though the enemy was trying to get me down a bit this morning, this turned out to be one of my favorite birthdays for the past several years. august is usually a busy time for me/us, so its easy for me to brush by my birthday without much celebration [which is fine. but sometimes its fun to do something special]. but today was nice.
alex and i went on a long bike ride to/along the beach, played crossword scrabble, stopped at starbucks to say hi to a friend who works there and ended up getting a free birthday frappuccino, got some free yogurtland fro yo, went swimming at a friend's pool (esther's 3rd time swimming this week, and last saturday was her first time ever. she loves it!) and read a new book i got from the library about home schooling for a couple hours.
|our little joyful girl, on a swing for the first time ever this weekend|
and i haven't even checked my 2834 birthday wishes on facebook, reminders of the many friends God has blessed me with (and also those people i haven't talked to since high school who are also wishing me a happy bday :P ).
"you have put more joy into my heart than they have when their wine and grain abound" psalm 4:7