Cultivating a Life of Gratitude

I am committing myself, during 2010, to attempt to cultivate a greater awareness of how much I have to be thankful and grateful for by sharing my daily findings and musings with you. It is my hope that by blogging about gratitude, I will be more aware of what is going on around me in my life, my family, my friends' lives and our world.

September 17, 2010

Birthday Week Fun

Sept 10 (Friday) - Shopping with Mom for my birthday present (boots from DSW and a piano book) and I received my free Caribou drink birthday email.
Sept 11 (Sat) - A walk and birthday breakfast with girlfriends at Carol's - so delicious - wonderful to catch up on life
Sept 12 (Sun) - Read the MOPS newsletter, saw they had my birthday listed this month :) - it's the little things!
Sept 13 (Mon) - The Wells Fargo ATM wished me a happy birthday.
Sept 14 (Tues) - Received birthday presents from my parents and since Ross couldn't stand the suspense, I opened them so he could see what I received from them.  Don Pablos also loaded another 10 bucks on my rewards card for my birthday.
Sept 15 (Wed) - Extra long (5.23 miles) walk with SJ and the girls.  PLUS SJ brought me a birthday drink from Caribou and a sweet card/gift.
Sept 16 (Thurs) - Jeff and Christin stopped by to say happy birthday and bring me a gift - a VERY cute Fall decoration for the house (I LOVE Fall cache').  I also received a sweet birthday card from my Grandma and Grandpa Addleman and Grandma Shirley (Ross's gma).
Sept 17 (MY BIRTHDAY!) Ross stayed home from work because he had a follow up doctor's appointment for his kidney stone.  When he came home he made me a wonderful breakfast sandwich and gave me my presents from him and E-man.  I also had over 25 facebook birthday greetings right away in my email and my birthday email from my Dad which guarantees a birthday cry every year.  Throughout the day I continued to receive sweet messages and texts from siblings, family and friends.  Oh facebook ... I received at least 70+ birthday greetings and it was always fun to open up the email box to all of those messages.  Ross and I had a fun date night and my sweet mom-in-law watched E-man for us.  (THANK YOU!) We saw "Get Low", enjoyed Don Pablo's for dinner and chatted in Caribou over my free birthday drink (I chose a hot apple blast :)).  We had some time for good conversation as we look to going to the Church Planter's Assessment in a week or so.

Thank you to EVERYONE who made my birthday this year a true celebration.  Many of you contributed to the numerous smiles I had this week.  I am now officially '29' for the first time ;) ...


  1. What a great bday week! I always appreciate your reminders that there is lots to be thankful for. Love you! :)

  2. Cool family! Hope you had a blast on your birthday!