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Birthday Gifts

February 7, 2012

“Tomorrow is my birthday,” I told Big Mark at church last night. I don’t know him well but he still gathered a few people together and everyone sang to me.

And my birthday celebration began!

I have many reasons to celebrate my birthday this year. I am filled with a deep, deep joy because I’m alive and with my family today. I’m grateful that God is beginning to heal and restore the broken pieces of the last few years.

And today – especially on my birthday – I’m so happy to be alive.

I’m happy that my best friend showed up with Starbucks and a biscuit this morning. We laughed, gossiped, and then she waxed my eyebrows.

I’m happy that Hugh took me for lunch at the very posh 131 Main. “Why, yes, I WILL have the chilled green beans with fancy sauce, Carol,” I said to my waitress. Hugh and I talked about books and politics. It was wonderful.

I’m happy that in one hour my three sweaty children will burst through the front door.

My son will collapse on the floor, announce his day was good, and say he doesn’t want to do his homework. My middle child will head to the snack bin, grab a fruit snack from Aldi, and head to the homework table. My youngest daughter will try to run upstairs and play before I remind her once again that homework must be done first.

I will look at my three beautiful kids. They drive me completely insane, but they are here with me and – maybe more – I am here with them.

I’m happy that I will see my friends tonight. Autumn is making me a cake. We will laugh and we will talk and my kids will stay up too late. When we get home there will be a carrot cake from my friend Laura by the front door.

I’m happy that tonight I will open cards and inexpensive gifts from my family. I’ll watch the new BBC Sherlock Holmes with Hugh and then go to bed.

I’m…just happy today. I didn’t realize how much I had until I almost lost it all. I really did not.

On this day I am pausing – really pausing – to see the gifts of all the precious people in my life.

These gifts are all around me. They love me, encourage me, and carry me on the bad days. They allow me the privilege of carrying them on their dark days.

What an honor to live my life with my friends and family.

On this day and every day.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2012 3:26 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jess!!!! You are a gift.

  2. February 7, 2012 4:26 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad you’re with us, too. Receive blessing and affirmation in your heart because God loves you, your family loves you, your friends love you, and your readers love you. I’m just thrilled you are sharing a portion of your life with us.

  3. February 7, 2012 9:57 pm

    happy birthday, jess! i haven’t read here in quiet awhile… but i’m so glad i came back today to catch up! Sending lots of love your way! 🙂

  4. February 7, 2012 10:02 pm

    can you, please, email me your mailing address? taylor(dot)kelch(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Alicia permalink
    February 8, 2012 6:29 am

    Happy, Happy birthday!!! So glad you had a wonderful day…and looking forward to a very blessed year for you! (((HUGS)))

  6. February 8, 2012 10:53 pm

    What a lovely way to share your counted blessings!

  7. Autumn permalink
    February 8, 2012 11:02 pm

    I see I have competition in Laura.

  8. Tara permalink
    February 9, 2012 3:42 pm

    I’m so happy you are so happy. 🙂 What a wonderful birthday!

  9. February 9, 2012 8:46 pm

    Such a wonderful post to read. And again, happy birthday. 🙂

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