My good girlfriends from our days in Turkey sent me this shirt -- along with videos, an amazing Snapfish book, and a necklace. Truly, it made my birthday. To be remembered by people you love and receive hugs and cards from your kids, and be told that you matter -- truly, isn't that the only thing we really need on our birthdays?
It was fun to turn 40 because it wasn't just another birthday. It was a BIG day. I have been alive for four decades. And I have four amazing children (and of COURSE an amazing husband) to show for it.
(It was also fun because I have been doing a LOT better emotionally. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!)
I will be going on a cruise with three great friends in a few short weeks to celebrate my big day. But today, I worked the farm. I actually made a big mistake today and as a result, I spent THREE HOURS unwinding some twine form one of our fencing reels. Not exactly great birthday material.
But I was reminded that this was QUITE a decade for me. During the last ten years, I:
- Had four children.
- Moved to northern Florida.
- Moved to Turkey.
- Spent a quarter of a year in Germany having Abigail.
- Moved to Portugal.
- Moved back to the States.
- Bought our farm.
- Started homeschooling.
- Said good bye to an amazing dog and added two wonderful dogs to our family.
- Had our in-laws join our life.
- And of course, got to spend another decade with the love of my life.
Truly, it was a great ten years. It has been a great life. I look forward to this being merely a halfway point (and hopefully not even quite halfway) to the rest of my life.
Thank you to all of you who remembered me today. It was fun to have a "big deal" birthday today and be remembered by so many people.
Thank you to everyone! Truly I am a blessed woman to have such a wonderful tribe of people surrounding me.