Recently, I had a birthday, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of fabulous! Any day that combines books, the color blue, beautiful weather, a Benedict Cumberbatch movie, dear friends and church football is bound to be fantastic. Add birthday cake and candles into the mix, and it’s just about perfect.
If I chronicled all of the awesomeness that happened on my birthday, we’d be here all day. So I’ll try to restrain myself and just share some pictures and a paragraph or two about the day.
First off, my birthday included the color blue!! I’m a sucker for light teal-ish blue. When I walked into Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago and found an entire aisle filled with teal party supplies, I was a goner. No matter that everything was under 99 cents, and therefore quite flimsy and cheap. It was blue, and it was coming home with me. In consequence, everything else turned out to be blue as well: cake and cupcakes included.
In addition to a blue-themed party, I (naturally) chose to decorate with books, quotes and various other literary stuff. In lieu of plain place cards, I made each person a book mark featuring a quote from their favorite book. (The party guest list consisted of one other family – some of the best people on earth. They’re the friends who joined me on the Epic Europe Trip.) Since my birthday fell on a Sunday this year, we prepared everything for the party ahead of time. When Sunday morning came, we were all able to go to church and enjoy ourselves, unconcerned about preparations. These are some of the pictures that I took Saturday night:
After baking, cleaning and decorating from dawn to dusk, I slept very soundly Saturday night. Sunday morning dawned bright and beautiful. We managed to pack in some present-opening in between getting dressed for church. I received Star Trek: Into Darkness, the Emma soundtrack by Samuel Sim, the Harry Potter books, and (the biggest surprise) an African market basket that I’ve been wanting for ages!
When it came to getting ready for church, I let my sister give my hair a makeover. She is quite the hair-stylist. After poring over blogs and YouTube videos for hours, she’ll grab a brush and start to work on my hair. She always comes up with amazing designs. This is the style I wore to church.
After an awesome church service and an amazing time of conversation, encouragement and laughter with friends over lunch, everyone 25 and under met outside to play football. As always, after-church football is such fun. We never keep score, never worry too much about rules, and always enjoy ourselves.
We finally left church and headed home for my birthday celebration. We played Taboo, ate cake and ice cream, reminisced about Europe, and went on a walk around the neighborhood (below). I also got to open my presents, which was just lovely. When all was said and done, I had received a total of ten books for my birthday, as well as a significant amount of chocolate. Some of the books are quite large, and my shelves are maxed out; I’m going to have fun doing some re-arranging with my bookshelves. (And I might even snack on some of the chocolate while I’m at it!)
After dinner (which was extremely lively and filled with laughter), we “older kids” watched Star Trek: Into Darkness. It was my third time to see it, and my friends’ first time. Everyone loved it, of course (my friends are big Cumberbatch fans as well). When the credits rolled, it was after ten o’clock and time to say goodbye. I hated for the day to end, but I was so thankful for the all of the laughter and memories we had shared together.
I can’t remember the last time I was blessed with a day simply stuffed to the brim with delight! I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the Lord for all of the blessings that He has put into my life. On my birthday I was able to enjoy so many blessings at once: friends, family, books, chocolate and the color blue. Who could ask for more?