A 3-Cupcake Birthday . . .

Yesterday was my birthday.  But, the celebration really began on Friday when a friend treated me to lunch and gave me a beautiful cross necklace she had made herself.   After a more than satisfying Mexican meal, we walked across the street to a bakery that displayed elaborate cakes.  My friend announced that I needed a birthday cupcake.  I was amply full from lunch, but she insisted, so I went along with the program without too much of a fight.  They said the strawberry one was really good, so I took their advice and left with my special birthday cupcake in the cutest little pink box you’ve ever seen.

The next day, Saturday, I met up with a couple of friends for a matinee at the movie theater.  They greeted me with a little green box.  This time it was red velvet.  I told them I had just enjoyed a birthday cupcake the day before.  Smiling I said, “Hey, this is a two-cupcake birthday!”

Sunday rolls around and I had plans to go to my first shrimp boil. They actually called it Frogmore stew, but I’m certain there were no frogs involved.  I was the birthday girl, so I didn’t have to bring anything.  But, there was salad, watermelon, and the tasty shrimp cooked with corn on the cob, red potatoes, and some kind of sausage.  A group of us sat around the table savoring both food and fellowship.  There were more presents, all so thoughtful.  And then it was time for dessert.  Home-made ice cream and, you guessed it . . . cupcakes!!  I figured since this was going to be a 3-cupcake birthday, I might as well go for chocolate.  I figured Daisy and me could always increase our walk time for this week to compensate.

My point in sharing this ’3-cupcake tale’ has nothing to do with baked goods, birthday presents, or the fact that I am one year older.  It has everything to do with the idea of being positioned to even receive three cupcakes from three different sources in the first place.  It’s not to brag about what great friends I have, but more the fact that I have them.

You see, there was a time in my life where I was surrounded by people I would call friends, and yet nobody knew the real life struggles I was facing.  It wasn’t until I slowly began to reach out and tell  just a smidge of something real, that I discovered what true friendship really is . . . sharing life together. Real life.  The good, the bad, and yes, sometimes, even the ugly. 

Someone once said that a good friend doubles joys and cuts sorrows in half.  I have found that to be true.  And as thankful as I am for cupcakes and birthday gifts, it is my dear, sweet friends for whom I am most grateful.  I guess my churchs’ motto really is true:  together is better. 

Here’s wishing you the sweetness of a ’3-cupcake birthday’ sometime soon.

Your friend,

Cheri

5 comments to A 3-Cupcake Birthday . . .

  • Cheri! This is simply Amazing! Just what I needed today! I will forever Remember this date let me explain I myself have gone through horrible life experiences (My Hubby as well) W/O Friends! We ask and Wonder Why! I know God will use our experiences to HiS Glory… in HiS Time! I Have grown so much in the last week alone! Mostly about Forgiveness! We carry weight if someone has not acknowlege the”wrong” done! It is in God’s timing that He allows the “Weight” to be removed! PTL!!! That was done for me this AM! Still not an easy road ahead… but Oh! The relief! God has a plan & Purpose for ALL our Lives! I have a “God Inspired” Blog myself… May the Lord Sustain You & Keep You! May He continue to Bless & Give You The “Perfect” Friends for your Time of need!! Love, *JKEST* Here’s my site http://jkestcreations.blogspot.com

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  • Cheri,

    I don’t know you but I do know the struggle and pain of divorce. I thought you might enjoy this poem.

    Take care,

    Tom

    Always by My Side
    by Tom Janicik

    Always by my side
    No matter what
    You are there

    Like a loving father
    Who knows what I need
    Not what I want

    Like a nurturing mother
    Who consoles me
    Whenever I am hurt

    Like a big brother
    Who would gladly
    Lay down his life for mine

    Like a little sister
    Whose loyalty and kindness
    Lasts forever

    Like a faithful spouse
    Whose unconditional love
    Never ends

    Like a best friend
    In whom I can completely
    Place my faith and trust

    Thank you, Lord
    For shining Your Light
    And destroying the darkness

    2 Timothy 4:16-18 At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

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  • Ronn

    Dearest Cheri,

    I loved this blog and the unselfish perspective in making others the focus of Blessing ( AKA: Friends;) )
    (& What a friend we have “In JESUS<3!")
    And on Your Blog on Your BirthDay……
    You truly are Your DADDY'S (ABBA FATHER'S<3) Girl;)!
    Well I just wanted you to know that though "real life" can be challenging to say the least,
    The Bible encourages us to be transparent and to share one another's "?………?".
    Yep we do life better as "ONE BODY OF BELIEVERS In CHRIST."
    On behalf of that Body of Believers Cheri,
    I think the "trinity cupcake experience" might have to do with just how sweetly GOD;), JESUS;), &The HOLY SPIRIT love our Sister and Their Daughter<3!
    Your truly "A GIFT TO US ALL"
    Here is a dedication to share our gratitude for the "Gift Of You Cheri."

    Ronn Davila
    …RGD…
    http://youtu.be/_9OFYUZC5Bo

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    Cheri Reply:

    Ah, thanks. Very sweet. I do love me a good cupcake every now and then, but I’ll take God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit any day…the best gift of all, every day of the year!

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  • Robin

    Thank you Cheri, for sharing your Birthday with us. I appreciate all of the comments as well. You are and continue to be a blessing for sharing your life with us. Thank you for reminding me of how important relationships are. I realize that sometimes we are in different “seasons” when it comes to relationships. God Bless you Cheri.

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