Birthday Blues: Surprised by Joy!

Last week Virginia celebrated her birthday. Another year. Whoopee.

Although there was plenty of celebratory chocolate…

Once you hit certain milestones, years tend to blur together. You reach a certain age and birthdays are reminders of AGE.

An occasion for Birthday Blues to play their grooves.

Faithful readers know Virginia often says, “Life is a gift.” Life is something to celebrate, maybe not so much life (so many years.) But, here’s the thing. This year’s Birthday Blues were preempted by joy – lots of joy!

An unexpected tea party!

Last Sunday a coffee shop meet-up turned into an unexpected celebratory birthday tea at a dear friend’s house. Surprised by joy! Gales of laughter, fellowship, fabulous tea and scones started my birthday week off with aplomb.

Even Dora the Explorer got in on the fun!

Staycationing (a vacation spent staying at home) for the week, my brother Dwight and I racked up lots of fun zooming out and about. (There was more chocolate. And cake. And apple pie. And my sister Shere’s Banana Creme pie – oh la la!)

special Celtic cup birthday giftie from brother Dwight

Surprised by joy! So many unexpected gifts, cards, calls, and greetings from family and friends near and far blew Virginia’s Birthday Blues away. Far, far away.

Then on the weekend my big sis Shere hosted a lovely birthday dinner soiree outside (and the weather cooperated.)

A magical evening under the lights @ Perrydise

Once again, Virginia was surprised by joy. Life IS a GIFT!

grace, peace & GRATITUDE GROOVES

Virginia : )

β€œOn our birthdays we celebrate being alive. We should never forget our birthdays … They remind us that what is important is not what we do or accomplish, not what we have or who we know, but that we are, here and now. On birthdays let us be grateful for the gift of life.” Henri Nouwen

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40 Responses to Birthday Blues: Surprised by Joy!

  1. JOY journal says:

    What a delight!! Happy belated birthday!

  2. Athira says:

    Belated birthday wishes !

  3. lisaloden says:

    So sorry I missed your birthday dear Virginia. You are so often in my thoughts and prayers. May this next year continue to surprise you with joy and fruitfulness. You are loved.

    • Virginia says:

      Big hugs from across the ocean, Lisa. πŸ’œπŸ€—πŸ’œ Thank you for your words of encouragement & hope. πŸŒŸπŸ™πŸŒŸYou are loved & prayed for often, too!!! πŸ’πŸŒΉπŸ’

  4. Delightful article. A very happy birthday .The crockery in the pictures caught my attention. Fantabulous.

  5. Debbie says:

    Happy belated Birthday, Virginia!! Sounds like you were celebrated all week long — as you should be! — and I do love your brother’s Celtic cup! Everybody needs chocolate, especially for their birthday!

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Debbie. That’s what happens when a birthday falls in the middle of a week – two weekends conscripted for celebrating. Staycation made it a whole week of fun! My new Celtic cup makes tea tastier! Cheers! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‚πŸ’β˜•οΈπŸ€—

  6. Happy Birthday, Virginia!β€οΈπŸ™πŸŽ‚

  7. craig says:

    How magical!! Happy Birthday!

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Craig. It’s a real blessing when joy unexpectedly surprises us! Glimpses of God’s love wrapped in bows of grace. Blessings!! πŸŽπŸŒŸπŸ™πŸ’

  8. Cindy Kranich says:

    So glad you were celebrated wellβ£οΈπŸ’œπŸ’•πŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸŽŠπŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ

    • Virginia says:

      Cindy, thank you for starting birthday month off with the gift of Louise Penny’s new book (so good!) πŸ’πŸ“šπŸ’ Missed celebrating with you here (!) but look forward to Thanksgiving. Can’t believe we haven’t seen you since Christmas. Will be so glad when COVID is done & GONE! Love & hugs, sis! πŸŒŸπŸ’œπŸŒŸπŸŽŠπŸ€—πŸŽŠ

  9. JustBeingMe says:

    Happy birthday Virginia. 😊

  10. Looks like a fantastic birthday week! Happy belated birthday Virginia!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸ₯³πŸ₯³

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Steve. Hope you and Muffin are keeping well in these crazy times! Blessings! πŸ’πŸ˜ΈπŸ’πŸ˜·πŸ’

      • Well, we’re certainly trying, though I still have Covid symptoms 5 months later.😷😺🌞

      • Virginia says:

        Oh Steve, I am so sorry to hear that. One of my sister’s friend who had it (& was hospitalized) now has a new heart condition she didn’t have before. Praying your symptoms dissipate SOON! πŸ™πŸ˜·πŸ™

      • Thank you so much Virginia. Yes, it can certainly cause heart problems, hasn’t with me, but it has affected me in several other ways. Thanks for praying, truly appreciated!
        Have a wonderful day!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒž

  11. Garfield Hug says:

    A very happy birthday and may you be blessed with love, joy, good health and happiness always. Much love, GH.

  12. Lisa Coleman says:

    What a wonderful celebration of life! Happy Birthday! πŸŽ‚

  13. Fran Haley says:

    Happy Birthday, Virginia – this post is a virtual celebration for us all with those gorgeous photos. That Celtic cup -! I love it – beautiful.

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Fran. In these uncertain times it’s a real blessing to celebrate the gift of life. Glad you like the Celtic cup – I’m enjoying it immensely! Cheers! πŸŽŠπŸ’πŸ΅πŸ’πŸŽŠ

  14. sunisanthosh says:

    What a beautiful celebration !! Belated birthday wishes !! πŸ’•

  15. Shruba says:

    Ahh belated happy birthday! Would have wished you sooner if the exams weren’t such a pain πŸ™πŸ–€

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks so much Shruba! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‚πŸŽŠ Hope your exams went well. That’s one thing I do not miss about being a student- exams! Blessings on your studies! πŸ’πŸ“šπŸ€ͺπŸ“šπŸ’

      • Shruba says:

        Haha I can’t wait to reach that stage when I don’t have to sit for an exam. πŸ˜‚
        Yes, they went well. I’m only glad it’s finally over. I miss campus life already though. Thanks πŸ’œβ˜Ί

      • Virginia says:

        Oh, what a relief to be DONE! Congrats! πŸΎπŸŽŠπŸ“šπŸŽŠπŸ’œ

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