Thank you, to everyone, for making my birthday weekend a heartfelt, grateful one. All of your birthday wishes so much more than made me feel caught up from the years of shared birthday cards and cakes, as a kid.
The power of friendship is something that can't be overstated: my sister and I both said the same thing this weekend. All of our *individual* well wishes from others on our individual facebook pages made us feel very special, very happy, very fortunate. Thank You.
The party's over now and the gift wrapping's cleared away. I'm dusting my hands off and getting back to business.
Here's this week's In Case You Missed It
--Opening up with a moving post, showing us so many things that it's hard to not write an entire post on just that alone. The beauty and power of simple, strong, carefully chosen words that pack more of a punch than a 5,000 word essay. Kat of mamakatslosinit with September 24th, an entry where she tells us So Much in So Few Words, about the strength of the human spirit. A must read today.
--Being grateful for the mundane in life. The appreciation for a steadiness in which we have found our place. Arriving there, for some of us - after years of work fighting anxiety, depression, less than stellar mental states - but finally arriving there. It's a joyful moment. From Christine of coffees&commutes, with Settled, a sweet and bittersweet piece of the mountains we climb, thinking we'll never get there, and then one day: we finally do. Wonderful.
--I've mentioned them before, but it's only because you really need to subscribe to this site: Storyfix.com. Today's entry: Taking a story from normal to extraordinary. Stories that get picked up and published have these things going on inside their framework: it's a peek inside at what an agent knows will work in the publisher's market. VERY interesting.
--This week, a new parenting site, allparenting.com published their list of Best Parenting Blogs. allParenting's first shout out is someone that you've got to get to know. This woman has a way of making me feel like anything I do is wondrous compared to what she gets done. Check it out: allParenting's Top Parenting Bloggers. *allparenting: An all-new parenting site for everything moms need to build and keep a healthy, happy, well-rounded family life. Follow them on twitter and FB.
--And this made me laugh, because one thing that makes something funny to people is recognizing ourselves in the same situation. The always entertaining and truth-telling ways of ScaryMommy, with Band-Aid Addiction.
Have a wonderful day. I'm going to enjoy my post-birthday now, breaking off apieceofdat GIANT Kit Kat bar and the Costco palette of Starbucks caramel frappuccinos I asked for.
Love to you all.