Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


The Day Before Today

Not to be confused with “The Day After Tomorrow.” LOL.

I’m talking about my big birthday. Yesterday. I turned 153. Well, not quite, but I’m working toward it.

Yeah, somebody out there (or everybody) can figure out which birthday it was, but what different does it make? You’re only as old as you feel/act/think.

To be honest, as long as I’m still learning/kicking/loving, I really don’t mind. 

I had a fantastic day yesterday. The office crew went to lunch to celebrate, which always makes me feel so special. (We do it for everybody but I love it when it’s my turn.) To make it extra special, Amy made this for me.

What used to be the focus of the day (gifts) isn’t really that important anymore. Now it’s the heart-touches that matters. My three sons each called to share their love and part of their day with me, as did my beautiful DIL and DILs2b. Love and laughter–talk about a great day sparkler! (Love you guys!)

My busy, busy going-to-Physician-Assistant-school-married-to-a-minister-and-fostering-two-children niece called last night. That, “Love you, Aunt Su-Su” thrills my heart.   

A gift from Omega addressed to Alpha (G-Man laughed and said we’d gone Greek) to help me with my daily (or so) walk was wonderful, and the card she made for Pops to give me was so special. It talks about how blessed he is because God blessed him with me as a daughter. Isn’t that a nice thing for a sister to do? (And a great thing for a dad to sign his name to!)

The card all the guys at the office signed had a picture of a cake on fire. LOL. One cousin signed it, “HOW OLD???” (Answer, “Two years YOUNGER than you.” LOL) My brother signed it, “Happy 29th” . . . which, incidentally, would make him 19. 🙂

A pedometer from my wonderful walking buddy/spiritual sister. (And I’m going to figure out how to use it one of these  soon. Very soon.

And a surprise from #4. She sent me a white pitcher (I collect them.) The pitcher is beautiful and looks like an antique. But what I really like, the part that brought me to tears (and not just a few) was the letter she included and the scriptures she put inside the pitcher.

In the letter (which now lives in my Bible) she says the scriptures are either something we learned together or they were words “God whispered my ear that they were special.”

Here’s just a few.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thess 5:23

And this one nearly had me sobbing. (I had to go outside to keep from scaring G-Man.) “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6.

Is there a better gift than a Christian sister, partner and friend who prays for you each time she thinks of you? If there is, I don’t know of it.

Unless it’s four Christian sisters. And a Christian Brother.

Love you guys.