I awoke to a kitten scarf draped across my neck and under my arm motoring the tune” happy birthday to you” but the words were “stay in bed and pet me”. So I did. Indy and Jones are lovely bringing all the kitten life back to our house. It is grand entertainment to watch them wrestle, pounce, stalk, and groom each other. They have full run of the house now. Only Jones arches his back suspiciously at Lucy but he’s even getting tired of thinking something will happen with this giant dog because nothing ever does. If Jones is smart he’ll find a warm belly to snuggle with our Lucy.
I begin this next year of my life with gratitude for the way God is involved in every detail of my life and that I can lean so heavy on his strength. I don’t need to be more of anything I just need to trust him, obey the urges he puts in my heart and be thankful. Oh if I start a gratitude list you’ll fall asleep before I take a breath so I’ll make a little summary. Forty-six is fantastic and free. I love knowing who I am, the experience I have gathered and the ability to continue to grow and learn with great passion. I especially treasure knowing I am using my life inside the will of God. I can feel I am on the path he has designed for me and I am so safe there even as there are prowling aggressive predators everywhere, I have no fear when I am walking with Jesus. So I might be more than half way through this life on earth, but my spirit is young and happily skipping forward with high energy and positive expectations.
I’ll give you three things I’m super energized about for my birthday.
- Our special patient in Uganda with the chicken pox and HIV cocktail seems to be a strong fighter. There is no longer fever or aches and it might be the worst is over. Praise God. There were a lot of sleepless nights for many people over that child.
- Donny learned yesterday that he has been accepted to the Human Resources Masters program at A&M. It’s one of the top HR schools and there is a 99% job placement from that program. My mama heart is swollen with relief, thankfulness, and joy. I actually squealed when I heard. More than anything I don’t want college graduates coming home to sit on our sofa and wonder what to do with their life. One down, four to go. As usual our first born sets a good example for the rest of our ducklings to follow. Way to go Donny.
- Craig is on a business trip in Orlando and he invited Kira and I to go join him. The princess and I will travel together today having a tea party on an air plane then share the same man we love for a weekend. She even gets to visit the magic kingdom…but she doesn’t know it yet!!! She doesn’t know what Disney is but she knows the favorite colors of all the princesses in all the movies. She always asks us to take her to a castle. This will be her day!
Thanks to everyone who encouraged Phiona, Robert, Kiah and Julie with scripture and words of love. They have said it is what is carrying them through this sad transition of carrying on after burying a child, and managing so many new cases of the irritating disease. They are all exhausted with the misery but uplifted by your words. Thank you! It’s never too late to share scripture or best wishes to them. It means so much. You can comment here or send me an email if your heart would like to be medicine to theirs. firstname.lastname@example.org
My birthday wish is that all the words will go to our team in Uganda. Me? I’m always happy, it doesn’t have to be my birthday.