So....it's my birthday! It's my birthday! I'm gonna party like it's my birthday!! Wut?! Wut?! Totally shocked that I'm turning ** but so glad I've made it another year! Kinda bitter/sweet these birthdays! Especially after you get past 30! Oi'! One of the coolest things about MY birthday is that I get to celebrate my mother's birthday too! She received one of her bestest birthday presents on her 19th birthday! :) It's really neat that we get to celebrate together. I mean, when I was younger I didn't think it was all that great but the older I've gotten, the more I've enjoyed it and appreciated that simple little life blessing.
Speaking of life blessings, I thought I'd take some time reflecting back on my last year's blessings. Hey, it's my birthday so humor me!
It's only by the grace of God that I can say that this past year has been full of blessings. I'm so thankful that God has allowed me and my family to go through some of the things that we have experienced because I feel it's through those unexpected trials in our life that our true character is revealed and God uses those times to teach us some of our most beautiful lessons.
Where do I begin?? Well, I started out the year okay. I celebrated my 3rd year wedding anniversary in February. God has seen fit to have allowed me to marry the most wonderful man! He's been there with me through all of this junk and he has always stuck by my side when I have felt so alone. He has encouraged me and never looked down on me while I have been depressed, angry and confused. I hope to spend my very last breath with that man. I simply adore you Paul Richard Clark and love you like red on a rose!
I met a great friend this year too. We've shared some great moments, not so great moments, laughs and tears but it's been worth it. And through that friendship, I've been introduced to another extension of family. I love you Kim, Mark, Sarah, and Caleb!
Lost my job this year. It wasn't the best job but it was income. I tolerated a lot of negativity, heartache, cruelty and abuse from that employer but God took that and helped me learn that I am a strong woman. I stood up for myself and stood up for honesty and truth, no matter the consequences. We hit some rock bottom patches after that. Tried to sell our house to ease some financial stress but it apparently wasn't in His plan for that to happen. But you know what? Despite the severe loss of income, we have been great! God has provided things for us and has taken such good care of us during this time that it's almost unbelievable. It has taught me that I must live by faith and when you truly live by faith, God can work miracles. I am almost overwhelmed with His goodness...it brings tears to my eyes thinking about how much He loves me!! His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches even me!
By us not selling our house, God brought a wonderful family in our lives! I can't begin to tell you how much of a blessing our new neighbors have been to us. It's been so awesome to share these past few months with them. The stamina, the courage, the intellect, the sweetness, the love, the heart that the Freemans have has touched my heart in so many ways. I love you Linda, Bobby, Jared, Tiana, and Brooke :)
My son turned 17 this August. Wow! I still can't believe I have a teen that old! Next year is his senior year in high school and I'm just in awe of how God has worked in his life. I couldn't be a prouder mom!! I love that boy so much! He is a wonderful friend, who has taught me so much. His smile touches my heart and melts me. This year, through all that we've been through, he has been so patient and doesn't complain. Such a strong young man who is growing up way too fast. I love you Tyler Wayne Michau. You are truly one of The brightest spots in my life.
God has added a few other little bright spots in my life this year.The Kimballs have been such a blessing to me in so many ways!! Charlie and Jack filled a void in my heart that God knew needed to be filled. I can't tell you how awesome it's been to have two little ones in my life right now. With my son growing up, it's been nice to get to "relive" those sweet baby/toddler moments and share that special love with two amazing little boys! Thank you Heather and Brian for allowing me to be a part of your family. You have no idea how God is using you to bless our family. I love yall!!
I will eternally be thankful for my family, even through the rough spots that we've been through. With so many different personalities, it's easy to let things get the best of you but the true test comes in getting over those humps and coming through them closer. We must remain strong and we must not allow satan to break our bond. God designed our family and we must always remember that. I love you so much Mom, Carla, and Kelly.
I am so thankful for my extended families and my so many other friends that God has brought into my life, like my amazing neighborhood group and my totally, funky, awesome, beautiful bunko girls! Thank you to each one of you who read this, for blessing me with your friendship. I love each of you! Here's to friends that I've had for years and to those who I'm just getting to know!! My cup runneth over...my heart is so full...life is good. Happy Birthday to me ;)