And one Thomas took of us:
(there it goes again. . .turning pictures on me)
And Tom surprised me with a new pair of Born boots!!!
They are really great. And I just *happened* to be wearing an outfit that "fit" them perfectly :) Later that day, at school, one of my students asked me "what I got for my birthday" and I pulled up my pants leg to show them my boots and the tag was still on -- ha!
The other stunning, most beautiful, thoughtful gift came the day before from my sister and her family:
Tom took some time off from work to come and have lunch with me and Thomas forfeited his time with his friends in the cafeteria to eat with us too -- great kid! That morning all the kiddos had said "Mom, tell us what you want for lunch and since it's your birthday we'll pack it for you" -- so sweet! The one day lunch was going to be made for me. . .oh well, it's the thought that counts. During fourth period the office called and a student answered. . .she told me there was a flower delivery for me in the office. . .??? So I asked her if she wanted to go get it for me. . .
One of my bestest friends had sent flowers!!! Isn't that the greatest thing ever??? I really couldn't believe it -- not something I *ever* expected.
It really was a terrific 40th. My in-laws had been down the weekend before and gave me a red sweater (I need red now that my school color is red!) and took me shopping for fabric for new bar stool covers. That is going to be awesome too. . .Nancy is going to make the covers for me and Fred will re-paint the stools since the fabric we picked out doesn't really go with the black they are now painted. My mom sent money for a pedicure (hope to get that TODAY!) and my dad will babysit for us again next time he comes down so Tom and I can have another date night -- priceless.
The best part? I love my life. I really *like* 40 (or, at least, the entire 2+ days I've been 40). It seems to "fit" me, at least in my mind. I am healthy. I have healthy children, a one-in-a-million spouse to share my life with, and live in a place that we like. God has fulfilled my dream, again, of being in the classroom and provided us with not only our needs but our "wants" too. Every day is a learning experience and for the most part every day is a challenge. That is not a bad thing. . .we are growing together. . .still trying to find "balance" and yet making it all work, somehow. This could only happen with the help of dear family and friends to lift us up and walk alongside us. . .so many things to be grateful for at 40.