Friday, August 18, 2006

I Am A Rich Woman

Today is my birthday! I feel so blessed with friendship this year. Yesterday my day started out with a pre-birthday bang. I placed in the FaithWriters’ writing challenge! I got fifth out of two hundred entries. I used to place several times a quarter, but the competition has grown dramatically and it’s been two and a half quarters since I’ve placed high enough to get published, so I was quite encouraged. Here’s the link to my winning entry, though I will warn that it is a very heavy story: The Unwanted.

Let’s see…after the happiness of winning, I received a birthday package in the mail from a FW friend, with a lovely note and a beautiful cross necklace. It’s so dainty and just perfect for me! I also got a lovely card from my grandparents.

Then another FW friend surprised me by making a birthday thread a day early, and I got lots of lovely birthday wishes. And then two more FW friends called me on the phone and we chattered for several hours! LOL! I’d never talked in person to these two ladies, so it was doubly fun.

Today I didn’t feel well, so that was too bad. But in the evening we went over to my oldest sister and her family’s home for dinner. Twas lovely playing with my nieces and being with family. Dinner was lovely, and there was an extra bonus! But first, a pre-story, hehe. Yesterday a friend asked me if I was going to have cake today, and I said no, because I’m allergic to wheat. Then I added, “But if anyone could make a gluten free cake, it would be my sister AJ.” Sure enough, she made a delicious chocolate gluten free cake!! My mom even liked it, and she doesn’t like most things that are made with special flours.

Tomorrow the fun continues. In the morning we are going to breakfast with my grandma and other relatives from Mom’s side of the family. Then Sis and I are meeting Wren to walk along the waterfront, and then we’re meeting some other friends for dinner and games.


purple_kangaroo said...

I'm so glad you liked the cake. Congratulations on the story! I misheard you and thought you said you placed 15th tonight . . . 5th is even more fantastic! Good job!

I really hope you feel better soon--and overall, not just temporarily.

Debrand said...

Happy birthday and congratulations on the FW's placement.

Chelle Y. said...

Happy Birthday!

MommyHAM said...

Happy b'day all around!!

Kaylee said...

Happy birthday! I've not been on the FW site recently because of all the college work, but I did manage to find time to read your story. It was awesome. Blew me away. And it so had your name wrtten all over it! (hehe, I made a pun!) It screamed "This is an Amy Michelle Wiley masterpiece!" The topic you chose is very dear to my heart as well. Tear provoking.

Douglas_Coombs said...

Happy B-day pipsqueek. It was good to see you (briefly) when visiting the area in July.