My phone began vibrating violently at 5:45 this morning, stirring me from my sleep with that feeling of panic you get when someone calls too early.
I grumbled hello and two little voices answered back with their sleepy version of “Happy Birthday.”
It was the best wakeup call ever.
Throughout the morning my phone continued to throw fits, and I just want to say that I am blessed by the love, y’all.
I’m blessed by my sister and her boys, and excited to see them all soon.
I’m blessed by my mom, aunt and uncle who’ve gifted me with an extended trip to Texas and The Bloggess’ book on CD to get me through the drive. (Even though I’ll probably be laughing too hard to concentrate on the road. If you see a woman on the shoulder convulsing with laughter, say hi!)
I’m blessed by all the other family and friends who have texted and messaged through various social media. Yes, I know Facebook tells people it’s your birthday. Yes, it’s still special when someone writes on your wall.
I’m also extremely blessed to have built over the last year a special friendship with an inspiring woman. She’s showered me with love and attention for this birthday, including writing this post for me.
Greta, thank you. You mean so much to me.
A few things I’d like to share with you guys on my birthday:
* Lastly, today marks one year since the Joplin tornado. I’ve been reading stories here and here about the tragedy of those lost and the triumph of the survivors and it’s both heart wrenching and beautiful. Joplin, we remember you on this day.