So now I'm 31. Sharing a birthday with MLK has had its benefits over the years. Currently, it means my husband has a three-day weekend near my birthday or, in the case of this year, he was off on my actual birthday. It was a day full of celebration with my family and it was wonderful. As I reflect on my life, I feel overwhelmed with the amount of blessing that has been poured onto me. I am so thankful for my calling as a wife and stay-at-home mom. I am so thankful for my family and friends. I am so thankful for our church family and for God leading us there more than five years ago. I am so thankful for my relationship with the Lord. I could go on and on. My hope and prayer is that this attitude of thankfulness will continue beyond this day and will permeate everything I do--that when grumbling creeps in, I will be able to remember how incredibly blessed I am.
Below are some of my favorite from today.
Amelie helps me open my present while Violet holds onto my birthday bone--a special gift from my sweet Amelie.
Which one's Ben and which one's Jerry?
Amelie and I as we enjoy an al fresco lunch in Annapolis--on MY birthday? Can't say that's ever happened before!
Violet got a kiss from Daddy during lunch.
Violet definitely enjoyed her first taste of ice cream--and she hasn't even turned one yet!
Amelie eating her first all-by-herself ice cream cone.
Grace, my treasured friend, giving me some garnet earrings.
Amelie helps me blow out my candle while Violet looks on--you're next sweet girl!