Last Minute Surprise!

Our flight back from Taiwan to Manila was nearly 2 in the morning. So we had to take the train to get to the train that would take us to the airport, around 9 of the evening before. As we walked inside one of the train stations, we saw something that made my husband’s heart (and mine) jump.

Ever since 2018, after our trip to Japan, King has been talking and dreaming about the best ice cream he’d ever tasted. Even while we were in Taiwan, he talked about it. I could not share his sentiment because I did not get to taste it then. But who would have thought that in the very last hours of our trip, God would surprise my husband this way???

We saw a Cremia kiosk in the train station!!! And while some stores were closed, it was open at 9:45 in the evening!

Even though we were in a hurry, and it was quite expensive, and we knew we could not walk while he ate his ice cream due to the mandatory rule to wear a mask in all train stations, I urged him to get some! How long before we could go back to either Taiwan or Japan? This was his chance!! I did take a bite or two as well 😂, and he’s so right. So milky and delicious! Like no other ice cream I’ve tasted.

But more than that, I was just really happy for my husband. And so thankful that God would answer such an insignificant prayer. A very very small wish. He didn’t allow King to leave Taiwan without that memory, as if He was saying to him, “I hear you, son.”

I cannot explain to you how satisfying it was to see my husband enjoy his ice cream. I mean, it was just ice cream! But I really loved that he got to enjoy that. I guess this is what 18 years of marriage has taught us — what it is to be one. It’s never about competition, whose prayers get answered more or whose needs get met first. It’s always about sharing. Sharing the burdens, responsibilities, the pains, sure. But also sharing all the good. His joy is my joy! His win, my win. His success, my success. And vise versa. No jealousy. Only genuine happiness for each other’s blessings. And much gratitude. I feel truly blessed when the Lord blesses my husband!

We left Taiwan like happy children, assured by the sweet love of our Father. Not only did He give us such a cool surprise at the end of our trip, He gave us that trip! Taiwan was never in any of our wish lists to visit, but to have gone was an answered prayer. Something that God knew I needed way before I did. Something God provided the way for, so we could rest and be refreshed together. Oh, how God indeed is so mindful of His children!

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:3-4

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24


Published by Phoebe Torres-Lucero

I am Phoebe Torres-Lucero, wife of a loving husband & my best friend, King, and mother to three wonderful, smart, active princesses who keep me on my toes. Phoebe means bright and radiant. Torres means towers. Lucero means light. Put together, my name speaks of a tower of bright, radiant light. And that is what I hope to be as I write and share my sari-sari stories with you. 😊

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