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Friday, July 04, 2014

Reflections on My Birthday

It's my birthday today,
and not just any birthday
but one that ends in '0'!!
(which my mother-in-law once said were the only ones that really bothered her)

The old song says that 'it's my birthday and I will cry if I want to',
but I'm not crying today,
no, not at all.

I'm definitely not the little girl I once was,
or the tomboy that I was for most of my growing up years.

No, today I am entering the 60's!!
I am a wife, mother, and grandmother,
and I am celebrating life!

In some ways I can't believe that I am really there already.
How is it possible?

Maybe because my parents were already retired by this age
and I thought they were so old at 60!
But we are both still working
and looking forward to all that God has in store.

I have to admit there are advantages to being this age!

I am comfortable in my skin, even though it starting to sag,
I have laugh lines that turned the dimples into wrinkles,
and make my eyes scrunch up when I smile.

I have to take afternoon naps and that's just fine too,
because it gives me the energy to keep up with my family,
and to love on them like I want to.

I don't accomplish as much as I used to,
but I have time for those I love the most
and spending time with them is what energizes me
and makes me smile.

I don't do things anymore because it's what people expect,
or what people think I should do,
but instead because I want to.

Instead of saying 'I should' I say 'I will'.
and leave the shoulds for another day,
or another year,
or maybe not at all.

I have so much to be thankful for 
and I am blessed beyond measure.
I daily look for things for which to be thankful
and I choose joy!

Happy Birthday to me!


Anneliese said...

Happy Birthday, Doris! Wishing you the most special day! I can only imagine you may get a little spoiling today! I hope so! Contentment about where you are at is truly a gift! Thanks for plowing the way (haha) my old friend! (someone's gotta find a new word for old, but I had to use it now)

Julene said...

A very happy BIRTHDAY to you, Doris! Beautiful post!

Miss Debbie said...

A beautiful post! Happy Birthday...I hope it is a very special day for you. I can tell you from experience...60 is not so bad!! ha!ha!

Janet Fierbach said...

Nicely put! Your words ring true in my soul.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Doris and your beautiful thoughts on your 60th birthday. You are an and have always been an encouraging light of God's presence in this world. Cowgirl, blessings on this special day. Love Jeannette