I'm not really sure why, but something about being caught off guard with something that someone has planned for me just warms my heart in a special way.
Lately, I've enjoyed several wonderful surprises. My heart has been so full. It was my birthday last weekend, and there were a few planned festivities - a birthday dinner with my friends, a trip to Florida to see my family. My birthday would not be without celebration!
But in addition to the celebrations I knew were coming, my week was peppered with wonderful surprises! The kids at my church sang to me and gave me birthday balloons. My boss's family surprised me with cupcakes and gifts before I left for Florida. My boyfriend sent me flowers at my parents' house since he is in Afghanistan and couldn't be there to celebrate with me in person. My little brother drove down from Orlando to spend the weekend with us. I got a box of delicious birthday cookies in the mail. My dad took me on a shopping outing (He said it was to buy my birthday present, but I think it was more just to spend the afternoon with me.).
|My not-so-little-anymore brother who for a surprise visit!|
|Balloons from my dad!|
|Birthday flowers from my boo!|
I felt so spoiled. There wasn't anything crazy extravagant involved, but I just felt so loved. The little surprises and ways people made an effort to help me feel special on my birthday and the days surrounding it just blew me out of the water. Maybe I'm just more nostalgic than usual these days, but I think this will be a birthday week I treasure for years to come.