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Birthday Celebration.

So my birthday was yesterday, and while I may look like I should be about 19 years old I actually turned 23...I am thankful that one day looking like a little girl will play in my favor, like when I am 40 and look 35! Ha but for now, I am learning to grin and bear it every time someone acts shocked when they find out I am not only graduated from college but also married. Okay enough of that I am done now, I promise...

This past weekend was Fall Retreat for Four Corners Mission Network, the campus ministry that I am on staff with at MSU. We spent the weekend in cabins at Lake Tiak O'Khata in Louisville, MS. The weather could not have been more beautiful...not a cloud in the sky, an amazing breeze, and best of all it was not humid in the slightest. We had about 30 college students come with our staff team for the weekend and we enjoyed every minute. It was a very relaxing time of fellowship with some students who have big hearts for our Savior and his Kingdom. Ben was able to come with us for the weekend, and I am pretty sure he had a blast...he is a natural athlete and since we have gotten married he really has had zero time for athletic activities...poor thing. Anyways, he played wiffle ball, Frisbee, soccer, and more Frisbee until he could hardly stand anymore. He came home with a full heart and a sore body after giving in to his starving inner athlete. :) He was so sweet to surprise me Saturday morning with a latte ( I am quite the coffee lover) to celebrate my "Birthday Eve". I have one thoughtful hubs. 

Sunday for my birthday we came home from the retreat and enjoyed relaxing and resting together after sleeping in separate cabins all weekend. Ben made my favorite birthday cake (homemade strawberry, my grandma's famous recipe) while pretending he was the host of a new hit TV cooking show...we like to laugh. He gave me my presents which I LOVE! He gave me a photo album (through Artifact Uprising--I HIGHLY recommend trying this website) of our weddings pictures, started my gardening tools collection, gave me all my favorite candies, and two handmade picture frames with our vows (that we wrote ourselves for our wedding) printed on rustic fabric inside (not pictured). He is so creative, and he made yesterday so special, we went to Hibachi for dinner and stuffed ourselves and then came home and watched the Miss America pageant on ABC. Great ending to a great day. 

Thank you to every person who called, text, or told me Happy Birthday. It is a joy to feel so loved by so many incredible people! Thank you for thinking of me and loving me so well yesterday and every day! I praise the Lord for each of you!

This week is a busy week full of small groups, a jewelry trunk show, a baby shower, a wedding, and trip to Ben's parents house, so until next week!! Happy Monday dear ones!

What are your favorite birthday traditions? Would love to hear from you!

Take Care!