t know what the future holds. But I am positive that God has plans for me. The Bible said: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Thank you for visiting and May God richly bless us all!


MommaLira said...

Happy belated birthday to you!

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Lydia @ On The Verge said...

Hope you had a nice birthday!

Femmepower said...

Belated greetings for you,Leo Mar! I admire your partner Donna. I wish i could bake too,lol! That's a cute cake she made and what's cuter is the gesture of waking you up with it as a surprise.You're indeed so blessed and it's nice of you to recognize that.Continue to count your blessings.=)

_el@i_ said...

belated happy birthday to you! i wish you all the best ;)

ally said...

belated happy birthday po!God bless! :D

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday Leomar! Since we are both Leos I agree with you about all the fancy parties, and fussing. I just want someone to remember and wish me a happy birthday. I hope you had the most awesome day.

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