All the cake is mine

21 April 2014

Birthday!!  As far as birthdays go, I believe this is one of the best I've ever had. 

I mean, that one birthday where a girlfriend in highschool poured gallons of heart-shaped confetti into the vents of my car was also really memorable.  Because for two solid years, every time someone would get in my car and I'd turn on the air, they would scream as billions of little red hearts sprayed them in the face.  I liked it.  Little love blast.

But, once I got to college, my birthday was put on hold because it was always during finals week.  Actually, on my 23rd birthday, I completed graduate school with a 7:30 am advanced taxation final.  So that was a good present, I suppose.

Because of all those birthdays I had to forgo, I must always collect more birthday days - hence Birthday WEEK!  Lots of me me MEEE time!  And beautiful friends (dinner with Brooke, lunch with Nora).  Kersti, Cici, and I celebrated our April birthdays with a pure vanilla birthday cake that was the most succulent thing I ever tasted (compliments of Cici).   And our entire ward sneak attacked us with birthday cards aaaand a strange aluminum foil bird.

My favorite part of birthday week - an email from my old friend, Ben.  We connected about an evening a few years ago when we experienced a really transcendent, spiritual moment and just now shared our feelings about it.  He opened up about few people in this world being so impressionable on him as I have been and thanked me for being me.  I shed pretty little tears on my pretty little dress.  I was so touched.

All of birthday week culminated in me feeling incredibly valued and loved and cherished by the people in my life.  I wish I could trap and preserve these feelings of appreciation.

Below is a review of my Birthday Weekend!

My Birthday ROADTRIP! 

Roadtrip to Hannah & Daron's house in Las Vegas (with our fav cupcakes)!
The drive really opened my mind to all the people who love me.
Felt so adored and protected.
Talked with Kee and Mace.
Got a random text from my 16 year-old boyfriend's best friend (wanted me to come play soccer).
Thought about how people near and far, old and young, from the long past, and the present, really value me.
Thought about how I seem to be a bit of a timeless person in other's lives - people wish for me to stay in their lives for a long time.
The view as I drove was so breathtaking and refreshing.
Thought a lot about God, and how much He loves me to create such a world.
Overjoyed to just be me!

Arrived at Hannah's house.  Caught up on our lives.
Went out on the strip with her hubby and sister.
Wandered through the Bellagio and Planet Hollywood.  Dinner on the balcony of Sugar Factory.
Spent the next day at the park with her sister's kids.  Skin couldn't soak in enough sun.
Went for a walk with Hannah and pup.  Talked more deeply about life undercurrents.
Had to leave.  Planned a summer pool trip with Hannah.
More driving thinking time.
Thought about my miraculous journey of life.  I have a lot of experience, lots to share.
Thought a lot about the Philippines.
Made it back just in time for Birthday Dinner with my ward family.  Sweet Julie put it together.
Bombay House and snow cones.  Jules and I "dropped" most of our ice on the ground.
Hit the spot.

Easter Sunday & My BIRTHDAY! 

Sunday morning Easter surprise! 
Cici hid goodie bags around the house for Kersti, Julie, and I.
Felt an overflow of the Spirit at church.  More on that later.
Brennan, my dad, and my mom called to sing me Happy Birthday. 
Talked to my mama for awhile - told me how Brennan reads my old scriptures from high school.  Loves all my notes from when I was on seminary council.  So sweet that my kid brother gathers so much from my high school mind.  I can never think about Brennan for too long or I cry.  I miss him.
Got all the Step Up movies from my friend David. (Except 2, because I got that for my birthday years ago).
Went to the park behind my house and wrote Trevor a letter.  That was my ONE goal for my birthday :)
Thrilled to have my birthday in spring.  All the trees and flowers are blooming and the sun is fresh.
So happy.
Trevor emailed me that evening.   
We planned a trip for me to fly out to Japan in exactly 6 months when he is released.  
Love that kiddo.

Because of Him

The best part of my entire birthday.
Sharing my birthday with Easter.
My relationship with my Savior Jesus Chris is one of the most tender parts of me.
I don't talk about it often because it's so sacred to me that the poignancy couldn't be delivered from mortal to mortal.
But He understands times of my life that no one else can and that is incredibly bonding for me.
As I thought of His Resurrection, I felt His strong care for me.
Topped all the appreciation I've felt this week.
Bowed my head in intense gratitude.
I love Him, and I am so humbled to be known by Him.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more you will find to celebrate.

Upward and onward,

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  1. Beautiful!! And so much fun!! I'm glad you had such a good weekend and birthday, even if you didn't get to bungee jump. :)

  2. Chantel when life is so full of overwhelming difficulties, pains, and self-doubts, I love looking to your example. I like that you write about appreciating yourself. It seems like such a taboo thing to talk about, but yet it is so necessary for us to spend time loving ourselves! And I love that you break the mold. I'm glad you had a fantastic birthday week and I love you!

  3. Happy Birthday!! I like the idea of a birthday week! Loved all the pics too. I hope this coming year is full of joy, hope and happiness!

  4. Happy birthday Chantel! Sorry I missed it! Love you!!