Today, April 2nd is my birthday and it has truly been wonderful. I normally do not work on my birthday but this year was different. I received an invitation to attend a meeting that included a workshop that was facilitated by someone I've wanted to encounter ever since I became a professional educator. And it was absolutely wonderful. And THEN, I did what I do best, provided an introductory orientation to a new teacher who is changing careers and will start in the classroom next Friday. Three hours with her passed like 10 minutes and I guess that is the joy in having a passion for your job.
And then there is my family. DH made me a wonderful shelf system to hold all of my bottles of Stickles upside down! DS gave me the most beautiful card - the sentiment made me cry!!! And he knows I want to add Kettlebells to my weight and strength workout, so he gave me a gift card to Sports Authority! DD gave me a turquoise and silver floating necklace, matching earrings and a Quick and Easy Scrapbook magazine. There was something else in the package but she told me it was broken when I told her I heard it jingling - A LOT! So I am sure DH removed it from the package for repair.
AND my scrapbooking friends!!!! WOW!!!! I received some beautiful layouts, cards and gifts. I'll post pictures of all of my gifts this weekend.
You know, I LOVE my birthday because I use it as an opportunity to reflect on all of the blessings I've received in my life, the wonderful people I've encountered in my life and to grow from all of my lifelong experiences. I am so grateful to know God's grace and mercy; His compassion and most importantly, His love. I thank Him for all of my blessings and experiences He's carried me through. I look forward to each day with a new and renewed Spirit and joy that I hope I share with everyone I meet!