As I opened the envelope that was attached I tried to guess whose name would be on the card. I had a suspicion because the flowers and the new little friend looked like something a very dear friend of mine would give me. I was right - the card said: Today is my birthday. 61 years ago today I made my entrance into the world (a month early)! How did the years go so fast? I just got used to saying "50" and I've already passed 60. I'm going to celebrate today with some special people. This morning my dear mother and I are going to garage sales and stop in at a favorite antique mall nearby. That's what I want to do - spend time with her, doing something we both love to do. Just the two of us. Later in the day family will arrive from Kansas to spend a few days with us. In the evening our daughter and her family, my brother-in-law and sister-law and their grandsons will join my sweetheart, my dear mother and I for a BBQ (my sweetheart is doing this!) and a good visit with our family from far away. What a special day this is going to be! *
God has been so good to me through the years. He blessed me with the most wonderful parents a girl could ask for, a sweetheart who loves me dearly, a wonderful son and daughter-in-law, a special daughter and son-in-law and 5 (soon to be 6) grandchildren who bring joy to my heart and an extended family and many friends I cherish.
*(Our son and his family are not able to come tonight. Our dear daughter-in-law needs to rest during these last weeks before the birth of our 4th grandson. Our son is leaving at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to drive to the Oregon Coast where he and a group of friends from his church will fish for Halibut and Tuna on the Pacific Ocean. Bedtime will come early at their house tonight!)