In my last post I told about our birthday weekend getaway. Now here's the scoop on how Ed and I spent our actual joint birthday on Wednesday.
I was spoiled with gifts, as well. Dylan gave me a blue storage crate. I haven't decided yet whether I'd rather use it in my classroom or in my home office. Jacob gave me the hummingbird feeder above. Although it's been hanging on the porch for just a few days now, we already have quite a few little visitors sipping the sugar nectar. From Ed, I received the Gospel Art book, a bag of orange chocolate Milano cookies (my favorites!), and a Cadbury chocolate bar. He knows I cannot resist chocolate!
And, finally, Sarah added another Willow Tree figurine to my collection, the little girl holding an armful of lilies, called "Beautiful Wishes." My collection is growing and I love it! Even Ed, who isn't a huge fan of feminine "gewgaws," looked at it admiringly and called it "pretty nice." High praise, indeed!
As I mentioned, I did have to work on my (our) birthday, but I had fun celebrating at work, too. When I arrived that morning, I found that my secret pal had strewn a "Happy Birthday" banner and curly ribbons and tiny colorful pom-poms across my desk and computer. My aide, Kim, had brought me a beautiful bouquet of my favorite flowers, carnations.
Later in the day, someone brought me another carnation bouquet with a card, this time from my secret pal. I placed both bouquets in the vase and enjoyed them on my desk all week. Now I'm enjoying them in the kitchen window here at home. They are still beautiful!
Kim brought in lots and lots of cookies for my classes, so we finished early each period to enjoy the food and celebrate the teacher getting a year older. Kim brought in a cheesecake sampler for us to enjoy (we'd already indulged ourselves by the time I took the picture above). She also gave me her "most special gift," the first ripe tomato from her new garden. We ate it in a salad the following day, and it was delicious!
All in all, it was a great day. I have quite a few friends who hate having birthdays and prefer not to acknowledge them. However, my philosophy is this: I'm going to be a year older whether I ignore my birthday or not, so why not celebrate?! Therefore, surprise me, bring me presents, sing me songs, feed me sweets, laugh with me, be joyful with me! Many thanks to all of you who celebrate my life with me all the year through!