Thursday, May 10, 2012

So I had myself a little birthday last week.  My rockstar of a mom friend Carrie once told me during my pre-motherhood days that the best birthday, Mother's Day, any-day-ending-in-y gift ever is just a few hours alone.  At the time, I thought she was exaggerating.  Now I know she's exactly right.  It's easy on the ol' budget too, seeing that I've been whisked away from the land of cheap produce and plopped in the middle of Consumerland US of A.  (But I would be remiss not to mention the fab camera my parents & husband bought me for said birthday.  I guess that makes me a happy consuming citizen of Consumerland USA!)

So on my birthday, I took a shower.  I didn't remove the toys from the bathtub but just kicked the various helicopters, blimps, and headless genies out from under my feet.

On my birthday, I drove the car alone (not the Monster Truck if you're wondering).  I did not have to listen to the Elmo CD, sing the self-composed gorilla song that has become Micah's favorite, or listen to commentary on anything & everything that is going on outside the car.

On my birthday, I went to a bookstore that encourages the reading of their plentiful supply of English books by not wrapping them in plastic and even providing comfy chairs.

On my birthday, I ordered a Chai latte and drank it while it was still really, really hot.

On my birthday,  I got overwhelmed by the abundance of English books and opted for a pregnancy magazine instead.  And I cried into my latte while reading one of the articles.

On my birthday, I found a book that I used to read to my friend Rachel's daughters and, for nostalgia sake, bought it for my own little buddies.  Because it really is true that it's more fun to give than receive (even on your birthday).

On my birthday, I felt lonely in my quiet car so I tried to call my sis-in-law, who was unfortunately otherwise engaged.

On my birthday, I came home after only an hour and a half and was so happy to see all my menfolk waiting for me.

So not a very thrilling birthday, I'll admit, but a satisfying one nonetheless.  And the best part?  Since I'd had such a laid back morning, I didn't feel like I was about to keel over from fatigue during the boys' nap that afternoon, so I got to spend some good time in the Word (before falling asleep myself, I will admit).  This is my hope & prayer for my life as I close out my 20's this coming year:

...that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may 
be filled with all the fullness of God.  ~Ephesians 3:16-19


Carrie said...

That my friend is a perfect birthday! Happy birthday to a wonderful friend, encouraging mama and overall superstar of a person. Love you dearly and am blessed to call you a friend.

Anna said...

still brings tears to my eyes at time when I think about how the Lord used you in my life, even if it was for a brief time period

Chris & Sarah Peek said...

Do they plastic-wrap books in Chiner?! Have you even seen Star Wars? Oh yeah, happy birthday!

Brandon and April said...

Happy Birthday! So glad it was a great day and that you got some alone time to realize you'd rather be back with your boys. Hoping that the next 4th of May we get to celebrate WITH you!!