If you don't like cheese or corn, you should probably skip this post. I just wanted to write 26 beautiful things about my life:
1- hanging out with my husband (forever!)
2-Isaac's hilarious imagination
3-Noah's baby smiles
4-my parents' love, particularly my mother's sympathy and my father's appreciation
5-friendship and love and support from all of my brothers and sisters/ their families
6-the Gospel of Jesus Christ
8-Jared's family (including extended)-- they are all wonderful!
10-a job to fall back on
11-the opportunity to NOT work a lot
12-sleep, precious sleep
13-Noelle's mission and its effects on my family
14-being able to read and write (the gift of literacy!)
16-a jogging stroller which allows me to run!
17-the Savior's example
20-my Back to Basics toaster and its ability to make my favorite eggs on toast perfectly!
21-Priesthood blessings from my husband
22-a good park to play at, despite the stresses of life
23-hope for change, and I don't mean Obama-style
25-flan, cheesecakes and other favorite desserts
26-those quiet times when both of my sons are sleeping
That being said, I don't think birthdays should be about the person whose odometer is turning over; it should be about their mother. She's the one who lost insane amounts of sleep (and brain cells) to raise you. We won't even go where the pregancy, labor and delivery take us... Thanks, Mom! I survived another year and you're partly responsible!