Birthday Fun!

Today I celebrated my birthday in Botswana for the second time, and it turned out to be a really nice day. My morning began with opening the gifts that my parents sent me from home. Seriously , I have the most incredible, loving, and generous parents in the world! After opening gifts, I was serenaded at breakfast by the girl boarders and then again by my standard 5/6 class at school. Later in the day, I had a mini-celebration with my class, where we enjoyed some yummy chocolate cake together!
Have I mentioned before how much I adore these kids??
I was blessed all day with messages from home, bringing loads of smiles to my face throughout the day. And I had a wonderful evening out with some other ladies at the mission. We went out for dinner, cappucinos, and sweet fellowship.
(l to r) Keturah, Serena, Kelly, me, Camilla, Sarah L.

When I came home I found three of my teenagers with a giftbag of goodies for me, including a Botswana Zebras shirt, jewelry, candy, and cards.
With my kiddos and my sweet gifts!

Birthdays are always a nice time to stop and reflect, something I've been doing a little of today. I am really quite amazed with how God has worked things out in my life. I never would have imagined my life would look like this at this time, but I'm so thankful that it does! God's plans are great ones and I'm so glad that He knows much better than me what is best for me. I am also overwhelmingly grateful for the people He's put in my life. I am very blessed! :)

3 comments:

moweezle said...

That is so great, Andrea! I absolutely love the Zebra jersey they got you....how sweet of them!!!

KSA said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I loved what you had to say about this not being where you planned to be at this stage in your life... and yet you are filled with thanksgiving because you know the redirection of your plans put you in step with His. I hope this year is another great one in which you daily grow more in your walk. You and the kids at your school are in my thoughts.

Andrea said...

Mo-I know! I was so impressed by those kids! And I'm super excited about my new jersey. :)

KSA-Thanks so much for the birthday blessings! And thanks for thinking of my kids!