Personalized Date

NO ONE CAN REALLY PICK HIS OR HER BIRTHDAY

It's our birthday today! Yup, I did say OUR, because my husband and I share the same birthday!

I was born on March 7, 1981, while Joseph was born March 7 also, only 2 years after. God really must love me so much he sent such an awesome guy after me. πŸ™‚

This year’s birthday for the Peralejo-Bonifacios is actually extra special because it is our first birthday as parents. Philip, indeed, is a very nice present! And with this nice present also came a greater understanding of birthdays, as when we were waiting for him to come out, I kept wondering when his birthday’s going to be!

One possibility was that, who knows but he could have been a preemie or prematurely born. (Though I definitely didn’t want nor wish that.) And in that case, his birthday would’ve been anywhere before December. If he had come out in December, specially late December, he would still have been a preemie but more formed and less delicate. Come early January, then he’d be an early baby in his full term. Late January would be the fullest, of course, and if he hadn’t gone out by then I’d have to be induced. The point is, I realized, babies can actually pop out of there ANY time!

But Philip perfectly came somewhere in between. 38 weeks and 5 days old, on January 17, 2014. πŸ™‚

And in my 22 hours of waiting in labor I was able to grasp the revelation some more, that all birthdays are given by the Lord. No one really knows when it will happen.Β (And actually, no one knows when one will conceive! It took us 6 months of trying before I got pregnant.) Even scheduled ones can be interrupted for a million other reasons. There are too many factors involved in one’s birth to say when for certain. No one can really be too sure when God intends for each baby to come out. And I know this because I can be pretty determined about things I set my heart on, but there was no way I could have even guessed the way and time and date of Philip’s birth.

Hello eyebags! Together with the gift of my son's life, came big bags under our eyes, too. Hahaha!!!

Hello eyebags! Together with the gift of my son’s life, came these big bags under our eyes, too. Taken late last night…like all other late nights since our son came, hehehe.

This is why I celebrate not only my life today, and my husband’s, but GOD and His loving gesture of picking a special date for us both. My birthday, from this day on, will always be a reminder of a really, really personal God, who didn’t choose to mass produce people, instead had given each and everyone of us a set time and place to be born, a moment to be celebrated!

Taken early this morning, after feeding Philip. Nothing beats the feeling of maximizing both arms for hugging 2 wonderful people God has blessed me with!!!

Taken early this morning, after feeding Philip. Nothing beats the feeling of maximizing both arms for hugging 2 wonderful people God has blessed me with!!! (P.S. Our birthday is March 7, Philip’s is January 17, and today is his 7th week!)

Thank You Lord for the 33 years of March 7’s! Thank You for creating a day that is just especially for me. How cool is it that my Father in Heaven personalizes birthdays! You really are the sweetest, and You make all of my years on earth so full and so special. I love You and thank You for always making me happy πŸ™‚

When I opened my eyes this morning, this song was playing in my head. I am so happy that God started my day with worship!

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy nameYou’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

 

Jesus, I’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name

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  • Faye Chelabian
    March 7, 2014

    Hi Rica, Happy birthday! It’s amazing how God set you and Ptr. Joseph’s birthday at the same time. As you know, I (and my other friends) always read your blogs and are blessed by it. Now that you’re parenting, I learn more (and learning that you don’t have a yaya is actually the real deal). My husband and I are praying to have a baby na rin and just reading about your recent entries makes me more amazed at the wonder if it. Keep writing, keep on being a blessing! Your life is purposed by God to influence a lot of people our there. Hugs!

    Faye πŸ™‚

  • marie boni Mom Nana Babysitter Philipfan
    March 7, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful article, Carla, and that song just really sums it up! : >
    Happy birthday to both of you and may there be more lots & lots more amazing days, months, years, & decades of birthdays to come! I love you 3 : >

  • Yen
    March 7, 2014

    Happy Birthday to you, Rica and Pastor Joseph! πŸ™‚ You guys are a blessing and quite an example. Thank you for sharing your life and thoughts with us. Overflowing blessings and lots of God-treats from our Father in heaven. πŸ™‚

  • gen
    March 12, 2014

    you are just awesome…. happy birthday

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