A 12-12-12 to Remember

Wednesday morning we loaded up at 11:45 sharp and drove to Grandmother’s house for our very exciting 12-12-12 party at 12:12.

But when we walked in the door, I was immediately met by my 3-year old niece Katerbelle (that’s what we call her) excitedly saying “It’s your birthday!!!”

All of a sudden, several things that had happened in the past weeks started coming together in my mind: Gideon grinning slyly at me and saying things like “nothing!…we haven’t been talking about nothing.” And Rebekah repeatedly mentioning the “12-12-12 birthday party” (I just thought she was confused because we do have so many birthday parties in our life…).

But turns out, the little party with all the 12’s actually was for me! An early surprise birthday party, surrounded by the little people in my life that I adore…

I can honestly say it was one of the best birthday parties I’ve ever had.

Why?

I love these children. And they love me. And since 2004 when I first became an aunt to Abigail, my heart has persistently shifted toward the welfare of this next generation in our family, to the point that, yesterday, surrounded by little heads at the dinner table, opening their small trinkets of affection, I delighted more in their expressions than I did in my gifts. I opened my presents for them rather than for me. I was happy because they were so happy.

(And I almost melted into the floor at the handmade, crocheted bookmark Abigail made for me).

And so my best birthday gift this year was perhaps the realization that, through motherhood (and aunthood), God continues to  show Himself so faithful to me, stripping me more and more of my brattiness and entitlement (those of you who know me or follow me on facebook KNOW what I’m talking about…), while gently showing me the true joy of living for others. I still have a long road ahead, but to know that I am progressing is pretty exciting. I hardly recognize myself sometimes, and that, my friends, is a very, very good thing.

And so it is with an extra measure of happiness that I share some fun pictures from our 12-12-12 celebration…

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at 12:12 we released 12 (give or take a few) balloons…

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except for Gideon, who bailed at the last minute. We had to talk him into releasing his balloon like we were talking him down from a ledge. But finally, he released his treasure after making a wish for his Papa (I can’t tell you what it was or it might not come true, and I know how much Papa really wants that toy helicopter)…

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Anna dreamily watches the balloons fly off into the distance (but then, Anna does everything dreamily…)

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then it was time for some yummy lunch, my very favorite: Mama’s sub sandwiches, with lots of snacky goods on the side…

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and Mom surprised us with some delicious raspberry cream sodas – I could drink one of these every day!

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the grown-ups had ours served in her special Christmas glasses…

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After lunch, I was told to sit in a chair in the living room. The kids had a surprise for me, a special rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas” that I taught them last year, this time with a 13th Day added…my birthday! It was so precious and I was so touched and proud of them. (By the way, that’s my Daddy in the background. We couldn’t move him – he just had back surgery).

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group hug!!

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cake time! I may be turning 31 this year, but birthday cake still brings out the 5-year old in me. (but then so do flowers and puppies and presents and new shoes and pretty pencils…for starters).

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Now I see what my husband means when he says “sometimes I feel like someone is going to come and arrest me for sleeping with you…” I get it now.

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maybe that’s why me and these kiddos get along so well! We are on the same mental level – I’ll be super sad when they outgrow me…

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present time!

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This day will go down in history as one of my favorites, full of pure sweetness and innocence….

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Birthdays should always be thus…

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and I can’t forget to show you who was smiling up at me most of the day – my newest (darling!) nephew, Abel Thomas. What a gift! And after the party, he cuddled up with me and napped on my shoulder. I think I liked his present the best.

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So the 12-12-12 party I was pushing on everyone turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever attended. Special thanks to my amazing Mama, Amy and the girls (and boy!) and our friend, Chrissy, for dreaming up…

well, the party of my dreams.

A happy belated 12-12-12 to you! And a happy birthday to me? (on Saturday. Write it in your calendar. Buy me a present…yep, still a brat).

4 thoughts on “A 12-12-12 to Remember

  1. Thank you for your wonderful blogs! I enjoy reading them – and although we’ve never met, I appreciate the like-mindedness we share. As such, I’ve nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” through my blog: http://jessicaschaubbooks.com/2012/12/16/jessicaschaubbooks-is-awarded-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    I hope you will participate in the award so to share your words with more people. In this world, during this time, within the terrors of the Nation, your blog offers hope! Peace!
    Jessica Schaub

  2. LOVE! Wow, I really am kind of envious of your birthday party! And your new nephew is simply BEAUTIFUL. What a wonderful day you had – I am SO glad. Keep holding it in your heart; if only life had more innocent, pure, joyful moments like it! Happy Belated Birthday! 🙂 BLESSINGS!

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