41 years!

I thought I’d take a minute to post a personal blog entry since yesterday was my 41st birthday!

A few facts about me-

I was born on Friday the 13th. I’m not superstitious.

I was born in St Paul, Minn in the midst of a winter storm. I hate snow. (I don’t know why but I do!)

I am the oldest of 3 girls. I love my sisters! I am fascinated by birth order.

I have 2 wonderful kids. I think my husband is still hot and I am still in love with him after 16 years of marriage. I know I am lucky!

I am passionate! I use exclamation points a lot because I am truly exclaiming something! Passionate people have our up and downs…and we are extreme, but we do keep things interesting! God is rescuing me from the “anger” end of passion!

I am the same size person on the inside even though my outside fluctuates.

I’m impulsive and “GO” too fast sometimes. My husband is polar opposite. God has a sense of humor.

I send emails then proof read them. ???

I like a little coffee with all different flavors I like to enjoy with it.

The answer to your question, “Have you read…” is usually going to be “No.”

Things I’ve learned in 41 years-

I knew everything about everything 20 years ago-I guess I’ve forgotten it all now!

You should get your paper towels down before you wash your hands!

The best investment is friendship.

Car crashes make loud noises that echo in your head for many years.

Life may start at 40 but it sure didn’t hurt as much before.

No voice ever proclaims “You have arrived” in real life. (although I do sometimes hear “when possible make a legal U-turn!”)

People have time for what they want to have time for.

You have to touch the toilet seat whether you’re putting it up or down, so we women need to give the men a break on this one.

“Busy” is not the answer people are looking for when they ask “How are you?”

Beds, kitchen sinks, and moms set the tone of any house. Messy beds, messy sinks, messy moms set the tone of any house.

One day your kids will tie their own shoes. One day they may even tie yours for you.

God’s plan is better than mine. God’s plan is better than mine. God’s plan is better than mine (I’m still learning this one)

Diet Coke consumption makes Image Stabilizer a MUST on all lenses!

The rebuke of 1 true friend is worth more than the applause of 1,000.

Marriage is work. It’s fun work, but it’s work, none the less.

The job of  mom sometimes has a delayed paycheck.

Sarcasm is the least intellectual form of humor. But- it is still funny.

We need to be careful of how we judge our moms when we’re young. We do become them.

Artists are artists without good equipment. Good equipment doesn’t make one an artist.

We should be more introspective. That will keep us busy so we have less time to judge others.

You can always find someone worse than you. You can always find someone better than you. Comparison is the thief of joy.

Someone should invent a “grammar check”. Spell check is sometimes useless without it.

God is good. God is funny. God is wild. God doesn’t share my American dream. God is all.

And I’d like to end my birthday blog with a few things I’d love to say if I ever had the courage:

“Super Size it!”

“I only have TWO children and that’s HARD TOO sometimes!”

“It’s NOT fair!”

“I own a Taylor guitar, would you like for  me to do your wedding music?!”

“If you don’t want me to say ‘Merry Christmas’ how bout ‘Happy Birthday Jesus!’ ??”

If you are still reading this blog, congratulations-I would’ve scrolled down to the photos many sentences ago.

I am… as some of you know all too well, the chief of all sinners…I am prone to wander…in need of grace…redeemed by Jesus alone, who is the greatest gift ever given. I am free!

December 22, 2009 - 7:18 am

dawn - Just got around to reading this….WOW! It’s great :)

Love you!

December 16, 2009 - 5:07 am

Jana - Loved all of this, well except for the messy mom part! I admit it, I am a messy mom! Such great insight from such a young woman! :) Love you to pieces! Hope you had a great day!

December 15, 2009 - 6:08 am

Mom - Your Dad and I were so blessed that Friday 13th when you were born in the worst snowstorm of the winter!!! I still recall every detail of that night like it was yesterday – it was yesterday 41 years ago!!!!!!!! Yes I like !!!’s too, but I learned to like them from the joy that has been mine through the love of God and family.

I kept waiting for the pictures, but I don’t need them to know how you look on the inside as well as the out. I know it sounds like I’m prejudice, and maybe I am, but many agree with me that you are a gift from God not only to your family, but many, many, many who have crossed your path.

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!

Mom

December 14, 2009 - 11:00 pm

Dana - You are one of the funniest, most insightful, gifted, and genuine people I have ever met. I am so glad you are my friend…and that I know someone who loves Diet Coke as much as me!

December 14, 2009 - 9:15 pm

Kristi - Hahahaha! I love you so much! Hope you had a great day, and i think birth order is facinating as well.

December 14, 2009 - 8:55 pm

kelley - and i TOTALLY didn’t know you were born in Minnesota…for real?

December 14, 2009 - 8:54 pm

kelley - i give this blog entry two thumbs up!

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