I am normally jinxed with birthdays - I have been for years.
Friends bail on me, plans fall through, things happen.
This year, besides the usual work and school going on, I'm trying to find a job, a place to live, pack, planning for our wedding, etc. So, my birthday went on the back burner.
My best friend Taylor told me the week before that her and another friend were going to take me out to dinner, and hang out after. I happily obliged.
I chose Joe Taco, as chips and queso are one of my favorite foods. Earlier in the day, I bought us some mini cupcakes to eat after dinner. You know, because I'm turning 22 and wanted cake on my birthday, and cupcakes were close enough.
As I opened the door to my apartment, I saw a streamer flutter in front of me. I thought, "oh, they hung streamers! ...wait, but we were at Joe Taco?" I peeked around my door, and saw two shadowy figures standing in the kitchen, and just as I was about to say, "whaaat..."
About 10 of my friends jumped out at me, scaring me half to death.
As the lights were turned on, I see my apartment is fully decorated, and there are tons of cookies and sweets in my kitchen..
Remember - I am jinxed with birthdays. Never had a real, decent party. Never been surprised (but always secretly wanted a surprise party)... and it was the one birthday that I was just going to not even make an effort towards!
We ate, talked and laughed. Some of my favorite people were all in the same place at once. I was actually having the birthday I've always wanted.
Taylor told me she just threw the party because she wanted my last birthday here to be extra special. I realized I'm going to miss these moments, but moreso these people.
I cannot even fully explain how much of a blessing my friends have been these last few years. To be honest, I think college was one of the first times I experienced real friendships. Friends that I can be transparent with, that I can be silly with, that I can cry with.
I wish I could take all my favorite people with me to Georgia.
To be honest, that's one of my fears... not having friends, not having community. Everyone tells me that I will have my fianceé to hang out with, which is all good and dandy - but I need other friends too. I'm a friend person. I need some girlfriends in my life.
It will happen, soon I will be having girl's nights and such. I know He will bring the people I need into my life, just as He has in the past.