NOTES FROM THE TRAIL

The Birthday of a Lifetime!

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Posted on January 28, 2010 by gaby | Post a comment

January 28, 2010

Gainesville, FL

I dedicate this blog to my family.  I love you and miss you so much.  I will fight to make sure our family and every family in this country stays united! 

I celebrated my 25th birthday on January 28th.  I can honestly say it was the best birthday of my life; I wouldn't want to have celebrated it any other way.  

On my birthday, I was reaffirmed that I have one of the most amazing families in the world.  At 12:00 AM January 28th, 2010 we were all startled.  We heard at a distance a man signing and playing the guitar.  As I was getting ready to shower, I heard the singing of my father.  Puzzled because it sounded too clear to come from a computer, I came outside to check it out.  Once I got to the living room, Carlos and Felipe V. both looked at each other and asked what it was.   It was my dad, outside Vickie's house serenating me.  What a surprise: my sister, her husband, Jose, and him drove all the way from Miami to Gainesville (a 27 day walk; a six hour drive) to see me and wish me a happy birthday.  Profe, playing around, said "Wow, you must really love your daughter, if it was me, I would have just given her a call and said, Happy birthday Mija"

I woke up in the morning with hugs and kisses from everyone.  It was my birthday and I was going to have a walking party!  

We walked through a breath-taking prairie. Paynes prairie, has been one of the highlights of the walk.  Florida is so beautiful and I am glad it has been my home for 17 years.  http://www.floridastateparks.org/paynesprairie/

We arrived at a restaurant where my birthday hat was waiting for me.  My hat was so beautiful -beyond my expectations. Four gifts dangled from the front, a green bow, and a banner across the rim said "Feliz Cumpleanios Gaby".   Thank you Rommy for coordinating this and thank you Fran and Robin for making my day.  I walked with my hat and people made a point to look at it and say "happy birthday."  

Our next stop was UF. http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_caa1050c-0c90-11df-b55d-001cc4c03286.html We had the opportunity to speak to Assistant Provost, Mary Kay Carodine, and she seemed very receptive to our message.  She even told Felipe M. that if he was still interested in attending UF to please contact her! We were in our comfort zone, students galore!!!  We did classroom talks and went fliering and talking to students.

After dinner, we had a forum.  I heard my voice maturing.  I spoke about family, a topic that comes very natural to me.  I shared about my own personal experience with ICE.  People were on the edge of the seat when I told them that I too had experienced a raid.  It was very difficult to share this story with people even though I have done it a dozen times.  It still scares me and I relive it every time I tell it.  Thank God it was my birthday though, at the end of the forum we had a birthday cake!    

No matter where you celebrate birthdays, they are more festive and fun if you are doing something good in your life.  

-Gaby

Jeremiah 1:5-8

 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew [a] you,
       before you were born I set you apart;
       I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

 6 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."

 7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.

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Posted by: Erika on Feb. 4, 2010, 2:52 p.m.

And we love you so much! this verse has followed me since i was like 8 years old. The Pastor (Davidsito) made me read in front of the whole church at that age! lol... I think God was telling me that i was going to have a little prophet sister in my life! I miss you like you would never imagine and im so glad that although we are not there, you have found in your path people who love you and care about like your own family! Keep up the good work my little Prophet!

Posted by: Christy Smith on Feb. 4, 2010, 11:20 p.m.

Sigue adelante girl! I'm so glad you had a good birthday. I pray that the Lord continues to give you strength as you walk this road with Him. Remember that you are not alone. Thanks for doing this!

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