,,Cheers 26,,

Today is a special day, yay!

Hari ini adalah hari ulang tahun gue, jadi ini adalah hari yang sangat tepat untuk membuat blog post singkat setelah dua bulan puasa nge-post. Jadi ibuk membuat gue gak sadar tiba-tiba udah bulan baru dan ternyata belum post apa-apa di blog, hahaa.

Ulang tahun kali ini menjadi spesial karena gue merayakannya di Palu! Yap, memang sejak tahun 2009 gue belum pernah lagi merayakan ultah di Palu. Dikarenakan tahun tersebut adalah awal mula gue merantau, jadilah gue merayakannya di Cikarang, lalu Jakarta, lalu di beberapa belahan dunia lainnya. Senang akhirnya tahun ini bisa kembali kesini.

Di hari yang spesial ini, nyokap gue yang memang jago masak sengaja mempersiapkan salah satu menu spesial yaitu ayam bakar. Beliau sampai pesen 5 ekor ayam kampung (karena gue gak makan ayam broiler, kecuali KFC tentunya) ke temennya dari jauh-jauh hari agar tidak panik kalau stok di Carefour habis (selain itu biar lebih murah juga sih karena harga temen).

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Untuk perayaan nya sendiri sebenarnya sederhana. Tiup lilin, berdoa, lalu menyantap makanan yang mantap. Tapi hati gue merasa sangat bersyukur karena merayakan momen ulang tahun ini dengan orang-orang yang gue kasihi dan mengasihi gue. Memang setahun belakangan bukanlah tahun yang mudah, tapi melewati itu semua dengan orang-orang yang mengasihi kita somehow burst hope. A hope that gives strength and courage. A hope that whispers “It will all be alright”. Yes, in life sometimes or even often, we fail. And that’s totally okay. Know that not failure nor sorrow is our destined end or way. But to act that each tomorrow, find us farther than today. Trully, hope never lets us fall, but lifts us up to achieve..

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To greater years ahead,
Cheers!

PS: Hang in there my favorite fighter, soon things will be brighter. We know life is tough, but so are you!

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,,This Too Shall Pass,,

Beberapa yang mengikuti blog ini mungkin tahu kalau di awal kehidupan Zoey, dia mengalami kolik (baca di sini). Saat itu hari terasa tidak mudah. Melihat Zoey yang nangis-nangis sepanjang malam membuat hati gue sedih sekali. Tidak jarang gue menghabiskan malam dengan duduk di sofa sambil menggendong atau memeluk Zoey karena itu posisi ternyaman yang membuat Zoey bisa tidur. Saat akhirnya Zoey tertidur nyenyak dan mau diletakkan di kasur, ternyata hari sudah subuh dan sering kali tangan gue udah mati rasa.

Saat berkunjung ke dokter beliau mengatakan “tenang bu dalam 3 atau 4 bulan juga pasti sembuh”. Percayalah, pertama kali gue denger perkataan itu, gue pengen tabok dokternya. “Apa??? 4 bulan? Ini dokter gila kali ya, gue disuruh sabar denger Zoey nangis tiap malam selama 4 bulan”. But then, setelah tiga dokter mengatakan hal yang sama, gue sendiri tidak bisa berbuat banyak. Malahan perkataan dokter tersebut menjadi satu hal yang menguatkan gue. Walaupun berat, at least gue tahu bahwa itu semua akan berakhir dalam 3 atau 4 bulan. Yang kuat ya Ndhy, this too shall pass..

Tiga bulan berakhir, benar saja drama kolik Zoey hilang dengan sendirinya. Zoey selalu ceria dan nyenyak tidurnya, gue pun bisa tidur dengan tenang, ya sangat tenang 🙂

Salah satu efek dari kejadian tersebut adalah Zoey sangat amat nyaman berada di pelukan gue. Kemana-mana maunya digendong gue, gak mau sama orang lain, bahkan sama papa nya sendiri kadang susahnya minta ampun. Hal seperti ini tentu saja tidak praktis. Gue jadi susah mau melakukan kegiatan sehari-hari, jangankan ditinggal pergi, mau kemana-mana di rumah pun maunya selalu gue gendong.

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Saat itu ortu gue selalu bilang, tenang ndhy nanti semakin Zoey besar biasanya dia semakin suka main sendiri apalagi kalau sudah bisa jalan nanti bisa-bisa udah gak mau digendong lagi. Sabar, this too shall pass..

And that moment finally came. Di usia Zoey yang masuk 14 bulan akhirnya dia mulai jalan, yay! Senang sekali melihat Zoey berjalan sendiri untuk pertama kalinya. Ternyata benar, saat mulai bisa jalan Zoey menemukan keasikannya sendiri. Sekarang dia senang sekali kesana kemari dengan jalan . Tidak jarang dia merosot dari pelukan bahkan menangis kalau digendong karena ingin jalan sendiri. I’m so happy and proud to see her able to walk on her own. Great job Zozo!

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Ya, memang terkadang hari-hari terasa sulit, bahkan sangat sangat sulit. But be strong and courageous, His grace is sufficient for us. In our weakness, His strength are made perfect.

Never loose heart, never loose hope.

This too shall pass…

,,30 and 2 years down,,

Happy birthday sayang! And also happy birthday to us!

Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have you in my life. I have spent days poring over old photos of us, squinting at our expressions, trying to relive the scene, and savor whatever emotions we felt in that snapshot. I’ve scrolled through photos of giggly or silly times, of times when everything seemed a lot simpler, with less to juggle and balance and worry about. All of the pictures, regardless of the life season we took them in, make me so happy to look at. Because it’s you and me, it’s us.

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Benteng Vredeburg Jogja
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Arsenal Tour di GBK

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Mie Rica Kejaksaan

We have experienced a lot during these 2 years of marriage. Yes, there have been tears and conversations riding on frustration. But there have been such happy, beautiful, perfect moments, too. Times when we couldn’t smile big enough, or laugh loud enough, or hug each other tight enough. But most of all, like people said, it really is a huge blessing to go through daily life with our best friend.

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My Graduation
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Our Engagement

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There are plenty moments of our marriage that hit me with such feelings of love, and it certainly is better than any fairy tale. I have come to realize that no matter the situations we find ourselves in, what matters most is that we are doing it together.

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Our Wedding

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Every inside joke, every spontaneous hug or kiss, every single silly dance move, every ice cream & martabak or even bakmi congsim, every movies and series watched or places visited & travelled, has logged itself into a precious, precious memory bank. This life we’re building together is so wonderful, and you are such a gift and blessing to me.

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Babymoon Paris – Tour de Eiffel
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Babymoon Paris – Pantheon
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Babymoon Paris – Sacre Coeur
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Babymoon Paris – Versailles

And oh, I could go on and on about your servant-heart and your watchfulness and thoughtfulness towards me and (now) Zoey. You astound me with your endless ways to show me you love, care  and you’re taking care of me, of our family. Thank you for your hard work for our family, for your every effort in creating our very own version of “home”. Learning to be parents with you has been the most humbling and hilarious experience. I love you more everyday, watching you be a dad to Zoey is my favorite.

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Zoey Valerie Kristianto
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Zoey is One!

If 2 whole years of marriage have flown by this quickly, I can only imagine how quickly our future years together will fly by. On this special day I pray that you will reach your fully potential, the way God wants you to be. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, so He will work out His plan for your life. Always know that God is able of all things, even when you see stars collide upon your eyes. And yes, His plan for your future has always been filled with hope..

Once again happy 30th birthday and happy 2nd anniversary sayang! Two years down, forever to go 🙂

I love you deeply and I always will,
Indhy