Extravagant Gifts

This weekend was the start of a birthday celebration that won’t officially end until next week when my dad comes for a visit. The birthday being celebrated is mine. And it’s a big one! Sshh, don’t tell anyone, but I’m turning 40!

And to answer the questions I’ve heard most over the past few days: Yes, I can believe it; and no, forty doesn’t feel old at all. I have some more thoughts on that, and hopefully I will find the time to share them before forty-one rolls around. But don’t hold your breath, or you might not see your next birthday.

What I cannot believe is how incredibly blessed I have been. The well-wishes have been lavish and the gifts have been extravagant. I am truly grateful.

And so today I’m counting the gifts of birthdays and everydays.

#897 – 918

  • a special birthday
  • special decorations

  • cakepops; almost sis-in-law making them for me {oh my, these are SO good!}; dreaming up cakepop flavors; cracking up with my mom over our reaction to turn our favorite birthday cake combination into cakepops

  • a party with family
  • time to visit with one another
  • lavish birthday wishes – in the mail, by phone, by text, on facebook and even twitter
  • unexpected and thoughtful well-wishes, cards and gifts
  • photography-related gifts
  • a new lens; extravagant gift from my man – my photographer friends know the one 😉
  • receiving it early enough to take all of the pics in this post {I had know idea what I was missing!}
  • mama duck sitting on her eggs

  • little flowers

  • a bouquet on a tree

  • a peaceful backyard sanctuary

  • hanging baskets

  • old glory

  • coach lights

And perhaps because turning forty causes one to be a bit introspective, I cannot help but think of the most lavish love and extravagant gifts I’ve received in Christ. For those, I am eternally grateful.

#919 – 924

  • lavish love of God
  • extravagant gift of grace
  • my sin forgiven
  • rebirth in Christ
  • my name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life
  • birthdays that will never really end

In hope,

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.


  1. Teena says

    well I am not a very good friend… HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

    Love those cake toppers. what a beautiful arrangement! Tell me what they are and how you made them….

    I miss “seeing” you …. not spending much time on twitter.


    • Thanks, Teena! I haven’t been on twitter much lately either. I think we’ve both had some really busy weeks. 🙂

      The cakepops are actually cake on a stick! You can check them out at bakerella.com; and she even has a cakepop cookbook. That’s the cookbook that my almost sis-in-law used to make the ones for me, and I think we’re going to get our own copy so that we can start making them.