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Day 9 of my birthday celebration.  The big 4-0 is looming larger than life and I've decided to celebrate this month with giveaways each day on my blog until my birthday. 

Today I will share another fun fact with you about August 11th.  Each year Mother Nature pulls out all the stops with an amazing meteor shower called the Perseids.  The peak viewing for this year is August 11-13th with 50-60 meteors per hour.  That's a lot of shooting stars and wishes to make each year on my birthday.

I don't get to see them every year - many years we lived in the city and it just wasn't possible.

One year Jess had to work late on my birthday. We were a young couple, struggling to make our way in the world. The girls were 4 & 2. It was my 27th birthday and you know how there are just years your birthday comes and goes with very little fanfare - it was one of those years.

Jess arrived home about 9pm and said get the girls ready, we are going for a drive.  We drove an hour to the beach and sat on the shore listening to the waves and watching the stars above. That's my second favorite birthday memory!

This year should be quite spectacular.  We live in the middle of nowhere and the night sky is ablaze with stars all the time. I'm getting my wishes ready!

Photo Credit: Daily Dose of Pixels

So you guessed it, today the prize is a set of my Van Gogh's Starry Night Disk Beads.

What's your favorite show put on by Mother Nature?  Leave a comment to enter today.  Winners will be drawn on August 11th.