46 Years


I turned 46 years old yesterday.

It was the sweetest of days…a celebration of the beautiful God who gave me this life,  family, friends, laughter, quiet moments, and simple joys:

*receiving lavender roses (my very favorite!) from my beloved husband

*beginning the day in prayer for our precious children at the weekly Moms In Touch meeting

*lingering over a cup of coffee with a dear friend, sharing hearts and faith and laughter

*hearing my aunt and two uncles sing “Happy Birthday” to me over the phone from Pennsylvania, as they have done every year of my life

*smiling at the sight of one of my all-time favorite birthday presents from Ida Mae: my laughing moose:

With a simple turn of a switch, he  emits huge belly laughs  while rolling all around. It is perfectly fitting since laughter defines our relationship.

*catching a glimpse of my sweet girl from the window as she stood outside on the deck, drenched in the spring sunshine, strawberry-blonde hair blowing freely in the wind, smiling for the camera as she took a self-portrait

*picking my son up from track practice; face flushed from a good workout, chatting excitedly about all he is learning from his coaches and looking forward to the upcoming season

“How long do I really have to figure out how to live full of grace, full of joy…before these beautiful children fly the coop and my mothering days fold up quiet?”–Ann Voskamp

*a fresh new journal from my dear friend-who-is-like-a-sister, Destiny…a place to record treasured moments from my life…as well as the myriad of ways that Jesus makes Himself known and visible to me every single day

*having a sweet conversation with the wonderful woman who gave birth to me all those years ago and found herself suddenly cast as the parent to one of the strongest-willed children ever to walk this earth…and has the gray hairs and battle scars to prove it! 🙂

*enjoyed a delicious dinner with Doug (who happily served as cook!), the kids, and my brother Jeff

*and speaking of Jeff, he wins the Best Brother of the Year award because he gave me one of these as a birthday gift:

For a bookaholic like me, this is a perfect gift! I initially resisted because I love the feel of a solid book in my hands but I am told that I will love this new technology. I can’t wait to download my first book! Any suggestions?

I am a blessed woman who is rich in all the ways that truly matter.

Life is good. 🙂

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”–Kafka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 responses to “46 Years

  1. margaret

    You got a Kindle! Yay!

    If I’d have gotten on FB yesterday, I would have discovered it was your birthday. Happy belated wishes! It does sound like it was filled with blessings and laughter…a wonderful birthday, indeed. May there be many more to come. 🙂

  2. The Elaine

    A good first book—Loving Frank. It is a novel based on a true story of Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress. What an ending. Never saw one coming like it.

  3. Destiny

    We, your friends and family, are the ones who are rich, r.i.c.h. RICH because of wonderful, you, y.o.u. YOU! oxox

  4. Su Geiger

    Happy Birthday, Susan! I’m glad you had such a great day of celebration. You know what I’m going to say in recommendation for your Kindle: the Bible! I know you’d rather hold that leatherbound book in your hand, but I would think having the electronic version of it, too would be handy for certain situations. Let me know what you decide for your first book!

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