Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME!!!

I hate my birthday. I always have. I usually cry every year for some reason or another. I know it sounds stupid but it is what it is. I know I should grow up and get over it but it is the same year after year. I guess that is something to work out in therapy.
But, this year I woke up in the beautiful country of Uganda! I was awake for thirty minutes and my mom Skype me. She stayed up late to be able to wish me Happy Birthday. Then I got to talk to Nicole too! Harriet, the house maid here, made homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast and they were yummy! Then a little bit later Tim calls me out to the living room and everyone is out there. There are a ton of cards, a couple of presents and some kind person even sent Twizzlers. I could not believe it. I am so far from everyone I love and yet they all still found a way to make this day special. Even my sweet husband had me a gift! Harriet like a lot of Ugandan women makes these amazing paper beads and he had bought a ton of them for me. They are so beautiful! My mom had sent stuff and all my friends had sent cards with sweet words. There was a photo album with pics of my children holding Happy Birthday signs and talking on the computer with us. I was speechless and overwhelmed with love from all my favorite people. I still am not sure how my friends arranged this, but they made this the most amazing birthday of my life.
I just spoke with my girls and thanked them. I am so proud of them. They have been so good and I can’t wait to hug them. How did I get so blessed? I have the greatest family, the best friends, and a supportive and loving church. My boys are so lucky to be coming home to this environment. I am going to enjoy the rest of this day all because I know that even though I am far away from home….I am loved.
Here are some pics from my little birthday party. I have even heard a rumor that there may be a cake later. Sweet Jesus 


  1. Happy Birthday, Heather. You have been truly blessed. Maybe this year will turn the tide, and you will forever more enjoy your birthdays.

  2. Happy Birthday to my BFF!!! I'm so glad we were able to send you gifts and cards!! Thanks to Robert and Kristi for packing them up with all their stuff!! :) Love and miss you!! :)

  3. You have NO idea how loved you are! We tried to just give you a small idea. And just an FYI, we were able to pull it off ALL because of GOD! Will give you all the details later, but just know, it was a God thing! I hope you do enjoy your day, you should. Celebrate you and all that you are and all that God will make you! We are celebrating, too. How could we not? After all, it is a celebration of your life and ours would not be the same without you. Happy birthday!! :)

  4. So glad this made you happy today! :) I love those paper beads from Africa. I see them a lot on some blogs I follow. Don't hate me for sending the boys some candy :) See you soon

  5. I am so glad you had an amaazing birhtday and that we were able to send you a litle birthday token (hope the boys enjoy the stickers)!!! See you home soon.