Quite a few unexpected blessings for my first quarantine birthday. A year ago, we didn’t know the school calendar would be changing to add in two extra breaks (one week in October, one week in February). Due to three hurricane days in August, which turned out to be unnecessary, we were required to make up two of the days from our February break. This was still so welcome!
With my birthday falling on the Sunday after the break, we planned a mini getaway/birthday celebration/babymoon trip three hours away in San Antonio. I cannot remember the last time Kyle and I just sat. In a coffee shop – okay, two coffee shops. To read. To enjoy coffee.
As if we hadn’t already traveled with too many books, we found ourselves in a precious local bookstore – only because the kind woman who was about to lock the door let us in. With the way we spend on books, she didn’t regret that decision!
In preparation of the incoming Texas winter snow storm, we hunkered down for my actual birthday on Sunday. My mom, however, no matter the circumstances, makes my birthday feel like a national holiday (love you, mami!).
And then, the same night, LIGHTS WENT OUT! If you haven’t heard of the Texas power grid drama… Well, millions of people are without power or without water or without both. For almost 24 hours, we did not have power. We stayed put, and it did return Monday at almost midnight.
There are horror stories of the deaths occurring across the Lone Star State due to weather-related issues. I am very thankful to God that: my family around Houston is safe; we have a gas stove; my mom is staying with us.
Elías’s first snow, too!
While I am praying for every Texan’s safety, I must confess the additional days off school are an odd welcome. It seems as though I am continuing the birthday celebration – power or no power, safe with my people. I’m thankful for being able to celebrate another year of life! Here’s to the mariachi celebration next year!!!