So today was my birthday, and a great day it was! There are so many ways to celebrate a birthday, and I am lucky enough to have celebrated 23 very unique ways. From celebrating several times at the pool to my 16th at cheerleading camp, my 18th with a cookout, my 20th in Kenya, and my 23rd in NYC/DC, I can say one thing for certain. The location and activities change, but what is really important is the people that I get to spend those days with.
Today, I spent it with a new family, my fellow young adult missionaries and Global Ministries staff. After being sung "Happy Birthday" at least ten times and hearing the words Happy Birthday from nearly everyone in the group, we made it to our hotel in DC. At dinner, I was presented with a beautiful Statue of Liberty crown (my birthday hat) and a card from the group. If that wasn't enough, a half dozen pink roses followed, and another card and "Happy Birthday" in French, German, and Arabic.
All of this is to say, that birthdays may be just another day, but spending it with people you love and people who love you makes it just another day in paradise.