My dad made a pie for me
My mom brought me flowers
My friend Rachel gave me this enormous cookbook that I'm already in love with
My friend Mayna surprised me by showing up on my doorstep on her way to the airport--just to wish me "Happy Birthday," give me hugs, and leave a gift full of music, tea, and homemade focaccia bread
My friend Steve baked sticky buns for me--yum! (you can see a few are missing already...)
My mom's cousin left this sweet tea-themed gift on my porch:
Dave and Carol, my "second parents," brought me more flowers...
...and gave me birthday money. I used some of it to take myself on a birthday thrift-store outing where I found these fun mugs for 49 cents each:
One of them is a kitty cat Christmas mug that goes perfectly with my little Christmas tree theme:
I also found three of my favorite kind of puzzles at the Goodwill for 99 cents each:
And last, but not least, I bought the perfect journal to begin recording my Love Notes:
Because that's what all these things are, really. Love notes without words.
I am loved. I am blessed. And I am so very, very grateful for all of it.