I wasn’t expecting to be pampered, wasn’t expecting to shed some tears but it was the best Mother’s Day Celebration I’ve ever had! I came to the Pursuit Manila Mom Day with a heart longing to be blessed and inspired, I went home with a heart overflowing with joy and thankfulness. As I entered the lovely restaurant called Karen’s Kitchen in Kapitolyo Pasig, I marveled at how warm and pretty the interiors were. Cozy Chic spiced with red was the theme, it was the first time I saw red used in interior design and surprisingly it worked well here.
Being the shy person that I really am, I wondered how things would go on that day. I knew I would be meeting a bunch of women for the first time so I was both timid and excited. Pursuit Manila is an affiliate of the Pursuit Community founded by Karen Stott. It is a Christian community of creative entrepreneurs – more specifically photographers, bloggers / writers, shop owners, calligraphers, and graphic designers – dedicated to cultivating the art of community and building the Kingdom of God as He uses us in our families, neighborhoods, and the world. I was in awe of the talent and creativity of all the women that put this event together to make us moms of Pursuit Manila feel special. Everything was perfectly set up, pretty and picture ready. No detail was overlooked and even the food was a sight to behold.
As i walked in I was welcomed and saw a lot of familiar faces. I was touched by the personalized table setup. My family photos were on my spot by a personalized gift box! That alone made me want to cry and got me excited. Being a mom is the sweetest gift God has given me so being appreciated like this was special.
I recall how devastated I was when my first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at a few weeks old. I cried and mourned at something that was so new a part of me but gone so quickly. Looking back it is amazing at how I cried when I had not even met that baby. It took months of trying to conceive a second one. Months of praying, trying and even bargaining with God. I used to get TV commercials so easily back then. I had more than one every year. That year I told God he could stop giving me TV commercial work if he would give me a baby. Eventually at the right time He answered my prayers, amazingly he did take my bargain seriously too but I now have two beautiful children. I can still recall my first Mother’s Day ever after my baby was born. It was surreal.. to be greeted Happy Mother’s Day and to actually have my own baby… God is awesome! I’m sure all you moms know what I feel. That is why I was smiling when I heard the welcome speech of Rhiza , Pursuit Manila’s founder. I was blessed when I heard the speech of Karen, the owner of Karen’s Kitchen, and I shed a tear when Rica gave a short devotion. Then it was time to open the boxes.. my friend Martine began to weep and I started crying too because she was crying. I soon learned that in those boxes were notes from our dear husbands and children aside from all the beautiful little things to pamper us mothers.
It was truly a sweet afternoon and the best Mother’s Day celebration I’ve ever had. Wives should be appreciated, mothers should be cherished and loved. We all need that.. I did! I went home refreshed, with a heart longing to be a better woman for my family and a better child of God willing to be used to inspire others. Thank you to all the lovely talented ladies from Pursuit Manila who made this event one memorable one.