"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

17 July 2012


Due to all the recent traveling and meeting new people, my introverted husband didn't want a party this year.* So I cooked him his favorite meals for dinner for the week preceding his actual birthday, and then we had his best friend and family over for wings and cake on his birthday eve.
For N's actual birthday, B slept in (which meant so did we!). After a slow breakfast, we headed downtown and poked about at the farmers' market. We found fresh summer corn (yum!). We ate lunch out at TGI Friday's, which seems to be a foolproof eating out location for B. He has yet to get squirmy and discontent when we're there, and he just loves socializing with the wait staff. We don't know what it is, but we like it!
We came home and took long naps, and then went out to our new favorite local barbecue place for burgers and ice cream.

*Which I later realized was just as well, because the worship pastor at our church has the same birthday. He turned 40 and apparently had a big party, and since we have some mutual friends, that wouldn't have worked out well.

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