Day Before My Birthday…

It’s my 55th Birthday today Monday March 8th 2010… but I want to talk about the day before my Birthday. Pics at the bottom of this post…
Stop #1- I kissed Denny goodbye as he left to go preach at Coastline, where he is Lead Pastor and I took off my Pastor’s Wife Hat to be
Mom visiting Crossline Church at their new location in Laguna Hills.  It was fantastic!  Sitting next to my daughter Brooke as we
enjoyed the worship leading of Son-In-Law Darren was such a joy.  He’s my favorite WL, as it should be.   The Staff has done a great job with
their remodeled new digs lifting high the name of Jesus.
Stop #2- Flower Shop to pick out some Lillys and a single red rose (for love) for our Grand daughter Camryn at her first Gymnastics Recital, she can hold a head stand for 2 minutes :-) Brilliant!
Stop #3-Cafe Rio, for lunch with some family and a bunch from Crossline.  I sat at the kids table and became a living jungle gym.  It was fun giving Horsey rides in between bites, while teasing the boys that I didn’t know I had salad stuck between all my teeth (an old youth worker joke :-)  They thought the old lady was pretty funny…
Stop #4- Camy’s Gymnastic Recital was so fun.  This girl is pure joy.  This is Grandma Bo Bo speaking, but, I thought, she absolutely stood out from the crowd and was the most talented child in the room, no one could tell me any different.  Denny made it there just in the nick of time to catch her choreographed performance.  He was speedy and quite the trooper, scooting off to the car and on the road just minutes after the last service.  Camy was so happy to see him.
Stop #5 has a set up story.  This last Thursday I was enjoying a pre-birthday day at “The Spa” in Costa Mesa.   During a treadmill run a conversation was struck up between myself and a young man when after a trainer commented on his good form. I said. it was because he was a dancer.  ”How did you know that”, he asked.  I said, “because I am a dancer and I could just tell.” He asked me a few questions about my dance career and then I started in on asking about his dance career, asking if he took classes at Jimmy DeFores, the best and closest dance studio in town.  He humbly replied; “no, I’m here from out of town, performing at the OC Performing Arts Center across the street.  I’m with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.” What, what, what… I was jogging next to greatness.  He looked so young, maybe 20 years old, I figured he was with them a year or so. More about that later.
Our faith came up when I gave him a scripture sticker of Jer. 29:11.  He was a believer and had a Dance Ministry at his church in New York where Denny and I knew the Pastor.   I have always dreamed of an opportunity to see this dance company perform, but had never had the chance.  I said; “you know it’s my birthday on Monday and I’ll bet I could get my husband to get tickets for your last show on Sunday.”  We exchanged phone numbers and a hug.  On Saturday my new dancer friend Matthew Rushing (google him) called me and said he had two comp tickets for Denny and I and that we could come back stage after the show. What, what, what?
So Stop #5 came next.  We were a few minutes late, but arrived and were seated just before he took the stage in the most gorgeous solo piece.  Come to find out young Matthew has been with the Company for 18 years, he’s not 20, but 36.  He is one of their most beloved performers and choreographers.   We had, in my opinion the best seats in the house, Orchestra center.  We sat next to one of the other performers Aunts and bonded over both being Christ followers and her now living where I grew up, Northridge, CA.  Just another Godsequence in my book.  The last half hour section is a famous piece that they do called Revelation, which is basically one big dance worship sesh and revival.  What a wonderful and inspiring time.  Afterwards there Matthew was waiting for us at the Stage Door, kids all around him wanting pictures.  As we greeted he handed me a big rolled up poster.  He said; I got everyone in the Company to sign this poster for you for your birthday… Happy Birthday!  What, what, what?!  I am crying now and will always cry when I think about that unexpected moment.  I had to sit down I was so blown away.  I just could not believe this was happening to me.  We hugged and Denny and I waited tell everyone was gone and had their picture with him so we could pray with him.  What an amazing journey he has been on.  While we were chatting we met Marta, the security guard, a believer that we asked to join us in prayer.  What a privilege to pray with and for this young man that made my birthday so special and it hadn’t even happened yet. Can we say Birth Month :-) We all should have one.
Stop # 6- Home and a night of breakfast for dinner and the Oscars.  The best Oscars I have ever seen.  I just loved every moment.  Yeah!  Mom power, yeah Women power.  Denny and I both cried at the speeches.  So sincere and authentic we thought.
And finally Stop # 7- the Internet where Denny looked up “Places to eat for free on your Birthday”.  So tomorrow we are going to every place, Breakfast, Lunch, Ice Cream (2 different places) and Dinner.  I’ll let you know how it goes :-)  Good night my friends.
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