My birthday was one week ago today and I enjoyed many treats...including, but not limited to:
a large bouquet of flowers from my dad and stepmother, which I broke into various vases and placed around the house (after five days of rain, the morning I saw sunlight on the roses was a magical morning indeed);
antique-store shopping with my sister.... I bought a fabulous apron, she bought me a jadeite salt shaker, and of course I found presents for my children (for the Christmas stockings!); I did not purchase this delightful confection, but I enjoyed wearing it;
and not pictured: carrot cake. Finn was offended that I baked my own birthday cake. I wasn't--it was gluten-free, topped with cream cheese icing and completely delicious.
My husband gave me all sorts of goodies, from NT Wright to Beta Radio. My sweet friend E sent me Page CXVI's Advent album and Tasha Tudor's Christmas book. My other sweet friend E gave me Simpatico Ambergris solid perfume....one of my all-time favorite scents. (They all know me so well!) And my children performed a detailed, multi-act talent show; my husband wrote the program and directed the show and the 'quotes' from various news outlets and the actor's bios were absolutely hilarious.
Another year of life! I am grateful to be here for another go 'round the sun. Life is such a gift.