I feel so blessed to have been able to celebrate my birthday at home with my family this year.
This - the simplistic celebration. The unforced conversation that flows between my best friend and my family members. The tradition of a special 'birthday dessert' made with oodles and oodles of love by a close friend or family member. This is what makes each birthday wonderful.
Long gone are the days of extravagant birthday parties and presents and decorations. But the memories of silly corn hole games, dance parties, childhood stories tossed back and forth like a ping pong balls and whisker tickling kisses from Dad still continue to make each birthday as special as the fancy ones of the past.
Thank you, friends and family - from near and afar - for all of the love today. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people. The older I get the more I appreciate and cherish your kindness, support and encouragement. You're all little gems that add that extra bit of twinkle to my day.
So as I raise my glass of sparkling apple juice (how very
rock and roll old fart of me!) I say cheers to 25 years. And here's to many more.
(I'd like to say a very special shout out to my Twinnie and her little cherubs Addie & Blake and their cousins Nia and Nolan for this absolutely ADORABLE birthday video message I received today. It truly made my entire afternoon - I don't think I wiped that smile off of my face for a good hour. You're all little gems and I can't wait to meet you and squeeze you in October!)