Saturday, July 25, 2009


Today is my birthday.

Nope, I'm not going to say how old I am, not because I'm particularly vain about it but because I'd like potential employers to look at this blog someday and that isn't information I want to hand them on a platter; they can interview me and judge my age for themselves. I'm not saying I'm over-the-hill or anything like that (though my dad did tell me this morning that the hill keeps moving thanks to advancements in medicine), I've just read too many articles in the paper lately about age being a factor in hiring decisions. So I'm leaving my age out of this blog. Suffice it to say I'm somewhere between being old enough to vote and I'm not on Medicare yet. (Though while we were in CA my husband somehow got on AARP mailing lists and that seems to have followed us here. We still periodically get ads in the mail for hearing aids and retirement homes. Maybe we should take them up on it—some of those retirement homes look pretty nice!)

So far it's been a pretty nice day. A few phone calls, e-mails (including a link to geritol from a friend at church—thanks, Jordan), cards in the mail, and flowers and a cake from my hubby:

My hubby the pyromaniac. The fire extinguisher was a nice touch. He put this together while I was out getting dog food choices for our picky pooch.

He got a chocolate-lovers cheesecake. Mmmmm, chocolate—is there any other flavor?

The obligatory flowers. He's been trained well. :-)

Since my husband works today and won't be home for dinner we'll be celebrating the rest of my birthday with a special dinner out next week. For now I'm planning on spending the rest of the day doing homework for my class (I know, not fun, but it's now or have a stressful Monday when it's due), but before I do I thought since it's my birthday and the beginning of a new year (or era, depending on your perspective) I'd take some time out and list 10 things I'm thankful for as I begin the next year. So here it goes:
  1. I'm thankful for a God who loves me and gave His Son to die for me. That is without a doubt the greatest gift (birthday or otherwise) that I could ever receive.

  2. I'm thankful for a loving husband who loves God and me and wants the best for me. (He told me yesterday that he's thankful for me, and I hadn't even told him about my intentions to make this list yet.)

  3. Since it just started pouring rain outside I'll go ahead and say it: I'm thankful for the rain. Otherwise I have to water things by hand with the hose and I'm lazy and don't do it enough. I'm really thankful when Mother Nature does it for me.

  4. I'm thankful for the opportunity I've had to go back to school to get my master's in a field I enjoy. At this time next year I hope to be thankful for the great job my degree helped me get.

  5. I'm thankful for my parents who are helping us while I'm in school. Life would definitely be more difficult and stressful without their help.

  6. I'm thankful for having married into a wonderful Christian family and being able to spend holidays with them now that we're on the east coast. Admittedly I'm still getting used to having big-family holidays but I'm thankful to be a part of them.

  7. I'm thankful that I still have few enough gray hairs that I can still pull them out.

  8. I'm thankful that I still have plenty of hair so you can't notice when I pull a few gray hairs out.

  9. Having recently had surgery I'm thankful for my health.

  10. I'm thankful for another year, another decade, another quarter-century, and whatever God chooses to give me on this earth.

Here's to a great next year.


  1. Happy Birthday!!! what a sweet thing for your hubby to do, with the flowers and the cheesecake. oh, man that cheesecake looks divine :) you have many, many things to be thankful for. thanks for sharing - made me think about some of the things i am thankful for as well

  2. Happy birthday! Make sure you get that Geritol before the sale runs out. :-)

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (albeit belated... hope it was wonderful!!)!! That cheesecake looks great. What a cute set up you have there, too. Also, those are some awesome things you have to be thankful for!

  4. Awww. Happy late Birthday - I'm with Wifey, that cheesecake looks FABULOUS!

    Great list - I'm thankful for many of the same things. I hope this year brings you lots of blessings and joy.


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