Birthdays and Giveaways

“This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24, NASB

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday dear Monica!

Happy Birthday to me!!

Ummm, do I hear someone continuing with the “how old are you” verse?  Sorry, but that’s not allowed!  LOL….  Believe me, I stopped where I did for good reason. 🙂

Today is my birthday.

Birthday begins with a B.

So chances are good

most of this post will be about me.

LOL… So corny… Ok, let me stop, because I am really tickling myself here.  I absolutely love celebrating my birthday, and I enjoy encouraging others to celebrate their birthdays, as well.  If the Lord allows us to see another one, the least we can do is thank Him with a grand celebration of life, right?!

I even have a reputation for adding a few extra hours to the 24 hour celebration.  Ok, so I’ve been known to add a FEW EXTRA TWENTY-FOUR hours.  Hey, hey, HEY now, don’t judge me because I enjoy a good birthday fiesta! 🙂

Since B is the letter of the day, and today just happens to be my birthday, I decided to share 7 tips for ways to make your birthday super special.  These are just some things I do (or have done), but hopefully they will get your birthday wheels turning with ideas for your special day.  Ok, here goes:

“Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” – Psalm 106:1 NASB

1.      Give thanks to God!  The moment my eyes pop open, beyond midnight, I whisper a “thank you” to the Lord for allowing me to enjoy a new day with Him.  So, I begin my birthday by giving thanks!

2.      Buy yourself a birthday cake!  If you’re trying to stay away from sugar, trust me; I get it (the pic of me with the cake is from last year)!  Substitute the cake for a healthier option. This year, I’ll be substituting the cake for some cool, sugar free fro yo from my favorite neighborhood frozen yogurt spot.

3.      Spend time with loved ones!  I usually extend this part of my birthday celebration throughout the month.  Birthdays are a great excuse to connect with family and friends you may not get to see as often as you’d like.

4.      Eat a special meal!  Whether you cook, someone cooks for you, or you go out to eat, there’s nothing like enjoying a great meal that just sings “Today is my birthday!”

5.      Take the day off!  I NEVER (Notice the bold caps.  LOL…This is serious sisters!) work on my birthday.  This year, my special day is on a Saturday but, believe me, I am taking a week day off, as well.

6.      Treat yourself to something nice.  My “something nice” has been as simple as buying a CD of one of my favorite recording artists and as not-so-simple as getting a full makeover and photo session or taking a trip across the country!

7.      Bask in the glory of the God who loves you dearly and has great plans for.  Can you handle that?  Sure you can!


I am hosting a birthday giveaway in honor of my birthday.  Leave a comment on my blog sharing your favorite birthday memory.  Don’t be selfish.  Forward this post or a link to it to your girlfriends, sisters, aunts, moms, cousins, etc, so they can join in the fun.  The comment that makes me laugh the hardest or makes me empty my box of Kleenex will win a $15 gift card to one of my favorite places on earth – TARGET!!  Yes, ladies.  A girl just can’t get enough of her local Target store, so I thought for my birthday I would share one of my favorite things with my favorite ladies!

The winner will be announced on Thursday April 7th.  The letter for that day is G Giveaway begins with G, so you guess what that day’s post will be all about.  See you Thursday for the giveaway!  See you tomorrow for the letter C.  Oh Lord, please help me get through this blog challenge.  Challenge….hmmm, that’s a C word.  Lol…  Ok, off to finish my B-day (get it “B” day, birthday, ok anyway…) celebration.  Until tomorrow….

The birthday girl,


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret Hall
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 15:01:37

    Monica, wishing you a very Happy, Happy Birthday~! I so liked your list of presents to yourself…Great idea to pamper ourselves for another year of our birth and years on the Planet~!
    As for Birthday remembrances, I remember my favorites have always been with family and friends, but the most favorite was when I lived in Denver and volunteered at the Mission there to serve lunches to the less fortunate…It was my birthday and I casually mentioned it to one of the participants. They hovered as a football team and then came to the table where I had finally sat down and sang one of the most beautiful accapella version of “Happy Birthday” along with giving me their cookies on a paper plate. They then sat, we shared coffee/cookies and talked and learned about THEIR lives and THEIR birthdays…It was incredible..Loved it..
    Please enjoy your wonderful day/week/month…(smile)…See you for the letter “C”…


    • Monica P. Watkins
      Apr 02, 2011 @ 18:01:04

      Oh WOW, Margaret! What a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL story! Beautiful story… Now that’s a birthday memory that sweeter than any gift $ can buy, a “party” that truly could never have been planned. Thank you, so much, for sharing!


  2. Wanda
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 17:43:44

    You had me singing the birthday song with you and then you cut off short at the good part 😉 Hoping you are enjoying a wonderful birthday with those you love. And, wishing you many more to come my sweet sister.


    • Monica P. Watkins
      Apr 02, 2011 @ 17:54:02

      Uhhh huh!! Old enough, girl! LOL… Thank you for the birthday wishes. You didn’t leave a comment about your favorite birthday. Come one, you have to enter the giveaway!


  3. Bonnie
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 18:06:21

    My birthday is July 20 and for over 15 years, we spent my birthday at the beach. There were between 8 and 15 families from our church that would go to New Smyrna Beach, FL and stay at Surfside Condominiums the week of my birthday. All of my best friends were there every year. We would reserve the “game room” at the condos for my birthday party and my cake was always from Publix – way before Publix came to Georgia. Those weeks are some of my favorite memories of my childhood and Surfside is my idea of heaven on earth. We went on vacation to Surfside last year and it was just as wonderful as I remembered.


    • Monica P. Watkins
      Apr 05, 2011 @ 21:48:36

      Bonnie!!!! I can’t tell you how delighted I am to have you visit my blog! I LOVE your birthday story! It was so neat that you were able to go back and visit that special place again after all these years. It was even more exciting to read that it was still as wonderful as you remembered. That’s one of the special gifts of this life, opportunities to make beautiful memories with those we love.

      Please come back to visit me here!


  4. Elisa
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 23:28:59

    Thanks for sharing your day with your readers. Birthdays are always special to me, especially mine. :`) My most memorable bday would have to be my 30th….that was the year I threw myself a huge bash. That’s right, I said, “threw myself”…lol! I rented a great location downtown, hired caterers and a live band, mailed invitations, bought and outrageously priced cocktail dress, and danced the night away with 50 of my closest friends.

    Wishing you the best year ever!


    • Monica P. Watkins
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 20:25:41

      Lisa, your 30th birthday sounds like something I’d like to do for my….well….next year!!! LOL…. Thank you for the birthday wishes, and I apologize for the tardy reply. 🙂


  5. Gregg Metcalf
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 16:42:23

    Happy B day to you! Hope is was a fantastic day!

    Gregg Metcalf
    Colossians 1:28-29

    Gospel-driven Disciples


    • Monica P. Watkins
      Apr 05, 2011 @ 21:44:58

      Thank you, Gregg, for your comment and the scriptures. I so appreciate the verses the Holy Spirit led you to.


  6. Stacey
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 15:47:06

    My most memorable birthday was my 30th. Can you believe that it was only 9 years ago? Imagine that! 🙂 This was the first birthday that I’d sent without my family so this was truly stepping out of the box for me. I took the week off of work and traveled to Myrtle Beach with the guy that I was dating. It was absolutely wonderful because in the month of December, you don’t have to wait in long lines for rides, attractions, or even worry about going to a crowded beach. Each day was planned with an itinerary (loved it!). Although the weather was not 75-80 degrees, we participated in events at the resort and evening had a night out with the Seniors (now that was hilarious!)
    After spending Saturday-Saturday at Myrtle Beach, I returned to Greensboro to a surprise party with coworkers and aquaintances from NC.
    I hope that I can do something similar this December! 🙂


    • Monica P. Watkins
      Apr 06, 2011 @ 19:16:01

      WOW! Now THAT was a birthday celebration! I sure hope you can do something amazing in December, as well!! 🙂


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