I am one blessed birthday girl!
I get to be with my kids today. I get to hold my grandbaby while my kids cook dinner for me. I get to decorate Christmas cookies with my family. I get to watch my kids decorate our Christmas tree and retell the stories behind each and every ornament. I get to watch Emolyn see her Popop's train go around our church village for the very first time. I get to take our annual tripod Christmas family pic. And I get to... because, well, it's my birthday!
And sometime during the day, I get to sit back and take it all in... Shawn's ingenious ways of making us all laugh (he is so funny!), Nicole's quick wit and humor (so is she), Miranda's love of tradition (she invariably knows whose turn it is to put the star on the tree), Tyler's inability to be anything but real and sincere (and sweet), the gift of our Emolyn Kate this Christmas (the best gift of all), and delighting in how mushy and sentimental my husband is (especially this time of year).
And me? I get to treasure all these moments and never forget... how very, very blessed I am.