Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Babbling about Birthdays

Today is my birthday. So, I have been pondering birthday thoughts.

I have always loved having a Christmas time birthday. I never minded having birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper. I love Christmas, so my birthday was just more merry.

I think my favorite birthday present was a Chatty Cathy doll when I was 10. Can you figure out how old I am by that bit of information?

I have never enjoyed birthday cake much, but love to eat frosted gingerbread men instead.

Tonight I am spending my birthday with my favorite people in the world. My husband, kids and grandkids making gingerbread men. I have no idea when this will occur again.

Birthdays always make me reflect on my life. Here's a short breakdown of the most important facts.

Dysfunctional childhood, but as an introverted artistic child I made it magical in my mind. I still love fairy tales, Narnia, dolls, stuffed animals, and storybooks.

Rebellious teen years, but by the Grace of God, my life was transformed by Jesus.

A mom of two boys--the greatest joy of my life.

An office manager for a insurance agent (my husband) for 17 years.

Finally graduating from college with two degrees--Interpersonal Communication/Christian Studies.

Ministry--high school girls, women's Bible studies, couples groups, etc.

Women's Ministry Director at The Crossing for 4 1/2 years. Tiring, but rewarding.

Speaking & Writing Ministry. The honor and privilege of being a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker.

My first book contract--Hallelujah!

Becoming a grandma to my Chickadee Peeps--Emily and Brianna and Little Boy Blue--Michael.

Writing, writing, writing, and more writing.

Today I sit in Starbucks writing, waiting for my children and grandkids to come by.

Life is good! I owe all of my sanity to my Savior Jesus Christ without Him my life would have turned out very different indeed.

Holiday Hugs,

7 comments:

Rachel Olsen said...

GREAT BIG GIANT HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love & Hugs ~ Rachel

Karen said...

Happy, happy Birthday Sister-in-Love! I know you're going to enjoy "your" day!

Love, hugs, and gingerbread lattes,
Karen

Kim said...

Happy Birthday, Susanne! I hope your day was just fabulous@

Betty said...

Hope your day was great! Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Have a most happy birthday. I, too, am a Christmas baby. But my birthday is the 26th - the most anti-climactic day of the year. After reading your post, I think I need to edit mine set to post on the 26th!

My sister got a Chatty Cathy doll, her most treasured gift, and I got my treasure - a lifesize Patty Playpal doll - the same year. I remember it well. One of the few good times!

Merry Christmas & Happy Birthday! And again thanks for sharing your blogpost on Eternity Cafe this month as part of the 40 Day Focus.

You're a blessing!
Susan

Anonymous said...

I too have fond memories of my Chatty Cathy doll! Hope you had a wonderful birthday.
Kathy

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Hope you had a fantastic birthday! Isn't it exciting to look back on our years and see God's hand at work all along?