On my birthday, Wes took me out for breakfast, which is something we love to do. We were expecting our missionaries to get in that afternoon, so breakfast was our best option. Before we left the house, though, Wes gave me a gift: a Kindle Touch!
All year, I've been saying I wanted to go to a bakery on my birthday and get myself just one slice of cake. That would eliminate having a whole cake in the house for me to have to resist eating and then give in and eat it anyway. So after breakfast, Wes and I stopped at Sandrine, a French chocolate and pastry shop. I got a most delicious pastry called mille fueilles cake. The name means 1,000 layers, and it just about does have 1,000 layers of puff pastry with a light cream filling. It was delicious! Wes got a lemon meringue cake slice. We enjoyed our pieces of cake, and then we were done with it - no cake sitting around! I think this is our new birthday tradition!
The kids tried to send me flowers all weekend. They had a very bad experience with 1-800-Flowers. My flowers were supposed to be delivered on my birthday. They never came. Andrew called them Friday evening, and they promised the delivery for Saturday with a note of apology and 50% of his money back. Didn't happen. Sunday night he texted me that they had totally bombed his order and he was getting 100% of his money back. He was sending me an Amazon gift card instead. I'm so glad he got all of his money back! I wasn't concerned about the flowers as much as I was about our son getting ripped off! You mothers understand, I'm sure.
With my Amazon gift card I bought myself a cover for my Kindle. The cover has all the features I want - leather case, a sturdy inner frame to hold my Kindle, the ability to fold back the cover to hold my Kindle in one hand while I'm reading, and an elastic band to hold it closed when I'm not reading. Plus it was on sale for less than half price! It looks pink, but the color is listed as purple. I like it either way! ;)
I also bought a Bible for my Kindle with Torrey's Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, which is a fantastic study aid that allows you to cross-reference almost every verse in the Bible in order to compare Scripture with Scripture (the link to the TSK is free online). I'm still getting used to using it, but I like it so far. The TSK included in the Kindle Bible is not as useful as the one on the Blue Letter Bible app on my iPod, but it is a nice feature. By the way, if you need a really good Bible app, the BLB is the very best one I've tried, and it's free.
In addition to all those goodies, many friends wished me Happy Birthday on my Facebook page. It's always fun to hear from so many people at one time, and seeing their wishes makes me remember each person and the place they have in my life. I have very few friends on Facebook that I don't know "in real life" so each person is someone I know personally and who has had an impact on my life in some way.
The Malazos, the missionaries we hosted for our Missions Conference, brought me a candle when they came in. Wes had mentioned to Sandra on the phone that we would be out for my birthday the morning of the 13th. So she brought me a candle, like the sweet lady she is! One of our ladies from church also brought me a bundle of 24 roses early the next week, so I got flowers after all!
Finally, last Thursday I redeemed my coupon for a free birthday drink from Starbucks!
Wes teases me that I love my birthday more than anything, and I do get pretty excited about it. I absolutely love the fact that God has given me yet another year of life with my husband and children, another year to spend with so many friends, another year to be in the ministry. To me, it's the most amazing thing in the world to be given yet another year of life! I hope He sees fit to give me a bunch more, too! :)
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