Twenty Four Years of Life Created By Love

So, yesterday was my birthday (yay!).

When everyone began to ask me what I was going to do on my special day, I received with the question many suggestions as to how I should plan the festivities.

“You should go out to eat.”

“You could meet friends for a few drinks.”

“You should go to the bars and get trashed — that’s what I always do.”

And while I know these words of wisdom were not ill-intentioned, none of them — not even the last all-too-fun-sounding pearl of advice (note sarcastic tone) — involved things that I wanted to do for the celebration of my 24th year of life.

All I really wanted to do was be with the people whom I love the most — my family. So, on Saturday night Dan and I packed up our things (our kitties, too!) and headed to my mom and dad’s house.

I woke up the next morning to bagels and fresh cream cheese from my favorite joints, compliments of my sister’s boyfriend, Anthony. I went for a long walk with my mom, and Dan and my sister made me sushi for lunch. I broke out my new juicer — the one and only present I really wanted — and made juice for everyone. A few of my most cherished extended family members stopped over, and I got to spend some time with all of them — my aunt, uncle, fabulous godchild and cousin, Chloe, and her sister, Ella, and brother, Jacob. They brought me cookies shaped like 2’s and 4’s (as you can see I pretty much polished those off!). And my mom made my favorite dinner which consists of ground turkey, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, corn and onions. I know it’s quite an odd choice, but I love it. Finally, my family sang to me and we ate cake.

It was perfect. I would not change a darn thing.

And while I already knew how lucky I am, days like this reaffirm all of those very real, true beliefs.


My family is not perfect, and we have our quirks and battles. But it is so perfect for me.

Mohandas Gandhi once said, “Where there is love there is life.”

I know for sure that my “life” exists and thrives because of the love by which I am surrounded. And I am a consistently growing person because of that “love.”

Thank you . . . to each one of you who have made my life for the past 24 years.

P.S. Stay posted for awesome juicing recipes . . . I love this thing!



Filed under April 2008, Pray

5 responses to “Twenty Four Years of Life Created By Love

  1. Amanda

    I am so glad that you had a nice day…It was so fun! 🙂 We are all very lucky. I love you so much! xoxo

  2. Dan

    – thank you for being the most wonderfully beautiful person 24 years later.

  3. Mom

    Happy Birthday to you once again!! I am thrilled that you had such a lovely day and as always honored that you still enjoy spending it with us!! It was fun!!

  4. Aunt Amy

    My cookies!!!

    You give us so many reasons to love you!

  5. Dan, Amanda, Mom and Aunt Amy — Thank you so much for being such a special part of my day! I love you all up to the sky and back down again, infinity times. (;

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