I had a great birthday, courtesy of my sweet, thoughtful husband and neighbors. Everything about it was special. J. surprised me with plans for a dinner party next door - Kurd-style (I call it "Kurd-esque" because it was as close to Kurdish as he could get).
Scotty (one of the neighbors) hung streamers, then helped J with dinner while we waited for Sarah to arrive. We had a delicious feast (pictures here), and even cake and candles (we had a good laugh about the upside-down 6; Sarah is resourceful like me).
J. has a hard time lying to keep a surprise and 24 hours earlier the neighbors were in the hospital with food poisoning. It was a real feat for everyone and a wonderful night for me. I felt blessed to have such loving people around me.