Have you ever had a birthday so amazing...so...unbelievable, that you still...DAYS later can't believe all that happened? That was this past birthday. My 29th birthday. My "last birthday of the 20's" as all my older friends liked to call it.
Having had one of the harder of weeks a little bit ago- I was sort of not really into the whole birthday thing. Sure I wanted to do something, but something small....something intimate....maybe just with my husband and I. I didn't feel like making this big hoopla over me turning 29...because really- what's the big deal about that? There's people suffering illnesses, mourning over the loss of loved ones, desperately needing something crucial to their well being. And what am I doing? Trying to plan a day people can gather and "ooh" and "ahhh" over me being another year older. Seemed so vain and pointless.
To my surprise, my husband and some friends had a different idea...and goodness was I shocked.
It all started with my very sweet friend Melissa, from The Baked Equation. She had emailed my husband weeks before, asking him if she could bake me some cookies. Asked if it would be something I'd like to receive. Ahem, Melissa: COOKIES ARE ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA! ;)
Here's the thing though...these cookies...they aren't just ANY cookie. They were some of the most beautiful, most thoughtful, most tear jerking, most personal, and tastiest things I've ever received. Each cookie was hand decorated with things like Bible scripture, cupcakes, cake, MY MIXER, lavender sprigs, quotes from my blog, etc. I mean...I opened the box and immediately had to lift my jaw up off the floor. They were gorgeous! Too gorgeous. I couldn't eat something like this! EVER! That thought lasted 24 hours. I literally have like 3 left, today. Haha.
Also included were her salted butterscotch cookies. Oh yes. You heard me right! Holy cow. Best cookie I've EVER had, hands down. I kid not. Seriously! Since those didn't have pretty pictures on them, they were devoured first ;)
This was not only a sweet surprise, but it came at the best time. Made me start to get excited about my upcoming big day.
The day of my birthday, my husband and I got what we considered to be breakfast (but was actually lunch because we were lazy and didn't get out of the house till noon!) at our favorite little place in town. If you're a local, you know exactly where we went by that table cloth! So so yummy! I also "went crazy" and had coffee! Honestly, it was because of their delicious coffee creamer!
After lunch we headed home, changed up, and worked off that amazing(ly fatty) lunch with what we thought would be a little hike (but turned out to be the biggest, toughest, steepest one yet!) This was my favorite part of the day. We were able to be slower than we had been in weeks...which is just what I needed on this birthday. We just sort of hiked up huge hills, laughed about things, huffed and puffed, sweated our brains out, and then giggled some more.
Best part- my husband's verbalized "29 Reasons Why I Love Christina". They were awesome. Especially loved the ones where he was so tired from hiking and so out of breath that the reason was something like, "your face".
That night we headed to my favorite little coffee shop where we were going to meet some good friends, drink yummy coffee (again) and relax with good conversations. Here's the best part of this night- my best friend, the one who lives in Arizona, surprised me by driving out to see us for my birthday! So there we are sitting around a table and chatting, when I look out and see what looks like my friend. As I watch, sure enough- it is! I squealed and ran outside to hug her (and cry, because I'm like baby). So amazing. I missed her. Plus SHE DROVE 6 HOURS TO SEE US! I mean, WHAT?! Who does that?! Such a blessing to be able to have her included in my little coffee shop birthday celebration! Not only that, but she stayed at our house that evening, which meant we could be faux 17 year olds for a night!
Still in awe of that! Best night ever. We may, or may not have enjoyed a glass of wine as well, hehe. We went to breakfast that next morning and then sadly said our goodbyes. It's never enough time, is it?
Typing all that out, made me just appreciate everything all over again. The family dinners we had. The friends who loved on me for days. The surprises. The laughs. The FOOD. Goodness gracious guys. I'm just so thankful. Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, as well! I saw each and every Facebook post, each Tweet, every Instagram comment...I saw it all! You guys all rock, so much!
The last year of my 20's is starting off so, so well.