I've always known that God's hand is in all of our existence here on earth, but through extreme trials and blessings I've learned that he is truly orchestrating the most beautiful song that is my life. This year has been a tough one in many ways, but as I reflect back (or even glance back at the year through my blog) I am reminded that the trials fade and the blessings stay. I am constantly needing to be reminded that things are good and that I'm loved, but I think that's pretty consistent of us humans – especially the woman kind.
I want to remember those good things and the love I felt on this birthday. I also want to thank those who made it memorable – my peeps, oh how I love you. I woke up early to a chorus of 5 Boyd boys belting out Happy Birthday in their loudest and most enthused voices. I stumbled after them down the hall as they yelled, "look Mommy!!!" – Sean had stayed up all night cleaning the house and doing laundry (my number one love language) and then after catching a couple hours of sleep, he woke up early and made me homemade crepes for breakfast. That Seanny Nonny is a keeper.
I did all my favorite things on my birthday (food-family-friends-fun). I went shopping with Erin and Indy, had shrimp tacos for lunch at my favorite place, and then had dinner with my bestie and our boys at Fleming's. I really wanted steak for my birthday. Forget diamonds - bring me a steak!
Throughout the day I received phone calls, texts, Facebook messages and emails. Each one made my heart swell with love. I received an email with this poem written by another bestie (I have endless besties - you can do that, right?). My Lizzy Lou – she always writes the best cards and says the nicest things. It makes me want to be better at telling people how much I love and appreciate them.
Some friends are funny,Each laugh is a treat.They make life a partyFor all that they meet.Some friends are wiseTheir words all inspiring.Whatever the trialTheir support is never tiring.Some friends are giversOf warmth, food and family.The way that you feel with themMakes living life happy.Some friends are talentedAt so many things.From decorating, cooking andParties with "(angel) wings".But sometimes...You're blessed with a friendWho is ALL of those things.Who makes your heart happyAnd makes your heart sing.She's fun and she's smartAnd gives all of her heartTo loving and caring andCreating works of art.She's a friend and a sisterAnd the closest confidant.Her loyalty and friendship isYour dearest constant.You know that she'll love youNo matter your weaknessAnd laugh as you show your mostAppalling inappropriateness.She is humble and kindAnd doesn't realize her impactOn all that she touches(She can't help, but attract)!She's the BEST kind of friend.The kind who brings out the best.Happy Birthday, Lela Love!Being your friend makes me blessed!
Thirty two is going to be good. LOVE YOU ALL!