Big birthdays tend to force us to pause and reflect on how far we've come, where we are, and where we're going. The big Four-Zero is especially significant because, though we don't know how many years the Lord will grant us in this life, this milestone marks the halfway point of our expected life span, even according to scripture (Psalm 90:10). It has taken divine intervention for me to look back with acceptance and gratitude and forward with hope as I sit in awkward silence in the present of the presence of my Saviour.
This week is Nettie's Confetti's second birthday! What a journey it has been. After taking forever to start this project of love it has now become an integral part of my life and those around me can't escape when I have an idea or start a project. I have been humbled by the support for my (sometimes crazy) endeavours and for the feedback I have received from friends and readers from all corners of my life.
I had the privilege to arrange my baby sister's baby shower for her miracle princess Isabella. I was assisted by a fantastic team of excited family that came together to make a safe Covid-friendly party a reality. We had a drive-by shower followed by a virtual get-together.
After a lockdown, rollercoaster year like 2020 even homebodies like us needed to get away for a few days over the December holidays. Fortunately, Prince Charlie’s family lives in the Western Cape and invited us to spend Christmas with them. My husband loves road trips and relished planning a scenic drive for us through Graaff-Reinet, taking a break in George and then finally arriving in Malmesbury.
I once heard a mother remark that the biggest reason for celebrating her toddler's birthday is that she kept the child alive for another year. That is almost how I feel about my blog baby. This weekend I celebrate one year of Nettie's Confetti!
If you've been on the blog for a few seconds you would notice that I love a good celebration. I love commemorating birthdays and anniversaries, but enjoy even making a big deal of small things. This week Prince Charlie and I celebrate the tenth anniversary of the day he asked me to be his wife. This special anniversary reminded me why it is so important to celebrate every day.
Have you noticed? The sun is shining a bit brighter. The birds are chirping a bit louder. The days are getting longer and warmer. The smell of spring is in the air. The seasons are changing.
My birthday has always been the most important day of the year for me. As children our birthday is simply an opportunity to be celebrated, be the centre of attention, and eat our favourite cake to our heart’s content. As we get older, birthdays become an opportunity to reflect on our growth and achievements.
Christmas is an opportunity to reflect on the wonderful gifts Jesus has given us that cannot be wrapped and placed under a tree.
This year we celebrate 8 years of a beautiful, blessed marriage. I am very excited to celebrate this special gift of a marriage with you and I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the next 80 years.