| Nati's Cakes|
I LOVE cupcakes!!! I made myself a dozen pink roses! The pink frosting is strawberry flavored. Brian didn't want to eat pink cupcakes, so I frosted some with white confetti frosting just for him.
Then, it was time for the Big Birthday Surprise! Brian packed a cooler and tote with food he'd bought on the way home from work and paper products, and off we went!
We drove and drove, out of Phoenix and into cowboy country. No seriously, we passed several Man on Horseback Crossing signs!
Finally the secret came out: I saw a sign that read "Canyon Lake." We twisted and turned up the mountain, and I tried to snap pictures along the way.
This surprise picnic was reminiscent of the surprise picnic Brian planned for me after he proposed! I never would have dreamed that we'd be having another picnic in Arizona almost a year later!
The spot we picked was picturesque, but we were pretty sure we could hear a couple rattlesnakes close by!
After the picnic, we came back to the apartment to eat the cupcakes and open presents. Brian sang "Happy Birthday" me; it was so sweet!
I had two presents to open, both from my mother-in-law. Brian's present to me was all the thoughtful planning and preparation he put into our lovely picnic. My grandmother-in-law also sent me a card with a present in it!
In case you were wondering, I do have a biological family too, with a mom and dad, two sisters and three brothers. I assumed they'd forgotten about my birthday, since I didn't hear anything from them all day, even though I got text messages from acquaintances, and a facebook wall full of birthday wishes, many from people I hadn't seen or talked to in a long time. I finally did talk to my family, but I cheated. I texted my dad a picture of the cupcakes, and he then texted me "Happy Birthday." When I replied that I thought they'd forgotten it was my birthday, he decided to call me after all. He wished me a happy birthday, and I told him about my day, and caught up on goings ons at home. He eventually gave the phone to mom.
"What do you want to talk to me about?" she almost snapped.
I wanted to say, Uh, it's my birthday! I'm twenty! All grown up! Are you...glad? Proud? Do you care? But instead I stuttered, "Well, I just, um, figured I hadn't talked to you for a little while..."
"Yeah, I was starting to wonder because I hadn't heard from you in a while, and I heard about those inmates that got out."
"Huh? Inmates? In Phoenix?"
"They got one in Colorado, but they think the others are hanging out there in Phoenix. You better get a newspaper."
Ok, mom. I listened as she told me all about how the boys were doing, especially Ethan, my middle brother who suffers from epilepsy, how they were installing a security system, and redecorating the basement bedroom. She told me she mailed a car for me the day before (Birthday shopping happens the day before in my family!). Finally, I had to go, because it was much past Brian's bedtime, and he really needed his rest before getting up at 4:30 for work.
She never said "Happy Birthday."
But before she hung up, she did say, "I love you."
And that was the best birthday present she could have given me.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved god, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 5:9-11)
I can't tell you how overwhelmed I was Wednesday and Thursday with all the love and thoughtfulness behind all the text and facebook messages, phone calls, and cards. You showed me God's love through your actions! I know that I'm not alone, and He will continue to supply my needs.
Labels: Adventures in Arizona, Birthday, Life, Love, Married Life, Pictures