Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Unexpected Birthday Gift

I grew up in a family that made a big deal of birthdays. My parents did all that was in their power to celebrate us and make us feel special. It really was our day. For that one day, it felt like the world revolved around you. Presents, parties,'s all about what you want and what you enjoy. (For the record, my parents are still amazing at making me feel special on my birthday, and I haven't lived in the same state as them for 4 years.)

Saturday was my birthday, and I was so excited to celebrate my first birthday as a mom! Nicholas can't give me presents yet, and when he does, they will probably be made out of cardboard and still slightly wet paint. It's not like I was expecting a present from him, but I was still anticipating a special day.

Around 4am on Saturday morning Nicholas woke up to eat. This is typical, but when I pulled him out of his crib I was surprised to feel how hot his little body was. His nose was so stuffy that it was hard for him to eat and he was burning up. I knew right away that my plans of going on a big date that day were probably going to change. And I didn't really mind because I just wanted to make sure that he was ok. I'm his mama, and he needed me.

As I watched his little nose run and felt his hot, clammy head, my heart filled with so much love for him. I felt so privileged that I get to be his mama, and that on my birthday, I got to snuggle with the sweetest gift I've ever received. I went into full-on mommy mode, wanting to make everything better and doing all that I could to make him feel comfortable. I didn't get to sleep in like I had hoped for on my birthday, but I did get to wake up to a very silly, sniffling little boy. 

Brian and I ended up going to lunch, as Nicholas perked up a bit by the afternoon. Some amazing friends watched him and took great care of him - but the whole time I just wanted to be at home with him. I think if I had to do it again, I would have just stayed home :) I used to think that my birthday was all about me and that life needed to go my way on that day. But my birthday this year was an amazing reminder that my life, on my birthday or not, is about loving the people around me. It's about laying down my rights, and sometimes even my plans, to serve them. Because in doing that, I am loving them as Jesus loves them, and serving Him as I serve them. It's kind of cheesy, but I really do feel like I had the chance to experience how much more of a blessing it is to give than to receive. Thanks Lord for that lesson, on my birthday of all days.

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  1. This is the one thing I want to grow in the most- and am getting there,slowly but surely. What a joy it is to serve Jesus, but I think sometimes our selfish desires get in the way of seeing that joy.

    What an encouraging post :)

  2. What a great reminder that life (and birthdays!) should always be about other people and not just about ourselves the whole time. What a sweet story of being able to share your birthday with your little boy- it makes me excited to have kids one day! Just found your blog and I've enjoyed getting to know you better. I'm excited to follow along with your adventures!

    new follower :)

  3. ive had to think the same way on holidays...when christmas or thanksgiving didnt look like what my little head thought it should...yet I was even more blessed than I would have been! Glad you had a great bday!!! love you friend!!

  4. I found your blog today from the Desire to Inspire link up :) Thank you for posting this! My birthday was last Thursday and I remember being kind of sad because no one made a huge deal out of it, but this is a reminder to me that it isn't about me. There were other things to do that day and I served my family well. :) Thank you for this post it truly touched my heart.

  5. Hi, Mackenzie! I love this and look forward to connecting with you! I'm also your newest follower from Love on Wings!



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