The day of my birthday was wonderful, with a house being cleaned from top to bottom, a lunch with my dear parents-in-law, phone calls from my precious mother & father and my cherished grandmother, a very quiet afternoon in which to read (!), and it ended in a lovely, memorable evening! One of my very best friends invited our family, including Kurt's parents, who were visiting, to a birthday dinner in my honor.
I had told Kurt not to throw me a party, because all I could imagine was one of those black balloon birthday parties, since I'm hitting the big 4-0. I secretly thought about how one day it might be fun to have a real cake ordered, since they make them so pretty now, instead of our usual birthday tradition of making a simple homemade cake the night before, and having cake for breakfast. I love our tradition, but the realization that my sweet friend, Joyce, was planning a birthday dinner complete with birthday cake had me abandoning my thoughts of the black balloon cake or the breakfast cake, excitedly!
|One of my secret birthday wishes... a beautiful cake!|
|In Joyce's living room... look at that view!|
|My crew with my friend's awesome young adult children|
|Joyce's family with mine|
|My sweet bunch with the digital photobook Joyce helped them make for me|
|With my love...|
|The "10 Reasons I Love You" photo storybook from Kurt|
|Thanks for helping make my birthday special, Joyce!|