Turning thirty today, and have been blessed with these elements of celebration:
A new drumset.
A "surprise" party at Dreamland barbecue with good friends and family.
Being 9 weeks pregnant on my 30th birthday
Sweet cards, balloons
A really good birthday cake (normally I'm not a fan of the b/d cake)
Special visitor to the house, Sarah Hickman, BFF.
Did I say a new drumset?
We have another dog now; his name is Tucker
I'm excited to finish work today so Brian and I can laugh at our dog's reactions to balloons...it will be something to behold.
Brian is an amazing partner and always goes out of his way to make birthdays special.
Parents coming this weekend for more celebration!
I am a blessed woman!
We're thinking of taking a trip to Mexico in December. I lived in Mexico City for a few months several years ago, but we're thinking of something more island-esque, but not trashy or uber touristy. Any recommendations?
Also, for your travel, did you book with a site like bookit.com or did you plan the trip a la carte?
Thanks for any advice you can offer!
For those of you not on Facebook, here is a link to our new hangout in Athens and our new Sweet Darlin' pup.
Brian and I have been planning for a pup for a while. We checked out a few different shelters but nothing clicked. We had a feeling we would know when we met "our" dog. And we did! We love having him and thank God for the blessing of creatures (and shelter!)
As Brian and I look for our local spiritual family, we have encountered some special people. Yesterday, I met a lady who emulates Christ more than just about anyone I've ever met. She is known to her spiritual family and the community because she shakes the hand of no one-- upon meeting you for the first time, Lilly folds you in her arms and embraces you in precious fashion. Her ample body holds you just like a mother would...and it is a beautiful thing.I was blessed to meet her for the first time yesterday, and she covered me in a hug that actually made me feel like I was walking into heaven and God was welcoming me home. It was full of overwhelming love.
Perhaps this embrace was more meaningful because of what I had already heard about Lilly. She lives near Tent City, where many people who are in homeless in Athens reside in tents. Over the years, Lilly has offered some of these folks a key to her home so that they can have a shower or wash their clothing. Now, two of these formerly homeless folks are now living with Lilly.
Lilly is probably in her seventies and single.....she defies what many people would call common sense or precautionary measures by opening her home and leaving her safety to God. I realize that many would argue that how we help others must consider the safety of our loved ones, and even ourselves. However, if Lilly had not taken these risks, it is possible that the several souls who have come to Christ would not have done so.
Her love is undiscriminating, unflinching, and maybe even a little dangerous.
Christ's love for us was also without discrimination, hesitation, and he was willing to accept risk....even a dangerous pathway to his death.
I am humbled by this woman and her love. Today please join me in thanking God for her example.
It is interesting that we often use thoughts about our "loved ones" to excuse omitting to do good (e.g. putting me or my family in danger is more wrong that not helping this person in need). However, Christ seems to argue that when we offer food, drink, shelter to those in need, these people are also our "loved ones." In fact, He says whoever does this to the least of these is offering love to Him. How do you reconcile this in your life? I welcome your advice and opinions.