A year ago, April 16, 2009 at 4:44pm I heard your very first cry… I welcomed you to this world by saying these words the very first time I saw you: KAY JOEY GYAPUN ILONG!!! (Still Joey’s Nose!!!) 🙂 When you’re old enough to read this, just ask me or your papa WHY those where my first words when I saw you for the very first time! (ahihihihi)
A few hours later your tita Doc Tett went inside my room and told me that you were healthy except for a small problem… that you had imperforate anus. A lot of my friends asked me what was my first reaction and probably you’ll also wonder when you grow up… I didn’t cry nor did I panic. All I asked was, “So what’s the solution?” Tita Doc then discussed words like you may need colostomy and many other things which were foreign to me but somehow, I knew it was serious. When tita Doc left, the very first thought that encouraged me was the meaning of your name: “Elizabeth Joy” – God’s promise of Joy. Deep in my heart I was assured that no matter what that birth defect meant, you will live a life filled with JOY because that’s who you are and that’s what you’re destined to be, someone who’s JOY will overflow. The 2nd thought that made my heart secure was Psalms 139 where it says that God formed you and He knows everything about you. To me that means God knew that you had that imperfection even before the doctors knew about it. Knowing that He is in control and believing He knows what He’s doing, my heart was in peace. The 3rd thing that God used to assure me that everything has been planned was the song SOMETIMES HE COMES IN THE CLOUDS. Indeed, sometimes our faith can only grow when we can’t see… so sometimes HE comes in the clouds.
April 18th came and your papa flew from China so we can pray for you before you went through with the colostomy. A pastor friend by the name of Ptr. Roger came and prayed with us. In his prayer he said, “Every good and perfect gift is from above so baby Elizabeth is good and is perfect for Joey and Maricar. She may not be perfect for others but she is perfect for this couple.” That prayer made me realize that YES, you are what we needed at this point of our lives because something in us needed to grow and mature as children of God… because He is molding us for His purpose.
Your papa told me that his heart broke seeing you in that condition, mine did too… Especially when I held you in my arms and saw multiple dots pierced by the needles because every 3 hrs the nurses had to check your sugar level. It was one of those times I wished I were the one in pain and not you. But through it all, through all those 3 operations, you bravely survive, never gave up and never lost your SMILE. You are very brave my darling…
Now it’s your 1st birthday already and look at you! Growing beautifully in the arms of people who love and care for you. Yes, a lot of people love you Meimei and I am grateful to each of them for helping me raise such a happy, contented and chubby princess 🙂 I can’t say that you are a toddler already because everything I see in you is still a baby, except when it comes to eating! Hihihi… But no need to hurry sweety, allow your papa to enjoy your babyhood. It’s fine if you stay there for a few more months 🙂 Papa would want more time to “popo” (carry) you. Just continue to sing your lovely songs because it brightens everyones day. Mama will give you more time to swim because that is your most favorite thing to do now. Seeing water makes you jump for joy and makes you want to dive in!
You see Meimei, God brought you into our lives for a bigger reason that just for us to have a daughter. You have changed our lives for the better. God will use us to comfort others the way HE has comforted us… The day you were born was the day colorkiddos was planted in my heart. And after a year, I’ve finally given birth! THIS is why God allowed us to have you my COLORKIDDO!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS LIZZIE… MEIMEI… MING-MING… Elizabeth Joy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY COLORKIDDO! To God be the glory for the things HE has done and will do IN you and THROUGH you.