Yes, the 30th post is supposed to be in celebration of my birthday.
I’ve been asked more than once if I ever got to complete this series. I’d say I did. But the 30th entry had to contain posts from beyond the 30th day and too many things happened in between, I knew writing would have to wait until the Christmas break.
So, pardon this rather lengthy post. I have saved the longest for last.
I am grateful for the very first birthday call I got and for the friend who didn’t hesitate to call in the middle of the night. Thank you, Whency. I appreciate you a whole lot!
I am grateful for my officemates who insisted that we eat out for lunch in celebration of my birthday because I really didn’t plan anything this year.
I am grateful that we got to do a video call with the Monterdes! What a treat to be greeted by these two!
And just when I’ve almost decided to go straight home after office hours, I got a text message from Dust telling me he and Carla would like to treat me and another friend for our birthdays. What a sweet, sweet couple!
The night out began at the Cheenee and Cookie Salon where I got treated to a mani-pedi. Special thanks to Ate Joanne for the complimentary back massage via their very techy machine!
I am grateful for the (as you can see, quite lengthy) conversation I had with Lynn. While I am thankful that I have colleagues I can call friends, I am even more grateful that they are also accountability and prayer partners. I am grateful to Lynn for always being there to listen through the highs and lows. Thank you, Lynn!
I am also grateful to everyone who greeted me on Social Media. I appreciate each one who took the time to shoot me a message or post on my timeline even though my birth date is not public on any of my channels.
The Every Nation Campus Fort Campus Missionaries organized a little hangout after the Volunteer Appreciation Night on Wednesday. This is to celebrate the birthdays of those born on December.
I am grateful for Ate Mye, Samuel, and Elle for making time to take me out for dinner and to Venoit for coming along too!
And I am grateful for the post-dinner conversation I had with Ven over really good ice cream!
Because there were so many events on the week of my birthday, I wasn’t able to stay in the office that much. What I didn’t know was that my friend Ana actually planned a surprise for me together with the ladies in the office. The surprise finally pushed through a week after my birthday – complete with a dance number by Pam!
I am grateful I finally get to go home.
It has been a full year and a very challenging one at that. Then again, it has been a year full of God’s goodness and grace. Thank you, Jesus, for all the storms You’ve calmed, the battles You’ve won, the wounds You’ve healed and those You are still healing, and for every blessing – those I celebrated and even those I failed to recognize. Thank You for the year that was, and thank You for the years to come!
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About 30 Days of Gratitude
I decided to breathe life into this blog some more by counting down to a special day exactly a month from now while counting the things I am thankful for in a day. I realized I’ve always found it hard to blog because I’ve been writing mostly musings and reflections, my tendency to debate and negate my own thoughts would usually make me decide against publishing posts (don’t ask how many drafts I have now). I figured day-in-a-life type of posts would probably help me get back to the discipline of writing even if a post would contain more pictures than words.