December 21, 2012

hello forty-one...


Forty-one.  And blessed, so blessed.
Emily posted this quote not too long ago...

"I think it is more important to celebrate a birthday than a successful exam, a promotion, or a victory. Because to celebrate a birthday means to say to someone: Thank you for being you. Celebrating a birthday is exalting life and being glad for it. On a birthday we do not say: Thanks for what you did, or said, or accomplished. No, we say: Thank you for being born and being among us.“
-Henri  Nouwen, Here and Now

It spoke to my soul... and my love of birthdays. And perhaps it sheds light on why my own birthday often leaves me on the verge of tears. I can't seem to read a whole card without them hovering, or open a gift withouth one escaping.  More than one sent a birthday message to their beautiful friend and the first one had tears rolling down my face for more than a few minutes.  If there is any day that will make you feel beautiful, it is a birthday... so full of love, from the inside out.

Eric outdid himself... leaving a card in my purse as I went off to work, and then having one waiting for me at the door when I came home. He cleaned and he cooked... and our home was soon filled with Mexican food and family. Love. On a birthday.  Oh yes, God chose the right man for me.


Candles lit... wishes and laughter filled the room. I can't quite count my blessings fast enough!  A December birthday may not be easy... but the 20th is just the right day for me, nestled right into the season of joy.  And the joy goes on and on...
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4 comments:

Southern Gal said...

And I had it written down!!! Happy 41st to you, sweet Dawn. I'm praying your year will be full of God's grace as you grow in wisdom and knowledge of Him. I have something for you. Soon.

Kay said...

Happy birthday, sweet friend! Sounds like you had the perfectest pf perfect evenings...filled with lots of love and laughter. And a few tears. Hugs! : )

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love your love of birthdays!!! You embrace these days like no other.....and it might be rubbing off on me. That is a good thing. I am so happy that Eric and the family made your day special; you make everyone feel special all the time!

togetherforgood said...

Happy birthday, dear, dear friend! :)