Praise Ye! Praise Ye! Praise Ye! Our dear heavenly Father above! Creator and Maker of the Universe! And the Creator and Maker of my 30 year old son… Anthoni Lance Brookshire (aka InnerManTheatre on WordPress)! 30 years ago today, on a Friday the 13th, You looked down from Your heavenly throne and had mercy upon my soul… grace upon my life… and love yet to express itself in Your many ways that You taught me more about Your sovereign and parental love, as well as Your tender and nurturing love. So many of Your wonderful and mysterious ways manifest themselves so easily, so frequently, and so profoundly in the eyes, arms, heart, and soul of a child. Yet today He is not a child. Today He is 30! He will always be my babedoll! And He will always be Your son. A child of the King! ❤
Thank You , Father for the day we got to spend together at Cheddar’s and Cold Stone!!
Yup! That’s right! His birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year, so it was a win/win.
We first went to Cheddar’s so that I could eat my favorite food…
Cheddars’s Famous Spasagna with garlic bread!
(the tomato was from Anthoni’s cheeseburger,
he always gives me his tomatoes 🙂 )
I was so excited to eat Spasagna that I didn’t even care that I literally had to ask the waitress if I had gotten the Spasagna with Chicken Alfredo instead. The texture of the cheese was so hard and clumped into crusty lumps, so I honestly thought I could be eating chicken meat. It was still GOOD! But it wasn’t tasting the least bit like spaghetti, lasagna, or the delicious cheeses that were supposed to flavor the whole meal. The only thing that tasted right was the marinara sauce!
In these pictures below You can see the CLUMP it really was.
It was so thick I had to use my knife. 😦
It looks nothing like the delicious noodles I miss!
But again, Lord, I was so excited. It had been a few years since I had gotten to eat it! I thought it was me somehow. I wanted to be thankful for what You gave me, especially with the opportunity to share this special time with Anthoni. I could tell he cared about my food being edible, and what I actually wanted. I will do a feedback on the survey on my receipt, and actually call this week to Cheddar’s as well. If they have changed how they make it or what is in it, it absolutely changes my love for it. I had hoped to get good pictures for every one who had been asking about it and loved the idea of it.
I’ll post an update later.
🙂 But today! Today I am celebrating Anthoni! Not Spasagna! 🙂
And what better way to remind me of the miracle You designed him to be in my life and the lives of so many others than to give us a waitress named Miracle! ❤
Miracle was so incredibly nice, pleasant, sweet spirited, with a beautiful smile. She was kind to allow me to get a picture of her and my son to remember his special day.
She is from Troy! (Anthoni I had fun discussions of Helen of Troy). She was our birthday miracle for him. We didn’t need one though. Anthoni was the miracle God gave 30 years ago to save me many things about my life, and my family from the dysfunction that was eating us apart. The Lord used his presence to break down races barriers on both sides of my family, bring peace to family squabbles, and lead us all back into church… including several family friends.
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
– Isaiah 11:6 KJV
Next! On to Cold Stone for my other favorite!
That Founder’s Favorite Ice Cream without a brownie! 🙂
After watching them make it… the finished product!
Gotta Have It size! (That’s their Large! 🙂 )
I thought of Caz when I realized the wording was slightly wrong from when I had previously said the sizes are called Like It, Love It, and Have to Have It. 😉
It was melting all over the place. It was all I could do to get it to the table safely!
Then I had to get Anthoni’s safely to the table, as he went to the bathroom.
He had the Birthday Cake Delight! How fitting!
Gotta Have It size… of course! 🙂
I’ll have to remember that next month for my birthday! 😉
When he got to the table we found his ice cream!
It does not show in this picture, but his ice cream ended up all over the table,
despite my using several napkins underneath, and TRYING to keep it clean.
He had an interesting time with it.
It brought back a sweet memory of him when he was just 6 or 7 months old.
He was in his car seat, eating ice cream. When the ice cream started melting all over his hands, he intentionally dropped it to the floor and started crying. He wanted me to pull over right then and there to wipe his hands clean, which of course I did with some baby wipes. Once he was clean, he was back to being a happy baby. He didn’t care about the ice cream anymore. All my family and friends in the car said, “Yep. He’s yours alright! Just like you!.” I hate having sticky or icky hands! Or mouth! Or face! LOL. Even if it means giving up what I am eating or going without!
So far down his bowl today, Anthoni just put his spoon down, looked me directly in the eye as if to point out that with his next statement he was giving me a hint.
“I’m done. Anytime you want to leave, I’m ready.”
He wasn’t saying it as of to hurry me or to tell me what to do. He was letting me know that I didn’t have to wonder about his leftover ice cream.
“Did you get enough? Is it OK?” I ask.
“Yes. I am putting my spoon down while I am satisfied, before I regret not doing it.”
He was only 1/3 of the way down his bowl.
“You mean like I already do, and I’m only half way down?” We laugh.
“Very disciplined, Anthoni! I am well pleased for you! So I guess that means we really only Like It!“ 😉 We laugh again.
Thank You, Father, for such a blessed time! For laughs! For good food! For awesome workers! For weather that held out to make for a beautiful day! For the time that is so hard for Anthoni and I to get alone! And I NEVER get to go to my favorite places, even if I am willing to pay for someone else! Unless I bribe my son because his birthday falls on Mother’s Day! 😉 Companionship is my gift. But he smiles because he knows he loves it too. That’s how I knew You were in on this today! And You lovingly put Your signature on it when You sent us our very own Miracle! With a smile! 🙂
No one says Happy Birthday or Happy Mother’s Day like You do! ❤
❤ Me and Anthoni love You! ❤