Happy Birthday

Good morning!

Today is my birthday! 🙂
Fifty-six years ago today I came into this world in a hospital in Chicago.

I can honestly say, excluding my surprise 16th birthday party, this year has truly been the best birthday I ever remember celebrating. I truly have celebrated life this past week!  My life! With all those near and dear to me. Well, most of them. A few may be distanced by miles, but not far from my heart.♡

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In spite of living a very minimal lifestyle these days, I don’t remember feeling so blessed and content with my life. I love my job! Working days. The kids. The staff. I love writing my blog. I love and cherish my family, all the acquaintances that have touched my life over the years, and the handful of those really close friends I have in my life that truly love me for the long haul. I  am beyond blessed with the security of my relationship with Jesus! And I love my Golden Retriever. ♡

And I really love birthday cake! 🙂  I’ve certainly had my share of it this past week! I’ve eaten decadent chocolate cake at my family birthday celebration at Philbrook’s Sunday brunch. I had my fall pumpkin fix met with my pumpkin cupcake in a jar on Monday thanks to a gift from my oldest daughter. Still eating on that one. 🙂 Tuesday I thoroughly enjoyed my very own divine Nothing Bundt Cakes chocolate cake with my  lunch and my after school snack compliments of my favorite three ladies at work. And today on my birthday I received this delectable culinary treat. Yum!

I’d say I got my cake and got to eat it too!

I love my cake and the wishes that go along with it, but would prefer not to have the birthdays for the aging process. 😦

Have you reached the age where you want to stop having birthdays? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but birthdays beat the alternative. 🙂

Once I hit 30 I dreaded birthdays. I felt my youth was over. It would be downhill from there.

But now I treasure them.  I see them differently.

I’ve always been young at heart.  It’s not that I minded so much the getting old part. That’s inevitable.  With it brought wisdom and a more peaceful, serene outlook on life. What I objected to was I didn’t want to look old, to feel old, or act old. That’s why I’m so loving working with three year olds and spending time with my grandchildren! It keeps me young!

I love each day doing the Happy Dance, the Hokey Pokey, crawling through tunnels, sliding down slides at the park or water parks with my grandchildren. Just last week I climbed the stairs to the top and raced my youngest daughter down the Super slide at the fair! No kids present. Just the kid in both of us! 🙂

I’m alive! 🙂 It’s truly a gift from God each and every day! That’s why it’s called the present. It’s not just a birthday present that comes around once a year.

Let’s all make the most out of each day we have the privilege of spending here on earth. Let’s thank God for making each of us uniquely different with our own purpose no matter how big or small. Let’s live in the present. Let’s love and laugh and play like little children.  Let’s bring the sweetness of God’s love to every occasion. 

Let’s have our cake and eat it too!

A big thanks to everyone for all the love and birthday wishes! You have made my birthday special!  Just like you are to me!!!! I love you all! ♡

13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17How precious to me are your thoughts God!
Psalm 139:13-17

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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