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If you are checking in to see who won the giveaway of Susie Larson’s book Growing Grateful Kids it is: Ann. Timestamp March 10th at 8:11 am. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your home address. Congrats!
Today is my birthday.
In about an hour at 9:04 am, I will turn 46. My mom tells me I was born in the middle of a snow storm and they almost didn’t make it to the hospital.
I debated telling you that it was my birthday. It seems all self-centered and such. But when I hopped on Facebook this morning and saw that several friends (whom I know also read this blog) had already sent me well-wishes, I figured I’d better fess up.
Truthfully, I have a love/hate relationship with birthdays.
I love memories of them.
Especially recollections of taking cupcakes to my class at Delta Center Elementary School in Lansing, MI. Mom let me help in the kitchen then, mixing, baking, frosting and sprinkling those dozens of masterpieces. Then, I got to tote them all the way to school. (I was what they called a ‘walker’, meaning I lived less than a mile from school so no bus ride. I had to walk.)
As I have grown older, I have come to dread birthdays. Not because of the getting older part. You know, when everything heads south. My husband and I realize that, as my friend Debi asserts, we are all headed toward ugly. That part doesn’t bother me so much since we have committed to grow old and ugly together and have lots of fun doing it.
I dread them because I sometimes get my feelings hurt due to my expectations.
I think my kids will instinctively wake up and say, “Happy Birthday mom. You are the greatest! You sacrifice so much for us. I already got up and made your coffee for you.”
Instead, they say…”Mooooooooom……I am starving. Is breakfast ready yet?
I fancy my relatives will give me a quick call to wish me a happy birthday.
The phone doesn’t ring.
I can’t help but think of the friends I remembered to give a little something to on their big day.
I run into one of them in Walmart and she never even tells me Happy Birthday.
Oh ladies…I so desire to be a low-maintenance friend, wife and mom. I don’t want to be self-centered. Especially on my birthday.
I want to rewind to the days when what made me so very giddy every March 10th were those sweet and colorful cupcakes taken to my classmates.
So…..I have decided….zero expectations from me today.
Instead, I want to give away cupcakes.
What that looks like is this:
Leave a comment today about your most memorable birthday. (or any other birthday-related message)
I will choose five winners who will get one of the following “cupcakes” from me. :-)
- A For Every Body brand “Birthday Cake” scented candle for you (with cute sprinkles on top) to burn at your house each time someone turns a year older.
- A copy of the book on simple and creative celebrations entitled Homespun Memories for the Heart that I wrote with friends Kelly Hovermale and Trish Smith.
- A bag of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Melt-Away Hearts with raspberry filling
- A $5.00 Starbucks card
- A box of Snapple Brand Wild About Berries Herb Tea with a heart-sheaped tea difusser
There—- I feel better already. Jesus is so right. It is more blessed to give than receive. (Acts 20:35)
Now, when you leave your comment, please tell me what ‘cupcake’ you’d enjoy winning (or simply indicate ‘any of them’) Winners announced Monday.
Oh, and in this day and age of Facebook….is there anyone out there who went to Delta Center elementary with me in the 1970’s? I’d get a hoot out of knowing!