Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I Am Celebrating 42 Years of Good Life

Why do we celebrate birthdays?

Henri J. M. Nouwen has a very 
good reason we all might agree with,

"Celebrating a birthday is exalting life 
and being glad for it.
On a birthday, we do not say:
'Thanks for what you did, or said, 
or accomplished.'
No, we say: 
'Thank you for being born 
 and being among us.'
Celebrating a birthday reminds us 
of the goodness of life."

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My life has never been easy.
not always fun and happy.
there are times that
no matter how hard I smile
and how hard I laugh,
I am hurting inside.

There are times that no matter how hard I beg
it seems like the whole world is deaf
and not hear me cry.


having a wonderful Mother,
my late father and brother, 
both named Gabriel
who I know are our angels...
pretty challenging and fun siblings,
beautiful and sweet nieces,
cute and adorable nephews,
my wonderful in-laws,
the best friends I earned along the way,
my online friends :-)
the best employer I have ever had...
and JIM and his family.

there is no reason to complain
and not to celebrate
the best 42 years of my life...
and consider it
the BEST gift I have ever received...
Thank you LORD!

yay! happy 42nd birthday to me!


  1. happy happy birthday to you wish you all the best enjoy your day age is just a number dont forget that saty healthy

  2. smiles....happy birthday man...and i am glad that you have enjoyed the 42 years even if we dont always get what we are asking for...smiles.

    love how you have counted your blessings on this wonderful day
    Is JC cooking a special meal for you
    or taking you out to a fine restaurant?
    .....celebrate any way you can today

  4. Happy Birthday to you mahal ko!

  5. happy birthday,jj! hugs and kisses to you! :)

  6. ParengJJ,
    Many happy returns of the day and may all your wishes come true. There are lots more of good birthdays to come. Just take good care of yourself, that's it Pare!


  7. Wow. Heartwarming to read this type of post. Happy birthday buddy. I hope everything's fine with you!!!


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