"Happy Birthday!" my 3-year-old bounded into her little sister's room yesterday morning when she heard us stirring and gave me a hug. It was pretty much the best way to wake up on a birthday morning, with a smiling baby by my side and a sweet 3-year-old in my arms.
"I got you a house at Disneyland," she quipped, eyes sparkling.
"A house at Disneyland?" I gasped, delighted, "That sounds wonderful." And, for the record, it really did sound absolutely wonderful.
From there, my day was pretty much perfect. We laughed. We took pictures. We jumped on the bed. We made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We went on a walk. I wrote and worked a little. And...last night, after the girls were in bed, we had homemade cheesecake with cherries on top.
Since it's my birthday, I'm going to give away three of my favorite things...
I don't often re-read books. Or re-watch movies. Once is typically enough for me. But this autobiography is an exception. I've read A Severe Mercy several times and it never fails to move me.
Author Sheldon Vanauken writes about falling in love with his wife, finding faith through skepticism, and overcoming loss. It's beautifully and elegantly written, with prose that will make your heart sing. Ideal for anyone grappling with the bigger issues of human existence and/or the death of a spouse...but it's also perfect for anyone who enjoys reading unconventional and amazing love stories (not your dime-store romance variety...this is the real deal).
This book is truly one of my very favorite books and I am delighted to be giving away a copy this week...right around my birthday. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Allrecipes.com is my go-to site for recipes. Whenever I need meal inspiration, I always go there first. Always. There are hundreds of recipes with pictures and ratings from real-life people. And, so far, that site has never let me down.
Using the site is FREE, but having a supporting membership gives you a bit of added functionality. Think of it as a secret handshake or something...welcome to the club.
I don't wear foundation. I prefer a more natural-look when it comes to make-up. That said, it is nice to have a little something on my face - to even out my skin tone, add moisture, and protect from the sun. CG's tinted moisturizer is perfect for all of those purposes. I wear it almost every day and highly recommend it. Best of all, it's like $8 at your local grocery store.
One winner takes all three prizes!
All you have to do to enter is ask me a question. About anything. What my favorite jeans brand is. What our bedtime routine is like. What we eat for breakfast. Anything. It's likely that I will take your questions and answer them in an upcoming post/series. 1-2-3...GO! Ask away....until January 28.
Oh, wait...I just have to say...I think this is going to be my best year yet.
*UPDATE* The winner is #82 LV. Congratulations!