Thursday, April 22, 2010

Overwhelmed with joy and gratitude!

Who would ever think that a 41st birthday could be so much fun? Wow!! It started out great as I had received a dare to wear my birthday crown to work yesterday morning. I put it on before leaving the house. *Insert movie quote here...* Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Lauren and I dropped off Cassie and Kylie at school, and we proceeded to the Chic Fil-a drive thru for a little buy one/get one free breakfast. When I pulled up to the window and handed the lady my money, she said, "OH, look, it's your birthday! Honey, take this money back. It's our treat!" All the while, the manager was leaning out the window singing, "Happy birthday to you...." I was laughing and thanked them profusely, let the manager complete the song, and drove away. I stopped at the edge of the parking lot and looked at Lauren. She looked at me and said, "That was SO WEIRD." HAHA... It was fantastic!

When I got to school, my crown was a hit. Teachers and students alike were wishing me a happy birthday, but about mid-morning I started feeling a bit obnoxious. I left the crown in the classroom. I sure was happy to let my dare friend know that she had provided free breakfast for me that morning! The day went by quickly, and I went for a haircut. Shorter is better when it comes to my hair. It looks just lovely if I must say so myself.

When I got home, it was clean and decorated with party decor, and there was a home-baked cake sitting in the kitchen! My oldest daughter had spent her morning preparing these treats just for me! What a kid she is! When Ken arrived home, he had pizza and my favorite movie of the time, BlindSide, that he had bought just for me. We enjoyed a nice relaxing evening at home with pizza and that wonderful movie.

Just as overwhelming, and you can say what you want about social networking sites, but my Facebook just blew me away yesterday. I usually check in the morning, midday, and at night. (and a couple hundred times in between) By morning I had between 15 and 20 notifications from family, friends, and those I haven't seen in years. By lunch time, I had 19 more. Last night, I had 14 more. I really didn't realize I even knew that many people that well! Each note meant so much to me, because just the idea that they thought of me as they typed "happy birthday" warms my heart.

I didn't get to spend the day with my grandmother, but she and I talked of course and planned to be together next Saturday. Next year, God willing, I think I'll take a day off to be with her on the 21st. That sure would make me feel good. Anyway, the day reminded me of how truly blessed I am. God has been so good to me. Have you thanked Him lately for all He has done for you? My goal in life is to live a life of thankfulness. Thank you Lord for all that you have given me and for the loved ones you have placed in my life!

1 comment:

  1. and there should have been a picture for this too! Glad it was a great day.