And then came Dec 15th. My 30th birthday. It's odd to have birthdays when you're the mother of young children, because party-planning is pretty much up to you (unless you have a husband who enjoys that type of thing, which is not the husband I married), and I have a hard time throwing a party for myself, but more on that in the next post...
However, given that my birthday fell on a Saturday, and since we had some errands that needed run, I decided ahead of time that what I would like for my birthday was to get out of the house with just Josh and the baby for a bit, and take care of some errands without Hope and Joy. As much as I love my precious girls, it is a lot quicker to run errands with only one little person and car seat along. :o) We went to the new Costco that just opened up, and to a Christian bookstore, and one other place.
I make our own ice cream when I can, because we received an ice-cream maker for our wedding, and it's a fun, simple recipe for the girls to help me put together. It also allows me to make ice-cream I can actually eat, as the regular dairy variety wreaks havoc with my tummy. I use coconut milk and coconut cream to make it, and it tastes amazing. :o) I make regular stuff too - for Josh.
And thus was lived another day of blessing in my life. Josh was so kind to make things as enjoyable for me as possible that day. Awareness of the sacrifice of caring for three young children made the day all the more meaningful, and I am so thankful it is a job I have not been given to do alone. Josh and I are in it together, fueled by the grace and wisdom of God.