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Best birthday ever

Well I'm officially 37 now. I don't know how it happened but it did. I do have to say that my 37th birthday was the best birthday thus far. My family and friends showered me with gifts and signs of love.

Thursday night at church we had cake for my birthday. Hannah made her first birthday cake and it was so good. She made the frosting and everything and it meant so much to me.

I had breakfast and coffee in bed thanks to my sweet baby. He got me a new watch, which was just what I wanted since I lost my other one somewhere in town. Now just any watch but the really nice one I wanted. Love it!!!

When Ljubica, Bro. Riches wife arrived to tutor the kids she brought be a lovely bouquet of Freesia.  First time knowing what Freesia was and they smelled like sun light. The most beautiful smelling flowers ever. It's amazing how you can leave one country and family only to find new family in a far away land. Bro. Rich and Ljubica and truly family. I'm so blessed to know them.  
Then the children presented me with a lovely silver heart locket with their photo inside. It means so much to be loved by your children. Not just an obligatory love but a true love.

I went out to greet the mailman and he had a yellow slip for me which meant that I had received a package for America, I was so excited because I knew it was my birthday present from my best friend Amanda. Yes, I'm 37 and I have a best friend. Best friends aren't just for children. Hey if you find a best friend in life you're truly blessed. Anyhow, the package was full of Bath & Body Works goodies which is what I love. Also she sent me a long jean skirt, I can't even tell you how much I needed that skirt. It's impossible to find long, modest, jean skirts here in Croatia and I had worn all my old ones out. Anyhow she made a run to Cato and they had one. Only 1 skirt but one is better than none. I'm thankful for that one but sure wish Cato had an online website.   
Then we (Johnny and I) headed to the capital to the national theater to see Cinderella. It was glorious and the music was unbelievable. We sat on the front row right behind the orchestra pit and it was so good. I am in love with the theater now and can't wait to return. I'm thinking an Opera would be nice.

Today at church my friend Željka brought me a really sweet bracelet she made for me. I means so much to be remembered. 
God has been so good to me and one of His greatest blessings to me is the people He has placed in my life. I'm so blessed!!


  1. I am so glad it was wonderful you deserve that now and then.

  2. What a wonderful BD! Cinderella?! Sounds like you had a fairytale day! I love freesia! When we lived in the Azores, I used to get them every week when they were in season. I love the color and the smell. What a cheerful addition to your day. Happy BD once again!

  3. Happy Birthday - it sounded like you had a fab day and spoilt - which is what is expected!! :) God Bless.

  4. Wow! What a great birthday you had! It is nice to be remembered and have attention once in awhile.

  5. Happy Birthday to you!!!!'re just a BABY!!! hee hee..did that make you feel good all over!

    A lady in her 80's told me this once when she found out I was (then) 50!!

    I LOVE Freesia...used these in my daughters wedding...

    So glad you had a wonderful b'day!!

    God bless you with another good year serving the LORD..


  6. Happy Birthday Tori! I love Cato. There isn't one where we live, so I wait until we visit family then I go, maybe once or twice a year. It's such an indulgence. Do you make any of your own clothing?
    Sky diving? Really? :)

  7. Happy Happy Birthday, Tori!!!! YOu're such a sweetheart. It's no wonder people wanted to bless you on your special day. And I LOVE the smell of Freesias too. Isn't it wonderful?? Going to see Cinderella sounds like so much fun! What a great experience.


  8. You know what's funny? My birthday is just 2 days before yours and my honey got me a watch, too -- and not just any watch, but the really nice one that I wanted! :o) We have us some good men, hehehe :P

    I'm so jealous about your going to see Cinderella! I've been to the theater once, and we saw White Christmas... so much fun, but I'm with you -- next I want to see an opera! :P

    Glad you had a wonderful birthday celebration and that you were able to be so spoiled. :o)

    P.S. I almost forgot: we had our missions conference last month, and one of the mission presentations we watched had YOUR FAMILY'S picture in it! I was so excited, I leaned over to my friend and said, "That's my blogging friend, Tori!!!!" LOL I can't remember the name of the man now, but he goes from country to country hosting conferences, and he had your picture and then a picture of your other friends/co-laborers there in Croatia, too. I'll have to ask our pastor what his name was now. Anyhow, thought that was pretty neat. :o)


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