In my email I got a birthday greeting from Spark, with a quote from Ernest Meyeres - "Don't just count your years, make your years count."
I've thought of the things I've wanted to accomplish -
Get married (done)
Have kids (done)
Be an artist (done)
Go on missions (done)
- and can say I'm content. Not complacent - I would like to continue to be a positive influence in the lives of my children and now grandchildren; to be a helpmate to my next husband as I was to my first during our 37 years together; to draw closer to my Lord, to serve Him more and better; to continue to do shortterm missions until Levi and I establish something permanent that can be left to the next generation.
I created this video 3 years ago, with this in mind.
I'd love to be in Lima for my birthday, because, quite frankly, they spoil me. I've built strong relations with my "home" church there, and if I'm with them on or around my birthday, they make a big deal of it. Not that I consider myself worthy of all the fuss - but Pastora Sabina has said that when I am with them, I remind them of God's love, and inspire them to love one another - and hence they'll have "paseos" - outings and picnics - when I'm with them. For myself, I feel like they're doing it unto Christ, because I am "one of the least of these."
If you want to see some scenesvof these birthday bashes, here's the first one they threw me in 2006 (by the count of plates they went through, there were about 100 people, from the different churches I'd visited) s94.photobucket.com/user
From 2007 - I wanted to treat the PASTORS to a meal at a polleria, but they remembered it was about time for my birthday, so they arranged things and paid for ME and all guests (again from the different churches) paid their own way - and if THAT wasn't enough, they also had a "little" lunch for me at the church (with a few pastor friends in attendance)
Of course, LAST year's birthday was unforgettable because it was when my bus broke down in the middle of nowhere en route from Lima to Pucallpa. But my in-laws made up for it when we finally made it "home" 2 days later - Mamita had made a cake, and family members came for dinner.
So this year I'm with my daughter Abi aka Glitterfairy77, who's making grilled salmon for me. We did go overboard, with frozen keylime and turtle pies. BUT...it's one of those special occasions. I'll enjoy my grandkids' excitement about a birthday. I loved the card and decorations they left on the table for me (I'm told they were up late last night getting them ready - good thing I went to bed early!)
And I'll look forward to living, moving, and having my being in Christ.