Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Birthday

Today is my 27th birthday. Wow! That sounds old, but I don’t feel old. Today has been a great birthday. It started off with my husband wishing me a happy birthday before he left for work. My boss greeted me with a happy birthday and a gift. Then she took me out to lunch at a Mexican restaurant I have been wanting to try. She also bought Dilly bars from Dairy Queen for the office to enjoy. Yum! I returned to my office and had 2 beautiful bouquets of flowers waiting for me. One one from my parents and the other was from my wonderful husband. Pictures are below. Then I came home and Heston had Papa John's waiting for me =) That was the icing on the cake . Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes, cards, texts and phone calls. I feel so loved!

In celebration of my birthday, I decided to list 27 things that I am thankful for:

1. The salvation I have through the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. My wonderful husband, Heston, whom I have been in love with for 6 ½ years, and have been married to for almost 5 years.
3. My wonderful family who I love and miss very much!
4. My wonderful in-laws – I couldn’t ask for a better family to marry into.
5. My wonderful, beautiful black cat and baby, Phoebe Faye Frey; she makes me smile and feel loved no matter what.
6. Our wonderful house that God hand-picked for us. It has been so fun making it our own.
7. My wonderful job that has allowed me to get my foot in the door of a vocation of helping others.
8. The education that God has allowed me to receive, both at Northland and at Lancaster Bible College. I am so excited to continue my education and use the education God has allowed me to have to help others.
9. I am thankful for coffee, especially Starbucks!
10. I am thankful for the ability to read. Yeah for summers when I have time to read!
11. I am thankful for the wonderful friends that the Lord has placed in my life. Of course they are spread out all over the country, but I am thankful for the special times He has given us to share and for the love and encouragement I receive and can also give to each of them.
12. I am thankful for the wonderful church God has led us to. I know that was one of the biggest prayers and desires of our hearts when God moved us to PA that He would lead us to the perfect church that would meet our needs spiritually. He did just that and we are so very grateful!
13. I am thankful for music. I love the worship songs that cause me to reflect on Jesus Christ in ways that stir my soul! I am thankful for the way music can cause me to focus on Christ and Him alone.
14. I am thankful for the ocean and the wonderful peace and serenity it shows me.
15. I am thankful for watching the sunset. It shows the beauty of God’s creation and it is especially enjoyable when I am with my husband.
16. I am thankful for special date times with Heston. I am thankful that after 5 years of marriage, we can still find the time for special dates. Thanks, Babe!
17. I am thankful for God’s Word, the Bible, and for the ability to learn and glean wisdom and knowledge to apply to my life.
18. I am thankful for the ability to pray to Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the way God lays people and situations on my mind and prompts me to pray for them. I am thankful for this special relationship I can have with my Savior.
19. I am thankful for the times I can find a great deal while shopping, whether it is for groceries, clothes or things for our house.
20. I am thankful for the amazing smile I see on Heston’s face when I find the perfect gift, make a good meal, or do something special for him.
21. I am thankful for beautiful flowers. I may not be good at growing them, but I definitely enjoy their beauty.
22. I am thankful for God’s protection of me, my family and friends.
23. I am thankful for God’s provision. He never ceases to amaze me. He has given us so much and we can see His hand a work in our lives.
24. I am thankful for vacations, especially when I get to see my family. After being away from my family for so long, the times together always seem much more special.
25. I am thankful for my favorite foods: Mexican, pizza, tiramisu, and so many others!
26. I am thankful for my health.
27. I am thankful that God has given me 27 years here on Earth. I pray that I will grow closer to Him this year, learn to serve Him better, learn to be a better wife and grow in Him.