This coming Wednesday is my golden birthday...the birthday that I have been waiting for since I was eight. I will be 28 on the 28th. I always knew I would do something special for my golden day.
Tonight, my husband threw me the best birthday I have ever had in my life. I played whirly ball when I was in 10th grade and vowed that I would do that again...tonight, I got to. My husband and four of our favorite couples (a fifth came after for dinner) went out and played whirly ball together. I now have a neck injury (thanks to my brother-in-law), a back injury, and a few bruises where the seat belt hit (come to think of it, I feel like I was just in a car accident) but I would do it all again...and hope to soon.
We've all been burned at some point in our life. We've all had friendships that didn't last or weren't even true friendships to begin with. We've been hurt by accident or maybe even on purpose, but either way it's still a hurt that comes with painful feelings that lead to protective walls being put up.
If you would have asked me seven years ago, if I thought I would be able to, number one, think of this place as home and, number two, have a group of "sisters" surrounding me I would have seriously doubted both.
I sat there at dinner tonight grateful...grateful for these people who have come along side Dan and me through these past (almost) twenty months...some of whom we didn't even know that well last year at this time. Who all, at one time or another, have prayed for us, encouraged us, and physically helped us get through another day. They all mean something different but something very special to me.
This road often feels very hopeless, never ending, and just plain lonely. But, there are many more days that we feel surrounded, supported, blessed, and loved. And on my special day, it's wonderful to have a handful of friends to forget the cares of this life for a few hours and go out and smash each other in to walls, hit them head on, and give them a serious case of whiplash...because after all, isn't that what friends are for?!
*the group (minus B&K that met us later for dinner)*
Love you guys!!