A Birthday Limerick


There once was a gal named Josi

Who liked to play ring-around-the-rosy

She had a 30th birthday

Filled with gifts and water play

Her heart couldn’t have felt more cozy.


 SURPRISE!!! My friend & roommate, Erin, her kiddos and the Ochs girls came to school with tupperwares filled with cookies. They adorned me with this birthday hat and then proceeded to do the following… 



 It’s called “ponding.” And it’s a Ghanaian birthday tradition, especially of school-aged children. We take our responsibility to carry on this tradition quite seriously. The surprise birthday crew brought plenty of water and I got plenty of wet. 


 My students didn’t think I got wet enough the first time around, so after class they decided to “celebrate me” again. The cookie tupperware did little to defend against the water attack. 


Erin made me a special birthday dinner (including berry cobbler for dessert!) and the kids presented me with handmade cards and thoughtful gifts. So sweet and awesome are they! 


And this lil gift was the icing on the cake! My dear husband filled this here book with sweet words sent from friends and family. Stories, poems, haikus, encouragement, love. A forever treasure.

Helloooooooooo, 30!

Read more from Josi on Her View From Home.

Read more from Josi on her blog, As We Go.


Josi Seibert

Josi was born and raised a Nebraska girl. As many Cornhuskers did, she grew up on a farm in a small rural community. Upon graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University, she exchanged cornfields for skyscrapers as she moved to Chicago to attend Moody Theological Seminary. It was there that she met her beloved husband, Ryan, and grew an interest in cross-cultural relationships as she worked with international students, refugee families, and lived in one of the most diverse communities in the country. She and her husband moved to Ghana, West Africa in September 2013 with a team of friends to start a business. In 2015 they resettled back in Chicago to welcome their first child and are currently working with World Relief, helping resettle refugees and find them employment. You're invited to keep in step with them as they live, work, learn and play: http://www.ryanandjosi.blogspot.com/