Birthdays Are For Counting Lessons & Blessings!

Tomorrow I will be 41! The picture above, was taken last year on my birthday, when I turned the big 40! 
40 has been good to me…
In keeping with the motto “Never Stop Learning”…Lessons from 40:
1. The older I get, the easier it becomes to accept that I will not always look like I did at 20!
(Change is coming, weather I like it or not! In my humble opinion I have learned, that it is much more fun to accept my age and enjoy the journey.)
2. It is okay to have gray hair, after all I earned it!
(I plan to keep my gray’s & not cover them with hair dye, to wear them like the badge of honor that they are!)
3. Life is not about looking great all the time, but it is about finding what makes me happy & doing just that!
(In my case…that would include lots of crochet & spending time with my family.)
4. Forgetfulness is an epidemic that can’t be stopped. =) 
(I may not remember why I put the ice cream in the pantry, but at least it gives me an excuse to buy more.! 😉
5. Spend time with your children, they WILL & DO grow up!
(I have a 21 year old getting married in May! Take my word for it!)
6. My children might not always do what I wish, but I will always love them no matter what!
(Sometimes, I wish I could hit the rewind button and have a re-do…but what fun would there be in that? Unless, I could go back in time and smell those sweet little baby heads and kiss those tiny toes a few more hundred times…read a few more bedtime stories…get a million more of those sweet toddler hugs…but if I go down that road…I might never return to reality…I just loved those times SO much! Thank goodness for a  two year old named Sophie B.)
7. No, I may not have a cookie at midnight! 
(It will show up as extra pounds on my hips…or just about anywhere else for that matter!)
8.  Sleep is wonderful…I have a love affair currently going on nightly with my new flannel pajamas.
(As if I could actually sleep! This darn fibro, just never quits)
9.  A nap is often necessary. 
(especially if you suffer from a chronic illness like Fibromyalgia)
10.  I am what I eat!
(If I eat a ton of junk, then I will feel like a ton of junk! Enough said!)
11.  Exercise is a good idea.
(And right now, that is all it is! With a two year old and Fibro…it just isn’t happening…maybe a good birthday resolution for the coming year!? Get back to my yoga…I miss it!) 😉
12.  My husband is getting older…just like me.  
(I find myself clinging tighter to him, the older we get. Maybe I love him too much!) 
13.  I can survive, if my loved ones get cancer.
(My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer this past year, at the age of 45. It was a life changing experience for both of us.)
14.  Difficult times, make the good times that much more wonderful.
(It is easier to see the sunshine, when the clouds are rolling away: than if the clouds had never been here at all!)
15.  God really does never leave me. 
(I already knew this one. But I have never felt His presence quite as much as I did this past year.)
16.  Prayer is powerful.
( I already knew this one too…but it was good to be reminded again.)
17.  A two year old is a fountain of knowledge. 
(For example did you know that ice cream is also known as “tinkle” & bouncing makes everything better?!)
18.  Little girls are the perfect daily companions. 
(I didn’t realize just how much I had missed my Chloe’s constant ramblings, until my Sophie started talking this past year. Nothing beats a chat with her. She always makes me smile.)
19.  Writing is good for the soul. 
(True story that! I had forgotten how healing the written word can be. Everybody has a story, I enjoy sharing mine!)
20.  Friends are indeed the flowers of life.
(I have many great friends & had the privilege of making lots of new ones this past year. Love you all!)
21.  Encouragement is key. 
( I have been on the receiving end of so much encouragement this past year. May this year, be one where I can return the favor.)
22.  The older I get the more I love my parents.
(They are my angels. They are also the loves of my life. What would I ever do without them.)
23.  Photos become bittersweet the older I get.  
( I used to love pictures, I still do, but they also have the power to reduce me to tears. Never used to to that…must be age. Things are ever changing and will never be the same. Not always a bad thing though!)
24.  Stuff is just Stuff. The longer I live, the less I want, materially speaking that is. 
(I feel the need to give away and simplify.)
25.  I can teach a dyslexic child to read!
( My eight year old is living proof!)
26.  Fibromyalgia is here to stay.
(I might as well accept it, and find the silver lining in this experience.)
27.  I will forget bits and pieces of my children’s childhood, my childhood, my marriage.
(Seems the older I get the fuzzier some of the memories become. Things I thought I would never forget, are becoming forgotten. Make sense?)
28.  Distance does make the heart grow fonder.
(After spending 3 months away from home this past year. There is NO place like home.)
29.  Simple is always better. 
(Life is complicated, the simpler I can keep things the better off I am.)
30.  I am tired of doing laundry.
(With 6 people in the house, one being a 2 year old, the Everest I call laundry will NEVER end. At least not for a long time anyway.)
31.  A clean house, does not always happen. 
( In my 20’s I would clean house once a week…now I am lucky if it happens once a month. I call it controlled chaos.) =)
32.  The south can get VERY cold. 
( We have had the COLDEST winter…I am SO ready for spring.)
33.  When my two year old learns a new sentence, EVERYONE will know about it. 
(For example: “You Stink!” went viral throughout the Linwood community this year. Thanks to a certain two year old, who took great pleasure in telling everyone she met…”YOU STINK!”) 
34.  Nothing beats Sunday afternoon. 
(Can you say NAP TIME!)
35.  When I least expect it, my children surprise me!
(For example: On Valentine’s Day my 18 year old son brought me flowers! Now wasn’t that sweet!)
36.  I can NOT please everyone.
(As a lover and not a hater, I can not stand to say NO to people.  But I have learned I HAVE to say NO sometimes, even when I would rather say YES ….just to keep the peace.)
37.  Marriage gets better with age. 
(I cannot imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone other than my sweet husband. He knows me better than I know myself. He can even finish my sentences when we are having a conversation. Good thing I have him too…I might end up in China, if it weren’t for his great navigating skills on road trips.)
38.  Chocolate is a cure all.
(Whenever I am blue…I eat a piece of chocolate and voila…all is right with the world. With the exception of my hips. 😉 
39.  Crafting is = to breathing 
(If I couldn’t create…I would be lost. Must be the artist in me.)
40.  Grown up daughters make the best friends.
(Mine is extra special.)
41. Every birthday is a gift. 
(I plan to treasure each one I have left.)
Happy 41st Birthday to Me! 😉 
It has been a good year and I am so thankful for all of my blessings.

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their  beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
(May this be my portion!)

2 Responses to Birthdays Are For Counting Lessons & Blessings!

  1. Lauren says:

    Hi Valerie!

    This is Lauren from How Bourgeois. I hope you don't mind, but I popped by to see your blog. (I'm always looking for nice, new blogs to read!) I just wanted to say how touched I was by your post. It was beautiful and I loved each and every lesson. Thank you so much for sharing. You're very inspiring and with such grace! A very happy (belated) birthday to you. I hope that this coming year brings so many blessings and happy times for you and your family. Take care!

  2. Valerie says:

    Hi Lauren! I am so honored that you visited my little corner of blog land. Thank you for your sweet comments and the birthday wishes. My poor little blog has been neglected for many years…it was one of my New Year's resolutions to get back to blogging. =) It has been good to write again. I am rusty, but figure if I keep plugging along…I will improve. 😉 Hope you visit again soon.
    Your Friend,

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