Did you think I was joking? So as I sit here, enjoying my fruit loop vodka and sprite, I thought I would throw a quick blog in about today…my birthday. Turning 40 was pretty traumatic for me, so 41 felt a bit anti-climatic by comparison. I received some really nice texts and Facebook messages wishing me a happy birthday, and that always feels good. There were two people I did not hear from today, and I have to admit it has me feeling a bit sorry for myself. The day isn’t over yet, so I guess it could still happen, but it’s not likely. As I sit here taking a minute to wallow in my self-pity, I look down and the letter my kids wrote me catches my eye. Suddenly, I am sitting a bit straighter. My eyes do fill with tears, not in sadness, but in joy. There is so much I have to be thankful for and to spend even one second feeling sorry for myself is an indulgence that my husband and my children do not deserve. Instead of writing a vitriolic blog about the two people who should not have forgotten me but did, I choose to share the beautiful and sweet thoughts my husband and children shared with me today.
I woke up this morning and discovered that my girls had made me red velvet cupcakes! Here is a pic:
They spelled out Happy B-Day, but the Happy ones were almost gone. They were very yummy. I made sure I worked out extra hard today so I could indulge in one. They also made me a card which said:
To: THE Best Mom in the world EVER!
We wanted to let you know that in all your 20 some-odd years of having kids, you have truly mastered the art of caring and compassion it takes to be a mom. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me personally, “I wish I had your Mom!” Most kids would trade their parents in any day, but we are proud to say that NEVER and we mean not once have we ever wanted to wish you away. We wish that we didn’t have to grow up one day very soon, in fact too soon, so that we could live with you forever and we tear up just thinking about it now. We love you! XOXOXOXOXO
And they also drew me a picture of our family with the caption “Look at the beautiful family you have made”. In the picture, they made me THIN! Bless them 🙂 That note touched my heart so much. It was a wonderful way to start a birthday. My son also drew me a picture, and it was adorable and so him. My husband then took the time to write these words to me:
Sometimes God works in your life, and more often than not, we seldom realize the impact. Today, our household celebrates a blessing that God has worked into the fabric of our family’s life. She is without a doubt, our comforter, our confidant and our rock. Oddly enough, she often fails to understand just how wonderful and impactful she is. For your strength, for your intelligence and spellbinding wit, for your patience, for your inexhaustible supply of love and affection, we say Thank You! We celebrate you today on your Birthday my dear wonderful wife. We love you. I adore you! Happy Birthday sweetie 🙂
How can anyone be sad while spending the day with these wonderful people?!?!?
We all went out to my favorite restaurant, Genghis Grill and shared a fantastic meal. My son got a little over-zealous and announced to the waitress that it was my birthday. Thank goodness she spared me the indignity of having all the wait staff sing Happy Birthday, and just brought out the good part…the brownie and the ice cream!
I got a quote today from Quote Soup that seems appropriate here:
“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda
I chose to make myself happy today (well not happy about being 41, but you can’t have everything!).
Think happy thoughts this week 🙂