Monday, February 28, 2011

A Day of Thankfulness and Well Wishes

Today is my birthday.  How old am I you may be asking and I will politely tell you that is not a polite question. :) Actually I am joking, I don't think there is anything in the world impolite about asking a person their age because it just means how many years God has blessed you with and God has ABUNDANTLY blessed me with 33 years!  I remember thinking just before I turned 30 that I was supposed to be dreading it, running from it but I found myself embracing it.  I realized that my life was just beginning, I was a new mother, had a descent career finally etc....  I have found the 30's to be fabulous.

Today was a wonderful, happy and uneventful birthday.  I had actually planned to leave early this morning and drive to Lulu's for my special day with my family but that didn't work out because of Patrick's work.  Lulu's is one my most favorite places to be.  I could spend the entire day there just relaxing and watching my kids play.  Arden and I were treated to a birthday lunch with a very special friend and then we spent the rest of the day playing in the backyard.  Cash, Arden and I drug a blanket and pillows out into the backyard and actually laid down for a bit. It was perfect weather for it. Then we moved on to playing Huckleberry Finn, Cash loves to pretend he is Huck Finn and I enjoy playing along with him. :) It makes me feel like a kid again and playing with your babies is medicine to the soul. :)  My sweet mama and daddy sent a present home with me yesterday but I was instructed not to open it until today so this morning Arden opened it for me.  Thank you Mama and Daddy, I love ya'll both so much!

With all that being said I have to talk about Facebook and birthdays.  I have heard people say many times in status updates that Facebook sure does make birthdays fun and I agree 100%, Facebook puts a whole new twist of fun on a birthday!  My birthday wishes actually started yesterday, the day before my birthday so I got two days of blessings and well wishes.  I am still in the process of trying to either "LIKE" or respond to all the very thoughtful wishes.  I know that it only takes a moment to wish someone a happy birthday on Facebook and I am guilty of not always doing it, I am going to do better.  I would lie and tell you that reading all the well wishes  did not make me cry but for those of you that know me well know that I am a crier! They did make me cry, they OVERWHELMED my heart, I know it may seem silly but I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook and seeing well wishes from people that I haven't seen in 10 years but still, I love them just as dearly as I did back then, it is really special to me and makes me thankful for something so complex as Facebook.

Everyday I long to see God's face, to feel his presence and I have tried to embrace little things every single day with my children to show them God's love for us.  It could be a bird or a squirrel out in the yard, flowers blooming, you get the idea.  I am in a place, a season if you will, in my life where I need God more than ever, I want to learn his word, I want to show His love and  I want to share his kindness with others.  Simple as it may seem, seeing all the birthday wishes today on my Facebook wall was God showing Himself to me today.  Thank you all from the depths of my heart for taking a minute today to share love with me, a simple girl who is seeking God and is seeing Him in all of you!  

I love you all for all kinds of unique reasons!!! I pray you are all seeking God too.



Kristi Thornton

You mean more to me than you will ever know! You have such an amazing heart and soul. You are truly a blessing to me and I am so grateful to have you in my life!