"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...