May 13, 2011

When hope comes along

Updated: it appears giveaway #3 lost its comments. Blogger you are on my naughty list.
Please re-enter the giveaway if you are so inclined. I'm sorry! Also the What I Wore Wednesday comments are gone and I know there were 17. Ha. Well I had fun reading them when they were there. Also it will be late Sunday before I post giveaway weiners; going to a wedding.
My thirtieth birthday will go down in history as my favorite.

My most favorite one of all.

We had a regular day, Wilder, Story and I, with trips to the post office and beauty supply store. The weather was a beautiful 70ish with a sweet little breeze in the air. Shawn had let me know a couple days prior that he wanted to meet us in one of my favorite areas of town for a birthday dinner. Naturally, I began to wonder if there would be other dinner guests, too, like friends!

I was wrong. And that was okay. I had had such a great day so far, and the Lord confirming a lot of things in my heart (including both of my sisters giving me the same scripture verse on my birthday, without knowing it). I had had all the gifts I needed that day.

Our food was delicious. Oh my. I had the Josephine--turkey with walnuts and a special cheese (I forget the name). Then I ate 1/2 of W's grilled cheese. I stepped away to use the restroom and came back to see Shawn frantically texting. Before then, I had wondered what was up, because he was just acting like his mind was elswhere. But his mind could've been on a busy day at work.

He and Wilder decided to go outside for some fresh air because he's about to have a meltdown, Mindy, while I finished Story's bottle. Wilder was nowhere near meltdown mode. So I began to wonder if maybe there wasn't a card table over by the fountains, with a few friends gathered round, maybe some sweets to share. We passed by the fountains.

No one was there.

Then Shawn says, we better go to the agency, Wilder has to poop. Plus he wants some M&Ms (Shawn's workplace is in that area of town and they have a huge bowl of candy in the reception area). Now I was really suspicious. Such suspicions were confirmed when I a) saw my friend's SUV in the parking lot b) heard the faint sound of children's voices emanating from the breakroom. We trapsed on.

I thought there would be just a couple of people there, maybe 2 other couples, children in tow. I stopped dead in my tracks. Completely unable to move.

Emotion overcame me.
Hands to mouth, I nearly dove toward the first person I could lean into, Shawn's dad.

I couldn't believe it.Tears.
Okay gotta regroup.
Everyone was there. Everyone.
My family made up of so many non-blood brothers and sisters. My sisters in the Lord. Those I've known for years, others not as long. People who have held my heart and loved me despite my faults. Who have allowed me to vent, have allowed me to help them. Have let me hug and kiss their babies. The family I will hold close to me forever. They are everything.

It's everybody.

We talked until 9ish while the kids ran circles. I forgot about the cupcakes and punch. I just wanted to soak in each conversation, express my gratitude to each person there. I kept thinking, you did good, Shawn, you did good. And, oh my they are out so late with their kids; what a sacrifice. Thank you, each and every one of you, that came. If you missed the invite, don't hold it against Shawnie; he had only a couple days to plan.

Someone will be holding against him alot anyway:
Jenna, thank you for these pictures. They capture the memories I will forever hold dear.

When we become parents, the spotlight turns to our children. I dig/get that. I celebrate my children every day. When I got married, there were showers and parties. When I had my babies, there were showers. I had plenty of time to be loved on my many.

But what all of my friends, the guests of this party, didn't know, is that their presence in one great big room at one great big time, for me, gave me renewed okayness with myself. It sounds really selfish (we should never doubt who we are, when we do that, we doubt God), but there are those of us who occasionally struggle with self-worth. This party heightened my awareness that people care about me, that I'm worth their love.

Thirty is fine. Thirty is great.

In fact thirty may have saved my life.


Courtney said...

Mindy! This is so cool! So happy for you..yay 30!!! You look great, too!!

Chris said...

So glad you had so many to celebrate YOU. Enjoy 30. It's great.

Natalie said...

Awe, that was such a sweet surprise! :) So happy for you!

Squiggly Rainbow said...

Happy Birthday! What a lovely Man you have - the thirties are great. I'm loving it! Thanks for letting me know that I may be doubting our Lord - it is hard to recognise ourselves at times as worthy. Love to you xo

Janine said...

You made me tear up here. What a wonderful surprise. So glad you had a great birthday! Happy 30's!

2chicdesigns said...

Hey Mind Happy 30th Birthday!
!Cynthia 2chicdesigns

Jenae said...

Happy belated Birthday! What a wonderful surprise! I too have been struggling with self-doubt...a lot! Read my blog post tomorrow...it's ALL about it!

alishamcclure said...

What a great day!! Loved celebrating you, because I feel totally blessed to have you in my life!! :)

Drea said...

you and your husband are such a sweet couple. Happy 30th!! ill be there in like 2 1/2 years :) im not sure im ready. hehe.

Eric's Mommy said...

That is so awesome! I'm so happy you had such a great birthday!!
(this post totally made me tear up while I read it)

mama marchand said...

So fantastic! :) What a great way to celebrate!

Kate said...

So sorry to have missed your party, but the pictures brought tears to my eyes!! Happy Birthday...30 IS great! :) and by the by....those shoes are so cute....where are they from?

Mighty McClure Fam said...

Love this post....so fun to read and kinda be there in a sense:) I'm sorry I missed....I was soo there in party spirit though! We all need to feel loved, a great part of who He is....soo thankful your man knew that:)

Andrea said...

Wish I could have been there, sorry I missed seeing you. I already miss you guys and I still live in KS! I agree with Kate...love the shoes.

breitenbach8 said...

Glad you had a wonderful birthday! You deserve it!

banban said...

Oh how exciting..... happy birthday. xx

mommyjoymarie said...

So happy you had a great day and party...sorry we had to miss it!

danielle @ take heart said...

happy birthday beautiful!!! this is so awesome. i got the chills…so happy for you!!

TDM Wendy said...

Love, love, love the pics of your reaction. So good. Happy birthday! You are still looking awesome - it's around age 34 when it all starts going downhill :)