Monday, November 17, 2014

(Stock Photo) Scenes From A Birthday

Friday I turned 44.  Yikes! 

But as my wise uncle says regarding turning older, "It's better than the alternative." 

I am embracing that sentiment.

After scoo-scooing the kids off to school I headed to my happy place.  A new HomeGoods opened nearby about 2 months ago and I have been looking forward to checking it out.  I would have taken a selfie of me in front of the store, but it's kind of weird to take selfies when you're by yourself, isn't it?  I mean, the kind you take in front of a mirror isn't so bad, but when you have to hold the phone up and point it at yourself, that's just awkward.

Anyway, the store is beautiful.  I walked in and stood there in awe and listened to the choirs of angels in my mind singing their little hearts out.  But on further investigation, I quickly became overwhelmed.  It was almost too big of a store.  I much prefer the hodgepodge-ness of a simple TJMaxx or Marshalls store where the "home goods"sections are more of a luck of the draw kind of shopping.  In this particular store, you could find anything and everything.  So for me it kind of took the fun out of it.

Friday night all seven of us went to see the Newsboys in concert.  It was a blast.   Good, clean music and it made my heart happy to see our kids singing the lyrics of Christian songs.  One amazing part of the night was something the drummer did.  The audio is terrible and the song is a little too heavy metal for my liking but you gotta see this.  (if you forward to one minute in and watch until 1:30 seconds, you see the cool part.)

Our jaws dropped to the floor.  It was quite a site.

I believe if your birthday falls on a Friday you get to celebrate all weekend long.  Remember the Ultimate Vanilla Cake I mentioned we had on Bill's birthday?  On Saturday we had the Ultimate Chocolate Cake and it was divine.

We had a fire going, ate cake,  and watched Mr. Holland's of my favs.

I really wish I could tell you about Sunday at mass and how Bill was a lector.  And how he read the First Reading, which was this:

Reading 1 Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax
and works with loving hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors,
and let her works praise her at the city gates.

....and how every time he looked up from the Lectionary he made eye contact with me sitting in the pew.  And how a tear fell from my eye because of the beautiful gift of a husband he is and all that.  And how I really want to remember that special moment and document it on this blog...

But, I better not because he'd probably be embarrassed.

That concludes the trifecta that was my birthday weekend.  I'm so glad I was able to use stock photos from the web to make this post complete.  It makes me wonder how people were able to blog before the internet came along.
Oh, wait.


  1. Happy Happy Birthday! I just watched Gods not Dead this past weekend and just discovered the Newsboys. They seem like a really good bad! Impressive drumming indeed!

  2. Happy Birthday! How did I miss that?!?! On Sunday as Bill walked back to his seat, John leaned over and said, "Sweeney is such a romantic. Did you see how he looked at Kathleen while he was reading?" Loved it!

    Now...WHERE is the HomeGoods store? Should we go together one day?

  3. Well, happy birthday to you, young lady!!!

    Home Goods. Love it! We have one as well. Eventually, it will turn into a luck of the draw...but with a little more luck then the other stores (like Marshalls, etc.) I really like Home Goods out of all of them! If you can't find what you are looking for, you will definitely find something else you weren't looking for ;)

    What a FUN concert!! We like the Newsboys, too. So glad you had the opportunity to go with your family.

    And that reading. Loved it! I think every woman in church who is a wife and or mother loved it ;)

    May your year be filled with abundant blessings!!

  4. Happy Birthday to you my friend!! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend.
    HomeGoods is one of my favorite places...ours is next door to Target my other favorite place...not a good combo according to my husband. :)

  5. Hi Kathleen! Happy belated birthday! (and you can take a selfie by yourself. I see kids do that all the time). I felt like I sat next to you in church and experienced your husband read that passage just to you. How beautiful. That would be the best birthday present a gal ever had.
    How did that drummer not fall out of his seat? That was CRAZY. Love me some Newsboys though. I have a CD or two of them.
    What a lovely post.

  6. Loved it all, Kathleen! But...question...if Dad and I are only 42, how can you be 44?? xo

  7. Hi Kathleen! Just popping by to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. May God continue to bless you, and I pray that your daughter is doing well too.