The Best Birthday EVER!

It's Friday, and I'm still basking in the love my family lavished upon me Monday! I never thought a 36th birthday was all that special, but WOW...I think it's going to be a hard one to top!

Something I want to remember about the day: it was pouring down rain and I had a sick child at home...not my ideal conditions for a perfect day. And yet, everything about Plan B was PERFECT. I have too often let expectations get in the way of REALLY LIVING. Not this day! {God's been working on this heart-o-mine!}

My husband spoiled me with a most unexpected and lavish gift at the end of the day, but here's what I'll cherish most about my 36th birthday: the handmade gifts and cards that remind me I AM LOVED and CHERISHED!

From my sister,
an amazing artist whose creations always wow me.

{Even her packaging is a piece of art!}

{I love this collage, Holly! Thank you!}

From my youngest daughter,
whose love of giving gifts makes everyday feel like a birthday:

{I love your flair for color and beauty, little one!}

From my oldest daughter,
whose gifts of poetry and song writing astound me:

{I love that she called me a "homemama." It's my new favorite word!}

{My jaw dropped as I listened to her read this poem.

From my husband,

who has never been that into birthdays,

but made me feel like the most cherished woman on earth:

{Thank you, sweet husband, for taking the TIME to put your whole heart
into this priceless gift...and for helping me believe what is TRUE about me!}

There's so much I'm still processing about that special day...about being loved THAT MUCH by both my family and my God...about the lavish gift my husband gave me...and the parallels to the lavish gift of GRACE my Heavenly Father gives me daily.

Happy Friday, Sweet Readers!

P.S. One more handmade gift: from my favorite local chef, Randy Evans at Haven, who not only made a special gluten free chocolate dessert just for me, but also spoiled us with EVERY dessert on the menu! Talk about a DREAM! Thank you, Randy! And a huge thanks to Bryan for selecting the nicest bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape I've ever tasted! {Ask Bryan for wine help anytime!}

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  1. Holy cow Lins~ this is my favorite post of yours ever. I am watery eyed reading the cards from your girls and that poem, oh my!! She is a gifted kiddo that's for sure. Sweet hubby's book is so thoughtful I can't get over it and those desserts, wowee.
    Happy sunshine~filled Friday to you.

  2. Erica RushingJanuary 28, 2011

    Happy Belated Birthday! I DREAM all the time of having a piece of Holly"s art someday!!! :):):)

    Enjoyed your post & pictures! :)

  3. Wow. What a royal birthday - treated like a queen. You are blessed. Love following your blog. Happy Birthday one more time :)

  4. I am sitting at dance with Grace trying not to cry my eyes out over your daughters poem! SSHH...but I am beginning a rough draft on a children's book for little girl hearts...might ask your daughter to use that poem:)
    This is one of the most precious post I have ever seen! That husband of yours is a keeper! You deserve to be cherished Linsey. I am loving the whole thing.
    Lastly - your sweet mother...I'm heading over to visit her.
    you...the HOMEMAMA...just got me
    xo have a good weekend!

  5. Those gifts were truly from the heart...I am speechless!

  6. You deserved everything you got on your birthday! You are truly a special, compassionate, unique, amazing, one-of-a-kind lady who inspires all of us everyday -- not only in your craft, but in your love of the Lord and praises of Him! Happy, Happy Birthday Lins! (again hehe) xoxoxox

  7. Wow, that gift from your hub just knocks me socks off -- what a sweetie! Hope you continue to enjoy your birthday week -- heck, why not make it a month-long celebration!

    Thanks for stopping by my place...lovely to see you there!

  8. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Your girl's cards, artwork and poem made me a little misty eyed. You are right, how will they ever top this!? You deserve to be celebrated!! Have a wonderful weekend, Linsey!! I am with Morning T - my favorite post ever!

  9. WOW! I miss you guys so much! Reading this post was so awesome and I felt like I was back in Houston doing crafts with LF & Hallie. Please tell them that their artwork is beautiful from me! Y'all are so special to me and I can't wait to see y'all in May!

  10. Oh my goodness gracious! What more could any housemamma ;) and wife ever ask for! All the deatails...you will most certainly store up those treasures and ponder them in your heart...will you not :)?!?! What a day!

  11. what a fantastic day linsey!! ( even with the rain)
    i love the homemama & the little pot, the collage too!
    the book from your hubby is beautiful
    but the dessert table...OH MY!!

  12. what a special gift that hubby of yours got you...priceless.

    and those cards from your girls...keep them forever!

    I'm glad you had such a special birthday, linsey!

  13. you are loved! and worth our creative time!

  14. your sister's creation is fantastic. But what your husband did for you is just beyond fabulous! what a blessing!

  15. Aww...thank you for all of your sweet comments! My family is beaming. :)


  16. Wow I'm so blessed to be here this morning and see love, beauty and blessings! I love to see beautiful Mama, daughters and kiddos because I dream too the same for us when the kiddos grow up. And yes, the hubby did a fantastic job expressing his love and the girls are sooo sweet and I can clearly see a great poet!

    Thanks to Lulu for guiding me to this lovely place and Happy Birthday to you!

  17. wow! that poem is AWESOME! what a birthday. birthdays are the best! it's so much fun to celebrate the life you've been given and all the things and folks that make it great.
    have a super 36th year!!!! love you!

  18. wow..you are so blessed...your girls are creative like you! and tell JD he is DA MAN! i am so impressed!!!!!

    i will be 36 this year too!

    happy birthday friend!

    love, holly

    p.s. i am loving that goat with the typewriter..holly is a rock star!

  19. Aren't the little handwritten notes from your children the best? I will cherish all of their scribbles they do for me. Hope you had a great birthday!
    Lila Ferraro

  20. Happy Birthday - a little late...

    What a moving blog post - seeing all the wonderful things your family made for you makes me well up! What an amazing family to be part of! And for a man to take the time to create such a thoughtful present - wow...

    Your home is so stunning and your blog a true inspiration, in both words and images.

    Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog around the New Year - I really appreciated them!

    Wishing you all the best for 2011 and see you soon again,

    Warm regards,

  21. What a sweet, sweet day. Those gifts are amazing. And that poem... homemamma... I LOVE it.

  22. omw, that poem!!!! Wow!!!

    happy birthday, dear friend!!


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