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My People - Cosette, Austin, Oliver, Cody, me & Ryan. Just think, had I not lived, these people wouldn't be on the planet. They are my whole heart!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

my birthday!

I have conquered the evil 40th year and am now proudly 41-derful years old! God is good, my friends!

Let me preface this entry by saying I have some kind of creeping crud illness that I would normally self-diagnose as flu but I don't want to send anyone off for their surgical masks before they read my infected blog. I have a sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, cough and feel really draggy. It's not swine flu. Not that serious... It might be guinea pig flu... or hamster flu... but nothing whole hog. Just enough to make me want to climb into bed and sleep for a month but I can't because...

It's my BIRTHDAY!!!!

Angie tells me I have lots and lots of facebook wishes. I can't access facebook so thank you... I look forward to seeing them one day when I have access to the internet. In the meantime, I have warm fuzzies thinking of the warm fuzzies...

I can access this blog... and I can get tweets...

My beloved laptop is in the capable hands of some kindly gentleman(men) who work for Truett McConnell College. Parts are ordered and repairs will be made and then I will be back online full time. Well, as usual. I still have to work full time.

My office is decked out in birthday decorations. It's a party! Duane is at a training class today but stopped by long enough to wish me a happy birthday. I got a lovely gift bag from the wonderful people I work with. And cupcakes!

I got roses yesterday from my oldest son - red, pink, white, yellow... they're beautiful. Austin thought it would be a great idea to "arrange" them for me.... I was a little aggravated that he did a butcher job on my roses but... well, that's life with Austin. Austin also said - while handing me the card - "these are from Ryan... and me... yeah, that's the ticket... "

Cody and Marquee came up yesterday afternoon and surprised me with a birthday dinner. They made spaghetti, garlic bread, salad... Marquee made a cake with the most amazing fudge icing... good stuff!

Purple Michael sent me a "mix tape" (cd) that came in the mail yesterday. I started listening to it on the way to work and got all misty.... *sigh*... I have had so many great loves in my life... I'm so greatful....

Sarabeth and Jamie called me at 7:15 this morning to sing "happy birthday"... and then I talked to both of them... they're so sweet. Tonight they're doing a presentation of their mission trip over spring break for their classes. Since my class ended last week, I'll be able to go in with them and listen to their presentation. I may need the surgical mask... oy...

People dread turning 40... I embraced it... not realizing that 40 would be the most difficult and yet the most transformational year of my life. God is faithful. He has provided everything I've needed along the way and given me a sense of wonder - and a sense of humor! - that I might never have developed otherwise. My prayer is that my 41st year is far less eventful, traumatic, dramatic and difficult - but that I still continue to grow in wisdom and strength and continually lean on the Lord. I want to lean on Him as completely in times of plenty and joy as I have had to in times of desperation. That will be, for me, real growth.

time to earn a living... love and hugs, y'all!

12 comments:

Mary said...

Hope you have a wonderful birthday, Heather! Love you!

sheri said...

Happy Birthday Heather!
May all of your wishes come true.
Sheri

Myra said...

Happy Birthday, Heather! 40 for me was just as liberating! Embrace your age, with it comes experience, wisdom, hurt, pain, victory!

Dutch said...

Happy Birthday. It sounds like your day is starting out beautifully. I hope this is going to be one of your best years yet.

sober white women said...

I am so glad that you are having such an awesome day.
Kelli

cw2smom said...

Happy Birthday Darlin'!! Life continues to get better for you and yours and I am so happy for you! Believe me, as you age, the wisdom gained is such a benefit so embrace it all! Wishing you the best year ever! Love, Lisa

Michelle said...

Happy Happy Birthday Heather!!! Hope you enjoy it.
Michelle

Becky said...

Happy happy birthday to you!!!

Remo said...

Life is soooo cool after 40. Sex is better. Most of our mistakes have already been made. We still look better than our parents. Our kids grow up.

Happy Birthday, Sunshine!!

Linda said...

Happy birthday to you! I discovered my 40's were my best decade ever (so far). By the way, Purple Michael's poem is a lovely old song. Ask your mom or grandmom; bet they can sing it to you. Linda in VA

Jeanne said...

First, Happy Birthday.

Now IF you have a fever with those flu systems...YOU MUST GO TO THE DOCTOR. If you have no fever, you are probably OK.

Now go take your temp....and Austin's too. Even if you don't FEEL that sick...if you have it, you could infect innocent people who can't fight the germs.

((hugs))
Jeanne

MusicalMarie said...

well, since you can't check facebook, I'll tell you Happy birthday on here too!

I know Ryan told you I'd sing for you, but he failed =)