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HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY ELISHA JOEY

Dear Elisha,

For my birthday letter for you, I want to share with you how you came into this world… Ooops, not really the details of HOW you were made, but just a background of the things that took place before, during and after your birth. So read on ok? 🙂

It was in the year 2002 when in my prayer time a little voice whispered to me that my first born will be a boy and that his name shall be ELISHA JOEY. Elisha is a prophet in the Old Testament and his name also signifies double portion anointing. Joey is obviously from your papa’s name. So in short, your name means double portion of your papa, but of course, with a touch of me 🙂

When your pa and I got married in 2003, we decided to have a baby after we have taken some time to enjoy our being couple but also, before I reach 27 years old. We started our baby project September of 2004. Your papa was already 27 and I was about to turn 27 also in December so we were on the last trip. I remember very well I had a pregnancy test end of November and the result was NEGATIVE… I prayed so hard and reminded God I am expecting that on my 27th birthday, HIS birthday gift to me will be a POSITIVE result! December 10, 2004 came. I woke up 6am and immediately did my pregnancy test. I went out of the toilet running and almost wanted to shout because indeed it was POSITIVE!!! I woke your papa up and told him I was pregnant! Well, knowing how “palatulog” he is, he simply said: ” That’s already my birthday gift for you!” Of course he just wanted to annoy me by saying that… 🙂 Around 10am that same day I visited my OB and had another pregnancy test in her clinic and again it showed POSITIVE! yippee!!!

March 2005 I had an ultrasound in Bacolod because at that time, your papa was on his way to China and before leaving, he wanted to be sure of the gender of our child. And the result showed, of course, a boy. Your papa was very proud and happy because you are the very first male LO in your generation. He was so excited to share the news with your Ama, Angkong and Thima. By the way, one of the reasons we decided to have a baby already was your papa wanted so much to give them their grandchild so they can enjoy you while they’re still strong and able to run! 🙂

On your 8th month, I attempted to change your name to GIAN JOEY or GIAN ELISHA. As you know, all my brothers have GIAN in their names, as well as your cousins in the Boyero side. So I wanted you to be “in” and carry that GIAN too. However, God has other plans… One early morning I woke up and in my heart I felt like God was telling me NOT to change your name so I obeyed. That very same morning, your papa (who was already in China) told me that during his prayer time the same thing was impressed in his heart and that is NOT to change your name. It was then final, we shall name you ELISHA JOEY.

July 23, 2005 at 08:36pm you were born into this wonderful world. The moment my OB was done, I immediately asked for my phone and told your papa that you’re already out and we’re both safe. Thank You LORD! 🙂 During your birth your Auntie Isis went in the Delivery Room and took a video of me giving birth! So even if your papa wasn’t around, he was able to see how you came out! 🙂 Your Tita Lenlen also took a lot of pictures and videos in the nursery. I am so thankful they were there to document your first few hours of life outside my tummy.

July 23, 2005 at the nursery

I’m not sure if it was that night your Koko Gigi sent photos to your papa. The following day he called me up and asked me this exact question: “NGAA KATIGULANG SANG TSURA SANG ATUN BATA HAW?” I still smile everytime I remember that day because if you really take a look at your photos when you were newly born, you’ll know what I mean 🙂 It’s funny because at that time, I thought you were so cute! But after you’ve grown, whenever we watch your photos, we would laugh! hihihi…

You’ve really grown EJ… Your papa and I are so proud of you. We are confident that as long as we train you up in the instructions of the Lord, as long as we teach you how to love, honor and worship God, you’ll grow to be the ambassador that you were called to become. At a young age you have shown traits and potentials of becoming somebody great in your generation. Our heart’s desire is for you to be a testimony of God’s goodness in our lives and that you become a man who fears the Lord. Always remember that you are not an accident and you have a destiny to fulfill. No matter where the road leads you my son, be strong and take courage, do not fear nor be dismayed… For the Lord our God will guide you and His Word will light your way.

We love you son… Happy birthday handsome 🙂 (wink)

5th birthday with Jollibee

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AWARD WINNING KID

Dear Elisha,

I am writing this letter with tears in my eyes because as I look at you while you’re sound asleep, I realize that you are still a “baby”, but sometimes, I forget that and expect you to act like an adult. You’re only 4 years old and 8 months to be exact and even if at  times you DO talk like a grown  up, you’re still just a little boy who wants to run and play…

Today you received several awards namely: GOLD in Chinese with Best in Math, Best in Language, Best in Social Studies and Best in Bible. SILVER in English with Best in English award. In the past, it was your A-ma who gave you your Chinese ribbons and I gave your English ribbons. But today it was I and Angkong who were there…  As I looked at you on stage, I saw not really much of the medals and the ribbons, but rather an award winning kid who’s happy and confident. Your classmates are at least a year older than you but you have made your way to be on top. Son, I am proud of what you have achieved academically, but I am more proud because you are growing to be happy, confident, obedient and loving to your sister.  As what Ms. Uy (your school principal) mentioned in her speech, good grades isn’t an assurance that a child will turn out to be honest, obedient or knowing God. I absolutely agree. Character formation is of utmost importance… So as early as now, you should know that though I am happy you had all those awards, I am happier because you love to learn, you are kind, generous, you know how to pray for others and most of all, you are fully aware that God loves you.

Kinder 1 Graduation

Here are some of the things you do that makes mama so proud of you EJ 😀

 

You know how to sweep and wipe the floor. You sometimes help in fixing the bed. You can pack away your toys after playing (with a little bit of reminder sometimes). You prepare the “arinola” almost every night. You can take care of Meimei and you get angry when someone wants to get her (kinda like a big brother who will protect her sister!). You follow deals and as what your tita doc said, you have a very nice temperament, very easy to discipline. Sometimes (like right now) you just give me hugs, kisses and tell me “I Love You Mom”. That really makes me happy son…

There are times that I have to repeat and repeat and repeat before you hear me… But that makes you normal. hihi… I’ll write about them some other time. You keep on asking me to sleep already so I’ll listen 😀 I’ll end my letter here and let you read this tomorrow when you wake.. This is a very fresh deal made just now.

I love you and to me, you’re an “A+++++” son. That’s your mama award. Hmmm… I wonder what’s your papa award will be.

Love,

Mama

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A 4 Year Old’s Prayer

Dear Elisha,

I’ve been meaning to write you about your prayer times because there had been a lot of instances that you amazed me with your prayers, the ones that you say on your own… Here’s one that’s very fresh that you uttered before you slept this evening (Dec. 2, 2009):

Dear God our Father,

Thank you for blessing our friends and family.

Thank you for our ROCKING CHAIR.

Thank you that tomorrow I can go to school and make my… (you paused and asked me – Mama, what will we make tomorrow in my science class, I forgot – so I had to remind you that you’ll make a clay dough) … my clay dough.

Thank you for blessing others.

In Jesus name, Amen.

I won’t and can’t enumerate everything but just to give you an idea of what you prayed for as a 4 year old boy, read on  🙂

… for Jose Rizal and Ninoy Aquino – that God will bring them back to life so you can see them fly… Well, you thought they’re super heroes so I had a hard time explaining that they’re not!

… for Your papa’s gout to go away and your tita Celyn’s cancer to go away as your prayer before MEALTIME! 🙂

… for the poor family that once slept outside Wilmar’s gate – that God will give them bed so they can sleep on a nice bed,  that God will give them soap so they can take a bath and food so they will not be hungry.

As part of our bedtime prayer, we pray for our family, friends and our country. But sometimes you’d say something like – Mama, let’s not pray for Philippines tonight, I want only China. Or it’s like this – Mama, I don’t want to pray for places, only people. Other times it’s – Mama, I will only pray a very short prayer because I’m sleepy.

Many times we start our prayer time with these lines:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for our wonderful day, Thank you for guiding us today

Be with us Lord as we sleep tonight, Grant us sweetdreams so we can sleep tight.

God Bless Papa, Mama, EJ and Meimei. God Bless the Lo and the Boyero families. God Bless those we love and those who love us.

God Bless China and the Philippines…

Then go on with our other prayer items like praying for a sick family member to be healed, for God to take care of papa, etc.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

But there was one night I cried after we prayed… It was when you had your accident then you asked me while we were praying – Mama, where will God get His healing power? I asked you why are you asking and you told me – Because I want Him to heal me now, my wound is very painful. I just hugged you and told you to sleep and when you wake up, the pain will go away already because God will take it away. Then you said, OK. The next day when you woke up you told me that it was only baby painful because God already healed you!

I pray that as you grow, your knowledge of our God will also grow because as long as you “know” God and have that relationship with Him, no matter what comes your way, you’ll remain standing. His love will see you through.

God Bless you son and I am looking forward to more “CUTE” but effective prayer times with you.

Lastly, I’m sure you made God smile when you thanked Him for the rocking chair! 😀

I love you.

Mama

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