It’s my birthday too.

As I’ve written about numerous times, I think that birthdays are to be CELEBRATED. It’s YOUR DAY. You were the size of a watermelon (well, I was) and you made your way out of an opening the size of an orange and you arrived into the world. At that very moment you changed the entire world, because you altered the dynamic of your family and your community and your city and your country and our WORLD. That makes you pretty significant, as far as I’m concerned.

When it comes to my own birthday, it’s not about feeling significant. It’s about surrounding myself with the people I love and just being together with those who make me laugh and who make me cry and who make my heart feel like it just might finally burst and make an awful mess. Thank goodness we have wood floors.

I threw the invitation out for friends to come over on Friday to share an appetizer and/or wine to beat the January blahs/celebrate my birthday and though some couldn’t make it, twenty women arrived bearing cheese (SO MANY TYPES OF AMAZING CHEESE), wine, and cards and gifts and, oh. TWENTY of the funniest, smartest, prettiest, most loving women you could ever meet were in one room.

The ladies (and the food). We had such a great night. I read through all of the cards again this morning and I am so thankful that I get to share my life with these women. #birthdaypalooza #latergram

As an added bonus, Ms. D done gone and contacted Amanda and COMPLETELY surprised me when she walked through the door.

I twisted her rubber arm to have her sleep over and we stayed up past 1 a.m. I know that Dr. Barkman always said that “Nothing good happens after midnight”, but this was an exception.

Today is THE DAY and it will be filled with family time and phone calls and a date night with Mr. Matt and more of the Happy that surrounds “my” day.

This past year has had a few bumps,  but the overall take from it is that is has been amazing. I’m doing work that I love, I get to “just” be a Mom, and I’ve reconnected with the women in my community. I honestly couldn’t be happier. Well, unless you oblige me a bit, here, because it’s my birthday. I haven’t asked in a few years, but I’d love for you to say hi if you could take a few moments to do so. Maybe tell me what your favorite color is.

Mine is red.




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  1. Melissa January 20, 2013 1:07 am edit

    Happy Birthday Angella! Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate!

  2. angella January 20, 2013 12:36 pm edit

    Thank you!

  3. Teri January 20, 2013 1:53 am edit

    Happy birthday!!! (even though it’s still the 19th where I am) I hope you have an awesome day and everyone properly celebrates your specialness. My favorite color is blue. Or maybe green. Or blue-green. I like your blog because I’m also a CPA, and a Christian, and my husband is a pastor-in-training, and sometimes I run (although it’s not that fun). And also because you’re cool. I think a cheese party sounds like a fantastic way to celebrate! This feels like a 2nd grade book review, except I actually know the meaning of the big words I’m using.

  4. angella January 20, 2013 12:37 pm edit

    Haaaaaaa. Your comment made me laugh. And smile. And WOW – I had no idea we had so much in common!

    Also, whenever you leave a comment, your email address makes me smile. I like ‘weird.’ ;)

  5. Allison January 20, 2013 2:00 am edit

    The happiest of birthdays to you! Just wanted to let you know that, a few years ago you wrote something about being single and alone during the holiday season, and I commented on that post. You emailed me some kind words, and although I can’t remember exactly what we’d both written, I haven’t forgotten your act of kindness towards me. You are such a lovely person. Thank you! Enjoy your birthday! Also, my favourite colour is pink.

  6. angella January 20, 2013 12:37 pm edit

    Aw, this totally made me smile! :)

  7. annettek January 20, 2013 10:08 am edit

    Happy Birthday Angella! I’m late, but hey, it’s your birthday WEEKEND! xo

  8. angella January 20, 2013 12:38 pm edit

    You’re not late! It’s today! And thanks. :)

  9. amanda January 20, 2013 10:53 am edit

    Happy Birthday my dear. Looks like you had a great time with the girls and maybe even behaved yourself. ;) Here’s to another wonderful year.
    Your colour goes very nicely with my favourite colour…turquoise, preferably in a lighter shade.

  10. angella January 20, 2013 12:39 pm edit

    Ooooh. I have a scarf in that color and I love it. And, yes, we (mostly) behaved ourselves. ;)

  11. Jen Wilson January 20, 2013 3:30 pm edit

    And you look great in it! Red, that is. My favourite colour is black. No, pink. Or, black AND pink together, which, really, is the bestest colour combination out there. (In my quite-biased opinion.)

    38 looks good on you.

  12. Louise January 20, 2013 4:38 pm edit

    Well, I have been following you for what feels like a gazillion years, but in reality probably closer to somewhere around 5 or so. I admire your persistence to stand up and do what is best for your family and your life and am (admittedly) jealous of your optimism and house in the sticks. My favourite colour tends to shift with the season. As of this moment in time it is probably coral or turquoise or black. I am nothing if not indecisive, at best. Happy day of cake, Angella!

  13. Heather January 20, 2013 4:38 pm edit

    Happy Birthday Angella!

    As a fellow Capricorn, aka Christmas Baby, I applaud and share your love of your birthday.

  14. Amanda Brown January 20, 2013 5:45 pm edit

    Happy Birthday, you! Robin’s egg blue, since you asked. :)

  15. Cari January 20, 2013 6:22 pm edit

    A wonderful happy birthday to you! I so enjoy following you here and on Instagram and wish you all the best on your day and always.
    I’m having trouble thinking of my most favorite color. Maybe blue.

  16. monstergirlee January 20, 2013 6:33 pm edit

    Hello Pretty Lady! And happy belated birthday! What a fun evening for celebration, sounds wonderful.

    My favorite color is green, emerald green to be more specific.

    Have a lovely Sunday too!

  17. monstergirlee January 20, 2013 6:34 pm edit

    D’oh! It’s today, not yesterday. I’m confused.

    Have the Happiest Birthday ever!

  18. D January 20, 2013 6:43 pm edit

    Happy birthday and thanks for having me. Summerland ladies are awesome, and I was honored to be there with you all.

    My favorite colour is blue, at the aqua / turquoise end of the scale. Pale or vibrant, doesn’t matter.

  19. Elizabeth January 20, 2013 6:54 pm edit

    Happy Birthday, Angella. May 38 bring you blessings galore.

  20. ChrisB January 20, 2013 7:13 pm edit

    I wish you everything and more!!!
    Oh, and my favorite color is blue! May your sky be that color every day of the year!

  21. Jenn January 20, 2013 8:13 pm edit

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you have had a great weekend. It says something great to have 20!?! women show up to your party. That’s amazing, women are busy creatures, so 20 is a lot. My favorite color is purple. Blue I like a lot too. And today I bought a yellow belt, but I have almost nothing that is yellow. =)


  22. chrystal January 20, 2013 9:44 pm edit


    Happy Birthday! I am a relatively new reader but have truly enjoyed your posts, especially the “Joyful, Joyful” What a wonderful experience to have right before your birthday!

  23. Kami January 20, 2013 10:21 pm edit

    Happy Birthday! 38 is great, I should know ;)

    And I don’t have a favourite colour. That’s way too hard just to pick one.

  24. Marta January 20, 2013 11:54 pm edit

    Happy, happy birthday! May all your birthday wishes come true.

    Also, I’m with you on red being a great colour ;)

  25. kakaty January 21, 2013 1:44 am edit

    Happy happy birthday, pretty lady! My favorite color is blue :)

  26. Kristen January 21, 2013 12:34 pm edit

    Happy (belated) birthday! Glad it was such a wonderful day for you!

    (I like turquoise.)

  27. Kristabella January 21, 2013 12:46 pm edit

    So glad you had a great birthday! Your birthday should be your favorite day of the year!

  28. ememby January 21, 2013 2:43 pm edit

    Happiest of birthdays – what a fun evening with friends, those are my favorite kinds of evenings (other than date nights, obvs). Hope the coming year is marvelous!
    And a favorite (favourite) color: gray.

  29. Ginger January 21, 2013 6:01 pm edit

    Green! Happy birthday!

  30. Elaine January 22, 2013 1:10 am edit

    Now that sounds like an amazing birthday celebration! Happy, HAPPY, my friend! Way to celebrate your amazing self!! XOXO

  31. Deanna January 22, 2013 12:52 pm edit

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is the 26th and I am so excited about celebrating with my friends this week. Close friends are awesome! I will be celebrating with the same girls that I had at my birthday party when I turned 6! Best friends for forty (cough cough) years! lol! Oh and my favorite color is purple. So glad you had a great birthday!

  32. K January 22, 2013 1:43 pm edit

    Happy Birthday, Angella! I really like shades of blue… BUT my wedding colors were red, black, and white and I have a red wall in my dining room so it’s safe to say red is pretty high on that list as well. Also, I’m wearing a red sweater right now.

  33. Laura Radniecki January 24, 2013 2:35 pm edit

    Belated birthday wishes to you, pretty one! How amazing to be surrounded by that many loving friends for your birthday.

    Hope it was an amazing one!

    And I think my favorite color is… hmmm… teal, purple, black and gray? Maybe?

  34. Hillary January 24, 2013 7:27 pm edit

    I hope your birthday was fabulous :)
    My favourite colour is blue. Navy blue if we’re being technical.

  35. Hannah January 28, 2013 1:31 am edit

    Happy Belated Birthday, my lovely friend! I am so sorry I missed it, but I like going “off the grid” when I am on holiday so I don’t do emails or blogs or Facebook. It does mean a LOT of catching up when I get back, and I admit to doing “mark all as read” on most blogs … but not yours!! So glad you had a wonderful birthday. Awesome that D was able to come and visit as well. I wish I could have been there. Love you! x

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