Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Mommy!!

Today was my birthday.  I turned 34.  I remember when I used to think 34 was old.  Um, not anymore.  :)  The past few birthdays have been extremely difficult for me emotionally.  I was not sure what today would hold, but the day turned out to be absolutely perfect.  It was spent with some of my kids, some of my friends, and some of my family.  Although my life may not currently look exactly like I had envisioned it would look at 34, God has blessed me with wonderful kids, a wonderful husband, wonderful friends, and a wonderful family who have walked with me through some really rough times.  Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my life.  Thank you for sticking with me and being my support system.  Thank you for believing in my and not giving up on me.  I am excited to begin a new year of my life and see what God has in store!!!

I woke up to hear Peter telling me to please not come in his room.  A few minutes later he emerged to let me know that he had cleaned his entire room all by himself.  That was his birthday present to me.  He was so proud of himself.  

We spent the morning at the splash park.  The weather was perfect and the kids had a blast.  We got there at 10:30 and stayed until 3!!!  It was pretty crowded when we arrived, but somewhere around 2pm, everyone had left and it was just us.  Peter and Danielle played so well together and just had the best time.  The after-school crowd started coming around 2:50, so we dried off and headed home.

A few of my favorite kiddos - Danielle, Peter, Alex, Sam, and Emily

I LOVE this picture!!

Andrew got off early today after going into work at 6:30am, so we were able to have an early dinner at Red Lobster.  Poppy came too, and the food was delicious!!  The kids did great, and it was just an overall relaxing meal.  That made this mommy happy! :)

Poppy brought over a cake and ice cream.  The kids were quite excited!!

Lots of phone calls, texts, Facebook messages and posts, birthday cards, and Dove chocolate really made me feel loved today.

On top of an absolutely wonderful day today, I was able to reconnect with some really special people to me this week that I hadn't spoken to in 3 years!!  I'm so excited to catch up soon and rebuild those relationships.

And maybe the most exciting thing?  I got several more Vacation Bible School registrations today as well as several more people volunteering to help!! Ok, that's not more exciting than the rest of my day, but as a VBS director of a VBS that's just over 4 weeks away, having people tell you they want to volunteer is a GREAT birthday gift.  :)