When I woke up on Tuesday, I was greeted with a sunrise and birthday wishes from little voices and a loving husband. It was a special day, the day of my birth.
“How old are you mom,” he chirped at me while gobbling up spoonfuls of oatmeal.
I smiled, not really wanting to disclose my true age to my son.
I’m not sure.
I hesitated a moment before saying “I’m 39 today,” then I repeated again just to let it sink in “39.”
His eyes got big and he said “that’s old.”
I nodded and smiled.
When I was younger birthdays were full of pomp and circumstance. Cards and packages would filled the mailbox and I would jump up and down with excitement. Birthday celebrations often extended weeks and sometimes the whole month of October would be a celebration of ME! I would orchestra big celebrations and inevitably it would be a disaster.
The gifts are different now, and as I’ve gotten older those fancy packages and over the top parties don’t mean much.
Now, 39 years later, I’m just plain grateful to see that sunrise, to hear those birthday wishes from little voices and loving husbands, and to engage in those witty breakfast conversations.
So, when the hubs said we could go out to dinner last night, anywhere I wanted, I chose to stay home, and chill with my boys.
And that my friends is THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!!!
Which is why this will be the year of Gratitude, I’ve neglected it for almost 40 years and I’m taking this year before I turn 40 to make up for it. #GRATITUDE40
So, on each day for the next 365 days I’ll express my gratitude, through photos, status updates, blog posts or shouting it from the rooftops. It’s time to appreciate the life I live out loud!
Each Thursday, we come together to celebrate living life with intention by capturing a glimmer of the bigger picture through a simple moment. Have you found yourself in such a moment lately? Share it with us!
Live. Capture. Share. Encourage.
This week we’re linking up at Melissa’s!
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And head there for your daily dose of creativity:
prompts for photos, for words, for inspiration,
and for a life lived mindfully!