A Summer Birthday

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Birthday Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co

Birthday meal

Niobrara Farms

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Being born in July can be rough. I do have several “classic” birthday memories from my childhood, but often my birthday was overshadowed by the fourth of July, church camp, or a big transition–like moving across the country. But I’m not complaining. I don’t care to make a hoopla out of my birthday. I prefer to keep it simple. However, the past couple years it has fallen at very busy and stressful times. And though we are still quite busy with camps and a recent move, we were actually able to do a bit of celebrating this year. And I’m glad we enjoyed it on the actual day, and not after, because I got dose of food poisoning the next day and the very thought of eating–even cake and ice cream–made my stomach churn.

I {easily} talked Mitch into driving around downtown until we found a food truck I really wanted to try (I don’t think they gave me the food poisoning fyi. Well, not directly. I may have left my leftovers in the car too long . . . ). It was worth the search–probably the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever tried.

I also really wanted a good piece of cake. Mitch asked around and found me a delicious cupcake shop. We decided that we needed to buy six cupcakes so we could try different kinds and share with my parents over the weekend. 😉

My cupcakes were delicious, but I am tempted to make a batch of the cupcakes and frosting I made for Rebekah’s birthday party in April. Homemade raspberry frosting is seriously worth it (Recipe coming soon). Not to brag or anything, but I think my favorite cakes are ones I make. Especially my chocolate cake with my chocolate frosting. Okay, I may need to make time to bake cake this week . . . 

It turned out to be quite a pleasant day with a good bit of relaxing–even a nap–and then some yard work during the cool of the evening after baby girl went to bed. The next day my parents came into town. We had a pretty fun time when I wasn’t completely feeling like death. We visited the state capitol and walked around the farmer’s market Saturday morning–two of my favorite places to visit.

Blogging has blessed me unexpectedly this year with new friendships. Some that stay purely online due to distance, and some in person with other women here around Columbia. I never would have expected it–but I am immeasurably grateful! One of those unexpected friendships developed with Sarah, a sweet woman I met at the Farmer’s Market and then again through my blog. She makes and sells goats’ milk products with her sister.

All things considered, when I pause and reflect on this past year, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I can’t help but be grateful for all that God has provided and for the blessings of this past year. Even on the difficult days, there are so many small blessings all around us: the smile of our baby girl (gulp, I mean toddler!), the birds chirping away in the backyard, friendly neighbors, sunlight streaming through the windows, and flowers lifting their tender petals open wide to the sunlight and rain for nourishment. When I slow down to take it all in, I can’t help but acknowledge how beautiful life is.

And it is my prayer that I seek and accept all the blessings that God pours forth each day. When our world seems to be spiraling into chaos and pain and fear and hate–may I not only seek the good, but reflect Jesus’ love in all my interactions so that I can sow seeds of kindness, love, and hope. Christ offers us an anchor to cling to with hope and confidence when our world descends into madness. Ultimately, we can only control ourselves–but when we trust God, He can work out incredible good through our small seeds of kindness and love.

And that is my goal for this next year of life–to live a life of kindness that spreads hope to those I encounter. 

2 thoughts on “A Summer Birthday

  1. It sounds and looks like you had a lovely birthday, Nathana! It was so nice to see you that Saturday, too. : ) Thanks for coming by at the market!

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