‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I Believe in Birthday Magic :)

Happy Year Old Me.
Today is my birthday -- yippee!

I know most people my age don't revel in birthdays, but I do! I love birthdays! And I love being born on the first day of spring, and right after St. Patrick's Day. I love waking up knowing I have a whole day set aside just to celebrate and be grateful for this life I've been given. And that, even more wonderful, others will want to join me to celebrate! so....yippee!

I got my first birthday card and package on Fridaymorning from my mom. She sent me my grandmother's rosary beads, some money to spend on the orphanage kids, and a huge batch of homemade gluten-free brownies! My mom knows me well. I received a few more cards in the mail on Saturday -- so nice to hear from faraway friends and family.

pensive 7 year old me
I believe there is a certain amount of magic and grace to birthdays. Good things happen on birthdays! Case in point...I've been trying to reach the orphanage for weeks and weeks, with no luck. Well, last night I waited till midnight, and tried calling. I got through! We talked to Ksusha for almost 45 minutes! We got to catch up on all that is happening there, and it was a perfect start to this day of celebration.

If that weren't enough, we even got through to Anya this morning, after five or six weeks of phone issues and a message telling us her 'signal is missing'. Today, I woke up and called her right after I got home from Mass, and she picked up after one ring! I got to hear my dear sweet girl wish me a happy birthday and I got to remind her how much I love her. There is nothing more I wanted in the whole world. (Except having her here..)

So, I may not be very eloquent today, but I'm too busy revelling in the birthday magic to write anything truly post-worthy, but I'm sure you don't mind. I'm off to clean up the house before my friends head over for a birthday potluck dinner. 
A very fulfilled 'now' me!
Please feel free to take some of my birthday magic for yourself today! I obviously have plenty to share :)


  1. happy happy birthday!!!

    God bless you, extra special today!

  2. Happy Birthday!!!

  3. Happy Birthday & happy to know that you were finally able to get through on the phone. I posted on my blog about yours & my efforts to help the orphanage and had the sad task of writing about getting the box of things I bought for them come back to me last week. A friend commented that the same thing happened to her. Too bad that it is so difficult to ship things over there. My wife and I found a good orphanage about an hour from my house that we took the box to on saturday. That is also on my blog with pictures of the facilities, not the childen. You have to go during the week to get a tour. Good luck with your trip and the adoption. Happy Birthday again.

  4. Happy, happy birthday! The first of spring is kind of magical anyway, so you are doubly blessed!

    And how nice about your phone calls. :)

  5. Happy Birthday Keri!!

  6. So glad you heard from your Russian kids! What a gift! Nothing could top that except for your mom's brownies :)

  7. Wishing you a very happy birthday ... and year to come. Blessings.
    Maria (Canada) xxxo

  8. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

  9. Happy Birthday! I hope it was good one! :)

  10. God bless you, Keri; I will try to remember your joyful birthday spirit when mine rolls around next month. I hope you had a beautiful day and that your magic produces a crop of miracles in this next year of your wonderful life!!!

  11. THanks for all the birthday wishes everyone!!


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