I cannot believe it…my birthday – which was yesterday – was fabulous!  I need to turn 50 once a week!!!!  It started with my husband waking me with a kiss – talk about Sleeping Beauty, OK, maybe I was just sleeping! as he left to go to work telling me Happy Birthday and that he loved me.  When I asked what time it was he said 7 o’clock…holy smokes…I needed to get up because I had a 9 a.m. appointment!  When I was walking out the door I saw there was a message on the answering machine, ummm…phone must have rang while I was in the shower.  It was the sweetest voice of my special 4 year old friend, Katie Rose, telling me “Happy Birfday” (The link will take you to a post about a prayer group of which we are privileged to be a part.  Katie was the little girl who prayed “the Lord is with me!”)  Back to the birthday message…It was too cute!! Went to my appointment, in and out very quickly at the doctor, only to be told it was probably allergies 🙂 and in my office at 9:15 a.m.  At 11 a.m. in come two of my Program Chairs and one full-time faculty member with chocolate cake, 3 bottles of wine, plates, napkins, etc., flowers (pictured above) and a great card!  AND…they were singing Happy Birthday!!! We didn’t open the wine, but apparently the three of them discussed whether we should…I usually have a corkscrew somewhere, but I DID have work I needed to get done.  Have I said how much I LOVE my job?  I am serious!  I thank God everyday that he placed me in a job that I love so much…but the best gift they gave me…the words they wrote in their card.  Talk about feeling appreciated!!  WOW…it was unbelievable…I know I do a good job, but they think I can walk on water!  Let’s keep it that way.

I received numerous text messages and phone messages throughout the day.  Several messages on Facebook (which I don’t look at too often).  When I got home from work, my friend Kathleen, called said she was outside my house with something….she gave me these flowers… 
PRECIOUS cards made by her kids and this cookbook….she knows I LOVE to entertain…AND she and her youngest daughter MADE the flower arrangement!!  I A.B.S.O.L.U.T.E.L.Y. LOVE IT!!!  I am soooo NOT crafty, but I love the flowers in a pumpkin and the colors and the fact that they love me enough to take the time and effort…AND I got a text wishing me Happy Birthday from her husband, who has a very stressful job and he is out of town!  I felt so special ALL day and I am not finished!  But I am going to stop for today…here is a picture of all the goodies I received…. 

Lord, thank you for the days that you have given me.  Thank you for the wonderful friends you have blessed me with, the great family, so many blessings.  Blessings that I often take for granted, blessings for which I do not say “Thank you, Lord” often enough.  Thank you for helping me enjoy yesterday, instead of plod through it.  I do ask Lord, that you help me find a way to get my exercise back where it needs to be…I don’t know why I am struggling so to make it work, but I am.  Maybe it was because I was dreading this birthday, but whatever it is/was please help me to work through this.  I know I feel better about everything when my exercise is going well.  Thank you for all my blessings…
I hope your day and weekend is as wonderful as my day was yesterday….


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