Saturday, January 24, 2009

Turning 14 in the Philippines, January 19, 2009

This was the first year Adriana would not be surrounded with family and friends for her birthday or so we thought...The day began with a surprise e-birthday party when we got a call through Skype. Even though we are halfway around the world, through the wonders of technology, she was able to celebrate the day with both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends back home.

The next surprise came when it was announced that Garden of Grace Girls Academy was closed for a "snow day." I know those of you back home dealing with below freezing temperatures are grumbling and thinking we are once again going to be whining about being cold here but the truth is when we returned to Bontoc with our fleeces, it was so warm we no longer needed them. No snow other than the window cling snowflakes sent to us and the paper ones we made, so really it was just a day for fun.

Minutes before we were taking pizza out of the oven (the first item cooked in our new oven), friends arrived to wish Adriana "Happy Birthday!" They all enjoyed a game of Twister and then joined us for an All-American birthday meal of pizza, popcorn, warm, just from the oven brownies topped with cookies and cream ice cream.

A special day for a special young lady!

P.S. Adriana was not the only one celebrating a birthday on Monday but "Turning 39 in the Philippines" did not seem quite as interesting of a post. The truth is since the most labored over and precious gift Thomas received for his 25th birthday, his birthdays have not been quite as exciting. Rather than enjoying the fun of our "snow day" he was responsible and went to minister to the police officers as part of the Moral Recovery Program. He did make it home for a short time between meetings to join in for some of the e-birthday party and enjoyed his favorite treat of ice cream that night. His focus, as it has been for the last 14 years, was that Adriana enjoyed her day so he shared his ice cream when he really would have loved to eat the small tin himself and made the delicious pizza we enjoyed.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, 14 years old! Happy Birthday Adriana! Sounds like a wonderful day.

    Personal birthdays just aren't the same after you have children. But, you get to celebrate more times in a year! My husband (Mike) will turn 39 in March. Just thought it was interesting that you two are the same age. :~)