September 1, 2008 at 11:19 am 14 comments

Last night I got many sweet hugs my kids get me before bed-time, tender, slow hugs, lingering hugs.

It was interesting to note that they feel the passage of time, just like I do.

Things will be the same, yet different.

A new year, a new season, something gone that will never return again.

I stayed up, praying, until I fell asleep on the couch and woke again at 2AM.  Read the introduction to “The Shack”…a book my friends keep telling me not to miss.

I woke happy this morning, my husband getting an early call, awaiting the first “Happy Birthday”…it came from my husband.

I was ordered “Back to bed!” from upstairs by my daughter, who’d planned to get up and fix me breakfast in bed.  Knowing we are going out to supper later, hopefully,I convinced her to let me have my Lucky Charms.  We are waiting for Boy Wonder to return from his “Red’s Game/King’s Island” trip with a friend. His first big trip away alone!  I wanted to take the younger two bowling, but don’t really want to go alone or waste the gas when we’d all enjoy it together another time.

The hub is working all weekend, so I’m trying to get chores caught up–we’ll keep doing chores when he gets home and then hopefuly all go to supper out somewhere.  My kitchen will be nice and clean for a day.  I got it pretty clean and am decluttering from the weekend all the extra appliances:  breakmaker, pizza stones, sink washables.  Got the floor damp mopped, though I see some spots I missed already, still learning to mop the new floor effectively.

Well, all for now!  Have a great Labor Day!

Entry filed under: Everyday.

Our Family Reunion: Hands My Birthday–A Good Day

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paris  |  September 1, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! I hope you and your family have a wonderful time together tonight! Let me know how you like “The Shack”. It’s on my reading list!

  • 2. graceisenough  |  September 1, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a good one.

  • 3. Renea  |  September 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • 4. Melissa H.  |  September 1, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Happy Birthday friend! I love ya!

  • 5. Susan  |  September 1, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • 6. Kevin Leggett  |  September 1, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    Aside from that, you MUST READ “The Shack.” It will bring a whole new perspective on how the trinity works together to bring healing and relationship with God.

  • 7. spiritualoasisblog  |  September 1, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Happy Birthday, Maggie!

    BTW, loved the “Hands” post!!

    May God’s richest blessings be yours in another year of life in loyal service to the Master!!


  • 8. Sarah  |  September 2, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Happy Birthday a day late………I happy for you having a clean kitchen for a day.

  • 9. Merrie  |  September 2, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Hope you had a happy birthday! Sounds like you have planned a good one. I’m finding that they just get better and better (or maybe it is MY attitude about them.) It makes me appreciate life and how blessed I am with my family.

  • 10. ~E  |  September 2, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Hope you had a great birthday!

  • 11. Kim  |  September 2, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Happy birthday to youuuu
    Happy birthday to youuuu
    Happy birthday dear Maggieeeee
    Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!

  • 12. Misty  |  September 2, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Happy late birthday! Sorry I missed it. We were out of town. Hope you had a good one.

  • 13. Theresa  |  September 2, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Just found the calendar on my desk where I had written upcoming birthdays to remind me to send a note, didn’t find it in time of course! Hope you had a great day.

  • 14. Stacey  |  September 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Happy Birthday, just a little late!

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