"None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.- Gail Goodwin
Well this is a birthday I won't ever forget.

Today I celebrate the blessing of being able to see another year. The many blessings of having good health, a family who loves me, shelter, food, clothes, a car, all of my basic necessities met and all of which I'm thankful for.

Last year I didn't do anything for my birthday except bake a cake and listen to my sons and my hubby sing to me. Last year I was kinda bummed that that was all I did so this year I decided to do it up. I made plans at this awesome Cuban restaurant that offers salsa dancing lessons along with a live salsa band and even planned an afterparty at a hookah lounge. You'd think I was turning 30 by all the festivities {I'm not there yet, don't rush me} but I was just very excited to celebrate!

Until yesterday.

Yesterday my mom called me and said she was going to pray and fast for the rest of the day because my cousin Myesha, who had been in the ICU for the last 3 or 4 days, had taken a turn for the worse. Myesha had gotten an infection after being pregnant, but was an otherwise healthy girl so when she first went to the hospital I hadn't thought much of it. Sure I prayed but I still just knew she would be fine because she'd never really been sick before. After getting the call from my mom, however, I got a little nervous and prayed much harder this time. 20 minutes later I missed a call from my mom and I immediately knew why she was calling me back.

Myesha was young and vibrant and a mom to a 7 year old boy and we didn't expect this. I just saw her on Thanksgiving {so very glad I went out there now} and now I wish I would have spent some real time with her before coming back here. The toughest part is that her little brother's birthday is today too and I know he's hurting really bad right now.

So needless to say, I don't really feel like dancing anymore. I'd rather eat dinner and enjoy the cupcakes that I  woke up to this morning {thanks Stephen!} and just be with my husband and my boys. Same as last year but it's funny how different your perspective can be when you remember how short life is and what's really important. So yes, I'm still gonna celebrate, just in a much more intimate way. I'm sure my boys will still sing to me and right now that's all I want.

To any of you who are inclined to wish me happy birthday, thank you in advance! I appreciate the love and I am truly truly grateful to see another year.

And to those of you who believe in prayer, please lift up the Kingsberry family right now, that's the best gift you can give.

I love you cousin!
 Myesha Latrice Kingsberry, rest in peace.
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8 Responses
  1. lenita Says:

    Whew..... you said it best, and Happy birthday ! Luv ya B. !

  2. KarenWeza Says:

    Myesha is beautiful. God bless you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family throughout this hard time.
    Karen Weza

  3. Unknown Says:

    May God bless and keep your family. I know what it's like to lose a family member unexpectedly, especially around this time of year. I lost my uncle 4 years ago on December 22nd, so trust me I understand. God is the only one that can get you through this time, so lean on him & know that Myesha no longer has to deal with the pressures that life may bring. She is living the ULTIMATE life now, and smiling in the arms of Jesus. Love you B.

  4. That's sad. So young. Happy Birthday B

  5. Brandi Ford Says:

    Thank you all for the love, support and birthday wishes!

  6. *hugs*...My condolences go out to you and your family.

    Happy Birthday, may you have many healthy and happy years to come.

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