Friends. It’s finally my birthday!! After counting down for 40 days!! Yay!!!
On Thursday, we celebrated FOUR YEARS since Gabe’s heart attack and launched an e-book.
And today? I TURNED 40. (so wild!)
And Monday we start “work” (which I will explain in Part 3 of our Big News Series… or Part 4).
We came home from our photo shoot today, ate lunch (I ordered fried rice & noodles from a restaurant over the phone, and Gabe went to pick it up, only to find out I’d accidentally ordered it from some other random restaurant–oops! Then our sweet friends at the restaurant sent him home with spicy mango and a whole birthday cake for me!), then fell asleep for two hours, because we were EXHAUSTED.
The girls at Precious Women did our photo shoot (which just made it all the more awesome), and I’ll write more about them soon when I’m not so super tired. THANK YOU, LADIES!!
And THANK YOU, Gabe, Livi, Ava, and Nina, for being so sweet and patient and beautiful and AWESOME. I will remember this birthday FOREVER and EVER.
I’m busy posting pics of the shoot on Instagram & Facebook and writing this blog post, then we’ll wind down my birthday with a trip to the airport to send off our friends (Alli, Panha, and 3 awesome guys from Punlok Thmey Tours) to America.
But I want to give you all something on my birthday to thank you for being so awesome.
But she couldn’t stop, so she made this GORGEOUS BRACELET in honor of me turning 40.
I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
(Thank you thank you thank you, Krysten!!)
To be honored to win this special, gorgeous piece, you just need to choose ONE THING on this list, DO IT, and report back here.
1.) Do something kind (big or small) for someone in your real life.
2.) Tell someone you love them (someone you haven’t said this to in awhile–or ever).
3.) Make a tax-deductible donation of ANY size to The Hard Places Community in honor of my birthday. In the memo, write “Siem Reap Center.” (yes, this is a spoiler of sorts–all of this money will go toward helping us buy supplies to decorate/stock this brand new center with books, toys, posters, etc.–so exciting!!) (see this post)
4.) Buy my new e-book (if you bought it before today, you have to do something else on the list).
5.) Decide to trust God for something BIG today (you don’t have to share details–unless you want to).
And, for EVERYONE who comments, I’d like to offer you a FREE E-BOOK of your choice (that I’ve written). Your choices: The Husband’s Guide to Getting Lucky, Once Upon the Internet, The Wife Life, We Dream of Cambodia, An Unschooling Manifesto, or The Storm.
(just tell me which one you want in the comments)
AND, in honor of my birthday, sweet Krysten is offering 10% off any Fancy Freedom order placed by Nov 30th (use the code MARLA40JOY).
Thank you, friends, for being so awesome and loving my family and making my birthday so special! So, so, so thankful for each one of you!!