Well, despite misgivings cropping up this weekend over turning 40, it was a wonderful day. Full of people old and new in my life. That’s one of the things that struck me the most. Other than about four or five people (two of which were parents), everyone at my 40th birthday party last night had not been at my 30th birthday. Heck, I hadn’t even met my husband in September 2003.
Isn’t that wild? How life changes so dramatically? How God unfolds miracles you never saw coming?
If you would have told me ten years ago I would have been married to a guy with a farm, raising triplets, working for a global energy company, and publishing a book, I would have told you to KEEP DREAMING.
But that’s what we do. We keep dreaming. And God stands right along with us to show us our dreams aren’t nearly big enough.
I don’t have the space to share all the wonderful things that happened yesterday. My friend and co-worker of ten years decorated my office door and brought food and coffee to kick off the day for the whole hall. Old friends took me to lunch to celebrate. Friends sent flowers and well wishes (Facebook really sends those birthday messages into overdrive!). And last night, a party with friends and family. Ahh.
(This cake was so incredibly yummy in addition to being adorable!)
(This is Bray and I with my mom and dad and stepmom.)
My husband hosted a wonderful party after work at one of the restaurants that he works for, and I had friends from every facet of my life come help me celebrate. It was perfect. Seeing the diversity of the parts of my world in that space made me unspeakably grateful as well as incredibly excited to see what the Lord holds in the next decade.
(My hubby and I with my best friend.)
(My mother in law, cousin in law, and aunt in law – see a trend?)
(My neighborhood peeps!)
(Half of our Christmas cookie baking crew.)
What a blessing each of the people at the party have been in my life. They are the reason I’ve been able to walk this incredible journey…. It reminds me of a obscure song by an old Christian group called Truth. I hear it every time in my head when I have days like this:
We have come so far,
You have been so good,
on the road that we have traveled,
I’ve got to tell You Lord.
I look at where we are and see where I could have been,
I need to say again,
You’ve been so good,
Who would have guessed that we would come so far.