Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. It was a good day. Sunday’s can be a mix of boredom and exhaustion at our house. Waiting out the day, wearing out the kids, until church at 5:30. We had the special opportunity to have breakfast with some new friends yesterday morning. The Coopers just moved here from Cookeville TN and we have a lot in common. They have a housefull, 5 kids 6 and under. Sarah is a dancer/ dance teacher, and Stephen works for TVA doing accounting stuff. So you can see how we have a good connection. We also have the same desires and love for God and His power. They shared stories of God moving in their lives in amazing ways and it inspired Joel and I to continue seeking, and believing that there is more than what we plod through everyday. After a delightful and busy waffle, pancake, coffee, juice, bacon and eggs (with feta) breakfast with 7 kiddos, we were able to get to know each other better. I mentioned it was my birthday and they kicked it into high gear! Sarah grabbed their birthday banner left over from their youngest’s first birthday a few weeks back, and lit a candle for me to puff out. Fun times. Sarah had to got to work and before she left she gave me this little nest necklace. Three eggs for my three babies. She got it when she was pregnant with her third. It was very special and emotional. Giving away meaningful jewelry is something that grandmas do, yet Sarah wanted to make this time for me really special. So we hugged like girls and had a few happy tears. What a special present! It happened to be the only physical present I received ON my birthday, and unlike all the other presents I asked for that are painfully practical, this spontaneous gift made my day feel full of love and kindness.
To top it off, at church we had an extended time of worship. God really hung out with us last night, and we sang and danced and worshiped until after church meetings got cancelled and kids’ bedtimes were reached. I was glad it was my birthday, and what special gifts I came home with.