We did not completely sail out to the lake yesterday for our anniversary date because one of the passengers aboard our dinner cruise ship had a heart attack just about 5 minutes after we started sailing out. One of the paramedics was right on top of the passenger on the stretcher pumping his chest to try to revive him while they rush him out of the ship. And the sight of it left everyone on the boat speechless and tensed. I saw Gino stood by the window side with a clenched fist and I knew he was praying for him. I think it was a good call for the captain and the management to not push through with the cruise and I really don’t care that we did not. I just want that man to be okay and I hope he is now.
And so our dinner cruise was rescheduled, which I wasn’t even looking to be any more. Because when we boarded, they already had us start with drinks and food and just being seated in the boat and having dinner was perfectly entertaining and an awesome moment already.
The staff and crew of Odyssey Cruise Ships are commendable for their generosity and excellent customer service. Our server for example, was quick to give us update on what was going on and what we were supposed to do while the paramedics handle the situation. And when it was over, they tried to put everything back to normal as they reopened the buffet area and invited us to finish our meal at least. And the food was really good too. Some of the photos I took with my smart phone are posted below. 🙂
It also seemed like all the staff knew us and about our anniversary because everyone of them, from the ticket collectors, to the photographers, to the ushers and servers and managers, they were all greeting us happy anniversary. They even decorated our table with rose petals. It’s like we did not miss our cruise at all!
But there is one more thing that made it feel like we did not miss anything at all. A friend who is based in Knoxville, Tennessee flew in to Chicago to celebrate her birthday on the same day of my wedding anniversary and we were privileged that she decided to celebrate it with us aboard the Spirit of Chicago Cruise Ship. Which made me realize right now how we were with her almost all day and I never really got to greet her happy birthday. But I told everybody on the boat it was her birthday so I hope you don’t get too mad at me right ate Christy? But belated birthday greetings to you anyway. With all the things we were catching up on, I did not even feel the boat started to move from the pier. It was really fun to have you that day and I hope you’d come back soon. 🙂
Overall, I would say, it was a great time of celebration. It actually turned out a blessing. The cruise was supposed to be until 6:00 pm but because we got off the boat earlier and when were about 2-3 blocks away from where we parked, the rain started to pour. It would’ve been more messy if we were still out on the lake when it rained. Ate Christy and I had to stay in one corner to not be rained on while Gino went ahead to get our car. It was fun, I had fun. We all did. The unfortunate event in the boat and the rain did not stop me and my husband from praising God for the past eight years in our marriage. He was faithful and I believe He will continue to be faithful as He accomplishes His purposes in our marriage and in our lives. God is really good and His love endures forever!
I remember that look. It was the same look in his eyes on the first morning we woke up together after we married eight years ago. A look that has so much love to give and a smile that speaks of a heart that is full of joy. This is what my eyes opened to this morning when I saw my husband sitting at the foot of our bed waiting for me to wake up.
Our morning devotion on this anniversary day was short as my husband led me back to the promise the Lord has given us at the beginning of this year in Haggai 2:19, “Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you.” The Lord started fulfilling this promise two months after He gave us this passage.
Praising God for His promises and the trustworthiness of his Word. Only Him and the things that come from Him can truly satisfy.
I’ve heard about a Bible character named Abigail a long time ago but did not really have a full understanding of who she is and the great personality she possessed until my husband talked about her in one of our Saturday morning devotions at the beach. The Bible has a very short story about her but it speaks a lot about being a woman of great integrity. All the helpers run to her because she is beautiful, compassionate and intelligent. Her story can be found in 1 Samuel, chapter 25.
This morning I woke up to a new note my husband left on my refrigerator door addressing me as his “Abigail”. I was so touched I got a little teary-eyed. I don’t possess all of Abigail’s great character qualities but for my husband to regard me like her is totally priceless. This is the best anniversary gift ever.
Happy anniversary to my husband, who I thank God for every day! I am a better woman because God gave me a man after His own heart. Bagay talaga kami kasi Si Abigail napangasawa ni King David na “man after his own heart” ehehe.
One of the qualities of my father that I wanted to have for myself is his being organized. Back in the days when my Ma used to cook food through a “pugon” (kiln) in the mining community we lived in, my father and my brothers would gather some firewood up in the mountains, and as a little girl then, I watched him chop and pile these firewood in a very even and organized stack. It made cooking fun and easier for my Ma. I am not as organized as he is but I try my best and I am a proud daughter to have learned how to put things together from my father.
This morning at our church, our new Pastor preached about fatherhood and God’s design for men. One of the things he shared was how fathers are to protect their families. I thought of my Pa again and recalled the last thing he does before he goes to bed back when all of his children were still living with him – he locks the doors. Scans the surroundings of our house and makes sure all windows are closed as well. He makes sure no one will hurt his family. That’s why we had curfews. He was worried when anyone of us wasn’t home yet when it starts to get dark. I take pride at the thought that his hard work and tough discipline has kept our family together.
So today across the miles, I celebrate my father for all that he has done and for all the he continues to do even now that his children have grown and are living their own lives. I thank God for you, Pa. From our phone conversation the other day, I know you miss your favorite girl, but I will see you soon. Happy Father’s Day.
We have attended a friend’s daughter’s graduation party this past weekend and it led me to think back on my own college graduation in the Philippines and here in the US some years ago. 🙂 I love graduations. Not only because it meant no more final exams and it is the end of the not very easy academic journey, but it is also a new beginning of something greater. Many great and challenging chapters of my journey unfolded after graduation, and I can only look back with so much gratitude to my parents who gave so much of themselves to send me to school, and to my husband who encouraged me to go back to school when I moved here. But I am most grateful to the Lord who gave me the strength to run and finish my academic race and my ultimate source of wisdom – “…in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3c)
Congratulations to all the graduates and to all our friends and family whose sons and daughters have finished their academic race. May you not cease from learning new things and won’t hesitate to let go of any inhibitions that come between you and the sky. 🙂
tbt: but wait, what day is it again today? 🙂 ‘Night y’all!