Happy Birthday to Me

Fourteen years ago today and only four weeks after I met Jason, the man who would become my husband, he showed up on my doorstep with flowers and took me out for my birthday. We went to the Olive Garden, still a favorite of mine, and we had a very enjoyable time. The only problem came when it was time to pay the bill–Jason had forgotten his wallet! I thought it was pretty funny!

That evening he told me for the first time that he loved me, to which I responded, “What exactly do you mean by that?”

It didn’t turn out to be quite the romantic evening he had planned!

Now we have been married thirteen years and have four children. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed.

Wednesday evening Jason took the kids shopping for a present for my birthday. I spent two glorious hours in the house alone. I really can not remember the last time that happened. As if that were not gift enough, my children walked into the house with this:

The kids picked them out for me!

So today is my birthday, but I have already been gifted a sweet husband, four blessings, roses, and two hours of alone time. Anything good that happens today is just a bonus!

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  1. says

    Happy Birthday! It must just be that September is a wonderful month for birthdays ’cause mine is tomorrow. So happy to share such a wonderful month with such a great writer. May your blessings overflow today and all this year. ~Jessica

  2. says

    I’m pretty sure that it was after that Olive Garden date that you told our Spanish class this story… in Spanish. After you were finished I remember we all piped up at the same time and asked, “What is caca?” I’ll never forget the horrified look on your face. When you finally realized what we were asking you laughed your head off as you explained- you had been talking about getting your food to take home in BOX (caja) and the word we all heard was, well, caca.

  3. Frieda says

    I love your story, and Valerie’s comment could go into another one bout teaching Spanish. I remember you have several good stories about that.

  4. Carly Kaemmerling says

    Darn, I was hoping to be the first commenter to wish you a happy birthday. . .but life happened! Happy birthday anyway! (I also hope that your special day ushers in some REAL fall weather!)

  5. says

    Beautiful family! WONDERFUL GIFTS! What more could a mother ask for? I couldn’t figure out how to follow you through google, so I copy and pasted your url to my blog roll. I have only been to 3 Ladies’ Conferences and have been blessed each time. Each time it seems I glean more and more out of them. I’m hoping I’ll be able to start going every year. God Bless!


  6. says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, Esther! Have a super duper day of Blessings from our LORD. :)
    I think I should mention to you (was reminded by Patti’s post) that I added you to my Blog list on my website.

  7. says

    Oh How sweet is the picture of you and your kids. Such BEAUUUUTTTFFFUULL FLOWERS! THEY ARE GORGEOUS!

    I am sure you are having a great Birthday! God has given you the most precious gifts!

    I also love the olive garden. Especially the soup & salad special.

    Again, Happy Birthday and many many more!

    In Christ’s Love

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