Earlier this week I was thinking about writing something about the contrast between my birthday and Christ's -- one happens on the shortest day of the year in the midst of the cold and dark, and the other celebrates LIGHT.... But then this year my birthday fell on a particularly lovely, warm day! So maybe I'll write that blog post another year.
In addition to the beautiful gift of warm weather, I also was blessed this year by gifts from those around me... including these:
I also was able to enjoy a very lovely lunch with several friends (with long, uninterrupted, grown-up conversations!), and a yummy dinner that night, made by Pete!
We were happy to have Dad, Keiko, Sammy and Sophie with us, too.
And to top it all off - -a peppermint ice cream cake!