birthday blessings

November 4, 2014

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If you read this post, you know I wanted to just do nothing for my birthday. I’m happy to report that my mission was completed! The whole weekend was pretty much spent in bed reading a book, while Ben took care of everything. He was seriously doubting I could do it because I’m such a busy body. Plus, if I was doing nothing that means my to-do list was not getting done and that idea alone causes a little bit of stress, but I forgot about it for a couple days and did it!

I wanted to go to the library on Friday to check out some books, but never had time to make the trip. A friend lent me the Hunger Games series a year or so ago, so I figured I just would read that instead. While I was in bed, the girls were in and out of my room to tell me this or that, or put away laundry (oh the bliss!), and Ben took care of all the meals. I even requested my favorite, which is langostino sopes, and that was my special meal all weekend long. It really feels so good to just relax!

We took some trips out of the house to visit my grandma for her birthday, try a new dessert place, visit a new church, and pick up some plants, but really, I was mostly in bed from Saturday and even most of Monday (my real birthday)! I did manage to get out of bed long enough to sew myself a birthday dress, which felt good too because I had wanting to sew just for fun, so that scratched another itch of mine.

My birthday morning, they all came in to give me breakfast in bed and shower me with some special treats. It seemed the present theme this year was rings and Ben wrote a letter about it. The girls made me a couple rings, my BFF gave me a sweet initial ring (from here), and Ben got me this seed pearl and turquoise victorian ring. He knows my love for vintage jewelry!

Of course, now it’s back to life and to-do lists, but these past couple days off did my body, mind, and heart so much good. Even visiting my grandmother helped put things in perspective a little. Here she was celebrating her 88th birthday and it was quite evident how much her mind was slipping. She didn’t even realize it was her birthday, but all she wanted was to spend a little time with us. It just helped remind me that the many things I stress over (or think about) are really petty in comparison to what really matters in life. No offense, while I love this place and thankful for you guys when we are all 88, blogs will not really matter much. Maybe my grandchildren and great grandchildren will enjoy peeking into my life at this time (if internet is still around but who knows how technology will change!), but blogging will no doubt have its end. How I will make the most difference is how I love and invest in my children for God, and of course loving all those around me too. If I’m investing in them well, then hopefully that will cost a ripple effect, and they will eventually invest in others well too.

Anyway, I’m thankful for the many blessings this weekend. Besides, being spoiled by Ben and the girls, my parents came over last night and brought over some of my favorite food. I’ve always loved birthdays, and every year just gets sweeter (even if getting older scares me a little). Everything is really only by the grace of God, and I’m thankful to be able to celebrate my 33 year of life!


17 comments on “birthday blessings”

  • Charissa says:

    Amen, and happy birthday! I’m turning 33 in a few weeks, too. : )

  • Mel says:

    Your life is so beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing! :)Happy Birthday. God is good!

  • happy birthday, rubyellen! sounds like a wonderful weekend. thank you for sharing your thoughts – so true that “everything is really only by the grace of God.” my husband was in the ER on sunday after several days of feeling extremely tired, weak, and faint at times. all the tests came back normal, and he’s taken time to rest a lot, but he’s still not feeling normal yet. with our first baby due in late january, searching for a new home, and many other (good) things, it’s even more important to live/do everything by God’s grace and continue to trust him.

  • Denise says:

    Happy birthday Rubyellen :). I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time celebrating. I’ve got to say that life only gets better as you get older, at least that’s what I’m finding. I’m up 10 years on you and in this 4th decade of life I’m more content, my spiritual life is growing, I’m just plain joy filled!! You’re a great mamma wife and soul sister. Have a gloriously wonderful year.
    Hugs from Australia x

  • Mave says:

    Happy Bithday Rubyellen!!!

    Jajaja the little soul with her angry face… She is so beauty!!!

    God bless you and your family!!! Hugs from Chile XD

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  • nikki says:

    sounds like a great birthday!!

    xx nikki

  • Merci says:

    Happy Birthday, Ruby!! Always enjoy reading your blog! I think that your birthday wish of just relaxing and taking it easy is perfect 🙂 I turn 34 in January and I am itching to know if baby #3 will come before, on or after my birthday (due the 15th).

    I think your vintage ring is dreamy, by the way!

  • Leila says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry I’m late. i’m glad you had a really nice celebration


  • Sedna says:

    I think that your birthday wish for just relaxing and taking it easy is perfect. I’m glad you had a really nice celebration. he is feeling better now and I think there was a breakthrough last night when he received prayer. all the tests came back normal, and he’s taken time to rest a lot, but he’s still not feeling normal yet.

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