It’s lovely to celebrate one’s birthday during such a gorgeous and gratitude-filled season. At Thanksgiving, even those who have experienced a troublesome year can’t help but bask in the bounty of blessings.
As you might expect, research consistently demonstrates that expressing gratitude can support a healthier mind, body and spirit. Well, I don’t know about you, but I want as much of that as I can get!
I spent my absolute favorite birthday on a 3-day cruise with 2 other families. We were celebrating my dear friend, Ann’s, 50th birthday. As it happened, that November 22nd was a personal trifecta of Thanksgiving, my birthday, and the “Captain’s Dinner” on the ship! The pinnacle of the celebration was when my husband and I joined the conga line and danced around the perimeter of the room to the pulsating rhythms of “Hot, Hot, Hot.”
Our humiliated children begged us to sit down. No way! Olé, Olé! This birthday girl was having the time of her life and reliving one of the memories of my first date with Frank.
It was a wedding reception.
I guess he was pretty confident about our future. The reception was 3 hours away. Thus, our first time spent together was a marathon of driving, eating, dancing and driving again. Although a few decades have passed, I still remember much of our conversation that Saturday in March of 1993.
I am so very grateful that Frank was bold enough to ask a near stranger on an all-day date. The rest is history.
This brings me to counting my additional birthday blessings. I am immensely grateful for:
- my beloved mother who gave me my greatest gift: faith. I know she looks down on me and my little family from heaven with love each day.
- my loving husband, Frank, who after 20 years, I am STILL getting to know. His depth and complexity and uncanny knack for unraveling my knots are just part of the many reasons he is the “best husband in the world for me.”
- my dear sons who a growing into such amazing young men. Both John and Michael have taught this parent more than I’d ever dreamed possible. I love them fiercely.
- my family members who have stood beside me through thick and thin. You know who you are and I am the luckiest girl in the world to call you my siblings!
- my lifelong friends who have each etched a permanent imprint on my heart.
- my faith community comprised of the most amazing people a person could ever hope to know. They are my family and the face of Christ.
- the best “Girl’s Night Out” group this side of the Mississippi. This cohort of my older son’s mothers is a lifeline to me as I navigate the parenting of my older son.
- the community of bloggers who are my cyber-friends. Some have written personal emails to me that would make even the toughest person cry. I love your writing. I love your thoughts. I love the way you make my world a bigger and better place. I would love to meet each and every one of you in person some day.
I could wax on into infinity, but I will spare you the words.
Thank you ALL for blessing this blogger. I celebrate YOU today.