Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

John Lennon

I turned a year older a few weeks ago. It was my first birthday without my Father around—still trying to grasp the fact that my brothers and I are orphans. Never mind that we are “old enough” already,  there’s still that part of you that gets lost forever when you lose your parent(s).

But then, I still have a lot to be thankful for. Sometimes I am surprised by how much grace God has given me and my brothers to get through the things we’ve gone through. And of course, now and more than ever, I love my brothers so much more.

30-something and loving it. Taken at Sulyap Cafe on my birthday. Photo by JHernandez.

30-something and loving it. Taken at Sulyap Cafe on my birthday. Photo by JHernandez.

Thank you Lord, for another year. Another year to be a better person, another year to do good in my life. The fact the I celebrated another year, is a blessing in itself.

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