I spent Sunday celebrating my birthday. I had a blast. I had family present and I had messages from extended family and friends. I laughed and I cherished each moment. And I was restless.
My birthday has traditionally been a special day for me. I have shared birthday cakes with my grandpa, my dad, my niece and nephew, my cousin who was born around the world and countless friends through the years. I enjoy it being special. This is the one day in time that is mine and shows that I, as an individual, was born and for one moment in time, everything revolved around me.
This year we were going to hang out at my house, play games, eat “In n Out” burgers and shakes, and pay some attention to our favorite series Firefly. My girls and I decided to play charades and to make our own titles. So we did TV shows and Movies and included all our favorites, including Firefly and Serenity.
We enjoyed each other and laughed. The girls went to get the food and the rest of us enjoyed catching up on sports. Then we watched the pilot episode of Firefly amidst satisfied chewing sounds while we enjoyed burgers with extra toast and animal fries! Then it came time for the games.
We all were a bit shy the first time we stood up in front of each other. But after we had all been laughed at it was much easier and more fun. We all at some point were stumped or did some outlandish pantomime to make a point. And we all laughed so hard.
At the end we were all tired and somehow not willing to let go of the evening. We had all been together and created memories for years to come. We had spent an enjoyable 5 plus hours together. It was like a mini vacation. It was a blessing.
We have been through health issues, job issues, and school issues. We have trusted in God and each other. We have seen encouragement and support from each other. We are a family and as a family we turn to God for help. And he delivers.
Psalm 126:4-6 And now, God, do it again – bring rains to our drought-stricken lives so those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, so those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.