|On Sunday afternoon, we arrived home to a whole herd of deer in the yard!|
|The Lendvoys' dog, Scruffy. Nobody knows just how much I enjoyed this doggie! We can't have pets in our apartment, so Scruffy was great fun and great company all week.|
|Wes preaching on Monday night|
Well, my birthday was last Saturday. We were traveling for six hours that day to get to Williams Lake, but on the way out of town we stopped at Denny's, where I got a free birthday Grand Slam breakfast. Then we stopped at Starbucks, where I got my free birthday drink. Are you sensing a pattern here? Earlier in the week we ate at Red Robin . . . and my meal was free there, too! It's great fun to get a bunch of free food and drinks on your birthday, so I make sure to take advantage of all the offers I can every year.
|They even wrote HappyBirthday on my cup!|
My phone plan was due for a free upgrade this spring, and every quarter we get a small tax rebate from the government of British Columbia. Wes always gives me the April rebate as a bit of a birthday gift, and I go get something I want or need. This year I wanted to upgrade to an iPhone!
You know how a watched pot is slow to boil? Well, a watched mailbox is slow to gain a rebate check! I know it has come earlier in other years! But it finally came on the 12th, and we went to the phone provider and got my iPhone 4S. I love it! I've really enjoyed being able to take pictures and post them to Instagram, and I love having all my devices in one (previously had an ancient iPod Touch, a cell phone, and a camera). So that was my birthday gift this year. An added bonus? My daughter-in-law, Juliana, got hers the same day! Plus I heard from all our kids in some way over the weekend.
You know what else I love? Some of our teen girls have iPod Touches, and they like to text me. Now, isn't that pretty sweet that teenaged girls like to text their middle-aged pastor's wife?! I think I'm a pretty safe person to be texting with, and it helps build my relationship with them.
On Saturday, the Lendvoys gave me a gift when we arrived, and I didn't even know they knew it was my birthday! Bev had gone shopping, and she knew exactly what I'd like: a box of fat quarter and jelly roll fabrics, some pretty pins (I always get the plain ones, so I loved these colorful ones!), several spools of thread to match the fabrics, and a $25 Starbucks gift card! How fun! These were all things I love to play with, but never buy for myself, so this is a treat!
On Wednesday night, one of our ladies brought me a gift of a beautiful scarf that was made by a friend of hers. It looks very intricate, but she said it was really easy to make. I just love it!
So I've been spoiled once again! Wes teases me about loving my birthday so much, but the truth is, I do love my birthday! I love gaining another year. I love every year and all the new things they bring. Some years are better than others, because that's just how life is, but I'm always grateful for another year of life. It sure beats the alternative!