I wake up and I am a year older. My wife is beside me, whispering greetings to my ears, "happy birthday honey" thrice she greets me, but she's half-awake. I smile. I hug and kiss her and prepare for the day.
I check my emails, and see more greetings from my friends and family. This is an ordinary day, made special, because of the warm thoughts and greetings from my loved ones, long-lost friends, former colleagues, and high school classmates. It's the thought that counts.
I continue checking my emails. And I was greeted by Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), not birthday greetings, but congratulations for winning their 2008 2nd Half competition. I won 1st place for Individual Portraits category, 1st place for Landscape category, 2nd place for the Advertising/Fashion category, plus 3 more Accolade of Excellence awards for the Engagement and Bridal category. Wow, what a blessing, and what a special birthday gift. I am so happy and inspired. Overwhelmed!
I thank God for this wonderful day.
1st Place - Individual Portraits category - "Muay Thai fighter"
1st Place - Landscape category - "Golden Gate"
2nd Place - Advertising/Fashion - "CK"
Accolade of Excellence - Engagement - "Somewhere in Time"
Accolade of Excellence - Bride and Groom Together category - "Kiss"
Accolade of Excellence - Landscape - "Mirror Lake"