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Monday, July 22, 2013

It's a Prince!

          A prince is born a few hours ago to Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. This baby will one day be the supreme governor of the Church of England, head of the U.K. Armed Forces and the head of state in 16 countries.  Without his knowledge, this baby's future is kind of mapped out already. But more than being a prince, more than the responsibilities of training and educating this young soul to prepare him for his role as a future king, I wonder what Kate's reaction was when she first saw her firstborn.  What was on  her mind as a mom.
    
           I've been a mom for nine years, going on ten this August.  As I look back on my journey from the first time I saw the line on that pregnancy test, to this day as I witness how my son had grown day by day, one of the millions of lessons I learned is that I don't want to miss a thing of getting dumbfounded and amazed by the wonder of the miracle of life that God gives us each moment.  I regret having a wandering, divided heart when I first heard the first cry of my baby inside that brightly lit operating room, halfway numb, the doctor declaring "It's a big boy!"  It felt so surreal.  When the nurse showed me my baby, feeling his cheeks on mine and then laid on my chest, part of my brain was stuck on the process of the C-section I had to go through. My mind was divided, partly on my own pain and partly on this new life breathing, heart beating, feeling the newness of the air outside my belly, laying right on me.  I missed the fullness of joy of savoring, of immersing my whole being, and just plainly enjoying the marvelous gift and reward of the  miracle of life in front me.  From this lesson, I should intentionally remind myself daily to fully focus on being present at the moment.  Being there but not fully there is still a struggle for me.  I want to soak myself in the joy of the moment, not distracted by the past or drawn to yet unknown future.

          The responsibility of motherhood can be very overwhelming.  In the midst of all the mundane daily chores, I forget that my child is a gift to enjoy and have fun with. There are times that I get too overwhelmed by the responsibilities of training and teaching and disciplining that I miss the joy of his mere presence.  I need to be constantly reminded that my child is a reward from God and not just a responsibility in my to do list.   And I don't want to miss that gift of joy.

         It is such an irony that I have been gifted with a child who has a very sharp, undistracted curiosity and fixation to specific interest.  When he likes something, he can talk about it over and over and over, moment by moment, daily.  His full attention is focused on that interest and passion, not minding about anything else.  It is extreme but my child is teaching me every day the lesson of not missing a thing, of being fully aware, of being focused, passionate, soaked, in this case, in the gift of a child and the joy of motherhood.  My son is fast growing and soon he will embark on his own journey and role to play in the King of kings' Kingdom. In the meantime, I will savor and enjoy moment by moment, the joy of the gift of my own prince.
         

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Flawed. Broken. Wretched sinner. Forgiven. Embraced by the grace and love of God through Jesus Christ. I'm married for fourteen years with my artist husband Val and blessed with a fascinating son Gideon who's 13 years old and we reside in Illinois, United States. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from the Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines Since then I've been in the Broadcasting industry, Marketing and Real Estate. I'm currently working in the Outreach Department of a faith-based not-for-profit Christian organization. I love journaling, gardening, reading,picnicking with my two boys in summer, enjoying nature and savoring the beauty that God made available for our consumption. But most importantly, before the sun sneaks out of the horizon, I love reading the Bible, praising and praying to the One who loves me and created me and gifted me to be more than what the eyes can see! ! I want to make sure I come up first before the rays come out and listen to what God has to say for the day! I live on purpose! Each day is a gift! Live it for Jesus!

bOoks in my list to read

  • Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  • the me i want to be by John Ortberg
  • Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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