Yesterday was my 31st birthday. We mostly celebrated on Saturday, due to some church commitments, but it worked out well since I wasn't feeling great on Sunday.
In keeping with our tradition, Eric made me breakfast in bed (fruit and monkey bread, at my request). I got to have lunch with a dear friend, and supper with just my husband. Nice! At supper, Eric said he didn't have anything planned, and asked what I wanted to do. I said playing games would be fun, but didn't add that I would be thrilled to go to bed early since I'd been awake since 5. (Ahem, Natalie!)
After we got home from our meal, we were hanging out in the living room when the doorbell rang. I answered it, and a friend from church was standing on the porch with a plate of cookies. I of course invited her in, but I was flustered, because I wasn't expecting anyone, and I was also heading upstairs to put Natalie to bed. So I'm afraid I wasn't a very gracious hostess! While I was feeding Natalie, I was trying to listen for additional knocks or voices, but I heard none. Back in the living room, we sat around talking for awhile, and then the doorbell rang again. This time, eight women arrived at once! I was pretty confused, especially because it was a fairly random mix of people!
Eric stumped me again. (He has a knack for that, don't you think?) He invited a dozen women from church to come over for games; in addition to lots of talking, we played this and this. He'd also encouraged them to bring lots of snacks--and that they did. My goodness! There was no way I could sample everything, but a friend who makes cakes as a profession brought a carrot cake that I couldn't pass up. And someone else made caramel Rice Krispy treats. Delish!
It was a great night, and I am thankful for Eric's thoughtfulness. It was also fun to hear the details of the plan and read the e-mails he'd sent. Clever and sneaky! And when I accused him of lying (Remember he'd said he had no plans?), he assured me he said he had no plans for us. Tricky!
As if that wasn't enough, Eric still hadn't given me my official present--you may recall we give each other "experiential gifts"--and on Sunday, I opened an envelope to find this:
Isn't that hilarious? Eric and his brother created a spoof of this popular movie poster. It's too perfect--look at our names! Carolyn is someone Eric met through our community garden, and she agreed to spend a morning with me, either teaching me about canning or helping me work on bulk meal prep--my choice. Isn't that awesome?! I love the idea, and this poster totally makes me smile. Thank you so much, Eric!
Many people helped make it a special weekend, and I am grateful. I also took the time to re-read all the amazing comments I received last year when Eric invaded my blog, and it was encouraging once again. Thanks again to all who shared kind words!
In talking about birthdays, I have to mention something cool: last year, my mom shared my "birthverse" with me. There is a website that has assigned a Scripture passage to every date. For example, since my birthday is 1/24, my verse is Jude 1:24 "To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy." Isn't that neat?! Go look up your verse!