1.21.2011

Bring On The Birthdays!

I've got birthdays on the brain! We don't just have a birth DAY around our house. We have a birthday SEASON! All four birthdays in about six weeks.

The whirlwind begins January 24th.

{The best every birthday cupcake made by my amazing sister.}

I'll be 26 on Monday. I mean...36! {Not trying to be cute or funny, but 26 is what came out, so I'm going with it!}

In the past, I've tried not to get too excited about birthdays. It's silly, really, but I don't like being the center of attention. And yet I don't like being forgotten (it's happened, and I've let it crush me). You know the feeling when a best friend or family member forgets your special day. {The Enemy is quick to whisper lies that you're forgotten and maybe even unloved, but the Lord says you are NEVER forgotten and ALWYAS loved, so don't buy it!}

I'm getting better every year at giving grace to myself and others, but the truth is, I LOVE BIRTHDAYS! Why not get a little excited on the day God made the one and only you?!?! {Funny memory: when my youngest was three, she said she didn't like my birthday. She didn't want it to be all about me!} 


{Cake made by my amazingly talented friend, Carol.}

Not every year is all sparklers and sunshine, but every year is a gift from the One who made you. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)...and I AM WORTH CELEBRATING! And so are YOU!!! No more fearing birthdays, my friends!

My birthday is off to a great start this year thanks to my sweet mothers-in-law who remembered me a few days early! One went shopping and the other picked up a gift card from my favorite store:

{Lucky me to have TWO mothers-in-law who know what I love!}

My sweet husband isn't that into birthdays, but after 13 years of marriage, he's tuned in and ready for this one. He's taking the day off just to be with me. Awww!!! Quality Time is my love language, so I'm a happy camper. {Have you read The 5 Love Languages? Good stuff.}

{Love this man!}

We'll finish the day with my family at my favorite Houston restaurant:


[Side note: if you live in Houston and haven't been to Haven, please treat yourself! Chef Randy Evans (former Brennan's chef) and Manager/Wine Guy Bryan Davis will take great care of you! Tell them JD and Linsey sent you!]

The only thing missing from this year's birthday...


...the friends who've celebrated with me every year for the last decade. {Where did the time go?} New York City doesn't have anything on Haven, but you're doing a good work up there! {Miss you!}

Back to the birthday marathon...

On February 4th, this baby girl turns TEN!!!


{Talk about time flying!}

And on February 19th...
I  get to celebrate the man who stole my heart over Thanksgiving,
courted me over Christmas...and proposed to me on Valentine's Day!

{Yep, CRAZY, but GOOD! 13 years and thriving!}

And on March 8th, this little love bug turns EIGHT!



{Precious.}

Life is rich, my friends. Let's celebrate it!

How about you?
What makes you feel celebrated and special on your birthday?
I'd love to know!

xoxo,

P.S. Also in the mix: my sister's birthday on March 3rd!

{We're only 13 months apart!}

13 comments:

  1. I'm a TOTAL cake person -- so birthday cake is what I love most about my birthday! Cake and lots of other sweet treats! :)

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  2. life is rich.
    i love that first photo....adorable.

    happy birthday month....can't wait to see pictures!

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  3. So sweet. I'm with you on not loving birthdays {don't like the attention either} but totally crushed if forgotten! I wish you the best birthday ever!

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  4. My favorite post ever....so pure and sweet! Enjoy all the celebrations in the next few weeks!

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  5. I want a piece of that chocolate cake btw:)
    cute jacket
    cute husband
    and cute girls
    Girl...you are one lucky woman!
    I am looking forward to see how you jump right into your birthday this year and celebrate! Get a little crazy..:)
    xo:)

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  6. So glad to find you too! Love these photos just beautiful! I will be back too!

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  7. Thanks for posting this, Lins. Every year a (different) dear friend forgets my birthday. The first few times it really hurt my feelings, so this post really spoke to me. Happy Birthday on Monday! Love the cute jacket your MIL got you, btw.

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  8. I kinda wish you were going to be 26. That would make me 10 years younger.xoxox

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  9. Happy, happy {belated} bday to you sweet Linsey!! We had dinner with friends at Haven on Friday night and I can't believe I didn't see you. We were sitting by the windows and I did look back at your favorite tables against the back wall to see if by chance you were there but I didn't see you.
    Hope you had a great weekend my friend.
    xo~
    T

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  10. Today is the day, sweet Tricia. We'll be at Haven tonight! Glad you got to go on Friday!

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  11. Between you and me referred me here so I thought I'd take a gander!
    Can I just say I pray that I look as good as you when I turn 36?!
    Any beauty secrets?
    Biz
    http://busybizblogs.blogspot.com/

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  12. Such a sweet post. Happy Birthday to YOU (and the rest of your gang)!!! xx- Brooke

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  13. Oh I am so sad I missed your birthday!!! We'll toast it tomorrow night :-)

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