I just celebrated my birthday, and I have to say that 35 feels fabulous! Every day is a gift from God. When I was 18, I thought that people in their 30's were totally old, but now that I'm smack-dab in the middle of them, I think I've hit a sweet-spot in life.
Sure I've got jiggles in unwanted places, a wrinkle or two, and new "wisdom" hairs sprouting every month, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. I'm much more comfortable in my own skin these days. I'm a little wiser, more content, and more confident of who I am in Christ than I was a decade ago. I've done some living, survived some tough stuff, and have a whole lot to look forward to in the future.
35 is a good age!
The Lord has really blessed my socks off through so many people this week! I've been spoiled rotten by my family and friends, and I'm blown away by it all. I feel like Christmas came early!
You know, sometimes we go through long, hard seasons of pain and trials. Other times, we go through quiet seasons of rest. Occasionally, God takes us through a season of blessings. Through it all, it's good to praise Him!
This week has been a time of rejoicing, and I just wanted to share with you how much I've been blessed.
First off, I got a special delivery at my front door today. I've been wanting a new pair of dressy black boots to wear with jeans for years, but I never bought any. I finally combined all of my birthday money and splurged on a new pair from Country Outfitter, and I'm so excited about them! (They look much better in person!) I love the way they look with dark jeans, black shirts, and Turquoise jewelry, but I wouldn't wear them with a dress. The tops just aren't tall enough. It's my first pair of square toed boots, but I think they're growing on me, and they are sooooo comfortable!
For my entire married life, I've had an old, junky blender with a cracked lid and a chewed up/ taped cord. It was so noisy that it sent everyone running the other direction when I turned it on. As inconvenient as it was, I used it to grind up everything from nuts to Oreo cookies.
Last weekend, my dad totally surprised me with a brand new, high-tech Kitchenaid food processor! I nearly cried. It's so quiet, and so powerful. I haven't even scratched the surface of its potential, yet.
As if that wasn't enough, he also got me a Kitchenaid Immersion Blender for making soups, and stirring things right in the pot! I never thought I'd own something so fancy.
Yesterday, my kids surprised me with the second Pioneer Woman Cookbook. They are so thoughtful, and they definitely know their Mama! I love The Pioneer Woman!
One of my dear friends just upgraded to the newest iPad, and she gave me her old one! That's right, I am now the owner of an iPad! WoooHoooo! The first thing I did with it was shop for a Christmas present online in my warm, cozy bed. It felt almost sinful to buy something in my pajamas with the touch of the screen when everyone else was Black Friday shopping in horrendous lines, and nightmare traffic.
The second thing I did was set it up so that I can load free library books onto it. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about not having any real pages to flip, but so far, it has been an absolute delight to have reading material at my finger-tips. And the selection of books online is far greater than what I can get at our tiny little library. The best part? No over-due book fees. The book simply disappears on the due- date!
This last blessing might seem silly to everyone, but it's important to me! My husband got an absolute screaming deal on a diamond-plated toolbox for the back of my truck bed. We always have toolboxes on our work trucks, but we've never had one for the truck I drive now. It's going to be so nice to have a spot to put things where they'll stay dry. I can't tell you how many times I've filled the cab with groceries, luggage,jackets or tack to the point that my kids didn't have a spot for their feet because I was trying to keep everything out of the rain and snow. Hooray for extra storage!
As you can see, I was serious when I said that the Lord has blessed my socks off this week! The truth is, God blesses me every day, and far more than I deserve. Some days I have to dig deeper to find it, but there is always, always something to be thankful for.
Have a great day, friends!