Friday’s Sobering Notions; Celebrations๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆย 

July 8, 1998 Elias Kenneth Ortize blessed us with his presence into this world. God gave us the greatest gift in that of Eli. He is witty, charming, and has a huge heart for family. He has the sweetest spirit, and kind heart. He is insanely sarcastic, and goofy (not sure where he gets that) ๐Ÿ˜€. 

Tomorrow will be the first birthday that he will not have to retrieve my gift from that of an electronic e-card or the mail box from Washington State to Florida. 

 It has been 4 years that I have waited to spend my most favorite young man’s birthday with. That is what I call a Sober Celebration. Without Sobriety in Christ this would not be taking place. All God’s grace!!

Growing up I was always my kids birthday party planner. Elias’s, 1st year birthday was Veggie Tales. He could even say veggies. He loved Bob, and Larry.  Eli also loved dinosaurs. So he had 2 dinosaur themed birthday parties 2 years in a row. I remember he could not get enough of Toy Story at the time so at 3 years old we got him his first pair of his must have cowboy boots. He did not want to take them off when it came time for bed๐Ÿ˜‚.  He had an Indiana Jones themed birthday (I made the cake, and was so proud), and Terminator too. He is a huge Star Wars fan too. So for 4 years to pass without me being part has been hard to say the least. Lots of tears, and many prayers! Patience has been essential! 

Last night I cried a very deep emotional cry for the celebration we get to share tomorrow (praising and thanking God)! Almost sobbing for all that God has done. 

He is too big for a kiddy party (well he thinks so). We will be dropping off a commuter/mountain bike, and balloons. Also Beats Earphones for the music junkie in him.  Then from there we will be taking him to his restaurant of choice. I am on top of the world to be able to take part in Eli’s birthday celebration. ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ 

It took 4 years for us to be reunited for good. He got in a car leaving Florida, and all the mess of that life behind (his dad & sister). I am so proud he did. He knows I am for real, and consistent. Other than God at this time I am the constant in his life. So you better believe as I pull up in front of us his place with gifts in tow, I am going to run to give him the biggest bear hug ever. I am sure it will be hard to hold back the tears. I have waited patiently in my sobriety on God for these moments to unfold. Lo and behold they are here. That is quite a Sobering Notion!    

Eli has to work harder than most to get to where he needs to be. He lacks in education, and even a license. Life has been rough on him. From both the dealings of myself, and his dad. It is uphill for him everyday, yet he is doing it. Despite all life has handed him he wakes, and begins again. I am here in his healing, to show him what change in Christ looks like. I get the chance again to show him what love is, and Eli’s love for me well simply a miracle!! 

All this celebration is God accredited! He has brought this all to fruition, and helped me stay founded at the cross daily. It is a daily battle. We are strong, we are His!! 

So let’s get this partay started, we are gonna party like it’s 1969…Wohoo!!! God is so good!! He is faithful to complete the work he started, and tomorrow the proof is in the cake. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ‚ 

Romans 12:12

Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.


Author: Lisa O'Day, Cries from an unkempt garden

I write to tell my story of how I overcame self affliction, and great despair in this life. For I write to share the death to self that took place. That I may Glorify God in all I do. May my writings be a refelction of freedom, for I am no longer in captivity of self. May they be warm, and inviting. For I write because God has given me words that drip from my mouth to be seen.

12 thoughts on “Friday’s Sobering Notions; Celebrations๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆย ”

  1. Sweet Lisa, I had tears in my eyes reading this. I know you will be emotionally FULL these next few days … and let those emotions run loose. Eli looks like a great guy !! He is now 19 and my step-grandson will be 19 in November. Even at that age … they are still the little boys that touched our hearts and funny bones. I am SO HAPPY for YOU and FOR ELI !!! God is INDEED GOOD !! I thank God for the reunion you and Eli will now enjoy. Have FUN .. and eat a piece of cake for me !! Much love, jan

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    1. He is my kid always. I got him a gift bag with robots on it. It matches the card so I went with it. Going to get Mylar balloons for the bike handles. I can’t wait. I wish he could get a car, but in time that will come. Thank you for you kind thoughts!! I am sure I will write all about it after. Yay!! God is so good!!

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