It sure did start off great! Laura was in town. We had all kinds of things planned. I mean, Saturday night, was a girl's night. That wasn't really for my birthday, but more so that Laura could meet some of my friends. We had a great time.
Mary Claire, me, Laura, Ali, Amanda & Mandy
Sunday after church, we went to Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro. I had decided instead of a regular cake, I wanted cheesecake for my birthday, so this was the obvious choice. And then I ended up splitting a hot fudge brownie & ice cream with Brad. Go figure. Anyway, for my birthday lunch, it was my parents, my sister & her husband, Brad's parents, his sister, and her friend, Donna. I told them if it wasn't raining afterwards, they had to let us take a few group pics outside before we all left. (I torture them with pics every year. I think they're used to it by now? Maybe.) So here is the entire family (mine & his) plus Laura!
Laura & my mother-in-law
Laura with my mom :)
My dad & my sis
It was such a beautiful day, even though it was supposed to rain all day long! I was so glad. After lunch, Laura was like "We have to go somewhere! It's such a beautiful day!" So we went to LSU to let her see a little of campus, but mostly to meet Mike the Tiger. I'm sorry to say i haven't edited a lot of my pictures still. But here are a couple.
Monday was my actual birthday! We started it off with breakfast at my favorite little place, The Whistle Stop Cafe.
Laura really wanted to go to another plantation home while she was here, so we went to Nottoway! I am so glad we did that! It was amazing!!! (Check out Laura's post on Nottoway, and all her beautiful pics!)
That evening we met up with my husband at one of my favorite restaurants (possibly my very favorite), Bistro Byronz. Ate on the porch again. It was supposed to rain all day (again!) but it held off.
I can't help but remember how last year my birthday was very different. Last year, we had found out I might be miscarrying and i spent my entire birthday weekend praying that wasn't true. And then the days that followed were some of the hardest days of my life. I am so glad that this year was different. Even though we don't have our miracle yet, I have so much more hope and joy than I did last year! God is definitely working.
And I'm so glad Laura was here too! Thankful that she got to come and that it was right around my birthday! :) It was awesome!!
37! It's going to be a great year!