Saturday, December 25, 2010

Our Christmas miracle :)

We had our very own Christmas miracle this year. 9 months ago, Sean lost his favourite friend Mary aka Bryson in the waters of Disneysea. I blogged about it here. We were all pretty upset about this.

I only blogged about the loss of Mary/Bryson last month, more than half a year after it was lost. You know, sometimes I get so lazy about blogging, and really wanna just call it a day, but things like this makes me sooooo glad I have this blog. This is what happened.

About 2 weeks ago, I received a comment on this blog from a reader (who had never commented before) saying that she had seen Mary at a maid agency in Tampines as she was walking by. The toy was just there in a play corner for kids to play with (it looks really new so we don't think many kids went there). It wasn't for sale. When I emailed her asking for more information, the kind soul actually returned to the agency and asked for the tortoise! She sent me a short email saying, "Mary is with me now." My heart just went OMG OMG OMG. She then sent me a picture of Mary, and she looked perfect. I am soooo thankful, THANK YOU GRACE for this Christmas miracle :)

I guess I should explain why this feels so incredible and unreal. This toy tortoise isn't store-bought. It was an airline giveaway by Malaysia Airlines. A stewardess gave this to then 7-month old Brian, in 1998, on our flight from KL to Singapore (when we were going on to Rome). I doubt the toy is still in production so I really thought there was no hope of ever finding the same toy anywhere. After all, it's been more than 12 years! I seriously have no explanation for this except to say prayers do come true!

A week or so later, Mary was in my hands (our kind friends who were visiting from Singapore helped collect Mary). Just now, I made sure Sean was still awake and at midnight on Christmas Day (about an hour ago), I sneaked out the front door, placed Bryson/Mary outside our door and rang the doorbell.



Before this, we had told Sean that if he prayed really hard, Bryson might swim his way from Tokyo to Bangkok. This story evolved to become, Oh, maybe Bryson met Santa Claus and hopped onto his sleigh, and if you're really good, Bryson might come back on Christmas Day!...

Anyway, Sean is so happy, it really is a miracle to him.


I managed to capture his joy at seeing Bryson/Mary, don't mind the messy house and Eddie's mangling of Merry Christmas into a Happy Birthday tune :)

Merry Christmas everyone, may all your days be joyous and may we always count our blessings and enjoy our miracles, no matter big or small!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an amazing story, Lilian! Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Xmas and a Happy New Year.

LL

Lilian said...

Thanks LL :) A blessed Christmas and New Year to you and your loved ones too!

Suji said...

Beautiful, heartwarming story...just the kind to make one believe in the magic of Christmas isn't it? Many, mmany merry wishes to you and your guys Lilian!

Hsien said...

Santa's one resourceful dude!

Merry Christmas!!

Lilian said...

Merry Christmas Suji & Hsien! Hope your kiddos had lots of fun today.

lotsa love!

JACQ said...

awww, the power of blogging!! i don't usually comment on yr blog though I read it regularly....

Merry merry xmas to you and your family! :)

monlim said...

Yay, she made it! So what if Sean reads this post and realise that Mary didn't swim all the way from Disneysea afterall? Oh and be sure to tell him it's a one-time trip in case he thinks Mary can repeat her feat from Seoul, keke.

Blessed Christmas to you and your family!!

Lilian said...

@Jacq: Merry Christmas to you and your family too :)

@Mon: Thanks for being the courier haha. I don't think Sean will be reading the blog anytime soon, maybe in a few months. He may or may not come across this post :P

Anyway, he doesn't believe Bryson swam here. He says he thinks I emailed Disneysea (like I promised to at first) and they sent divers in to get the tortoise, cleaned it up and made it all better and sent it to us :P

Grace said...

Hey!

You're most welcome! :) Am really really pleased that Mary/Bryson is back with Sean. Have a Blessed Christmas!

Love,
Grace

Lilian said...

Hey Amazing Grace :), thank you so much from all of us especially Sean, who is over the moon that his friend is back in his arms. Mary/Bryson has been by his side all day today. I still can't believe this actually happened. Blessed Christmas to you and your family! xoxo

Tsu Lin + + said...

Amazing story!!! I'm so amazed I could cry. Merry Christmas to you & everyone at home. Miracles do happen! So glad that Sean has Bryson/Mary again with him.

Lilian said...

Merry Christmas to you too Tsulin, and SW and your hubby of course. Hope you're enjoying the snow in London :)

Anonymous said...

Lilian, this is really miracle!! I think Sean must be praying really hard!! So so happy for him.

Whenever I went to any toy shop (even in japan & taiwan), I kept a look out for tortoise, hoping that I can find Mary. *well, no harm to keeping a look out, I am thinking I may be lucky...one day ;-P). Now, no need already.... ^_^

Chris

Anonymous said...

wow! what a blessed Christmas indeed and Christ promises miracles! So happy for Sean...it would be hard to sew an exact same one.

Happy New Year too!

qx

Lilian said...

Thanks guys for caring, I really appreciate it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to both of you!

Puzzled by Puzzles! said...

This is so so sweet! How could I miss this?
Makes me want to cry! What a happy ending. :))

Lilian said...

:)) Yes, very happy ending indeed. The two have been inseparable since.