This birthday I suckered some girlfriends to come over and play games with me. Even though I told the little stinkers not to bring gifts or cards, they did. I love the adorable purse I got that is made from a Monopoly board and my supply of socks is now replenished. I'll be using the great mugs my daughter got me at our family gatherings at the beach, and I'll smell good using the soap I got. And I'll look hot wearing the red sequined dress my pal Elizabeth gave me. "It's not a gift. It's a reward," she told me. She'd offered to loan me that gown when I had my last red carpet party when Hallmark showed the movie version of THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS, but sadly, I was too pudgy to look good in it. Since then I've lost twenty-five pounds, and she figured I'd earned that cool, sparkly dress. I can hardly wait to wear it! My friend Dave Kragen gave me the first "Killware" mug, commemorating his sci-fi KILLWARE series. I'm honored. He and my B.F.F. Jan fed Gerhardt and me well after the party and kept the fun going. So, needless to say, today I'm not moping around about the fact that I'm older. Instead I'm grateful, grateful, grateful.
But I am also aware of the passing of time. (There comes a point, gang, when it does sink in that you're mortal.) As a Christian, the big question I'm asking myself with this birthday is, "How can I best follow God this coming year?" I hope I can be kinder, more patient, more generous, and definitely be listening with unplugged ears to whatever God may direct. It's a new year and I'm excited about it. Ready to be used by God, ready to be a good wife, mom, and friend. Ready to be a better person than I was last year. I suppose that's all a tall order. But I'm willing to try. Bring it on!