Figure I may as well mark the milestone. Today is my birthday. This is what I look like today, at the end of my 39th trip around the sun- but it is not who I am. The tiny lines and freckles on my face mark my earthly journey, and they don’t bother me much. It’s what’s inside that makes me proud, that makes me stand taller and hold myself in esteem. And I realize now, as I stare down the nose of forty, that I like who I am becoming as a mother, a woman, a human being, and a daughter of God. I must have needed some serious refining, because the paths I have chosen and been given are not the easy, simple ways- but I would not be who I am without that hard road. Today I thank God for the broken road, the hard road, the rocky path, and the patience He has in allowing me to hammer myself on the anvil of life and become whatever it is He knows lies within.
28 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Me”
Happy Birthday Tracy! You look beautiful, lovely post.
Thank you Pepper! Hope the kids are doing great!
Thank you Marta!
Happy birthday to a remarkable woman! Many happy returns!
Thank you HSF- Love you!
Happy birthday! I love your perspective.
Thank you, Amanda. I try really hard….
Happy Birthday! I think you’re a delight.
Why, thank you Kermit!
You have every reason to be proud of yourself. I hope when I hit a big one in a few months I can look at myself and my own hammerings on the anvil of life with the same perspective. Though I certainly won’t be as eloquent.
Love you, Michelle. You are eloquent in your own way…
A heartfelt Happy Birthday to you.
A heartfelt thank you, Becca!
I like who you’re becoming too. A lot. Which isn’t to say I’m not fond of who you were……..
Em, you are so dear to me. Love you.
Happy Birthday! I hope this year brings you happiness and peace.
Thanks Ms. Jackson. I hope so too!
Happy Birthday! Enjoy every moment…
Thank you Toni! I do try…
Happy Birthday gorgeous. Your words are almost as beautiful as you are ….
Thank you DD. I hope my words are more beautiful… 😉
i’ve never commented before – i don’t usually read blogs about people i don’t know, but yours has me coming back over and over. i think you are a beautiful person inside and out. thank you for all your inspiring words. and happy birthday!
Thank you so much, Marian. I appreciate your kind words, and the courage to de-lurk. That can be a hard thing to do. Welcome to DM, and continue to add your voice any time you like.
We should all come out looking so good after all that anvil-hammering.
RJ, you rock.
I’ve been semi-stalking your blog for three years now, and I still somehow forget that you and my DH have the same birthday. Next year, for sure! Your experiences, and subsequent writings about them make me want to know you. They also make me want to be better, and be more appreciative of what I have. I thank you for that — and hope you had a wonderful day!
Thanks, Teresa- I love hearing about who reads and who has gotten something of value from my catastrophes- and I sincerely mean that! Happy birthday to your DH as well. Thanks!
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