Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A Right Sized Celebration

Four years ago today I celebrated a milestone birthday.  I wanted a party and Tim obliged.  He invited our family and friends, some of which I hadn't seen in a number of years.  After dinner, when it was time for cake, I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my then two year old niece on my lap.  Standing, on the other side of the table, were all those people who came to celebrate with me.  It was a beautiful sight and, oh, how I wish I was the one with a camera!  It was everyone I loved and who was important to me.

This year's celebration was much more low-key.  I took the day off from work and we had planned on doing something.  For a bit we thought about taking a drive down to Amish country, but the weather forecast, with almost certainty of rain, nixed that idea.  A visit to the art museum was briefly a possibility, but I just wasn't in the mood for that.  I really wanted to stay closer to home.

So, after voting, we went out to breakfast at a local diner and then stopped in our church's adoration chapel for a "Holy Hi".  It's our version of a Holy Hour, only shorter.  How good it was to sit there in the presence of our Lord.

When we got home, Tim disappeared into the house while I was wandering the yard with the Hairy Beast.  He came out a few minutes later with my niece's kite that she left when she stayed with us a couple of weeks ago.  We had such fun - the two of us flying a Disney Princess kite in the backyard!

Later on we had a glass of wine by a fire.  I read, caught up on some TV shows online, and took the dog for a walk.

It was very different from four years ago and absolutely perfect.  It couldn't have been a better day.



  1. Happy Birthday! It sounds perfect to me. You may be a year older, but flying a kite shows that you are still young-at-heart and that's all that really matters. :o)

  2. Happy birthday! This sounds like a most perfect day :).

  3. Happy Birthday!!! This sounds like a wonderful day! We love doing a "holy hi" and just stopping in to say hi to Jesus for as long as we can :)

  4. Happy belated birthday. I figured I'd reach out this way, as I don't know if I have a current email. If you have no plans the day after Thanksgiving, we're having folks over. The lighting ceremony in CF starts at 6:30, so we're saying any time after 5:00.

    Let me know.

    PS: LOVE to see you guys.