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Yesterday was my 41st birthday! If you’re a long-time reader of this website, or even a close friend, or anywhere near me when I’m out in public, you know I *love* birthdays, mine especially. 😉 Seriously, they make my heart smile, and I love having an excuse to celebrate! What’s a better excuse than a birthday!?
My phone was literally dancing across my desk all day with all the texts and emails wishing me the best. I had perma-grin as I scrolled through all the Facebook notifications (which I keep OFF my phone for various reasons), where I’d been not-so-subtly reminding everyone that my big day was this week. (Facebook tells people when your birthday is, so that was an added perk.)
Then, late last night, as the frenzy started to wane, my phone lit up with another text from an out-of-state friend, a friend I’ve known for TWO DECADES now. I smiled when I saw her name, before I even saw the text. Her message started out with an explanation that there would be three texts, and she’d waited until my birthday to share them with me. Along with this first message was a picture that didn’t really make sense. It was a colorful photo of a program I’d seen on her Facebook wall. I wasn’t sure how it pertained to me. I was intrigued.
The second photo popped in, and again, the pieces weren’t really falling together, but I was hooked. Where was she going with this? I love a mystery, and the puzzle started tumbling around in my head. I scanned the text in the photo under the “Phenomenal Women” header, but I didn’t recognize the names. I held my breath, wondering what the third text would be.
When that photo popped onto the screen of my magical handheld device, tears sprang to my eyes, and I literally gasped out loud.
*Click photo to see more detail.
I needed these words. I’ve often felt as though I’m speaking into a void, and I’m never sure if my words are having an impact at all, and then I question whether it matters anyway. I have words and entire books in my head, in my heart, and half-finished on my computer, and my energy to work on them ebbs and flows. I’m okay with that, and I’ve made peace with my life and choices and priorities. I wouldn’t change this, any of this, my life, for the world.
…but this gift was something I didn’t even know I needed until I received it.
Remember the post I did about puzzle rings?
Well, my husband and daughter surprised me with a wonderful birthday present: a new puzzle ring!
There are five bands on this one. (Five bands to signify the marching forth into my 5th decade?)
Two of the bands are rose gold. (To signify me?)
Two of the bands are white gold. (To signify my husband?)
One band of yellow gold. (To signify Claire?)
Yes, yes, yes, and yes!
So, I welcome 40 on March 4th. I march forth into my fifth decade.
Bring it on!
Click photo collage for more detail.
I’m a huge proponent of sending Thank You cards. Claire is finally able to write her own notes, and she loves doing it. If this is one tradition that is passed down to other generations, I’ll feel as though I’ve contributed something beneficial to a polite society.
One thing I’ve always done is take photos of the party and make those into a Thank You Photo Card. Claire writes a personal note on a sticky-note that we put on the back of each photo. (I just use photoshop to create the collage and save it as a .jpg. I then have them printed at Tar-jay. Cheap! Easy! Two of my favorite things…)
A Thank You & a Souvenir of the party all wrapped into one? Perfect!
This year, we had Claire’s party at a “paint your own pottery” place. It was a huge hit! While the party-goers painted, and I helped facilitate the details (and take photos), Daddy painted a plate to commemorate the occasion.
We had all the kids write their name on a balloon that he drew on the plate, and he painted their signatures. You can see the end result in the middle of the above Thank You Card Photo.
He did an amazing job!