If you have stumbled upon or stalked my Facebook recently you know birthday week just finished up! I am no longer under the stereotype jurisdiction of Taylor Swift’s song 22! I don’t know about you, but feeling 22 – it was nothing like the lyrics of that song for me. So here’s to hoping that no pop artist comes out with a song about feeling 23.
From start to finish, it was a phenomenal birthday week! There were many adventures had and tasty meals eaten! So many wonderful things that I don’t want to forget. So, I will give you the highlights!
1) I am blessed to have fallen into the cross-hairs of William Pomeroy 2 years ago. He not only helps make me a better person, but he blesses me all the time. Will got me a special treat everyday last week!
2) I got to talk to one of my dearest friends who is currently in Ethiopia, and not just talk, but have some really good conversations with her.
3) On Wednesday we were able to help pack over 1 million meals for orphans in Haiti with our friends Brian and Peggy. That was a terrific way to be able to spend part of my birthday week, blessing other people and doing so with my friends! Not to mention it was a pretty legit party in there as everyone was singing and dancing while they worked.
4) Thursday, I woke up to chocolate chip waffles with honey on top, and Will met me for a surprise lunch date at Chipotle! Which was pretty great. Even better my parents got in town that afternoon so after work the four of us walked downtown for a delicious birthday dinner at Shakespeare and Co. The best part about that unique place was that I was served gluten free bread before the meal! I didn’t have to sit and pine over everyone else with their warm, buttery pre-meal snack!
Now I have to pause for a moment and brag about Moms and Pops. Not only are they amazing people who balance each other out well, still flirt with each other nearly 40 years into marriage, love God and His people with all their hearts, they drove 10 hours to be here for my birthday, and while Will and I were at work they blessed our socks off. I came home to a delicious smelling house, with a clean & restocked kitchen, a beautiful cake, dinner, and my parents. It was wonderful! Besides that we also made a quick trip out to Evans Orchard for some fresh apples and pie pumpkins which we puréed later on. They spoiled us this weekend, and even came to our rescue before heading home when Ellie decided to pick the coldest fall morning yet to act up and not make it to work.
5) My mom also canned some green beans with me, purred pumpkins, made homemade salsa from the veggies from our garden, made some pumpkin granola bars with me, and pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Those recipes will be showing up on the blog shortly! Will says I am becoming quite domestic after all the little things I learned from my mom this weekend– including how to get candle wax out of things!
Like I said, it was a wonderful week, and if any pop stars want to write about being 23- please write a song about being confident in who you are, loving and serving others, being faithful to your family, living simply, and trying to be a part of something bigger than yourself. That’s how 23 feels. That’s who I want to be this year.