A mix of iPhone (thanks, A, for capturing the moment!) and digital SLR photos from the weekend, in which my sweet B surprised me with an (early) birthday party and I cried like a baby while shaking and saying things like "this makes my spirit feel so big!!"....(which it did. so, so big).
Needless to say, I am incredibly grateful for all of my west coast friends helping B pull off this thoughtful little trick. I was so sad to think we weren't going to spend any birthday time together (I may have even been giving him a bit of a guilt trip, lately...) and this was just above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. Sometimes I'm not the best at "receiving" (I even said that to some of the gals on Saturday; I'm trying so hard just to receive right now) but I did my best to simply soak in all of the love and birthday wishes that were generously being poured on me. Frankly, when I moved here 4 years ago, I never imagined building a community...a family...like the one I have in this city by the Bay. This colorful mix of folks full of life and adventure has come to mean more to me than I can possibly explain and I am so thankful to have been given such a blessed send off into my 29th lap around the sun.
"Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart."
Cheers to the exchange; to giving and receiving, and to the open-heart friends who make it all possible.