Sunday, November 6, 2011

Another year older

Today I'm another year older, but am I any wiser? 

Birthdays used to be a big deal for me.  After all, it's my day.  I came into the world this day, shouldn't everyone stop and remember?

But now?  I'm just happy if people remember.  And it's not a big deal if they don't.  I don't need the cake and dinner and presents.  (but they are nice!)

I'm just hoping, as I age, that I learn something.  And keep learning.  So what have I figured out this year?

There's just no denying middle age!  Bifocals, a root canal, a slowing metabolism, and more and more gray hairs remind me I'm no longer a "young adult".  I don't mind getting older (as if we have a choice!) but it's the body parts not working like they used to that get to me.

I learned I need to be firmly in charge of my attitude and the words that come out of my mouth.  They're the things, no matter the situation, I can control.  As my mom told DH, "You don't have to say everything you think." 

Time and people are precious, things are not.  'nuf said.

Life's not always about doing, sometimes it's just about being.  Being present to others, to the situation, the quietness of God's voice.  More often then not, He whispers.  When I'm too busy I often fail to hear.

There is just so much more I want, and need to learn.  Here's to making this year one to grow on!

PS - Blogger giveaway!  The first five people who correctly guess my age get the presents.  You'll get to pick something from my stash of handcrafted jewelry, purses and bags from my little crafting business. 


  1. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!!

  2. And I'm guessing... 43... only b/c your about me says forty-something... or I would have guessed 34!

  3. Happy birthday!! I agree with Jenny...I would say much lower except you already gave a hint, so I guess 44.

  4. Oh- love the pics of the seventies. Looks just like my baby pics and I'm 40. So, I'm guessing 41. What a beautiful reflection on your birthday. It's so hard to hear the whisper when we are doing too much, isn't it? Thanks for the reminder to be present in the now and to just BE.

  5. Happy birthday, Donna!

    29, definitely 29.

  6. Oh, I just love you gals! You are so good for the ego. Hey, I'll take 34 or 41 or even 44. But, I guess I'm happy right where I'm at - 47.

    But, since I loved your answers - you all win! I'll post pictures in a couple of days of the things you get to choose from.

    By the way C, guess you're what? 29 plus 2 months! ;-)

  7. Happy Birthday (a day late - sorry :(!)

    The Man thinks he should get a whole Birth-month. Thinks being the key word ;)

  8. I cannot believe you're 47. Really?!?!? You don't look it!
    Happy Birthday ... two days late!!! I hope you had a WONDERFUL day - and THANK YOU for the life lessons you've shared. I've copied a few of them to remember for ME!!! :-)

  9. ...34 again...

    Hope you had a wonderful day - Happy Birthday!

  10. You gals all just made my day. So you all get presents. I created a tab - Pretty Things - since that was what I called my crafting business. E-mail me (donna1164 at gmail dot com) with your 1st and 2nd choices and address and I'll get your "birthday presents" right off to you.