To be honest, I was ready to forget my birthday. We are on a tight budget. My older three kids would not be home with us. And my husband was in the middle of his work week. Plus, it falls on a Sunday. The day I try to catch up on everything before the school week floods in again. Yes, I got a little down on myself about all this. And I even argued with my husband on the pointlessness about having a birthday party when you are as old as I am. But I have come to learn a couple things from this past week. Some things I think that Moms in particular need to be reminded of.
Just because we are Moms, doesn't mean we should skip celebrating ourselves. My Mother pointed out that I am to be an example to my girls. What example am I showing? That when you become a Mom, you give up on doing nice things for yourself?
Or how about the idea that once you reach a certain age, no one should bother being happy for your special day? Whether you are 5, 21, 30 or 99+, you should always celebrate the day you were born. Each of us should be reminded that we were, and still are, loved on that day. More so, perhaps, than any other day of the year. It is after all, our day. Reflect on the past year and what you have accomplished while holding to the joy that you have a new year ahead to do even more!
If someone wants to do something nice for you, let them. I argued with my husband on this. After all we are on a tight budget. But, after realizing that he really wanted to do something, I caved. Sure, we can't do some of the things I would really want to do, but he at least made me cupcakes. We had them with the kids and a neighbor.
My kids were glad to have cake of course. And I got to use some of my Star Wars decorations for them.