If we’re celebrating, I’m gonna start by typing in my favourite colour today.
It was a year ago today that I was praying like crazy that my friend Carrie would give birth to her first child a day early (the one known to the blogworld as ‘Elastababy’ was due April 6th). So I was also glued to my mobile in case I got a call/text to say that Carrie was in labour. He ended up being born directly in the middle between his Mummy’s and my birthdays instead.
25 years ago, my Mum was having a horrendous time in the hospital known to most Edinburgers as ‘the Baby Factory’…(sorry about that Mum!). She likes to remind me every year by either phoning me or bursting into a room I happen to be in screaming in pain at some point between 10 p.m. 4th April and 10 p.m. 5th April. And you know I’m not kidding, don’t you?
I know a lot of April babies…and birth is one of these things that I love to celebrate. And, you know I may be biased, but I reckon April babies are the best babies…!
In fact I was trying to remember all the people I know who are April babies. Seriously there are some fabulous people (including one miracle baby who was born the day before my birthday last year – he almost died and spent a couple of weeks in the ICU at RACH and astounded his nurses & doctors by making a full recovery!)
Eleanor, Laura, Richard, Emmet, Kate, Steven, Jennifer, Samuel, Susan, Sarah, Jamie, Helen, Stuart, Elspeth, Carrie, Kirsty, Craig, David, Calum...to name but a few!!
And it’s not just birthdays…
It was a year ago today that I was at my friend, Nicola’s wedding – the first of the ‘high school’ friends to be married!! Nicola and her husband, Graeme are celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary today.
Today is also Day 14 of The Art of Joy - and the last day of Love out Loud. Today the prompt is to give lollipops to adults you meet. I fully admit that I engineered that particular prompt to be the one that happened on my birthday because it sounded fun!!
Next weekend lots of people will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. With those ‘rebirth’ connotations we’ve kind of adopted fertility festivals into it (very Chocolat) and I have to confess I love the chocolate eggs, and in our family you have to roll your first chocolate egg to break it (you know like the stone rolled away).
In essence, I love to celebrate. And I love to do it by having fun, dancing, bouncing, spending time with friends and sharing things with people.
Although my Mum is disappointed that I won’t be home this evening, I’ll be singing to help lead sung prayer, praise and worship to God with some of the folks who are part of MBC. I’ll get to have breakfast with some of the folks in my smallgroup. And if I have time and I find my cake tins I may make a chocolate cranberry cake with chocolate fudge icing.
To end I’d like to say a big
to Sarah (my blog friend in Alabama) and Jamie (friend in-real-life)
And as it’s my birthday and I didn’t get round to organising my children’s style birthday party, I give you full permission to eat jelly and ice cream, play musical bumps/statues/chairs/cushions, blow hooters or bubbles and spread the lollipop love. Just make sure you brush your teeth tonight ok?