I told folks on Facebook about my birthday bash, but thought I would share it here as well. I made a lunch for my workers and friends. It was a Mexican style lunch, but I improvised a little. I made some corn bread and cut large slices of it as the base. Then I cooked up four pounds of meat (they like meat!), with some onions, tomatoes, beans and corn and added in some taco seasoning along with a bit of chili powder. I poured this slightly soupy "concoction" over the corn bread and viola - we had lunch! :). It was pretty tasty even if I do say so myself. I also baked a cake. That was a little disappointing as it didn't rise like a cake should. It must have been an old mix. Even so, it tasted pretty good. I made the cake into a two layer cake just to make it look a little more normal.
The best part of the day was that I was given a present by my guards. Giving presents in Turkana is not a real common thing - especially for birthdays. They don't know the actual day they were born. Many of them can only guess at the year. So, celebrating birthdays is a very foreign thing to them. Even so, one of my guards decided that they should give me a present. So, after the lunch bash, he went to town and came back with a necklace and earrings and gave them to me. This really is a case of it being the thought that counts and I still get a huge smile on my face when I think of it!
All in all, I had a great birthday. I was overwhelmed at the number of birthday greetings I received by e-mail and Facebook. I must say that getting another year older does have its advantages sometimes :). If you want to see more pictures from my birthday bash, you can find them on my Facebook page. I hope you have had a good week as well! Blessings from one who feels truly blessed!