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Loving Lately: My Birthday!

I am so blessed. I really am. I have such a loving group of family and friends. I have a great husband and four beautiful children. I don’t normally like to get gushy. (Must be softening up as I age.) Something happens to birthdays asΒ you get older. When I was a child it was all about the party, people coming over, presents, cake and ice cream. It’s different now. Now it seems like a time of reflection. Where am I at in life, how far we have come and gratefullness that there is so much to be thankful for. The number 39 seems non-monumental, but thirty-nine years of life, a good life- not unchallenged, not always easy, but good and full of love, that’s special. I think my day was a pretty fair representation of my life.
I woke up to a gift bag full of presents, literally before my feet hit the floor. Owen was leaving for work and wanted to see me open a gift. He surprised me with some new workout clothes, complete with socks and sweatbands- appropriate for my new lifestyle. And he had wrapped a new cookbook and a couple of new kitchen apparatuses that were on the table when I went downstairs. He knows me so well! Isaiah had “Morning with Mom” at his school, so I got to start the day off right and have breakfast with my eldest son. Sometimes it rains, and so it was on the morning of my birthday. It was raining and slippery, so when I walked through the door I slipped and fell. But I’d like to pretend that didn’t happen, because those kind of embarrassing accidents shouldn’t happen on one’s birthday. Right? Onward! Of course I’m on this strict diet so I skipped the donut and stuck to the fruit. Life is full of those difficult choices… and occasional embarrassing moments. We take the ups with the downs… and keeping a sense of humor really helps.

My parents came over to watch the kids so I could go to breakfast. And they visited with me all day. They gifted me some fun decorative accessories to finish off my newly decorated bathroom (towels, soap dispenser, garbage can, etc. to match my well-loved French goose) and a new shirt. Yay! My sister came over in the afternoon joined me for my workout. My parents brought lunch; turkey and cauliflower stuffed cabbage rolls. My mom volunteered to give me a hand and give the kids a bath. I sat down and decided toΒ commandeer the television, a rare treat but after all it was my special day. We watched a cute old Doris Day film and “To Catch a Thief”. Hey, sometimes life hands you those privileges. Take ’em!Β At some point throughout the moviethon, however, my baby woke up from his nap in real discomfort. He was cramping and scrunching, moaning and crying. I thought it was gas, until he threw up (a peculiarly large amount of lunch, goat milk and bile) all over me. You know, when life hands you sour, um, “lemons”… thankfully I had babysitters on hand and could dash into the shower right away; I try to keep my eye on the silver lining. (Trying to be a little bit Pollyanna never hurt anyone did it?)

Nevertheless, the best metaphor for my lifeΒ was yet to be. Because at the end of the day I was surrounded by my family and friends. I had hot food and cold drinks (water of course, I’m dieting). Simply everything I want and need (with the exception a few peopleΒ not there).Β I was surprised by thoughtful and beautiful gifts, including a baguette making class from a local bakery, a rustic rotating “fromage” (cheese) board, and a “21 Day Fix” approved dessert, that sufficed as my birthday cake- made by my sister- from which I might add all of my friends and family indulged because that’s the kind of awesome they are! (Imagine a sliver of a Clif Bar.) Thanks to everyone who make my day, days, years, life- great. I love you!


      1. A gorgeous post and even with the fall, throw up and everything it was a wonderful day! a great point that this is life and all of that comes with it. Lovely

  1. Happy birthday, my dear friend!! Your day sounds so lovely and as though it was filled with so much love. You have so many people that love you so much! And everyone was so thoughtful regarding your lifestyle – from Owen’s gifts to your birthday cake! That is so great. Sending you lots of hugs and happy thoughts and I hope this is your greatest year yet.

  2. Look at all those lovely gifts! You’re going to need a bigger kitchen! lol Wish I could have celebrated with you, but I’m so glad you had a nice birthday:) You deserve it, and we all love you too 😘

    1. Thank you Annie, I missed you guys! I hope Isaac is feeling better. Thanks again for the bread making class! Love you too, and see you soon!

  3. Happy Birthday, dear Sadie! I’m so glad you had a lovely day! (So sorry about your fall and your baby not feeling well) Wish I could have been there in person to give you a birthday hug! πŸ˜€ Your cake looks very yummy!

    1. Thanks Anna πŸ™‚ Yes, I could have done without the fall (straight to my knee, naturally)… and Noah seemed to feel better after he let it out. Who knows… Yes, the cake was good, in a healthy sort of way! πŸ˜‰ I would have loved to have you with us!

      1. Oh no! Sorry about the knee … ouch! Glad Noah felt better soon! I would have loved to have been there! πŸ˜‰

  4. Wow your birthday sounds like it was wonderful, lemons and all! Some of your gifts are things I would LOVE to have, lol! I went to visit the Pure Barre exercise class after work today and got a little tour of the place, filled out my paperwork in advance of my First Class on Tuesday, explained my recent back injury, etc. They were all super-nice and made me feel totally comfortable. I am all set to start the program Saturday at 9 am. Woo hoo! Then I’ll buy the 5-weeks unlimited classes introductory package after it. YAY! Making it real. We can do this Sadie! xoxo

  5. Loved the account of your day πŸ™‚ Many more happy returns of the day Sadie πŸ™‚ May God bless you with an abundance of joyous moments, happiness and health to all your wonderful family members and you so that you can stay smiling throughout the year πŸ™‚

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