May 18, 2012

31st Birthday Party Under Twinkle Lights

All I wanted for my birthday this year was to provide an opportunity for my friends to relax (with me) on our wonderful back patio.
Food, friends, and crafts!
It was perfect.

I didn't go "all out" with paper straws and bunting galore..the draped lights and smiles from my friends were decor enough!
Here is how I am feeling about my heart friends lately. It is from the prayer book One-Minute Prayers for Women by Harvest House Publishers (emphases mine):

There was a time when I followed the steps of those who did not care about Your existence. I emulated their mannerisms, which reflected worldly poise. I am thankful I woke up from this false dream. When I noticed You on the perimeter of life, I knew right away that I had set my sights too low for myself. There was something greater, no, Someone greater to follow.

I thank you for bringing godly people into my life. My path is not always straight. I wander. I take long detours that should be day trips. My friends who know You and fear You with their every breath give me directions back to Your way. They stay true to Your precepts; You stay true to me.

I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. Psalm 119:63
Thanks for spending the evening with me, girls! Look for thank you cards in your mailboxes, soon!


Kendall said...

Love your outfit in this pic too! :) So cute! Hope you had a great birthday!!


Krista Hutton said...

So sad I wasn't able to be there:( Looks like you had so much fun though! Hope it was a fabulous birthday!!!

WELCOME! said...

i love that quote you shared! so happy that you have friends who point you to things that matter.

i just read a quote by Francis Chan that made me think about friendships in a roundabout way:
"Our greatest fear should not be failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't matter."

I really need Godly friends to remind me of those things that really matter. :)

Happy Birthday To You!!!

Laceymade said...

happy birthday! glad you had a great time mindy! please tell me where you got that adorable dress? i want it. :)

alishamcclure said...

So sad I couldn't be there too! Glad we got to celebrate the night before! Next year, we do a joint bday with you and my hubby!!

Elizabeth said...

Such a fun Birthday! I may need to pick that devotional up, very inspiring. How wonderful to be surrounded by friends that lift you up! Happy Belated Birthday!

Kelli Diane said...

Happy Birthday :) this night sounds like it was perfect! But I don't think the baby was very happy :) She is very cute!

Kaitlin said...

what a darling little party.
i love what everyone is wearing so sweet

xo kaitlin

Jenna said...

The food looks SO yummy! i wish I could have made the party!

Events By Ashley said...

Lover you dear friend!!!!

Lauren said...

You look absolutely adorable!! What a great birthday!!

Michelle said...

Looks like it was a great time! Wish I could have made it over - May is such a busy time!