Lucky Friday the 13th

posted by Aby Garvey on November 13, 2009 11 Comments

For me, Friday November 13th is one of the luckiest days of my life. It is on this day, eleven years ago today, that I became a Mom for the very first time. I remember going into labor, (after having spent the prior five days on bed rest in the hospital,) and saying “But its Friday the 13th. Isn’t there some way we can put this off until tomorrow?” I should have known at that moment that my life was forever changed—I was no longer in the driver’s seat.

So today, the first Friday, November 13th since the original one eleven years ago, I stand here knowing that indeed Friday the 13th is a very lucky day for me. I am so thankful for every minute of the past eleven years and look forward to all the years ahead with this bright, beautiful boy of mine. Happy Birthday, Collin. I’m so happy you’re mine.

I’m really excited for this weekend because my boy loves his birthday. Now, I know what you’re thinking—all kids love their birthday. True. But this one really, really loves his birthday. If you’re familiar with the book The Five Love Languages of Children, you know what I mean. Collin’s love language is gifts, which means birthdays are really special to him. It’s the time of year when the gifts (and the love) overflow. So it’s going to be a fun, fun weekend.

Birthday gifts

So…I bet you can guess what’s on my list of things to finish this weekend…birthday stuff. Most of it is done, but tomorrow is his party. So I have to finish making the cookie cake and fun stuff like that. So that’s my really short finish it Friday list for me this week: make cookie cake. (And maybe we’ll finish eating it, too.)

I’d love to hear what’s on your Finish it Friday list. Remember to include something fun on your list this week, too. Have a great weekend!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • November 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    haha, I posted my finish it friday list today. Since middle school, I’ve always considered Friday the 13th to be a lucky day for me too! Happy Birthday Collin! (And enjoy doing all the birtday preps, Aby!)

    • November 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm

      We have thought about you all day long and know you are excited about having friends over for your party and then on Sunday coming to grandma and grandpa’s for your big family birthday party. Enjoy the day Collin and we will see you on Sunday. xoxoxoxox

      • November 13, 2009 at 4:25 pm

        Hope your son has a wonderful birthday. My son Sean was born on April 13, and like you, I wasn’t too thrilled about the idea of him having Friday the 13th birthdays. Seems silly to have cared about that now!

        • November 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

          Happy Birthday Collin!
          I’m going to a scrapbook crop and have fun tomorrow. I’ve been busy for weeks so this is a treat. I hope to get a bunch of cards and a mini scrapbook started. Hopefully I’ll get a few things done on Sunday like:
          1. Wash
          2. Ironing
          3. Read – been trying to get a couple of hours in each day
          Not over doing it this weekend and going to relax some. Have a great weekend!

          • November 13, 2009 at 7:16 pm

            Happy birthday Collin. My daughter was born on a 13th, so it’s lucky for me too. She turned the big half year old today. =p

            • November 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm

              I hope Collin has a wonderful birthday! Enjoy these days because they pass by so quickly.
              My husband and I also share this day. We were married 39 years ago today in Yokosuka, Japan while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. It was also a Friday the 13th but I have always thought it was a lucky day for us!!
              Best wishes for a wonderful weekend for your family.

              • November 14, 2009 at 12:08 am

                i love the numbers on the gifts [and i'm a fan of the striped paper, as i have the same kind!] enjoy all of your birthday and holiday fun & chaos!
                my weekend list is:
                *read thxgiving books to my kids
                *big trip to costco [trip #2 for our annual food storage replenishing]
                *fold & put away laundry
                *separate 5 laundry baskets of kids’ clothes into lots to sell on ebay. maybe even get photos and do the descriptions!
                *stay off the computer until sunday night [i'm trying to de-addict myself]
                *dejunk a few file folders
                *watch Univ of Utah play TCU
                i’m excited about my busy weekend! i’m feeling motivated to get all of this done.

                • November 14, 2009 at 12:28 am

                  My son’s bday is September 13th and my daughter’s is October 13th. Both were born on a Saturday. 13 is a VERY lucky number for our family too! Have a wonderful party!
                  Best,
                  Cari in CA

                  • November 14, 2009 at 8:28 am

                    Gorgeous gifts! I hope Collin’s birthday was wonderful and that his party is fantastic.
                    Barry and I were married on Friday the 13th (April) almost 20 years ago, so I consider Friday the 13th a very lucky day indeed.
                    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

                    • November 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm

                      Happy Birthday to Collin (and to you for being his mother)!!
                      My weekend to do list:
                      celebrate my son’s 3rd birthday (11/14)
                      rest after celebrating at the park with five friends
                      A short and simple list this weekend, just like yours Aby. Enjoy!

                      • November 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

                        glad to find another Friday the 13th baby out there! Mine’s in February, but my dad has always said that it was the luckiest day.