Surprise! Surprise!

As was posted yesterday, my birthday started out with a "pity party" as I had been told my kids would not be able to go out with the hubby and me to celebrate.  Late in the afternoon, I had a funny feeling things were just not up to par as my son says he's going to a 6:00 pm movie and I knew there were no movies starting at that time that he wanted to see.  As it turns out, my daughter threw me a surprise birthday party last night.  I was truly blown away by the number of people there because I had believed the only people who would show up for a party for me would be my mother and two sisters.  I was truly touched by the fact that both my nieces were among the attendees.  The gifts I received from my family were so awesome. 

I believe the only down side to the event was the speed of the service.  I was told everyone got there around 6:00 and immediately placed their orders; the hubby & I arrived around 6:30.  The food didn't arrive until sometime after 8:00.  That was WAY too long to have to wait on your order.  It seems there was a dance going on in another part of the restaurant, as well as several smaller parties, and the chef was apparently overwhelmed by the amount of people last night.  People all around us who came in later than we did were getting their orders with no problems; therefore, I have no idea why it took so long for ours to arrive.  I am of the thought that some type of compensation should have been given to us.

I am truly honored by the love and thoughtfulness my daughter showed me last night. When she was still living at home, she and I clashed alot over even the smallest of things, which I am sure all mothers and daughters do.  "Too many hens in the chicken coop."  She is also very much "Daddy's girl."  However, since she has moved out, and especially since she is a mother herself, we have gotten closer over the last 5+ years.  She has always had a kind heart, and has truly blossomed into a wonderful woman and mother.  I am exceedingly proud of her.

Thank you, Bethany, for my special night!  I am so proud of you, and am privileged to be your mother.

The Big 6-0...

Today is my 60th birthday, and I'm not very happy about that fact.  My age has never really bothered me until this year.  I have absolutely no idea why I'm having such a hard time accepting the fact that I am 60,  especially since I didn't have any problems with turning 40 and 50.  If truth be told, I've been really depressed about turning 60 and have shed more than a few tears over it.  I like to think I'm the type of person who takes things in stride, so the fact that I'm celebrating such a milestone with such angst is confusing.  In my mind's eye I don't see myself as being old (as opposed to getting older).  Though my family loves me, I sometimes have feelings of insecurity thinking I'm not as special as I thought I was to any of them.  Guess I just need to get over it.

Someone told me recently that age is just a number, and they're right.  Life has dealt me some blows over the years, but the amount of blessings I've received has been far greater.  I have the Lord, my health, my family, a beautiful grandson, just to name a few.  Life has been good to me over all.  Would I change anything if I could do it all over again? Maybe, maybe not.  

Anyway, I'm 60...so be it.
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