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Today is my birthday!!! I have always loved birthdays---my own, as well as those of my friends and family members. Some people don't make a big deal out of birthdays, but I think they are super special! For me, celebrating a birthday isn't about the cake and presents; it's about the focused attention that is given from one person to another.

Even though we shower those we care about with love and affection, let's face it---sometimes even though we care about people and they know we love them, they aren't always feeling that love from us. Taking extra time on someone's birthday to let them know how very happy you are that they were born can really mean a lot.

Something makes this birthday even more special for me, however! In the past, as much as I loved hearing birthday wishes from others, I was uncomfortable with that attention. I was always so much more comfortable being the one giving the affection and love to others, rather than the one receiving it. This year, however, I love myself as much as I love everyone else in my life! This year, I'm very happy and comfortable receiving love and birthday wishes from others! What a beautiful time for me!

I am alive and in love with everyone and everything around me. I feel blissful!! It's a beautiful day, I've been pampered by my loving family who had a relaxing bath and sauna time waiting for me upon waking. I was served a yummy cookie/cake topped with cherries and banana chips, with pineapple sorbet on the side. My meals will be prepared for me during the entire weekend, and I'm going to be curled up with a novel.

I want to say it again, because it brings happy tears to my eyes: I love myself as much as I love everyone else in my life! Happy Birthday to me! It almost feels like it's my very first birthday, as though I've just been born and have started truly living!

Original Comments

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On April 25, 2008, Charissa wrote:

Happy Birthday! May it be a very special day for you, where you know how much God loves you!

Have are definitely allowed to sing as loud as you wish, slide around in your socks, and eat as much cake (raw perhaps? :0) as you wish. lol :0)

On April 25, 2008, Yardsnacker wrote:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I agree with how you feel about b-days, it always surprises me when people put them off for the weekends. I hope you have had one the the best birthdays ever Wendi! You are the best!


On April 25, 2008, Yardsnacker wrote:

oh yea


On April 26, 2008, Sarah wrote:

Happy Birthday, Wendi :)

On April 26, 2008, Carlos wrote:

Happy Birthday to YOU!!! Nice thoughts about birthdays, and I need to see it from your wonderful perspective of it.

I'm always hard on myself, and not be so down on myself... think more positively and celebrate mine as well as other folks' birthdays more.

Peace & Love,


On April 26, 2008, Melissa wrote:

Happy birthday!

I hope you are having a great weekend.

On April 27, 2008, weare1 wrote:

Happy Birthday awesome to experience the self love you are experiencing......enjoy the love your family lavishes on you this weekend.

On April 28, 2008, Wendi wrote:


I had such a lovely weekend, and receiving loving comments on my blog made it even better!

I love all of you!!