On May 28th, I hit 40. 

 As the baby of 11 grandchildren, this was not easy for me.  The night before I cried thinking about how my grandma and my dad should have been here for this.  Another landmark in my life that I needed them for.  I thank my grandma for the values that I carry with me.  My father for the intelligence.

I have thought about being 20 and giving birth to my oldest daughter - wow, it seems like lifetimes ago.  At 24, I gave birth to my second daughter.  After that was when my career in law came.  At 31, my son was born.  A task that I chose to do alone.   Lastly, at 38, after going through IVF, Max was born.  Children are the greatest joy in life.  I would not be who I am today without them.

I have been so blessed.  I think about all of the hardships, the losses, the births, the lessons I learned.  I have gained so much strength, I have amazed myself!  I held my grandma's hand when she was dying, I sat by my father's side when he was dying, I went through IVF and I have gone to the end of the world for my children. 

My best girlfriends!!!  I don't know where I would have been without them through the 20's and 30's and now as I turned 40.  Our weekends out, drinking, dancing, crying, meeting guys, dating, breakups, marriages and childbirth!!  Lastly, and most importantly, the love of my life, my husband Wade.  After spending 12 years single, we reconnected after graduating together 20 years before.  Who would have thought??!!  Life comes back around full circle.

I'm looking forward to the next 40 years.  I am looking forward to seeing my children grow, graduations, weddings, becoming adults and growing old with my husband.  I thank God for all of these blessings, for this opportunity, for my good health and mostly for the strength to tackle whatever comes my way. 

You are only as old as you feel and I don't feel any different today.  My advice today is to Live, Love, Laugh and make everyday count!

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jandy...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM HAPPY BIRTHDAY girl! 

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Bella...
Jun. 1, 2008 at 3:21 PM

AaaaaaaaaaaaaH...You are so awesome!! Happy Birthday girl.....here's to many, MANY more wonderful moments coming your way!

HUGS!!!!

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beale...
Jun. 7, 2008 at 11:06 PM You are One Lucky Lady , I'm glad to have you as a Friend !!!  Remember , Live Life For Today , There's No Promise Of Tomorrow .

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peace...
Jun. 8, 2009 at 10:34 PM

hugsWhat a wonderful birthday journal.  You are truely blessed!

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