This morning Facebook reminded me of a memory – my 21st birthday party! Turning 21 was probably one of my favourite birthdays! It was so much fun with multiple celebrations and surprises! On the morning of my birthday I was home for present opening with family – I even got a jacaranda tree from my sister (such a beautiful tree). Next I headed down to uni for classes; it was really nice getting happy birthdays as I went through the day. With classes finished for the day I was looking forward to dinner with family and excitement was building for my party on the weekend. But there were going to be a few surprises before the weekend. Firstly, a bunch of us were just hanging out in our lounge room; then gradually more joined us (I didn’t think much of it as it was just nice to catch up with everyone) but it hit me when my old house mates turned up and a cake was brought out and everyone sang happy birthday, they had purposely gathered to surprise me for my birthday. Such a happy memory. For the second surprise I remember asking some of my friends if they wanted to join us for dinner as they are practically a second family to me but alas they couldn’t. I was a bit disappointed but it had been such an awesome day so far and I didn’t give it much thought. I got ready to go out for dinner and headed off with my family to the pub that had been chosen. Upon arrival there was a table full of friends – the very ones who said they were busy, were now celebrating with me – they had gotten me again!
The party on the weekend was just like heaps of icing on a very large cake. I got to wear a pretty dress, go barefoot and be surrounded by people I love so much!
I loved turning 21 so much with all its surprises that I have mentioned on numerous occasions ‘I really love surprises you can do that again’. So this year to top off a beautiful day of a pretty dress, presents, sweet messages, cuddling puppies, enjoying the sunshine, afternoon tea with my brother and dancing, some friends surprised me by coming for dessert. It was so good!
Jeremiah 31:13 “Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”
I guess this blog post is to remind you how truly loved you are, that you matter to so many people and to embrace the excitement of every day not just on your birthday.
Love you lots!