Birthdays and Other Thoughts

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Yesterday I celebrated the 30th anniversary of my 29th birthday……which is just a fancy way of saying I celebrated getting older…though not quite as old as dirt.

You know you are getting older when the days before your birthday are not spent in anticipation of blowing out candles, cakes and parties. I knew I would be spending that day keeping my mom company at the hospital while my dad had a hip replaced.

My sister (one of them) and I went together to spend the time with mom. Once dad was out of the recovery room and in his own room we also got to spend time with him. We pretty much watched him sleep….but that was good because when you sleep you heal (at least that is my theory).

The day actually was really a celebration, just a different kind of celebration……I got to spend a lot of it with my mom, dad and a sister.  My dad came through surgery with flying colors and even got to come home today! Later in the day my sister and I spent some time at Hobby Lobby. That is always a great treat as a person can get ideas for crafting that you would never think of on your own. (I am sure that thought makes my husband sigh deeply, almost painfully)

Once I got back home; my husband and I got ready and headed out to have supper at our local Pizza Ranch. My son had called and wanted to take us out.  We had a great time with him and his girlfriend. I cannot speak for anyone else but I also ate way too much. I have decided it is probably a good thing I do not work in the food industry.

I have been ignoring the fact that my clothes seem to be shrinking (it has to be the clothes!). It is easy to ignore because our bathroom scale has not been working for a long time due to dead batteries. Today I purchased some batteries because I finally acknowledged the fact that just because a person doesn’t know what they weigh; it does not mean they aren’t gaining weight. This is just a really sad fact of life.

It is good to know that we are not defined by our age, weight, or anything else. I am so grateful I am defined only by the love of the God who created me. I am comforted by the fact that when God looks at me, He does not just see the outside of me…..(that fact can also be pretty scary!)

I am also grateful that throughout my life He has gifted me with family who loves me and friends who stand by me. I am indeed wealthy in the things that matter and I am blessed by the people He has put in my life. It makes the passing of years; a journey to be enjoyed.

What are you grateful for and what speaks blessing to you?

“A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)


20 thoughts on “Birthdays and Other Thoughts

  1. marijo1245 says:

    Well happy late getting older day!! The day you drew your first breath God knew every bit of you because He created you for His glory! It’s really pretty special celebrating the day His breath filled your lungs!! Hobby Lobby, Pizza Ranch, and family (and a praise for your dad)…what a blessing!!

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  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    Most of all I am thankful for God and Jesus. Next I am thankful for my family and my friends from church. Third, I am thankful for this beautiful world (nature) that God made for us. I guess I could put food 4th. Lol You know bathroom scales are way down on the list of things I am thankful for.. Ha So glad your Dad did so well with his surgery, a blessing.

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  3. PaperPuff says:

    I happily and by happenstance got to wish you happy birthday yesterday. Funny how our expectations of the day changes as me (ahem) mature, isn’t it? So glad your dad is doing well. Happy birthday again Xx

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  4. retirizer says:

    Happy Anniversary! I will celebrate my plenty ninth birthday this year as well. Everyone says “I don’t have those anymore”. boy, not me I’m gonna have them until the day I die! And I’m happy that I get to have them! Glad your day was a good one!

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  5. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    DARN IT, DASH IT, AND HELLS BELLS! I missed this post!

    What am I grateful for?
    Oh my goodness … so so many things. From the moment I wake up in the morning I acknowledge that I’m blessed. I have a truly wonderful husband who is such a darling and does so much to make me a happy wife. He puts up with me crafting – although he does benefit because he doesn’t have to walk round shops while I spend money (so a double win for him there! lol)

    I could fill a page on your blog with listing all the things which I’m grateful for, but I won’t. I will just say that I’m more than amply aware of how much God cares and shows it, in my life.

    And you … you, Chicken, are one of my blessings. Thank you for being there.
    Sending my love ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are also a blessing to me. You brighten my day when I see a new posting on your blog. I am always eager to read what is going on in your world because it feels like I am connecting with an friend I have known for years.
      And I am grateful for that!

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