God Has Blessed My Life More Than I Ever Deserved

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Three years ago, I wrote an attempt to chronicle my life just a few days before my 25th birthday – A Countdown to My “25th.” This time, while I was struggling to come up with a decent article, I was debating on whether or not it is appropriate to write down one as I felt I am again wearing my heart in my sleeves. However, I could not anymore be bothered.

I am not gonna lie.

It seems crazy how things had drastically changed for me in such short a time. In a sudden twist of fate, my perspectives towards life had altered accordingly.

As can be recalled, I was then a dreamy girl who knew nothing of a love greater than the love that a family can give.

Most women have this earth-shattering desire for independence in all aspects of their lives. I can only speak for myself as I walked that path when I moved out of my Mom’s home and tried to live on my own. I felt too grown up. Growing up is happening much too quickly. I asked: “Where did the time go?” I was more intrigued to have the world around my fingers and I couldn’t wait! Read: Because the Baby is Now a Lady

In the process, I broke my mother’s heart with the move. She had a hard time accepting the fact that after being sheltered for almost my entire life, I am all suddenly too grown up wanting to live on my own; in my own terms. Read: BREAKING NEWS: My Mom Finally Visited Me!

I painted a glorious picture of how incredibly cool it would be like to live independently. Admittedly, there were good and bad sides to it. Read: All By Myself and I am Loving It!

Our family gatherings became more frequent; it was a weekly affair. And how we so looked forward to it! I guess the cliche, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” holds true.

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In many instances, my family would always bring me food at my apartment so I no longer had to cook.

On another side of the token, not one family member could instantly come to my rescue whenever I felt sick. It was hard to fend for myself.

I could not help but think of the future and I dearly remembered my Aunt (May God bless her soul) who had lost her battle to cancer in 2012.

My Tita after a surgery at my brother's wedding
My Tita after a surgery at my brother’s wedding

She shared to me that it was not easy sans a family of her own- no husband, no children. She had countless lonely days and nights. She died a spinster. She encouraged me to get married and bear children of my own. In her death bed, the wise sage that is my Aunt told me:

“Please do not forget helping out your younger brothers even when you are already married.”

I could only weep; I had grieved for the loss of a woman who was more than a sister to my own Mom and who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in the clan.

At the burial of my Tita
At the burial of my Tita

I saw how my mother was shattered into pieces twice as much as I did.

My Mom while weeping at the funeral
My Mom while weeping at the funeral

As I write this, I am now a happy wife and an excited mother-to-be. Someone made me his world; he did not mind the scary responsibility of building a family with me and he willingly consented to my being mother to his future children. I still strive to be a better woman playing various roles and that includes being a “wife” and a future “mother.” I am still a work in progress everyday. Read: We Prayed, He Answered: We Are Pregnant!

That "someone" is now my loving husband
That “someone” is now my loving husband

As I am feeling the flutters and tingling sensation in my belly for our baby’s tiny movements, I can now vividly imagine being responsible for the future and well-being of a beautiful, innocent, all-love, trusting little child that is my own. I look forward for the future with so much hope and optimism that everything will be in place according to God’s plans.

Bump ahead!
Bump ahead!

I distinctly recalled that before getting hitched, I have lived a full and carefree life. I have traveled to different places, enjoyed the company of my lovely friends and beautiful family, and I got the chance to enhance my personal and professional skills.

How can I forget becoming an Aunt for the first time to my little darling Morning Dew?!

My little Darling Morning Dew
My little Darling Morning Dew

I grieved for the loss of my friends and relatives and rejoiced in their triumphs and achievements, too.

I have often cried in silence regarding anything minute and trivial- from lost money, phones, frustrations, disappointments, and “losing” a bestfriend.

There are still heaps of sob stories to tell that’s enough to make life horribly bleak but I shall spare you with the details.

God’s promises to His faithful children are real. Despite life’s storms and struggles, I felt victorious because I completely understand that God is working all things out for the good and His purpose for my life. He had always been aware of the painful trials that I had to go through. He walked side by side with me. When my heart is ready, I shall be writing more about it. He has a divine eternal reason for each and everything that I had to endure. He has a timing for it all and it is all part of the perfect plan.

With all humility and gratefulness, all the honor, glory, and praises is to God. He has blessed my life more than I ever deserved. There are moments when I feel I do not deserve one tiny bit of the wonderful things that I had been given- a new lease to life as I celebrate another birthday; a loving family in the Philippines and in Sydney; an awesome and wonderful husband; a baby on the way; wonderful friends, and so much more! I could only count each and every blessing that God is bestowing upon me and He is incessantly doing so.

Life is a gift and tomorrow is never promised. I vow to make the most out of this gift- 25 years old forever I will be! I am so ready to take on the new role that I am about to play in a few months time. There will be hills and hurdles along the way but God’s love and mercy will always pull me through.

Indeed, life is worth living!

A Birthday Tribute to Windy

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Time is seemingly ticking by so fast. Was it not only yesterday when Windy had his 62nd birthday?

Windy at 10
Windy at 10

Well, the birthday boy is turning not only one year older; he has also grown more silly by another year, but definitely wiser and better. Each year that he does, it’s always a milestone.

Silly Windy!
Silly Windy- The Mannequin of the Pantydoll

I reminded him a couple of days ago that his 63rd birthday is fast approaching. I was surprised to have received his reply denying that he is 63!

An idiotic smile; personified by Windy the Man
An Idiotic Smile; Personified by Windy the Man

Boy! Oh boy! This is the first time that the brilliant Windy did that!

Oh well! I could only surmise cheekily that it must have been the effect of young love. Kilig to the bones! 😉

I am more than happy to give it to him. Just as I had declared in 2010 that I shall be 25 years old forever, his birthday this year onwards will be his 36th forever! Doesn’t that sound cool? 😉

Halo-Halo: The Signature Drink of the Philippines
Halo-Halo: The Signature Drink of the Philippines

I always find the celebration of birthdays as wonderful opportunities to let a person know what his life and work has meant to me. Thus, this birthday tribute for Windy.

For the 7 years that I have known Windy, there was never a dull moment. Either we were bantering, discussing, or arguing, he’d always say he wins any argument and I don’t have a chance of winning AT ALL. It has always been a losing battle with him although there were times I felt that I have been a runaway winner. LOL! But since it’s his birthday- again- I am giving it to him being the brilliant Windy that he is. When I refused to argue, he’d say that I am the most diplomatic blogger around. LOL! So, you must have understood by now that indeed, there is never a dull moment with Windy.

From Windy, the Man
From Windy, the Man

It seems only yesterday that I’ve known this man and there was no turning back since then. It has been an open book how I have admired him as a person; being the generous, compassionate and brilliant man that he is. He is the kind of person who’d be willing to do the extra mile for you.

So You Think You Can Blog
So You Think You Can Blog well… I Am An Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer!

Over the years, Windy had been there not only as my blog mechanic and blog Co-Author; but more than all, he has been a real good friend to me. Our friendship went beyond the realms of blogging. As a matter of fact, he was even one of the Principal Sponsors (Ninong) of my brother at his wedding. Truth be told, no matter how much we fight on every trivial and minute issues, Windy will always be a special man.

Windy: Love Him or Hate Him
Windy: Love Him or Hate Him

Last night, he expressed to me his disappointment. Blogging has become pathetic and has ultimately reached its end. Gone were the days when bloggers come by a blog to express their appreciation and support to either the blogger or the blogpost by way of comments. That’s how I made lots of blogpals after all- by way of interacting through comments. He told me it’s pointless to blog into space infinity; that even if I work doubly hard for my blog’s traffic and rankings, the heydays of blogging has bottomed out. Bloggers have become addicted to Instant Messaging and social media which is less time consuming and more convenient. Hence, the need to read a lengthy blogpost has became a mundane and mediocre task.

I want to prove him wrong. I want to make him see that even with the social media mileage, there are still bloggers like him and like me who passionately blogs our heart out and is willing to show support to fellow bloggers even when we are not bound by any rules.

I would hate for it to let Windy dissipate into thin air all because blogging had lost its height and glory. I believe he still has so much to give. He can’t waste his writing prowess just like that. I have lured him too many times in the past to come back to blog even when he already had given up blogging. We both know that blogging comes to him naturally and he does it amazingly- the Windy way!

Lainy's Song Rendition for Windy's Birthday
Lainy’s Song Rendition for Windy’s Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WINDYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!

It has been such a huge honor to sit in circle with you sharing a lot of beautiful, joyful, and hilarious blogging moments. I will always be in extreme gratitude for all the wisdom that you have shared at Lainy’s Musings, and I must say that you’re like no other. You have given me, and the countless others, the keys to a long-lost and vast universe of unlimited creativity, vision, and healing that opens the heart of the soul. Your unbridled articles are enriching, stimulating, empowering, thought-provoking, and at many times touched the big Filipino ego BUT I personally find it admirable and remarkable for you have a genuine and unique way of speaking your unbiased thoughts unfavourably and fearlessly.

Putting A Face Into A Name: A Day With Windy at Genting Highlands Resort, Malaysia
Putting A Face Into A Name: A Day With Windy at Genting Highlands Resort, Malaysia

Thank you for a lifetime of friendship shared with you. Stay happy, young and vibrant. I wish you all the strength, energy and vigour that you need to keep you going and sustain the making of “Baby Caroline.”

Cheers and may the Force be always with you!

Note:
I initially wanted to publish this tribute by virtue of a video presentation with Windy’s favorite song PLAY ME as a musical background. I fell short of my preparations because of the time zone difference. I deemed it best to publish all photos I have of Windy and the captions were either his publication or mine talking about how exceptional he is as a blogger and as a person.

Lainy's Song Rendition for Windy's Birthday

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Windy wrote he was banned by no less than the admin of this blog from 0:00 April 15 till 0:01 April 16. Apparently, it is for a valid reason.

You see, I invited Windy to be one of the co-authors of this blog. Without second thoughts, he has accepted the invitation and had been working so hard at the blog beyond all my expectations. He has also been helping me with lots of stuffs especially in coming up with the beautiful images and graphics in preparation for Lainy’s Musings’ 2nd Blogoversary Celebration.

I must say Windy has been exceptional in keeping this blog alive and breathing, Had it not been for his regular updates, this blog’s traffic would have obviously suffered.

Going back to Windy being banned on this blog, I have warned him last night that I shall be taking over on the 15th of April for the reason that I would like to publish a special post for Windy himself.

Today marks Windy’s birth into this world making this day a very special one for him. As much as I’d like to celebrate this day with him as the best blogging comrade I ever had, it’s just isn’t possible. That’s why, in the simplest way I know how, I’d like to make it known to the world how he has touched my life in more ways than one.

I have never known such a brilliant man in my life! Windy has never been selfish in sharing himself to anyone who comes to him for help. He even offers his help before a single word is uttered. No one does it like Windy!

I have shared lots of my blogging hours with Windy. It was sometimes serious but more often hilarious. He is a man who can make me Laugh My Ass Off With My Legs Dangling In The Air (LMAOWMLDITA) , hahahaha!

I am not financially blessed to offer the most expensive presents for Windy. I am not even blessed with that rare skill to create just a simple birthday image for him. He truly deserves more than that. The only simple and I know the most “shameful” thing I can do apart from wishing him the best in everything is to sing one of his most favorite songs :-)

Unfortunately, when I asked him what they were, I wasn’t familiar with most of the songs. Some of them were Words by the Bee Gees, Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley, I Am I Said by Neil Diamond, Born Free by Matt Monroe, (To Dream) The Impossible Dream by Andy Williams, Visions by Cliff Richard and Passion by Rod Stewart.

This made me feel a little low for I won’t be able to do something for Windy. Then I remembered my brother had once recorded my cousin Ally’s performance on Videoke when she was on vacation and that also included one of my unrehearsed renditions of Out of Reach. It actually caught us both off guard. But Ally could handle it really well even if it’s unrehearsed because she’s such a talented artist. Mine can’t even come close to decent, LOL!

What a time to upload that shameful performance! I want to disclose a little of myself to you through this song. The lyrics may not reflect what I actually want to wish for Windy, yet this is something that I will NEVER ever do if it’s not his birthday 😉

Please bear with me:




(Please click on CENTER PLAY BUTTON at Player image for playback)

Now I know you all would want to kill me for hearing that terrible voice, LOL!

Well, before I go hiding for protection, let me first wish Windy all the great things in life. I hope this day will bring you an extra share of all that makes you happiest and may it be the start of a new turn in your world. May it also bring forth inevitable joy and favor your way.

Remember, you’re not getting older; you’re getting better!

Have a blessed birthday, Windy! :-)

DAVID FUNK

Happy Birthday, Twerlyn!

Today marks the 30th birthday of one very special friend, a great wife and mother. It’s none other than Twerlyn of Twerlyn’s Way of Thinking.

When you get to visit Twerlyn’s blogs, you will know that she is a replica of one happy and satisfied mother to her 2 daughters and a loving and faithful wife to her husband, Andy. That’s why I don’t quite understand why one particular person she calls a “friend” would try to always see the bad points in her rather than the good points.

I’d like to dedicate this simple poem to you, my friend and to let you know that you are someone very special to me and I wish you lifetime bliss that married life could offer!

THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU

You’re special, in all the world there’s nobody like you.
Since the beginning of time, there has never been another person like you.
Nobody has your eyes, your nose, your hair, your hands, your voice.
You’re special.

No one can be found who has your handwriting.
Nobody anywhere, has your tastes – for food, or music, or art.
No one sees things as you do.
In all of time there’s been no one who laughs like you;
No one who cries like you,
And makes you laugh and cry will never provoke
identical laughter and tears from anybody else. Ever.
No one reacts to any situation just as you would react.
You’re special.

You’re the only one in all of creation who has your set of abilities.
Oh, there will always be somebody who is better at one
of the things you’re good at,
But no one in the universe can reach the quality of your combination
of talents, ideas, abilities and feelings.
Like a room full of musical instruments, some may excel alone,
But none can match the symphony sound when all are played together.
You’re a symphony.
Through all eternity no one will ever look, talk, walk, think and do like you.
You’re special. You’re rare.

And in all rarity there is a great value.
Because of your great and rare value,
you need not attempt to imitate others.
You will accept – yes, celebrate your differences.
You’re special and you’re beginning to realize
it’s no accident that you’re special.

You’re beginning to see that God made you special
for a very special purpose.
God must have a job for you that no one else can do as well as you.
Out of all the billions of applicants, only one is qualified.

That one is YOU!!!

BECAUSE YOU’RE SPECIAL!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LERMZ!

May you have a blessed birthday!

Miss yah and love yah!

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T W E R L Y N!

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