I recently had a birthday but didn't get to spend it as I'd have liked. I woke up with an awful headache that worsened whenever I got up or walked around. So, in bed I stayed, all day. I tried to sleep off the headache, but it just wouldn't leave. My dear husband even got off early to spend time with me, but in bed I had to stay. I spent much of the day praying and acknowledging to the Lord what a blessing it is to be around my family when I can, and reflecting on His goodness to us.
Since I was not feeling well, my husband ordered pizza for us (something I was craving anyways). The family ate down in the kitchen while I was brought dinner in bed on a pretty tray. In a little while, Husband came in to ask me if it would be all right for the children to bring up their gifts for me, as they really wanted me to open them. "If they are not too noisy", I said.
In a few minutes, the door opened, and in came a line of my husband and children, quietly singing happy birthday to me. My husband was carrying a beautiful chocolate cake that my eldest had made, complete with candles! I received some very special homemade gifts and cards from my children, and my husband gave me some drawing supplies. I hope I can use them soon.
Though I had wanted to spend my birthday with my family, the Lord had other plans, and His plans are always good.
|The doily one of my daughters made for me|
|Some of my precious gifts and cards. Another daughter made the earrings.|
|It is still green here in winter. The only difference is that the trees are bare of leaves, but many of them have green vines growing up the trunks.|
Top painting by Teresa Jenellen