Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Giving Thanks, part 27: 28

November 27th is my birthday!!  Yes, I am 28, but I still feel 22... Except I am much wiser than I was when I was 22.  Hopefully.  I have to say, too, that it really may have been my best birthday ever.  I was feeling the love all day!  So many texts, emails, messages--and from people I haven't seen in years, even!  It seriously warmed the deepest part of my heart.  Thank you, all, for your dear love.  It is so very precious to me.

The day started off with a waffle breakfast made especially for me by my husband.  Later we met up with my sisters and mom for a delightful lunch and present presentation.  It was all far more than I expected.  Then my mom took us to Old Navy for a wee shopping spree, care of her "member discount."  Needless to say, I have a new wardrobe!  Then that evening John took James and I out to dinner, where I ate a burrito larger than my head (and I have a HUGE head...).  I am regretting said burrito consumption now, but it was sweet nectar in the moment.  Life lesson, right there.  Lastly, we headed over to my in-laws where I was adorned with love and another new wardrobe.  I am officially cuter than ever!  And I got the most beautiful sewing desk from my sweet husband, who had been saving up for months for it.  Really, it was all so kind and generous and, like I said, far, far more than I ever could have hoped for.

Every year on my birthday I take a moment to reflect and do a little self-inventory (granted, I do it a lot in between birthdays, too, but this one is more "official").  I analyze my goals, my health, my attitude, and my devotion to Christ.  And for the first time, this year I got to analyze my devotion as a mother.  While I can say that I have been born again through having a son, I am so excited to apply some ideas in my mothering so that I can help my sweety sweets grow, develop, and live and laugh the best he can.    Even more so than I have been trying to do this past year.  Meanwhile, I am very satisfied with my goals, healthy lifestyle attempts, attitude, and devotion to my Savior--but am excited to grow in those areas, too.  Year 28 was the best year of my life, but I have a feeling year 29 can and will be even better!